If you or your friends have an SUV, but you do not know where to go for a day or two to nature in the vicinity of Irkutsk, then you must go to the Royal Gates cliff. We have already told you about our trips to the cliffs of the Olkhin plateau and about the fact that on the way from the Idol cliff to the Staruha cliff there is another rock, which name we do not know. It’s not even a rock, but rather a cliff, because your path will lie just through its top. It’s easy to pass by. But if you are inquisitive, you will necessarily want to overcome a small obstacle and you will open an unusually wide panorama. The forest seems to lie like a carpet on the hills, mountains on the horizon and not a single man-made structure. Near this observation platform you will see the top of Idol, and in the distance, in good weather, you can see the Sayan mountains.
And now about the Royal Gates cliff
Yes, it’s harder and longer to get here, but you’ll have to walk much less, only six hundred meters from the far point to which you will reach by car (let’s call it parking) to the cliff. We did not know the path, so we went to the point of coordinates GPS through the forest. But the path to it is good and it starts the other way. That is, as you arrive at the parking lot, and the rock will be on the right, but the path to it is on the left and leads up into the hill. Then you will go to the right and to the right all the rest of the time. You will look under your feet, so as not to stumble about the roots of trees and suddenly, raising your head, you will understand that you came when you are surprised at the extraordinary qualities of the Royal Gates cliff.
But the most interesting you are waiting on top, so do not be lazy and try to climb up. In one place it will be quite difficult, so grab comfortable shoes and friends who will prompt you how to climb and insure you in a difficult situation. Believe me, it’s worth it! And in the evening with clear weather at the top of the cliff you will have an unforgettable sunset over the Sayan mountains and the valley of Irkut! Have a good trip, share your impressions and ask questions in the comments or on our group on the facebook. We will try to answer them as detailed as possible.
How to get there
- On the off-road car. You can turn off the Kultuk tract after the Andrianovskaya station (turn off after the bridge over the Malaya Glubokaya) or go from Kultuk (but this road is not yet ushered in). In both of these cases, you may well have time to go back and forth in just one day.
- On the train towards Slyudyanka to the station “Moving” or “Andrianovskaya”, then go on foot for about 25 kilometers. In this case, stock up on food, and tourist equipment, because you are unlikely to have time in one day.
Coordinates of the Royal Gates cliff: 51.7775495, 103.5265152