Tour to Lake Baikal.
Winter adventure on the deepest lake in the world
Passing kilometers of Baikal ice, you feel a real Siberian winter and feel the powerful energy of the great lake!
In this trip in winter you will make a fascinating crossing of Baikal from Olkhon to Ust-Barguzin and see real Baikal expanses: blue Baikal ice, bizarre ice caves, swimming in a hot spring and ice skating are waiting for you.
You will also get acquainted with Buryat culture and visit the main center of Russian Buddhism - Ivolginsky Datsan.
Available travel dates
from December to March
Arrival in Irkutsk.
We meet you at the airport or at the railway station in Irkutsk.
We take a minibus to Olkhon Island at 10 a.m. (280 km, travel time about 6 hours). Arrival in the village of Khuzhir, the tourist center of the island, accommodation in the recreation center.
Today you will visit the southern part of the island of Olkhon: Cape Hoboi, where the ancient wall of Kurykan is located, as well as the Buddhist step of Enlightenment on the island of Ogoi.
After lunch in the open air you can admire the unique ice caves of Lake Baikal! Here we will skate. Go back to the base, have dinner.
In the early morning, we will drive to the north end of the island, Cape Hoboi. On the way there is a stop in the most interesting places, inspection of ice caves and grottoes.
Then you skate.
Lunch (picnic) at Cape Hoboy.
Then we will start crossing Baikal from Olkhon Island to Barguzinsky Bay. On the way we pass the deepest and widest place of Lake Baikal. In the evening we come to Ust-Barguzin village. Accommodation in the guest house, dinner.
Today the group goes on a tour to one of the most famous places of Lake Baikal - Chivirkuisky Bay.
Excursion passes on picturesque places, among snow-white tops of mountains and pure ice of lake Baikal.
After lunch, visit the hot thermal spring in the Zmeynaya Bay, where you can swim.
Go back to the hotel in the evening. Dinner.
Stop for lunch at the cafe. Arrival in Ulan-Ude.
Excursion to Ivolginsky Datsan, the main center of Buddhism in Russia. Dinner. In the evening takes a train to Irkutsk.
Arrival in Irkutsk at 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast, early accommodation in the hotel in Irkutsk.
After rest we go by minibus to Listvyanka.
On the way we will visit the open-air architectural and ethnographic museum - Taltsy.
Lunch in one of the cafes in the village.
In the afternoon we will visit the Baikal Museum, where you will get acquainted with the underwater world of Lake Baikal. You can take diving, if you wish.
Go back to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
Why here it is necessary to go?
The deepest lake in the world is open to you.
This trip, which will open for you the beauty of winter Baikal, will give you new emotions and impressions! On this tour you will walk on transparent Baikal ice, visit secluded ice caves, skate on the lake and feel the real Siberian winter.
How to get to the starting point of travel?
All travel participants meet in the destination city (specified in the itinerary).
If you do not know how to get to the destination city?
Our staff will help you buy tickets and pick up the route from your hometown.
What happens if the travel is canceled?
Where will I live?
All tourists will live according to the route of the expedition. It can be a tent, a hotel or a ship.
How to pay for the travel?
After setting your destination, you'll have to pay a fee from 50 to 80 % of the full tour. The percentage depends on the complexity of the upcoming tour.
The rest of the payment can be paid no later than 14 days before the tour.
Health and life insurance during expeditions
Upon arrival to Russia each of our customers should have medical insurance. Your safety guarantees a good mood and promising way.
- tourists endangering other tour participants,
- tourists disrespectful to other participants of the tour,
- tourists who do not comply with safety recommendations.
The cost of the tour in this case is not refundable.
In case of refusal by tourists from the services of a guide (unauthorized departure from the route), the guide is not responsible for the life and health of tourists.
Do I need a visa to Russia? How to get it?
"Awesome Russia" helps to make visas for its clients.
If I do not speak Russian or English?
If you do not speak Russian, this is not a problem.
What is included in the tour price?
The cost of the tour includes:
- accommodation, transport, meals on the route of travel
- medical insurance
- guide services
- rent of public equipment
What to take on an expedition?
Great mood and photo/video equipment, backpack (from 60 to 90 liters), individual pills that you take.
What physical training should be for travel?
For outdoor activities, you must be completely healthy, hardy.
If I do not have the necessary equipment?
Special equipment (for climbing, rafting, hiking) we provide.
Where and when will you meet me on the first day of the tour?
Our guide will meet all travelers according to the time of arrival at the airport. If you arrive by train, our guide will meet you at the train station.
- We can help you get a visa to Russia
- Arrange the best birthday or wedding while traveling
- Insurance cost is included in the tour price
- Experienced guides
- Flexible travel dates
- The most interesting routes in Russia
- Branded gifts for every traveler
- We have all the equipment for traveling
- We have a great discount system
I'm on a diet. Will there be special food for me during the tour that fits my diet?
If you're a vegetarian, vegan or on a diet, don't worry. We will prepare the appropriate menu especially for you during your travel.