A quick tour to Olkhon for only 2 day and 1 night is ideal for people who are short of time. I strongly recommend to visit Olkhon island for 3 or even 4 days if more time available!
Description of the 2 day / 1 night Tour to Olkhon island
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You’ll be picked up from my hostel (or train station or any other place in Irkutsk) at 9 am. Vehicle: a 8 sit minibus or a car.
We will be driving through vast open spaces – so called Buryat Steppes – where we eventually see herds of caws and horses on green fields.
You’ll see wooden polls with colourfull ribbons along the road. The island still remains being the truly shamanic place. Those polls are the ‘borissa‘ – horse tethering post – a mark, where travellers have to stop (or slow down) and drop on the ground a little item (usually coin or piece of material) to show their respect to the spirit of this area. In fact, dropping a coin is a routine daily ritual conducted every time you pass though this place.
We will go off-the-beaten track to see 1) the Yord Mountain 2) the view point at Aya Bay
Lunch in a cafeteria (not included extra 200 – 300R)
We will be arriving to Skahurta village / ferry point. The ferry is free of charge.Afterwards, we get to its main town – Khuzir – by late afternoon
We check into: BAIKALER RURAL HOSTEL aka “U Olgi“
Accommodation is in the main wooden house or a wooden guesthouse, twins. The place has showers and flash toilets outside of the cabins.
Banya / Sauna can be arranged upon request WHAT IS BANYA AND WHAT TO DO THERE
After lunch, we will have a walking excurtiona around the village, see the famous Burkhan Rock and walk on ice.
Dinner. Meals are home cooked. Most of meals are based on famous Baikal fish ‘Omul’. Vegetarian meals can be offered on request.
At 10 am we are picked up by a local guy on a 4WD minibus.
This excursion is the great way to explore the Northern part of the island. Total driving mileage for this day is 70km.
We will be driven along the Eastern shore of the island. Our drive is combined with stops to observe the cliffs and landscapes and – of course – to take photos.
We will be visiting the most famous Cliffs of the island: ‘Three Brothers’ and ‘Khoboi / Tusk’. From Khoboi Cliff you can see amazing 300 degrees panorama of the lake and its widest 80km part.
Lunch is included. We have our picnic near the Northern tip of the island is a lovely forest.
This 4WD drive around is number one excursion here. So we may see other minibuses packed with tourists following the same route.
We return to our homestay in Khuzir by 3 – 4 pm.
After a short tea break , we’ll be heading back to Irkutsk. Estimated arrival time is 10-11 PM
Overnight in Irkutsk at BAIKALER HOSTEL can be arranged for extra charge.
1 person pays 25000 Rub
1 person pays 18000 Rub (if the group is 2 people)
1 person pays 16000 Rub (if the group is 3 people)
1 person pays 15000 Rub (if the group is 4 people)
1 person pays 14000 Rub (if the group is 5 people)
1 person pays 13000 Rub (if the group is 6 people)
1 person pays 12000 Rub (if the group is 7 people)
Prices include all services, pointed in the itinerary:
private car (and driver) transportation, 1 night accommodation, meals as noted (day 1: D, day 2: B) L, local guide-interpreter services, national park fees, 4WD Jeep rent and taxes. No hidden costs.