Snowshoe and hiking tour in Southern Ural Mountains

Snowshoeing in the protected area of UraL taiga
Climbing Iremel mountain — challenge yourself!
Activities with local family
average temperatures:
-10°C in the afternoon,
-20°C in the night
  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
Winter tour to the reserve of the ancient Ural Mountains will give you an unforgettable experience with maximum comfort. Frosty mountain air, fabulous scenery of the winter taiga, climbing the sacred Iremel mountain. Accommodation in warm houses with a stove. An advantage of the trek that it is universal, we can travel on snowshoe and by foot. Snowshoeing/ walking/ skiing about 6-8 hours per day.
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  • Languages: English
  • Avaliable: December — March
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Group: from 3 people
  • Border permits: included
  • Accomodation: wooden huts 4-10 pax x 4, shared house for 16 pax x 1, wooden cottage 8-14 pax x 2, hotel 3* x 1
  • Ethno
  • Hiking
  • Local cuisine tasting
  • Snowshoeing
What's the plan?
Day 1
Flight from Moscow to Chelyabinsk. Meeting the group at the airport. Transfer to Zlatoust. Optionally (extra pay) lunch on the way, if the day flight. Accommodation at the “Central Estate” of the National Park "Taganay". Dinner. Russian bath (upon wish).
Day 2
Start of the route. Hiking to the "Belyi Kliuch" shelter along the forest trail. Radial route: climbing the mountain “Dvuglavaya Sopka” (1034 m). Snack lunch after descent. Hiking to the “Gremuchyi Kliuch” shelter. Accommodation in houses. Dinner. Russian bath. Hiking 14 km, ↑1200 m
Day 3
Snowshoe passage along the upper path to the Kruglitsa mountain past the Otkliknoy Greben’ (1155 m). A small stop and a photo session overlooking the rocks. The Otkliknoy Grebeny mountain received its name due to its characteristic comb-shaped outlines and a loud, multiple echo, arising from the reflection of sound from an almost vertical rocky wall. Optionally (depending on the group fitness status and weather): climbing the Kruglitsa mountain (1178 m) - the central peak of the Big Taganay ridge, the highest point of the entire Taganay mountain massif. For its resemblance to a Turkic headdress the top of Kruglitsa is called the "Bashkir hat". It is interesting that the atmospheric pressure value at the height of Kruglitsa is 100 mm lower than the one above-sea level, and at this altitude water begins to boil at 96°C. After we descend to the tourist shelter "Taganay". Accommodation in a house with a stove. Dinner. Russian bath. Snowshoeing 16 km, ↑↓600 m
Day 4
Snowshoe passage to Dalniy Taganay. This is the most northern point and the most extensive peak of the Big Taganay Range, which is a part of the South Ural mountains system. Its height is 1146 meters above sea level. Visiting Dalniy Taganay will become the highlight of your journey through the original nature of the Taganay National Park. You will see amazing landscapes of the alpine relict tundra. Russian tourists call this route "A visit to the eternal wind". One of the main features of Dalniy Taganay is very strong winds. The wind speed at the top can reach 40 m/s. In the period from 1932 to 2005, the meteorological station "Taganay-mountain" worked at the top of the mountain. It was the highest-mountain weather station in the Urals. Dinner. Staying overnight at a tourist shelter of the meteorological station. Snowshoeing 9 km, ↑480 m
Day 5
Early morning we are going down to the Taganay shelter. If the group wishes, we make a radial hike to the Itsyl Mount (1068 m height). Then we start our route back along the lower trail. The road is quite easy, because we’re going to descend down the good path. We’re going to make a stop for rest and overnight at the Taganay shelter. Dinner. Russian bath. Snowshoeing 11 km + 3 km (radial), ↓ 480 m
Day 6
Last part of the way, we go down to the Taganay "Central Estate”. Lunch. The minibus takes us from the Taganay main check-point. Move to the village Tyulyuk which is located in the Chelyabinsk region - the tourist center of this area. The name comes from the Turkic name Tulyak, which means "long-awaited" in Bashkir, probably the name of the head of the Bashkir family which roamed in this area, or from the old Bashkir "tuluk" - shelter, house. Tyulyuk is surrounded by natural attractions: the Iremel nature Park, the Bolshoy and Maly Iremel mountains, the Zigalga, Nurgush and Bakty ranges, the Larkino gorge, the Yuryuzan and Tyulyuk mountain rivers. The trekking routes to the second highest peak of the Southern Urals - Mount Big Iremel (1582 m) begin from here. The village was founded in the second half of the XVIII century by mining farmers. Now the village has a population of about 200 people. Accommodation at the tourist base. Dinner. Rest. Snowshoeing and hiking 15 km, ↓ 210 m
Day 7
Optionally, depending on the group wish and fitness status: climbing the Big Iremel Mount. Today is an important day – we are going to climb Mount Big Iremel, which is considered a sacred mountain among Bashkirs and was previously closed to ordinary tourists. Today Iremel attracts not only tourists, but also esotericists and amateurs of riddles. It is believed that this place is a place of power. By the significance some even compare it to the Kailas Mountains in Tibet or Belukha in the Altai. The name of the mountain is very ancient. Usually it is interpreted as a combination of Bashkir and Mongolian words: ir - "man", "hero" and emel - "saddle", "saddle", i.e. "saddle of the hero". The trip on the snowmobile from the base to the Iremel Nature Park check-point is about 7 km (40 min - 1 hour), the hiking route after is 8 km (+ 8 km return route down). When the weather is fair Iremel offers stunning views of many tens of kilometers. You can see mountains and ridges of Avalak, Bakty, Yamantau, Zigalga, Nurgush and many others. Return to the base. Dinner. Russian bath. 16 km by foot, 14 km by snowmobile, ↑↓ 660 m
Day 8
Meeting with the local peasant family in the morning. Walking through the Tyulyuk village, talking with locals. Visit to "Matreshka" home ethno museum, which includes 3 small expositions: "Rural life", "Hello, XX century!" and "History of matryoshka dolls". Lunch or hot tea with mountain herbs, traditional "pirozhki" (Russian little pies) cooked by Russian stove with the local family. Transfer to Chelyabinsk. Check in at the hotel. Evening walk in the city. Farewell dinner at the Russian restaurant.
Day 9
Breakfast. Free time for visiting the Ural Museum and buying some souvenirs (depends on the flight time). Transfer to the Chelyabinsk airport. Departure to Moscow. Departure home with evening flight or overnight in Moscow (not included in the price).
Included / Not included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • english/german/french speaking guide
  • all transfers
  • dropping of equipment by a snowmobile (not more than 15-18 kg/pax)
  • accommodation according the program
  • full board
  • entrance tickets to the reserves
  • all group equipment rent,
  • Snowshoes + trekking poles rent
  • russian bath-house (sauna) - 5 times
  • all activities, including ethno program with locals in Tyulyuk village
  • flight to Chelyabinsk and return ticket, tourist visa
  • individual equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, etc)
  • tourist visa
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17/12/2022 - 25/12/2022
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21/01/2023 - 29/01/2023
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single supplement 39 EUR / pax for 1 night in Chelyabinsk
sleeping bag rent 50 EUR
1. The tour is a mix trip - snowshoe and hiking. It is possible to hike comfortably along the snowmobile trail between the shelters in the Taganay National Park. Using snowshoe for moving between the shelters can be uncomfortable. Radial routes to the peaks and observation platforms are made by foot or snowshoe. Also usually we climb Big Iremel by foot. Snowshoe is enough rarely required for climbing Big Iremel Mount due to insufficient snow cover. Your guide takes a decision about using snowshoes depending on the snow cover.

2. The duration of the walking day along the route has been calculated for the group of up to 10 persons who are 35-years-old and in good physical form. Actual duration of the walking day may differ from the planned one.

3: The route may be corrected by the guide depending on weather conditions and physical fitness of the group.

4. At 4th day of the program snowmobile delivery of the luggage to the meteorological station is not provided due to difficulty of the route. We leave our main luggage at the Taganay shelter for storage. Next we have to move with extremely light and compact backpacks. Therefore we take a minimum of things with us for 1 overnight at the meteorological station shelter (sleeping bag, dry clothes to change, light shoes for house, warm clothes for sleeping, hygiene kit, meal for dinner and for breakfast).

5. Climbing Big Iremel at 7th day is possible to replace with one of two alternative options:
a) Maliy Iremel - the route is easier and shorter and opens amazing view on Big Iremel Mount, starts from Iremel check-point (about 12 km both way, ↑↓ 530 m, 7 h)
b) Bakty mountain range - the nearest attraction to the Tyulyuk village which is interesting for its extremely picturesque rock ridges and view on the Tyulyuk village (9-10 km both way, ↑↓300 m, 4 h)