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Ultimate package

This tours will give you the best and cover-it-all experience. Both include crossing the lake by car on ice or by boat in summer. For those looking for a challenge, trek across the lake with overnight in tent on the ice.

Index of tours:

1.Ultimate Baikal tour 

The iconic view of lake Baikal - Shaman Rock

The iconic view of lake Baikal – Shaman Rock


Cross Baikal from West to East and visit the most beautiful sites and see variety of local cultures of the both sides. You will discover magical Nerpas-baikal seals, mysterious Olkhon island, splendid Chivyrkuysky bay, untouched nature of Barguzin valley, indigenous Buryat people, beauty of local Buddhism, joy of Russian old orthodox believers.

Season: July-September
Number of people: 1-12
Physical rating:
Light walking and short hiking suitable for most fitness levels.
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Temperature: from 15 to 35 Celsius.
Can be both windy&chilly on the lake and quite hot inlands.
Service level: Original
Private tour, most of what you need is provided.

Itinerary

Day 1. Pick-up from airport or train station in Irkutsk city. Lunch in a local cafe. Then you will see several Orthodox churches with beautiful indoor paintings and the central food market, an original Siberian bazar.
Dinner will be served in one of the local traditional restaurants where you could try several tasty dishes of Russian cuisine.
Overnight: Hotel *** at the city center, Included meals: L – D.

Day 2.
Morning start to Olkhon island drive north 250 km. Lunch in a local Buryat cafe. Car ferry to the island. Arriving to the main village, Khuzhir. Panorama of Shaman rock, the iconic view of Olkhon.
Overnight: Guesthouse. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 3
Khoboi excursion. In the morning depart by Russian military vans to explore Olkhon Island and classic Lake Baikal vistas. Drive north to visit Khrantsy cape and make a few stops at Peschanka bay, 3 brothers cliff, famous Khoboi Cape at the northern tip of the island. Open fire cooked picnic-lunch, continued by Uzury station stop, then return back to Khuzhir. Dinner and night in Khuzhir.

Overnight: Guesthouse. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 4
Start in the morning. Enjoy views of the lake from the board of the boat. Sail to Uhkanie islands to see Baikal seals in wild. Lunch and dinner on-board. Night on board/village house.

Overnight: On-board or village house. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 5
Breakfast on-board. Hot Springs baths. Chivyrkuysky Bay sailing. Embarking to see real fishermen villages. Transfer from Monakhovo village through whole Zabaikalsky National Reserve to Ust-Barguzin village. Traditional russian steamed sauna Banya. Family stay.

Overnight: Homestay. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 6
Excursion to Barguzin valley, the sacred Buryat land with great panoramas visiting Yanzheema Buddhist holy natural relic. We get to drive by 3km-high mountains, see petroglyphs, climb hill for views. Back to Ust-Barguzin village.
Overnight: Homestay. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 7 Transfer to Ulan-Ude (270 km). Lunch en-route. A few stops on the way at Turtle rock, Baturinsky female mnastery, Goryachinsk Hot springs resort. Stay in hotel in Ulan-Ude.

Overnight: Hotel *** at the city center. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 8 Start excursion to Ivolginsky Datsan, the center of Buddhism of Russia, is a large complex of lama temples located 40 min drive from Ulan-Ude. It’s a great place with a good scenery around it and a very unique architecture of Tibetan and Buryat religion. There you will get to know what Buddhism is about and how it got to Siberia, what happened to monks in Soviet time, you will spin prayer drums, get inside the main temples and even make your wishes come true!

Then after that we will go to the Old Believers village. Taste old russian home made food and drink, get inside babushka’s house, listen to them singing old songs, feel the touch of centuries in a museum collected by a local priest and enjoy the view of gorgeous Selenga river curve from a Sleeping Lion hill. A very interesting cultural tour which fits everybody who is interested in culture and landscapes. The tour takes at least 5 hours. It includes private transfers, english-speaking guide, traditional ancient style russian lunch, singing, museum, church visit.

Overnight: Hotel *** at the city center. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 9. Departure day.

What’s included

  • All private transfers
  • All fees for visiting museums and national park zones on Lake Baikal including special Baikal Seal watching permission
  • English-Speaking guide
  • Meals as in program
  • Accommodation according to the program
Accommodation
3* hotels, wooden guesthouses, homestays, on-board (optional).
Transportation
Vans, 4WD jeeps, Boat (bus for bigger groups)
Staff
English speaking driver or guide & driver, boat crew.

Ongoing tours:
1. 10 July 2017 tour
2. 14 August 2017 tour
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2.Jeep Adventure around frozen Lake Baikal 

Jeep adventure

Jeep adventure


During short period of the year we offer an unique opportunity for traveling by jeep car to the very remote places and hidden corners of frozen Lake Baikal. For a week you will be travelling over sparkling ice fields of wintry Baikal exploring most amazing and spectacural sights of the Great Siberian Lake. A long circle journey all over Baikal’s region designed specially for the one who like to have a genuine experience of Siberian winter, but want gain it in a comfortable way.

Season: February-March
Number of people: 1-6
Physical rating:
Light walking suitable for most fitness levels, mostly driving. Main challenge can be negative temperature. See our “Survival clothing” section.
Duration: 7 days/7 nights
Temperature: from -30 to -10 Celsius.
Service level: Original
Private tour, most of what you need is provided.

Itinerary

Day 1. After your pick-up from airport or train station, you will have lunch and later on a guided excursion around the historical center of Irkutsk city. You will see several Orthodox churches with beautiful indoor paintings, the central city square decorated with fantastic sculptures made of transparent ice of Lake Baikal and the central food market, an original Siberian bazar. Also, you will be offered to visit local history museum where you may learn a many interesting things about aboriginal civilizations of Lake Baikal, Trans-Sib railway building and Siberia are settling history.
Dinner will be served in one of the local traditional restaurants where you could try several tasty dishes of Russian cuisine.

Overnight: Hotel *** at the city center, Included meals: L – D.

Day 2. West coast (Irkutsk- Buguldeika – MRS)
Today we will drive through the snow-covered fields and mounts covered with Taiga woods towards to Lake Baikal. On our way to the little village Buguldeika hidden at the picturesque valley of the western shore of the Lake Baikal we will have a stopover at quarry, where the locals cut out cubes of snow-white marble stone. In Buguldeika we will get on the ice shield of frozen Lake Baikal and start our exciting ice driving journey. Today you will see several ice grottos and rocks covered with amazing ice structures and visit the famous ancient rock drawings on high gorgeous rocky cliff of Sagan Zaba bay.
Lunch will be served for you as the picnic on ice with a barbecue. This afternoon on our way you will see ancient stone-build walls on the top of gorgeous Shibite Mount. Those walls remaining here from the late iron age and belong to the civilization of enigmatic Kurikan people, nomads who settled around Baikal Exploration of ice-grottos in a past. Also you will definitely enjoy breathtaking panoramic view to the endless spaces of the frozen Lake Baikal and valley of Anga River opening from this summit.
From here we will get in land to see main destinations of this area – sacred Mount Erd – place of the annual Nomadic games and valley of the Stone Spirits – tight group of unusually shaped rocks in the middle of steppe plateau.
This evening we will arrive to the settlement Sukhurte located right opposite to the southern extremity of Olkhon Island. We will get accommodated at the hotel with a nice opened view to snow covered mounts and Olkhon’s Gate straight.

Overnight: Hotel. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 3 (MRS – Khuzhir, Olkhon Island)
Right after the breakfast at the hotel we will continue our ice driving trip. First we will drive across the Olkhon’s Gate straight and get close to island. First stop would be taken at one of the most spectacular local place – Horse Head Cape. This is long, deeply sticking out cape has overhanging rocky walls with ice grottos. From here we will enter a Small Sea – part of Lake Baikal framed by mountains of Baikal’s western shore and Olkhon Island. This area is famous for its small islands. We will take a special stopover at the picturesque island Ogoy, which has a Buddhist monument. We will walk to the top of the island to take close look tell on the monument and colorful pray flags decorating this area. Here your guide will tell you about Buddhism religion and suggest you to do a traditional circle walk around the monument.
Later on will discover fascinating ice caves and other islands of the Swalking Black ice of Lake Baikalmall Sea between the island Olkhon and the mainland. Upon arriving on Olkhon Island, you?ll see local port with many frozen ships and rocky Cape Burhan, which is still a sacred spot for all local Shamans. This cape has cave in it, with a help of the guide you could climb from one side of the cape to another. Finally we arrive to the main settlement of the island – Huzhir and get accommodated at the local hotel.
This evening you will have an experience of Russian seam sauna – Banya! Dinner served at the hotel will complete this day.
Overnight: Hotel “Lada”, wooden lodge with twin rooms, flushing toilet and shower facilities in a room. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 4 (Khuzhir, Olkhon Island – Cape Hoboy – Goryatchinsk, East coast of Lake Baikal)
Along your ice drive route today you’ll see huge icicles, hanging like sharp teethes from the sailings of the rocky grottos of Harantsy Island and several quite deep ice caves located at the bottom of the huge cliffs of Three Brother Cape. We will head to the most northern cape of Olkhon, locally called “Hoboy” (means fang tooth in translation) which is a most spectacular place of the whole Olkhon area. At this spot island ends by a high rocky cliff surrounded by endless ice fields with a plenty of ice cracks focusing to the bottom of the Hoboy cliff. Lunch will be prepared over a campfire, directly on the ice.
This afternoon we will take a jeep drive across Lake Baikal towards to its eastern coast line. On the way we will take a stop at the deepest spot (1682 m) of Lake Baikal located not far from Olkhon Island. From here you could clearly observe all northern part of the Olkhon Island including its heist summit – holy mount Izjimey. Crossing Lake Baikal by jeep.
Usually driving across Lake Baikal is quite challenging: we’ve got to face to the opened ice cracks, rough fields of pack ice, deep snow and many other obstacles. Drivers experienced in ice driving taking their own unique line following current ice conditions and intuition. There are no practical ice roads at this remote part of Lake Baikal, so chances to meet someone’s tracks and other cars are minimal.
On the way across white arctic desert you’ll observe snow covered mounts of peninsula Holy Nose, southern part of the rocky Barguzin Mountain range and whole Island Olknon. This evening we will arrive to the eastern cost of Lake Baikal in a region of Turka settlement and have a dinner in a road cafe with a good view. After dinner we’ll take a short drive along the road to Goryatchinsk village.

Overnight: Hotel Goryatchinsk, twin rooms, ensuite. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 5 Goryatchnisk – Ulan-Ude
Today morning you will have a guided walking excursion around Goryatchinsk village which is a good sample of Siberian genuine log architecture. Majority of the houses are done in a traditional log style with a plenty of the wood curving.
Also, we will visit main local destination – open air hot springs and take a pleasant foot bath in a hot mineral creek!
After that we will load our luggage in a car and take a drive on a main road to the capital of Buryatia Region – Ulan Ude. On the way we will take a stop for lunch in a road cafe where you could try one of the local dishes – Posy – meat dumpling cooked on steam.

After lunch we will continue our drive southwards through the wintry Taiga woods passing a mountainLog architecture museum next to Ulan-Ude city range. Just before Ulan-Ude city we will take a special stopover for visiting open-air ethnographic museum in Beresovka village. Here you can learn a lot about the culture of the Buryats, local ethnicity which descends from Mongolia, and live in the republic of Burjatia on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal. Also, there is a small zoo here where you could take a look on local animals – bears, wolfs, lynx, deer and many others. Afterwards you’ll cover the rest of the way to the capital of Buryatia – Ulan-Ude town. A city excursion in the afternoon and dinner at the restaurant will complete the day.

Overnight: Hotel. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 6 Ulan-Ude – Bolshoe Goloustnoe
This day we will leave Ulan-Ude city and take a driving excursion to the main Buddhist temple of this area – Ivolginsky Monastery, which is located in the middle of the steppBuddhist Temple next to Ulan-Udee not far away from Ulan-Ude. Here you could see how local monks reading mantras and doing other sacred ceremonies in a main richly decorated temple hall.
Then we’ll drive along the Selenga River valley towards to Lake Baikal and in a while will arrive to the village Posolskoye, where the oldest church of the Russian Orthodox Convent stands. This place is also known as a one of the best fishing spots at the lake, so we have a good chances to meet there local fishermen on work to see local ice fishing technique. Today we’ve got to cross Lake Baikal in opposite direction, back to the western coast. Here, close to delta of Selenga River Lake has minimal width, just about 25 km in a direct line. This evening we are should to arrive to Goloustnoe settlement at the western cost of Lake Baikal. This place is famous as one of the oldest Russian settlements along the historical trading Silk &Tea route. This evening we will get accommodation in wooden loges of local hotel.
Overnight: Hotel. Included meals: B-L-D.

Day 7 (Coming back to Irkutsk city by west cost of Lake Baikal)
Today we will continue our ice driving venture by driving southwards along the western shore to the headwaters of Angara River. On the way you could see several interesting local attractions – caves of the Kadilniy cape and rocky cliff Screeper. Special stop will be taken at the spectacular high cliff named Devil’s Bridge. Here you could take a walk along an interesting artificial trail which goes across the cliff wall. Other stopover will be taken at the village Bolshie Koty – Old Russian settlement settled here at the golden rush times.
After visiting this village we will continue our drive and in a short while arriving to Listvyanka – small town at the source of Angara River – the only river which flew out of the Lake Baikal. Lunch will be served in one of the local restaurants with dishes of the local fish cuisine – so you could have a taste of famous Omul fish.

Amazing ice structures of wintry BaikalThis afternoon you will have an excursion to the Baikal Nature Museum where you could see Seals – “Nerpa” and nearly all local fishes species collected in a museum aquarium. After excursion you’ll take a drive back to Irkutsk along the main road. On the way you’ll stop at the open-air log architecture museum of Talzy. Here you could see a rich collection of the original log constructions typical for a Russian settler’s era of the Baikal area. Upon your arriving to Irkutsk city you’ll be accommodated at the hotel at the city center.

Overnight: Hotel *** at the city center.

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What’s included

  • all transfers by jeep car included into the route plan
  • all fees for visiting museums and national park zones on Lake Baikal
  • English-Speaking guide
  • Full board
  • rent of the clothing details ( insulated shoes, jackets, face masks, mittens etc) and other special equiment, like trek poles, ice spikes etc.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation according to the program
Accommodation
3* hotels, wooden guesthouses.
Transportation
Fully equipped jeep
Staff
English speaking driver or guide & driver.

Price is per person:
1 person – 2700EUR
2 persons – 1850EUR
3 persons – 1550EUR
4 persons – 1475EUR
5 persons – 1425EUR
6 persons – 1375EUR

Note: We could give you 30% discount for this tour if the trip will be organized with accommodation in a private homestays.

Ongoing tours:
18 to 25 February 2018
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