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Winter Peschanaya Bay walking trees

Tour by Hivus to the Ushkany Islands

  • 5 Days
  • Group : 1-6 People
  • Min Age : 8+

The tour program has an adventure focus with elements of extreme conditions and is feasible only if there is a team spirit, when the overall success of the passage of the planned route depends on the active position of each participant. At the wish of participants the tour may have greater or lesser duration, for those wishing overnights on ice in a tent will be held. 

The Ushkany Islands are located in the middle part of Lake Baikal; they consist of Large Ushkany Island and 3 Small Islands. The famous seal rookery is on these islands. The rocks on the islands are from multi-colored marble, the shores have a bizarre shape. Even the trees are unusual: larches, for example, have a characteristic bottle-thickening at the base, birches – black bark, heads of trees have flag-like forms. 
In winter, the rocky shores are covered with sophisticated ice uprushes. 

Chivyrkuisky Bay is the second largest on the lake; its shores are indented by unusually picturesque coves in which there are hot springs and caves-grottoes. There are seven islands in the Gulf, quite different from each other. Sandy beaches, mountains and pine forests, and wetlands – a variety of landscapes for every taste can be seen on the shores. This is one of the fish places on Lake Baikal.

Price Includes

  • Transfers
  • 3 course meal
  • English-speaking guide’s service
  • Visits and excursions
  • All entrance fees
  • Accommodation (6 nights)

Extra charge

  • Flight or transfer to Irkutsk from the place of arrival, and further, departure or transfer to the next place of arriving after the end of the program
  • Saunas
  • Alcohol
  • Food, excluding those in the program
  • Additional services listed in the program for an additional fee or not specified in the program

Day 1

Meeting at the airport or at the train station. Transfer to Listvyanka.
Departure by “Hivus” to the first destination of the route – Zarechnoye estate. On the way, examining and photographing the shores of Lake Baikal.
Stop in Peschanaya Bay and climb on the observation platform, which offers excellent views of Lake Baikal and picturesque cliffs Small and Big Belltowers. Examining of the legendary stilted trees, grottoes and Gannet (Baklanyi) Island. Lunch with dry rations. Continuation of the way to Buguldeika village.
Arriving at Buguldeika, accommodation at the tourist center “Zarechnoye estate” in double rooms. If the weather is good – a walk on a horse-drawn sledge into Baikalian taiga. Dinner. Rest.

Day 2

Breakfast, transfer to Krestovsky Cape. On the way, stop in Aya Bay, examination of petroglyphs and a picturesque bay. Next move to Olkhonskiye Vorota Strait, through which we get to the Small Sea (space separating Olkhon from Lake Baikal). The road to Khuzhir lies along Olkhon: for viewing of places of interest we will be making short stops. Accommodation on Khuzhir in “The Bencharovs’ homestead”. Lunch. Rest. Dinner. For those interested – the Russian Bathhouse.

Day 3

Breakfast, landing on the boat for a trip on an excursion over Olkhon.
The trip to the north tip of Olkhon – rocky Cape Khoboy (distance 40 km).
Visit “Baikalian pole” – the deepest place of the lake. Lunch at the meteorologists in Uzury village. Passage on Lake Baikal along the east shore of Olkhon to the ferry terminal MRS (80 km) with stops to examine uprushes on the rocks, ice grottoes at Sagan Khushun Cape and rock Shamanka.
Return to Khuzhir. Dinner. Rest.

Day 4

Breakfast, gathering.
At 9.00 am – boarding on the boat.
Going by boat to Ushkany Island – a popular rookery of the Baikal seal. Getting acquainted with the hunter Yuri Budeyev.
A trip around the islands by boat. Lunch on the ice. Examining of uprushed ice on the white marble rocks of the islands.
In the evening – dinner, Russian bath with brooms and bathing in the ice hole (by request). Overnight at the cordon of hunters on the Big Ushkany Island.

Day 5

After breakfast, boat trip to Chivyrkuisky Bay, we can organize fishing, visiting the Bay Snake, bathing in hot springs, lunch on the ice for the fans. Chivyrkuisky Bay is the second-largest on the lake, its shores are indented by unusually picturesque coves: there are hot springs, and caves, and grottoes. There are seven islands, quite different from each other in the gulf. There are sandy beaches, mountains, pine forests, swamps – a variety of landscapes for every taste on the shores. This is one of the main fish places on Lake Baikal.
Return to Ushkany Island for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Breakfast. Depart for return journey. The next point of our journey – the recreation center , which is located on the Gulf Kurkut in 500 meters from the shore of the Small Sea. The base is surrounded by sparse larch forest. Lunch in the way with dry rations. Check in to the recreation center, accommodation, rest on the base. Dinner. For those wishing to – bathhouse or sauna.

Day 7

Breakfast.Departure to Listvyanka. Lunch on the road, stops for rest and photographing in the liked places. Arrival to Listvyanka in 20 hours.


I’m a solo traveler can I join a group?

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.

How can I book this tour?

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.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

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.

Do the restaurants provide vegetarian menu?

Yes, all the restaurants provide vegetarian menu.

When is it necessary to book a tour?

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.

Who will meet us in Irkutsk?

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).

Do you have a discount system or any special offers?

Yes, we have some special tour discounts. Besides, we can provide an individual discount after we discuss your program details.

What kind of transport do you provide?

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.

Do you have a German speaking guide?

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.

What's the difference between an electric train and a retro train?

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.

What kind of services affect the cost of the program?

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.

What should we take for a winter trip?

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.

Is tick vaccination necessary?

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.

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