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Kingdom Of Ice

Destination: Lake Baikal
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
8 Days
February - March
Highlights
  • Traveling all close to the locals and night at one of their homesteads on the lake shore
  • Trekking and hot lunches on ice in the midst of Arctic landscapes
  • Route accessible to everyone in often difficult weather conditions
  • Crossing of the lake by 4x4 in its widest part
  • Visit of the Republic of Buryatia
  • Overnight in the tent camp in the center of Lake Baikal - "BaikalNature Ice Camp"
  • The circular itinerary of about 1 300 km
Tour Overview

You are in a good shape and you want to go for an adventure usually reserved for seasoned travelers only? You love being outdoors and you’re ready to go further into the discovery regardless of your own comfort?

Then this journey was made for you.

Visit ice caves and their icy overhang, and if you’re lucky enough, catch a glimpse of the Baikal seals by the end of March.

Cross the Lake Baikal where it is the widest and explore the Baikal most mysterious winter places while always observing the security rules so that you can enjoy your trip safely. Travel on foot, by hovercraft and 4WD to see Baikal ices in all their forms: frozen capes and rocks, clear ice patches blocked in vertical columns, giant ice shards, endless windblown ice covers and snow-coated fields.

Spend a night at your camp right in the middle of the lake on a 5000 feet deep water (1500 m). Welcome to BaikalNature Ice Camp! Play hockey on the clearest ice, ice skate on the deepest lake in the world, enjoy the Ice Bar menu especially designed on site and experience the purest Baikal water in the bania.

Journey on ice and meet with the local anglers, taste fresh omul to perceive all of the Baikal delicacy through its flavour.

At this end of your trip, visit the Republic of Buryatia and its capital city Ulan-Ude and ride on the Trans-Siberian railway across the taiga and along Lake Baikal.

As adventure-filled as this journey may be, it still contains much of cultural discovery as well. Visit the Taltsy Ethnographic Museum and enter a datsan in Ulan-Ude to taste nomadic cooking.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with the lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 2
    On Baikal ice by hovercraft
    Listvyanka — MRS
  • Day 3
    The biggest island of the Baikal lake
    MRS — Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    BaikalNature Ice Camp
    Olkhon island — Baikal lake
  • Day 5
    Baikal crossing
    Baikal lake — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 6
    Gulf Chivyrkuysky.
    Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 7
    Discovery of Ulan-Ude
    Ust-Barguzin — Ulan-Ude
  • Day 8
    Return to Irkutsk
    Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
  • 10:30
    Arrival in Irkutsk
    Meeting wtih your guide at the airport
  • 11:00
    Departure to the Listvyanka village
    You will go to the village of Listvyanka situated on the Baikal shore near the Angara river source. Here you will meet the Baikal lake for the first time.
  • 12:00
    Excursion to Taltsy
    Visit to the open-air museum Taltsy, discover a typical Siberian village of XVIII-XIX century. The museum has become the place of the conservation of the monuments of the popular culture.
  • 13:40
    Lunch in the restaurant
    You will taste the dishes of the Baikal cuisine. Don't miss your chance to taste the omul - endemic fish of the lake Baikal.
  • 15:40
    Lift on the Chersky rock
    You will take the chair lift to the Chersky rock 728 metres above sea level. There is a breathtaking panorama: Listvyanka village, Angara rver's source and the skyline flowing with the Baikal waters.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Baikalskiye terema
Twin standard room
Note

1 h transfer  (69km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the port
  • 10:15
    Departure by hovercraftto the MRS village
    Travel by hovercraft on Baikal ice to the village named MRS on the shore of Small Sea. All journey will be on the ice. On the way we will make several stops in Sandy bay and near the rock Sagan-Zaba to observe the mountain relief and cave paintings.
  • 13:00
    Lunch box
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the way to MRS
  • 16:00
    Arrival to MRS
    Check-in at your resort and rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at your resort Not included
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — MRS
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Naratey
Twin comfort room
Note

0.4 h transfer  (2km)

hovercraft  (70km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Olkhon island
    Transfer to the village of Khuzhir – the main village on Olkhon island. En route, you will visit the Ogoy island - the biggest island of the Maloye More. On the top of the island there is the Buddhist stupa, that also named "The stupa of the clarification". Also, you will visit the Kobylia Golova half-island (Horse Head, Khorin-lrgi) with the length about 4 km. This half-island is very tight and cuspate. It's landscape and scarps are really impressive. The name stems from the fact that one of its capes is shaped like a horse's head.
  • 13:00
    Arrival to Khujir
    Accommodation at the resort.
  • 13:30
    Lunch at your resort
  • 14:00
    Visit of Khujir
    Excursion around the village, discovery of the Burkhan Rock, "place of residence of the Baikal's God" and one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
MRS — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Nabaymar
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (40km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the ice camp
    Today you will go on the ice of the lake by 4x4. You will spend a night in the real camp on the Baikal ice situated in the geographic centre of the lake on the boundary between the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. En route, you will visit the Belenkiy island (White), the habitat of thousand of gulls, you will stop near the cape Tri brata (Three brothers, Sagan-Hushun) with its picturesque ice caves and, of course, you will visit the most popular place of the island - the Khoboy cape. Here the giant ice-hummocks remind the radiating rays.
  • 13:00
    Picnic lunch
  • 15:00
    Arrival to the camp
    The ritual of meeting and greeting where every participant of the group can try to bore the ice. The briefing. You have a possibility to spend a night on the ice of the lake Baikal over 1500 metres of the water column.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Hot meals (food cooked on gas burner).
  • Overnight in the camp BaikalNature Ice Camp
Photo of the day
Ice Camp
Route
Olkhon island — Baikal lake
Accommodation
Camp on the ice of Baikal
Tent for 3-5 persons
Note

3 h 4x4  (60km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the camp
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the camp
  • 14:00
    Time at leisure in the camp
    For those who prefer the active rest, we suggest to go skating or to walk near the camp. The transparent ice, the ice-hummocks and breaks will allow you to make thousand of photos. If you are keen of the photo, we suggest you to wake up earlier and make photos of the Baikal ice in the morning sunshine. For those who like the measured rest there is an Ice bar - the special menu of the ice exotic things. The purest ice is everywhere - around you and even in your glass.
  • 16:30
    Departure in Ust-Bargouzin and check-in in a homestay
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Dinner is cooked by the locals
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in the homestead
Photo of the day
Approaching the Khoboy Cape
Route
Baikal lake — Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
Twin room in the homstay
  • 09:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the gulf Chivyrkuysky Not included
    Departure by 4x4 to the gulf Chivyrkuysky. 7 islands - natural monuments and sources of hot water makes this excursion the most popular among the tourists.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the open air
  • 17:00
    Return to the village of Ust-Barguzin
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in the homestead
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
Twin room in the homstay
  • 08:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfert to Ulan-Ude
    Departure to Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, in private car.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    In the cafe of buryat dishes
  • 14:00
    Arrival and free time
    You are welcome to visit Ivolginsky datsan, serving the most important place of worship in Buryatia and the centre of Buddhism in Russia, located outside the city in a beautiful steppe. (extra charge on the spot).
  • 22:30
    Departure to Irkutsk by night train
    * Train, 2nd class compartment, 4 berths
  • Overnight in the train
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin — Ulan-Ude
Accommodation
Overnight in the train
The 2nd class compartment
Note

4 h transfer  (268km)

  • 07:15
    Arrival in Irkutsk
  • 08:00
    Transfer to airport. End of the program.
Photo of the day
Route
Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
February, 27 2018
Start
-
March, 06 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,100 $
Basic price per person
March, 04 2018
Start
-
March, 11 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,100 $
Basic price per person
March, 05 2018
Start
-
March, 12 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,100 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Banya
  • Railway tickets in 2nd class
  • Valenky (felt boots; only in BaikalNature Ice Camp)
  • Administrative registration
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals according to the program
  • Accident insurance
  • Ice studs for shoes
  • Sleeping bag in BaikalNature Ice Camp
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Single supplement - 6950 RUB / pers. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-7, lunch on Day 1-6 and dinner on Day 2,4-6. We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request. Please contact us before your departure. The price of the tour includes travel health insurance for persons under 65 years.

Reviews
4.33
4.33
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
3.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Manuela
From 26 February 2017 to 5 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Altogether it was a great trip. My expactations were met in full. Our guide Mark did a great job, too. The only thing I would recommend avoiding the Chinese Restaurant in Khuzhir. After having dinner there I had gastro-intestinal disturbances for the whole night - the worst possible ever in my life.
BaikalNature's reply
Dear Manuela, thank you for leaving the comments on your stay and paying out attention to the quality of food in this particular restaurant in Khuzhir. We will take into consideration your remark and henceforth pick a different place where to feed our tourists.
4.50
4.50
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Paul, Antoine
From 12 March 2016 to 25 March 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourRoyaume de Glace
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Tout a été parfait, (même la météo..!) surtout ne changez rien. a une prochaine fois j'espére encore MERCI PAUL et YVES
4.50
4.50
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alain et Maria
From 21 March 2015 to 30 March 2015
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Globalement bien organize et qualité des services globalement bonne. Notre guide, Natalia, a été particulirement fantastique et a elle activement contribué à la reussite de notre voyage. Elle n'a pas arrêté une minute de veiller à ce qu'il ne nous manqué rien, intarissable à nous fournir des explications et toujours souriante... Une perle!
3.67
3.67
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
3.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
2.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jean-Yves et Marie
From 21 March 2015 to 30 March 2015
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Très bonne prestation de notre guide Natacha. Le circuit proposé par Baikal nature est varié et complet. Très satisfaits d'avoir choisi cette destination. Merci à Olga pour la préparation de notre voyage. Cette bonne organisation nous donne envie de revenir en Russie prochainement. Cordialement, Jean-Yves & Marie Reine Pannetier
3.50
3.50
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
2.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
2.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
3.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Régine
From 8 March 2014 to 17 March 2014
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
En fait, si, en effet, l'hébergement aurait pu être meilleur, j'ai apprécié d'avoir vécu avec le même confort que les Russes sur place au bord du lac Baikal. Si ce fut assez spartiate, cela ne manquait pas de charmes; nous étions en contact étroit avec la nature. J'ai réellement aimé cela. Les repas étaient excellents. Malheureusement, les informations reçues étaient bien en deça de mes attentes, et
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