Trial Trail

Trial Trail

Projects dates: July 3 – 16 2019 (14 days in all)

Languages spoken on site: Russian and English

Project site: Russia, Republic of Buryatia, Zabaikalski National Park, Svyatoy Nos peninsula

The long-term goal of this project: Trial Trail brings you to the plateau of Svyatoy Nos peninsula with a picturesque view of two large bays. At the moment the trail is just a steep climb. The aim is to create a more comfortable track for the visitors with an average level of preparation. This will help to develop ecological tourism.

Project scope of work: Our volunteers will have to continue the construction of  the trail (switchback). It includes clearing the corridors, excavating the soil and building structures.

There will be a crew leader who helps manage all the volunteers at the work-site. She or he will be assisted by an interpreter, who will not only ensure smooth communication amongst all of the participants, but will also help run our after-hours cultural programs for the group.

The schedule each day will be flexible according to weather conditions and the make-up of the crew. Typically, our workdays along the trail last about six hours with a long break for lunch in between.

Volunteer Application Form

Accommodation and meals: Our volunteers will be setting up a stationary camp along Barguzinski Bay in Svyatoy Nos peninsula.

Our crew leader will work with volunteers to set up a work schedule, as well as a schedule for meal and campfire preparation amongst all the crew members. For those interested in perusing a typical menu at our camps, please look at our sample menu.

Be aware, that sometimes you will have snack on the trail instead of lunch because the working place is located far away from the camp.

GBT will provide food for the whole project, all inventory of trail-building tools, other equipment, two-person tents, etc.

There will be no hot showers at the site, but it will be possible to heat up enough water to bathe camping-style or you might choose to refresh yourself in the waters of Lake Baikal.

Days off: If the group is in good physical conditions, they can climb to Svyatoy Nos plateau. At the end of the project in case of favourable weather conditions it is possible to visit the thermal springs of Zmeevaya Bay.

Physical challenges during the project: This is one of the hardest projects. Volunteers will cover a distance of 5 km (~3 miles) along the trail and will use work tools – shovels, pickaxes, will carry logs, stones. Other types of physical activity are also included. Also, as a part of the project, volunteers will take part in the maintenance of the camp.

Please note that you should plan to bring a large backpack with you, one that can hold the equivalent of 70 litres in volume. You should also bring a jacket for the prevailing windy and damp weather, along with a warm sweater and durable pants. Please also bring some very sturdy shoes, ones that are mostly waterproof (many places along the trail can be muddy).

Please be sure to carefully read the FAQ, the list of necessary equipment, 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 3rd. 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 project site on Svyatoy Nos peninsula. And the end of the project the group will be transfered to Ust-Barguzin, then a bus will take the group back to Ulan-Ude.

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.

GBT provides:

Transfer Ulan-Ude – Ust-Bargusin – Ulan-Ude
Transfer Ust-Bargusin – Svyatoy Nos – Ust-Bargusin
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

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-Ude to