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Golden Baikal

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
8 Days
September
Highlights
  • Special itinerary through the most colourful Baikal places
  • Baikal crossing by boat in its south part
  • Discovery of the Khamar-Daban mountain range, famous for their autumnal colours
  • Visit of the Warm Lakes
  • Walk in the siberian forest and picking of seasonal mushrooms and berries
  • Discovery of Olkhone Island, one of the Baikal sacred place
Tour Overview

Whether you are a photographer, amateur of splendid autumnal landscapes or eager to discover the famous Baikal Lake far from summer tourist influx: this tour is for you! During its Indian summer the Siberian taiga is bedecked with warm colour contrasting with the snowy mounts and the azure blue of the water leading you in a unique and natural serenity. This excursion was especially composed to give you a chance to discover the nicest spots at the best instant when light comes to play with Baikal coasts colours.

From Irkutsk we will directly go to Baikal board, in its southernmost point – Kultuk village where you will admire the panoramic view on the lake. Then we will advance along the Baikal east coast to Baikalsk town. There will be an excursion to the Warm lakes in the bottom of the majestic Khamar-Daban Mountains. There is a specific microclimate and picturesque landscapes, especially in autumn.

One of the most significant parts of this tour is the Baikal crossing in its south part. The crossing will allow to you to appreciate the real greatness of Lake Baikal that is also called Sea of Siberia.  

From medium Baïkal " Sredny Baïkal " to Olkhon island through the Small sea " Moloié Moré ", the spiritual and geographical heart of this internal ocean with golden steppes, yellow larches and yellow ochres rocks will be the part of journey which will subjugate you by its landscapes. After a walk up to the cape of Khoboj, sacred place of the shamans, you will have opportunity to realise shooting in 360 ° with the Baikal in background. A free day will be granted to you to rest you or to follow the exploration of the island among proposed activities.Back in civilisation we will visit the historical centre of Irkoutsk, one of the most ancient Siberian cities founded by the Cossacks, pioneers of the Siberia.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    The southernmost point of lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Baikalsk
  • Day 2
    Warm Lakes in the Khamar-Daban mountains
    Baikalsk
  • Day 3
    Baikal crossing from east to west coast
    Baikalsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 4
    The biggest island of Baikal lake
    Listvyanka — Olkhon island
  • Day 5
    Sacred site for shamans
    Olkhon island
  • Day 6
    Day in the Baikal village
    Olkhon island
  • Day 7
    Return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • Day 8
    Departure
    Irkutsk
  • 11:00
    Meeting with group in the Irkutsk airport
    Meeting with the group, your guide and driver in the airport. Acquaintance with the group and discussion of the tour's details. *You can choose the morning flight for taking the breakfast in one of the airports cafes or to arrive the day before. Please, contact us for the supplement overnight reservation.
  • 11:15
    Departure to the Kultuk village
    Kultuk is a village and the bay of the same name situated in the southernmost part of lake Baikal. Near Kultuk village there is a view point of lake Baikal against a background of the majestic Khamar-Daban mountains.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe Not included
    You can taste the dishes of the local cuisine in the cafe with picture windows. The lunch is not included in the price, the payment on site in cash.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the journey to Baikalsk town
    Baikalsk is the southernmost town on the Baikal shore known for one of the best Russian skiing resort, garnet beach, strawberry festival and soft climate.
  • 16:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Baikalsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Beliy Sobol
Twin standard room
Landmarks
Note

3 h transfer  (148km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Excursion to Warm lakes
    Warm lakes: the Emerald (Izumrudnoye), the Dead (Mertvoye) and the Fairy tale (Skazka) are situated at a walking distance but every one has its own coast and chemical composition. It's a place with a unique microclimate. There are the black poplars - the old-growth trees more then 300 years old. There should be several persons for embracing its trunk.
  • 13:00
    Picnic
  • 14:00
    Trekking to Warm lakes
    Departure for a hike through the siberian taiga to discover the "Teplye" (warm) lakes. On the way you will may pick seasonal mushrooms and berries and enjoy the charm and its autumnal serenity
  • 16:00
    Return to Baikalsk
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the restaurant
  • 20:00
    Return to the hotel
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Baikalsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Beliy Sobol
Twin standard room
Landmarks
Note

1 h transfer  (40km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the restaurant
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the berth
  • 10:30
    Baikal crossing
    Embarkation on speed boat and Baikal crossing from the east to th west to Listvyanka village.
  • 12:30
    Arrival and transfer to the hotel
    Accommodation and rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the restaurant of the hotel
  • 14:00
    Discovery of Listvyanka village
    Excursion to the Baikal museum where you will try a minisub simulator, which takes you deep down into Baikal waters. You can watch nerpa (Baikal endemic seal) and learn of the flora and fauna of the lake. You will take chairlift to the Cherskiy rock from where you will see the panoramic view on the Angara river source.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel Not included
    Not included, payment on site in cash.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Baikalsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "BaikalCedar"
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 08:40
    Departure to the Olkhon island
  • 10:40
    En route excursion to the National Buryat museum of Ust-Orda
  • 13:00
    Lunch in a Buryat cafe
    Serving the traditional cuisine: posy, chebureki, Buryat tea etc.
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the way to Olkhon island
    After lunch continuation of the way. Several times we will stop over at picturesque sites to make offerings to the spirits of the places. Arrival to the strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota ("Olkhon Gates"). Crossing of the strait by ferry. Drive to the village of Khuzhir, the capital of the island. On the way, discovery of ruins to the Kurykan wall which barred formerly the access to the holy site. Arival to Khujir in the afternoon.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Nabaymar
Twin room
Note

5 h transfer  (361km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Olkhon island excursion
    After breakfast excursion by 4X4 (UAZ) to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of Olkhon, sacred place of shamans. The trip will allow you to discover the beauty of the Maloye More (Small Sea) and its islets, also places of worship of shamans. Stroll to the cape.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
  • 14:00
    Walking around and come back
    Return to Khuzhir. Visit of the hamlet of Uzury on the east of the island. The road passes through steppes, sandy beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Nabaymar
Twin room
Note

7 h 4x4  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Free time inwith your guide
    Optionally: excursion by 4X4 to the south of the island to discover the remains of ancient walls of the Kurykans, excursion by boat on the Ogoy Island, mountain bicycle, horseback ride (extra charges).
  • 13:00
    Lunch at the resort
  • 14:00
    Free time
    This day is a good possibility to walk along the coast and discover to the authentic life of the Baikal village.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Nabaymar
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
  • 15:30
    Arrival to Irkutsk and check-in
  • 16:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
Note

5 h transfer  (292km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the program.
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
September, 07 2019
Start
-
September, 14 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,005 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Boat trip
  • Letter of invitation
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Banya
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Extra charge for single room : 9 800 RUB The price does not include breakfast on day 2-8; Lunch on day 2-5 and dinner on day 2, 4-6

Reviews
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5.00
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4.00
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Игорь
From 10 September 2016 to 17 September 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Тур Золотой Байкал. Ни одной забытой детали тура, ни одной задержки в трансферах, а все возникающие вопросы девушки из офиса решали сразу же. Отдельная благодарность за подобранных гидов и водителя - все они местные и прекрасно знали живую историю своих мест. Общее ощущение сложилось такое как будто нас на руках пронесли по всей программе тура. Не стесняйтесь задавать вопросы гидам!
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Alain
From 7 September 2018 to 15 September 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Cette expérience érémitique s'adresse à des personnes autonomes.
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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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4.00
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5.00
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4.00
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Michèle
From 5 August 2018 to 16 August 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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4.67
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Bruno
From 3 March 2018 to 10 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
J'ai été ravi de faire ce voyage. Activités variées à la fois sportives et culturelles. Excellente guide. Excellente ambiance dans le groupe.
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