The 4 D / 3 N trekking from Listvyanka / Листвянка to Bolshoe Goloustnoye / Большое Голоустное (with visiting Sandy Bay / Бухта Песчаная)
Nice trek on the ice along the shore. All nights are in the wooden heated houses, so it combines adventure and comfort. The daily milages are reasonable. Recommended to all.
Start trekking on the ice from Listvyanka to Bolshie Koty. Trekking distance 19 km. Lunch , dinner. Overnight in a warm guesthouse.
Bolshiye Koty (Russian: Больши́е Ко́ты) is a rural locality (a settlement) in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia situated on the western shore of Lake Baikal, 18 kilometers (11 mi) to the northeast of Listvyanka. The history of the settlement is closely tied to the beginning of gold mining near Baikal in 1842.
There are several versions of the origin of the name Bolshiye Koty. According to the dictionary by Vladimir Dal, “koty” means a trap for fish installed at the mouth of a river. Alternatively, the name of the settlement comes from the word “Kotky”, or “Koty”, a word used to call wooden shoes worn by “katorzhnik” – a forced laborer in katorga camps.
The settlement belongs to Pribaikalsky National Park. The Bolshiye Koty River runs near the settlement and into Lake Baikal. The settlement is accessible during the summer by ferry from Irkutsk or Listvyanka and in the winter via roads across the ice on the lake. It is also the home of Biostation #1, the first of ten research centers around the lake. This Biostation operates in coordination with Irkutsk State University, and in the summer hosts study programs for biology and meteorology students from the university.
We continue trekking on the ice along the shore to Bolshoe Kadilnoe. Once there , we do aside trek to see the caves (extra 6 km return).
Trekking distance 13 + 6 km. Overnight in a heated wooden cabin. Full board: breakfast, lunch , dinner.
Cape Bolshoi Kadilny / Мыс Большой Кадильный is located on the South -West coast of lake Baikal. It is somewhere between two villages Listvyanka and Bolshoe Goloustnoye. The Cape has a National Park ranger house as well as few wooden cabins for the tourists. Its name Kadilny is derived from the Russian verb “kadit'” meaning to burn , related the process of producing lime. The remans of abundant ovens and lime-pit can still be seen there.
Trekking another 19 km to Bolshoe Goloustnoye. Overnight in a house. Full board: breakfast, lunch , dinner.
Boshoe Goloustnoye / Большое Голоустное is a village of 600 people officially founded in 1673, but the local tribes claim to believing in this area centuries before the Russians had arrived to Siberia.
Breakfast. Returning to Irkutsk in the late afternoon by public shuttle bus.
Price per person in Rubles, 25 % booking non-refundable deposit paid via PayPal and another 75 % paid cash upon arrival:
19500 Rub per person for the group of 2
18500 Rub per person for the group of 3
18000 Rub per person for the group of 4
Price includes: English speaking guide along the trek, 3 nights accommodation along the way, meals as noted, minibus to Irkutsk, national park fees, shuttle bus ticket to Irkutsk.