Ergaki. Places of power

The Ergaki are an unusual mountain range in the Western Sayan Mountains of Russia.

Ergaki is a fairytale country, whose beauty is capable to attract practically anyone.

9 Ergarki is the country of mountains

Ergarki is the country of mountains

Recently, the Ergaki Mountains have become the place of pilgrimage for professional tourists and rock climbers, painters and those who are attracted by everything beautiful and unusual.

However, this is the place of restricted pilgrimage. The most stunning places are located beyond the Painters Mountain Pass (literally, Khudozhnikov Mountain Pass).

The most famous places of Ergaki are Aradansky (2466 m/8090 ft), Star (2265 m/7431 ft) (literally, Zvezdnyi) and Parable (literally, Parabola) peaks. Nearby Parable Peak there are such beautiful mountain lakes as Mountain Spirits Lake (literally, Lake of Gornye Dukhi) and Painters Lake (literally, Khudozhnikov Lake).

10 Amazing Lake Harmony is located behind the Painters Mountain Pass

Amazing Lake Harmony is located behind the Painters Mountain Pass. The real Ergarki

In this article you can find photos of these and many others endlessly beautiful places.

The nature of Ergaki

The Ergaki Mountains are the home of cedar forests and mountain tundras. There are pictureaque subalpine and alpine meadows. In the forests you can see bears, moose and elks.

14 Rainbow (Raduzhnoe) Lake. The view from the mountainside

Rainbow (Raduzhnoe) Lake. The view from the mountainside

“The hanging rock” in the Ergaki

This is one of the most significant tops in the Ergaki range. Hereinafter Andrey Grachev is cited.

“Some tourist from Novosibirsk tried to throw this rock from the mountain with the help of a tire jack. But they had no luck. To tell the truth, before that incident it was possible to swing the rock with a hand. Now it is immovable. There are so many “tourists”!”

13 “The hanging rock” outskirts

“The hanging rock” outskirts

11 “The hanging rock” outskirts

“The hanging rock” outskirts

12 “The hanging rock” outskirts

 “The hanging rock” outskirts 

The Painter Mountain Pass in the Ergaki

In case of good weather climbing the Painters Mountain Pass is not difficult at all.

“In less than an hour we were in the middle of the mountain pass. The mountain pass itself separates the part of the Ergaki which is open to public from its wild and the most beautiful one. Right after crossing the Painters Mountain Pass the real Ergaki begin. All the things we saw before were just a prelude. After the mountain pass is crossed, the mobile communication is not available.”

17 Climbing the Painters Mountain Pass

Climbing the Painters Mountain Pass

Parable Peak

One of the most popular places of the Ergaki is unearthly Parable Peak.

“There is not a single soul, we are the first and we are alone. We put up a tent in the Dream Valley near Painters Lake. Then we hurried up to fulfill OUR DREAM – to see Parable! This is the final destination of my trip! Parable Peak looks like actual parable only if you look from the side of Painters Lake. From other angles it looks like a usual and ordinary cliff.”

1 Parable Peak, reflected on the surface of Painters Lake at the sunset

Parable Peak, reflected on the surface of Painters Lake at the sunset

2 Painters Lake

Painters Lake

6 Painters Lake

Painters Lake 

Mountain Spirits Lake

This is one of the most mysterious places of the Ergaki Mountains.

“Here is popular Mountain Spirits Lake. There is a lot of legends about this mysterious lake. Parable Peak and Mountain Spirits Lake are the most mystical places of the Ergaki, the so-called places of Power. Some people say that Parable is the portal to other dimensions. Mountain Spirits Lake is even scarier as weird things happen there. All people who stay there at night are filled with fear and horror, unexplainable things happen there. No one has ever tried to repeat the overnight stop. Moreover, Mountain Spirits Lake is the deepest in the Ergaki, but its exact depth has not been measured yet.”

3 Mountain Spirits

Mountain Spirits

The Unexplainable in the Ergaki

This is how Andrey Grachev describes the end of his trip to the Ergaki:

“As soon as we finished our dinner rain started again. The weather seemed to take pity on us and rain stopped for an hour and a half, so we could cook hot dinner. We fell asleep to the sounds of raindrops hitting the tent. But later an unexplainable thing happened. Around the midnight Yuri came out of the tent and soon shouted to me: “Andrey, come here! Here is something…” I jumped out of the tent and saw a fantastic view – a cloud glowing with orange light was floating in the night sky. It was an UFC! An unidentified flying cloud! We still have no clue what that thing really was. However, Michael (our guide) had already met the similar thing before and in the beginning of our trip he told us about it. But unfortunately we did not manage to take a picture of the cloud as it was floating too fast. We did not have enough time to fix out tripod mount and the camera. It was very hard to fall asleep again because we heard strange sounds all night”

15 Lurking (Potaennoe) Lake in the mist

Lurking (Potaennoe) Lake in the mist

Time to visit the Ergaki

The climate in the Ergaki is strongly continental. The winter there is long and cold and the summer is warm and humid.

Weather in the mountains is very changeable. The best time to visit the Ergaki is from the second half of June till September. If you visit the Ergaki earlier you would come across much snow (up to 3 m/10 ft).

16 Above the mountain tops of the Ergaki

Above the mountain tops of the Ergaki

How to travel to the Ergaki

You can go by plane to Krasnoyarsk, then by car or bus.

18 At the shore of Corrie (Karovoe) Lake in Ergaki

At the shore of Corrie (Karovoe) Lake in Ergaki

The conservation of natural resources in the Ergaki Mountains

In 2005, a natural park of the same name was founded in the Ergaki. The major purpose of the park was to preserve biodiversity and protect the nature as well as to arrange the tourists flow.

We have to tell you about security measures while visiting the mountain range, namely how to behave in the case of meeting a bear.

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