Hot springs and ice of Lake Baikal

How to make the dream of Lake Baikal come true? Go on a tour where the beauty of nature is diluted with a cultural program. Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Olkhon Island, Cape Burkhan are just some of what is to be seen. 

And there is still a lot of Lake Baikal in all its manifestations: a bird's-eye view and a sip of clean water from the lake. We will try the signature Baikal cocktail and go to the thermal springs. We will visit caves, grottoes, see the splashes on the rocks and hummocks. And in the evenings we will warm up with tea with local herbs. 

Location

Russia, Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude
from
US$ 859
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Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 18 – 23 Feb, 2025
    • 25 Feb – 2 Mar, 2025
    • 1 – 6 Mar, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The Center of Buddhism in Russia
We will visit the most famous datsan of Buryatia – a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all over the world
Hot baths on the shore of Lake Baikal
Let's gain strength in the warming healing springs in the middle of the snowdrifts of the Snake Bay
The largest ice rink in the world
Let's go ice skating and take memorable photos on the ice
Let's taste the water from the lake
You didn't imagine it! We will drink crystal clear, icy Baikal water directly from the hole
A rock with powerful energy
The shaman keeps secrets and legends of the Buryat shamanists. And you can also slow down and enjoy the most popular view of Lake Baikal
An exotic trip on Khivus
The safest and most comfortable transport for moving on ice. You will definitely like it!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Ulan-Ude – excursion to Ivolginsky Datsan

    Our guide will meet you at Ulan-Ude airport, with a sign "Tour: Hot springs and Ice of Lake Baikal" (meeting time 08:30-9:00).

    *If you are arriving at the railway station, please inform us in advance to arrange a meeting.

    Breakfast.

    Excursion to Ivolginsky Datsan, the center of Buddhism in Russia.

    Ivolginsky datsan is the most famous datsan in Buryatia and an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists not only in Russia, but also around the world.

    The tour route starts from the main gate of the datsan and goes in a circle along the movement of the sun (from left to right), during which the guide will tell the story of the creation of the datsan, about rituals, traditions, about daily life in the datsan and about the main deities worshipped by Buddhists.

    On the way, tourists spin "Khurde" prayer drums, inside of which Buddhist mantras are embedded, when the drums rotate, prayers are virtually read for the well-being and health of pilgrims and guests of the datsan.

    Return to Ulan-Ude.

    Check-in at the hotel.

    Free time, an independent walk around Ulan-Ude and dinner (not included in the program).

  • Day 2 - Barguzin Bay – hot springs in Zmeevaya Bay – Chivyrkuysky Bay
  • Day 3 - Crossing Lake Baikal on ice – Olkhon Island – Cape Burkhan (Shamanka Rock)
  • Day 4 - Panoramas and hummocks of Lake Baikal – Baikal ice
  • Day 5 - Sightseeing tour of Irkutsk
  • Day 6 - Returning home
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Camp Site
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour provides accommodation in 2/3-bed comfortable rooms in hotels and at the campsite. The exact place of accommodation will be known a few days before the start of the tour. 

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the accommodation, RUB.:

2-3-local 1-local
75 50093 715
Buryatia Hotel or similar 1 night

The hotel is located in the very center of Ulan-Ude, a 10-minute walk from Ulan-Ude Main Train Station. It offers a sauna, a gym, a beauty salon and ticket offices. Rooms at the Buryatia Hotel are equipped with cable TV, a refrigerator and a seating area. Toiletries are provided in the bathroom. 

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Kumutkan Hotel or similar 1 night
Recreation center "Wind of Wanderings" or similar 2 nights
Yakovlev Hotel or similar 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
6 days 5 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude

Included in price

  • transportation services; 
  • meals according to the program: 
    • Day 1 – breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 2-4 – breakfast, lunch, dinner;
    • Day 5 – breakfast, lunch;
    • Day 6 – breakfast;
  • accommodation according to the program in rooms with amenities;
  • collection of the nationalthe park;
  • excursions and entertainment according to the program:
    • Ivolginsky datsan;
    • Chivyrkuysky Bay;
    • hot springs in the Serpentine Bay;
    • auto-transfer to Olkhon Island (Holy Nose, the deepest place, Khoboy, Three Brothers rock, Shamanka rock, ice caves);
    • auto tour “Panoramas of Lake Baikal and ice hummocks”;
    • lunch on ice;
    • sightseeing tour of Irkutsk;
    • bathhouse.

Paid extra

  • air or railway tickets to Ulan-Ude and back from Irkutsk;
  • dinners in Ulan-Ude and Irkutsk (1st and 5th day);
  • skate rental;
  • personal expenses.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Documents

  • passport; 
  • for children, a birth certificate;
  • a compulsory medical insurance policy.

Camping equipment

  • sunscreen;
  • sunglasses (you can take a ski mask);
  • thermos (at your discretion);
  • personal hygiene products;
  • first aid kit (personal).

For the convenience of moving with personal belongings, you can take a backpack up to 40 liters or a small bag (in addition to a suitcase / bag that will be located at the hotel).

Necessary clothes and shoes

  • warm and stable shoes;
  • warm windproof jacket (with hood);
  • warm windproof trousers;
  • the cap is windproof, with a membrane;
  • warm two-layer scarf;
  • windproof gloves and mittens (gloves can be made of fleece, mittens must be with protective material);
  • thermal underwear;
  • fleece;
  • sweater, T-shirt;
  • trekking winter socks (moisture-absorbing), wool and cotton socks;
  • change of underwear;
  • bathing accessories (for visiting thermal springs).
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Dates and Prices

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  • US$ 859
    18 – 23 Feb, 2025 6 days 5 nights
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  • US$ 859
    25 Feb – 2 Mar, 2025 6 days 5 nights
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  • US$ 859
    1 – 6 Mar, 2025 6 days 5 nights
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