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Ice Adventure on Lake Baikal

This tour is not available and is archived.
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
Highlights
  • Enjoyable winter activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling, travelling by hovercraft, 4x4, trekking
  • Discovery of the village of Old Believers
  • Visit to the Buryatya Republic
  • Visits to the most beautiful places on the winter Baikal
Tour Overview

This journey is dedicated to those who seek to have both adventure and comfort, cultural exploration and physical activity.

Departing by ice from the south of the lake northwards, to the village of Ust-Barguzin, you will change different means of transport : dog sleds, snowmobiles, hydroskimmer, and 4x4. En route we will have stops and ice treks to discover majestic landscapes of the winter Baikal, caves and rocks covered with icy lace.

Fond of skating, do not hesitate to bring your skates : the largest ice rink in the whole world will be at your disposal !

Apart from winter activities, you will make plenty of cultural discoveries ! During the visit to the factory of valenki (felt boots) you will learn about the way of their production. In the village of Old Believers you will taste their wonderful cuisine and visiting the restaurant serving Buryat cuisine you will enjoy real throat singing.

In cities you will be accommodated at hotels. In distant nooks of Lake Baikal you will have opportunity to stay in a person's home to discover the way of life of locals. These people offer modest comfort but hearty welcome.

Arctic landscapes, unforgettable meetings and fascinating discoveries await for you in this journey !

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Irkutsk. Beginning of the programme. Moving to hotel and lunch. Tour of Irkutsk - discovery of traditional wooden houses, old churches, visit to the Decembrists museum. Dinner not included. Hotel overnight.
  • Day 2
    Morning departure to Listvyanka. On the way visit to Taltsy – open-air museum of wooden architecture. Stop on the shore of Lake Baikal to see the Shaman stone in the mouth of the Angara River. Lunch in the restaurant. Visit to the Baikal museum to learn about the Baikal flora and fauna. Inn check-in. Walk to local market. Possibility to taste smoked omul, endemic fish of the lake. Dinner and hotel overnight.
  • Day 3
    In the morning walk to the riding sport centre for meeting dogs and safety briefing. Choosing fitting warm outfit. Departure to Bolshiye Koty by ice : one part of the group - dog sledding with instructor (dog-driver), and the other part - snowmobiling. Lunch on the way (picnic on ice). Arrival in the village of Bolshiye Koty, rest. Banya, dinner.
  • Day 4
    Morning departure to MRS by hovercraft across the ice of the lake. Lunch on the way. Arrival in MRS in the evening, moving to resort. Dinner.
  • Day 5
    After morning departure to Olkhon Island. Driving on ice across the strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota, stop near Kobyliya Golova Cape to take pictures. Arrival in Khuzhir, central village of the island. Moving to a welcoming homestead. Walk to the famous Burkhan Rock (Shamanka), place of residence of the Baikal's spirit and one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia. In the evening – banya (Russian steam bath).
  • Day 6
    After breakfast – drive to the north of the island by off-road vehicle along the western shore of Olkhon. Visit to Sagan-Khushin Cape and its winter grottos. Arrival on Khoboy Cape, the northern point of Olkhon Island - magic and sacred site for the Buryats. Wonderful panorama of 360’. Lunch in the open air near the cape (picnic). Walk across the ice along the eastern shore of the island to Usury. Homestay overnight in simple but lovely atmosphere. In the evening – banya.
  • Day 7
    Day devoted to Uzury. We will go by off-roadster to the south along the eastern shore of Olkhon to Zeleny Cape. Walk to Izhimey Cape, possible climbing Zhima mount - the highest point of the island (1267 m). According to the legend this mount was the place where the island spirits lived, that is why it is sacred for the locals. Lunch. Return to Uzury in the afternoon. Banya in the evening.
  • Day 8
    After breakfast amazing journey to the east. Crossing of Lake Baikal. Lunch on ice. Arrival in Ust-Barguzin, moving to homestay. Banya and dinner in the evening.
  • Day 9
    Today we are going to visit Zmeinaya Bay (Snakes Bay) in Chivyrkuysky Gulf. We will take bath in hot springs amongst white snow! Lunch in the open air. Return to Ust-Barguzin. Banya and dinner in the evening.
  • Day 10
    Transfer to Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. Hotel check-in. Lunch at buryat homstay. Visit to Ivolginsky Datsan, complex of Buddhist temples located in picturesque steppe. Return to the city. Dinner at restaurant serving traditional Buryat cuisine, folk group performance. Lunch will be served in a real yurt!
  • Day 11
    Tour of Ulan-Ude. Visit to the Old Beilivers Village. Dinner. Transfer to the railway station. Getting aboard the night train to Irkutsk, you will travel by the famous Trans-Siberian! (8 hour journey).
  • Day 12
    Arrival in Irkutsk early in the morning. End of the programme.
                          Detailed description
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                          Price includes
                          • English-speaking guide
                          • Accommodation as per itinerary
                          • Transport as per itinerary
                          • Meals
                          • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
                          • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
                          • Banya
                          Price does not include
                          • Medical insurance
                          • Administrative registration
                          • Personal expenses and tips
                          • Visa fees and travel insurance
                          • Ski rental
                          • Ice skate rental
                          • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
                          • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
                          • Ropeway to Chersky Rock
                          For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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