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A unique expedition is to set out from Irkutsk February 7
A unique expedition is to set out from Irkutsk February 7 to studying wintertime nomadic territories and ice-bound roads of Baikal-Mongolian Asia, the organizing committee of the third Zimniada-2005 winter games international festival said to RIA Novosti. Expedition members will ride cars and hovercraft, traveling 3,000 km along hardly passable wintertime routes and ice over a 16-day period. This trip is timed to coincide with the Old Mongolian New Year, which due to begin February 9 in accordance with the lunar calendar. Those taking part in the expedition will visit sacred Mongolian places, which have something to do with religious cults and rituals. Expedition members will get acquainted with local shamans (witch doctors), also gaining an insight into the life of Mongolian nomads. They will attend horse racing and a wolf roundup, too. The expedition is to return to Irkutsk February 23 to take part in the opening ceremony of the above-mentioned Zimniada-2005 winter-games international festival. The Mongolian expedition is the longest and the most time consuming of all the ten Zimniada-festival expeditions, the festival's organizing committee said. The sport tourism festival also stipulates a skidoo (snowmobile) ride along the ice-bound lake Baikal, dog-sled races, a horse-back tour of the Siberian lake, as well as an expedition called Unravel the Secrets of Baikal Seals.
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