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Old 07-10-2013, 05:55 AM   #1
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Siberia 2013 - From Irkutsk to Altai via Tuva and back via Mongolia

Hello everybody

I would like to announce our next trip: from Irkutsk to Altai mountains via Tuva Republic and back via north of Mongolia

We are 4 guys from Romania. Our bikes are on their way to Irkutsk with Kajman (

We leave on 13 July by plane / on 16 August we return. The route is like this

stage 1. Bucuresti – Irkutsk (by plane).
stage 2. From Irkutsk we get our bikes and leave for Krasnoyarsk. From there we go South to Ergaki mountains, Tuva Republic and then, Altai Mountains. We hope to explore Ukok plateau (we are waiting for our border permit).
stage 3. After exploring Russian Altai, we cross border to Mongolia where we wand to explore a little the Mongolian Altai (Tavan Bogd national park).
Then, the middle route via Lake Hovsgol in the north.
stage 4. We arrive in Irkutsk, leave bikes at Kajman and get back in the plane for Romania.

Until we come back and we write here an RR, you can follow us here
- - we will upload pictures from the road and update status from the SPOT
- - you can see the live tracking from SPOT

See you at the end of August,

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:45 PM   #2
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Can't wait for this one. These Siberian RRs get me so stoked!
Hope you have an awesome adventure.
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Old 01-06-2014, 05:45 AM   #3
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So let's see what happened last summer

We were 3 x KTM 990 Adv and 1 x BMW F800GS

The bikes left Romania with Adam - (reccomended by Sambor) and waited for us in Irkutsk. We left by plane.

This is the map of the track, each day = different colour; total = 6400 km

Day 0, Saturday, 13 July 2013

At 6 o'clock the plane departs from Bucharest. First stop: Warsaw. We have enough time for a quick visit to the center of the town.
In the evening we arrive to Moscow from where we leave to Irkutsk.

Day 1, Sunday, 14 July 2013

We land at 11 o'clock. After we get our luggage, we take a taxi from the airport to the meeting point with Adam to get our bikes. Adam awaits for us with a bikers team ready to go riding Mongolia. We get our bikes, load all the luggage in the taxi and go to Nina's house. Nina is a Russian lady in Irkutsk who receives tourists in her house. We don't have the courage to enter the yard because of the stories we read here on about her big bad dog (thanks Walter). The truth is they release the dog in the yard only in the night (at least when they have tourists). We ask the taxi driver to give a phone call to Nina.

After we enter the yard, we put all the luggage in the rooms and we go to eat. Very close is a restaurant. After eating... some sleep is the best we can do.

Happy because our vacation just started

Walking in Irkutsk

Bruce Lee beats Van Damme

In the evening we go to a Japanese restaurant. We come back to Nina before midnight. Nina's husband checks every room to see if everybody's there before releasing the dog.

Day 2, Monday, 15 July 2013

Russian breakfast at Nina

Nina's yard

One of the 2 or 3 Nina's cats lying on the ledge

In the afternoon we go to visit the town

Day 3, Tuesday, 16 July 2013 (600 km)

At 10:30 we leave Nina's house. There are 1000 km to Krasnoyarsk. We have in plan to do the first 600 and stop to Alzamai.

The traffic is crazy. It takes one hour to get out of Irkutsk.

After a few hours we are hungry. We stop at a roadside cafe. Cheap and good. It cant be compared with the huge prices from Irkutsk. At Gigi's bike the fuel light strangely comes on. We notice that the interconnecting hose is disconnected. We put it back but without verifying the fuel tap :)

All day long the sun and the rain are chasing one another.

For folks who don't know? this is the fueling procedure in Russia: you stop the bike, go to the pay-office; you are asked how many litters you want to buy. If you want to fill up to full, they ask you how many litters is your tank. You pay one full tank and after that you fill with gas. After filling you go back to the pay-office and get your remaining money back.

At Gigi's bike, once again, the fuel light comes on. Until we take a look the others go to buy some strawberries. The fuel tap was closed.

We arrive to Alzamai at 23:30. It's full (there are two divers motels). We go to eat something (to the motel on the right side of the road). They have good food. We sit in the dining room and we think of what to do. A guard tells us to put the tents in the back of the TIR parking. The rain just stopped so we are happy that we will sleep. Unfortunately we are near a truck whose engine starts every 15 minutes. But it doesn't matter, at least we don't have to stay in the dining room. We sleep until 10 AM.

Day 4, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 (440 km)

We pack everything. But we move very slowly. We leave Alzamai at 13:00.

This is the tent place. Is good that is a little sandy.

A little break and we are full of mosquitoes bites. As we walked a few feet from the asphalt into the woods the mosquitoes attack begin.

Andrei goes to the toilet behind a tree :)) Not a good decision. He says: "I
made oral sex with the mosquitoes".?

Later, in a gas station, Bogdan with Gigi begin talking with a local guy ... and they go to a test drive?

At 10 PM we enter Krasnoyarsk. The sun is still up. We go to "Garage" hotel. Near the hotel there is a little store so we are happy.

Day 5, Thursday, 18 July 2013

The breakfast is between 9 and 10. I barely get off my bed. We get some eggs and cookies.

With a taxi called from the hotel reception we go to the center of the town. We walk on Lenina street. There are some pretty wooden houses. About Krasnoyarsk Cehov wrote that "is probably the most beautiful town in Siberia". I was a little disappointed.

At the postal office they don't have postcards. I want to send home.

We are ice cream fans.

Old wooden houses

And a big church

Andrei trying some glasses

And then some underware

Andrei and Lenin

The central park in Krasnoyarsk

Gigi is more daring and stops people to take photos

Riding the wheel

Good Bye Lenin

to be continued...
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:46 PM   #6
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Awesome, looking forward to this!!
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:06 AM   #7
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Siberia 2013 - From Irkutsk to Altai and back

Keep it coming Bob!
I know it's an awesome report ;) not to mention this is The Place to share it.
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This is fantastic!
Please carry on, loving the picture quality, the maps and the story.

Christian, what are those DRL's under the fairing of your KTM?

Also, there's a GoPro lurking about - are we going to see some video?

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Old 01-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #13
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Great RR, stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:58 PM   #14
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This is really cool! thanks!
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:30 PM   #15
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Great report & pics! Please continue...
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