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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 naviagtion
    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 Irkoutsk
    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, 11 2018
Start
-
July, 15 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
448 $
Basic price per person
July, 19 2018
Start
-
July, 23 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
448 $
Basic price per person
July, 27 2018
Start
-
July, 31 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
448 $
Basic price per person
August, 04 2018
Start
-
August, 08 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
448 $
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.

Reviews
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 detailed descriptions of every group tour presented in our catalog (those conditions as well cover the level of difficulty, the amount of "active" hours per day (referring to the kayak trip it would be as following: Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily), the checklist and equipment and others). As for the mattresses, we provide each single person with one mattress that shall be enough to lay on (we've been practicing this continually for several years and never received a notice from our clients on the lack of mattresses). In our case the main attention is to be paid to the fact that the general and allowed amount of equipment is limited and any additional articles could overload the kayaks and render the conditions of the trip either more difficult or dangerous. Thank you once again for your open and honest feedback about your experience during the trip, your comments are certainly going to help our future travelers to get a fuller image on the level of difficulty of the kayak trip and have an opportunity to prepare themselves physically for the journey they want. We will as well attract more attention of our tourists to those conditions in order to raise their awareness.
4.67
4.67
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
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
Christelle
From 13 August 2016 to 20 August 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Cette randonnée kayak restera un superbe souvenir de notre périple russe. L'occasion de découvrir chaque jour des décors nouveaux, sauvages et somptueux, dans une situation d'isolement très privilégiée, sous la tutelle d'un guide averti et de surcroit excellent cuisinier ! Les gîtes de départ et d'arrivée très confortables, nichés dans des sites extraordinaires. Merci à notre guide Andrey pour sa
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4.33
4.33
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
5.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
3.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Gertrude
From 23 July 2016 to 30 July 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
MERCI MERCI MERCI à toute l'équipe de BaïkalNature et plus particulièrement à Irina, Chloé et Andreï. Ce voyage a été pour moi une très très belle expérience, réussi en tout point de vue avec un sentiment que la chance à été avec nous durant tout le séjour. Je mesure cette chance car un grain de sable aurait pu venir faire capoter ce splendide voyage. Nous avons eu de la chance côté météo avec ce
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4.83
4.83
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
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
Bruno
From 23 July 2016 to 30 July 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Un bémol pour les transports, surtout pour un des trajet en minibus en raison d'un chauffeur conduisant comme un fou, n'ayant pas daigné répondre à nos bonjours à la prise de contact, n'ayant pas entendu nos demandes réitérées et traduites par notre guide de conduire plus prudemment. Aucune responsabilité de BaikalNature qui sous-traitait ce transport et nous saluons sa réactivité car tous les autres
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BaikalNature's reply
Nous vous remercions des remarques que vous portez à notre attention. Nous prenons en compte tous vos commentaires pour améliorer l'organisation des séjours. En espérant vous voir à nouveau parmi nos voyageurs, Cordialement,
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