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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
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
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
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
8 Days
July - August
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 caves, Cape Kobylia Golova, islands of the Small Sea. We will 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 of the Tutaysky bay and sailing in the north up to our destination, the Village Uzury situated on the eastern part of Olkhon Island. Starting from crossing of the strait "Olkhonsky Gates", we will go to the north passing picturesque bay - Maloye More, Small Sea, the famous Peschanaya Bay, where we will make a break for the half of the day to discover all its treasures. Many times the itinerary will allow us to walk around the coast, discovering the taiga and the landscapes of the lake.

After 5 days of autonomy journey, we will stay at the homestead in Uzury. There we could have a rest : nice beds and russian banya! The next day you have a free day for sightseeing, enjoying a spectacular view over the lake, beautiful capes and rocks!

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

Get inspired while reading attentively "Day by Day" and looking at map!

Our offer is UNIQUE.

Highlights
  • Discovery of inaccessible place of Baikal
  • Unique Itinerary along all Olkhon Island
  • Opportunity to see Baikal fresh water seals
  • Possibility to stay in the most beautiful places of journey
  • Visit of the buddhist stupa of Ogoy Island and others islands of the Small Sea
  • Visit of sacred places of Olkhon Island - Shaman Rock and Khoboy Cape
Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Transfer to Baikal lake
    Irkutsk — MRS
  • Day 2
    Islands of the Small Sea.
    MRS — Seven pines bay
  • Day 3
    Sacred place of shamans
    Seven pines bay — Saraysky bay
  • Day 4
    Baikal sand dunes
    Saraysky bay — Bay Pestchanaya
  • Day 5
    Picturesque bays
    Bay Pestchanaya — Bay Ossa
  • Day 6
    Cape Khoboï and Great Sea
    Bay Ossa — Uzury
  • Day 7
    Rest
    Uzury
  • Day 8
    return to Irkutsk
    Uzury — Irkutsk
  • 09:00
    Meeting at BaikalNature's office
    Acquaintance and preparation for the travel
  • 09:30
    Transfer Irkutsk - MRS
    Departure on the private transport
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a cafe on the way Not included
  • 14:00
    Arrival at the village Tutay
    Check-in at the resort. Mounting kayaks and Kayak's instruction.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — MRS
Landmarks
Note

transfer  (250km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the resort
  • 10:00
    Departure from MRS
    Start of the navigation to the sandy beach ''Seven pines''. Crossing of the strait Olkhonskié Vorota. Discovery of the cape Kobylia Golova (head of the Mare) which is separated from the island by a strait of 4 metres. Stopping on the island Khoubine.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the naviagtion
    After lunch we will sail up to the island Ogoï, visit of the Buddhist stupa. Stopping at the " Seven pines " beach.
  • 19:00
    Hot dinner prepared on the fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
MRS — Seven pines bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure
    Navigation to the sandy beach of Saraysky bay stretches for about 3 km between Burkhan cape, the sacred shamans's place and Kharantsy village. Discover of the cape Shamanka.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on the beach
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the naviagtion
  • 17:00
    Stopping in the bay of the gulf Sarayski
  • 19:00
    Dinner prepared on the fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Seven pines bay — Saraysky bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure on kayak
    Navigation to the Urochishe Peschanoye famous for its picturesque sand dunes. Discovery of the cape Kharantsy, of golf Bayan-Shungen with islands Edor and Modoto.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 17:00
    Arrival at the bay Pestchanaya
  • 19:00
    Hot dinner prepared on the fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Saraysky bay — Bay Pestchanaya
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the bay Ossa
    On the way you will discover the bays of the gulfs, the capes Sassa, Khara-Khabssagaïskiï.
  • 13:00
    Lunch during the stopping
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 17:00
    Stopping in the bay Ossa and installation
  • 19:00
    Dinner prepared on the fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Bay Pestchanaya — Bay Ossa
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation to the village Uzury
    Village Uzury located in the eastern coast of the Olkhone island. You will go round the island passing its northern part. On the way you will discover the rock Three Brothers, cape Khoboï where you will enjoy a spectacular view at 360 degree over the lake.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Uzury. Installation in homestead.
  • 18:00
    Russian bania
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner
  • Overnight in homestead
Photo of the day
Route
Bay Ossa — Uzury
  • 09:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free day
    Optional: excursion by 4X4 to the south of the island to discover the remains of ancient walls of the Kurykans, excursion to the east shore of Olkhon to see salt lake Shara-Nur, boat tour, mountain bicycle, horseback ride (extra charges).
  • 13:00
    Homemade lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Dinner cooked by the locals
  • Overnight in the homestead
Photo of the day
Route
Uzury
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in homestay
  • 10:00
    Transfer Olkhon island - Irkutsk
    Day of return to Irkutsk. Discover of Olkhon Island and its magnificent Tajeranskye steppes. Explore taiga and its villages of Russia.
  • 17:30
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Arrival at BaikalNature office at 18.00 p.m. Return of equipment. End of the program.
Photo of the day
Route
Uzury — Irkutsk
Detailed description
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Administrative registration
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Tent rental
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Camping outfit rental
  • Kayak and equipment rental
  • Dry bag rental
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

Guaranteed departure from 4 participants. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-8; lunch Day 2-7 and dinner on Day 1-7. Trips of July 9th and 23rd, of August 6th and 20th are in the opposite direction. We recommend you to arrive the day before. To note: maximum weight to take part in this trip is 100 kg. Single supplement for the first night is 2200 rubles. The price of the tour includes travel health insurance for persons under 75 years.

Departures
22.07.2017
Start
-
29.07.2017
End
Available 4+
Status
36,600 i
Basic price per person
29.07.2017
Start
-
05.08.2017
End
Available 4+
Status
36,600 i
Basic price per person
05.08.2017
Start
-
12.08.2017
End
Available 4+
Status
36,600 i
Basic price per person
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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