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.
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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.
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”
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.
Private transfers, english-speaking guide, simple and locally owned accommodation type, full board.
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.
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)
- Private transfers
- Ice experience
- Full board
- Some home made meals
- National Park visit
- English-Speaking guide
Local homestay or guesthouse in Khuzhir village (3 nights)
Van, 4WD UAZ van.
English speaking guide throughout, local experienced drivers.
Ask manager for actual prices
Spend just one day visiting Listvyanka village and cover your lake Baikal experience.