WINTER LAKE BAIKAL 2019 - 6 days

Day 1.ARRIVAL TO IRKUTSK

11:00 TRANSFER FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL

If you arrive later, we can suggest for you the individual transfer. Please, let us know the number of your flight and the arrival time. *Transfer outside the program airport - hotel 25 USD per car of 3 passengers.

12:00 CHECK-IN IN THE HOTEL

Meeting with your guide near the reception of the hotel. Discussion of the program and equipment's check up. You are free to ask any questions that you may have or just get to know your guide and other participants of the group.

13:00 LUNCH — NOT INCLUDED

14:00 FREE TIME IN IRKUTSK

You can buy everything you need, go for a walk (the hotel is situated in the city-center), taste the local cuisine or just sleep enough in the hotel's room. As option, we can add the city-tour (pedestrian or by car) - not included in the cost of the tour.

19:00 DINNER — NOT INCLUDED

OVERNIGHT IN THE HOTEL         

Day 2. OLKHON ISLAND - THE HEART OF THE LAKE BAIKAL

BREAKFAST IN THE HOTEL

09:30 MEETING WITH YOUR DRIVER AND GUIDE IN THE HOTEL

10:00 TRANSFER IRKUTSK - KHUJIR

On the way you will make a short stops to take photos.

12:00 LUNCH IN THE LOCAL CAFE — NOT INCLUDED

You will taste some dishes of ethnic cuisine of Buryatia. Not included, to pay on site in cash.

13:00 CONTINUATION OF THE WAY

On the route we will stop in the sacred place for blandishing the main Baikal spirit - Burhan. Our guide will tell you about all peculiarities of this tradition. The most important thing is to have the clear mind and heart. Crossing of the straight Olkhonskiye Vorota by 4x4 car on the ice.

16:00 ARRIVAL TO KHUJIR

Check-in at the resort. Free time to have a walk around the village, discovery of Burkhan rock, residence of the Baikal sprits, site of shamanic cult and one of the nine Buddhist sanctuaries of Asia. Visit of the village.

19:00 DINNER IN THE RESORT

OVERNIGHT IN THE RESORT

Day 3. BEGGINNING OF THE CROSSING

07:30 BREAKFAST

08:00 TRANSFER KHUZHIR - CAPE KHOBOY

Transfer by off-road vehicle (UAZ) to the starting point of our crossing - cape Khoboy situated in the north of the island. From there you will discover a magnificent panorama of the frozen lake. Stops along the way to explore the caves, grottos and islands.

10:00 START OF CROSSING

Heading towards the eastern shore, we will pass through the widest and the deepest part of Lake Baikal. During these two days every participant will pull his personal clothes in special sleds. *7 h 30 min of trekking with sled (25 km)

13:00 LUNCH ON THE OPEN AIR

14:00 CONTINUATION OF THE TREKKING

17:00 ARRIVAL TO THE CAMP

Accommodation in the real camp on the Baikal ice situated in the geographic center of eh lake on the boundary between the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. The ritual of meeting and greeting where every participant of the group can try to bore the ice. The briefing. In the camp there will be the comfortable and warm boots - Russian valenky.

18:00 DINNER

Hot meals (food cooked on gas burner).

19:30 RUSSIAN BANYA (Sauna)

After the long journey, there is nothing more relaxing then the banya (sauna) and the herbal tea.

OVERNIGHT IN THE TENT

Heated tent, placed in the middle of the lake

Day 4. DAY ON THE ICE

08:30 BREAKFAST IN THE CAMPING

10:00 FREE DAY ON THE MIDDLE OF BAIKAL

Today you will have a day at leisure on the Baikal ice. For those who prefer the active rest, we suggest to go skating or to walk near the camp. The transparent ice, the ice-hummocks and breaks will allow you to make thousand of photos. If you are keen of the photo, we suggest you to wake up earlier and make photos of the Baikal ice in the morning sunshine. For those who like the measured rest there is an Ice bar - the special menu of the ice exotic things. The purest ice is everywhere - around you and even in your glass.

13:00 LUNCH ON THE ICE

15:00 FREE TIME

For the most sportive participants of the group we propose to play the ice hockey !

18:00 DINNER

Hot meals (food cooked on gas burner).

OVERNIGHT IN THE TENT

Heated tent, placed in the middle of the lake

Day 5. EASTERN COAST OF THE BAIKAL

08:00 BREAKFAST

09:00 CONTINUATION OF THE ICE-TREKKING

Today we continue our journey to the eastern coast of the lake Baikal. This coast is flatter and behind it there are the Barguzin and Khamar-Daban mountains. Normally there are more snow then of the western coast. *7 h 30 min of trekking with sled (25 km)

13:00 LUNCH IN THE OPEN AIR

17:00 FINISH OF THE TREKKING AND TRANSFER TO UST-BARGUZIN

At the end of the day you will be transferred by 4x4 to the village of Ust-Barguzin.

18:30 CHECK-IN AND RUSSIAN BANYA (Sauna)

Arrival and check-in in the guesthouse. After several days of physical activity it it’s time to take traditional Russian banya (sauna)!

19:00 DINNER

Dishes prepared by the locals

OVERNIGHT IN THE GUEST HOUSE

Day 6. ULAN-UDE - THE CAPITAL OF THE BURYATIA

09:00 BREAKFAST

10:00 TRANSFER UST-BARGUZIN - ULAN-UDE

In the beginning our way goes along the shore of the lake and then passes through taiga forests.

13:00 LUNCH IN THE CAFÉ OF TRADITIONAL BURIAT CUISINE — NOT INCLUDED

Not included, payment on site in cash.

14:00 ARRIVAL TO ULAN-UDE

We recommend you to leave your luggage in a baggage room and benefit from the guided visit of the city. You are welcome to visit Ivolginsky datsan, serving the most important place of worship in Buryatia and the center of Buddhism in Russia, located in a beautiful steppe (extra charge).

19:00 DINNER — NOT INCLUDED

 

Number of days: 6
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Transport: SUV 4x4
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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.