Charming Baikal (Trekking on Baikal) tour
Duration: 14 days
June - September;
Day 1. Arrival. Transfer Irkutsk - Buguldeika village, start of the trekking, overnight in tent on the shore of Baikal.
Day 2. First day of trekking. Overnight in tent on the shore of Baikal.
Day 3. Continue trekking northwards.
Day 4. Trekking along the shoreline of Baikal
Day 5. Trekking to Sagan-Zaba bay, exploring ancient rock drawings.
Day 6. Trekking Sagan-Zaba – Aya bay.
Day 7. Tageran steppe and transfer to Olkhon island.
Day 8. UAZ - car excursion to the northernmost of Olkhon island - Khoboy.
Day 9. Crossing Baikal by boat from Olkhon - Oust-Barguzin village.
Day 10. Excursion to Chivirkuiskiy bay ( Svyatoy Nos peninsula ) Hot springs.
Day 11. One-day excursion to Barguzin valley.
Day 12. Half-day rest in Ulyun. Meeting with a shaman.
Day 13. Transfer Oulyun - Oust-Barguzin – Ulan-Ude . Sightseeing the city.
Day 14. Visit to Buddhist datsan in Ivolginsk. Old-believers village. Night train to Irkutsk .
Transfer Irkutsk – Buguldeika village, start of the trekking, overnight on the shore of Baikal
First day of trekking.
Trekking along the shoreline of Baikal
Trekking to Sagan-Zaba bay, exploring ancient rock drawings
Trekking Sagan-Zaba – Aya bay
Tageran steppe and transfer to Olkhon island
UAZ - car excursion to the northernmost of Olkhon 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.
Crossing Baikal by boat from Olkhon - Oust-Barguzin village.
10.00 - Transfer by boat to the opposite shore - Oust-Barguzin village.
You will cross Baikal in its widest part. The distance is about 80km.15.00 - Accommodation in a local family.
16.00 - You may walk around the village in your free time.
17.00 - Banya.
19.00 - Dinner. (B, L, D).
Excursion to Chivirkuiskiy bay.
10.00 - Transfer by car to the most beautiful bay of Lake Baikal - Chivirkuiskiy bay.
The car will bring you to the main pier where you will get on boat. 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 Saint 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.13.00 - Lunch as a picnic.
17.00 - Return to Oust Barguzin. Duration: 8 hours.
18.00 - Banya.
19.00 - Dinner. (B, L, D).
One-day excursion to Barguzin valley
10.00 - Excursion to Barguzin valley (also called "Little Mongolia") by 4*4 car.
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.13.00 - Lunch at a local lady with tasting the local treats.
14.00 - Visiting the Suvo castle, also called the Sacsony. It is nature-made castle of stones on the nearest slope of Suvo village. You may have a walk to the top to enjoy a wonderful view from there.
17.00 - Arrival to Oulyun meadow. Accommodation in the wooden house. It is a quiet remote place. (facilities outside, no shower, sleeping bags). The house is heated with the stove.
19.00 - Banya.
20.00 - Dinner. On the first day you will ride on one side of the river valley, and the next day you will return on the opposite side of the valley. (B, L, D).
Half-day rest in Ulyun. Meeting with a shaman.
10.30 - Half day rest.
Today you may relax and pause around the surrounding nature. Some may make fire and cook food, some may have a walk to the forest (may be lucky to find some mushrooms), some may wash clothes in the running river.13.00 - Lunch.
15.00 - Meeting with a local shaman.
The territory where you stay has been the territory of shaman since centuries. People lived close to nature and believe there are spirits all around in rocks, trees, mountains, etc. Shaman is a healer, a teacher, a respected person who has exceptional talent to talk to spirits. A local shaman will tell you about shamanism, perform a small ritual for you and may answer your questions.18.00 - Banya. You should definately try a refreshing swim in the river near-by after Banya!
19.30 - Dinner.
Transfer Oulyun - Oust-Barguzin – Ulan-Ude. Sightseeing the city.
10.00 - Transfer Oulyun - Oust-Bargouzine - Ulan-Ude. (about 350km). Ulan-Ude is the capital of Buryatia.
13.00 - Lunch in a road cafe.
15.00 - Accommodation in hotel.
16.00 - Walking excursion in the city. Sightseeing.
19.00 - Dinner in a cafe. (B, L, -).
Visit to Buddhist datsan in Ivolginsk. Old-believers village. Night train to Irkutsk
10.00 - Transfer to Ivolginskiy Datsan which is located 30 km away from Ulan-Ude.
It is the biggest Buddhist temple and spiritual center of Buddhism in Russia. The excursion to the temple will take about 2 hours.13.00 - Lunch in Datsan.
15.00 - Visit to Old-believer's village.
You will enjoy the privilege of having lunch at the Russian Old Believers: ethnic and religious group of protestants (“Raskolniki”) exiled to Siberia in the 18th century after a religious reform introduced by Patriarch Nikon. You will get acquainted with the original culture, religion, folklore and art that existed in Russia before Peter the Great. You will see a piece of authentic Russia preserved in the Siberian taiga. Picturesque landscapes of vast fields and forests will please your eye on the way. Here you will feel the spirit of freedom! A local Old Believer family will show you around their house and yard. They will tell you about the history of the Old Believers in Buryatia, describe their everyday life, and explain how to survive severe Siberian winter.12.00 - The hospitable hostess will invite you to have lunch in her house.
You will be served organic homemade foods - milk and sour cream from the house; vegetables and greenery from the garden; berries and mushrooms from the taiga; homemade vodka (“samogon”).16.00 - Return to Ulan-Ude. Sightseeing the city.
19.00 - Dinner in a cafe.
21.00 - Transfer to the train station. Night train to Irkutsk (coupe compartment).
|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
- English-speaking guide service
- Meals during the tour
- Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
Tour price doesn’t include extra services:
- Extra services not mentioned in the programme
Our guests about this tour:
Guillaume Debrosse, France
Sep 15, 2015This 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!