Volkano Valley is an area of wild, almost virgin nature. These are huge spaces of lava fields on with bright color spots of mosses and lichens creeps. There are streams and rivers forming small lakes and small bogs of different configurations in clinker cracks. Many different thermal springs share their healing vigour with not numerous travellers of Volcano Valley.
The holy Shumak's valley with its healing unique springs has been known for centuries. You'll get indelible impressions of grandiose panorama of majestic Sayany mountains, alpine meadows, clear rivers, lakes and waterfalls. There are religious Buddhist's and shamanist's places. For centuries people have been going there by foot or horses to get healed. Now it is easier to get there by helicopter. It takes only an hour to reach Tunkinskye rocks are often called "Siberian Switzerland".
This route is for physical fit people. It includes visiting three peaks: - Cherskyi peak (Hamar-Daban, height 2090 m) - Tryohglavaya (East Sayan, height 2570 m) - Munku-Sardyk (Big Sayan, height 3491 m)) These mountains are the most open ones and at the same time the highest in its area. Munku-Sardyk peak is highest point of East Sayan.
Arshan has become favorite vacation place for Irkutsk citizens thanks to healing mineral springs and crystal-clear mountain air. There are a large choice of hotels and sanatoriums. There are hiking and excursions, visiting air view peaks, springs, water-pool, sauna, mineral baths, circular shower, walking along rocky canyons of mountain river Kyngarga.
Munku-Sardyk is the highest peak of East Sayan. Its height is 3491 meters above sea level. The state border between Russia and Mongolia is lying over this peak. The "highest" does not mean the most difficult, although this mountain can show its Siberian character, especially in winter.