The planet Baikal. Sightseeing and active tour

It is best to admire Lake Baikal from the water. Traveling around the lake by kayak, you will get a lot of unforgettable impressions, you will be able to visit the most secluded corners and fully feel the unity with the unique natural world of Lake Baikal!

Location

Russia, Irkutsk
from
US$ 910
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Duration
9 Days
8 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 24 Jun – 2 Jul
    • 9 – 17 Jul
    • 23 – 31 Jul
    • 6 – 14 Aug
    • 20 – 28 Aug
or
Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Tent
    5 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 15 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Irkutsk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The mysterious Olkhon
You will learn about shamanism on Lake Baikal and perform a thanksgiving ceremony to appease the spirits of the island
Delicious Buryat dishes
We will have lunch at the yurt cafe and get acquainted with the national Buryat cuisine
Kayaking trip to Lake Baikal
We will learn how to drive a kayak, work in a crew, and admire the beauty of Lake Baikal
The picturesque Sandy Bay
A wonderful sandy beach with famous "stilted" trees awaits us
Cape Khoboy
Let's go on an exciting trip to the northernmost cape of Olkhon Island

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - The mysterious Olkhon

    The meeting is from 9:00 to 10:00.

    Today you will meet with one of the most experienced guides on Lake Baikal, take a comfortable car to the legendary and mysterious island of Olkhon! 

    During the trip, you will learn a lot about the life and traditions of the Buryats, visit sacred Buryat places, have lunch in a yurt cafe, where you can get acquainted with the national Buryat cuisine.

    You will have a ferry crossing through the Olkhonsky Gate Strait and a small transfer to the camp site. 

    After accommodation in cozy rooms, you will go to the famous rock with the mysterious name "Shamanka" (Cape Burkhan), learn about shamanism on Lake Baikal, perform a thanksgiving ceremony to appease the spirits of the island. 

    Shamans all over the world consider this revenge sacred. 

    In the evening you can visit the "Buryat village" (for an additional fee). 

    An excursion that will immerse you in the customs and traditions of the local population. 

    In the "Buryat village" you will be greeted as dear guests according to all the rules, you will be told the peculiarities of the life and culture of the Buryats, the legends of the local places, of course, you will be invited to the table and treated (tasting) with products of your own production and national alcoholic beverage (tarasun).

    Accommodation: Bencarova Manor, double occupancy;

    Meals included: lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 2 - Cape Khoboy
  • Day 3 - Olkhon – Buguldeika
  • Day 4 - Kayaking
  • Day 5 - Cape Holey
  • Day 6 - Climbing the Review Cliff
  • Day 7 - Arrival in Bolshoe Goloustnoe
  • Day 8 - A walk around the neighborhood
  • Day 9 - Departure
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Tour organizer's comments
Skills are required to spend the night in tents, set up a base camp, and cook in
camping conditions (on a campfire, on a gas burner).

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Hotel
    3 nights
  • Tent
    5 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
  • Basic+

The tour includes accommodation:

  • at the tourist base on Olkhon – 2 nights; 
  • in the tent camp on the active part – 5 nights; 
  • in a hotel in Irkutsk – 1 night.

The surcharge for single accommodation at the campsite and in the hotel is 7,500 rubles/ 3 nights.

The Angara Hotel or The Air Harbor Hotel 1 night
The Angara Hotel

The three-star hotel is located in Irkutsk, next to the City Hall building on Kirov Square. It offers a beauty salon and 3 international restaurants. Free Wi-Fi is available. All rooms are decorated in bright colors.

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Another option
The Air Harbor Hotel

The Air Harbor Hotel is known to many as a hotel for the accommodation of air crews, as it is located on the territory of the Airport. Despite this, the hotel boasts peace and quiet in the rooms. It offers a large number of additional services, such as laundry, lobby bar, conference room, hairdresser and more.

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Nikita Bencarov's Manor Hotel 2 nights
Tent camp 5 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 15 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
9 days 8 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Irkutsk

Included in price

  • all types of transfers in accordance with the program: minivan/ minibus on the highway, UAZ off-road;
  • permission to visit the Baikal National Park;
  • services of a guide, a water tourism instructor;
  • rental of rafting equipment: kayaks (2.3-seater), life jackets, paddles, hermetic bags;
  • rent of general camping equipment: 2, 3, 4-bed tents, awning, campfire equipment, gas equipment;
  • placement according to the program;
  • entrance tickets to the museums listed in the program, excursions announced in the program;
  • meals according to the program;
  • in the active part, tourists cook on their own! For groups of 10 people or more, we cook for free.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • accommodation in Irkutsk before the start of the trip;
  • rent a sleeping bag, backpack, rug;
  • additional drinks and food (except as indicated in the program);
  • meals not specified in the program (meals at the cafe);
  • cook's services – 5,000 rubles/day;
  • bathhouse;
  • encephalitis vaccination/insurance.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  1. Hermetic bag – used instead of a backpack;
  2. Sleeping bag (2-layer, synthetic filler). Comfort temperature +5;
  3. Foam (polyurethane foam mat);
  4. Foam (for sitting);
  5. A mug, a bowl, a spoon, a knife (a slinger) – everyone must!
  6. Individual first aid kit: medicines for you personally, Band-Aid, elastic bandage, insect repellent, sunscreen;
  7. Documents: passport, MHI insurance policy – packed in an airtight package;
  8. Flashlight (with a spare set of batteries);
  9. Photo camera;
  10. Toiletries (soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.);
  11. Alloy shoes: sneakers, sandals or sneakers – they will be wet!
  12. Sushi shoes: sneakers, rubber boots or sandals;
  13. Woolen or polartek socks (for overnight stays) – 2 p.;
  14. Socks x/b– 2 p.;
  15. Change of underwear;
  16. Swimsuit;
  17. Wind- and moisture–proof trousers and jacket - for alloy;
  18. Thermal underwear (leggings and jacket down);
  19. Sweatpants (for overnight stays and sushi);
  20. T–shirts - 2 pcs.;
  21. Woolen hat or ears;
  22. A warm sweater or fleece (it is much lighter in weight and easy to dry);
  23. A warm jacket or vest;
  24. Rain cape (this is an important point, the cape must be strong);
  25. Headdress: panama hat, kerchief, cap or bandana;
  26. Sunglasses;
  27. Work gloves (for campfire work);
  28. Matches in an airtight package – everyone must! Any means of ignition!
  29. Inflatable Kayak Seat Cushion;
  30. The thermos is small with a metal flask.
Are plane tickets included in the price of the tour?
Is insurance included in the price of the tour?
Is it possible to go on tour on other dates?

Dates and Prices

  • Individual dates available on request
    1 Jun – 30 Sep
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  • US$ 910
    24 Jun – 2 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 910
    9 – 17 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 910
    23 – 31 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 910
    6 – 14 Aug 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 910
    20 – 28 Aug 9 days 8 nights
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