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Chara Sands Hiking Tour
Chara Sands, Kodar Mountain Range
Season: July - August
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Tour ID: 796
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6/5 day/night
without flight
Price per tour for 1 person with standard accommodation.

Charsky Sands, the northernmost desert on earth, is located in the very north of the Trans-Baikal Territory, in the Kalarsky district. It is located in the middle of the Chara Valley, surrounded by mountains.

This is a real desert with ridges of dunes 20-25 m high, with wind ripples in the sand, with singing dunes and sandstorms. Here you can see the remains of trees that died under the onslaught of the desert.

Chara Sands is called the "miracle of nature." This miracle holds the status of a natural geological monument, and the strange, “incorrect” location of the desert in the middle of marshes and taiga causes many questions.

We hope, that this hiking tour with locals will give you some answers.

Season: July - August

Tour program

10:32 Arrival at the Novaya Chara station (Train 097С), meeting the instructor. Checking of the backpacks and the equipment. Safety instructions. Moving to Chara - the first Russian settlement within the Chita region. Start of the route. 8 km of hiking to the Chara desert. Camping on the Lake Alyonushka. Lunch. Some rest and enjoying amazing views of the desert.

Packing, going on the route. After a little walking along the Chara desert, we will get to the Middle Sakukan River and cross it (wading). Then we move to the Kodar Mountain range to the West of the river. A stop for lunch on the way. In the evening – camping between two spurs of the ridge. Distance per day: about 18 km.

Moving along the river valley, between mountain ranges. Hiking18 km to the Marble Gorge with the remains of the Bohr forced labor camp. We will stay here for the night. A hiking bath in the evening, swimming in the cleanest mountain river, recovering from long crossings.
We make the return trip along the Middle Sakukan River and get up at the exit of the gorge.

The final day of the active part of our journey. Optionally, we can also go through the Chara desert to get a last look on it. Or, we can shorten the route a bit and go along the path to Chara and take a car to Novaya Charu.

Departure by train to Krasnoyarsk or Novosibirsk at 03:15, end of the tour.
Price per tour for 1 person with standard accommodation.



To check availability, please email or send a request through the "Book" form. 

What is included?


  • Group equipment (gas, burners, boilers, ax, saw, first aid kit)

  • Transfer New Chara - Chara - New Chara;

  • Meals on the active part of the route

  • Services of an English-speaking instructor

  • Visa invitation letter

Not included

  • Flight tickets to Russia and train tickets to the Novaya Chara Station
  • Medical Insurance
  • Tents and backpacks (extra fee)
  • Visa application fee