OLKHON 3 DAY FROZEN TOUR

Baikal lake Olkhon island

Baikal lake Olkhon island

This tour is a great chance to see probably the most beautiful part of lake Baikal – OLKHON ISLAND. Staying with a local family in the authentic Siberian village, seeing truly Shamanic sites, walking on the ice, and taking a 4WD photo safari will make this tour unforgettable. This tour is suggested as a must do for everyone who can spend 3 days and 2 nights in the area.

Available in February and March

Description of the 3 day / 2 night Tour to Olkhon island


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Day 1

You’ll be picked up from my hostel (or train station or any other place in Irkutsk) at 10 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.

In 3 hrs, we’ll stop for lunch in an off road cafe (NOT included). Meals there are inexpensive but good. The menu usually has 2 or 3 salads, 2-3 variety of soups and -always – a local specialty – big meat dumplings – “Posy”. Those cafes selling Posy are scattered along the main driving routes and called “Poznaya”.

Finally, we reach the the beginning of the ice road… and start driving on the ice.

driving on the ice

driving on the ice

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 travelers have to stop (or slow down) and drop on the ground a little item (usually coin or piece of material) to show their respect ot the spirit of this area. In fact, dropping a coin is a routine daily ritual conducted every time you pass though this place. Presumably, once a year, people from the villages nearby should have a proper ceremony and sacrifice an animal.

We will be getting the main village of the island – Khuzir – in the afternoon, around 1-2 pm.

We will be spending all 3 days of our tour at the same place in Khuzir: BAIKALER RURAL HOSTEL aka “U Olgi

Accommodation is in the main wooden house or a wooden guesthouse, twins. The place has shared shower and a flash toilet.

After check in, we will have a walking excurtion around the village, see the famous Burkhan Rock.

Dinner. Meals are home cooked. Most of meals are based on famous Baikal fish ‘Omul’. Vegetarian meals can be offered on request.

Khuzir: The main town of Olkhon island

Khuzir: The main town of Olkhon island

Day 2

Breakfast.

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, which is not accessible for the regular cars and too far to cycle up there in one day. Total driving mileage for this day is 70km.


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Burkhan Rock, Olkhon island

Burkhan Rock, Olkhon island

We will be driven along the Eastern shore of the island on the ice. Our drive is combined with stops to observe the cliffs, caves  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  its widest 80km part.

Lunch (picnic style) is included .

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 4-6pm.

visiting an ice cave

visiting an ice cave

Khoboi Cape Olkhon island

Khoboi Cape Olkhon island

Day 3

Breakfast. Return by road to Irkutsk by 3-5pm.

En route: Dinner (not included).

Overnight in Irkutsk at BAIKALER HOSTEL can be arranged for extra charge.

Price:

1 person pays 20000 Rub (if the group is 2 people)

1 person pays 17000 Rub (if the group is 3 people)

1 person pays 16000 Rub (if the group is 4 people)

1 person pays 15000 Rub (if the group is 5-6 people)

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To book the tour please contact Jack Sheremetoff INFO@BAIKALER.COM or fill up the BOOKING FORM

Prices include all services, pointed in the itinerary:
private car (and driver) transportation, 2 night accommodation, meals as noted (day 1: D, day 2: B-L-D, day 3: B) , local guide-interpreter services, national park fees, 4WD Jeep rent and taxes. No hidden costs.

what to bring:

– moisturizing facial / hand cream

– vaseline lipstick

– sunglasses

– compact crampons

– handkerchiefs

– scarf

– 1 liter metal thermos

– flesh lite

– extra batteries

– extra thermal socks

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