Trekking to Circum-Baikal railway
Duration: 2 days

June - September;

This 2-days trekking trip combines trekking through picturesque valley in taiga forest among evergreen trees and flowers as well as one day trekking along the shoreline of Baikal Lake. Away from civilization you'll enjoy backpacking in taiga, clear water of Baikal, a possibility to swim, evening and night near the campfire, visiting open-air museum Circum-Baikal railwayCircum-Baikal railway, which is a part of old Transsib line will make you feel the same as 100 years ago...It is also a budget tour to Baikal!

Day 1. Transfer from Irkutsk to train stop by transsiberian train. Trekking through taiga forest to Baikal lake
Day 2. Trekking along the Circum-Baikal railway. Return to Irkutsk.

Day 1.

Trekking through taiga forest to Baikal lake

09.00 - Meeting with the group on central train station in Irkutsk.
09.20 - Morning transfer by local train eastwards from Irkutsk to small Transsib railroad station.

Today you'll hike in taiga forest crossing several springs with clear water and in the evening reach the lake where you’ll set up a tent camp. The forest valley is very picturesque. The trek route goes along an old military tank road, at present days it looks more like a path. Neighbouring forest is quite dark with lots of evergreen trees, plants, flowers and berries.

14.00 - Lunch stop near forest stream.

Usually it takes about 5 -7 hours to hike through this valley and get to Baikal lake.

17.00 - Set up tent camp near beautiful bay of the lake.

If you are brave enough or the water temperature is warm , you definitely have to swim in clear waters of Baikal. After this day of hiking this reward is worth it. Enjoy sunset over the wast waters of Baikal.

19.00 - Dinner.

Watching the lights of the city sparkling far away and showing civilization on the opposite shore gives you a special feeling of being away from the world. Overnight in tent. Total trek distance is about 18 km.

Day 2.

Trekking along the Circum-Baikal railway

09.00 - Breakfast. 10.00 - Start trekking.

At first we'll have a short easy walk to the top of one of neighbouring hill where you'll observe Baikal from up high. Once we return we'll collect camping equiment and continue trek trip along shoreline of Baikal lake.

Today we will hike on historical Transsib railroad branch. This part of Transsib was originally the connection between Western and Eastern branches of Russian railroads at Baikal lake region. For the transcendental building expences this part was named "Golden Buckle of Russian steel belt". There are lots of bridges, tunnels, walls and other constructions on this railroad branch, everything is hand-made from stones with big art. For the present moment this part of Transsib is not included into general railroad line and this fact turns it into a museum.

13.00 - Lunch stop at shore of Baikal lake.

On the way you will visit old russian village Angasolka. Optional you may visit the museum of Roeriсhs which is located right in the village. After trekking up short deep valley you will get back to main Transsib railroad.

18.00 - Transfer by evening local train back to Irkutsk.
21.00 - Arrival to Irkutsk.

Optional you may trek further Angasolka village along the circum-Baikal raiway to Kultuk village and catch a car there to Irkutsk.

Group Size, people Tour price per person, EURO
The price may vary depending on a season. Please, contact our manager for actual prices.

Tour price includes:

  • Accommodation in tents
  • All fees for visiting national park zones
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Meals during the tour
  • Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
  • Transfer by local train

Tour price doesn’t include extra services:

  • Beverages
  • personal expences and souvenirs

Our guests about this tour:

Mette Lundstad, Austria

Jun 16, 2014

This is the best trekking company in Sibiria! I have nothing but praises and recommendations for Svetlanna. We had the best tour, 2 days in beautiful surroundings and the best company :) Svetlanna knows alot about the area and her english is perfekt so she made my trip to russia so much more interesting - thank you and i hope to se you again one day All my best wishes to you and your company Mette Lundstad.

Andrew, UK

Nov 23, 2011

Svetie, Sweety, Thank you so much for the awesome trip around Baikal. Rok and I thought it was the highlight of the month we spent in Russia and your expert guidance, preparation and wonderful company really made it memorable. Anyone who can put up with our silly jokes has the patience of a saint, and you did a wonderful job guiding us around. Big bear hugs and hope to see you again one day! All the best and I wish you good health, happiness and every success. Andrew