Land of the Barguzine Sable

Land of the Barguzin Sable

Project is full


Projects dates: July 16-29, 2019 (14 days in all)

Project site: Russia, Republic of Buryatia, Barguzinski National Nature Reserve, the Shumilikha River Valley

Languages spoken on site: Russian, English

The long-term goal of this project: Development of educational and eco-friendly tourism in the area through building an ecological trail in the Shumilikha River Valley.

Project scope of work: Volunteers will be repairing a part of the exsisting trail that was damaged by a large fire in 2015. The project tasks will include clearing the trail corridor, building new sections, setting up resting points, and installing signs and trail markings.

The average working day is six hours, with a break for lunch.The crew leader can change the daily schedule depending on the weather and the condition of the group.


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Accommodation and meals: Volunteers will be asked to set up a general campsite near to the initial place of work. The crew-leader will also help create a work schedule that gives participants various tasks related to camp-fire and meal preparation. Please see one of our sample menu of food.

The GBT will provide food for the whole project; it also will provide all the necessary work-equipment, cooking utensils, tools, as well as a full complement of two-person tents.

There will be no hot showers on-site. But you will be able to heat up water to bathe with a wash-cloth. Or you can choose to take a dip in the refreshingly brisk waters of lake Baikal.

Days off: At the middle of the project volunteers will hike to see the Shumilikha waterfall.  If  the weather is good after the project the group can visit the thermal springs of Zmeevaya Bay, the viewpoint in the village of Monakhovo and go to the visitor center of Barguzinski Reserve in the village of Ust`-Barguzin.

Physical challenges during the project: You will walk 1-2 km (1,5 miles) one way to the worksite every day. You will also be asked to carry the equipment, and then build the trail by using various shovels, pickaxes and other tools. Each participant will be expected to work as a team in moving large rocks and logs, and performing other physical tasks.

Please note that we ask that you bring a larger back-pack that holds at least 70 liters. The local climate is changeable, and may require a full selection of clothing and footwear. August can be rainy here at Baikal. So you should be prepared to change clothes with some regularity.

We suggest that you take the time to review our list of required equipment that we strongly recommend to bring.

Also please be sure to carefully read the FAQ and information concerning ticks.

Transportation: This trail project’s starting point is in the city of Ulan-Ude. We ask that all volunteers gather in the city of Ulan-Ude in the early morning at 9 a.m. on July 16th. We will order a bus to take the group to the village of Ust`-Barguzin. From the village of Ust-Barguzin the volunteers will be transferred to the village of Monakhovo. In Monakhovo the group will take a boat to get to their project site.
At the end of the project group will take a boat to Monakhovo village, then take a bus to Ust-Barguzin. Then another bus will take the group back to Ulan-Ude.


GBT provides:

Transfer Ulan-Ude – Ust-Bargusin – Ulan-Ude
Transfer Ust-Bargusin – Monakhovo – Ust-Bargusin
Water Transfer Monakhovo – Shumilikha – Monakhovo
Accommodation in a hostel in Ulan-Ude on the last day of the project
Crew leader
Group first aid kit. (Attention! If you have chronic diseases or you need certain drugs, please take them with you.)
Products, as well as the necessary group inventory, tools, two-person tents

Project cost: The overall fee for joining this project – covering all costs for registration, food and local transportation, as well as for accommodation in a hostel in Ulan Ude on the last day of the project – will be 15,800 rubles.

Please remember that there are a very limited number of places available for this project!

* Please take the time to fill out an application once you are 100% sure that you will want to participate in this fun project.

* Please also note that, if you do not receive an immediate reply from us within a week—or if you have any other questions about participating in this project—you can connect with us directly via the following e-mail address:

Volunteer Application Form

To confirm your participation please send us a scan of your travel tickets to Ulan-Udeto