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Cruise Among Ice Floes

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
May
Highlights
  • Navigation in an atmosphere the ice field thaws
  • Visit of the difficult of access places
  • Discovery of Baikal during unique period of nature awakening
  • Baikal seals observation on Ushkany Islands
  • Visit of the biggest Baikal island
  • Opportunity to watch brwon bears and other wild animals
Tour Overview

In May, the Baikal starts to free itself from its ice cover presenting an affecting spectacle. On the shores of the lake the nature wakes up and the land is covered with a green carpet of fresh grass. First snowdrops, globe-flowers of bright orange colour, violet bellflowers, and white anemones can be seen everywhere. Wild animals enjoy the arrival of spring and appear on the shores to regale themselves with insects and plants. At the same time ice slabs float in the water creating a polar atmosphere on the Lake Baikal. It is not rare to see a freshwater seal would watch us from afar having stretched itself on a floating ice slab.

We invite you to go on an amazing journey to contemplate breathtaking scenery, walk off the beaten path in national parks and nature reserves.

This cruise has the character of an expedition where the itinerary is given for illustration purposes to mark the main lines of the journey and the sites you are going to visit. However, it is important to realize that our tour will proceed depending on weather conditions and ice state. It may occur that it won't be possible to get to some locations marked on the route map because at night it may freeze so much that the access to our destination is blocked with the ice the boat is not able to break. In this case that point of sightseeing program will surely be replaced with other not less exciting discoveries. Do not forget that the only judge aboard a vessel is the captain whose task of prime importance is to provide our safety.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    Meeting with Baikal
    Irkutsk — Olkhon island
  • Day 3
    Northernmost point of Olkhon
    Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    Start of cruise
    Olkhon island — Pokoiniki cape
  • Day 5
    Crossing of Baikal
    Pokoiniki cape — Chivyrkuiskiy Bay
  • Day 6
    Ushkany Islands and Baikal seals
    Chivyrkuiskiy Bay — Ushkany Islands
  • Day 7
    Return to Irkutsk
    Ushkany Islands — Irkutsk
  • Day 8
    End of the program
    Irkutsk
  • 11:40
    Meeting of the participants in the airport and transfer to the hotel
    *The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 12:00
    Check-in in the hotel and rest
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:30
    Departure to the Olkhon island
  • 11:00
    En route excursion to the National Buryat museum of Ust-Orda
    Meeting with a shaman, discovery of shamanic practices.
  • 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 the ruins of 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
Irkutsk — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Nabaymar
Twin room
Note

5 h transfer  (292km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in 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. This 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, beaches and taiga.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in 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 in the resort
  • 10:00
    Sail to cape "Pokoiniki"
    After breakfast sail along the western coast to cape "Pokoiniki". If the weather conditions are good it’s possible to stop near Rytyi cape and Solontsovyi cape – the territory of Baikal-Lenskiy reserve. The mysterious cape "Rytyi" is located in the central part of the Baikal on western coast, opposite the widest place of the Baikal. There are no any settlements here, it couldn’t be reached by any highways, and there is no even track along the coast to this place. Local residents diligently avoid visiting cape "Rytyi", calling it as a damned place. Something inexplicable still happens at this cape. The source of such influence still remains mysterious for people.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the naviagation and arrival to the cape
    The cape "Pokoiniki" is located in the north part on western coast at the foot of the Baikal mountain ridge. On one of the first maps this cape was called "Pokoiniy". The fold, near it, has the same name. And then, this name had changed to "Pokoiniki", which means in English "dead people". Nowadays, old weather station "Solnechnaya" is located here. Time for rest on shore. *According to the weather conditions and ice quality the itinerary can be changed on the similar one.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on board
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Pokoiniki cape
Accommodation
Accommodation on boat
Cabin for 4 persons
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Chivyrkuiskiy Bay
    Long sail to Chivyrkuiskiy Bay. Crossing of Lake Baikal in its widest part. This great cruise will really allow us to sail in the geographical centre of the lake. We will sail for several hours before we reach Chivyrkuiskiy Bay.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 14:00
    Visit of the Chivyrkuiskiy Bay
    During this day visiting the bay Zmeinaya. Zmeinaya (Snake) Bay is famous for curative baths with temperature from +41 to +45 degrees Celsius.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on board
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Pokoiniki cape — Chivyrkuiskiy Bay
Accommodation
Accommodation on boat
Cabin for 4 persons
Note

2 h trekking  (5km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Discovery of Ushkany Islands
    If we get chance, we will be able to observe freshwater seal !
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 14:00
    Return to Khuzhir and check-in in the resort
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the resort
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Chivyrkuiskiy Bay — Ushkany Islands
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the resort
  • 10:00
    Return to Irkutsk
    The road will passe through the taiga, steppes, bouryat villages.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk and check-in in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Ushkany Islands — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
Note

5 h transfer  (292km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Check-out and end of the programme
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
May, 15 2019
Start
-
May, 22 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,359 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals according to the program
  • English-speaking guide
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Banya
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure for a group of 6 persons. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-8; lunch Day 2-6 and dinner on Day 2-6. Single supplement 11 200 RUB / pers. (days 1-3, 6, 7) We can switch the category of rooms or accommodation according to your request (days 1-3, 6, 7). Please contact us before your departure. During our cruise we will sail a three-cabin boat (4 persons in each cabin), up to 11 tourists. Transfer to the airport on last day is 1 200 RUB / car of 3 passengers (from 7:00 to 22:00).

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Yvonne
From 28 May 2016 to 4 June 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Paolo
From 28 May 2016 to 4 June 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
"In the month of May Lake Baikal starts to free itself from its ice" This is the starting of the description of this trip in the Baikal Nature internet site. It comes together with the photo of a ship fending the ice. Why writing this if in May there is not an ice cube to put in the whisky glass? As we learned, in the past five years the ice disappeared IN APRIL. This has been a major
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BaikalNature's reply
Dear Paolo, thank you for all the remarks and commentaries that you are drawing our attention to. Concerning the topic of ice on the lake, in fact, this year we experienced abnormally warm temperatures that spurred ice melting. Every year there is a shift to the period when the ice cubes are still visible and the navigation is already open. That's why it becomes difficult to pr
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Christian
From 20 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourVoyage individuel au lac Baïkal
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Nous avons particulièrement appréciée notre guide Maria
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Anne
From 6 March 2018 to 11 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Le lac Baikal est une expérience formidable. Y passer une nuit sous la tente est intéressant mais pour y passer plusieurs nuits, il faut nettement améliorer la qualité de chauffage et des repas. Une journée sans rien faire sur le lac n'est pas intéressant. Trop d 'heures de transfert en minibus sans aucune activité. Je conseille vivement d'améliorer le rapport activités / temps en transfert. La nuit
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BaikalNature's reply
Anne, merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire! Vue les conditions spécifiques de la préparation des repas sur glace, nous continuons d'améliorer leur qualité pour chaque saison. En ce qui concerne la nuit supplémentaire sur la glace, nous l'avons ajouté selon les suggestions de nos touristes. Il y a des choses à faire: bania, patinage, Ice bar et bien sûr balades calmes sur les glaces et torosses. Ce
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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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