Great trekking tour along Baikal Lake

Great Baikal Trail - the most famous trekking route along Baikal
Baikal endemic animals
Fresh Baikal and Siberian meal
average temperatures:
+23°C in the afternoon,
+15°C in the night
  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
Combined active-guided tour with trekking in the southern and central part of the Baikal lake. You will meet enchanting beauty of nature and immensity of the Baikal lake, get familiar with the culture and traditions of the peoples of the Baikal region, and taste Siberian and Buryat cuisine.


from 2200
Agency commission: 25%
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  • Languages: English German French Italian
  • Avaliable: June — September
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Group: from 5 people
  • Border permits: no needed
  • Accomodation: guesthouse x 5 , summer houses x 2, tents x 4, hotel 3* x 1
activities:
  • Ethno
  • Hiking
  • Local cuisine tasting
  • Trekking
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What's the plan?
Day 1
Flight from Moscow to Irkutsk. Meeting the group at the airport. Transfer to Listvyanka Settlement. Visiting Taltsy Ethnographic Wooden Architecture Museum — on the way.
Day 2
Walking along Listvyanka. Visiting the observation platform called Chersky Stone. Really fantastic view of the Angara River source which is a main heroine of an ancient Buryat legend and you will see the Shaman-stone which has been shrouded in mystery since old times. Visit to the Baikal Museum. Option: 3-hours boat trip along the Circum-Baikal Railway with visiting the shore and watching tunnels and galleries. Hiking 10 km
Day 3
Trekking along the Great Baikal Trail to Bolshiye Koty Settlement. On our way, we will do stops to have rest and to make photos. An extremely beautiful view opens after the Pass Black (955 meters), when the trail descends closer to the water. Overnight in tent camping. Important: It is 3 days autonomic extremely lightweight trekking, without big backpacks and with little equipment. So you should be ready to take with you only most needed things and pack it very compact. Trekking 17km, ↓↑ 400 m
Day 4
Sightseeing in Bolshiye Koty Settlement. Hiking to Sennaya Pad and to the majestic cliff Skriper. Hiking to Cape Kadilny. Overnight in tent camping. Trekking 16-18 km, ↓↑ 400 m
Day 5
Continuation of the trekking along the Great Baikal Trail. On our way we will have lunch and gorgeous photo sessions in the background of breathtaking landscapes of Baikal. By 5 pm we reach the finish of the first part of the Baikal expedition – Bolshoye Goloustnoye Settlement. Accommodation at the guesthouse house of the Buryat family. Tasty dinner consisting of National Buryat cuisine dishes - buhleor (lamb or beef soup) and buuzes. Communication with the locals. Hot Russian bath (sauna). Trekking 19 km, ↓↑ 400 m
Day 6
Transfer to Krestovaya Bay through Irkutsk. Lunch in a cafe in Irkutsk. This is a really unique place, something like a "lost world". There are no other hotels and camping base for tens of kilometers around. Accommodation in the summer houses on the family farm or in camp near the farm. Rest on the Baikal Lake shore. Dinner. Fresh rural food.
Day 7
Today the second part of the route along Baikal starts – to the Maloye Sea Strait. This is more comfortable part of the trip with car support, camping table and chairs. Trekking to Birkhin Bay. The landscape is changing. The taiga is turning into the steppe. We will have lunch near a sacral place in Baikal area – a well-known whiter marble cliff called Sagan-Zaba. This cliff became well-known due to its numerous rock paintings. Sagan-Zaba petroglyphs representing dancing shamans topped with horns, running deer and swans is original value of the ancient culture. We will reach Birkhin Bay by the evening. Overnight in tent camping. Trekking 15 km
Day 8
Trekking to the Anga River. The way lies near Mount Erd where legendary Erdynsky games take place. It is an important Buryat ceremonial holiday on the shore of Baikal. It is held every 4 years and gathers various people and all family shamans of Pribaikalye. During the "Erdynsky" Dance, people join hands and form a ring round the mount. We will reach Aya Bay by the evening. Dinner, evening by the bonfire. Overnight in tent camping. Trekking 13 km
Day 9
Route through Tazheranskaya steppe to the Dream Cave. On the way visiting the curative salty lakes. Walking route The valley of Stone spirits - Dream Cave. Descent into the Dream cave optionally. Going to Sakhyurta Settlement. Accommodation in the guesthouse in cosy rooms. Rest on the Baikal Lake shore. Walking 6 km
Day 10
Rest on the Maloye Sea shore. Walking 6-8 km optionally. Visiting Radost Bay ( joy Bay), swimming in one of the warmest Baikal bays.
Day 11
Excursion by UAZ 4x4 to the northern point of Olkhon Island. Watching picturesque places: Peschannaya Bay, Sagan-Hushin Rock (Three brothers). Walk to the edge of the island – Cape Khoboy. Meeting with «open Baikal» where you will gasp when you see boundless open spaces of the smooth water surface. Walking 2 km
Day 12
We leave the Maloye Sea Strait and come back to Irkutsk. Lunch on the way. For group from 4pax: folklore program at the Golden Horde Ethnographic Park in Ust-Orda Settlement - learning about Buryat culture, Buryat rites, national cuisine. Optionally, if to book in advance, it is possible to meet with a real Buryat shaman in the ethnopark and participation in his rite. An advanced order is required with confirmation of participation of all tourists in the group. Duration - 2 hours. Arrival in Irkutsk. Transfer to the airport or railway station for tourists who left in the evening.
Day 13
Transfer to the Irkutsk airport. Flight home.
Included / Not included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • all transfers + off-road cars support on Krestovaya Bay - Sakhyurta trekking part
  • guide
  • all costs for National park permits and registration fees
  • all excursions and museums tickets
  • porters for group equipment and food on Great Baikal Trail part (for group from 4 pax)
  • accommodation according to the program
  • full board besides 1st, 12-13th day
  • half board at the 1st, 12th day
  • breakfast at 13th day
  • group equipment rent (tents, mats, fire kit, first aid set)
  • flight to Irkutsk and return ticket
  • tourist visa fee
  • personal equipment (trekking boots, trekking poles, sleeping bag, backpack, etc)
Options
single accommodation, upgrade accommodation in Bolshoye Goloustnoye and Krestovaya bay upon request
workshops in Taltsy museum 9 EUR/ pax
visiting Seal aquarium in Listvyanka about 7 EUR/ pax
boat trip in Listvyanka about 360 EUR/ group
Note
Baggage
1) As long as Great Baikal Trail part is extremely lightweight trekking, tourists should take only the most needed things with them during these 3 days.
We use the next scheme (It is optimal for the price):
- for small groups of 2-6 pax: luggage storage in Irkutsk (the best option in the airport)
- for groups of 7-12 pax: car tranportation from Listvyanka to B. Goloustnoye, then during the trekking baggage of tourists will be kept in special room at the guetshouse

Porters proportion for Great Baikal Trail part
2-3 pax - no
4 pax - 1 porter
5-7 pax - 2 porters
8-12 pax - 3 porters

2) Car support Maloe Sea part, from Krestovaya Bay to Sakhyurta Settlement - 4x4 car support every day
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