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Hermitage in the Forests of Siberia

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
August - September
Highlights
  • Real isolation from civilization
  • Total safety with 24/7 Emergency response
  • One week surrounded by rich and diverse wildlife
  • Possibility to taste all taiga gifts
Tour Overview

For all adventurers BaikalNature propose the unique project: Hermitage in the Forests of Siberia.

We propose you to plunge into the wild world of the untouched Siberian taiga 150 far away from Irkutsk city, to the place that is accessible only by aerodynamic boat. Only you and wild nature! We propose you to spend a week far away from all goods of civilization – without Internet, communication and electricity. You will be accommodated in the cabin on the bank of a Siberian river in the Sayan Mountains. The house is heated, the firewood and water is to be brought by you. We provide you the food products and you will cook by yourself. Not far from the cabin there is a house of the park ranger who will help you if you need. You will find yourself in the place estranged from the civilization, where everything obeys the natural laws and there are more chances to meet a wild animal then a man. Cut off all civilization, you will really understand the significance of the hour. Of what you are doing right here and right now. No matter what the Siberian taiga seems – unfriendly and strange, you will discover another nature: the nature that helps everybody who has ventured on such asperities and could listen to her low whisper. There is a good reason for organizing this tour in September when the taiga is rich in natural gifts: mushrooms, berries, fish and nuts. You will learn to fish and to distinguish edible mushrooms, berries and plants. You will taste all the gifts of nature.

We can guarantee to you that you will never be the same after this adventure and you will take a fresh look on the civilized big city life. Who knows maybe it’s you who will become a new Sylvain Tesson with your own book “The Consolations of the Forest”?

ATTENTION Before the tour, you need to put in perspective your physical and mental health. The premature evacuation as "non-covered service" should be paid by the participant. The satphone can be used only in the emergency case and not for the private conversations.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Irkutsk and preparation for the tour
    Irkutsk
  • Day 2
    To the starting point by speed boat
    Irkutsk — Fedushkina river
  • Day 3
    First day of the hermitage
    Fedushkina river
  • Day 4
    Fishing on the Kitoy river
    Fedushkina river
  • Day 5
    The gifts of nature
    Fedushkina river
  • Day 6
    Alone in the Siberian taiga
    Fedushkina river
  • Day 7
    The last day in the taiga
    Fedushkina river
  • Day 8
    Return to Irkutsk
    Fedushkina river — Irkutsk
  • Day 9
    End of the programme
    Irkutsk
  • 11:40
    Meeting in the airport of Irkutsk
    Transfert to the hotel. Check-in and rest after the flight. *If you you arrive earlier, we can book for you an individual transfer and early check-in (not included).
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the hotel Not included
  • 14:00
    Meeting with your guide at the hotel's reception
    Acquaintance with the guide and the group. Briefing and verification of the equipment. We are going to the shop to buy the product minimum for the firsts days of your journey far from the civilisation. According to the equipment list, you take all you need for the tour. The rest can be left in our office BaikalNature.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight at the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the Razdolye village
    We take our minibus and go to the Razdolye village in 95 km form Irkutsk.
  • 11:00
    Transfer to your cabin by boat
    In the village we change the transport for the aerodynamic boat. Navigation along the Kitoy river. The Kitoy river is a left confluent of the Angara river. It's a 316 kilometre-long river that is accessible only by aerodynamic boats because of the great number of difficult rapids.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Landing on the bank
    Accommodation in your cabin situated at the crossing of two rivers : Kitoy and Fedushkina. Your guide will tell you how and when you will cook, sleep and wash yourself. Don't hesitate to pose all necessary questions during this briefing because just after that the guide will come back home.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    For the first dinner you can buy something in Irkutsk city. For the next days, you will cook by yourself. The basic products are furnished.
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk — Fedushkina river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga cabin
Note

2 h transfer  (95km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
    You will be provided with necessary alimentary products sufficient for making meals by yourself.
  • 09:00
    Unity with nature
    You will be left on your own with nature. You will feel complete unity with nature and will be responsible for planning your own household as well as managing your free time. Take with you your favourite book.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Time at leisure
    Not far away from your cabin there is a hut of the park ranger. Don"t hesitate to call for his help. Attention! The gathering of the berries, mushrooms and plants is allowed only under ranger's control. Some of plants are very poisonous!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Fedushkina river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Fishing
    The fishing on the Kitoy river is specially good in autumn when fishes go up from the Angara river. There are dace, grayling, burbot, lenok, pike, perch, taimen and gudgeon.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Fedushkina river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Gathering of the berries and mushrooms
    Today you have possibility to taste all the gifts of the Siberian fall gifts: berries, mushrooms and nuts. Among the most widespread berries: red bilberries, great bilberry, currants, bilberries. If you find rose hips, just gather a little for preparing a hot tea on fire - this berry is considered as a real source of vitamins. The taiga berries are known for their fragrance. Follow attentively park ranger's instructions, some berries and plants are poisonous!
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Fedushkina river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga cabin
  • 09:00
    Unity with nature
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hut
Photo of the day
Route
Fedushkina river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Fishing
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Don't miss your chance to spend your last taiga evening near the fireplace!
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Fedushkina river
Accommodation
Taiga shelter
Taiga cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure by speed boat to Razdolye village
    Before we start the navigation we need to set out our camp. For leaving the forest in a state of nature, we take away all the garbage.
  • 12:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Transfer to Irkutsk
    We change the transport and go by minibus to Irkutsk city. It will be a real return to the civilization!
  • 16:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
    Good rest in the city centre with all comforts. At your disposal: Interner, TV and, of course, hot bath!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Farewell dinner in the restaurant of the hotel.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Fedushkina river — Irkutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Angara
Twin standard room
Note

2 h transfer  (95km)

  • 07:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the programme.
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Irkutsk
Detailed description
Departures
August, 29 2020
Start
-
September, 06 2020
End
Available: 1
Status
1,906 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Accident insurance
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price of the tour includes Accident insurance for persons under 75 years.

Reviews
4.33
4.33
Total score
5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
4.00
Quality of accommodation
4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
4.00
Quality and originality of visits / attractions / events
Alain
From 7 September 2018 to 15 September 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Cette expérience érémitique s'adresse à des personnes autonomes.
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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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5.00
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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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5.00
Work of BaikalNature office before and during travel / customer support
3.00
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4.00
Quality of transport / transfers
4.00
Quality of meals
5.00
Friendliness and professionalism of guides / management
5.00
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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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