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Discovery of Bolshiye Koty Village

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
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.
  • Discovery of an authentic village far from civilization
  • Tour allowing meeting local people
Tour Overview

This day tour allows you to discover Bolshiye Koty, a small typical village located 18 km (11 mi) north of Listvyanka. No road links these two villages but a trail, thus Bolshiye Koty is far from usual tourist routes.

At first, Bolshiye Koty was a settlement of gold diggers when gold mining began in 1842. Some vestiges of this activity still can be seen here: the valley with hills and even... two dredges almost demolished. Today the village is noted for its biological station. Here, there is a museum devoted to Lake Baikal, which owns a quite rich collection of dragonflies, butterflies, beetles, crawfish, algae, fish...

To discover other sights of the place you can also climb a hill to enjoy a celestial silence and to take beautiful pictures (1/2 hour ascent).

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Boarding boat at 8.50 am at the riverside station of Irkutsk, journey to Bolshiye Koty with stop in Listvyanka. Arrival in the village, walk and discovery of the surroundings. Lunch with a local family, traditional cuisine. Possibility to see local museum of lake (at extra cost). Hike up the highest hill of the village. In the evening return to the port of Irkutsk by boat by 7.30 pm. End of the programme.
    Detailed description
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    Price includes
    • Lunches
    • Transport as per itinerary
    Price does not include
    • Transfers in Irkutsk
    • English-speaking guide
    • Administrative registration
    • Personal expenses and tips
    • Visa fees and travel insurance
    • Optional activities
    • Accommodation
    For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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