ICE TOUR NORTHERN BAIKAL 7 D / 6 N

 

Round Baikal Tour. Northern Ring. 7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS

You will see and experience everything you’ve read or heard about lake Baikal. The tour is done in the time of the safest strongest ice: 25th of February to 28th of March. The safety is ensured by an ice capitano, experienced drivers and a cheerful cook

Northern Baikal Tour map

Northern Baikal Tour map

Day 1 / Distance to cover 137 km
Pick up at Irkutsk and transfer to the Small Sea area. Starting our ice drive on the official ice road. En route: visiting cliffy capes Horse Head and Khorgoi. Also, we will visit the Stupa island of Ogoi (where Buddhist stupa was built at 2005)

Picnic lunch.

Arrival to the main town of Khuzir. Afternoon check in at Khuzir, the man town of Olkhon. Dinner.

Overnight in a private guesthouse “U Olgi” – a popular hangout, the best partner of Baikaler. Twin and triple rooms with shared shower and toilet. Free WiFi. Mobile coverage (TELE 2) + 3-4G available.

Ogoi - the Stupa- island

Ogoi – the Stupa- island

Day 2 / Distance to cover 122 km

Breakfast.

This is a beginning of a Northern Circle driving route of Baikal. To warm up, we visit probably the most beautiful spot of Baikal – Burkhan Rock, located right next to the village.
After that, we start ice doing and move along the island eastern shore. En route: visit the Tree Brothers Cliff and Khoboi / Tusk Cape – the Northenmost point of the island.

Picnic lunch.
After lunch we cross the lake. It will not be easy due to the countless ice readges and cracks.
Reaching Ust-Bargoozeen, a main town of another side. Dinner.
Overnight in a basic village hotel. The rooms are for 3 and 4 people. Toilet and shower are shared. Electricity. Internet and mobile connection (TELE2). The mobile connection is not stable during the drive.

Olkhon island by www.airpano.ru

Olkhon island by www.airpano.ru

Day 3 / Distance to cover 133 km

Breakfast.

Next morning your guide stocks up with food in local stores. Our ice venture continues.
We drive across the peninsula isthmus. En route: taking a hot spring bath at Snake Bay / Zmeinnaya , located in Chyvyrkuisky Bay.

Picnic Lunch.

We continue driving along the lake shore. That area is already a Barguzeen National Reserve so we are not allowed to step on its land, but being on the ice is OK. By the end of the day we reach the main settlement of National Reserve, a place called Davsha.

Dinner.
Accommodation in a basic guesthouse run by the National Reserve. Three rooms for 3-4 people in each room separated with partitions. Electricity is from 19.00-23.00. Russian steam bath (Banya) included. No WiFi, no Internet, no mobile connection. There is some unstable mobile connection (MEGAPHONE) during the drive.

Cape Khoboi Baikal lake Olkhon island

Cape Khoboi Baikal lake Olkhon island

Day 4 / Distance to cover 123 km

Breakfast.

Driving the ice road located few kilometers off the shore. Stop for ice fishing . Picnic lunch. After lunch visiting the sandy dunes. Reaching the hot spring spa Khahusy by the end of the day. Check into the guesthouse, dinner.

Three rooms for 3-4 people in each room.

Electricity is from 19.00-23.00. No shower, but possibility to take a hot bath instead (no shampoo, no soap allowed though. There is mobile connection (MEGAPHONE) and mobile internet connection.

There is no mobile connection during the drive.

Zmeinaya Bay, lake Baikal

Khakusy hot springs, lake Baikal

Day 5 / Distance to cover 117 km

Breakfast.

Ice drive to the city of Severobaikalsk / Northern Baikal. There we stock up with food again and fill our fuel tanks. After everything is set, we drive to the village of Baikalskoe. Lunch. Walking tour around the village.

Ice drive further South and by the end of day 8, we find ourselves in another famous spa resort – Kotelnikovsky Cape. Check into the basic wooden house. Dinner.

Accommodation : a wooden house , one room for the group with kitchen. A olng drop toilet outside.

No electricity. No shower, but possibility to take a hot bath instead (no shampoo, no soap allowed
though. No mobile connection

Kotelnikovsly hot springs

Kotelnikovsly hot springs

Day 6 / Distance to cover 209 km

Breakfast.

We continue doing along the shore. Few stops to visit ice cave and other beautiful places. Picnic lunch.

En route: visiting an isolated fishing village called Onguren. After the walking tour around the village, we move on to its neighbor, a village Zama . This two words combined “Zama Onguren” translated from the Buryat as “the road ends”

Overnight in the guesthouses. Dinner.

Accommodation: a wooden house , two mix dorm rooms with kitchen. A long drop toilet outside.
No electricity. No shower. No mobile connection.

Day 7 / Distance to cover 60 km over the ice road + 250 km of the paved road.

This is a final day of our expedition. We drive along the Small Sea again to the main land!

Lunch in the off road cafeteria.

Transfer to your hotel in Irkutsk.

Prices:

200000 Rub / equivalent of USD 3100 for the group of 6 people
(33335 Rub / equivalent of USD 517 PER PERSON)

190000 Rub / equivalent of USD 2935 for the group of 5 people
(38000 Rub / equivalent of USD 587 PER PERSON)

178000 Rub / equivalent of USD 2750 for the group of 4 people
(44500 Rub / equivalent of USD 688 PER PERSON)

170000 Rub / equivalent of USD 2625 for the group of 3 people
(57000 Rub / equivalent of USD 875 PER PERSON)

160000 Rub / equivalent of USD 2470 for the group of 2 people
(80000 Rub / equivalent of USD 1235 PER PERSON)

Price includes: 1 vehicle, the crew is 2 people, 6 nights accommodation, meals as noted, National Park fees.  Meals as noted except of breakfast and lunch Day 1 and lunch , dinner Day 7.

Term of payment: 25% deposit paid in advance via PayPal, 75% to be paid upon arrival in Rubles, cash.

If the Rubles falls again we use the USD equivalent of the price.

What to bring:

– wooled hat
– winter feather and down coat with the hood
– winter pans + windstopper with hood + sleeveless down jacket
– sweater
– thermal underwear (2 sets)
– long sleeve T-short
– duffel to wear in the hotels
– normal pan to wear in the hotels
– winter boots
– Valenki (Russian wooled boots) or winter super zero fishing boots
– sandals to wear in the hotels
– wooled socks (the more the better)
– cotton thin socks (the more the better)
– mittens and gloves
– warm sleeping bag
– thin photo camera gloves
– sunglasses
– lipstick and skin cream

If possible. take skates with you for fun.

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