Baikal Ski Tour

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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
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.
  • Alternation of cultural discovery and physical activity
  • Skiing on the Baikal ice in midst of Arctic landscapes
  • Snowmobiling in snow-covered taiga
Tour Overview

Here is an exciting journey to the heart of snow-covered and enveloped in cold Siberia. This time we invite you to visit frozen Lake Baikal by skiing and snowmobiling. The tour starts in the south of the Baikal with a 12 km (7.5 mi) cross-country skiing to accustom you to this travel mode before leaving for a 3-day ski journey on the ice of Lake Baikal. We will visit an open-air architectural monument - the Circum-Baikal Railway, will see its tunnels pierced into the mountain and picturesque viaducts. In the atmosphere of Polar lanscapes we will ski on the Baikal ice field stopping overnight in small Siberian villages or at forestry officers' houses. In some areas the ice can be free from snow, which can hamper our moving at first. But little by little you will get used to slide on ice and will begin to move much easier. During this tour you will travel light, all your luggage will be transported by car.

In addition to this adventure snowmobiling in snow-covered taiga, ice diving, and splendid landscapes of the winter Baikal await for you.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Meeting at the railway station at 7.30 am. Leave for the south of Lake Baikal by the Circum-Baikal train. Getting off the train before reaching the Circum-Baikal Railway as we will go skiing there. The route will go through taiga in broken country and will lead us to the shores of ice-bound Lake Baikal. Getting on our train. Lunch aboard. Visit to the tunnels and the bridges constructed in the 19th cen. In the evening arrival to Listvyanka by hydroskimmer. Night in inn.
  • Day 2
    Discovery of the village of Listvyanka. Visits to the Baikal museum and open-air Taltsy museum of wooden architecture located 20 km (12 mi) from the village. Discovery of wooden church, local fish market. Night in inn.
  • Day 3
    The first part of the day will be devoted to snowmobiling (2 pers. per snowmobile) in the forest of the Pribaikalsky National Park. Lunch at restaurant overlooking the lake. Free time for optional activities (at extra cost) : skiing on ski-run in Listvyanka, or skating on the largest ice rink of the world that is Lake Baikal, or ice diving accompanied by an experienced instructor into the winter Baikal. Those who have never tried diving will have a marvellous opportunity to get a unique experience and to explore the bottom of the deepest lake on earth. Night in inn.
  • Day 4
    In the morning we will go skiing ski by the Baikal ice field northwards, to the village of Bolshiye Koty. Homestay overnight. Banya in the evening. 18 km (11 mi)
  • Day 5
    Continuation of skiing from Bolshiye Koty to Kadilny Cape. Night in the house of forestry officers. Banya in the evening. 20 km (12.5 mi)
  • Day 6
    Leave Kadilny Cape for the village of Bolshoye Goloustnoye (18 km / 11 mi). Arrival to the village in the evening. Transfer to Irkutsk. End of the programme.
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              Price includes
              • English-speaking guide
              • Russian-speaking guide services
              • Accommodation as per itinerary
              • Transport as per itinerary
              • Meals
              • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
              • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
              • Ski rental
              • Banya
              • Luggage transport
              Price does not include
              • Medical insurance
              • Administrative registration
              • Personal expenses and tips
              • Visa fees and travel insurance
              • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
              • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
              • Optional activities
              • Ropeway to Chersky Rock
              • Airline tickets
              For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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