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Discovery of Bolshiye Koty Village

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
1 Day
June - August
Highlights
  • Discovery of an authentic village far from civilization
  • Tour allowing meeting local people
  • Cruise along the western Baikal shore
  • One-day excursion accessible for everybody
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).

The excursion starts in Listvyanka village where we will get a scheduled ship: within half an hour along the coast we are on site! For travelers who want to start in Irkutsk city, it’s possible to take a boat ticket Irkutsk – Listvyanka - Bolshiye Koty (optionally).

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Excursion to Bolshiye Koty village
    Listvyanka — Bolshiye Koty
  • 12:30
    Departure by noat to the village Bolshiye Koty
    Meeting with the guide at a pier of the village Listvyanka. Departure by boat to the village along the Baikal coats.
  • 13:00
    Home-made lunch
    An inhabitant will prepare for us a hot lunch with the dishes of the local cuisine.
  • 15:00
    Excursion
    We will climb the mount wit ha great viewing point to the lake and the village. Your guide will tell you about the history of the village and the particularities of the local life. Then, we will go for a walk along the Baikal shore and streets of the village woth it4s wooden houses.
  • 18:30
    Return to Listvyanka village
    On boat we come back to Listvyanka village. *For those who want, it's possible to continue the cruise till Irkutsk city.
Photo of the day
Route
Listvyanka — Bolshiye Koty
Detailed description
Departures
July, 11 2020
Start
-
July, 11 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
96 $
Basic price per person
July, 31 2020
Start
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July, 31 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
96 $
Basic price per person
August, 09 2020
Start
-
August, 09 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
96 $
Basic price per person
August, 12 2020
Start
-
August, 12 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
96 $
Basic price per person
August, 28 2020
Start
-
August, 28 2020
End
Available: 4+
Status
96 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Lunches
  • English-speaking guide
  • Boat trip
Price does not include
  • Optional activities
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The indicated price is for the group of 4 participants minimum. If there are less persons in the group, the small group supplement is applied: - for a group of 3 participants, a supplement is 1 200 roubles / per person - for a group of 2 participants, a supplement is 2 800 roubles / per person - for an individual tourist , a supplement is 7 800 roubles. The excursion can be organised any dates from mid-May to mid-September.

Reviews
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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
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un super voyage avec une super guide.
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Gérard
From 26 February 2020 to 8 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
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