Baikal ice - Incredible winter trip in Russia
Baikal ice

Incredible winter trip in Russia

Baikal ice
(Incredible winter trip in Russia)

Baikal is an amazing creation of nature, a lake of amazing beauty. It is the deepest lake on the planet with crystal clear fresh water. It is also considered to be the oldest lake on the planet, its age is over 20 million years.

Baikal is located among the ranges of the Baikal Mountains, in the center of Eurasia. And although in all reference books it is called a lake, sometimes the word “sea” is too small for it. Its dimensions are impressive. But no figures are able to convey what you feel on its shores.

We can endlessly write about how unique and amazing this nature creation is. But there is one feature of the winter Baikal, which cannot be found anywhere else - it is transparent ice with incredible shades of turquoise color of all variants. In winter, Baikal turns into the largest skating rink on the planet. It freezes almost completely, except for one small area where the Angara flows out of it - the only river that originates from this amazing lake. The ice of Lake Baikal is so strong that SUVs can easily drive on it. And yet, on February 17, 1904, a winter railway was opened on the ice of the lake, and a steam locomotive, a full train passed here.

The surface of the lake at this time of the year resembles a mirror. Thanks to supernatural transparency, you can even see underwater inhabitants and stones at the bottom in areas of shallow depth.

We will drive along this intricate ice track, see and feel all the charms of winter Baikal, and be sure to capture the natural beauties of this region clad in snow and ice, impregnable, but so alluring; cold, but filled with hospitality and warmth of human hearts, fun and joy from contact with the great miracle of our planet.

Available dates:

  • 07.03 – 12.03.2023 | 10 places Book
  • 24.03 – 29.03.2023 | 10 places Book
  • Individual dates are also available. Contact the program manager.

Trip details

Intensity Level 1
Season Winter
Begins in Bishkek
Ends in Bishkek

Price: $ 4,125 (≥ 10 people)

Great for Individuals Couples Families

At the end of winter, when the lake is covered with ice is the best time to travel to Baikal. At this time, the winds subside, the weather becomes favorable and the sun shines brighter. The main attraction of Lake Baikal in winter is ice! It is amazing in its variety of shades: blue, gray, dark blue, azure; delightful and unique, it is already waiting for you!

What's Included:

  • Cars specially prepared for road trips. One car for 3-4 people
  • Guide
  • Accommodation in the best hotels along the route. (The list of hotels will be sent at the time of booking)
  • Meals: three times a day
  • Development and preparation of the route
  • Excursions
  • Activities

What's not included:

  • Single supplement
  • Additional service
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional activities: Quads, Khivuses, Snowshoes
  • Travel insurance
  • Air/railway tickets to/from Irkutsk
Day
1

Irkutsk - Listvyanka. On this day you will be met at the airport or at the railway station of the city of Irkutsk. You will be transferred to the village of Listvyanka located on the shores of Lake Baikal, at the place where the Angara River begins. Check-in at the Krestovaya Pad hotel. Breakfast.

Today, before lunch, we invite you to relax after the road or take a walk around the neighborhood. After lunch, we will go on an excursion to the Baikal Museum where we will learn about the lake and its surroundings. After the tour, we will go up to the Chersky Stone by chairlift, to an observation point overlooking the lake and the source of the Angara River.

In the evening we will take a tour on the ice of Lake Baikal on Khivus (hovercraft). We will visit the port of Baikal, see the old Baikal railway and enjoy beautiful views of the nearby mountains and ranges. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day
2

Listvyanka - Khuzhir. After breakfast we will go to Buguldeyka village. Here we have to drive the off-road or ice section, depending on the weather. Lunch will be organized in a cafe with homemade Buryat cuisine.

After lunch, we will visit the marble quarry and set off towards Olkhon Island through the Tazhiran steppes - a unique landscape. To get to the island we will have to cross the Small Sea, the part of Lake Baikal between the mainland and Olkhon Island, along the ice crossing.

We will arrive in the village in the dark. Khuzhir is the largest settlement on the island. Check-in at the Baikal View Hotel. Dinner.

Day
3

Olkhon island. In the morning, we will leave the hotel to see unique natural phenomena on the ice of Lake Baikal. We will see ice grottoes, hummocks and ice splashes. We will visit Buddhist shrines: Ogoy Island and Shamanka Rock. For lunch we will return to the village of Khuzhir. After lunch, we will make an ice route to Cape Khoboy - the northern tip of Olkhon Island.

There we will make a stop and have a golf tournament, also measure the thickness of the ice, go ice skating and taste ice-cold cocktails with excellent local desserts. In the evening we will return to the hotel (along the ice of Lake Baikal). Dinner.

Day
4

Khuzhir - Gremiachinsk. This day will be long and very rich in activities. We have to drive along an off-road route through a nature reserve to the village of Uzura. On the way, we will visit the sculpture of “Baikal Guardian” and cross Lake Baikal on ice to the village of Ust-Barguzin.

Lunch will be at the yurt camp on the ice. There we will have an opportunity to swim in the hole after the bath, as well as plunge into the hot Siberian vat. And of course we will enjoy the beautiful views of the nearest mountain ranges. After all the activities, we will move to the village of Gremyachinsk. Check-in at the hotel "Baikalskaya Riviera". Dinner.

Day
5

Gremiachinsk - Irkutsk. This morning, we need to cross the ice over the Selenga River and drive to the village of Tankhoi along the eastern shore of Lake Baikal. We will visit the Baikal Visitor Center, where we will have an excursion and lunch.

After lunch, we will go to Irkutsk and under favorable weather conditions cross the lake again to get to the village of Listvyanka.

Arrival in Irkutsk in the evening. Check-in at the Marriott hotel. Dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Day
6

Departure. Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure

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