Hot winter on lake Baikal

Hot winter on lake Baikal

Irkutsk — Olkhon — The Ushkan'i Islands — Davsha — Hakusi — Severobaikalsk — Kotel — Solar — Irkutsk
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Baykal need to visit at least 2 times - in summer and winter! It is impossible to convey the feeling as we race through the vast white desert of transparent ice! When you can walk in a t-shirt in the bitter cold and scorch, like on a beach Thailand! To see the secluded lake Baikal, which is hidden from the eyes of the majority!
Most people who come to visit lake Baikal, only a small part of the southern tip of the lake - these places we will leave for the summer, and now I want to invite you to the remote, completely different from the South, rich in fauna and thermal springs of the Northern Baikal. Feature of our expedition - a combination of obscure places and regular bathing in the hot springs at the edge of the frozen wasteland.

This journey is only for those who are able to break away from civilization and immerse yourself in the unique world waking up after winter Baikal.
You will see the hidden corners, where not to set foot of the ordinary tourist, available in the summer only with the help of expensive water transport. Visit a real "bear's corner" where you'll learn to distinguish tracks of wild animals and walk on snowshoes, as the real inhabitants of the North.
In Davshe can be observed Barguzin sable in nature.
Take a ride on the purest Baikal ice.
Swim in the hot springs of different temperatures on the East and West side of the lake.
At the end of March have the opportunity to observe newborn seals (pups) near the Ushkany Islands.
And play some Golf on the ice, prepare the smoked Baikal fish and, of course, try your luck at ice fishing.
The most athletic of us will have the opportunity to go a couple of kilometers of our route on skates on ice is the Great lakes!
We felt that these places give a powerful boost of energy for a long time!

1 day
Arrival to Irkutsk in the morning. Meeting with our guide. The journey begins! Transfer from Irkutsk to Olkhon island – the stronghold of the Buryat traditions and shamanism. Along the way you will visit the religious-ritual places locals would go to the Buddhist Shrine on the island Ogoy. Also we will stop for lunch in a café you will be offered dishes of Baikal cuisine. In the evening arrival in the Central village of the island – Khuzhir, placing at the base.

Day 2
Today begins the main part of the route - go to the Northern part of the island. On the way stops in picturesque places - we examine the caves, caverns, hummocks, ice. After hoboa - North Cape, heading towards the Ushkanyi Islands. On the Ushkany Islands we will visit ice thrusts, grottoes, fissures, at this time will be able with binoculars to observe the seal pups seals. Placed in the guest rooms of this weather station. There will be a catch only satellite phone with our guide. The evening bath.

Day 3
Nominated after Breakfast, we are heading for Chivyrkuisky Bay. Visited the hot springs in Snake Bay - here you can swim, water temperature +40 to+45 degrees. Examine the cave on the island, Shaggy and go to the cordon of Zabaikal reserve Davsha. Here you can see the sable in the wild!

Day 4
In the morning, after Breakfast, guests can visit the Museum of local history and to try to ride on a real hunting ski, if possible, we may even be able to ride on a dog sled. Next we are heading to the Bay Khakusy, which is interesting for its thermal springs (temperature +47S). On the way going to be the ice. Free time in Hakusy. Bathing in hot thermal baths is included. Dinner.

Day 5
After Breakfast a short transfer to Severobaikalsk. Severobaykalsk is a city of builders of BAM.
Here go ashore to visit the souvenir market, buy some groceries. Then, heading towards the Kotelnikovsky Cape. Here is a health resort with thermal baths. The place is unique – the only one on the Western shore of the output hot water.

Day 6
Our way back - overnight at the weather station Solar. Here we will spend the night all in one room. The Evening Bath.

Day 7
Return to Khuzhir - we will be here about lunchtime. Next, go to Irkutsk. Accommodation at the hotel. More free time in the city.

Day 8
Transfer to the airport/railway station. Departure at any time. The end of the program.
What is included in the price:
  • Accommodation according to the program 6 day stay in the common room of the meteorological station on 10 people.
  • The move group on the ice and roads in two UAZ vehicles driving experienced ice captains,
  • All meals (except lunch on the way to Olkhon island and back)
  • All entrances to national parks
  • Service guide,
  • Rent satellite phone,
  • Golf on the ice of lake Baikal,
  • Participation in the master class on smoked Baikal fish
  • Ice fishing
  • Bathing in the thermal springs along the route
  • Visit the Museum in Hakusy.
Additional costs:
  • Flights to Irkutsk and back
  • Medical insurance
Additional activity:
  • Skate rental in Khuzhir - 150 rubles/hour,
  • ATV rental in Khuzhir - 500 rubles/ 15 minutes
  • The dog sledding in Hakusy (if possible). Cost about 2500 rubles for 15-20 minutes
  • Snowshoe rentals in Hakusy - 300 rubles/hour,
  • Alcohol
  • Tips to guides,
  • Lunch on the way to Olkhon and back to the cafe,
  • Souvenirs.
Ice tour on lake Baikal should have the proper tools. Special attention should be paid to shoes. Best suited athletic shoes with soft rubber soles – it doesn't slip on the ice. Take two pairs of winter Hiking socks and one warm coat.
In outerwear, observe the three-layer principle is a thermal underwear for medium activity, then fleece set top and windproof jacket (with hood) and trousers with membrane. Also need a sponge, warm, windproof mittens or gloves, a good windproof hat. As the upper layer suit ski suits.
Do not forget sunglasses and sunscreen – the sun is shining brightly!

You also need:
  • A backpack or transport bag
  • Sleeping bag to -7 or -10 degrees of comfort.
  • Mug, bowl, spoon.
  • Hygiene items.
  • Individual first aid kit.
  • Headlamp and reserve batteries.
  • Thermos (0,5-1 liter).
  • Anti slip pads for shoes.
  • Camera.
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We had limited time in Irkutsk and I can't think of a better way to see Listvyanka. In one day we managed to see monuments and cathedrals in Irkutsk, drive to Listvyanka, hike to a beautiful vista (lift also available), see the Baikal museum, fish market, walk along the beaches, and see Shaman rock. Dasha's knowledge of history and geology gave us a better understanding of the region. I hope to see more of Baikal someday.
Thomas Michael
27/10/2017 10:46
The Baikal tour was a wonderful experience, the natural beauty of area and the scenery amazed us. Dasha was very experienced with respect to the history of the area and natural environment. The tour was extremely well organized and flexible enough to accommodate different tastes, interests and levels of fitness. We will return once again, perhaps in the winter to experience the difference of seasons. Thanks the guide and the team for such a wonderful trip!
Daril and Olive
22/06/2017 05:42
The scenery was very beautiful, the food was good, people were very nice. Dasha was very knoledgeble about everything! I love Baikal and Russia.
Maison J Kooley
22/06/2017 05:41
Alexander and Dasha picked us up right in front of our hostels. All i can tell you guys is that you've come to the right website. -Professiona & friendlys guides -Best service -Nice driving skill Worthy experience
14/06/2017 15:28

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