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Baikal Active

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
9 Days
July - August
Highlights
  • Discovery of inaccessible place of Baikal
  • Full immersion in the wild Baikal nature
  • Trekking in the heart of lake Baikal - Olkhon island
  • Possibility to stay in the most beautiful places of the lake
  • Kayaking and trekking during the same tour
Tour Overview

If you are looking for an adventure travel, we propose to you the unique trip with full immersion in nature. During the summer there are so few places on Lake Baikal where you can escape tourists’ crowds, cars and buses. We have tried to make for you the tour which includes only two components: you and grand Baikal!

The tour consists of two parts. The first one is kayaking along the most beautiful part of the west Baikal coast accessible only by water. You will see the picturesque Peschanaya bay, Dirovatiy cape and Baklaniy Kamen Island, every overnight will be in a different place. Along this itinerary there are no roads or settlements – you will be out of civilization surrounded by the picturesque taiga-covered hills and sandy beaches!

The second part of the itinerary is the trekking in the heart of the lake – the Olkhon island. Despite the fact that the island is considered as the most visited part of the lake, we propose to you an itinerary along the shore far away from dusty roads. During your 2-days trekking, you will visit the wildest North part of the island. You will see the Shamanka (Burkhan) cape, Urochische Peschanoye, Tri Brata (Three brothers) cape and, of course, Khoboy cape. After this long and intense journey you will have a rest in the cozy wooden homestay with Russian banya (sauna) – really good end for this active tour!

All necessary equipment is included. All you need is to dare !

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    First meeting with the Baikal
    Irkutsk — Ushkany cape
  • Day 2
    Along the western coast of lake Baikal
    Ushkany cape — Sredniye Khomouty bay
  • Day 3
    The most beautiful bay of lake Baikal
    Sredniye Khomouty bay — Sennaya bay
  • Day 4
    Continuation of the navigation
    Sennaya bay — Beliy cape
  • Day 5
    Olkhon island - heart of lake Baikal
    Beliy cape — Khuzhir
  • Day 6
    First day of the trekking
    Khujir — Uzury
  • Day 7
    North of the lake and return to Khujir
    Uzury — Khujir
  • Day 8
    Free day on Olkhon island
    Olkhon island
  • Day 9
    Return to Irkutsk
    Olkhon island — Irkutsk
  • 10:00
    Meeting at "BaikalNature" office
    Acquaintance and preparation for the travel.
  • 10:05
    Transfer to the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village
  • 12:00
    Arrival to the Bolshoye Goloustnoye village
    Mounting kayaks and Kayak's instruction. Short passage to the Ushkany cape - about 5 km. Setting up of the campside. Accommodation by 2 persons in a tent. Rest.
  • 13:00
    Dinner
  • 18:00
    Camping dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Ushkany cape
Accommodation
Camping
Landmarks
Note

1 h kayaking  (5km)

2 h transfer  (120km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure on kayak
    After the breakfast, we continue our itinerary to the south. If the weather is fine, you have possibility to watch the nerpa, the endemic seal of lake Baikal. You will pass by the cape Baklaniy Kamen (Cormorant rock) that formerly was the habitat of cormorants.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 17:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 17:00
    Setting up of the camp and rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Ushkany cape — Sredniye Khomouty bay
Accommodation
Camping
Landmarks
Note

5 h kayaking  (15km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Navigation on kayak
    During this day we will make a stop in one of the most amazing places of lake - Peschanaya bay. There is a large send beach and "Stilt" trees.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on the Baikal shore
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 17:00
    Arrival and setting up of the camp
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Sredniye Khomouty bay — Sennaya bay
Accommodation
Camping
Note

5 h kayaking  (15km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Kayaking to the Beliy cape
    Today we will do a few more kilometers. All-day travelling to the north along the mountains and the taiga. This is the longest part of the journey.
  • 13:00
    Outdoor lunch
    We will make a stop on the picturesque beach of the lake for the rest and the open-air lunch.
  • 16:00
    Continuation of the naviagtion
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Sennaya bay — Beliy cape
Accommodation
Camping
Note

6 h kayaking  (20km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Departure to the Buguldeyka village
    Short passage to the Buguldeyka village. Bref rest with the hot tea on the Baikal shore.
  • 13:30
    Transfer to the Olkhon island
    En route you have possibility to make a stop at the cafe for tasting the Buryat cuisine. Arrival to the Olkhon island and accommodation at the resort of the Khujir village.
  • 17:00
    Discovery of Khujir
    Visit of the village and famous Burkhan Rock, residence of the Baikal God and one of nine sanctuaries of Asia.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Beliy cape — Khuzhir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
Note

1 h kayaking  (5km)

3 h transfer  (122km)

  • 10:00
    Meeting with the group and transfer to Peschanoye place
    Meeting with the group in Khujir village (the exact time and place will be communicated by your tour manager the day before). Transfer by 4x4 (Russian UAZ) along the western coats of the island to the north. We will get off the car in the place called Peschanoye. All our luggage will be carried by car.
  • 11:00
    Trekking to the village Uzury
    We start our trekking by the sandy beaches to the western coast of the island. Firstly, our road passes by the western coast. Then, we will take the steppe road along the taiga-covered evergreen mountains. We will go to the village Uzury. It's the northernmost village of the island, the place of our first meeting with the great open Baikal. The village is situated in the picturesque valley. There are only few houses and a weather station.
  • 13:00
    Picnic on the trip
  • 16:00
    Arrival to Uzury
    According to the weather conditions, accommodation in the guest house or in tents on coast of the lake.
  • 19:00
    Dinner cooked by gaz
  • 20:00
    Banya (Russian sauna) Not included
  • Overnight in tent
Photo of the day
Route
Khujir — Uzury
Accommodation
Camping
Note

5 h trekking  (12km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Trekking to Khoboy cape
    Today, there will be the most picturesque part of the itinerary. It passes by the wildest part of the island - cliffy and abrupt coast. We will visit the cape Shunte-Leviy and then we will go to the cape Khoboy - the legendary natural site, the northernmost point of the island and one of the sacred places of lake Baikal.
  • 13:00
    Picnic on the way
  • 16:00
    Return to Khujir
    Meeting with our driver and return to Khujir village.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the resort
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Uzury — Khujir
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
Note

1 h transfer  (40km)

5 h trekking  (12km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Free time
    You have possibility to have a rest after these long days. We propose to you to sleep enough, to go for a walk along the village and to take lunch one of the village cafes or at the resort's canteen.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 17:00
    Return to the resort
  • 18:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort Lada
Chambre confortable
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk by scheduled bus
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe Not included
    Not included, payment on site in cash.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to Irkutsk
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Olkhon island — Irkutsk
Note

5 h transfer  (326km)

Detailed description
Departures
July, 19 2020
Start
-
July, 27 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
895 $
Basic price per person
July, 26 2020
Start
-
August, 03 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
895 $
Basic price per person
August, 01 2020
Start
-
August, 09 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
895 $
Basic price per person
August, 09 2020
Start
-
August, 17 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
895 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Tent rental
  • Letter of invitation
  • Kayak and equipment rental
  • Dry bag rental
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag rental
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The camping equipment is included in the price (except the sleeping bag). The sleeping bag rental is 500 roubles. To note: maximum weight to take part in this trip is 100 kg.

Reviews
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Christophe
From 10 July 2019 to 18 July 2019
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
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Dirk
From 4 March 2020 to 11 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourIndividual Grand Crossing Tour
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
This was a very good organised trip over the lake. I worked very well with Olga. It was a nice cooperation. some remarks: - The homestay in Ust-Barguzin could have been better. If I knew that there were two families and how the beds were divided, then I could have prepared the group and it would be less chaotic. - Some of the group were disappointed that we didn't walk all the way. On the first day
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your feedback! We would like to give you some comments about the tour. - Large groups always have to be divided into several houses, since it is not a hotel, it's a house of a local. Such number of places can’t be provided by one homestay. Please, feel free to ask us a better hotel, we are always ready to follow your requests. -Perhaps the drivers misunderstood you because of the lang
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Pierre
From 5 March 2020 to 12 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Nous avons grandement apprécié ce séjour hivernal autour du lac Baïkal. L'agence est très disponible pour nous aider à préparer le voyage et une fois sur place, notre guide a été aux petits soins, nous laissant tout le temps pour profiter du lac !
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Hélène
From 21 February 2020 to 27 February 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Je recommande Baikal nature pour la traversée du Baikal, c'est une agence sérieuse, Irina est très sympa et réactive. Tout le séjour s'est bien passé, et je n hésiterai pas à refaire appel à eux pour un futur séjour en Russie.
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Marc
From 26 February 2020 to 1 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourVoyage au lac Baïkal en hiver
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
un super voyage avec une super guide.
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