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Charming Baikal (Trekking on Baikal) tour

The steep rocky eastern shore of Olkhon in colours of autumn Baikal is becoming more and more popular among tourists. BUT there are still little nooks and cozy bays which seem untouched as there are no roads for cars to reach. We want to offer you to find such places with quiet private bays where you may pause, relax and enjoy. 6 days trekking on western shore of Baikal at non touristic places, visiting the magnificent cliffs and mysterious rock drawings, biking on the biggest island of Baikal - Olkhon, boat ride (cruise) to the opposite shore to Oust-Barguzin, to explore the trail of the highest plateau of Holy nose peninsula and swim in warm waters of the biggest bay on Baikal - Chivirkuiskiy gulf, ride to "Little Mongolia" - Barguzin valley and kayak along the river, to visit Buddhist temple - datsan in Ivolginsk. We may shorten the program for you depending on your time available.

Available: from May to October; Summer; Spring; Autumn;
Duration: 15 days
Places: Baikal lake; Olkhon; pen. Svyatoy Nos; Ulan-Ude;
Activities: Trekking; Sightseeing; Jeep tours; Biking; Canoeing; Horse-riding;

Day 1. Transfer Irkutsk – Buguldeika village, start of the trekking, overnight on the shore of Baikal

Shore of Baikal Meeting at the airport with your guide. Transfer to Buguldeika village which is on the shore of Baikal (230 km to go, about 3.5 hours drive). On the way visiting the white marble quarry. Arrival to Buguldeika village, lunch. Packing the bags and start of the trekking. Today you will not go far, just about 5 km way to the camping place. Rest. Setting the tents, dinner. Overnight. (-, L, D).
Baikal water Track from Listvyanka Morning after the storm Breathing Baikal Forest flowers Preparing food on fire while camping on Baikal

Day 2. First day of trekking.

Camping site Late breakfast. Packing the backpacks, start of the trip. The path runs mostly along forest, climbs and ascends some rocks on the tops of which you cay enjoy magnificent views of lake Baikal. Trekking distance for today is about 20 km. Lunch will be prepared for you on fire on the way. Upon arrival to Goliy cape we’ll set up a tent camp and a hot dinner will be cooked for you. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D).
The place is not touristic, thus you might camp with nobody around A road sometimes goes in the steppe and sometimes in the forest Trekking along the western shore of Baikal Camping at Baikal lake Morning dishes on the shore of Baikal Hiking Baikal

Day 3. Continue trekking northwards

Trekking along the western shore of Baikal lake Today after breakfast you will continue trekking. The road also runs through the forest, down to some bays. The distance today is about 18 km. Once we reach a nice cozy Marta bay - we’ll stop for overnight. Dinner. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D).
Spending time next to the fire on trekking tour to Baikal Marta bay Camping place on the shore of Baikal Camping on trekking to Baikal tour After the rain you find diamonds on trees Morning fog

Day 4. Trekking along the shoreline of Baikal

Next to the campfire In the morning we’ll pack our camping equipment and load it to the car and take only light backpacks for the day. Trekking northwards. At some point the trekking route leaves shore line and runs through the plateau next to Baikal Lake. The trail goes along a forest road to the several salt lakes in steppe. Continue trekking down the valley to the Baikal Lake where we will reach Krestovaya bay. Setting the tent camp. (or possible to spend this night in wooden cabins of local tourist base, extra cost. Possible to have a wash in local Banya (steam sauna). Dinner, overnight in tent. (B, L, D).
Сhamomile flower Splashing Baikal water Rocky shore of Baikal lake Rocks in Tageran steppe The shore of Baikal water One of coze bays at Baikal

Day 5. Trekking to Sagan-Zaba bay, exploring ancient rock drawings

On the top of gorgeous cliff at Baikal After breakfast you will ascent a gorgeous cliff from top of which a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Baikal opens up. After a short stop for taking pictures you will descend this cliff by the steep slope and reach Sagan-Zaba bay. At the language of native people it means White Rock and this place for hundreds of years has been sacred for locals. In this bay there is a white-marble cliff on which you can find ancient inscriptions (drawings) of dancing shamans with horns, deer and birds. Your guide can also show you around and visit the small cave near by. Return to the camp, overnight in tents. (B, L, D).
Crossing the water in Sagan Zaba bay Transparent wave of Baikal Swimming in Baikal, Sagan zaba bay Studying the rock drawings of Sagaan-Zaba bay Getting suntan on the shore of Baikal Steep rocky slopes of Sagaan-Zaba bay Camping at Baikal lake in summer

Day 6. Trekking Sagan-Zaba – Aya bay

Rock drawings of Sagan-Zaba cliff After breakfast you’ll continue your trip to Birhit bay. Stop for lunch near a beautiful creak. Continue your trip to the valley of the Anga River. Near the river‘s delta you will undertake an easy ascend to the Shibite Mountain top that used to serve as an observation platform and light signal spot. From here there is a fantastic view over surroundings. Around a top of this mountain you can find ancient stone-made walls. Scientists have found that this mountain was a sacred place for locals many years ago. After that we will cross Anga River by bridge and hike to the campsite, which is located at the top of the rocky cliff with a marvelous panoramic view to Baikal Lake. There is a beautiful arch near-by – a natural sight. If you wish your guide can also show you the cave. (B, L, D).
In the cave Exploring the cave in Tageran steppe Inside the cave in Tageran steppe Mordovnik flower grows in Baikal steppe Anga river (view from Shibite mount) A view to Baikal from the top of Shibite mountain Trekking tour to Baikal, admiring the view Trekking in Baikal steppe Baikal in summer has bright blue color - reflecting the sky color

Day 7. Tageran steppe and transfer to Olkhon island

On the top of the arch while trekking on the shore of Baikal After breakfast you’ll ride by car (with optional walk) through Tageran steppe, visiting the valley of Stone Spirits. There is a big number of different funny shaped rocks standing at the middle of plateau of Tageran steppe. Local legend says that they are ancient warriors, turned into a stone by the main spirit of this area. Possible ascending the Khan-Tan mount. Transfer to the ferry, crossing Olkhon’s Gate strait, transfer by car to Khuzhir village, accommodation in guest house. (B, L, D).
Morning flowers on the shore of Baikal Visiting the arch on the shore of Baikal On the shore of Baikal lake while trekking Rocks in Baikal steppe Eagle is a sacred bird according to local beliefs Transfer to Olkhon island

Day 8. UAZ excursion to the northernmost of Olkhon island - Khoboy. Trekking Khoboy - Uzury

Trekking to Khoboy - the northernmost of Olkhon 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. 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. At clear weather it is possible to see the opposite shore, rocky outline of Saint Nose Peninsula. This place is also considered as one of the most energy places on Olkhon, as Big and Small Baikal seas meet here. 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. If you wish you can have easy trekking from Khoboy to Uzury valley (the car will bring your things to Uzury). The trek is mostly along the shore high above the water. Uzury is one of not many exits to Baikal on the eastern shore as it is very steep and rocky. For Buryat people Olkhon island is geographical center of ethnical Buryat territory, it is a sacral center. Still once every 4 years Shamans gather on the island and perform their rituals. Accommodation in wooden guest Dinner, overnight. (B, L, D).
On the arch of Khoboy Admiring the majesty of Baikal lake near Khoboy cape Steppe edelweiss Omul fish soup The eastern rocky shore of Olkhon island Picnic on Khoboy

Day 9. Possible trekking or horse-riding in Uzury

The steep rocky eastern shore of Olkhon in colours of autumn This day you will spend in Uzury and its surroundings. It is possible to go trekking up the nearest slope and to have a great view on the top. There you may have a rest and enjoy silence of nature around and the magesty of Baikal. In summer there are usually horses in Uzury so you may go horse-riding or simply go on a boat ride if the weather permits (ask the owner of guest house). Return to guest house, dinner. Overnight. (B, L, D).
Horses on Olkhon island, near Uzury village Starting horse-riding from the village on Olkhon Trekking on Olkhon in Uzury Trekking up the hill on Olkhon in Uzury It is possible to go horse-riding in Uzury The whole world in one eye

Day 10. Boat ride to the opposite shore - Oust-Barguzin village.

Turquoise water of Baikal Today you will have a boat ride to the opposite shore - Oust-Barguzin village. Upon arrival to Oust-Barguzin you will be accommodated in a local family, dinner. (B, L, D).
Sunrise in Ouzury on Olkhon Seagulls can be huge on Baikal A boat on Baikal lake Cruise on Baikal lake, Olkhon island There are "Baklan" birds nesting on islands of Baikal lake A boat in Baikal waters

Day 11. Excursion to Chivirkuiskiy bay

Suntanning on sandy beach of Chivirkuiskiy gulf Travel to the most beautiful bay of Lake Baikal. White sand beaches, 7 islands, natural hot springs, warm water in the bay make this the most popular tour. You will go across the isthmus of St. nose peninsula by car to the water transport in the area Monakhovo. You'll admire for a few hours the ever-changing landscape of Baikal while being on boat. During the tour it is possible to have a walk on the hiking trail through the taiga, along the coast, lasting from one to three hours. Return to Oust Barguzin. Duration: 8 hours. (B, L, D).
On the way to Chivirkuiskiy gulf Hot springs of Zmeevaya bay Zmeevaya bay in Chivirkuiskiy gulf A walk in the forest near Zmeevaya bay Zmeyovaya bay with hot springs at Baikal Clear water of Chivirkuiskiy bay

Day 12. Two day excursion to Barguzin valley

Barguzin valley The little Mongolia. In 50 km from Baikal there are expanses of the river Barguzin. According to the legend, this is Genghis Khan's mother's homeland, with its numerous monuments of nature and archeology. Rock paintings of 3000 years ago, the rock garden area of 10 km2 and the salt lake and majestic rock outcrops. Bull - stone is a sacred place among Barguzin Buryat people. You will have a ride by car in northern steppes of Asia, which gives a sharp contrast with Baikal nature, visiting the village of Barguzin, the first Russian settlement beyond Baikal. On the first day you will ride on one side of the river valley, spend the night in tents, and on the second day ride on the opposite side of the valley. There is a possibility to kayak some part of the route along Barguzin river. (kayaks not included, must be discussed in advance). Return to Oust-Barguzin. (B, L, D).

Day 14. Excursion to Saint nose peninsula – trekking to the highest plateau

Trekking in the forest This day you will have trekking in the mountains of the largest peninsula on Lake Baikal. Journey to the Trans-Baikal National Park. By car you will drive through the isthmus of the peninsula of St. nose, along the sandy beaches of the largest bay of Lake Baikal - Barguzinsky to conquer the top of the Saint Nose Peninsula, where the maximum height of 1877 m. Holy Nose - the only major mountainous peninsula on Lake BaikalBuryat name of the peninsula is "Hillman Khushun" which means "face (nose) of sturgeon." Vegetation changes as you will rise to the top. Tall trees are replaced by the diminutive elfin cedar. On the plateau of the peninsula there si the alpine tundra zone, where there are no water sources. For this reason on the terrain of Glinka, it was called "trail of tests." Ascent is suitable for two categories of people, if it is very difficult to go to the top, you can only reach the edge of the forest, overlooking the magnificent panorama of the two biggest Bays of Lake Baikal and Arangatuy lake. This place is called "By the Cross". At the top of the peninsula there is a plateau and which opens with a much broader view. In good weather you can see the archipelago of Ushkaniye islands and distant objects of more than 100 kilometers. Holy Nose - a place of pilgrimage for lovers of hiking, climbing on the plateau of St. nose and the return takes the whole day and requires considerable effort, but it is worth seeing!!! Return to Oust-Barguzin. (B, L, D).

Day 15. Transfer Oust-Barguzin – Ulan-Ude. Visiting Buddhist temple in Ivolginsk

Buddhist Datsan in Ulan-Ude After breakfast we 'll have transfer to Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. 30 km away from Ulan-Ude there is one of the biggest Buddhist temples - Ivolginsky datsan, a spiritual center of Buddhism in Russia. The excursion to the temple will take 2,5-3 hours. After getting so much for your soul its time to get some for body. We have dinner in cafe tasting traditional cuisine. return to Ulan-Ude. Watch beautiful Ulan-Ude spreading downhill. In the evening we have farewell dinner in the restaurant of national Buryat cuisine (not included) andmay have a walk in gloaming city. Overnight in hotel. (B, L, -).
Map of Charming Baikal

Day 16. Train Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk

In the morning you will have train Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk. (B, -, -).

Tour cost includes:

  • guide during trekking and during all program
  • accommodation as mentioned in the program
  • meals on route (B- breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • transfer Irkutsk - Buguldeika by car
  • transfer MRS - Olkhon
  • UAZ excursion to the north of olkhon - Khoboy
  • rent of boat Olkhon - Ust-Barguzin
  • excursion to Chivirkuiskiy gulf
  • excursion to Barguzin valley
  • trekking to st nose penninsular
  • transfer Ust-Barguzin - Ulan-Ude
  • excursion to Ivolginskiy datsan
  • train Ulan-Ude - Irkutsk
  • hotel in Ulan-Ude
  • basic travel insurance and insurance from ticks
  • National park fees
  • visa support if needed
  • Tour cost doesn't include:

    • extra service (rent of ATV, horse-riding, transfers not mentioned in the programme (taxi rides), banyas, kayaks, flight by aeroplans, etc).
    • beverages
    • aiplane flights
    • bank transfer fees

    Note: We may adjust the program individually for you, add nights in wooden cabin where it is possible, organise car support during trekking part (which will carry camping equipment, food, etc to the camping places, it will not follow you on route, you meet only at campsites) thus you don't have to carry all food and sleeping bags and tents on yourself).

    Please contact us for the tour price and available dates.

    Comments from our guests

    Guillaume Debrosse, France

    Sept. 15, 2015, 7:39 a.m.
    This was a fantastic trip organised by Svetlana, an intense family experience in the beauty of the Baikal sceneries combining horse-riding, trekking, rafting, camping (7 nights) and resting for 2 weeks. Evgeniy - our guide - was really great, keen to show us exceptional spots and views with wild tracks, prompt to adapt to our needs and excellent cooker. We also appreciated the great sense of services when we had to change our programme at the last minute!
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