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Baikal Transit

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
Highlights
  • Perfect travel option for those who take the Trans-Siberian
  • Discovery of the largest island of Lake Baikal
  • Crossing of the Baikal in its widest part
  • Most get-to-know-local-people journey
Tour Overview

This tour is an excellent opportunity to discover the Baikaly for those who travel by the Trans-Siberian Railway and prefer not to pass the point of departure again. This route will make you explore the heart of Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island, Grand Baikal in its widest part, the largest gulf of the lake - Barguzinsky Gulf, the shoreline of Svyatoy Nos Peninsula, and the fishing village of Ust-Barguzin.

We will devote two days to explore Olkhon, the largest island of the lake, in order to get more deeply acquainted with it. When crossing the lake, we will sail in its largest and deepest depression and you will be able to realize all the immensity and greatness of this Siberian Sea!

The road from Ust-Barguzin to Ulan-Ude, well-beaten track, follows in part the shore of the lake and then turns south towards the city through wild taiga. Many Buryat villages await us as we travel to the capital of Buryatia.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Khuzhir
  • Day 2
    Olkhone - heart of the lake Baikal
    Khuzhir
  • Day 3
    Baikal crossing from the west to east
    Khuzhir — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 4
    Day in the Baikal village
    Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 5
    Ulan-Ude - capital of Buryatia
    Ust-Barguzin — Ulan-Ude
  • 09:00
    Departure for the Olkhon island
    Meeting at the bus station at 9.00 am. Leave for the island by scheduled bus. Lunch in a roadside cafe serving Buryat cuisine (not included, to pay on site).
  • 15:00
    Arrival to the Khuzhir village
    In the afternoon, arrival to the Khuzhir - the main village of the Olkhon island. Accommodation at the resort. You can go for a walk along the village and visit the Burkhan cape (Shamanka) - one of the 9 sacred places of the Asia then became the main point of the interest of lake Baikal.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at your resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Khuzhir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Shamanka
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Note

6 h transfer  (300km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 10:00
    Free time
    Optional extra: excursion by 4x4 to Khoboy Cape, the northernmost point of the island. This drive will allow you to discover the splendours of Maloye More and its small islets. Walk to the cape. Picnic in the open air. Visit to small settlement of Uzury, in the east of the island. Drive through beautiful steppes, sand beaches, taiga, abandoned villages.
  • 18:00
    Russian banya Not included
    For those who want it's possible to take the Russian banya. The reservation and the payment is to be made on site.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Khuzhir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Shamanka
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  • 08:00
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the Khuzhir village berth
  • 10:00
    Embarkation on board
    Once the group is ready, you will navigate along the Olkhon island by the Maloye More. You will double the cape Khoboy and see the landscapes that aren't accessible from onshore. It's a good opportunity to make rare photos. Then you will cross the lake in its deepest and widest port till the Ust-Barguzin village.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    As the lunch will be on board, please, take all you need in advance. You can buy to eat in the shop of the island or to take a lunch box at your resort.
  • 14:30
    Arrival and transfer to the homestay
    Accommodation in the homestay.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    The hot dinner with the host of the homestay.
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Khuzhir — Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Day at leisure
    Optional extra: excursion to the Chivyrkuisky Bay and the Svyatoy Nos peninsula or to the natural hot springs. The Chivyrkuisky Bay is one of the warmest bays of the lake Baikal. Along its shore there are a lot of bays. In one of these bays there is a hot spring with the temperature about +60°C. Another sight of lake Baikal is the Svyatoy Nos peninsula. The summit of Svyatoy Nos peninsula reaches an altitude of 1878 m (6160 ft). At this altitude there is a tableland (zone of high-mountain tundra) from where you get a staggering view of isthmus of Svyatoy Nos, Chivyrkuysky and Barguzinsky Gulfs, and the Ushkany archipelago. It’s possible to reach the top by following a path beginning in Monakhovo village.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 18:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay
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  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Morning scheduled bus to Ulan-Ude
  • 14:00
    Arrival to Ulan-Ude
    Arrival in the city in the afternoon. End of the programme.
Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • 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
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price includes the full-board in the homestay of Ust-Barguzine (breakfast Day 4-5, lunch Day 4, dinner Day 3-4). Please, contact us for the information about the optional excursions. The bus transfers can be changed by the private cars.

Reviews
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Michel
From 7 March 2017 to 17 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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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Frédéric
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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Thierry
From 26 February 2017 to 9 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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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Hélène
From 3 March 2017 to 12 March 2017
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Voyage très bien organisé et original (logement et repas chez l'habitant très bien). Confort un peu rudimentaire, mais c'est normal dans cette région et il faut l'accepter. Par contre à Khakoussy il était noté sur le programme toilette et douche à l'étage. De douche il n'y en avait pas, et les toilettes, c'était dehors. D'ailleurs, nous n'étions pas dans l'hébergement prévu. Les repas étaient
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BaikalNature's reply
Bonjour Hélène, merci pour vos précieux commentaires. En ce qui concerne votre logement à Khakoussy, nous avons dû remplacer votre hébergement car les chambres de l'hôtel initialement prévu au programme sont actuellement en réparation. Toutefois, nous vous prions de bien vouloir nous excuser pour ce désagrément qui est indépendant de notre volonté. Nous vous remercions pour vos appréciations du travail de votre guide et de l'organisation du voyage. Et, cela nous fait plaisir d'apprendre que malgré les blessures vous gardez un bon souvenir de ce voyage.
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