• October 31,2019

Tour to Baikal Ice
Multi-activity tour to winter Baikal

 

   

 

Matryoshka, vodka, balalaika…Forget this! We will show you the real Russia, wild and frozen.

On this trip you will explore the wonderland of Baikal Ice. This world of perfect purity, fancy ice formations, frozen bubbles and unforgettable experiences. ATV tour, ice floe rafting, sacred Ogoy island, Olkhon island, Peschanaya bay, Listvyanka – you will discover half of the lake in one go! Ice vacation on Lake Baikal in February and March is just a blast of bright impressions and emotions!

 

Start of the tour: March 21

Group size: 10 people

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
 

 

Tour program

 

Day 1

Welcome to Siberia! You will be personally met by a guide at the airport. (Arrival to Irkutsk at 9.00). You will get on minibus and depart to Baikal. The road to Maloe More takes about 5 hours.      

Along the way you will see famous spiritual Tazheran steppes.

 

   

 

For lunch you will try traditional Buryat cuisine: real «buuzy», «buchler» and Buryats tea!      

 

   

After midday you will arrive to Baikal lake. You are waited by the first departure on ice on completely safe all-terrain  vehicle – TRECOL (which means “TRansport ECOLogical”)! It is able to move on water, ground and ice, so transfers are completely safe for passengers and ecology and officially allowed which is our exclusive offer in region!

In addition to its driving characteristics, this transport looks very impressive, and the photos on its background are amazing!

 

You will be accommodated in comfortable double rooms of “Hadarta” which is located on the shore of Maloe More strait, not far from the shore of Baikal Lake.

In the evening you will have free time. You can walk on the ice on foot or go ice-skating.  Have a good, memorable and impressive time!

 

  

Meals: lunch and dinner included.
 

Day 2

Good morning! The endless beauty of Baikal ice and new experiences await you today.

  

 

As the day begins you will visit the Buddhist stupa of Enlightenment on the Ogoy Island.

  

 

On the way there will be stops in the most interesting places for exploring grottoes and splashes, incredible caves with ice stalactites. Picnic  right on the ice of Lake Baikal as lunch. Today’s menu is a hot smoked fish, saguday and tincture on cedar nuts, as well as a local delicacy - raskolotka from Baikal fish (cooking class included).

 

   

After lunch you will enjoy lots of ice entertainment: ice caves exploring, ice golf, secret local anti-stress, and dedication to ice travelers!

 

        

 

   

 

Late in the afternoon you will move to the guesthouse. Supper while sharing impressions and speaking tomorrow plans.

 

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

 

Day 3
You will go South today. The day will be eventful! Your route is from  Maloe More to Buguldeika village by sacral Tazherany steppes. You will visit the Shebety mount near Ust Anga settlement, which has fascinating view to Lake Baikal and Primorskiy mountain ridge!

 

        

For outdoor lunch you will taste the venison dumplings.

 

      

 

In the evening you will arrive to Buguldeika village. Placement in house in the heart of the snow-covered taiga, "Talovskoye" eco-centre.

 

    

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
 

Day 4


Baikal ice travel continues. After breakfast you will see the pure ice of Baikal again. On this day you will have a ride by a hovercraft from Buguldeika village to Listvyanka settlement.

 

   

 

      

 

    You will see beautiful and famous places of Baikal - Arch cape, popular but hard-to-get Peschanaya bay. You will also visit the Screeper cliff and the Devil's Bridge. These places are famous for their pristine ice and ice bubbles, you can make some great photo shots there!       

In the evening you will arrive to Listvyanka, accommodation in "Nikola" hotel, comfortable double rooms.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch are included. Dinner in the hotel restaurant is not included.

 

Day 5

After so many active days you will have a little rest. After breakfast you will visit the observation platform of "Cherskiy rock".  A chairlift will bring you up the hill. There you will enjoy a great view of Lake Baikal and the Angara river.

Then you will get acquainted with all the inhabitants of Lake Baikal in huge aquariums of Baikal Museum. After the Museum there will be meeting with real Siberian riding dogs! Emotion from communication with animals will be an excellent addition to the program of the day.

 

   

  

After lunch in the restaurant you will go to the Angara river outflow where you will ride a real ice floe!
Stop, stop, stop! No worries!
This is safe and our company has already done it many times over the past 9 years.

 

   

 

    The fact is the thickness of the ice on Lake Baikal reaches 1 meter in February and March. Ice is able to withstand a truck! But there is one place where you can find open water on the Baikal surface - the source of the Angara River. Ice floe with an area of 60-150 square meters will be cut out of the frozen lake by a saw. All the participants embark on the "ship" and rafting begins. There is also a hovercraft as a tugboat and that also transport all the participants to the landing stage when rafting ends.

      The whole activity takes from 1 to 1.5 hours. After this journey you will enjoy a real Siberian sauna (Banya) with fir branches besom and swimming in the ice hole! Some special surprises from the tour operator will be waiting for you!

 

   

After the sauna you will return to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast included.

Day 6
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

 

Tour map

 

 

Tour cost

115 000 RUB per person (~1620 eur)
Single supplement: 13 500 RUB per person

 

Tour cost includes:
  • Meeting at the airport
  • Transfer to the airport
  • Rent of TREСOL, 3 days, 6 people per car
  • Rent of hover craft along the route Buguldeika - Listvyanka
  • Accommodation in "Hadarta" hotel, in separated twin/double rooms, 2 nights
  • Professional guide services during the whole route
  • Meals according to the program
  • Accommodation in "Talovskoye" center of hunting and eco-tourism, Buguldeika village, twin/triple/ quadruple rooms, toilet and shower on the floor, 1 night
  • Baikal Museum visit
  • Excursion to the observation platform of “Cherskiy rock”
  • Meeting with Siberian sled dogs
  • Ice floe rafting
  • Banya for 3 hours
  • Accommodation in “Nikola" hotel, Listvyanka settlement, in standard twin/double rooms, toilet and shower in the room, 2 nights
  • The impressions and emotions for the lifetime!
 Tour cost doesn’t include:
  • Flights to Irkutsk and from Irkutsk
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Dinner in Listvyanka
     
Additional services:
  • Ice diving
  • Helicopter tours
  • Baikal seal (Nerpa) show
  • Excursion to the “Taltsy" ethnographic museum
  • Additional tour days before or after the program
  • Ski-pass to “Gora Sobolinaya”, Baikalsk