Ice Trekking: Bolshoe-Goloustnoe-Listvianka

Ice Trekking: Bolshoe-Goloustnoe-Listvianka

Season: February-March. Duration of the tour: 3 days.
Price per person:

1st day. Irkutsk – B. Goloustnoe – Cordon at Kadilny cape
Our guide will meet you in Irkutsk in the morning. After that you will be delivered to B. Goloustnoe settlement, which is 150 km from Irkutsk on the shore of Baikal. Lunch is upon arrival (12:00–13:00) in a cafe near Baikal. An active part of the tour begins!We will step on ice not far from the village. Our guide will help you to pack your sleighs. Our goal today is Cadilny cape - you can see it on the horizon. The ice of Baikal is extremely beautiful - you will see how transparent it is. You will explore many beautiful ice forms: hummocks, caves, frozen splashes and waves! We will stop at different picturesque spots and will take lots of amazing photos. We will reach Cadilny cape approximately by 17 p.m. Accommodations at the guest house, conveniences are outside. Dinner and free time to enjoy splendid sunset.

2 day. Cadilny cape – Bolshie Koty (Big Cats) settlement
There is opportunity to meet wonderful sunrise before breakfast. We will leave the cape at 10 a.m. and will continue our ice trekking. We will observe many grottoes on the way, all of them are full of sparkling icicles. We will stop for lunch at some beautiful place, then take some pictures and rest for a while. In the evening we will be at Big Cats settlement - it used to be a gold mine here. Now the population is only 100 persons! We will stop at the guest house and have dinner. Your guide will tell you about history of this place, origin of the name and of local people.

3rd day. Big Cats – Lystvianka – Irkutsk
Those who are not afraid of early wakeups will be awarded by a gorgeous sunrise! It is your last chance during the tour! This time of the year is very reach in colors - the ice of Baikal is playng with various colors. Breakfast is at 9.00. Today is the final trekking to Lystvianka settlement. Wonderful views of the cost and the ice of Baikal are waiting for you. Lunch on the way. Arrival to Lystvianka. The guide will show you the village and tell of it's history and origin. You will be transferred to Irkutsk approximately at 17.00. Accommodations at one of the hotels of Irkutsk.

Important! For ice trekking you have to insert screws (size: 3х20 mm) at an angle to a bottom of your boots. If it is necessary consult with your guide beforehand. You can also use anti-slip linings.

The price includes:
  • Guide services.
  • Transfers (Irkutsk – Slyudyanka – Irkutsk).
  • Power on the active part.
  1. the guest house at the cordon of National Park (Cape of Incense). Conditions: uncomfortable accommodation.
  2. guest houses in the village of Bolshie Koty. Terms: toilet and sink on the floor.
- Fees for visiting national Park
- Rent a sledge-drag harrows

Additional services:
  • Rental of equipment (Mat, sleeping bag, backpack, etc.)
  • Accommodation in Irkutsk.
  • Insurance.
Required equipment:
Ice tour on lake Baikal should have the proper tools. Although daytime temperatures during the trip closer to -10, but the evening is still a winter cold and it is -20 to -25 C. the Day the sun's rays, reflected from the surface of the ice, warm the air and create a comfortable conditions for rest. 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 spring sun is very bright!
Of other equipment we need:
  • A backpack or transport bag.
  • A sleeping bag to -7 or -10 degrees of comfort. Mug, bowl, spoon.
  • Toiletries.
  • Individual first aid kit.
  • Headlamp and reserve batteries.
  • Thermos (0,5-1 liter).
  • Anti-slip pads for shoes.
  • Camera.
Photo gallery
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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