Tour to the south Siberia: One day trip to Arbidjil settlement.
The tour starts in Ulan-Ude city. After breakfast group members are picked up by the guide and driver in
a toyota minibus and drive 35 km to the Arbidjil village - one of the oldest Buryat settlements.
On the territory of the village people can see traditional buryat yurts and main living houses
made of wood. At the main gates group members are met by a Buryat family for a rare cultural encounter and farther
in the yard guests will see traditional show accompanied by folk music. The family recounts Buryat culture,
traditions and shamanistic customs.
In a yurta house group members try traditional buryat cuisine: salamat,
lapsha soup, pozi, specially prepared fish with cedar nuts. Guests are invited to prepare pozi meals by
themselves. According to your request a sheep can be prepared on the fire in a traditional buryat way.
After lunch group members will be offered to shoot with a bow. Return to Ulan-Ude in the afternoon.
The tour is possible all year round. The duration of the program is 4-5 hours. According to your request
the tour can be started at any time from 08:00 till 17:00 o'clock.
Cost ($ US) per Person:
• Ground Transport: minibus to/from Arbidjil/Ulan-Ude
• Guides: english-speaking guide to accompany group at all times
• Meals: lunch
• Activities: tours and visits as specified in itinerary
• Permits & Admission Fees: for access to special areas and sites
Buryatia is located in the south of Siberia on both sides of lake Baikal. From the VI-XIth centuries the
area was inhabited by Turkic tribes called Kurikans. Further Mongol tribes began to settle here (XVII) and
by the end of the XVIIth century the Buryat nation had been formed. Arbidjil is one of those villiges which
preserve old traditional ethnos and Buryat customs.
Buryati were living in yurts similar to Mongol nomad tents, but made of wood. Buryati are not nomads and
live on one place. Further separate yurts grew up to a Buryat villages which were located mostly along the
river's shores. The tour will bring you to one of these villages to experience native traditions and customs.
Buryati people were mostly hunters and fishermen. Their main industry was the intensive cattle-breeding.
In some areas Buryati grew millet, buckwheat and barley. Lunch during the tour is of traditional buryat cuisine.
Some of the meals (like pozi) you can try to prepare by yourself!
From Kurikan tribes Buryati inherited the high art of blacksmith work. They were highly-skilled jewellers and
very good at processing iron. During the trip group members acquaintance with native habits of Buryati. Shooting with
a bow is one of the popular competition.
You can ask a question or reserve the trip at our request form page.