Shumak is the natural spa-resort in Sayan mountains. The tour duration is 5 - 7 days and it is
possible from June till September. The tour starts in a little village named Nilova Pustyn - similar
to Arshan spring resort. An orthodox hermit named Nil was the first man who settled in a lonely
forest and founded the base.
Distance: Khoitogol - Shumak: 70 km Hiking tour: 2 days / 1 night Horse-riding trip: 1 day Travel by helicopter: 1 hour
View from helicopter
The route runs through Khoitogol village, across Sayan mountains and overpasses Shumaksky peak - 2750
metres. Farther down, (1558 metres above the sea level), there is a Shumak valley. The distance between
Khoitogol and Shumak is 70 km (44 ml). It takes two days and one night to get to Shumak by foot. It is
possible as well to hire the horses or helicopter.
Shumak is the name of the river which source begins high in the Sayan mountains. Long time
ago, Shumak was discovered by a Buryat hunter who followed the wounded bear.
The surrounding area is rich with
medicinal herbs such as:
Shumak is called the valley of 100 springs. Over one hundred natural mineral springs cure and purify people's
health. The springs are small dimples in the ground filled with water different in taste and temperature (10 -
35°C). The springs possess the best qualities of mineral waters from different resorts in Caucasus and
There are several mineral swimming pool-baths in the open air and one natural bath with leeches. People
are very thankful about this place for its curative quality which is largely determined by the activity of
micro-organisms. On the territory there are over 25 log cabins for accommodation, but very often in July and
August Shumak is overcrowded.
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