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Baikal by kayak

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
5 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Discovery of inaccessible place of Baikal
  • Opportunity to see Baikal fresh water seals
  • Possibility to stay in the most beautiful places of the lake
  • Visit of the Peschanaya bay
Tour Overview

This voyage is specially for those who seek seclusion from all civilization and entire immersion in nature. The main goal is to let you enjoy a long trip on kayak and minimize all typical features of "a civilized tour": hotels, transport, crowd...

On the one hand, this idea allowed to reduce considerably your budget : very important thing! On the other hand, the kayak is an excellent way to get some privacy, comfort and cover long distances.

The layout of the itinerary passes through symbolic places of Baikal, most of which are accessible only by kayak, like the Sennaya and Peschanaya bays, the Beliy cape. We can also see Nerpas (Baikal fresh water seals) where the kayak is the single means of transport that does not frighten animal.

Thus, we put our kayaks into the water at Bugul'deika and sailing in the south up to the Village Bolchoe Goloustnoe crossing the famous Peschanaya Bay, where we will make a break to discover all treasures. After 5 days of autonomy way, we will get off to Irkoutsk. Many times itinerary will allow to walk around the coast, discover taiga and views of the lake.

Last models of sea kayak Triton, Russian brand, are used to provide security and comfort. These collapsible kayaks have a rigid structure, inflatable edges that make it unsinkable. For navigating and transporting comfortably, you will seat by two in a three-seat kayak.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with Baikal lake
    Irkutsk — Buguldeyka
  • Day 2
    Along the Baikal shore
    Beliy cape — Sennaya bay
  • Day 3
    The most beautiful bay of lake Baikal
    Sennaya bay — Sredniye Khomouty bay
  • Day 4
    Continuation of the passage to the south
    Sredniye Khomouty bay — Cap Ushkany
  • Day 5
    Return to Irkutsk
    Ushkany cape — Irkutsk
  • 09:00
    Meeting at "BaikalNature" office
    Acquaintance and preparation for the travel.
  • 09:30
    Transfer Irkutsk - Buguldeyka
    Departure on the private transport.
  • 12:00
    Lunch in a cafe on the way Not included
    The lunch is to be paid on site in cash. You have possibility to taste the Buryat cuisine.
  • 14:00
    Arrival to the Buguldeyka village
    Mounting kayaks and Kayak's instruction. Short passage to the Beliy cape (White cape) - about 5 km. Setting up of the campside. Accommodation by 2 persons in a tent. Rest.
  • 19:00
    Camp dinner
  • Overnight under the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Buguldeyka
Accommodation
Camping
Landmarks
Note

3 h transfer  (230km)

1 h kayaking  (5km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Kayaking to the Sennaya bay
    After yesterday's training, today we will do a few more kilometers. All-day travelling to the north along the mountains and the taiga. This is the longest part of the journey.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
    We will make a stop on the picturesque beach of the lake for the rest and the open-air lunch.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
    In the afternoon, we will reach the Sennaya bay. This bay is a specious meadow surrounded by the tayga. Installation of the camp and rest.
  • 19:00
    Hot dinner prepared on the fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Beliy cape — Sennaya bay
Accommodation
Camping
Note

6 h kayaking  (20km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure
    During this day we will make a stop in one of the most amazing places of lake - Peschanaya bay. There is a large send beach and "Stilt" trees.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on the beach
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the naviagtion
  • 17:00
    Arrival and setting up of the camp
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Sennaya bay — Sredniye Khomouty bay
Accommodation
Camping
Note

5 h kayaking  (15km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure on kayak
    After the breakfast, we continue our itinerary to the south. If the weather is fine, you have possibility to watch the nerpa, the endemic seal of lake Baikal. You will pass by the cape Baklaniy Kamen (Cormorant rock) that formerly was the habitat of cormorants.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 17:00
    Arrival to the Ushkany cape
    Setting up of the camp.
  • 19:00
    Hot dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Sredniye Khomouty bay — Cap Ushkany
Accommodation
Camping
Note

5 h kayaking  (15km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation to the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village
    We will go to the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village. Preparing for the departure. You have some free time for walking along the Baikal shore.
  • 12:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
    Arrival to the "BaikalNature" office. End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Ushkany cape — Irkutsk
Note

1 h kayaking  (5km)

2 h transfer  (120km)

Detailed description
Departures
July, 07 2019
Start
-
July, 11 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
412 $
Basic price per person
July, 15 2019
Start
-
July, 19 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
412 $
Basic price per person
July, 23 2019
Start
-
July, 27 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
412 $
Basic price per person
July, 31 2019
Start
-
August, 04 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
412 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Medical insurance
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Tent rental
  • Letter of invitation
  • Camping outfit rental
  • Kayak and equipment rental
  • Dry bag rental
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price includes breakfast on Day 2-4; lunch Day 2-4 and dinner on Day 1-4. We recommend you to arrive the day before for avoiding to be late. To note: maximum weight to take part in this trip is 100 kg. The price of the tour includes travel health insurance for persons under 75 years. The timing and the itinerary of the your is approximate. This tour is held on the uninhabited coast of the lake, far away from the civilization. The duration and the place for the stops will be defined by the guide on site for ensure your security.

Reviews
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
5.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Valentine
From 18 July 2018 to 22 July 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Découvrir Baïkal Nature a été un véritable plaisir. Toute l'équipe est très agréable et disponible pour les questions. Ces quelques jours sur le lac étaient fantastiques! Dommage que le retour ait été retardé par 2 crevaisons successives. Sinon, toute l'organisation était parfaite. Suggestions: les tentes commencent à vieillir et les kayaks sont très longs à monter et à démonter. Un grand merci pour
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4.67
4.67
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
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Chris
From 26 July 2018 to 30 July 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
The Tour was great. A special thanks to our Tour Guide Andrey who made our trip very special for us. One little thing: Maybe you should get new tents. The ones we had basically worked but they were quite broken. Still Great Tour!
BaikalNature's reply
Dear Alfred, thank you for your comment. We will renew the tents for the next year and we plan to give our guides the set of the repair details just in case.
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
5.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alexandre
From 13 July 2017 to 19 July 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Je suis parti seul avec un guide ( Egor) sur le Baikal en kayak. J'ai vraiment apprécié son comportement et humainement une personne intéressante. Darya au bureau vous assiste pour vous aider avec une grande amabilité. Un excellent séjour. J'étais très bien sûr les rives du Baikal à dormir dans la tente. Le retour au milieu du monde est pus difficile.
4.67
4.67
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
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jean-Louis
From 20 August 2016 to 7 September 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Bonjour j 'ai connu Baikalnature par son site Internet qui m 'a beaucoup séduit, de mon premier contact jusqu 'à la réalisation de ce voyage qui me tenait très à coeur, je peux dire que tout était bien, satisfaisant, et je rentre en France avec l 'intention de revenir en Russie, pays dont j 'ai une autre image maintenant... Il me sera impossible, désormais, d 'oublier la majesté, parfois irréelle,
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4.33
4.33
Total score
3.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Anne
From 13 August 2016 to 20 August 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Well, the experience in general was successfull, and I keep good memories of this week kayaking. But in order to improve your organisation, I think some improvements can be brought in the communication. The most important point is how the kayak experience was exposed when I asked what was the level of difficulty. It was really important for me to know if I was able to manage. I've got a good sport
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BaikalNature's reply
Dear Anne, thank you for taking time to leave a detailed review on the kayak trip you had with us. We greatly appreciate your comments on organizational aspects that need to be improved and we're sorry that certain of them didn't meet your expectations. Need to mention, however, that we provide our tourists with the most complete information on the tour conditions that are mentioned in the
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