Meeting with Baikal (trekking on Baikal shore)
Duration: 3 days
May - October;
This 3-days (2 days possible) trekking tour allows you to explore the picturesque western shore of Baikal in the most environment-friendly way - trekking. You'll enjoy combined route in the shadows of Taiga forest together with walking along the splashes of waves of crystal-clear waters of the Lake and evenings next to the fire. Overnight in tents (or wooden houses on your demand). On a third day we offer an alternative: instead of trekking you can do horse-riding, 4WD Quad ride or boat ride at Baikal over the clearest waters of sacred lake. Part of the route was modified by Big Baikal trail, which becomes more attractive for family trekking at Baikal. Guests should be ready to hike about 18-20 km distance per day. Banya (Russian steam sauna) will help you to pause and relax after trekking day (in case of accommodation in guest houses).
Day 1. Transfer Irkutsk - Bolshoye Goloustnoye village. Trekking for about 20 km to Kadilniy cape.
Day 2. Trekking Kadilniy cape - Bolshiye Koty village (20 km).
Day 3. Trekking Bolshiye Koty - Listvyanka .
Start of the trip. Trekking from Goloustnoye
The name of the village means “wide bare river mouth” as the village stands at the place where one of the rivers flows into Baikal Lake. Only 30 km of the road is paved, the rest is gravel. It is about 2.5-3 hours ride.12.00 - Get the backpacks ready and start trekking along the shoreline of the lake.
13.00 - Lunch.
We'll stop for lunch on the shore of Baikal and this is the time when you can relax and may deepen your hands to say "Hello" to Baikal (or even have a swim swim) in crystal-clear waters of Great Siberian Lake. Lunch will be prepared for you over campfire near the lake. After the rest we continue hiking along the shore line. The route runs over some hills, sometimes gets to very waters of the lake. Our trekking distance today is about 20 km.17.00 - Set up tent camp.
In the evening we’ll reach Kadilnaya Bay, where we will set up the tent camp. It is possible to have a walk deeper in the valley to visit the caves in the near-by rocky slope. Enjoy listening to splashing waves or silence of sacred waters by sitting near campfire on the shore of the lake. Overnight in tents.It is possible to be accommodated in wooden cabin of National park cordone (basic conditions, toilet outside, no shower). Must be booked in advance, on your demand).
Trekking to Bolshie Koty village
After breakfast we’ll pack our camping equipment and have a short walk deeper in the valley (about 1.5 km) to discover the caves. This cave is about 20 meters high and has a reach-through hole on the top. Archeologists have found marks of the fireplace and different household items of the Iron Age, bones of the skeleton of man and teeth of some animals. We’ll go back to the Lake and continue trekking along the shore.
The next sight we’ll pass is “Devil’s Bridge”. This place was called so because locals more than 100 years ago have build hand-made pass on a steep slope of this rocky cliff, avoiding long way around it. This impressive trail goes on the altitude of 15-20 m over the lake level and makes way through this cliff much shorter.13.00 - Lunch. It will be prepared for you over the fire with Baikal water.
Further the route climbs to the top of the cliff which has a name “Screeper”. This cliff has unique geological structure very rare at Baikal region - Yurk conglomerate. It is made of sandy rock with shingle. Going up is long but not disappointing as you will have breathtaking view on the top as your reward! From the top of the cliff you’ll see fantastic view of the vast expanses of the Lake and transparent turquoise colored waters of Baikal, as well as near-by village - Bolshiye Koty . It is an old Russian village which was founded here at Siberian Gold Rush time in 1880’s. There are about 40 locals who live there all year around, others come here only in summer. This place has its own atmosphere, very calm and relaxing.17.00 - Accommodation in tents or wooden houses (on your demand). 18.00 - (Optional). Banya– Russian steam sauna will help you to relax after trekking day. 20.00 - Dinner.
Total trekking distance is about 23 km.
Trekking to Listvyanka village
Today we'll cover the rest of the distance to Listvyanka . This part of the route is the steepest as there is rocky shore close to Listvyanka. You should be ready to walk along long serpantine to overtake this rocky massive. As an alternative to trekking we offer to go by boat, canoe, quad or horse-riding this distance from Koty to Listvyanka.13.00 - Lunch in the forest.
Before Listvyanka the route will climb higher and higher because of steep rocky cliffs. Make sure that you have enough water with you before the route goes away from Baikal water. The distance to Listvyanka is about 20 km. The name of the village comes from the Larch trees ("Listvennitza" in Russian language), which are widely spread on the near-by mountains.17.00 - Arrival to Listvyanka.
This is the final destination of our trip.18.00 - Transfer to Irkutsk.
*It is possible to spend this night in Listvyanka guest house and be back to Irkutsk the next day. (Not included, extra service).Upon arrival to Listvyanka village you may visit the souvenir and fish market where you can find freshly smoked famous Baikal fish "Omul" and different Baikal souvenirs. Relax, watch your pictures and may the memories of these three days spent near the Lake make you calm, strong and inspired!
|Group Size, people||Tour price per person, EURO|
Tour price includes:
- accommodation in tents
- English-speaking guide service
- Meals during the tour
- National park fees
- Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
- Transfer Irkutsk - Bolshoye Goloustnoye
- Transfer Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Tour price doesn’t include extra services:
- Banya in Bolshiye Koty
- personal expences and souvenirs
Our guests about this tour:
Aug 24, 2013Julia, Sveta, Thank you again for making us discover the lake Baikal, irkutsk and the whole region. But more than the nice landscapes, it was very pleasant for us to talk to people like you, always smiling, and wishing to discover other culture. It is without saying that you are expected in Moscow, or in France. Merci beacoup! Nous vous envoyons les photos des que nous arriverons en France. Спасибо Вам огромное! Увидимся! Thomas, the "Pink Pantera" Piene, "Basilio"
Daniela and Monica from Switzerland
Dec 09, 2012
Hi Svetlana! Travelling with you along the Baikal in 2010 was a great adventure. We will never forget all the fascinating scenery and moments with you especially. You made this trip unforgettable for us. Still talking about you and missing you too. Hope to come back one day and do another trip with you only, of course. Big Hello from Switzerland Daniela and Monica
René de Jong, Netherlands
Dec 03, 2010Gefeliciteerd!!! (=congratulations in Dutch) My three day Baikal trekking with you was fantastic. Watching the sun go up in the morning, enjoying the fresh air of the Baikal lake and the thoughts of the great environment you showed me still fill my mind with great joy. Your enthousiasm and knowledge of the lake and its surroundings were fantastic! I've made many travels in my life... but the hike with you was one of the highlights! I am sure we'll meet again someday... There's no better guide for this beautiful trip then you! Good luck with your new adventure! René