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This tour will help you see winter Lake Baikal. Ride by dog sleds to the forest. You will enjoy the speed and beautiful landscapes of winter Baikal and snow-covered forest. The beautiful landscapes, sparkling ice of Lake Baikal, ice grottoes and hummocks.
Rout: Listvyanka village – Shumikha Station – Listvyanka.
Transfer to the dog-sledding centre. We will meet the dogs and instructors and get all the necessary instructions. Start of the tour at 11:00 – 11:30. Ride by dog sleds from Krestovaya Fall along the river to the lake shore. Here we will go to the smooth icy expanses of the winter lake.
On a sunny day the mixed colors of blue and light blue peaks of Khamar-Daban are clearly visible… We will have a picnic lunch with hot tea….
After contemplation of the amazing amenities and taking pictures, we will go farther towards Polovinka Station.
The total distance traveled for 1 day is 45 kilometers. When passing round ice-hummocks, cracks, scours, the distance increases slightly.
In the evening we will reach Shumikha station. Accommodation. We will cook dinner for the dogs, feed them. Banya (Russian steam bath). Dinner. Opportunity to take a walk to the tunnel, the old steam-engine.
After breakfast we will prepare to go back. We will pack our equipment, organize the sled team and go to the Baikal ice. Today is your second day of dog-sledding. You are more experienced now and it’s easier and more interesting for you to ride. You begin to understand the dogs’ characters, they are all different, and you already have some favorites…
We will have a picnic lunch on the way, hot tea… By the evening we will reach Listvyanka village and the dog-sledding centre. There you will be awarded with a memorable certificate of the dogteam driver. You will also collect fresh emotions, impressions and adrenalin, which you got during your trip!
Yes, we can offer you a SINGLE room accommodation at the hotels.
We can also join you in a group. Please, send us your desired travel dates.
Please, send us the desired travel dates, number of persons, your passport and flight details. We sign a contract with you, and on the basis of the contract we will send you the invoice for the prepayment. You can pay by credit card (VISA or MASTER CARD) and in cash. After we receive the prepayment we will send you the confirmation of the program.
The price is fixed in RUB. The price in EUR/USD changes every day according to the current exchange rate. All the payment details we will send you by e-mail.
Yes, all the restaurants provide vegetarian menu.
The best time to book a tour is 1-2 months in advance. Please note that almost all the tours require the Early Booking. The earlier you book the tour and pay for it, the better price you will have. For individual programs the booking time is 2-3 months before the start of the tour. June – September (summer) and January – March (winter) is a high season, so you should take care of your vacation in advance. In this case, you will get the best hotels, the best guides and the best programs. However, if you decide to go to Lake Baikal on the eve of your planned vacation, we will still be glad to offer the best program and services due to our vast experience in this field.
Before you arrive in Irkutsk we will already have all your travel details. So you will be met by a company representative (tourist guide) with the sign “BaikalNova” or your “NAME” at the airport (or at the train station).
Yes, we have some special tour discounts. Besides, we can provide an individual discount after we discuss your program details.
We always provide a safe transfer of the passengers to Lake Baikal on comfortable buses (45 seats, 35 seats, 21 seats, 19 seats, 12 seats, 7 seats, private cars and Jeeps) with comfortable seats, large windows, air conditioning / climate control and professional drivers.
Yes, you can be accompanied by a German speaking guide. Our company works with French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Polish and English speaking guides. All our guides are certified for the guiding practice and accredited in the museums of the city. They are all in love with Lake Baikal and their native land. So, they are sure to help you discover traditions and the unique beauty of our Siberian land.
Difference between the trains is that the retro train has a real steam locomotive at the head of the train. This fact makes the train more authentic. The carriages of both trains are almost the same, except that the electric train has two classes of carriage.
The price depends on the hotel you choose. We can offer you homestay, guesthouse, hostel, hotel *** or hotel ****. The price depends on the kind of transfer you prefer (individual or group), accompaniment of the guide throughout the whole program of the tour. We can offer you excursions with a local guide for each part of the Baikal.
Participants of the tour must have adequate warm clothes for winter expeditions and additional equipment: a sleeping bag, a down jacket, insulated coveralls, a fleece jacket, a warm hat, 2 pairs of warm socks and gloves, winter boots, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, a personal flashlight, personal first aid kit, a large towel for bathing in the springs.
It is strongly recommended to have vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis. Ticks are active from early May to mid-July. Although we avoid visiting places of greatest tick-borne activity, insurance of encephalitis is included in the cost of our active tours.