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Grand crossing of Baikal
Grand crossing of Baikal

Winter trekking across the lake

Grand crossing of Baikal
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
16 y.o.
Group size
to 15 person
Duration
7 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
2 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
22 February 2020
  • 22 February 2020
  • 25 February 2020
  • 28 February 2020
  • 2 March 2020
  • 5 March 2020
  • 8 March 2020
End date:
28 February 2020
74 014 RUB

During this expedition you will cross the deepest part of the legendary lake Baikal and will find yourself 40 miles away from any human habitation. You will skate and spend two nights on the lake Baikal ice at the very location where its depth reaches 5000 feet.

Grand crossing of Baikal
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 16 y.o.
Group size
to 15 person
Duration
7 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
2 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
22 February 2020
  • 22 February 2020
  • 25 February 2020
  • 28 February 2020
  • 2 March 2020
  • 5 March 2020
  • 8 March 2020
End date:
28 February 2020
74 014 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Trekking on Baikal ice

This journey is a circular route around the lake, starting from Irkutsk and passing through Buryatia and Trans-Siberian. You will make a grand crossing on ice from the western to the eastern coasts of Baikal, covering the total length of 50 km. 

This is an expedition for those who are ready to test their strength. Your main goal is to cross Baikal on foot in its widest part. You can face with the strong winds and blizzards. But if you are not afraid of difficulties and are ready for field conditions, you will enjoy this route!

Crossing the lake from the Olkhon island to the Barguzin Bay you will discover incredible scenery. Baikal ice is fascinating, it seems that you can admire it endlessly: in some place it looks like a transparent glass, in other – water freezes, forming bubbles and intricate patterns that are not repeated anywhere else.

 

Highlights of the journey:

  • you will visit the sacred for shamans Cape Burhan located on the Olkhon island and find out, how to blandish the Baikal spirits
  • discover the ice grottoes and take stunning photos of ice-hummocks and breaks
  • enjoy the scenery of the sanctuary taiga, covering the Eastern coast of lake Baikal 
  • visit Ivolginsky datsan, that is the main center of Buddhism in Russia
  • spend two nights on the lake Baikal ice at the very location where its depth reaches 5000 feet 
  • play hockey in the middle of the deepest lake in the world
  • take a photo shoot on the unique and always different Baikal ice
  • experience the purest Baikal water in an ice-made bania.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Irkutsk, where you should get to on your own. We are ready to help with tickets purchasing, if necessary, please, leave a comment in the application. 

 

You will be met at the Irkutsk airport at 11 am for further moving to the hotel. If you arrive later, we could suggest the individual transfer service for you (extra charge).

Day 1 Arrival to Irkutsk

After meeting at the airport you will move to the hotel, check-in and have lunch (extra charge).

 

At 3 pm you will meet with your guide near the hotel's reception and discuss the upcoming program and make equipment's check up. After that you will have free time to walk around the city. 

 

As option, we can add the city-tour (pedestrian or by car), that is paid additionally.

Day 2 Olkhon island – the heart of lake Baikal

After breakfast in the hotel you will meet with your driver and guide and set off to Khujir village, located on Olkhon island. On the way you will make a short stops to take photos.Then you will have lunch in the local cafe (pay on site in cash), where you will taste ethnic cuisine of Buryatia. 

En route you will stop in the sacred place for blandishing the main Baikal spirit, called Burhan. Our guide will tell you about all peculiarities of this tradition. The most important thing is to have the clear mind and heart.

 

Having crossed by the ice the strait, named Olkhonskiye Vorota, you will arrive to Khujir. You will check-in at the resort and then have free time to walk around the village and visit the Burkhan rock. It is considered to be the residence of the Baikal spirits, site of shamanic cult and one of the nine Buddhist sanctuaries of Asia.

 

In the evening you will return to the village and have dinner.

Day 3 Beginning of the Grand crossing of lake Baikal

After an early breakfast you will move by off-road vehicle (UAZ) to the starting point of our crossing – to cape Khoboy, situated in the north of the island. Here you will discover a magnificent panorama of the frozen lake. You will make several stops along the way to explore the caves, grottos and islands.


Heading towards the eastern shore, you will pass through the widest and the deepest part of Lake Baikal. During these two days every participant will pull his personal clothes in special sleds. Ice-trekking will take about 7 hours, en route you will make stops for having lunch on the open air. 

By 5 pm you will have arrived to the camp, located on the Baikal ice in the geographic centre of the lake, on the boundary between the Irkutsk region and the Republic of Buryatia. You will take part in the ritual of meeting and greeting where every participant of the group can try to bore the ice.

 

After the long journey there is nothing more relaxing then the ice banya and the herbal tea. You will have dinner and rest in a heated tent, placed in the middle of the lake.

Day 4 Ice entertainments

Today you will have a free day on the Baikal ice. For those who prefer the active rest, we suggest to go skating or to walk near the camp. The transparent ice, the ice-hummocks and breaks will allow you to make thousand of photos.

 

If you are keen of the photo, we suggest you to wake up earlier and take photos of the Baikal ice at dawn. For those who prefer calm rest there is an Ice bar where you could taste the special ice menu. The purest ice is everywhere – around you and even in your glass.

 

After lunch you can play the ice hockey. In the evening you will have dinner and rest in the tents.

Day 5 Eastern coast of Baikal

Today you will continue ice-trekking to the eastern coast of lake Baikal. This coast is flatter and the Barguzin and Khamar-Daban mountains extends behind it. Usually there is more snow then on the western coast. 

 

You will have lunch in the open air and continue ice-trekking. At the end of the day you will be taken to Ust-Barguzin village. You will stay at the guest house and have dinner prepared by the locals. After several days of physical activity its time to visit traditional Russian banya!

Day 6 Visiting Ulan-Ude

After breakfast you will move to Ulan-Ude, that is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. In the beginning our way goes along the bank of the lake and then passes through taiga forests. 

 

You will have lunch in the cafe of traditional Buriat cuisine (is paid on site in cash) and then arrive to Ulan-Ude. Excursion to Ivolginsky datsan is waiting for you here. It is considered to be a monument of history and architecture and the centre of Buddhism in Russia, located in a beautiful steppe.

 

In the evening you will have dinner (is paid additionally). At 10:30 pm you are going to depart to Irkutsk by night train. 

Day 7 Departure to Moscow

At 07:15 am you will arrive to Irkutsk. Then you will be taken to the airport.

Grand crossing of Baikal
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
16 y.o.
Group size
to 15 person
Duration
7 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
2 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
Start date
22 February 2020
  • 22 February 2020
  • 25 February 2020
  • 28 February 2020
  • 2 March 2020
  • 5 March 2020
  • 8 March 2020
End date:
28 February 2020
74 014 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

In Irkutsk you will stay for the first night at the Angara Hotel 3*. It offers a comfortable standard business twin room with air conditioning, mini-fridge, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The room has two comfortable single beds (90/200 cm), spacious wardrobe, work area and bathroom with shower. There are also a spa salon, restaurants of international cuisine, an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym and a billiard club in the hotel.

 

The second night you will spend at the recreation center "Baikal Ostrog", located in Khuzhir village. You will stay in a comfortable standard twin rooms with WC and bath/shower. 

 

From the third to the fifth days you will stay in BaikalNature Ice Camp, equipped in the geographical center of Lake Baikal. You will be accomodated in the heated tents designed for 3-5 people. There are two bunk beds and one standard tourist bed with a warm down sleeping bags. Also you can choose a double tent with a double bed (paid additionally). Ice camp has also a kitchen-dining room, where a professional chef will prepare hot meal for you, an instructor tent and a warehouse tent, an ice-made bathhouse and Ice bar with a specially designed ice menu.

 

From the fifth to the sixth days you will stay at the guest house in Ust-Barguzin village, in simple comfort double rooms with toilet and shower outdoors. The last night you will spend in the train compartment.

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Common questions

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Who will be my guide +

You will be accompanied by experienced guides. They provide security on the route and have first aid kit, GPS navigator and a satellite phone.

 

Each trek you do is registered in the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Even in case of bad weather you can easily get to the camp.

Insurance +

The cost of the tour includes accident insurance for persons under 75 years. Travel insurance is paid additionally.

Can I take part +

You should be physically fit enough for this tour, because every day you will have 5-7 hours of intense physical activity. During hiking tourists carry only their personal belongings. The equipment needed for the group will be waiting for you on site, in Baikal Ice Camp

 

If you have health problems that could worsen during the trip, make sure you have taken all your medications with you.

Meals +

The tour price includes breakfast and dinner during your stay at the tourist base and the guest house (days 2 and 5), as well as full board at the BaikalNature Ice Camp (days 3 and 4).

 

Meals in Irkutsk on the first and last days of the trip, as well as lunches in the cafe when moving (days 2 and 6) you should pay additionally.


If you are a vegetarian or have any particular preferences, please let us know in advance so we can adapt the menu.

What will be the weather like +

This tour is organized in mid-February and in March when the weather on the lake is usually fair. However, it may happen that the temperature falls under 4°F (20°C), that a strong wind starts to blow or that the fog suddenly descends over the lake.

What should I bring with me +

Important travel documents:

  • passport and visa, original or electronic airplane tickets (with a sets of photocopies kept separately), bank car

 

Clothes:

  • Polartec or similar pullover
  • windproof waterproof pants and jacket (Gore-Tex, Event, Simpa-tex)
  • trekking socks
  • trekking pants
  • long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts
  • down jacket
  • fleece jacket or warm sweater
  • comfortable pants
  • mountain boots for walking on ice and snow
  • thick socks
  • warm gloves or mittens
  • lipstick
  • bath towel
  • charger and spare battery for camera/phone
  • photo / video camera
  • headlamp
  • sunscreen for skin and lips
  • sunglasses with filter
  • pocket knife (to put in checked baggage)
  • flip-flops for banya
  • sewing kit

 

We recommend you to pack all your stuff in two bags: a small backpack and a large travelling bag. Small backpack will be useful for carrying your personal belongings during the day (camera, film, personal medication, bottled water, etc). Big backpack must contain the rest of your stuff. You will bring it during some days of the trekking. 

What equipment is provided +

You will be provided with an expedition sled and ice studs for shoes, so you can walk on ice safely.

 

During your stay at BaikalNature Ice Camp you will be provided with warm sleeping bags and felt boots (Russian valenky).

Visa +

You need a tourist visa to travel to Russia. It can be issued for a maximum period of 30 days. Your passport has to be valid for at least six months after the expiry date of your visa and to have at least two blank pages.

Booking

Grand crossing of Baikal

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 16 y.o.
Group size
to 15 person
Duration
7 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
2 nights
2 nights

Languages

EN
guide
FR
guide
74 014 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation as per itinerary

  • meals as per itinerary

  • transport as per itinerary, including transfer from/to airport or railway station 

  • railway tickets in 2nd class from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk

  • english-speaking guide services

  • camping outfit rental (tent, sleeping bag), ice studs for shoes and valenky (in BaikalNature Ice Camp)

  • letter of invitation

  • excursions and visits as per itinerary

  • accident insurance

  • ice bathhouse (day 5)

Extra charge:
  • airline tickets to Irkutsk

  • visa fees and travel insurance

  • single accomodation at hotel and guest house (+4050 roubles, only in the days 1, 2 and 5)

  • accomodation in the twin/double tent with a bed in the Ice camp (+5400 roubles per night)

  • rent of the outer clothing (jacket, pants, boots, balaclava and mittens): +6000 roubles per person)

  • individual transfer from the airport to hotel (+1600 roubles per car of 3 passengers)

  • personal expenses and tips

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation as per itinerary

  • meals as per itinerary

  • transport as per itinerary, including transfer from/to airport or railway station 

  • railway tickets in 2nd class from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk

  • english-speaking guide services

  • camping outfit rental (tent, sleeping bag), ice studs for shoes and valenky (in BaikalNature Ice Camp)

  • letter of invitation

  • excursions and visits as per itinerary

  • accident insurance

  • ice bathhouse (day 5)

  • airline tickets to Irkutsk

  • visa fees and travel insurance

  • single accomodation at hotel and guest house (+4050 roubles, only in the days 1, 2 and 5)

  • accomodation in the twin/double tent with a bed in the Ice camp (+5400 roubles per night)

  • rent of the outer clothing (jacket, pants, boots, balaclava and mittens): +6000 roubles per person)

  • individual transfer from the airport to hotel (+1600 roubles per car of 3 passengers)

  • personal expenses and tips

22 Feb 2020, Sat — 28 Feb 2020, Fri
74 014 RUB
25 Feb 2020, Tue — 2 Mar 2020, Mon
74 014 RUB
28 Feb 2020, Fri — 5 Mar 2020, Thu
74 014 RUB
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