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Western Baikal in Winter

Starting from Irkutsk. Touring on the surface of endless frozen lake in Siberia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Cold and cool, but glittering and sparkling. Walk on the ice of Olkhon island, touch the snow in Listvyanka village. Get warmer in local houses, get to understand how the local people survive the winter.

Index of tours:

1.Olkhon island tour 3 days/2 nights  

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Discover lake Baikal’s pearl, famous Olkhon island. It is truly an experience of a lifetime, for those who want to challenge themselves into the frosted kingdom Siberia. Snow appears in October, but the ice stands still only in January.

Season: January-March
Physical rating:
Light walking suitable for most fitness levels, it can be slippery though. The only challenge can be negative temperatures. mostly we spend indoors or inside vehicles. See the list of “Survival things to take”
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Temperature: from -35 to -10 Celsius.
Bright sun in a daytime can burn the skin while the cold wind can bite nose sometimes. Nighttime can drop the temperature down to 15 degrees colder than daytime. Although it’s dry cold which is much different from humid.
Service level: Original.
Private transfers, english-speaking guide, simple and locally owned accommodation type, full board.
Service features:
All our vehicles are equipped with winter tires, have heaters and are soft seaters. The condition of road is reasonably smooth. Only experienced local drivers on specially equipped russian army vans drive on the surface of ice. Accommodation is all heated and it’s warm. During our tour you always have opportunity to warm up inside a car or a house.

Itinerary

Day 1. Morning start from Irkutsk city. Lunch on the way in a Buryat cafe. Ferry transfer. Khuzhir village arrival to a local homestay (guesthouse). Shaman rock overview. Banya. Dinner. (LD)

Day 2. 4WD Russian military van UAZ picks you up and takes you to excursion to the northern part of Olkhon island. A few beautiful stops will show you gorgeous nature of lake Baikal. Short hike to Khoboi cape from where you can see magnificient panorama of 1km high cliffs. Open fire cooked lunch. (BLD)

Day 3. Early start to Irkutsk city. (BL)

What’s included

  • Private transfers
  • Ice experience
  • Full board
  • Some home made meals
  • National Park visit
  • English-Speaking guide
Accommodation
Local homestay or guesthouse in Khuzhir village (3 nights)
Transportation
Van, 4WD UAZ van.
Staff
English speaking guide throughout, local experienced drivers.
Price is per person:
1 person – 18000 roubles
2 persons – 17000 roubles
3 persons – 16000 roubles
4 persons – 15000 roubles


2.Listvyanka Full day tour  

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Spend just one day visiting Listvyanka village and cover your lake Baikal experience.

Season: November-April
There is no ice driving. The tour is available all year round.
Physical rating:
Light walking suitable for most fitness levels, it can be slippery though. The only challenge can be negative temperatures. Mostly we spend indoors or inside vehicles. See the list of “Survival things to take”
Duration: About 8 hours
Temperature: from -25 to 0 Celsius.
Depending on month, it can be mild cool or very cold. Although it’s dry cold which is much different from humid.
Service level:
Private transfers, english-speaking guide.
Service features:
All our vehicles are equipped with winter tires, have heaters and are soft seaters. The condition of road is reasonably smooth.

Itinerary

Day 1. Pick-up at 9am. 70 km drive to Listvyanka village. On the way a stop at Taltzy open-air wooden architecture museum. A stop at lake Baikal enjoying the views. Nikolsky orthodox church visit, fish market where you can try excellent Omul, walking on the shore. Then we climb up Chersky peak to have an inspiring panorama. Get back by 6pm.
*Husky Dog Sledding can be added for extra charge.

What’s included

  • Private transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • English-Speaking guide
Accommodation
Not included
Transportation
Private car or van
Staff
English speaking driver or guide & driver.

Price is per person:
1 person – 6000 roubles
2 persons and more – 3000 roubles