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Great Baikal - winter version

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
  • Meeting local people
  • Discovery of inaccessible spots of the northern Baikal
  • Trekking within everyone's reach among Arctic landscapes
  • Journey to the very heart of Siberia, such as it's described in books
  • Real adventure in perfect security
Tour Overview

When speaking of Lake Baikal, it is impossible to do without superlatives. It is the oldest lake in the world, the deepest and the cleanest one. In winter it freezes over and offers access to inaccessible parts of its reserves and national parks. We invite you to enjoy routes of transparent Baikal ice and discover the wild north of the lake.

Travelling by Russian 4x4 - UAZ - adapted to local weather conditions we will explore the frozen Baikal overcoming piles of ice, cracks and snow storms. This is an exceptional adventure that will bring you from Olkhon Island to the north of the lake from where you will descend to the Barguzinsky Reserve and Buryatia.

During this journey you will hike a lot. Despite this it is not necessary to have a high level of fitness because all your luggage will be transported in 4x4 and you will only carry your things needed for the day. However, you should equip yourself with high spirits and sens of humor since in the north of the lake there are no good hotels, in fact there are no any. We will spend nights in huts of forestry officers and meteorologists without conveniences and even sleep on the floor, that is why sens of humor is indispensable. But important note: it is warm inside! And acquaintances made will be unforgettable!

Two weeks will allow you to discover all wild spots of the lake where nature has not been touched with human activity yet. You will bathe in numerous hot springs, taste Siberian cuisine, discover the way of life of local people. You will visit principle towns of the Baikal and learn their culture and history.

True adventure in the very heart of Siberia!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    IRKUTSK Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting at the hotel (check-in at 12:00, early check-in is possible for extra payment). Rest and lunch. City tour by car: historic centre, old churches, wooden houses. Visit to the Decembrists museum. Dinner at restaurant.
  • Day 2
    CIRCUM-BAIKAL - LISTVYANKA
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19
  • Day 20
                                          Detailed description
                                          New departures available soon
                                          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
                                          • Ski rental
                                          • Banya
                                          • Letter of invitation
                                          • Bathing in hot springs
                                          • Railway tickets in 2nd class
                                          • Ice studs for shoes
                                          Price does not include
                                          • Medical insurance
                                          • Administrative registration
                                          • 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
                                          • Sleeping bag rental
                                          • Airline tickets
                                          For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
                                          Note

                                          Supplement for the group of 3 participants - 13 640 RUB / pers.

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