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Mountain country Khamar-Daban is one of the most beautiful circlets of Baikal. It frames the lake from the south. Pristine nature, Mountain Rivers, waterfalls, Siberian taiga, Alpine meadows…
Rout: Irkutsk – Listvyanka village –Bolshie Koty – Irkutsk.
Arrival in Irkutsk; a short city tour to meet with the main sights of Irkutsk and its historic and architectural monuments; transfer to Listvyanka (70 km from Irkutsk); arrival; a stop at the viewing point on Shaman Stone, where the guide will tell you a wonderful legend about Baikal and the Angara River; excursion to the Museum of Baikal, meeting inhabitants of flora and fauna of the lake, as well as an interactive diving to the bottom of the lake or visiting arboretum are possible; rising by the cableways to Chersky Mountain overlooking a gorgeous view on the mouth of the Angara and the south part of the lake; a walk through Krestovka village with visiting wooden St. Nicholas Church; visiting fish market and souvenir market; accomodation in a hotel (“Mayak”, “Legend of Baikal”), in the evening – preparing for the trek.
Breakfast; start of the trek from the hotel to leisure base “Shelter of Gold Miners” (22 km); the first part is a rise to Primorsky range (4.5-5 km) from Cheremshanaya Fall; further the route runs along the spine of Primorsky range overlooking awesome views on Baikal and taiga nicks leading to the Angara; ascending from the spine, the group comes to Baikal in about 9-10 km from Listvyanka; a hot taiga lunch is cooking on the shore or in the forest; after lunch the group moves by the path to Chyornaya (Black) Fall (8-9 km); then to “Shelter of Gold Miners”; the path runs through the forest as well as along the edge of the shore, raising up high in mountains; in the evening – arriving at the leisure base; accomodation in small wooden houses (in twos and in fours), toilet is outside; leisure base “Shelter of Gold Miners” is situated in a picturesque valley of Chyorny brook, on the spurs of Primorsky range, in 200 m from the shore of Baikal; dinner; Russian bathhouse.
Breakfast; trekking along the shore of the lake to Bolshie Koty (2.5-3 km); Bolshie Koty settlement is situated in 18 km (by water) from Listvyanka settlement, in the summer time there is a regular water communication with Listvyanka; there is the Museum of Baikal knowledge in the village, which represents over 400 different exhibits, a rich collection of insects, as well as constantly operating Scientific station; visiting the museum (extra pay); Further – trekking to Cape Skriper (3 km from Bolshie Koty). The path runs through Sennaya Fall, famous for its gold mines, and good hay meadows; Mount Skriper is isolated mountain range; it is formed of a rare breed on Lake Baikal – Jurassic conglomerate, which is a gritty rock with run-pebbles; lunch cooked on fire; returning to village Bolshie Koty; transfer by boat to Listvyanka; arriving in Listvyanka, hotel accommodation; dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast; transfer to Irkutsk to the airport or to the train station. Seeing off.
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.