A Little Story About A Great Adventure – Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Many people say Buryatia is a very awesome place. The Eastern Sayan has a breathtaking landscape . The main difficulty is getting to the border village of Mondy, which is separated from Irkutsk by several hundreds of kilometers. Several areas of Buriyatia do not have public transport and Tunkinsky Valley is not an exception. Lucky enough there are guides who take people through montain tours. Though it’s not that easy to get an experienced and knowledgeable guide. A ten days hike is so satisfying since the Siberian Taiga is a manifold – morning fogs, icy fords, mountain passes, rain, storms, emerald-green mountain lakes …

The Village of Mondy. This is where the border-zone with Mongolia starts. It’s a mere 8 kilometers to the border. The sky above the mountains bodes ill especially in summer.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Not a cheerful scenery for an early morning.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

After the fog, so comes the sun.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Such is the idyllic scene of  the huts of Buryat farmers.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

The canyon river coils.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

The first passage is known as Plosky; literally was flat (ploskiy in Russian language means flat) but has a length of several kilometers which can get you pretty exhausted.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Momentarily, disgrace can catch up with you. Storms are a part of this beautiful scenery. They are unpredictable.  But on the other hand, it is such a beautiful sight! Make sure you have a waterproof pouch for your camera.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Here a storm pelts a nearby valley.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

After the storm here comes sunshine. The feelings are inexpressible! The world once more is glistened with primeval elegance.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

By the River Gorlyk Gol.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

This  lake is the source of the River Il’chir. A view from the Il’chir Pass. On the right, through the fog you can see the peak of Geologov.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

With people as a scale the panorama is grand. While observing such view, you conclude that all that is man-made cannot be compared with nature’s creation…

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Such a small mountain valley is the best place for us to update your diary. As well as  for resting and relaxing  in all possible ways.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A view from the Travyanistiy Pass. It is so tormenting! The grass is slippery from the morning dew, and to make it worse there are no trails. You can be  forced to descend along  the cliff edge.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Here is an abandoned nephrite mining base. Leaves you wondering  whether the minerals have been depleted or financing has stopped.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

You can wonder what this sign means … geologists can be funny sometimes.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Ruin and desolation

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Cores- samples of extracted rock  from the holes using some special method of drilling.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A view at the ridges of the Kitoi chars.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

The Samarta River has an unforgettable  ford. With the water level is above the waist and the current is quite strong.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

The bonfire is a good way to end the adventure. A bus usually comes in the morning and in few hours you find yourself in the Irkutsk city center.

A Little Story About A Great Adventure - Tunkinsky National Park

Location: Tunkinsky National Park

via: Muumi

9 thoughts on “A Little Story About A Great Adventure – Tunkinsky National Park”

  1. I love posts like this, please keep them coming.

    I know of a miner who collected core samples for years and then one day he used them to build a fence all around his home. It’s so cool and a very good use for old core samples.

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