Ice-trekking "Breath of Baikal"
Duration: 6 days
February - March;
Dreaming about travelling among endless spaces of frozen Baikal? During this tour you will ice-trek in the middle of frozen Baikal lake, spend one night in tent on ice, listening to Baikal breath, walk on skis in deep snow of wintry taiga, experience warm sauna and spend the night in wooden hut in the silence of surrounding forest. Also you will try traditional Russian cuisine and may experience dog-sledding (optional).
Day 1. Transfer from Irkutsk to train stop by transsiberian train. Trekking through taiga forest to Baikal lake
Day 2. Trekking along the Circum-Baikal railway. Return to Irkutsk.
Day 3. Start of trekking on ice (27km). Overnight in tent.
Day 4. Ice-camp - Vydrino village. Accommodation in wooden hut.
Day 5. One-day walk on skis in the wintry taiga forest. Sauna. Overnight in wooden hut.
Day 6. Vydrino - Irkutsk. Dog-sledding optional.
Arrival to Irkutsk. Rest after the flight. Sightseeing Irkutsk.
Arrival to Irkutsk in the morning. Meeting with your guide. Transfer to homestay. Rest after the flight.11.00 - City sightseeing.
You may 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.13.30 - Lunch in a restaurant (not included).
15.00 - Visit the ski-base. One may try cross-country skiing. It is possible to rent skis and boots right there. As an option you may try ice-skating near ice-breaker Angara .
18.00 - Visit to 130th wooden quarter of Irkutsk.
19.00 - Dinner in a restaurant (not included).
Return to homestay.
Transfer to Listvyanka. Visit museum of Taltsy of wooden architecture, Cherskiy rock by ski lift, Baikal museum (optional).
10.00 - Transfer to Listvyanka . (About 1 hour ride).
On the 47th km of Baikal highway you will visit the open air Taltsy museum of wooden architecture which is located at the picturesque shore of Angara river. It will give you an idea of life of Siberians from 16-20th century.13.00 - Lunch. (possible to have lunch in Traktir in museum with tasting the local cousine).
15.00 - Visit to Cherskiy rock which will give you an amazing view to Port Baikal on the opposite shore and Angara river outflow. The ski lift will bring you to the top of the hill and you may walk back to the car.
18.00 - Dinner.
Accommodation in Listvyanka in wooden chalet. (B, L, D).
* Dog-sledding is optional. The cost is 3500 for a very short ride (about 10 mins), 5000 rub for 20 mins ride. Must be booked in advance.
Start of trekking on ice (27km). Overnight in tent.
10.00 - Start of trekking on ice. Day-distance for today is about 25 -27 km. We will provide you with plastic sleds where you may put your backpack and easily pull behind you on ice. If walking sticks or ice-cleats are needed – please, let us know in advance.
13.00 - Lunch on the way as picnic on ice of Baikal.
17.00 - Arrive to tent camp.
18.00 - Dinner. Overnight in tent. It is a unique experience to sleep on ice listening to Baikal breath.
Ice-camp - Vydrino village. Accommodation in wooden hut.
09.00 - Breakfast.
After breakfast we’ll pack out camping equipment and personal gear into the sleds and continue ice-trek. The closer we get to the opposite shore the more snow we meet. You may of course stop on the way for making pictures! Experience being alone in nature, surrounded by endless frozen landscape.17.00 - Arrive to Vydrino village – a small settlement on the shore of Baikal. You will be accommodated in the forest in wooden hut just about 5 km deeper in the valley from the village. (biotoilet, no shower).
19.00 - Dinner, overnight in wooden hut (or tourist base).
One-day walk on skis in the wintry taiga forest. Sauna. Overnight in wooden hut.
10.00 - Walk on wooden skis in the forest.
At this place usually we get much snow. And the nearest slopes of Khamar-Daban mountains are topped with snow. Be careful not to miss the trail as you will deep into snow untill your waistline! This place has its unique microclimate and it is also called “Siberian Alps”. You will be accompanied by instructor or your guide to visit the places around.18.00 - Sauna willbe heated for you.
19.00 - Dinner with tasting traditional Russian cousine (you may try Borsh, salyanka, Baikal delicacy – Omul fish, etc). Overnight in wooden hut (or tourist base).
Vydrino - Irkutsk.
10.00 – Today you will have transfer by car back to Irkutsk. It is about 200 km distance.
On the way it is possible to have a stop to try dog-sledding in the forest. (optional, if not done it earlier in Listvyanka).13.00 - Lunch on the way in a road-café.
16.00 - Accommodation in hotel /homestay in Irkutsk.
18.00 - Dinner is free. (not included).
|Group Size, people||Tour price per person, EURO|
Tour price includes:
- Accommodation as mentioned in the programme
- All fees for visiting national park zones
- Basic insurance
- English-speaking guide service
- Meals during the tour
- Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
- Ski lift to Cherskiy rock in Listvyanka
- Taltsy museum
- Transfer Irkutsk - Listvyanka
- Transfer to/from airport
- Transfer Vydrino - Irkutsk
Tour price doesn’t include extra services:
- Additional services not mentioned in the programme (taxi rides, snowmobiles, etc.)
- Bank transfer fees