Baikal winter dream
Duration: 9 days
February - end of March;
During this tour you’ll see the most beauties of wintry Baikal, ride over the ice of frozen Baikal by snowmobile and feel its vastness, experience dog-sledding on Baikal (optional) and spend night at the warm wooden houses, try Russian Banya, explore icy grottoes of Olkhon island, try ice-fishing and have a UAZ-car excursion to the northernmost of Olkhon island. It is a nice combination of activities and leisure at the same time!
Day 1. Arrival to Irkutsk . Transfer to Listvyanka . Taltsy museum. Ski lift to Cherskiy rock.
Day 2. Snowmobiling and Dog-sledding in Listvyanka. Banya.
Day 3. By hover Listvyanka - Peschannaya (Sandy) bay - Buguldeika village.
Day 4. Buguldeika village - Tageran steppes - Olkhon island.
Day 5. A ride to the northernmost of Olkhon - Khoboy cape by UAZ car.
Day 6. Sightseeing and rest in Khuzhir.
Day 7. Ice-fishing at the Small sea, ice-skating, visit Ogoy island. Banya.
Day 8 Transfer Olkhon island - Irkutsk. Stop in Oust-Orda, meeting with shaman. Sightseeing Irkutsk.
Day 9 Departure.
Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka. Taltsy museum. Sightseeing Listvyanka
10.30 - Transfer to Listvyanka by car. (about 1 hour ride).
11.30 - Excursion to Taltsy museum of wooden architecture.
The museum is located at the picturesque shore of Angara river. You will glimpse at lifestyle of Siberians of 16-20 century and their culture.13.00 - Lunch with tasting the local cuisine.
15.00 - Stop near the "Shaman rock" - a sacred place among local people.
It stands in the widest river mouth in the world - the place where Angara river flows out of Baikal.15.30 - Accommodation at the hotel.
16.30 - Sightseeing Listvyanka.
It is possible visit the Cherskiy rock by a funicular with a great scenery to Port Baikal on the opposite shore.19.00 - Dinner. Overnight at the hotel. (-, L , D).
Snowmobiling and dog-sledding in Listyvyanka.
10.00 - Today you’ll experience the dog-sledding. (Adults about 5 km distance, kids 3 km distance).
After you arrive to Baikal Dog-sledding center, our instructor will tell you about the huskies' character, teach you to hitch dogs up correctly and to ride the sled. You’ll see how friendly the dogs are you are sure to find common language with this most devoted and most ancient man's friend! Dog sled riding is not difficult, but requires some training. You will go dog-sledding in wintry taiga forest for about 30 mins ride. The sled can be doubled as expedition type. One person sits on the sleigh and one person controls. You'll be accompanied by instructor.12.00 - Lunch.
14.00 - Snowmobiling on the ice of Baikal.
You will ride to Circum-Baikal railway over frozen Baikal lake. (due to strong wind conditions or snow regime, the route might be changed for your safety). Two people ride one snowmobile and you will be accompanied by instructor.18.00 - Russian steam sauna - Banya (duration 2 hours).
20.00 - Dinner. Overnight in hotel or guest house. (B, L, D).
By hover Listvyanka - Peschannaya (Sandy) bay - Buguldeika village.
10.00 - Start of the aeroglisseur (hovercraft) ride.
Today you’ll have a ride by hover (inflattable air boat, the safest way to travel on the ice as it can also go over the water). After we load our luggage on a hover we'll start to Peschannaya bay - one of the most beautiful places at Baikal both in summer and winter. We'll have a stop on the way near the sights such as Screeper rock, Baklaniy Rock, and others. The hover can ride 60 km per hour, but it depends on the weather, wind and ice regime how fast we'll go. You’ll see different landscapes on the shore – the forests and rocky cliffs as well as small bays. Riding over flat ice is quite fast, but at some places we may meet the fields of hammocked ice, depending on the ice regime which differs every year. When we arrive to Peschannaya bay if the ice is transparent and smooth you can put on your ice-skates and skate at the deepest ice-skating rink in the world! Sometimes when the wind is strong you can just unfasten your coat and the wind will take you gliding over transparent ice of the lake. We'll have a walk in Peschannaya bay and its surroundings.13.00 - Lunch as a picnic.
14.00 - Continue our way Sandy Bay - Buguldeika.
16.00 - Arrival to Buguldeika village.
16.15 - Transfer by car from the shore to hotel which is located in a quiet valley.
17.00 - Accommodation in wooden hotel.
18.00 - Banya (Russian steam sauna).
20.00 - Dinner. Time at leisure. (B, L, D).
Buguldeika village - Tageran steppes - Olkhon island
10.00 - Transfer by car to Olkhon island - the biggest island on Baikal lake.
It takes about 5 hours to cover the distance of about 200 km. Out way runs partly through the forest, meadows, little villages on both sides of the road, Tageran steppe – unique natural complex with hills, steppes, lonely rocks, caves and lakes.12.00 - Lunch stop on the way in one of the road cafes.
For lunch you can try traditional Buryat dish – Pozy (Boozy).
Olkhon was originally inhabited by Buryat people, one of Native people of Baikal who are Mongolian physical type. When you arrive to Small sea – part of Baikal which is separated from main part by Olkhon Island from one side and Primorskiy mountain range from another – you’ll cross Olkhon Gate Strait by an ice road. At this part of Baikal there is little snow as winds blow it away from the island. Maximim snow depth can reach 10-15 cm, which happens very rarely.15-16.00 - Arrival to the central village of the island - Khuzhir. You’ll be accommodated at the hotel/guest house and have some rest.
18.00 - Dinner at the base.(B, L, D).
A ride to the northernmost of Olkhon - Khoboy cape
10.00 - UAZ car excursion to Khoboy.
Today you'll have a day-ride by 4WD UAZ cars over the ice to Khoboy (the north of Olkhon). In summer time the road goes on the land but in winter once Baikal is frozen the road lies over the ice. Thus letting you see the incredible iced grottoes and frozen rocks. They are especially beautiful once the sun touches them and they sparkle. Before you reach Khoboy you’ll have several stops on the way to admire the beauty of local landscape. The most popular are: Kharantsy island with ice-grottoes, Three Brothers cape with 3 separate steep rocks rising from the water. Khoboy Cape (from Buryat language it means "fang, tooth") is the northernmost point of Olkhon Island. It is also called a "lady rock". You'll understand why it is so once you stay facing opposite it and recognizing the female's outline. It is spectacular rock which is located near the widest place at Baikal - 79,5 km. At clear weather it is possible to see the opposite shore and rocky outline of Saint Nose Peninsula. This place is also considered as one of the unique places with high energy outcome on Olkhon, as Big and Small Baikal seas meet here.14.00 - Lunch as picnic.
16.00 - 17.00 - Return to the hotel.
18.00 - Dinner, overnight.
Sightseeing and rest in Khuzhir
Today you can spend your day exploring Khuzhir village and its surroundings. You definitely have to walk to Burkhan cape (Shamanka rock) at the shore of Baikal. According to a legend this is a castle of the main spirit of Olkhon. It is one of 9 sanctuarities of Asia, center of shaman cult. It is highly respected among native people and shamans. There is a cave inside but it is forbidden to enter it. Right next to Burkhan rock there is a 3 km sandy beach – Saraiskiy bay. You enjoy walking over the ice to Kharantsy island (it is well seen from the shore) which also has beautiful small grottoes easy accessible by ice in winter. Take your time listening to Baikal breath shooting sometimes creating new cracks in its ice shield. Take a walk back and along the streets in Khuzhir to see the atmosphere of a village. There are no paved roads of course, and electricity appeared here just in 2005. You may also visit a local shaman (optional, not included, must be ordered in advance). Dinner. Enjoy watching stars which are incredibly big at the open sky on the shore. Overnight in the wooden houses. (B, , D).
Ice-fishing at the Small sea, ice-skating, visit Ogoy island. Banya.
Olkhon island - Irkutsk. Sightseeing Irkutsk.
Morning transfer to Irkutsk. Lunch stop on the way. Accomodation in the hotel in Irkutsk. This day you’ll spend in Irkutsk. Today you can relax and feel the atmosphere of Irkutsk – the capital of Eastern Siberia. It is 350 years old this year so the city celebrates its anniversary. It is a small Russian city with a rich history, located on the bank of Angara river, 70 km away from Baikal Lake. Irkutsk used to be wooden in the past. Even nowadays it is one of not many Siberian cities which preserved its wooden outlook. The city has mysterious charm: quiet shady streets with different carved decorations get on nowadays with many-storied modern buildings. Famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov compared Irkutsk to Paris. He said: “As England created London and France - Paris, the same Siberia created Irkutsk”. We’ll visit the historical heart of Irkutsk – the place where it was founded in 1661 and where the fortress was built at the shore of Angara river. You’ll see and can visit the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk – the church of the Saviour. Next to this place is the war memorial with an eternal flame which burns in the memory of Siberians fought in the World War II. Walk along the streets to the embarkment of Angara river – the only river which flows out of Baikal, to the fountain, Lenin and Kirov square, see the monument of Yakov Pockabov – the founder of Irkutsk fortress in the 17th century, souvenir shop, central market… You can have lunch in one of the city cafes. It is also possible to visit one of museum of you would like – Decembrists museum or museum of history. (optional, not included, must be ordered in advance). Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in the hotel. (B, , D).
After breakfast you will have transfer to the airport/railway station. (B, -, -).
|Group Size, people||Tour price per person, EURO|
Tour price includes:
- Accommodation as mentioned in the programme
- All fees for visiting national park zones
- All transfers mentioned in the programme
- Banya in Listvyanka and on Olkhon
- English-speaking guide service
- hovercraft (aeroglisseur) ride
- Meals during the tour
- Oust-Orda museum and shaman
- Ski lift to Cherskiy rock in Listvyanka
- Snowmobile rent (two people ride one snowmobile)
Tour price doesn’t include extra services:
- Additional services not mentioned in the programme (taxi rides, snowmobiles, etc.)
- Bank transfer fees
Our guests about this tour:
Ophélia, Guillaume, Raphaël, Marianne, William, Louise, Aurélie et Benoît
Mar 22, 2017Baïkal was a dream for us and Svetlana's professionalism as well as the carefulness of our amazing guide Dasha, made this wish came true even further than our highest expectations. Everything was perfectly planned so we just had to enjoy the magic surroundings of the lake. Plus, we even had the luxury of modifying things at the last minute. Svetlana and Dasha were always so kind to us even though we, sometimes, made things a little bit more complicated for them. We still have sparkles in our eyes when we think or talk about this trip and we are sure that it would not have been the same without Baïkal Amikan. Moreover, the programme was very much fitting our requirements of travelling with kids of young age : suitable activities, days not too fully booked and special attentions to make this trip an unforgettable memory. Thanks Sveta and Dasha, we will never forget you and we hope to see you again on this big, beautiful planet!
Apr 11, 2016A family with twins of 6 years old for one week early march. Our great Baïkal adventure became true thanks to Baïkal Amikan. We have contacted Svetlana by email. She organised everything for us perfectly : all the programm was adapted for our family needs. Our french speaker guide Olga was nice and very interesting. The different places and activities (the kids enjoyed all the time and loved every minute of it !), the people, the landscapes, the culture with the shaman spirit....we will keep forever a piece of Baikal in our heart ! Thank you again Svetlana for giving us this trip so special and unforgettable. Kind regards. Virginie Grussaute
Mar 07, 20163 families, 7 children from 8 to 17 yo, and 2 super ladies who made our trip in Baikal absolutely fantastic ! We warmly thank you two, Svetlana and Yulia. We really enjoyed our trip thanks to your professionalism, your adaptability and your kindness. You answered all our expectations : to discover the awesome landscapes of Baikal Lake and the culture and traditions of the inhabitants, and to have fun and strong sensations, while feeling secured. Thanks again for our nice trip... we are still like in a dream ;-) Kind regards, Florence.
Erwan and Celine Hediard, France
Jan 04, 2016Baikal in winter time with 3 small children (7,5,2 years old): yes it is possible and fantastic ! A great thanks to Svetlana and Yulia for this great trip ! All had been organized in very details by Svetlana. Great communication before getting to Irkutsk. Our super guide Yulia made everything possible and kept updating program according to weather conditions and our wishes. On the tour she was our guide, photograph, nany, and a great family member ! She was happy if and only if ... All of us were happy ! We look forward to traveling with them on summer tume to discover unfrozen Baikal ! Erwan