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Survival in the Siberian taiga

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
9 Days
September
Highlights
  • Real isolation from civilization
  • Total safety with 24/7 Emergency response
  • 6 days surrounded by rich and diverse wildlife
  • Teaching the bushcraft skills
Tour Overview

If you are looking for something really special, if you are tired of the noisy city, you need some new emotions or you just want to taste yourself, we propose you the unique tour «Survival in the Siberian taiga».

For the most audacious we propose to set off for searching an adventure at the heavy heart of the Siberian taiga, 150 km away from Irkutsk city, to the place that is accessible only by aerodynamic boat. You will find yourself in the place estranged from the civilization, where everything obeys the natural laws and there are more chances to meet a wild animal then a man. Together with the group of brave men and our experienced guide-ranger you will learn the wilderness survival skills in the Siberian taiga – without Internet, mobile, electricity.

During the tour you will be provided by the minimal set of tools: hatchet, knife, campfire equipment, fish tackle, knapsack and waterproof cape. The dwelling and food are to be arranged by your-selves: for the overnights you will be provided only by the sleeping bags. With the group you will build the improvised shelter. We take the minimal set of the food that we will use only in case of emergency. For the rest you will procure the food by yourself. There is a good reason for organizing this tour in September when the taiga is rich in natural gifts: mushrooms, berries, fish and nuts. You will learn to fish and to distinguish edible mushrooms, berries and plants. You will taste all the gifts of nature.

We can guarantee to you that you will never be the same after this adventure. Cut off all civilization, you will really understand the significance of the hour. Of what you are doing right here and right now. No matter what the Siberian taiga seems – unfriendly and strange, you will discover another nature: the nature that helps everybody who has ventured on such asperities and could listen to her low whisper.

The security of the tour is provided by our experienced guide. He has emergency phone and first-aid kit. All the participants of the tour are ensured.

ATTENTION Before the tour, you need to put in perspective your physical and mental health. The premature evacuation as "non-covered service" should be paid by the participant. The satphone can be used only in the emergency case and not for the private conversations.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Irkutsk and preparation for the tour
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    To the starting point by speed boat
    Irkutsk — Kitoy-Kin river
  • Day 3
    First day of the survival
    Kitoy-Kin river
  • Day 4
    Fishing on the Kitoy river
    Kitoy-Kin river
  • Day 5
    The gifts of nature
    Kitoy-Kin river
  • Day 6
    Survival in the taiga
    Kitoy-Kin river
  • Day 7
    The last day in the taiga
    Kitoy-Kin river
  • Day 8
    Return to Irkutsk
    Kitoy-Kin river — Irkutsk
  • Day 9
    End of the programme
    Irkutsk
  • 11:40
    Meeting in the airport of Irkutsk
    Transfert to the hotel. Check-in and rest after the flight. *If you you arrive earlier, we can book for you an individual transfer and early check-in (not included).
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the hotel Not included
  • 14:00
    Meeting with your guide at the hotel's reception
    Acquaintance with the guide and the group. Briefing and verification of the equipment. We are going to the shop to buy the product minimum for the firsts days of your journey far from the civilisation. According to the equipment list, you take all you need for the tour. The rest can be left in our office BaikalNature.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the Razdolye village
    We take our minibus and go to the Razdolye village in 95 km form Irkutsk.
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the starting point by boat
    In the village we change the transport for the aerodynamic boat (3-4 persons by a boat). Navigation along the Kitoy river. The Kitoy river is a left confluent of the Angara river. It's a 316 kilometre-long river that is accessible only by aerodynamic boats because of the great number of difficult rapids.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Landing on the bank
    Your guide will give you the instructions for the camp installation. Start of your survival programme at the crossing of rivers Kitoy and Kitoy-Kin. Use the time for preparing for the first overnight in the wild taiga!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    The first dinner near the fireplace of our camp.
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Kitoy-Kin river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga camp
Landmarks
Note

2 h transfer  (95km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Organizing household
    You will learn how difficult the upcoming survival tests are going to be - not only will you have to provide shelter for yourself but also to find  food in a wilderness environment. You will be responsible for planning your own household as well as sharing responsibilities within the team and managing your free time.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Kitoy-Kin river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga camp
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Fishing
    The fishing on the Kitoy river is specially good in autumn when fishes go up from the Angara river. There are dace, grayling, burbot, lenok, pike, perch, taimen and gudgeon. According to our experience, the fishing of those who try to survive is very successful as their lunch depends on the their take.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Kitoy-Kin river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga camp
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Gathering of the berries and mushrooms
    Today you have possibility to taste all the gifts of the Siberian fall gifts: berries, mushrooms and nuts. Among the most widespread berries: red bilberries, great bilberry, currants, bilberries. If you find rose hips, just gather a little for preparing a hot tea on fire - this berry is considered as a real source of vitamins. The taiga berries are known for their fragrance. Follow attentively guide's instructions, some berries and plants are poisonous!
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Kitoy-Kin river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga camp
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Working in the camp
    On the fourth day the everyday life of the camp will be established enough. For withstanding the severities far away from the civilization, you need to work as a team and don't neglect the rules of safety. Don't for get that your behaviour and activity will affect not only your life, but the life of the team!
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Kitoy-Kin river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga camp
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Fishing
    One part of the group go for fishing, the second one gather mushrooms and berries.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    It's our farewell dinner near the fireplace. It's a perfect moment of sharing your impressions of this unusual voyage!
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Kitoy-Kin river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga camp
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure by speed boat to Razdolye village
    Before we start the navigation we need to set out our camp. For leaving the forest in a state of nature, we take away all the garbage.
  • 12:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
    We change the transport and go by minibus to Irkutsk city. It will be a real return to the civilization!
  • 16:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
    Good rest in the city centre with all comforts. At your disposal: Interner, TV and, of course, hot bath!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Farewell dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Kitoy-Kin river — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
Note

2 h transfer  (95km)

  • 07:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the programme.
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
September, 08 2018
Start
-
September, 16 2018
End
Available: 4+
Status
916 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Letter of invitation
  • Accident insurance
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Visa
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Single supplement in Irkutsk hotel - 4 200 roubles. The price of the tour includes Accident insurance for persons under 75 years.

Reviews
No reviews anymore or no reviews at all for this tour. Below reviews for destination:
4.33
4.33
Total score
4.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
5.00
Quality of accommodation
5.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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4.67
4.67
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
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
YONGCHANG
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
VERY NICE~
4.00
4.00
Total score
4.00
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
4.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jorg
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Very nice tour, however there is possibility to improve; making the groups not troo big (mine was 14 guests which is too much for in tent dining p ex), also the trek on the lake could have been longer for me - now there was a part of the lake trek done by 4x4. A small remark to the guide too; maybe better to inform the evening at dinner what timing/activity there will be the next day and what to wear.
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your comment! We have already planned the improvements for our ice camp for making it me comfortable. As for the trekking distance, we just wanted to balance between very sportif tourists and those who have no any experience. Hoping to see among our future clients!
3.50
3.50
Total score
3.00
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
Sandeep
From 3 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Better coordination between the Guide and Back Office suggested.
4.17
4.17
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
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
3.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Jiranan
From 28 February 2018 to 5 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourBaikal trip
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Overall for the trip is great I really do enjoy it, however if we can add more attractions in to the trip that would more valuable for the trip. Also the bus on the way to transaiberia train is quite too small, I suggest for the one with bigger seat.
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