Winter ice of Lake Baikal

The end of winter and the beginning of spring is the best time to travel to these places. During this period, the weather becomes favorable, the sun shines brighter and the winds subside. The main winter attraction of Lake Baikal is its ice! It is delightful and amazingly beautiful in any weather, striking with its many shades of gray, blue, blue, azure.

Location

Russia, Irkutsk
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US$ 966
US$ 821
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 9 – 15 Feb, 2025
    • 16 – 22 Feb, 2025
    • 23 Feb – 1 Mar, 2025
    • 2 – 8 Mar, 2025
    • 9 – 15 Mar, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
8 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 incredibly transparent ice of Lake Baikal
Let's watch the fascinating underwater life: we will see how at great depth, right below us, nimble gobies and omuli scurry between the rocks
Unusual art objects
Let's take a walk into the realm of abandoned ships
Exotic bike riding on ice
Everyone can rent skates or even studded bicycles
Invigorating hiking in picturesque places
We will visit ice castles and grottoes, look into ice caves and take pictures of bizarre splashes on the rocks
The Sacred Stupa of Enlightenment
According to legend, if you walk three circles around the Stupa and make a wish, it will definitely come true

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Irkutsk city – Sakhyurt village – Lake Baikal

    At 11:00 local time (Moscow time +5) – the gathering of the group at the Irkutsk airport (near the entrance with the inscription VIP).

    Transfer by minibus to the village of Sakhyurt (about 4-5 hours).

    Irkutsk city – Sakhyurt village – Lake Baikal. 

    A few hours later, a comfortable transfer will take us to the deepest, freshwater lake on our planet – Lake Baikal. 

    Today, for the first time, we will see and touch His Majesty's Ice, which is different here every day.   

    Its color and transparency are affected not only by sunlight, but also by air temperature. 

    The ice here is incredibly transparent, which allows you to observe the fascinating underwater life: you can see how at great depth, right below us, nimble bulls and omuli scurry between the rocks.

    During the week we will live in this fairy tale, go hiking and admire the famous ice caves and sculptures created by Lake Baikal! 

    In the evening, check in at the campsite in the village of Sakhyurt.

    Active part on foot: 2 km.

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  • Day 2 - Buguldike, trekking in the Marble quarry
  • Day 3 - Small Sea, hike to Cape Kobylya Golova, Olkhonsky Gate Strait
  • Day 4 - Olkhon Island, Cape Khoboy, blue ice floes
  • Day 5 - Big sea, Olkhon Island, hike to Cape Unshui
  • Day 6 - Ogoy Island, Buddhist Stupa of enlightenment. Olkhon Island, Shamanka rock, Sarai beach, painted ships, 13 shamanic pillars of Serge
  • Day 7 - Departure
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Tour organizer's comments

The route is trekking and provides for walking through the area.

The route runs on ice, on dirt roads. The routes will have an altitude difference of 20 to 70 m per day. Climbing up 70 m is about like climbing 20 floors. The route runs at an altitude of: 450-510 m . Route length: 58.1 km.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale

The tour provides accommodation in the village of Sakhyurt at the Naratei recreation center or similar.

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

double, Triple (Standard room)extra charge for a single room (Standard room)
79 80018 500
Naratei Recreation Center 6 nights

The Naratei recreation center is located in the village of Sakhyurt. There is a bar and a restaurant on site. Guests can visit the private beach, enjoy karaoke and order room service. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge and a children's playground. Double and triple rooms "Standard". Room amenities, TV, towels are provided. You can ask the administrator for a hair dryer (there is one for the entire hotel, we recommend taking your own). Wi-Fi is available only in the restaurant, not in the rooms.

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Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Irkutsk

Included in price

  • road crossings along the route by minibus;
  • UAZ crossings along the route;
  • accommodation in the village of Sakhyurt at the Naratei hotel: double and triple rooms "Standard";
  • three meals a day: breakfast (day 2-7), lunch (day 2-6), dinner (day 1-6);
  • registration of the group in the Ministry of Emergency Situations;
  • entrance tickets to the Trans-Baikal National Park;
  • the services of an instructor-guide.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Irkutsk and back;
  • meals during the transfer: lunch on the 1st day;
  • skate rental (150-250 rubles/hour), bicycles (350-500 rubles/hour).

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Thermal underwear - long sleeve T-shirt and long johns.
  • Fleece jacket and trousers.
  • Windproof, insulated jacket (with hood) and pants.
  • Warm, waterproof walking shoes.
  • Wool socks, trekking socks with the addition of wool or thermal socks.
  • Ice shoes, ice crampons or ice lanterns (gaiters, gaiters, shoe covers).
  • Hat.
  • Balaclava, fleece tube scarf or fleece half mask for the lower part of the face.
  • Gloves - 2 pairs.
  • Mittens with down, wool or synthetic insulation.
  • Sunglasses are REQUIRED. On clear days, the glasses protect the eyes from sunlight, which can burn the outer layers of the eye. Snow reflects up to 80% of the sun's rays. When sunlight reflects off snow, it becomes very bright and is accompanied by an intense glare, which makes it difficult to look.
  • Sunscreen, hygienic lipstick.
  • Backpack for walking (volume 20-25 liters). In the backpack there are personal belongings of the tourist, as well as public products for lunch, which are issued by the instructor (the weight of the products is 400-600 grams).
  • Podpopnik.
  • Thermos (volume of at least 1 liter per person).
  • Mug, spoon.
  • Lantern.
  • Toilet paper.
  • For walking at the campsite: sweatpants, T-shirt, flip-flops.
  • Lingerie.
  • Passport / birth certificate of the child.
  • Camera/video camera.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, razor).
  • Hairbrush.
  • Thread, needle.
  • Shoe dryers. Since we spend almost the whole day outside, by the evening the shoes become wet, they need to be dried.
  • Individual first aid kit.
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Dates and Prices

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    9 – 15 Feb, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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    16 – 22 Feb, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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    23 Feb – 1 Mar, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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