A long, exciting and unforgettable journey awaits you! You will travel lots of kilometers over Baikal by snowmobile and hovercraft. You will visit landmarks of the sacred island of Olkhon, and ride round it by your snowmobile! You will see spectacular rocks and ice grottoes. You will also visit the jewel of Baikal - Peschanaya Bay, famous 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.
Day 1: Transfer from Irkutsk to Hadarta tourist camp at the Maloe More, accommodation and dinner.
Day 2: Breakfast. Getting to know and selection of snowmobiles, briefing and equipping. Departure to the trip across the Maloe More islands. Beautiful rocks, ice grottoes. Hot meal. Visiting two main shrines of Olkhon: Shamanka rock and Hoboy Cape. We get to the tourist camp at Uzury settlement. Here, permanently operating weather station and laboratory of Siberian Institute of the Earth's Crust are located. From north and south, the bay is edged with rocky cliffs. On the right of the bay, unforgettable views of Baikal can be seen. Left side of the bay is remarkable for its stone boulders that form a bizarre human silhouette. Back to hotel, dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast. Departure from the tourist camp, further route from the Olkhon sea side along the shore. After we reach Olkhon Gate strait, we will have a tea break. Next, we will visit Stupa of Enlightenment on the Ogoy island. Accommodation at the Maloe More, Hadarta camping hotel. Back to hotel, dinner.
Day 4: Breakfast. Further travel will be held by the safest vehicle for the Baikal ice - Hivus (hovercraft). We will visit Aya Bay where the cave man rock painting remained. Next, Krestovsky Cape famous for the ruins of ancient Kurykan fortress. Arrival to Peschanaya Bay, Baikal Dunes tourist camp (arrival to the hotel, dinner). Those who wish can visit Russian banya (bath-house).
Day 5: Breakfast and departure from the tourist camp for a local sight-seeing tour (Baklaniy Island, Big Kolokolnya Bay and Small Kolokolnya Cape, Babushka Bay). Next, the route goes to Bolshoye Goloustnoye settlement where hot meal will be served. After a short break, we go to Bolshiye Koty settlement. Next, there is a stay near Kadilny Cape. We finish our Baikal route in Listvyanka settlement. Transfer to Irkutsk.
Period: February – March;
Tour time: 5 days;
Length of travel: 730 km (180 km by a snowmobile; 220 km by a hovercraft).
4-7 men group:
1 person per snowmobile: 125,000 rubles
2 persons per snowmobile: 75,000 rubles (per person)
8 men group:
1 person per snowmobile: 115,000 rubles
2 persons per snowmobile: 65,000 rubles (per person)
Minimum group: 4 persons
The price includes:
- snowmobile and hovercraft rental;
- accompaniment by coaches and guide;
- accommodation at hotels and tourist camps;
- Russian banya visit;
- recreational contributions and payments.