Our travelers are for those who are interested in primeval Baikal with its amazing energy and silence, the richest flora and fauna, and the austere beauty of nature.
Expedition: The whole Baikal is an opportunity to see all the most attractive but at the same its hard time to reach places of the lake. Every day there are new stunning landscapes, exploring the nature and culture of these wonderful places. Such a journey will give a powerful boost of energy and impressions for life.
14 days / 13 nights Distance approx. 1000 km.
We will arrange a meeting of each guest at the airport/train station and will accommodate them in one of the best network hotels in Irkutsk (usually Sayen or Marriot). You will have time to take a rest after the journey.
At 16.00 We will pick you up from the hotel and invite you to a sightseeing tour of Irkutsk, tell you about historically important events related to the development of the city, visit the Angara River Embankment, Decembrists Museum, Kolchak Monument and the modern tourist center of Irkutsk 130 quarter - a specially created area of historical buildings, including in a few dozen architectural monuments.
We will finish this day in one of the best restaurants in Irkutsk with the welcoming dinner.
9.00 After tomorrow at the hotel, we will go to the village Listvyanka (the drive by car will take no more than 1 hour), where the ship is waiting for us. We will be given a tour of the Limnological Museum dedicated to the nature and history of the development of Baikal, we will also visit the fish market, which is the personification of the life of the village built on the very bank of Baikal.
The first point of our route is Sandy Bay - one of the most famous and picturesque places on Lake Baikal. The name of the Siberian Riviera was given to the bay due to the dune forming a white sandy beach.
Here we will take a fascinating walking tour on the view rock, from where a magnificent panorama of the Baikal coastline opens, and we will also visit the Grandma Bay. For a long time, access of tourists to these bays was closed at the request of environmentalists in order to preserve this unique territory, now to visit it is possible only with the permission of the National Park authorities, and taking into account the fact that it can only be reached by water transport there are relatively very few tourists here.
In the evening we will continue our water route.
In the Morning we will meet the bay Aya. We walk to the mouth of the Anga River, which flows into Baikal, as well as
You will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the Tazheransky steppes, famous for its diverse relief, as well as a large number of caves. In many caves, there are glaciers, underground lakes, formations of stalactites, stalagmites, as well as traces of the sites of ancient man.
If participants of the trip wish, we will visit the Dream Cave, which does not require serious speleological skills.
Closer to dinner, we are making a big passage towards Olkhon Island, we will have a stop over the deepest point of Baikal (1642 m) near Cape Izhimei and by the end of the day we will continue on Ushkanye Islands.
Ushkanye Islands - a small rocky archipelago, a specially protected natural area. The largest rookery of the Baikal seals is located on the Ushkany islands, we will be able to observe the life of these charming animals in their natural habitat.
Due to the isolation on the archipelago unique flora and fauna has been formed.
After lunch, we will proceed towards the Chivyrkuisky Bay where we will stop for the night.
Chivyrkuisky Bay is famous for its warm water and picturesque shores of densely overgrown taiga forest. This is one of the smallest bays of Baikal, the average depth does not exceed 10-15 meters, which is why the water warms up to 20-22 C. We will stop on a wild sandy beach, which is difficult for other tourists to reach and fully enjoy the beach holiday on Baikal.
The Snake Spring is found along the shore of the Chivyrkuisky Bay, which was examined as early as 1890. In 1929, 5 outlets of mineral water with a temperature of 38.5–39 ° C were found. We will offer you bathing in hot springs, as well as a visit to the islands of Lysy, Shaggy and Baklany, completely populated by gulls and cormorants.
From the dawn we will advance to Cape Khakusy, today is a large water transition, we will reach almost the northernmost point of Baikal. On the way, there will be an opportunity to make stops for fishing and to cook fish on the grill right on the ship.
Lip Khakusy is famous for its beautiful four-kilometer beach and lush vegetation on the shore, among which there are many pines, larch, fir, cedar, various relict flowering herbs, some of the plants are listed in the Red Book.
In Khakusy, there is the most powerful hot spring on Baikal. It is very close in composition to the well-known mineral springs of Pyatigorsk. The water temperature at the source is +42 -46 ° C.
After a long day on the ship, you can relax and rejuvenate in warm mineral water.
In the morning we will need to go to the lip Ayaya.
Ayaya Bay is a bay of fabulous beauty, where the path to the lake Frolikha begins. For perfect beauty, the bay got its name: “Ayay” from the Evenk “beautiful”. The water transition takes only about 1.5 hours.
At 8 km deep into the mainland among the wild taiga, the relict lake Frolikha is one of the most reserved places in northern Baikal. Frolikha - a mountain lake was formed in the Ice Age, and since then there has been little that has changed: it is still surrounded by its mountains and virgin taiga. Here you can truly enjoy the beauty of nature untouched by man.
The picturesque landscape around the lake is inaccessible to most tourists. You can only get on foot.
Hiking to the lake takes about 2 hours. There are no trails around the lake, and we will get to the place of our parking on the lake on rafts - only they are allowed by law to move around the lake.
In the lake, there is an endemic for glacier lakes davatchan loach, listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, taimen, lenok, grayling, and whitefish. In the lake and along the shores there are watercorn plants, bristly hair drift, Baikal borodinia, Rhodiola Rosea, listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation, and some of them are counted among pre-glacial relics.
On the shore of the lake, we will set up a campground and stay for the night in order to fully experience the power and energy of the Siberian taiga. All the next day we will spend on the lake. Froliha looking around the neighborhood and in the evening we will also walk back to Ayaya Bay, going on a ship to Cape Khakusy and spend the rest of the evening on warm springs.
the tourist who does not wish to go hiking can stay on the ship, they will be organized fishing, food, will be given the opportunity to walk along the shore
Early in the morning, we depart from metro Khakusy to the western side of Baikal. On the way, we will make stops for fishing and for walks along the picturesque coasts. Towards the evening we will arrive at Cape Bolsodey. Here we can go fishing, have a bath on the shore and enjoy the wild taiga.
Wild animals here are not guests, but owners, and do not be surprised that literally feel their presence nearby. Unusual traces and smells left on the trail are still warm "artifacts", mysterious sounds and rustles - harsh, but beautiful Siberian taiga will surround you. while traveling
Overnight on the ship or optional in a tent on the beach.
We will have a water transition to Cape Zavorotny.
The coast here because of the closest passing Baikal range is the most picturesque on the whole Baikal, nowhere else there are no such high and close to the shore mountain peaks. Along the way, we have scheduled stops at Cape Bolshoi Elokhin, Cheremshany, Kedrovy - the taiga of these shores is rich in forest gifts, which is reflected in the names of places.
We will enjoy fishing on a grayling, we will take walks, and in the evening we will flood the bathhouse on the shore and enjoy the starry sky of Baikal.
Today, the purpose of our journey will be Cape Anniut, and on the way, we will take a look at the capes Malyi and Bolshoy Solontsovy, visit the cape Pokoitsky, on which the central manor house of the Baikal-Lensky Nature Reserve and the Solar weather station are located.
You can make hiking trips into the mainland or enjoy recreation and fishing on the beach. This is our last night away from civilization, tomorrow we will have a big transition to Olkhon Island.
On the way to the island of Olkhon, we will stop in front of the sacred Cape Ryty, who considers the most anomalous zone of Baikal, mysterious stories and shamanistic legends are associated with it.
In the middle of the day, we will arrive at the Mecca of rest on Baikal - Olkhon Island. We will make a walking tour to Cape Burkhan and visit the tourist village Khuzhir, where an ethnic lunch will be organized at a local cafe.
In the evening, we will move to Ogoy Island and here, on an island that is considered “clean,” near the Stupa of Enlightenment, we will summarize our journey, we will comprehend everything we have seen and experienced.
That night we will make the final transition to the starting point of our journey - P. Listvyanka.
The scheduled arrival time in Listvyanka is 12 noon and in an hour we can be in Irkutsk. This day is a reserve in the case due to bad weather, we will get out of the cruise schedule. Therefore, one more night is organized for our guests in the Irkutsk hotel, so you can plan a departure from Irkutsk for any time on Saturday, and spend a Friday evening in a comfortable hotel room or walking along the cozy streets of Irkutsk.
We will arrange your transfer to the airport at the required time and help you buy souvenirs.