Skating on the ice of Lake Baikal. Active tour

Baikal is a unique place. In winter, Lake Baikal also turns into the world's largest ice rink! We are sure that ice skating is the best and most interesting way to explore Lake Baikal in winter. Come and see for yourself!

Location

Russia, Irkutsk
from
US$ 620
+ tickets to the starting point of the tour
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 3 – 7 Feb, 2025
    • 10 – 14 Feb, 2025
    • 17 – 21 Feb, 2025
    • 24 – 28 Feb, 2025
    • 3 – 7 Mar, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 14 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Irkutsk
Contact the tour coordinator
Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Unusual format
Winter ice skating trip – in 5 days, accompanied by a guide, we will walk about 65 km
Vivid impressions
We will meet the sunset at the sacred Shaman rock at Cape Burkhan
The best places
We will see ice caves, grottos and the lord of winter posts on Instagram – Baikal ice
Safety on the route 
We will have professional guide instructors with extensive experience and special training.
New skills
If you do not know how to skate, we will try to teach you, or you can walk in the "ice walks"
The "Voice" of Baikal
We will hear the sound of cracking ice, which creates an indescribable symphony of sounds

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Irkutsk – Sakhyurt settlement

    Meeting at 07:45 – 08:00 in Irkutsk at the central railway station (3/1 Chelnokova Street). 

    Minibus transfer to the village of Sakhyurt (MRS) with stops on the way for breakfast (not included in the price). 

    Upon arrival – accommodation at the campsite, equipment delivery and introductory instruction on its use and safety during the tour.

    After that, a walk to the Olkhonsky Gate Strait to practice skating on the ice of Lake Baikal. 

    In the evening – dinner and a Russian bath.

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  • Day 2 - Sahyurt village – Sarma village
  • Day 3 - Sarma Village – Yalga Village
  • Day 4 - Yalga village – Khuzhir village
  • Day 5 - Khuzhir village – Irkutsk city
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

This is a tour with serious running loads.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at regular tourist bases along the route.

Camp sites along the route 4 nights
The usual tourist bases ("standard" with amenities in the room and, in one case, on the floor), with wooden houses or one large house with electric heating. Accommodation for 2 people (by family or gender) in a room with a bathroom. The exception is an overnight stay in Yalga village, where the cottage has only 4-6-bed rooms, and the facilities are located on the floor.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 14 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Irkutsk

Included in price

  • the work of an instructor guide;
  • meals: dinners in hotels from 1 to 4 days of the tour, "walking" snacks (hot tea/coffee, cheese, sausage, lard, bread, sweets) from the 2nd to the 4th day of the tour and breakfasts in hotels from the 2nd to the 5th day of the tour;
  • group first aid kit;
  • minibus transfer Irkutsk – Sakhyurt and Khuzhir – Irkutsk;
  • accommodation at camp sites (2-bed heated rooms, except overnight in Yalga with 4-5-bed rooms). In most accommodation facilities, amenities are located in the rooms (shower and toilet), in rare cases - on the floor;
  • rental of specialized equipment: ski poles, sledges, helmet, protection kit (knee pads and elbow pads), headlamp;
  • bike rental on day 5;
  • bathhouse in 1 day.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • accommodation in Irkutsk on the day of arrival and on the day of departure
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • insurance;
  • skate rental (we recommend you to take your skates, rolled at your home rink).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Clothes:
To all of the following, you can mentally add "warm / oe /th"
- a headdress covering the ears (windproof)
- fleece tube scarf (aka "buff")
- thermal underwear (pants and long sleeve T-shirt) made of merinos wool or polartec fleece
- thick fleece (fleece density from 300 g/m2)
- winter jacket (with a hood and covering the ass) for little active excursions
- windproof "running" jacket for ice skating transitions
- winter pants (similar to a jacket in thermal insulation properties), you can ski
- five-fingered gloves (thick fleece or ski gloves)
- tops (these are special mittens worn over gloves, most often made of windproof fabric with insulation)
- underpants (can be made from merinos wool)
- insulated socks (preferably fleece or special for tracking)
- trekking boots (necessarily with a high ankle boot that fixes the ankle!!! - this is extremely important for the use of horse -bays/nordiques)

Equipment:

- ice skates of the recreational hockey type, insulated;
- pads on the sole of the shoes "Ice floats" (a rubber plate with spikes) or their more serious version - ice floats.
- sunglasses or ski mask with a high degree of UV protection, sunscreen, lipstick
- thermos from 0.5 liters (it is a thermos, not a thermocup) for individual use.
- backpack from 70 liters (it is a backpack, because you can not put a suitcase in a travois and on your back, if necessary, you will not throw it)
- mug, spoon and bowl

Here is a list of optional, but recommended equipment:
- bath/shower slippers
- swimming trunks/swimsuit
- balaclava to protect your face from wind and sun
- towel for shower and bath
- hob (foam, podzhopnik, polyurethane seat - whatever they call it)
- chemical heating pads for heating the body and batteries of electronic equipment

Each participant must have the above set of equipment and clothing.

The organizers have the right to prevent a person from participating in the tour in the absence of the specified equipment or its analogues.

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Dates and Prices

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  • US$ 620
    3 – 7 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 620
    10 – 14 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 620
    17 – 21 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 620
    24 – 28 Feb, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 620
    3 – 7 Mar, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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