Olkhon Island


Description:

A long and unforgettable adventure is waiting for you! We have to overcome a great number of kilometers on water space of Baikal Lake ahead. By the way to the sacred Olkhon Island you will visit the pearls of Baikal Lake - Sandy Bay which is well-known for its natural beauty. Olkhon is the largest island of Baikal Lake. Its area is 730 km², residential population is 1668 people. It is separated from the continent by Small Sea and Olkhon’s Gate straits. Russian name Okhon derives from Buryat word “Oikhon” -  “slightly woody”, as the forests take a bit more than one third of the island surface. There is the deepest place of Baikal Lake of 1642 m      in the east of the island. Olkhon Island has only 48 dull days in a year. Myths and legends represent Olkhon as a habitation of awful spirits of Baikal. Olkhon Island is a sacred center of the northern shaman world and even in our days near Shaman’s Rock the ribbons on the trees are playing in the wind – it is a place of spirits worship. From Olkhon point you can’t help but note a snow-white stone Buddhist monument, located right in Baikal waters. It is called the Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment. It was constructed on the Ogoy Island not so long ago, but has instantly become one of the attended place of interest. The high-qualified captains will make your travel comfort and safe. All boats are equipped with lifejackets and meet all safe operation requirements.

Agenda:

1st day: Departure on the high-speed boat from the mooring in Listvyanka settlement moving along the western shore of Baikal Lake. Stopover near the Kadilniy Cape, then we will get to Sandy Bay, passing unique and picturesque places. Arrival to the Baikal Dunes Holiday Center, having a lunch. From the holiday center we will head to explore the local places of interest (Baklanii Island, Large and Small Kolokolnya, Babushka Bay). Further on we will drive to Sagan-Zaba White Rock, where rock-painting of the early men remained intact. After passing a certain distance we will reach Olkhon Island and enter Olkhon’s Gate strait. Dinner and overnight in Khadarta Holiday Center.

2nd day: Breakfast. Departure to travel across the islands of the Small Sea. The Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment on Ogoy Island. Visiting two main sacred sights of Olkhon: Shaman Rock and Khoboy Cape. Fascinating rock walls and grottos. Hot lunch on the island. Return to the holiday center.

3rd day: Breakfast. Transfer to Irkutsk by car.



Period: May – August;

Tour time: 3 days;

Total length of travel: 630 km (360 km by water).

Price:

27,000 rubles per person

Minimum group: 7 persons


The price includes:
- High-speed boat renting;
- Accommodation in the holiday center;
- meals;
- guiding service.