Trail of Trials
Svyatoy Nos cape
7.5km one-way
Difficulty: Hard
Ascent: 1400m
Be aware of ticks and bears
About this trail
7.5km one-way
Bears, ticks
Only at the beginning or the end of the trail
Yes, for more information chick here
Only at the beginning and the end of the trail
How to get there
Getting to the beginning of the trail is not easy if you do not go there by your own car.

By car: After you get to Ust-Barguzin, you should pass the bridge over Barguzin River, and turn left (almost backwards) at the first crossroad. In 5-10 minutes you will reach the National Park. From the checkpoint of the national park there is a dirt road. This is the only road, so there is no chance you will miss it. Just before the mountains, there will be a turn left. Take it, and in 1.5km you'll see the informational sign at the beginning of the trail.
Depending on your driving skills and condition of the road, the way to the campsite will take you from 40 minutes to 1.5 hours. We advice you to camp before reaching the beginning of the trail because there is a big chance that you will be unable to drive right to the beginning of the trail because of your car's clearance. But if you own a SUV, it's not a problem, unless it was raining before. There are many dedicated camping places on the shore of Lake Baikal with a great view on Svyatoy Nos peninsula. From there you can get to the beginning of the trail by car in 15-20 minutes. Or you can just drive somewhere closer and then go to the trail by foot. It will save you some time.

By public transport:
First, you need to get to Ust-Barguzin. The only way to do it that does not cost you a lot is to take a bus from Ulan-Ude. The schedule can change every year, there is almost no source of up-to-date information. The only thing you can do is to call the bus services. They speak only russian, thus you will probably have to ask someone (for example the receprionist at your hostel) to call them and ask for the schedule, price and booking of tickets.

Then, from Ust-Barguzin there are several ways to get to the beginning of the trail. First is to take a taxi directly to Svyatiy Nos cape. It's the most expensive, but also most comfortable way to get there. The cost will depend on the driver and your trading skills. Second way is to take a taxi to the beginning of National Park and then go by foot (25-30km) or try to hitchike. It is the cheapest option, there are lost of people driving there.
You have to pay an entrance fee at the border of NationalPark.
More information on potable water
Be careful: in an extremely dry summer there can be no water on the top (July, August), but it is very hard to predict.
No equipment needed, but it's good to have proper hiking shoes. If you have trekking poles, take it, especially if you carry a heavy backpack. Take a headlamp with you because if something goes wrong and you are returning late, it's a nescessary thing.
There are no shops closer than Ust-Barguzin.
There are many places where you can set up a tent for free at the bottom of the trail. If you want to set up a camp at the top, do not expect to find lots of wood there. It's better to have a gas stove with you.
The path is partially cleared and marked with red paint on the trees along the path and stone tours above the forest zone. At the beginning of the path there is an information board.

The first third of the uphill is mainly a traverse of the forest slope, then a clear trail steeply up the forest to the Cross. This is a half of the way. From the Cross you can see the Chivyrkuisky and Barguzinsky Bays, the Chivyrkuisky Isthmus and Lake Arangatui. From the Cross the ascent goes along the ridge. There are some trails leading down to the slope, but you should only stick to the ridge path going uphill.
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