About five years ago only locals knew about this place, but now everything has changed. Literally for a couple of years the gorge of the Mamai river (Khamar-Daban Range) located in the southern Baikal region became one of the centers of the freeride life of Russia. The Gorge of the Mamai river is one of the best powder spots not only in Russia but in Eurasia as a whole. After all, not without reason Salomon's pro-riders in the early 2000s opened their season here. Not long ago, the film crew The Sherpas Cinema visited Mamai and filmed the movie "The Great Siberian Traverse".
The local places are amazing with their picturesque views. The skiitour begins immediately outside the winter hut, descent from the mountains passes directly with a view of Lake Baikal. Only mountains, snow and YOU - nothing extra, a backcountry in its pure form. Already at the very beginning of the season there is a huge amount of snow. Huge fields of different steepness, steep couloirs, snow-covered forest, wealth of relief simply discourages even a very experienced freerider. The program:: Day 1.
The gathering of participants, the purchase of products, the transfer to the foot of the gorge. The trip takes about 4 hours. Along the way we make several stops with beautiful Baikal landscapes. From the beginning of the gorge we get to the mountain hut about 9 km on snowmobiles. Arrangement of the camp. Dinner. Day 2-6.
Skiitour. Climbing the peaks and unforgettable descents. Visiting the bathhouse on Tuesday and Thursday. Day 6. Friday
Final day. Fees, descent down and transfer to Irkutsk.REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPANTS:
- Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders;
- Fat powder skis (minimum 110 mm underfoot);
- Splitboards for snowboarders is requirement;
- Avalanche and touring equipment;
- Good physical condition. You should be able to gain 600-700 vertical meters per day.
You will need your complete skitouring kit, avalanche equipment, poles, helmet, backcountry backpack, first aid and repair kit, personal thermo flask, googles, sunglasses and sleeping bag.The price includes:
- 5 days of guided skiing/splitboarding!
- Banya (Russian bathhouse) – 2 times
- Transfer Irkutsk airport – Mamay - Irkutsk airport
- Transportation of luggage from the foot of the gorge to the hut by snowmobiles
- Meals: morning breakfast, snacks on the route and dinner
________________________________________________________________________________Description of routes:
Backcountry on Lake Baikal begins immediately after leaving the mountain hut, because if you turn off the trail (without skiitour or snowshoes), then you can easily go to the chest in this powder. All routes start from our comfortable winter hut in a radial format to the tops of Storozhevaya, Two-headed, Meat Pupyr, Mamai True, Mamai North, Mamai East, Mega-Kanava, Mamaisk Rocks, Cedar and Northern and Buryat Circuses. The whole daylight day we devote to skiitour and skiing. Specific locations and routes will be selected based on weather, snow conditions and the capabilities of the group. If groups are large - there will be a second guide, which will allow us divide the groups into levels. At the request of the participants, the guide can give advice on the technique since the guide is an instructor. Accomodation:
We live in a wooden hut, which is heated by a stove. Sleeping bag is required mandatory.
We cook ourselves on the gas stove (with groups of 5 people there will be a cook).
Personal preferences in nutrition will be taken into account!
The cost is 500 € if there is a group more than 5 people.