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White Water Rafting on the Akha River


Season: June - August

Length: 300 km

Dates of arrival: on request

Grade: 4 basic rafting experience is required

Equipment: waterproof tents 4 persons “Mobula”, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, windbreakers, 2-4 seat catamarans or 10 seat rafts, life jackets, helmets.

Day 1: Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to “Irkutsk” Hotel *** (former Intourist Hotel). Check-in. Rest. Lunch. Bus excursion around the city with visiting the embankment of the Angara River, Znamensky Church and monastery where are graves of some of the Decembrists, the explorer of Siberia and Alaska, “Russian Columbus” Gregory Shelikhov. Here admiral Koltchak was executed by the bolsheviks - Russian scientist, military man, the founder of the Irkutsk State University. Excursion to the house of Decembrists. Dinner. On request - theater/organ hall.

Day 2: Breakfast (early). Transfer to Khara-Khuzhir settlement (550km). The road passes by really picturesque sites and landscapes: stop by Kultuk settlement fish market - a view of Kultuk bay of Baikal; Tunka Valley with a lot of Buryat villages and overhanging Sayan mountain peaks. Setting up a tent camp near the bridge over the Akha River. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Day 3: Breakfast. Safety instruction and information about some peculiarities of the route. Preparation of the vessels. First part of rafting - 3 hours. Obstacles: stones and rocks, rapids and falls down to 1 meter. Near the Zhom-Bolok tributary one can see 30-50m cliffs of lava and lava fields. Stop by the left bank. After lunch hike to the 20 meter waterfall. Rest, fishing. Dinner.

Day 4: Breakfast. Rafting down to Orkha-Bom canyon - 3,5 hours, a number of rapids. Stop by the left bank before the canyon. Setting up tents. Lunch. Preparations for the most capturing part of the route. Dinner.

Day 5: Breakfast. Rafting through the Orkha-Bom canyon. Rapids: “Three geologists”, “Save me, God”, “Kalandarashvily’s”, “Okinsky”, “Buryatsky”. Stop by the left bank at the place called “tourist museum”. Setting up tents. Lunch. Rest. Dinner.

Day 6: Breakfast. Rafting through rapids: “Save me, God”-2, “Ary-Burie”, “Nameless”, “Khorogolsky”, “Khorogolsky”-2. Dinner.

Day 7: Breakfast. Rafting through rapids “Mill” (5grade) and “Centrifuga” (5 grade). Whirl-pools and waves up to 2 meters and higher, though depending on the water level. At the end of the Orkha-Bom canyon three rivers come together: Akha, Khoito-Akha and Urdu-Akha. Rafting down to the left tributary Khoito-Akha on the border of Buryatia and Irkutsk Region. The nearest settlement Saram is 120km downstream. Lunch. Fishing. Dinner.

Day 8: Breakfast. Rafting along the picturesque cliffs. Lunch by the hunter’s cabin on the right bank. Rafting to the right tributary the “Dalnaya Derma”. Dinner.

Day 9: Breakfast. Rafting to Saram settlement located on the both banks of the river. Lunch. Fishing, swimming. Smooth water rafting to Verkhneokinsky settlement. Dinner.

Day 10: Breakfast. Transfer to Irkutsk (350km). Check-in the “Irkutsk” Hotel ***. Lunch. Rest. Dinner.

Day 11: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

Price includes: visa support, all the mentioned transfers, 2 overnights in “Irkutsk” Hotel *** (DBL), FB, rent of all the gear and group equipment, guides, interpreter, excursions, entrance fee, insurance

Important: It is necessary to have a change of clothes, extra shoes. For fishermen to have fishing rods. Injections against ticks are recommended.


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