Adventurous journey on the unique ice of Lake Baikal, mountains of Buryatia and thermal springs

BAIKAL

March 11 - 17, 2025
Tour Lake Baikal, Russia

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Adventurous jorney to Baikal
If you dream of seeing the Great Russian Lake, now is the time to do it in winter! An incredible, dazzling kingdom of ice takes on every imaginable and unimaginable form and shade.

Travel to Mamai Gorge on snowmobiles, bathe in hot springs, skate on the ice of Lake Baikal, enjoy Buryat national cuisine and much more!

A trip to Baikal offers the joys and places that will immerse you in the winter atmosphere of true Siberian adventures.

If you have a dream to see the Great Russian lake, winter is definetely the best time for it! Incredible, sparkling ice kingdom of various forms and colors! Our trip to winter Baikal is skating on Baikal mirror, driving by hovercraft, dog sledges riding, trip on quad bikes or snowmobiles on Baikal ice and taiga, acquaintance with local culture and cuisine, which immerses you into the winter atmosphere of real Siberian adventures.
Etjnologist works throughout the whole trip with the team.


Photo by Sergey Pesterevith

Photo by Sergey Pesterevith
SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: February 27 - March 4, 2023

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Number of participants: 7 — 12

Cost per person:
— 135 900 rubles to 11 – 12 participants, or
— 145 900 rubles to 9 – 10 participants, or
— 158 900 rubles to 7 – 8 participants.

0% early booking discount (in case you book before October 11, 2024)

Estimated cost of flights Moscow – Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude – Moscow: 20 000 – 28 000 rubles.

Single supplement: 23 000 rubles (provided along the entire itinerary, except day 2)



TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO LAKE BAIKAL


Day 1. March 11, 2025 (Tuesday). IRKUTSK - TALTSY - LISTVYANKA - BOL'SHOE GOLOUSTNOE - PESCHANAYA BAY - LISTVYANKA

Morning group gathering at Irkutsk airport. Quick breakfast in Irkutsk (Sky Lounge Karaoke)
10:00 – 11:00 – Transfer to Listvyanka village by a comfortable bus
11:00 – 12:30 – Visit to the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture
12:30 – Arrival in Listvyanka. Boarding the hovercraft "Khivus"
13:00 – 20:00 – Excursion to Peschanaya Bay. Bubbles in Bolshoe Goloustnoe, ice skating. Picnic lunch. Sunset on the ice
20:00 – Return to Listvyanka, hotel check-in
20:30 – Russian banya with ice hole. Dinner (omul, grayling) or at Proshly Vek Cafe

Accommodationincluded: Malina Hotel, or similar
Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner


Day 2. March 12, 2025 (Wednesday). LISTVYANKA - IRKUTSK - MAMAY - MAMAY GORGE

Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 – 11:30 – Visit to the Interactive Baikal Limnological Museum in Listvyanka: exhibition tour and virtual dive in a submersible to the bottom of Lake Baikal
11:30 – 12:30 – Visit to the observation deck "Chersky Stone" with a view of the unfrozen mouth of the Angara River, with ascent and descent by chairlift. Visit to the market in Listvyanka, where we will find a wide selection of Baikal fish, from omul to the unique golomyanka fish
12:30 – 13:30 – Transfer from Listvyanka to Irkutsk (70 km, 1 hour)
13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch, Siberian cuisine
14:30 – 15:30 – Sightseeing tour of the historical part of Irkutsk (2 hours: old churches, monasteries, estates, wooden buildings from the late 19th century). Visit to the Volkonsky House Museum
15:30 – 19:00 – Transfer from Irkutsk to Mamai (200 km, 3.5 hours)
19:00 – 20:00 – Transfer to the mountain gorge (Mamai Gorge, Khamar-Daban Range) by snowmobiles (as passengers)
20:30 – Accommodation in the guesthouse
21:00 – Dinner, bathing (additioanal)

Accommodation: guesthouse, rooms for 3-4 people per room/floor or in one large room Meals: breakfast, dinner


Day 3. March 13, 2025 (Thursday). MAMAY - MAMAY GORGE - IL'INKA - ULAN-UDE

Breakfast.
10:00 – 13:00 – Walk through the mountain gorge, tubing
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 – Descent by snowmobiles (as passengers)
15:00 – 18:00 – Transfer from Mamai to Ilinka (200 km, 3 hours)
18:00 – 19:00 – Visit to the hot springs
19:00 – 20:00 – Transfer from Ilinka to Ulan-Ude
20:00 – Dinner. Accommodation at the hotel

Accommodation: Hotel "Mergen", or similar, standard, double occupancy
Meals: breakfast, lunch


Day 4. March 14, 2025 (Friday). ULAN-UDE - TARBAGATAI (OLD BELIEVERS SETTLEMENT) - ULAN-UDE

Breakfast at the hotel.
10:00 – 12:30 – Visit to the Ivolginsky Datsan, where you can witness the phenomenon of the incorruptible body of Lama Khambo Itigelov
12:30 – 13:30 – Transfer to Tarbagatai
13:30 – 18:30 – Folklore program with the Old Believers. Lunch (Old Believer cuisine). Visit to the museum
18:30 – 19:30 – Return to Ulan-Ude
19:30 – Dinner (Buryat national cuisine). Evening walk around the city.

Accommodation: Hotel "Mergen", or similar, standard, double occupancy
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5. March 15, 2025 (Saturday). ULAN-UDE – KHAIM – UST-BARGUZIN – CHIVYRKUI BAY – ZMEEVAYA BAY – ZABAIKALSKY NATIONAL PARK
Early breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 – Departure to the Barguzin region, Zabaikalsky National Park
08:00 – 10:30 – Transfer Ulan-Ude – Khaim (115 km) – stop at a cafe on the bank of the Khaim River
11:00 – 14:00 – Transfer Khaim – Ust-Barguzin (150 km) – stop at Turtle Rock. Introduction to local traditions, ritual of appeasing spirits at the Barguzin Gates
14:00 – 15:00 – Lunch or picnic lunch
15:00 – 20:00 – Excursion to Chivyrkui Bay in an all-terrain vehicle (UAZ “Bukhanka”). Visit to ice grottoes and caves. Bathing in the hot springs of Zmeevaya Bay
21:00 – Return to the hotel. Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel "Sindbad", or similar (in Ust-Barguzin or "Hot Key" in Goryachinsk/Maximikha), standard, double occupancy
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6. March 4, 2023 (Saturday). IRKUTSK - FLIGHT

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport.

Accommodation: none
Meals: breakfast
Cost includes:

  • Transfers and transportation services according to the itinerary (minivan, hovercraft "Khivus", snowmobile ride and descent, UAZ "Bukhanka").
  • Accommodation in hotels based on double occupancy, except for Day 2.
  • Accommodation on Day 2: accommodation for 3-4 people per room/floor.
  • Meals (breakfast every day, lunch and picnic lunches on days 1, 3, 4, and 5, dinners on days 1 and 5).
  • Ice skating
  • All entrance tickets, performances and activities according to the program
  • Thermal springs visit
  • Russian speaking guide
  • Russian and English speaking Team Leader



Price excludes:

  • Flight to Irkutsk and back from Ulan - Ude
  • Meals not included in the program
  • Health insurance
  • Alcohol and personal expenses
  • Russian visa (if required)
  • Single occupancy


To take with:

  • Weather-appropriate clothing sets: wool socks, wool sweater, scarf
  • Warm windproof jacket and hat, warm windproof pants, gloves with windbreaker
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm boots, high winter boots
  • Personal hygiene equipment
  • Personal medical kit
  • Sun and wind protection
  • Thermos
  • Photo and video equipment
Photo by Sergey Pesterev and others
TESTIMONIALS OF OUR CLIENTS
FROM PREVIOUS TRIPS TO BAIKAL:

  • Francesco Li Santi
    See reco on Facebook
    Baikal 2019 was my first expedition with Mzungu and Alexey and my expectations were absolutely exceeded - the place is beyond immagination and can be fully enjeyed especially if guided by someone who has the experience, knowledge and the organisation of Alexey Kolbov. It is difficult to put in words what we have experienced, as every moment on the lake was breathtaking, and the trip was in all apects pleasant since we did not run in an unexpected situations or problems. Alexey is a strong and precise organiser, everything was cared in details, from the transport to the accommodation and the three daily meals waiting for us were always aboundand and delicious. What I mostly enjoyed was that we got to experience the lake from different perspectives, driving on jeeps, snowmobiles, iceskating, sledge dogs, hoover-boats etc, and we got the chance to proove ourselve in these situations and safety was always a priority. Alexey has a deep knowledge about places, culture, art and customs of the remote places visited in his expeditions, and we were constantly educated by him and learned so much about the place and the ancient religious, cultural and historical heritage of Baikal. He is an approachable and friendly person, always open to listen to clients needs while at the same time he can execute respectable authority to make sure that things run smooth and as planned. I can only recommend his expeditions and I am already planning next trip with him and Mzungu!
  • Dmitry Voydakov
    отзыв опубликован на Facebook
    Ребята, спасибо за организацию этого путешествия. В нем все было прекрасно. Рассветы, закаты, национальная музыка и еда, люди, буханки/хивусы/снегоходы/собачки и др средства перемещения, баня и конечно же неописуемая красота льда Байкала и его окрестностей.
    Отдельное спасибо Михаилу - нашему гиду. Однозначно рекомендую всем!
  • Alex Zinovkin
    отзыв опубликован на Facebook
    Если вы хотите классное и небанальное приключение в обход туристических групп при этом за вменяемые деньги - то вам к Mzungu. Самые экзотические и нехоженые направления - Конго, Папуа, Амазонка, Нигер и т.п. В России они путешествуют на Байкал, в Карелию и на Камчатку. Везде почувствуете себя на другой планете - хотя планета всё та же и нужно посмотреть её именно такой, практически нетронутой и совершенно фантастической. Если вы хотите удивить людей, которые видели всё - то вам тоже сюда. И если вы хотите показать иностранцам другую Россию - то к Mzungu, they speak English.
KEY FEATURES:
TOUR TO BAIKAL
Lake Baikal, Russia


Best season: February – March


Automobile traveling along endless expanses of winter Baikal - amazing universe of ice figures: meter-thicknesses of transparent ice with ingenious net of cracks and frozen bubbles, turquoise hummocks, fantastic forms of ice-splashes and ice grots with hanging down icicles.

Heart of Baikal - Olkhon island and islands of the Small Sea with its cliffs and sacral Buddhist stupas.

Big trip from the Small Sea to Listvyanka on the hovercraft.

Skating on the biggest rink of the world - Baikal mirror.

Dog sledge riding - Alaska huskies - through snowy Baikal forests and the best places of the legendary Krugobaikalsky railway, which is now the memorial of architecture and engineering art with its tunnels, beautiful arches and galleries.

Exciting ride on snowmobiles or quad bikes on the picturesque off-roads of Syberian taiga, snow banks and frozen rivers.

Acquaintance with Buryat culture and history of shamanism on Baikal.

Russian banya (steam bath) and local gastronomic specialities: stroganina (slices of frozen fish and meat), possi (manti), ukha (fish soup) and smoke-dried omul.
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