Adventurous journey
on the unique ice of Lake Baikal and Siberian taiga

BAIKAL

March 5 to 10, 2019.
Tour Lake Baikal, Russia

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Adventurous jorney to Baikal
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 the SUV driving across Tageran steppe, 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.

Toutr to Lake Baikal. If you have a dream to see the Great Russian lake, winter is defenetely the best time for it! Incredible, sparkling ice kingdom of various forms and colors! Our trip to winter Baikal is the SUV driving across Tageran steppe, 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 Syberian adventures.

SCHEDULE AND COST:

Dates
: March 5 to 10, 2019

Duration
: 6 days / 5 nights

Cost of participation per person: 88000 RUR subject to 8 participants, or 84000 RUR subject to 12 participants.
Everything is included except for flight to Irkutsk and medical insurance.
Estimated flight cost from Moscow to Irkutsk is 15000 to 25000 RUR

Single supplement: 14500 Russian rubles.



TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO LAKE BAIKAL


Day 1. March, 5. 4WD cars driving across Tageran steppe and Maloe More (Small Sea) to Olkhon island

Meeting of the group at the Irkutsk airport in the morning. Quick breakfast in Irkutsk or coffee and sandwiches on the road.
Move to Olkhon island on expedition 4wd cars (4 participants in one Jeep) through picturesque Tageran steppe and fur-tree taiga of Pribaikalsky National Park.
On the way we stop for Baikal spirits coaxing ceremony according to Buryat ethnical tradition.
Lunch in Yelantsi in the Buryat cafe with fish soup of omul and buzas.
Drive off road to Tageran steppe. 4wd cars driving. Panoramic views of Baikal from high cliffs over the lake, mystic shapes of cliff ruins. Trekking to the top of Tan-Khan Mountain, from where a dizzying view of the mirror of Lake Baikal opens.
Ice bridge crossing on the Maloe More (Small Sea) channel area between the land and Olkhon, move on the ice and seeing ice caves and landwashes on the cliffs, excursion around Oghoi island, where there is Buddhist relic - snow-white stupa of Serenity Goddes. The program from the ice bridge bank to Khudjir village will take approx. 2-2.5 hours.
Accommodation in «Baikalov Ostrog» hotel, dinner in restaurant overlooking Baikal.
Russian banya (steam bath)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: tourist complex "Baikalov ostrog" (or analogous), standard double accommodation.


Day 2. March, 6. Ice journey around Olkhon island, to Hoboi Cape at the deepest point of Baikal

After breakfast in the hotel, we are getting into acquaintance with the natural sightseeings in the area of Huzhir (district center of Olkhon): main Baikal's place of power - Shamanka rock, Huzhir viewpoint, walk on the Baikal ice.
By UAZ-3909 cars (remarkable feature of Olkhon where there are no any highways) we are driving within daylight hours on the ice of Baikal up to Hoboi cape - the northernmost point of Olkhon island. We visit natural wonders: fascinating rocky capes, charming icy caves, toroses; and walk on unique Baikal ice.
Hot picnic lunch on the ice. During lunch, we are skating on the world's largest ice rink - a mirror of Lake Baikal.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: tourist complex "Baikalov ostrog" (or analogous), standard double accommodation.


Day 3. March, 7. Big journey by hovercraft on the ice of Baikal

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer by khivus (hovercraft) over the ice of Lake Baikal. En route we encounter the most impressive views of the open Baikal lake along the coast where there are neither roads, nor infrastructure, only 150 kilometers of smashing ice with the web of cracks and frozen bubbles, picturesque bays, untouched taiga's nature.
Quick stop near the cliff Sagan-Zaba with ancient cliffs petroglyphs.
Then we stop in Peschanka: trekking to the stilted trees and to the cliff with the old lighthouse the top, from where you can see a stunning panorama of the Bolshoe More (Great Sea).
Hot lunch on the ice in Peschanka. After lunch we are skating (1,5 - 2 hrs) on the world's biggest skating ring - the mirror of Baikal.
Arrival to Listvyanka, check-in at the hotel, dinner.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Accommodation: hotel "Malina" (or analogous), standard double accommodation.


Day 4. March, 8. Riding on snowmobiles along Krugobaikalsky railways

After breakfast in the hotel, during the day, riding on quadricycles/snowmobiles (2 persons per snowmobile) along beautiful snowy roads os Siberian Taiga and along legendary Kruglobaikalsky railway, which is now a memorial of architecture and engineering art. Visiting of the most interesting tunnels, viaducts, arches and railway galleries.
Traditional Siberian lunch in Polovinka village in a country house in the middle of the route.
Then we visit the market in Listvyanka, where we have a wide selection of Baikal fish, from omul in all its forms to the unique fish of the golomyanka. We will take the hot smoked omul, cold smoked omul and slightly salted Baikal omul, sugudai, and arrange a delicious dinner with beer in the local pub.
Overnight in a hotel in Listvyanka.
Accommodation: hotel "Malina" (or analogous), standard double accommodation.


Day 5. March 9. Riding on dog sleds across taiga and Buryat village

After breakfast in the hotel we visit observation point "Kamen Cherskogo" with lifting and descending on a chair lift.
In the morning, visit the estate of the Tyuryumin family, widely known for their sled dogs. Dog sledging, harnessed by Alaskan huskies (1 person in a sled) across snowy taiga, overcoming natural hindrances (5 km).
Moving through Irkutsk to Ust-Ordinskoye. Visiting the ethno-park "Golden Horde". Traditional Buryat lunch in a yurta.
Lecture on the history of shamanism on Baikal, exhibition performance of a shaman.
Set out for Irkutsk. Accommodation in a hotel.
Evening walk on historical district of Irkutsk (old churches, wood conduits of the end of 19 century).
Dinner in Siberian cuisine restaurant "Misha" in the heart of Irkutsk - walking district of reconstructed merchant houses "130 quarter".
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: hotel "Ochagof" (or analogous), standard double accommodation.


Day 6. March, 10. The way back

After breakfast transfer from the hotel to the airport. Flight back.
Meals: breakfast
Price includes:

- transfers as per program (minibus)
- transport services as per program (SUVs, UAZ 4x4 minibus, Khivus hovercraft).
- accommodation in hotels in twin/double rooms
- three meals daily
- snowmobiles
- dogs sledging
- skates
- all entrance fees, performance and activities as per program
- Russian speaking guide services
- Team leader guiding, transkation into English


Price excludes:

- Flight to Irkutsk
- Medical insurance
- Visa to Russia



To take with:

· wear sets up to the weather (warm wool socks, cotton socks, wool sweater, thermal underwear, warm winter jacket with windstopper)

· warm boots, high boots

· personal hygiene products

· personal medical kit

· sun and wind protection

· thermos

· cameras
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.

SUV driving across Tageran steppe and cliffs over Baikal, option to drive.

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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