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!

Olkhon island

Photo by Laurent LC

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.

Optional activity en route (paid extra 3000 R per grpu of 2-4 p)

Visiting our off-the-beaten track to see Tazeranskaya Seppe.

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 Olgior other guesthouse if the private twins are requested !

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 2-3 pm.

After a short tea break , we’ll be heading back to Irkutsk. Estimated arrival time is 7-10 PM

Drop off at your hotel / hostel

Jack is a great guy, trustworthy & competent, with good sense of humor & excellent driver. He mastered perfectly the 4-day tour on this must-see Olkhon Island he offered to us (a group of 4), locations, history, itineraries, accommodation, etc. A precious address, highly recommended ! Gérard & Laurent Geneva, June 2018.


2 persons pay 19000 / 22000 Rub per person (twin rooms shared facilities  / twin rooms private facilities)

3 persons pay 17000 / 20000 Rub per person (twin rooms shared facilities  / twin rooms private facilities)

4 – 7  persons pay 16000 / 19000 Rub per person (twin rooms shared facilities  / twin rooms private facilities)

If you find a cheaper offer for the same itinerary – ill do it for the same price!


​​To avoid staying in line for the ferry, this tour requires extra transfer from 15th of June till 15th of September, which costs 8000 rub per group (round trip). During the season of ice freezing and melting (approximately from April 1st to May 8th, and from December 30th to February 10th), this tour requires extra transfer, which costs 8000 rub per group (round trip) plus hovercraft ride (800 R per person, round trip)​.

To book the tour please contact Jack Sheremetoff Te385 @ yandex.ru

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.

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