2013 tours by UUhostel.com and Denis Sobnakov

About us

We are young and passionate

We love what we are doing and we want to show what a beautiful and special place we live in. All our guides are locals speaking English (sometimes more languages), graduates from local universities.

My name is Denis Sobnakov. You might have read about me in Lonely Planet Russia in Ulan-Ude section or somewhere in the internet if you looked up about Ulan-Ude. I’m passionate about traveling and this is my goal – to create the system which will make it easier to get the experience.

About Denis

The story started when me and my classmates met a couple of Swiss backpackers back in 2003. There were not a lot of tourists on the streets in my hometown back then and that was quite a big thing for us. They actually showed me that even speaking with someone from foreign culture can broaden your horizons. I decided to connect my future life with foreigners, so I started working in international hostels and soon became a tour guide around my area – lake Baikal.

Then I was hired by a big international tour operator as a tour leader. I’ve done many Trans Siberian trips all the way there and back. It was fantastic experience, I learnt a lot about life, people and Russia.

In 2011 I opened a backpacker hostel in Ulan-Ude. It is designed to fit all the needs of any traveller, a lot of information, all the necessary facilities and comfy matresses. On the base of the hostel we started a small tour operator where we offered the best original trips around our region of lake Baikal and further on – whole Russia and Mongolia.

In 2012 we covered all lake Baikal area with tours of different kind. Now we’re looking forward to showing lake Baikal to people worldwide.

We are for responsible tourism

Our small company’s philosophy is to keep local communities sustainable and to make as little impact on environment as possible.

  • We design our tours in a way to enrich our guests’ experience with all the respect towards local people.
  • Sustainable business
  • We don’t use illegal hunters or fishermen’s trophies (meat, fish for cooking).
  • We support local orphanages with 5% of our profits.
  • During the tours we try to have as much local interaction as possible.