Expedition to reindeer herders of Northern Baikal
Duration: 9 days

June - September;

This tour is for real enthusiasts who would like to get familiar with traditions and lifestyle of the native people of Siberia – Evenki . They still migrate from summer to winter camps in the mountain valleys and well adapted to harsh conditions of the North. One of the clans of Northern Baikal called Chilchigiry used to live in the valley of Upper Angara river mostly engaged in hunting, fishing, and reindeer breeding. Evenki live in nature, eat natural food, wear natural clothes, and getting there you become participants of a “real life” of these unique people and their culture. In the proposed tour, you will live with Evenki people, cross mountain pass with reindeer, we will try to preserve the normal lifestyle of the family as much as possible and give the participants of the expedition the opportunity to participate on an equal level in all daily matters.

Day 1. Arrival to Severobaikalsk city (by Transsiberian train or by plane from Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude). Excursion to the observation point. Transfer Severobaikalsk - Noviy Uoyan village. (about 4-5 hours ride). Overnight in guest house.
Day 2. A ride in the forest by 4WD (80 km), meeting the reindeer and Evenki people, trekking to the lake (7 km), crossing the lake by boat (snowmobiles in winter). Accommodation in hunter's cabin. Banya on the shore of the lake.
Day 3. Trekking from the lake to the reindeer farm (4 km). Accommodation in wooden house. Getting familiar with reindeer and Evenki lifestyle. Tasting the local cuisine.
Day 4. Trekking to Balturikha lake. (14 km). Return to the farm.
Day 5. Start trekking from the reindeer farm to hunter's winter cabin (7 km). Accommodation in tents​.
Day 6. Trekking to the mountain pass (12 km). Overnight in tent or tchum.
Day 7. Climbing the mountain pass, trekking down to the forest zone (10 km). Transfer by car to Uoyan village and further to hot springs. Arrival to Severobaikalsk.
Day 8. Visit to the museum of BAM railway. Flight to Irkutsk. Sightseeing Irkutsk.
Day 9. One day sightseeing in Listvyanka.
Day 9. Departure.

Flights Irkutsk - Nizhneangarsk (Local time): Thursdays: 06.55 - 08.30 and Saturdays: 09.10 - 10.40

Flights Nizhneangarsk - Irkutsk: Thursdays: 14.00 - 15.25 and Saturdays: 16.00 - 17.30

An airport is in located in Nizhneangarsk which is 20 km away from Severobaikalsk.

Day 1.

Arrival to Nizhneangarsk. Excursion to the observation point. Transfer to Noviy Uoyan.

09.00 - After you arrive to Nizhneangarsk you will be met by our guide.
10.00 - Ritual of purifying will be performed by Evenki people for you at the beginning of your trip.
11.30 - Transfer Nizhneangarsk - Severobaikalsk.
12.00 - Lunch in a cafe.
13.30 - Trekking along ecological route to the observation point.

You will be picked you by a car and have a ride to the city border. This is the start of trekking. The trekking is about 2 hours.

17.30 - Transfer by local train Severobaikalsk - Noviy Uoyan.
21.30 - Arrival to Noviy Uoyan, transfer to guest house.
22.00 - Dinner in a local family with tasting the local cuisine. Overnight.

Day 2.

A ride in the forest by 4WD, meeting the reindeer and Evenki people, crossing the lake by boat (snowmobiles in winter). Banya on the shore of the lake.

09.00 - breakfast in the guest house.
10.00 - Transfer by 4WD cars along the forest road for about 70 km distance.

It usually takes about 3-4 hours to ride. The road passes some bumpy and swampy areas, crosses the valley of river. When you get to the place, you will be met by Evenki people and reindeer.

13.00 - Lunch in the forest as picnic.

After lunch you will get your luggage loaded on reindeer and start trekking to the lake hidden in the mountains. The trekking distance is about 7 km until you reach the lake. Then you will cross the lake by motor-boat. About 4 km long. This night you will spend in a wooden house which stands on the very shore of this picturesque lake. Don't miss your chance to try Banya which stands near-by and you must definately try to swim in the clear water of the lake afterwards!!!

19.00 - Dinner, overnight in wooden hunter's cabin. (One shared room, very simple, toilet outside).

Day 3.

Trekking from the lake to the reindeer farm. Accommodation in wooden house. Tasting the local cuisine.

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Loading the reindeer. Trekking for 4 km from the lake to the reindeer farm.

Upon arrival to the farm you will be accommodated in a wooden house. (One shared room, toilet outside).

Rest, meeting the rest of the deer.
13.00 - Lunch.

After lunch you may walk to the river near-by and to try fishing. Evenki who live of the farm will tell you about fishing and hunting techniques, as well as about wildlife here as they know the animals and life in taiga best.

16.00 - Return to the farm.
17.00 - Banya.
19.00 - Dinner with tasting the local cuisine. Overnight. (B, L , D).

Day 4.

One day trekking to Balturikha lake

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Start of trekking. You will need to cross a river and have radial trekking to Balturikha lake. Evenki will sjow you the way and tell about their home - Taiga.
13.00 - Lunch.
17.00 - Return to the farm.
18.00 - Banya.
19.00 - Dinner. Overnight at the same house.

Day 5.

Start trekking from the reindeer farm to hunter's winter house ​

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Loading the reindeer. Trekking from the reindeer farm together with reindeer and Evenki people.

Evenki are ofter called the "taiga people" as they can orientate in endless taiga forest and mountains without any navigators, they "read" the weather, tell which animal has been at this place recently, can easily identify the bear sleeping place and the tree where it scratched its claws.

13.00 - Lunch on the way as picnic.

Trekking distance is about 10 km. 17.00 - You will arrive to the winter house where hunters used to stay when they go hunting. Overnight in a house or tent.

Enjoy stories (truthworthy) told by Evenkis from their lives living in taiga, sitting by the evening fire. (B, L, D).

Day 6.

Trekking to the mountain pass. Overnight in tent or tchum

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - loading the reindeer. Trekking for about 12 km to the mountain pass.

This pass was used since long ago by Tunguz people to enter the mountains from Upper Angara river. Today you will trek to the foot of this pass. On the way you will pass alpine meadows with blossoming flowers in summer. It is possible to collect local herbs which are used in tea and other fields, especially with healing qualities.

13.00 - Lunch on the way as picnic.
17.00 - After you arrive to the place you may set up a tent or spend the night in conic-shaped tchum - traditional "house" of Evenkis.
19.00 - Dinner, overnight. (B, L, D).

Day 7.

Climbing the mountain pass, trekking down to the forest zone. Transfer by car to Uoyan village. Hot springs. Arrival to Severobaikalsk.

08.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Loading the reindeer and start of trekking.

Today you will ascend the mountain pass with a nice panoramic view to the near-by mountains of Verkhne-Angarskiy mountain ridge. Trekking down for about 10 km. You will be picked up by a 4WD car on the forest road. It is difficult to say "Good-bye" to this magnificent animals and people who became your family for these last 5 days.

14.00 - Transfer to Uoyan village.
14.30 - Lunch in the village.
15.30 - Transfer to hot springs Dzelinda (about 80 km ride). It is always nice to relax in hot springs after trekking. 18.00 - Transfer to Severobaikalsk city. Accommodation in guest house/hostel. Dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 8.

Visit to museum of BAM railway. Flight Nizhneangarsk - Irkutsk. Sightseeing Irkutsk.

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Visit to the museum of BAM railway in Severobaikalsk.
12.30 - Transfer to the airport.
14.00 - Flight Nizhneangarsk - Irkutsk.
15.30 - Arrival to Irkutsk. Accommodation in homestay.
16.30 - Sightseeing Irkutsk. Visit to historical heart of the city, shore of Angara river, 130-th wooden quarter.
19.00 - Dinner. Overnight.

Day 9.

One day sightseeing in Listvyanka.

09.00 - Meeting with your guide and transfer to Taltsy museum.

Taltsy is an open air museum of wooden architecrture which is on your way to Listvyanka. You'll ride for 70 km distance (about 1 hour ride)- the shortest access to Baikal lake from Irkutsk. Taltsy museum is a collection of monuments featuring 17th-20th century's history, architecture, ethnography. The visitors are given an opportunity to get acquainted directly with material and spiritual life of peoples living in Baikal county. The crowns of high trees will keep you in the shadow and clean air from Angara river will fill you with freshness.

12.30 - Lunch in Traktir with tasting the local cuisine.
13.30 - Transfer to Listvyanka.

Your second stop will be your first meeting with Baikal – the place where Angara river flows out of the Lake. There are about 336 rivers which bring their water into the lake but the only one called blue-eyed daughter Angara which flows out of the lake. Listen to the beautiful local legend told by your guide at this place about Angara and Shaman rock.

14.30 - Cherskiy rock observation point by ski lift.

This is an observation point with an amazing view to Angara’s outflow, port Baikal and Baikal Lake. The funicular will bring you up the hill and you may enjoy walking back yourself in the surrounding of trees and plants.

16.00 - Visiting the central fish and souvenir market in Listvyanka.

This is the place where locals smoke and sell Baikal fish - Omul and grayling. You may try different varieties of it such as dried, hot and cold smoked. It is one of peculiarities in visiting Listvyanka. You may also have a look at the various Baikal souvenirs which are sold right here: maps, precious stones, shamanism attributes, magnets, jewelries and others.

17.00 - visit the wooden church of St.Nickolas.

St. Nicolas is considered a protector of all travelers, sailors and navigators. Listen to a legend about this church told by your guide.

*As an option you may visit Baikal museum (not included) where you can get familiar with Baikal’s nature, geological structure, fauna and flora. Aquarium with alive Baikal seal – Nerpa, imitational diving to the bottom of Baikal, fish exponents will give you an idea of how unique the lake is.

18.30 - Transfer back to Irkutsk.
Note: The best time for travelling to this place is first half of June. Participants have to be ready to basic accommodation conditions (hunter's huts with toilets outside and tents). Those who prefer comfort travelling better find another tour.

You may find a short video from this trip on our video page . It is number 5 in the list.

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 as mentioned in the programme
  • All fees for visiting national park zones
  • All transfers mentioned in the programme
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Meals during the tour
  • Transfer to/from airport

Tour price doesn’t include extra services:

  • Bank transfer fees
  • Beverages
  • personal expences and souvenirs

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Jul 01, 2015

This trip is adventure of a lifetime. I still remember clearly the valley where our deer were eating the moss, the place where we set up our Chum, the meadows of the wild flowers and Rhododendron blossoming, the fresh footprints of bear on our path, the grace and mighty of this huge wild animal chasing away up the nearest slope, the sunrises in the montains and the most freindly animals in the world - reindeer with their warm soft fur on their antlers. It was joy leading the caravan of reindeer when we crossed tundra, to see how patient and hardworking they are and how grateful they are after I took them to the mountain river to drink the clear cold water after exhausting day! And the beauty of nature around and the views are fascinating! The place where Evenki people live, the nature around, the animals they breed - this is a beautiful boarder-less home! I am not brave enough to say "Good-bye" to this place. I will definately be back!"