Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Destination: Kodar Mountains, Pik BAM.
Travel direction: Russia -> Trans-Siberian Railway -> Transbaikalia -> Baikal-Amur-Magistrale -> Novaya Chara Station -> Kodar Range -> Pik BAM.

Kodar is the mountain range in the centre of Transbaikalia. Stretches within Irkutsk Oblast and Zabaykalsky Krai in Siberia, Russia. It’s a part of Stanovoye plateau as well as the extension of North Muiskiy Range.

Kodar mountains’ length is 200 km. The maximum hight is 3072 km (Pik BAM). Includes 30 glaciers the total area of which is 19 sq km. The biggest glacier is Azarov.

Transbaikalia’s Kodar Range was one of places used instensively by Stalin’s GULAG system. There are many remains of labour camps located in canyons. Gulag camps’s mission was to mine coal and copper.

Pik BAM

Pik BAM is the highest summit of the Kodar Range in Zabaykalsky Krai (formerly known as Chita Oblast), Siberia / Russia. Its height is 3,072 metres above sea level. The abbreviation “BAM” stands for the Baikal Amur Mainline railway, which passes south of it.

Map of Kodar Mountains (Transbaikalia)

Below is the mark of Pik BAM on the map.

Download free outline map of Transbaikalia, Russia

Trekking in Kodar Mountains

It became a lovely destination for trekking fans. This chain of mountains is very easy to access thanks to Baikal-Amur-Magistrale. The closest station is Novaya Chara.

Kodar Mountains Photographs

Below enjoy 30+ breathtaking photographs taken by Ekaterina Ipatieva, co-founder of Adv.Yktv.ru, Yakutsk Adventure Community, during her and her Yakutsk mates’ Kodar Mountains trekking in August 2011.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
Meeting up at Novaya Chara Railway Station.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
Artem Petukhov, a Yakutsk-based Taymir Trekking Club leader, inside Novaya Chara Station, where the team spent the first night.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
On the way to mountains.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
Crossing the Sakukan River.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
Passage before Murzilka Pass.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
In front of Sovetskiy Geograph (Soviet Geographer) Glacier.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.
In this picture, the third summit is BAM and the glacier in front of Pik BAM is Azarov Glacier.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

Kodar Mountain Range in Chita Oblast, Transbaikalia, Russia. Photo by Ekaterina Ipatieva.

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