Summer tour to Baikal
Duration: 9 days
June - September;
Arrival to Irkutsk, transfer to Olkhon island, excursion to Burkhan cape
10.00 - Transfer to Olkhon Island - the biggest island on Baikal lake by car.
It takes about 5-6 hours to cover the distance of 300 km. Our way runs partly through the forest, flowering meadows, little villages on both sides of the road. You can stop for some special local ritual of worshipping the local spirits.13.00 - Lunch stop on the way in one of the road cafes tasting 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 Gates Strait by a ferry. 40 minutes ride will bring you to the central village of the island – Khuzhir.16.00 - Accommodation in hotel. Rest.
17.00 - Walk to Burkhan cape. (also called Shamanka rock).
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.19.00- Dinner. Overnight.
You may walk to the shore to see the sunset which is especially beautiful on Olkhon.
Excursion to the northernmost of the island – Khoboy.
10.00 - Start of excursion.
Today you'll visit the most picturesque sights of Olkhon island as you are going to excursion to the northern part – Khoboy cape. The best transport on Olkhon is Russian 4WD – UAZ car, as it is optimal for off road in the forest. Before you reach Khoboy you’ll have several stops on the way to admire the beauty of local landscape. The most popular are: Sandy bay where Gulag camp used to be, Three Brothers cape with 3 separate steep rocks rising from the water. Khoboy Cape (from Buryat language it means “fang, tooth”) – is the most northern point of Olkhon Island. It is spectacular rock which is located near the widest place at Baikal – 79,5 km.14.00 - Lunch will be served for you as a picnic in the forest.
You’ll try a fish soup made from Baikal water and local fish – Omul. Before returning back to Khuzhir we’ll make a stop in one more place – Uzury.17.00 - Return to the hotel.
18.00 - Russian Banya - a kind of steam sauna which will make you clean and relaxed.
20.00 - Dinner. Overnight.
Trekking on Olkhon or biking at Baikal
10.00 - Free day on Olkhon. We may offer you to have trekking on Olkhon island. But as an option you may try biking or horse-riding. (rent of bikes or horses is not included).
You’ll start from the village, walk to Burkhan cape on the shore of Baikal and then continue trekking north along the Saraiskiy bay – a sandy bay which stretches for about 3 km along the shoreline of Baikal. It is possible to start the kite at this place which is great fun for kids here!13.00 - Lunch as a picnic.
Children get excited while frying some toasts or sweets over the fire. Some trees have very funny shapes of the branches which is special to Olkhon due to the winds and its climate.17.00 - Return to Khuzhir. Time at leisure, sightseeing the village.
It is possible to visit an art-gallery or local museum. Also you can do some horse-riding (optional). You can buy different Baikal souvenirs at the souvenir yurts which stand at different places on the main street of Khuzhir or in the art gallery. It is also possible to rent bikes (not included) and explore the nearest sights and Baikal shore by biking.19.00 - Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Transfer Olkhon – Irkutsk. Museum in Oust-Orda, meeting the shaman.
10.00 - Transfer to Irkutsk.
It takes about 6 hours to get back. It is always little sad to leave this island. Some people make a wish and ask the spirits give them a possibility to come back here, and some will carefully keep in their hearts and minds the memories and feelings which this island presents to everyone who is clear in thoughts, kind to nature and open-hearted. Let Olkhon live in your heart.13.00 - Lunch on the way at the road cafe.
14.30 - Museum of regional studies in Oust-Orda village.
15.00 - Meeting the local shaman.
17.30 - Accommodation at the hotel in Irkutsk.
18.00 - Sightseeing Irkutsk.
The rest of your day you can spend exploring the city, visiting some historical sights or just walking along the embankment of Angara river. It is possible to visit the central market.20.00 - Dinner in a restaurant of your choice. (not included).
Sightseeing Listvyanka, start of the trekking
10.00 - Transfer to Listvyanka by car.
The name of the village Listvyanka comes from the Larch trees - Listvennitza, which are widely spread on the near-by mountains. It is possible to visit the pen air Siberian Wooden Architecture Museum “Taltsy” where you can see the Cossack’s houses (so called “izba”) and wooden orthodox churches, Evenk and Bouriate gers, try traditional swing with children and visit the pottery barn where different ceramic toy-whistles are made. (optional, recommended but not included).
Before arriving to Listvyanka you’ll have a short stop near the Shaman Rock where you’ll hear a beautiful local legend about Angara and Shaman rock told by your guide.15.00 - Start of the trekking.
The first part of the trekking goes over the hill overtaking the most steep and rocky places. Then the route goes down to Baikal.18.00 - Set up the tent camp on the shore of Baikal.
20.00 - Dinner will be prepared for you over campfire.
You’ll enjoy the night sky and listen to the waves splashing on the shore. Overnight in tents. (B,-, D).
Trekking to Bolshie Koty village.
10.00 - After breakfast you’ll continue trekking to Bolshie Koty village.
It is an old Russian village which was founded here at Siberian Gold Rush time. There are only about 40 locals who live there all year around, others come here only in summer. Total trekking distance is about 15 km.13.00 - Lunch will be cooked for you on the way over the campfire.
Any your help of making the fire or cooking is welcoming. If the weather permits and you are brave enough you may try swimming in the clear Baikal water. Children like collecting different stones along the shore and making castles out of them.17.00 - Accommodation in the summer house in Bolshie Koty village or tents.
19.00 - Dinner.
Trekking to Screeper Rock, speed boat Bolshie Koty - Listvyanka.
10.00 - Trekking to Screeper rock.
You will need just a small backpacks for half-day trekking. Today your route climbs to the top of the cliff which has a name – Screeper. It is about 7km away from Bolshie Koty village. 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 and steep, but a stunning view at the top will be a worth reward to you! 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 – Bolshie Koty.16.00 - Start trekking back to Bolshie Koty village.
18.00 - Speed boat Bolshiye Koty - Listvyanka. (about 1 hour ride).
19.00 - Accommodation at the hotel in Listvyanka.
20.00 - Dinner.
One-day excursion by train along the Circum-Baikal railway
09.00 - Morning ferry from Listvyanka to Port Baikal where the train starts along the Circum-Baikal railway.
The Circum-Baikal railway is not just a railway, but a unique museum of history and nature. The train will make stops at historically important villages on the way, which gives you a chance to walk around and take beautiful pictures of the monuments of engineering, architecture and nature. A Russian-speaking guide will take you through the longest tunnel on the railway; will show you the water pump towers that used to pump water for the steam train.13.00 - Lunch on the way (lunch boxes).
We recommend to take some snacks with you for kids as it is a whole day ride. There is usually hot water in thermos in the train. Also at one of the stops in a village where people may have lunch, usually you can buy some tasty pirogi from locals or smoked fish.22.00 - Arrival at the Irkutsk railway station and transfer by car to the hotel. Dinner is free.
10.00 - City sightseeing.
You will visit the beautiful Russian Orthodox churches, the place where Irkutsk was founded, visit the eternal flame square and the church of the Saviour - the oldest stone structure in Irkutsk, walk along the Angara river and along the streets of two-story wooden houses that are decorated with wooden laces (hand-made carvings) as well as modern constructions of the 20th century.13.00 - Lunch in a cafe of your choice. (not included).
14.30 - Visit the history museum or Museum of Decembrists (on your choice). Central market place.
18.00 - Return to hotel.
|Group Size, people||Tour price per person, EURO|
Tour price includes:
- Accommodation as mentioned in the programme
- All transfers mentioned in the programme
- Banya in Listvyanka and on Olkhon
- English-speaking guide service
- Meals during the tour
- Oust-Orda museum and shaman
- Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
Tour price doesn’t include extra services:
- Additional services not mentioned in the programme (taxi rides, snowmobiles, etc.)
Our guests about this tour:
Barbara and Michał
Apr 12, 2018Thank you so much to Svetlana, Kolya, Valerie, Gaode and Masha for a great experience! This has been a 3 weeks long customized tour perfectly organized for us by Svetlana. And we are very happy and grateful. The team and our guides were very professional, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable - and great people to be with. We hiked the beautiful mountains and along the Circum baikal rail road, we visited Irkutst and did sightseeing in Ulan Ude and area nearby, we visited Listvianka, Bolshoye Koty, took a speed boat ride, Transsiberian night train ride, large speed cruiser ride... all perfectly organized. Guest houses were good, meals prepared by our guides were excellent, making our camping experiences great and unforgettable. What else can I say? I highly recommend this team, we say big thank you and... we may be coming back in the winter! Michal and Barbara
Familie Ohlendorf, Germany
Apr 08, 2014Hello Svetlana, we had an absolut wonderful time beginning this summer. Everyone, Dasha, Sergey and Jane were perfect guides for our needs. Thanks to Sergey who was with us during the trekking we managed the BBT with our kids. We could not think of any better guide - just a perfect match. As well the girls just loved him. And a big thank you to you, for this well organised trip! Astrid, Marc, Carmen and Eliane PS: We will come back to discover the Siberian winter.