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Hike through the valley of Middle Irkut

Beautiful views of Eastern Sayan ridge

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Hike through the valley of Middle Irkut
Inserted: 15.11.2013
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This hike offers beautiful views of a large part of the main ridge of the mountains around Munku-Sardyk. The first part of the hike with these views is quite easy and offers beautiful views, especially in good weather. You need the necessary equipment and experience for the second part, but you will enjoy unforgettable experiences and absolute peace during it. However, if there are not suitable conditions for a walk through the canyon, it is possible to go back another way and bypass this difficult passage.
 

Start of the ascent to polana

The route begins at the bridge over White Irkut, which is near the confluence of White and Middle Irkut, which is the left tributary. We set off up the hill along the path that begins to rise just between Middle Irkut and the road to Mondy.
 

Start of the ascent to polana
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Views of the valley of Irkut

During the ascent there are in certain places pretty visible the valley of the river Irkut (Иркут), in which leads the road towards Lake Baikal. The ascent is simple and there are no exposed places.

Views of the valley of Irkut
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Pass Nuchu

The path leads us after a while to pass Nuchu (перевал Нуху). As we ascent, still better and better views of the main ridge of Eastern Sayan open. Because we are directly opposite the valley of creek Ledjanoj (p. Ледяной), we have it at our fingertips together with the entire valley and surrounding ridges.
 

Pass Nuchu
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Rock formations

There are rock formations with the rock window in the pass Nuchu (п. Нуху). According to pieces of cloth tied to the trees we know that there are holy places of local of inhabitants buryats. They burn juniper twigs at the sacred stones. It is therefore necessary to keep peace and respect for their holy place.

Rock formations
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Views from polana

Not far behind the pass we get completely over the edge of the forest to the mountain pastures and exactly here are in fine weather the most amazing views of the mountain massif. You shall admire and enjoy the beauty of these places here.

Views from polana
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The main ridge

The whole main ridge is from us in the south to southwest. It would probably be ideal to get up early for a morning taking photos, but you can also take a lot of nice photos during the day. Nevertheless, the ascent here does not take too long and is not difficult. It can be managed in approximately 2 hours.

The main ridge
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Перевал Бажир

We come to lackluster pass Bazir (п. Бажир) and here we can decide during admiring the views, which way to follow. Below us on the left hand there is valley of Middle Irkut and before us is visible g.Obzornaja (г. Обзорная) and far in the left peeks out Munku-Sardyk (Мунку – Сардык). So we can go still further and come up underneath it either to the pass Srednyj (п. Средный) or Kontrastov (п. Контрастов) and from them descend into the valley of White Irkut (see photoreport mountain Obzornaja). Another option is to return along the same trail. However, there are more options and we can choose the return way as we like.
 

перевал Бажир
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Through canyon of Middle Irkut

We go down left to the canyon of the river Middle Irkut (Средный Иркут) and set off downstream. But this walk can be completed, however, only when the river is frozen (usually still in early May), and if we have the necessary equipment (ropes… ). Around us there are high rock walls and in particular all-embracing peace and quiet. It would be really great chance to meet someone here.

Through canyon of Middle Irkut
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The descent along icefalls

At the end of the valley we need equipment, because we have to overcome two icefalls surrounded between rock walls. Both are about 15m high and so we need about 40 m rope to overcome them.

The descent along icefalls
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Icefall

Water leaking from the sidewalls makes nice ice formations.

Icefall
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To the confluence of Irkuts

The walls of the canyon finally part and the further way up to the confluence of White and Middle Irkut is then quick. The whole trip can be done quite easily in one day including also long stops to admire the views.

To the confluence of Irkuts
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