The territory of Ergaki Natural Park is a traditional tourist center of the southern part of the krai and the most visited part of the Western Sayan. The park is undoubtedly the pearl of Siberia and a paradise for travelers, with its beautiful lakes, clean rivers, rich Siberian taiga, and beautiful granite peaks.
True lovers of uniquely beautiful natural places must see this wonderful region with their own eyes. There are many legends and superstitions about these places. It was believed that gods liked to rest here, and they brought their stone toys with them. According to another legend, the rocks that are trying to reach the sky are fingers of an arrogant man who was turned to stone by the gods. This explains the name of this unique mountain range, «Ergaki», which is translated from Turkic as «fingers».
The natural park includes the Ergaki mountain group, located in the central part of the Western Sayan. From east to west, the Ergaki mountain range is about 80 kilometers long, and its maximum width is 70 kilometers. The Ergaki range has a very dendritic network of ridges. Each peak of these ridges has a unique appearance. The highest of them are Aradansky Peak (2,466 meters) and Zvezdny Peak (2,265 meters). The Artists Pass is a place of pilgrimage for all creative people and connoisseurs of beauty. From here, one can see a wide panorama of the central part of the Ergaki mountains: the peaks Ptitsa («Bird»), Zvezda («Star»), Zub Drakona («Dragon's Tooth»), Konus («Cone»), and Zerkalny («Mirror»). In the center, far below, you can clearly see two sharp peaks, the so-called Brothers or Parabola.
The symbol of the Siberian mountains is the legendary mountain called Sleeping Sayan. And the «Stone Town» is indeed a true Wonder of the World.
In winter, Ergaki is a combination of blue sky, white snow, evergreen taiga, and magnificent mountains. In the summer, this perfect combination is further complemented by the colors of subalpine and alpine meadows and a cascade of waterfalls, narrow river canyons, and mountain lakes. Even the names of the lakes in Ergaki Natural Park tell of their beauty: Raduzhnoye (Rainbow), Mramornoye (Marble), Svetloye (Bright), and Zolotoye (Golden). Their waters are stunningly clean and transparent. Numerous rivers and streams, flowing down between the mountain ranges, form many rapids and waterfalls.
Mramorny waterfall is incredibly beautiful and the most popular with tourists. Here, a stream of water falls almost 30 meters in a cascade of two steps, with a myriad of flashing water drops.
The Ergaki reserve is popular among mountaineers and those who love winter sports. The tourist season here lasts from late October to mid-June. A very popular form of leisure in this period is staying in the tourist centers, exploring the snowy beauty of the natural park on snowmobiles, and winter sports, such as alpine skiing and snowboarding, and riders will truly enjoy the virgin snow on the steep slopes.
In the summer, visitors to the Ergaki Natural Park can go on hiking and horseback tours, following a number of sports routes. Rafting of varying degrees of difficulty is offered on the mountain rivers of Uss and Oya, and visitors can also go fishing or pitch a tent at camping sites. Ergaki is also popular with extreme sports enthusiasts, who come here for base jumping.
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