This tour is an ideal opportunity to discover some hiding places of the Baikal wild nature. Our journey will take us to the Baikalo-Lensky nature reserve where, in total isolation, we are going to observe brown bear of taiga in the only company of forestry officers. Among others, we will pay a visit to Yura, the weather station worker on Ushkany Islands, who will take us to endemic freshwater seals of Lake Baikal.
Animal observation is organized in taiga where the forestry officers set up huts raised above the ground and put some bait by side: drilled iron barrels full of seal fat and skin. The smell of fat attract bears, and in the morning and evening they approach the bait to look for some food. As they do not manage to take it out of the barrel, they stay near bait for hours which makes it possible to take pictures of them nearby. Hunting is forbidden in the reserve, and animals are not afraid of people, that is why nothing can draw their attention from food. Quiet conversation and clicking of cameras do not make them run away and do not cause their aggression. However, to guarantee safety of our travellers, forestry officers are always armed and have smoke bombs.
We will also trek in taiga where it is likely to meet other wild animals: stag, roe deer, elk, hare, and marten. Along with Pokoyniki Cape and its surroundings, we will visit other picturesque places of the reserve - Bolshoy and Maly Solontsovy Capes, Zavorotnaya Bay. During a boat tour we will be able to see brown bears which, starving after winter, come out on pebble beaches to enjoy insects.
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Supplement for the group of 2 persons 20070 RUB / person (approx. 480 EUR). The price does not include the entrance fee to Ushkany Islands to see seal colonies (1000-2000 RUB / person) Breakfast on Day 1 and lunch / dinner on Day 10 are not included.