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Kingdom Of Ice

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
February - March
Highlights
  • The most beautiful places in winter Baikal
  • Ring route with a total length of more than 1300 km
  • Visit to two regions: Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia
  • Tasting Siberian and Buryat cuisine
  • Comfortable accommodation and complete safety
  • Nature, history and culture of the Baikal region
Tour Overview

This winter tour to Baikal can rightfully be considered our “pearl”. Breathtaking landscapes, rich culture of two regions, an incredible number of attractions and, of course, Baikal ice in all possible forms: endless ice surfaces, majestic hummocks and fabulous icy caves.

In just 7 days you will be able to truly learn and feel the greatness of winter Baikal! We start in the city of Irkutsk - the capital of Eastern Siberia. We head to the village of Listvyanka: here you will be immersed in the culture and history of the region, as well as your first meeting with Lake Baikal! Then we will make a fascinating journey on a hovercraft along the western coast of Lake Baikal to the Olkhon Gate Strait.

During the ice road, we will make stops in the most iconic places: ice fields for those who want to skate on the largest skating rink in the world, bubble ice for those who like spectacular photo shoots, Marble Canyon and petroglyphs for a complete immersion in the history of the region’s development. Then, you will get acquainted with the island of Olkhon - the pearl of Lake Baikal! Let's continue our journey by crossing Lake Baikal in its widest part.

We will pass the geographical center of the lake on ice more than a meter thick, above its deepest point! Having reached the eastern shore of Lake Baikal, we will get acquainted with the life of fishing settlements and visit the territory of the Barguzinsky Nature Reserve - the Holy Nose Peninsula. To make your vacation memorable, we’ll swim in wild hot springs, and in the evening we’ll go to a real Russian bathhouse! We will move to the capital of Buryatia - the city of Ulan-Ude, where we will visit the Ivolginsky Datsan - the main Buddhist temple in Russia. Farewell dinner with the group and a night on the train along part of the Trans-Siberian Railway, passing at the very edge of southern Baikal.

The circular route of the tour is suitable for the most sophisticated travelers, because every day you will have a stop in a new place. For your convenience, only individual transport, comfortable accommodation, experienced guides and complete safety.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with the lake Baikal
    Irkutsk — Listvyanka
  • Day 2
    On Baikal ice by hovercraft
    Listvyanka — Maloye More (Sakhurta)
  • Day 3
    The biggest island of the Baikal lake
    MRS — Olkhon island
  • Day 4
    BaikalNature Ice Camp
    Olkhon island — Baikal lake
  • Day 5
    Baikal crossing
    Baikal lake — Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 6
    Free day
    Ust-Barguzin
  • Day 7
    Discovery of Ulan-Ude
    Ust-Barguzin — Ulan-Ude
  • Day 8
    Return to Irkutsk
    Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
  • 10:30
    Arrival in Irkutsk
    Meeting with your guide at the airport. *Meeting times for tour participants will be confirmed with the group the day before. Please choose morning flights and trains.
  • 11:00
    Departure to the Listvyanka village
    You will go to the village of Listvyanka situated on the Baikal shore near the Angara river source. Here you will meet the Baikal lake for the first time!
  • 12:00
    Excursion to Taltsy
    Visit to the open-air museum Taltsy, discover a typical Siberian village of XVIII-XIX century. The museum has become the place of the conservation of the monuments of the popular culture.
  • 13:40
    Lunch in the restaurant
    You will taste the dishes of the Baikal cuisine.
  • 15:20
    Lift on the Chersky rock
    You will take the chair lift to the Chersky rock 728 metres above sea level. There is a breathtaking panorama: Listvyanka village, Angara river's source and the skyline flowing with the Baikal waters.
  • 17:00
    Accommodation in the hotel and free time
    Those interested can take a walk around Listvyanka, visit the local fish market or go to the Nerpinarium - a Baikal seal show.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotels restaurant
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Listvyanka
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Undina", Listvyanka
Twin room
Note

1 h transfer  (69km)

  • 07:00
    Early breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:15
    Departure by hovercraft to the MRS village
    Travel by hovercraft on Baikal ice to the village named MRS on the shore of Small Sea. All journey will be on the ice. On the way we will make several stops in Sandy bay and near the rock Sagan-Zaba to observe the mountain relief and cave paintings.
  • 13:00
    Lunch box
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the way to MRS
  • 16:00
    Arrival to MRS
    Check-in at your resort and rest.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at your resort
  • Overnight at your resort
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Maloye More (Sakhurta)
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Naratey
Twin comfort room
Note

hovercraft  (70km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at your resort
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Olkhon island
    Transfer to the village of Khuzhir – the main village on Olkhon island. En route, you will visit the Ogoy island - the biggest island of the Maloye More. On the top of the island there is the Buddhist stupa, that also named "The stupa of the clarification". Also, you will visit the Kobylia Golova half-island (Horse Head, Khorin-lrgi) with the length about 4 km. This half-island is very tight and cuspate. It's landscape and scarps are really impressive. The name stems from the fact that one of its capes is shaped like a horse's head.
  • 13:00
    Arrival to Khujir
    Accommodation at the resort.
  • 13:30
    Lunch at your resort
  • 14:00
    Visit of Khujir
    Excursion around the village, discovery of the Burkhan Rock, "place of residence of the Baikal's God" and one of the nine sanctuaries of Asia.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
MRS — Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Nabaymar
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (40km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the ice camp
    Today you will go on the ice of the lake by 4x4. You will spend a night in the real camp on the Baikal ice situated in the geographic centre of the lake on the boundary between the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. En route, you will visit the Belenkiy island (White), the habitat of thousand of gulls, you will stop near the cape Tri brata (Three brothers, Sagan-Hushun) with its picturesque ice caves and, of course, you will visit the most popular place of the island - the Khoboy cape. Here the giant ice-hummocks remind the radiating rays.
  • 13:00
    Picnic lunch
  • 15:00
    Arrival to the camp
    The ritual of meeting and greeting where every participant of the group can try to bore the ice. The briefing. You have a possibility to spend a night on the ice of the lake Baikal over 1500 metres of the water column.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Hot meals (food cooked on gas burner).
  • Overnight in the camp BaikalNature Ice Camp
Photo of the day
Ice Camp
Route
Olkhon island — Baikal lake
Accommodation
Camp on the ice of Baikal
Tent for 5-6 persons
Note

3 h 4x4  (60km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the camp
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the camp
  • 14:00
    Time at leisure in the camp
    For those who prefer the active rest, we suggest to go skating or to walk near the camp. The transparent ice, the ice-hummocks and breaks will allow you to make thousand of photos. If you are keen of the photo, we suggest you to wake up earlier and make photos of the Baikal ice in the morning sunshine. For those who like the measured rest there is an Ice bar - the special menu of the ice exotic things. The purest ice is everywhere - around you and even in your glass.
  • 16:30
    Departure to Ust-Barguzin and check-in
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight In the guest house
Photo of the day
Approaching the Khoboy Cape
Route
Baikal lake — Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in Ust-Barguzin
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Optional excursion Not included
    Today is a free day, which you can spend as you wish: go ice fishing or discover the picturesque Chivyrkuisky Bay and relaxing in hot springs, or go to the Barguzin valley to see the Barguzinsky datsan and the image of the Saint Yanjima. On site, you will discuss options with your guide and participants, and go on one of the excursions. Payment on site in cash .
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the open air Not included
  • 17:00
    Return to the village of Ust-Barguzin
  • 19:00
    Homemade dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin
Accommodation
Accommodation in Ust-Barguzin
Twin room
  • 08:00
    Homemade breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfer to Ulan-Ude
    Departure to Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Buryat Republic, by private car.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    In the cafe of buryat dishes
  • 14:00
    Arrival and free time
    Visit of the Ivolginsky datsan, serving the most important place of worship in Buryatia and the centre of Buddhism in Russia, located outside the city in a beautiful steppe.
  • 22:30
    Departure to Irkutsk by night train
    * Train, 2nd class compartment, 4 berths
  • Overnight in the train
Photo of the day
Route
Ust-Barguzin — Ulan-Ude
Accommodation
Overnight in the train
The 2nd class compartment
Note

4 h transfer  (268km)

  • 07:15
    Arrival in Irkutsk
  • 08:00
    Transfer to airport. End of the program.
Photo of the day
Route
Ulan-Ude — Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
February, 22 2025
Start
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March, 01 2025
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,008 $
Basic price per person
March, 01 2025
Start
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March, 08 2025
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,008 $
Basic price per person
March, 10 2025
Start
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March, 17 2025
End
Available: 4+
Status
2,008 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Russian-spaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Nature reserves and parks entrance permissions
  • Bathing in springs
  • Airplane/ train tickets
  • Accident insurance
  • Ice crampons
  • 1
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals according to the program
  • Ice studs for shoes
  • Sleeping bag in BaikalNature Ice Camp
  • Ropeway to Chersky Rock
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Airline tickets
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The departure is guaranteed for a group of 5 persons (minimum). If there are fewer participants, the price of the tour will be recalculated. Single supplement - 14 200 rubles / pers. The tour can be organized individually on dates suitable for you from February 20 to March 15. For families with children, discounts are provided depending on the age of the child at the time of travel. It is possible to book additional services before, during or after the tour.

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From 4 March 2019 to 11 March 2019
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Voyage magnifique conforme au programme. Aucune mauvaise surprise, les logements étaient même meilleur qu'annoncés. Sur l'Ice Camp la présence d'une plus grande cantine serait bien car cela permettrait de manger tous ensemble. Guides très attentifs au partage de leur amour du lac Baikal. Voyage fantastique permettant de communiquer avec la nature et de faire de belles rencontres humaines. J'ai adoré
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