ITINERARY

8 days / 7 nights

Irkutsk – Talovskoe – Kurta – Cherny Cape – Cherny Cape – Sukhaya Bay – Peschanaya Bay – Srednie Khomuty – Bolshoe Goloustnoe – Irkutsk

Experiences: 1

Ages: 10 – 75+

Starting Point: Irkutsk

Ending Point: Irkutsk

Introduction

This is a tour for those who want to spend their holidays actively, but at the same time, not carrying huge backpacks. For those who love to be around nature, to be in the place with not a lot of people and to have a small evening talks near the campfire. On the tour, you will discover Baikal in three different ways – by jeeps (see Tazheransky steppes with their bizarre landscapes), by foot (walk along the picturesque taiga trail) and kayaking (pass along the shore of Lake Baikal). This tour will give you the opportunity to visit russian banya on the shore of Lake Baikal, to see the lake from the water, to photograph stunning panorama from a overview point, relax in a hammock with a cup of tea, looking at smooth surface of the largest lake on planet Earth.

DAY

Welcome to Irkutsk! Get-together and departure are set up for 10:00 am (Irkutsk time), that is why, please, buy air tickets with account of arrival time to Irkutsk before 9:30 am local time. Your guide will meet you at the airport lounge that will accompany you for the next few days and will become a friend to you. While driving on highway (this will continue about three hours), we recommend you to inform your relatives and friends that the next six days you will be travelling through beautiful places where cellular communications is poor, not stable in some places or just missing. Your transport for today – powerful, off-road expedition vehicles where you will feel comfortable, safe and cheerful. At the exit of Irkutsk we will stop to placate (burkhanit’) local spirits, you will learn by practice how to “burkhanit’” with a help of small amount of tasty home-distilled vodka (“samogon”). After three hours on the way, it is time to have lunch – by this time the lunch with ethnic Buryat dishes will be served for our team. Pozy (Buuzy), Saguday made of tender fresh fish and an herbal tea. And now the most interesting are waiting for you – Tazheran Steppes. The Steppes extend over several tens of kilometers from highway to Baikal coast. Here is a lot to see – a chic panoramic view on Baikal, its eastern side, ancient residual mountains with sharp rocks extending high into the air, relict plants and many others. Gradually, a silence of the Tazheran Steppes will move to a dense coniferous forest, a cozy wooden house stands in the middle of that, away from Baikal. Here is your overnight stay for today. Trekking is trekking but taking a rest and refreshing after a long flight – is a pledge of successful trip that is why today we will overnight here. An aureole of today will be welcoming dinner and hot sauna.

  • Meals: lunch in cafe, dinner in guest house (cooked by our guide)
  • 6 hours transfer by jeeps 220 km

In the morning, having breakfast, saying “thank you” for the comfort and warmth to the owners of the guest house who make all that in this wonderful place and leaving for Baikal. The beginning of our trekking begins from Buguldeyka settlement. In the past, this settlement was an ancient Buryat ulus and in the present – it is a favorite shelter for boats where you can hide from strong Baikal winds. On the shore our gallant captain of the catamaran will wait for you, who will transfer your backpacks with love during the whole itinerary. The trail on this part of the itinerary is simple and easy to walk on for people with almost any physical training. You will observe Baikal all the time – the trail goes along the shore. Tonight, your first tasty dinner by the campfire and overnight in tents will be under the Baikal starry sky.

  • Meals: breakfast in the guest house (cooked by our guide), lunch and dinner – camp cuisine
  • 4 hours 6 km

Good Baikal Morning! A cup of coffee and a hammock – these are two components of the chic morning! After packing up we will start trekking the same beautiful trail. Enjoy the absence of big amount of people, listen to a sound of Baikal Sea, tell each other funny stories, tune each string of your soul for Baikal tonality – just relaxation and rest, for the sake of this we have tried our best. Our luggage will be transferred by the catamaran under compassionate attention of our thoughtful captain. By the way, besides backpacks we also transfer a mobile sauna on the catamaran which will be very useful today. To steam in the hot sauna, to run out the shingle and dip into the bracing Baikal water – such moments memorize by mind and body for long.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner – camp cuisine
  • 6 hours around 12 km

Today overcoming is waiting for you – overcoming of yourself and Lokhmatka mountain. Therefore, have substantial breakfast, a lot of power and energy will be required! We will follow a trail that passes along the shore and then goes up the mountain. As usual a Camp site will be pitched near Baikal shore – the evening will be busy with hearty talks to the crackling of a campfire and the sound of waves.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner – camp cuisine
  • 6 hours around 12 km

Why don’t we meditate this morning? Take a mat, sit down comfortably, open up to Baikal and listen to it, give heed and Baikal will respond to you equally. Today, trekking will not be long and after lunch you will find yourself in a beach of one of the most beautiful bays on Baikal – Peschanaya bay. Surely, you have seen Peschanaya bay before in advertising brochures or on internet – hundreds of cubic meters of sand, trees on meter stilts, rocks and turquoise water. In the afternoon, you can luxuriate on the beach or take a walk to the viewpoint of Bolshaya Kolokolnya (Big Belfry) rock from where a chic view opens.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner – camp cuisine
  • 4 hours around 7 km

The trekking part of the itinerary is finished, the next two days you will plough the Father Baikal water, cutting its waves by kayak. In the interests of safety and also to kayak light without backpacks and pots, a catamaran will escort us with our equipment. During kayaking, in good weather conditions, you can observe nerpas more than once who will look out of the water. Toward evening you will arrive to Srednie Khomuty bay. Overnight at the camp site.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner – camp cuisine
  • 4 hours 15 km

Today is the last day of our travel along Baikal Lake-Sea. We are slowly getting closer to civilization, cellular communication is just about to show up on your mobile devices but do not hurry. Feel deeply every stroke of an oar, a sweet feeling of soreness in muscles and feeling inside you tones of kindness and happiness. Happy and suntanned you are with everlasting energy will say to Baikal “good-bye”. In Bolshoe Goloustnoe settlement a minibus will wait for us that will transfer our solid team to Irkutsk.

  • Meals: breakfast – camp cuisine, lunch in cafe
  • 4 hours of kayaking crossing, 2h 40min of auto transfer 140 km

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport

  • Meals: breakfast in hotel

What's included

  • Accommodation

    “Talovskoe” center of Tourism, Buguldeyka, 1 night (two-storeyed house: on the first floor 2 double rooms, a living room and a bathroom; on the second floor 1 triple room and 1 quadruple room);
    Camp, on the route, 5 nights; 2-3-man tents;
    Irkut hotel, Irkutsk, 1 night; standard room.

  • Meals

    meals according to the program

  • Transport

    transport services according to the program

  • Excursions

    Professional guide service on Baikal;
    Jeep-tour to the Tazheran Steppe, 1 day, 3-4 passengers boarding in one jeep;
    Rental of 2-3 person kayaks + water equipment (oars, life vests);
    Escort by a catamaran along the trekking and kayaking parts of the itinerary.

  • Visa

    Visa support service (invitation)

  • Support

    Emergency line support during the trip

  • Other

    All taxes and fees
    FSB coordination
    Provision with tents and sleeping pads

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight

    International and Domestic flights

  • Meals

    Other meals what not include in the program

  • Drinks

    Alcoholic beverages

  • Insurance

    Your insurance

  • Transport

    Additional transport what not include in the program

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional tours and services

  • Other

    All personal expenses

AVAILABILITY

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    end: Saturday 08/31/2019
    status: seats left 6
    price: € 1130
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    status: seats left 4
    price: € 1465
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    status: seats left 2
    price: € 2350

Optional Excursions

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