Trekking and canoeing at Baikal lake
Duration: 3 days
June - September;
Transfer Irkutsk-Bolshoye Goloustnoye village. Start of trekking along the shore of Baikal
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 and make fire. Enjoy listening to splashing waves or silence of sacred waters by sitting near campfire on the shore of the lake. Overnight in tents (or wooden house on your demand).
Trekking to Bolshie Koty village (about 20 km distance)
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 - Banya– Russian steam sauna which will help you to relax after trekking day. 20.00 - Dinner.
Total trekking distance is about 23 km.
Canoeing Bolshie Koty - Listvyanka. Transfer to Irkutsk
After breakfast you may walk up to the observation point to see the view to the village and the surrounding taiga forest from up high. Today we’ll cover the rest of the distance to Listvyanka by canoes.11.00 - Start canoeing.
Two people stay in one canoe. You will be accompanied by canoeing instructor. A lot of people agree that canoeing gives “the feeling of the lake” as you stay close by the water. Make sure you have waterproof and windproof clothes. If it is windy – it is always better to stay closer to the shore.13.00 - Lunch in the forest.
The distance to Listvyanka is about 18 km. The name of Listvyanka village comes from the Larch trees – Listvennitza, which are widely spread on the near-by mountains. Upon arrival to Listvyanka village you’ll visit the central square where you can find freshly smoked Baikal fish – Omul and some Baikal souvenirs. This is the final destination of our trip.17.00 - 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).
|Group Size, people||Tour price per person, EURO|
Tour price includes:
- Accommodation in tents
- All fees for visiting national park zones
- Banya in Bolshiye Koty
- English-speaking guide service
- Meals during the tour
- Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
- Rent of canoes and instructor
- Transfer Irkutsk - Bolshoye Goloustnoye
- Transfer Listvyanka - Irkutsk
Tour price doesn’t include extra services:
- Accommodation in guest houses
- Extra services not mentioned in the programme
Our guests about this tour:
Paul Doyle, Germany
Nov 10, 2013
Susi and I had a great time on the trip and it was a highlight of our month-long Trans-Siberian trip. The scenery was amazing: steep mountains covered in pine and silver birch forests sweeping down to the crystal clear waters of Lake Baikal (sounds a bit tourist broucher-ish, but that is how it was. We went in June and the wildflowers were at there peak. We were also lucky enough to see a freshwater seal and a snake (both from a distance).
We were well looked after. Oleg our guide cooked up some great Russian camp food and provided us with tea made from herbs picked from the forest surrounding the campsite. Everything was well organised, with kayaks waiting for us for the last leg of our jouney and tents, sleeping bags etc. provided. Dasha and Yulia helped Oleg with the guiding and acted as interpreters for us. We really benefitted from their company as they helped point out things along the track (e.g. edelwiess flowers) and gave us little insights into Russian culture. They were also warm-hearted people (again, sounds a bit "nice", but how else do you put it?), so our trip was made much more enjoyable thanks to their compnay. I´d happily recommend the trip we did to anyone going to the Baikal region.