Olkhon Gate


Description:

A long and unforgettable journey awaits you! You will travel lots of kilometers by snowmobiles over the Baikal ice. On your way to the sacred island of Olkhon, you will visit the jewel of Lake 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.

Agenda:

Day 1: Gathering at the Eastland ski resort, Listvyanka settlement. Briefing, equipping. Departure to the taiga and descent to Krestovaya Pad by snowmobiles. We begin our trip over ice with further moving along the Baikal western shore. We will make a stay near Kadilny Cape, then our route will follow to Bolshoye Goloustnoye settlement where hot meal will be served. After a short break, we get to Peschanaya Bay that passes by unique and spectacular locations of Lake Baikal. Arrival at Baikal Dunes tourist camp. Accommodation, dinner. Those who wish can visit Russian banya (bath-house).

Day 2: 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, we keep moving along the ice road, approach the Sagan-Zaba Cliff where the cave man rock painting remained. We will approach the Olkhon Island and enter the Olkhon Gate strait. During the trip, a lunch will be served. Dinner and night stay at Hadarta camping hotel.

Day 3: Breakfast. Departure to the trip to the Maloe More islands. Stupa of Enlightenment at the Ogoy Island. Visit of two main shrines of the Olkhon: Shamanka Rock and Hoboy Cape. We will see spectacular rocks and ice grottoes. Hot meal on the island and return to the tourist camp.

Day 4: Transfer to Irkutsk.



Period: February – March;

Tour time: 4 days;

Total length of travel: 640 km (370 km by snowmobile).

Price:
1 person per snowmobile: 87,000 rubles
2 persons per snowmobile: 46,000 rubles (per person)
Minimum group: 2 snowmobiles

The price includes:
- snowmobile rental;
- accompaniment by coaches;
- accommodation at a tourist camp;
- meals;
- Russian banya visit;
- equipping;
- recreational contributions and payments.