Tunka Valley

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Photo: Vjatsheslav Petuchin

Due to its good accessibility for traffic the Tunka Valley became the gate to the Sayan. It got its name from the Tunkinskij mountain chain stretching alongside the valley.
Quite a number of little villages are spread across the area. The soil is very fertile there and valley has long been known for its hot springs and their healing power.
The chain of the Tunkinskij-Golzi Mountains has its southern end at the shores of the Irkut River and its northern end at the river Kitoi. The summits reach a hight of approx. 3000 m. Glaciers left their distinct marks of steep, pyramid shaped mountains and deep valleys where you can still make out the old moraines. Today only few small glaciers are left. Mostly you only find the crystal clear glacial lakes. Above the tree line - from approx. 1700 to 2200 m - the landscape is characterised by widespread grasslands, enormous moss fields and the sometimes very steep and rocky passes.

A corresponding map for this area you can find in our shop

Hiking tour via the Shumak saddle

This is the classic tour in the Eastern Sayan as such. [more]

On Horsebacks to the Shumak Spring Valley

The Sayan is optimal for horseback riding, since horses are still very common in this area. [more]

Shumak Spring Valley

Apart from Arshan health resort the Shumak springs are the most frequently visited thermal resort in the Sayan. [more]

Trekking Tour across the Tunkinsky Golzy

This 10 days tour will take you to the most popular places of the Tunka Valley. [more]

Arshan Health Resort

The place is famous for its sulphurous, supposedly curing water running in a small mountain creek - out of rusty pipes though... [more]


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29 Mar 2006

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