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Baikal 110th km Expedition

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
13 Days
August - September
Highlights
  • Discover the wildest section of the Baikal lake
  • Itinerary along the famous "road 110"
  • A 2500km trip Around Baikal
  • Visit to the ruins of Akukan GULAG camp
  • Enjoying natural & hidden hot springs
  • Wild animals spottings
  • Tent overnights by the Baikal lake and in the heart of taiga forest
  • Visit of the Svyatoy Nos peninsula & the Old Believers’ village
  • Itinerary along the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur Mainlines railway
  • Visit of Center of Buddism in Russia - Ivolginsky Datsan
  • Visits of the two Baikal regional capital cities: Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude in Buryatia
  • Opportunity to drive the 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser
Tour Overview

People think that it is not possible to make a car trip around lake Baikal in the summer. But not everyone knows about an old abandoned road connecting the village Novyi Uoyan and Barguzin valley. This road was named after the only road marker pole at km 110. Built in 1974-75 as a temporary road to provide the BAM  employees with supplies. This road was then abandoned which resulted in all constructions and bridges slowly fall apart until today where they are totally destroyed and unusable... For 4x4 enthusiasts/drivers this road is considered one of the hardest and ranks in the highest category of difficulty.

Road 110 crosses Barguzinsky mountain range through numerous passes, rivers and wetlands. Part of the road go through the beautiful Dzherginsky nature reserve. And what contributes to its uniqueness is that it is hard to access, unpopulated, totally off the grid, intense elevation changes, untouched wilderness (both fauna and flora) !

During the expedition we will visit the upper section of the Lena River, drive along the BAM - one of the most expensive infrastructure project in the history of our country, you will see the northern point of Lake Baikal, Barguzin Valley, the Svatoy Nose peninsula and Barguzinsky and Chivyrkuisky gulfs.

An important part of our trip is to 'touch' the rich history of Russia. We will make a few in interesting stops, such as key construction points of BAM, old abandoned village, a labour camp site - Akukan Gulag. But you will also bathe in hot springs where the water temperature of reaches 50 degrees! You will spend a night on the largest peninsula of the Baikal lake, visit the village of Old Believers - Tarbagatay - and go to the heart of Buddhism in Russia – datsan of Ivolginsk. Finally in its last stretch the expedition will be driving along the southern shore of the Baikal and at the same time, along the Trans-Siberian railway.

For your transportation during the trip we provide specially prepared off-road vehicles - Toyota Land Cruiser, known for their power and 4x4 capabilities. You can also drive our 4x4 if you can demonstrate your offroad driving experience (conditions apply).

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Acquaintance with Irkutsk
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    First day of the road
    Irkutsk — Zhigalovo
  • Day 3
    Road along the Baikal-Amur Mainline
    Zhigalovo — Goudzhekit
  • Day 4
    Acquaintance with Severobaykalsk
    Goudzhekit — Nijneangarsk
  • Day 5
    Famost road "110th"
    Nijneangarsk — Road "110th"
  • Day 6
    Continuation of the road ''110km"
    Road ''110km''
  • Day 7
    Umhey passage
    Road ''110km''
  • Day 8
    Alla river pass
    Road ''110km'' — Alla land
  • Day 9
    The biggest peninsula of Baikal
    Alla land — Svyatoy Nos
  • Day 10
    Free day on the Baikal shore
    Svyatoy Nos peninsula
  • Day 11
    Ulan-Ude - the capital of Buryatia
    Svyatoy Nos — Ulan-Ude
  • Day 12
    Return to Irkutsk
    Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
  • Day 13
    End of the programme
    Irkutsk
  • 11:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk airport
    Meeting with your driver. Transfer to the hotel. Check in and rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the restaurant
  • 14:00
    Walking city-tour
    After lunch, walking tour of the historical city-centre with your guide. For several hours you will be surrounded by this particular atmosphere that makes Irkutsk such a unique city: the old churches, the southern docks of the river Angara, the wooden houses of the old city and the central market.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Imperia
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  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Departure to Zhigalovo
    Jump on board your 4x4 and departure for Zhigalovo through Kachug track, where the endless steppe of Ust-Orda opens on the wild taiga forest. All along the day, we will stop in various picturesque spots. We will make a stop to have a look at the widely known Shushensky petroglyphs.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    in a café along the road (not included, to pay on spot).
  • 16:00
    Arrival in Zhigalovo
    Arrival in Zhigalovo in the evening. Setting up camp near the village.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    After the accommodation, you are welcomed by the hot dinner prepared on fire.
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Zhigalovo
Note

6 h 4x4  (391km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
    in the tents' camping
  • 09:00
    Departure to Goudzhekit hot springs
    This section of the itinerary will follow the popular BAM railway (Baikal-Amur Mainline), one of the biggest railroads in the world. Parallel to the Trans-Siberain railway, its construction began in 1938 and is still ongoing today; it is 4287km long. This railway was mainly built by prisoners from the labour camps, then, by volunteers. This is an opportunity for you to see with your own eyes a part of Russia’s History.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    in a café along the road (not included, to pay on spot).
  • 16:00
    Arrival at our 'cabin camp' in the evening and check-in
    Free time to enjoy the hot springs (the entrance fee is an extra cost). The thermal waters are located in the floodplains of Goudzhekit and come out of the ground at a temperature of 50°C. The waters of the hot springs are well known for their rich silicic acids composition and alkalis properties.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in a cabin
Photo of the day
Route
Zhigalovo — Goudzhekit
Accommodation
Accommodation in the resort Hozyain
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Note

7 h 4x4  (390km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Nijneangarsk
    After breakfast, departure for the Baikal shores. We will go through the city of Severobaykalsk, where we will stop a bit to visit the city-centre. Severobaykalsk is the most populated town on the Baikal coast and is surrounded by the lake's rocky ridges. Opptionally of the BAM museum (not included).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    in a café along the road (not included, to pay on spot).
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the road
    Opportunity to visit the local airport and to see the Antonov 2 Biplan, Antonov 24 and 26.
  • 17:00
    Setting up camp on the lake's shore
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Prepared on fire
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Goudzhekit — Nijneangarsk
Note

1 h 4x4  (55km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Departure to the road "110th"
    After a breakfast prepared on the fire we depart for the famost road named "110th". We will stop en route to take a hike and visit the abandoned Akukan GULAG camp's ruins. Following this half day excursion, we will head toward Kumura, passing Irkana lake shore and its Kholkoz to establish camp.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    picnic en route
  • 16:00
    Establishment of the camp near a small hotspring
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Hot dinner prepared on the fire.
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Nijneangarsk — Road "110th"
Note

4x4  (226km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Continuation of the road 110th km
    После завтрака на костре мы продолжим наш путь по 110му зимнику. Эта дорога была построена в 1975 году для снабжения стройки БАМа. После окончания строительства БАМа дорога стала невостребованной. Со временем практически все мосты на пути были разрушены, а сама дорога превратилась в направление и стала обрастать легендами.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 16:00
    Setting up of the camp
  • 19:00
    Dinner near the fire
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Road ''110km''
Note

4x4  (90km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Continuation of the trip on Road 110
    Be ready for stunning landscape and difficult 4x4 passage. Caution, skills and team play are vital to ensure a successful drive on this section.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Picnic en route
  • 15:00
    Setting up of the camp
    This night we will spend near a small hot spring.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Hot dinner prepared on fire.
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Road ''110km''
Note

4x4  (60km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Alla hotspring
    The Alla hotsrping is situated in the Alla river pass where this river comes out the Barguzin Range.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Picnic en route.
  • 15:00
    Check-in at the cabin resort
    This is another opportunity to bathe in the medicinal waters whose temperatures are reaching 70°C.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the cabin resort
Photo of the day
Route
Road ''110km'' — Alla land
Note

4x4  (60km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Start of the road
    After breakfast departure to the lake Baikal shore. En route we will visit some buddhist temple. We will also visit the village of Ust-Barguzin and will go to the Svyatoy Nos peninsula.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    Picnic en route.
  • 17:00
    Setiing up of the camp on the lake's shore
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Alla land — Svyatoy Nos
Note

4x4  (209km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Free time
    You have possibility to see the most beautiful places of the peninsula and to bathe in the hot springs.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in tents
Photo of the day
Route
Svyatoy Nos peninsula
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Ulan-Ude
    After breakfast prepared on the campfire, we head to Ulan-Ude, capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. This section of the road will follow the lake's coast.
  • 11:30
    Visit the Old Believers’ village of Tarbagatay
    Walking excursion in the village and acquaintance with the everyday life of the village.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    There, you will be offered a traditional Buryat meal by the local people as well as a folkloric show.
  • 15:00
    Visit of the Ivolginsky Datsan
    Ivolginsky Datsan is a Buddhist complex located in the middle of the steppe, away from the city. This Dastan has a particularly important in the Buryat culture and is also the heart of the Buddhist faith in Russia.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Ulan-Ude
    Check-in a hotel.If we have enough time let, we could de a short city tour of Ulan-Ude.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the restaurant
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Svyatoy Nos — Ulan-Ude
Accommodation
Note

4x4  (425km)

  • 00:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Departure to Irkutsk
    After breakfast departure for Irkutsk. The road partly goes along the shores of the lake Baikal allowing you to take a look at the lake once again.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    Lunch in a café along the road (not included, to pay on spot).
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Check-in in the hotel and rest.
  • 19:00
    Farewell dinner
    Festive diner in the local restaurant.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Standard business twin room
Note

4x4  (425km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
August, 25 2018
Start
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September, 06 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,432 $
Basic price per person
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      Note

      The price given is for a group of 3 people (for one car). Total number of vehicles: 2 to 4. If there are less than 3 people in the car, the price of the expedition will be recalculated. All the meals are included in the price of the program, except for: breakfasts on day 1, lunches on days 2, 3,4,11,12,13 as well as diner on day 13 The access to the hot springs in Goudzhekit is to pay on the spot (around 200 rubles per person). • One lunche in a café along the road : 300-400 RUB • Visite of museum of BAM: 100-150 RUB

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      From 12 March 2017 to 20 March 2017
      Destination: Lake Baikal
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      Superbe voyage très dépaysant. Le guide Igor était très professionnel.
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      Michel
      From 7 March 2017 to 17 March 2017
      Destination: Lake Baikal
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      Tout était parfait, les transferts impeccables, Irina, Andrej, Janna et Anna furent des guides de qualité. Vous aviez parfaitement choisi les lieux de séjour et de repas La base Lada à Olkhone nous convenait parfaitement, nous avons eu l’occasion d’y rencontrer un charmant groupe féminin qui était aussi en villégiature pour quelques jours et qui comprenait une ancienne professeure de français…
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      Catherine
      From 2 March 2017 to 8 March 2017
      Destination: Lake Baikal
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      Un séjour grandiose et inoubliable à tout point de vue. Dans la description, il faudrait peut-être quand même préciser que pour faire les 2 jours de marche sur le lac, il vaut mieux être entrainé à marcher vite en cas de mauvaise météo. Ceci a été le cas pour nous le dimanche, avant d'arriver au campement. Heureusement notre guide Andreï a été parfait et notre groupe était homogène pour avoir une
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      From 5 March 2017 to 11 March 2017
      Destination: Lake Baikal
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      Très belle découverte que ce voyage. Qualité des prestations : en préparation (merci Anna); à Oulan Oudé, excellente guide (Natacha) Une simple recommandation : le guide principal devrait faire un débriefing chaque jour pour le lendemain afin que chacun puisse s'organiser; cela semblait par moment improvisé au dernier moment. Enfin, nous avons fait le circuit à l'envers et le début est un peu
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      From 26 February 2017 to 9 March 2017
      Destination: Lake Baikal
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      Excellent séjour. Qualité de l'hébergement spartiate mais correcte. On ne s'inscrit pas à une randonnée si on veut du logement 5*. Accueil sympathique sans flagornerie de l'équipe de mushers. gastronomie simple et énergétique. Logement sympathiquement primitif et frais le matin (on ne traîne pas au lit). Encore une fois, on est pas sur du balnéaire. Bonne qualité du programme sur la traversée.
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