Winter Baikal on bicycles

The peculiarity of this route is that we will ride bicycles on Lake Baikal for five out of eight days! Yes, right on the ice! Yes, right on the bikes! This is an incomparable feeling of flight and freedom, you will remember it for the rest of your life. We are waiting for the mysterious and majestic island of Olkhon with Buddhist shrines and places of power, fabulous ice caves, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, intertwining cracks and bubbles in the thickness of crystal clear ice. We will find ourselves in the fantastic realm of the Siberian winter!

Location

Russia, Irkutsk
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US$ 905
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Duration
9 Days
8 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 15 – 23 Feb, 2025
    • 1 – 9 Mar, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    8 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
12 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

Federal Ice Track
In addition to cycling, we are also waiting for ice rides on UAZ trucks. An unforgettable experience!
Bicycles with studded tires
Thanks to the spikes and, perhaps, magic, they are comfortable as on asphalt!
Overnight stays at warm camp sites
During the trip, we will change 5 unique locations to see different Baikal
Ice caves and caves
Huge icicles freeze during stormy winds and turn into famous statues and splashes
The purest ice
Transparent, with numerous patterns and cracks — a real work of art!
Buryat and shamanic traditions
What is a serge, how to properly burkhanit, and do wishes really come true?

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Meeting in Irkutsk and transfer to Olkhon

    We will meet at Irkutsk airport at 12:00 (local time). 

    We have a snack, a light warm-up and rather get on a transfer that will take us to the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal. 

    On the way, we will have lunch at the Buryat cafe, where you can taste delicious dishes of Siberian cuisine: Buryat poses and boohler. 

    The next stop is the Tazheran steppe, a unique natural complex known for its rock paintings and traces of the ancient civilization – Kurykan. 

    Let's take a walk across the steppe and continue on our way, the first trip to the ice is waiting for us right on the bus! 

    We are driving along a federal highway laid on ice. 

    This is an official road with signs and lane separation, the safety of which is provided by the Ministry of Emergency Situations. 

    In the evening we arrive in Khuzhir and check into the base (rooms are 2 and 3-bed, with amenities).

    Transfer by car 300 km.

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  • Day 2 - The first crossing of the ice on bicycles
  • Day 3 - Ogoy Island and the Stupa of Enlightenment
  • Day 4 - Moving by bike to Khuzhir
  • Day 5 - Moving by bike to Uzuri
  • Day 6 - A day of rest in Uzury. Walking and sauna
  • Day 7 - Transfer to Khuzhir. Farewell to bicycles and transfer to Sakhyurt
  • Day 8 - Strolls. Ice skating and sauna
  • Day 9 - Transfer to Irkutsk and completion of the route
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

It is necessary to be in good physical shape and ready for the stated loads. No specific difficulties are planned, except for long crossings. We are going to look at the real Baikal, which cannot be seen from the bus window. Do you love cycling, are you not afraid of the figure of 50 km and do you know how to enjoy modest living conditions? Then this trip is for you and we are really waiting for you to join our team :)

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    8 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at tourist bases.

The cost of the tour for 1 person:

  • the base price is 79,000 rubles.
  • children from 14 to 17 years old – 53,000 rubles.

We give the first 5 places at a discount, it is profitable to be the first! You need to leave a request and make an advance payment. The cost of the tour for 1 person according to the promotion is 74,000 rubles! Check with the manager for the availability of seats for the promotion at the moment.

Tourist bases along the route 8 nights

The level of comfort varies from base to base. We will change several locations, each one is unique in its own way. Most of the overnight stays will be in comfortable houses, accommodation for 2-3 people, a warm shower and toilet on the floor. But one night is special. This is Usury, the most remote and wild place on Olkhon, few people manage to visit it. Accommodation in village houses, the conditions are the simplest. Instead of a shower, there is a sauna, a toilet is on the street. The houses are heated by stoves, which we will throw firewood into ourselves. Readiness for such everyday discoveries pays off with the most vivid impressions of the real Baikal. Believe me, it's worth it. 

Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
12 years old
Duration
9 days 8 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Irkutsk

Included in price

  • rental of bicycles with studded tires (they are comfortable on ice!);
  • 8 nights at warm camp sites (we will visit 5 unique locations to see different Baikal);
  • rental of ice floats (studded pads on shoes for safe walks);
  • all scheduled transfers on the route;
  • delicious three meals a day and snacks;
  • a hot wood-fired sauna 3 times per hike;
  • all necessary group equipment: burners, gas, first aid kit;
  • permission to visit the national park;
  • medical insurance from the National Insurance Company;
  • registration with the Ministry of Emergency Situations;
  • bicycle repair kit;
  • services of experienced instructors;
  • a souvenir from the club.

Paid extra

  • air or railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • personal items on the list;
  • skate rental for a day of rest (optional, 400 rubles);
  • any expenses related to forced program changes and force majeure.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Equipment:

  • hoba, a tourist car seat;
  • headlamp LED flashlight;
  • backpack/sports bag/suitcase;
  • ski mask/glasses;
  • backpacker backpack (35-45 liters);

Clothes:

  • sleep clothes;
  • undercarriage pants (leggings, leggings, thermal underwear);
  • upper running trousers (windproof and waterproof);
  • socks or thermal socks;
  • wool socks;
  • thermal T-shirt;
  • warm fleece jacket with a neck (thick wool sweater);
  • windproof and waterproof jacket (windbreaker/membrane/ski jacket);
  • down jacket (warm jacket);
  • gloves;
  • mittens or gloves are warm and waterproof (ski, Gore-Tex);
  • scarf;
  • the hat is warm;
  • winter shoes;
  • slippers;

Personal items:

  • documents, money;
  • thermos flask (1l.);
  • toilet paper;
  • individual first aid kit;
  • sunscreen and lipstick;
  • personal hygiene items;
  • bathhouse.
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 905
    15 – 23 Feb, 2025 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 905
    1 – 9 Mar, 2025 9 days 8 nights
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