Enchantment of winter Baikal lake 6 days

Enchantment of winter Baikal lake

Excursion tour to the most incredible places of the oldest lake on Earth.

Baikal lake is one of those incredible places which everyone should visit. And, in winter time. This is unique chance to get in close contact with this miracle of nature.

Space under your feet, amazing patterns of ice cracks, bubbles imbedded in the blue frozen abyss of the lake and a quiet crackling of ice - the breath of the great Baikal lake.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • 6 days among the unique beauty of the winter Baikal: lacy blue ice, steep rocks, sparkling icicles and frozen water splashes on the rocky shores

  • 4 excursions to the most interesting and beautiful corners of the Olkhon island coast

  • 1,5-kilometer depth abyss, you can ride or skate on

ACCOMMODATION

2-4-bed room

START/ FINISH

Irkutsk

TYPE

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DURATION

18.02 - 23-02.19

​25.02 - 2.03.19

​4.03 - 9.03.19

​11.03 - 16.03.19

    6 days

    5 nights

GROUP SIZE

     6-12 people

PRICE

590 EUR

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  • 50,000 photos that you bring with you from this trip

  • Many bonuses: greeting the sunset/sunrise, evening of fairy tales, outdoor diversions, Russian baths, new friends and energy boost!

Daily program:

Day 1

We meet you in Irkutsk city, then transfer to Khuzhir village located on Olkhon island. This day we will promenade from our homy accommodation to incredible Baikal lake, see famous Shamanka rock.

Safety techniques on ice will be demonstrated to you.

In the evening during the dinner we will come through ceremony of greeting Baikal lake.

 

Events of the day:

1. Safety briefing and first access to ice;

2. The legendary shaman;

3. Acquaintance party and ritual of greeting Baikal lake.

Day 2

We will drive with experienced and well-known ice captain to the northern part of Olkhon island - cape Gabon.

Frozen icicles, amazing ice patterns, ice caves. We will have lunch with homemade delicious food.

The tour will take almost the whole day. And in the evening on return we offer you to take Russian bath and get acquainted with the legends of Buryat peoples about Baikal spirits after the dinner.

 

Events of the day:

  1. cape Gabon

  2. the legends of Buryat peoples about Baikal spirits

  3. Russian bath

Day 3

Have you ever played ten-pin bowling on ice where you are a bowling ball? What about golf? Have you ever experienced a heady feeling of winner in a tray racing? Have you ever cycled on the most flat surface? We will try all these and something else today. And then we will have a lunch-break right on the ice and tastiest Baikal herbal tea.

In the evening we will admire beautiful sunset, reflecting the ice, and take vast of pictures.

Ahead is an endless winter night  under the stars and the lullaby of ancient Baikal - crackling, crashing, gurgling ... Feel it all and go to sleep in our warm houses)

 

Events of the day:

  1. Icy ten-pin bowling and crazy racing;

  2. lunch on the ice;

  3. photo session at the sunset.

Day 4

Heading up to Ohgoy island where snow-white stone construction is built up. It is located right in the middle of Baikal waters and called - Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment. Nowhere like here you can feel the spirit of peace and tranquility. Buddhists believe that a good wish will be heard by the gods and will become true if one makes this wish here and goes around the shrine several times.

In the evening our master Elena will conduct a creative master-class, which will be interesting to everyone without exception, regardless of gender and age. As a result, you will get original ethnic souvenirs, fulfilled by the Baikal energy!

 

Events of the day:

  1. Buddhist Stupa on Ohgoy island;

  2. creative master-class

Day 5

We will climb the peak of Love to have a magnificent view of Olkhonsky Gates from a high coastal rocks. Olkhonsky Gates is a narrow strait, cut by steep, high promontories - an incredibly beautiful, windy, atmospheric place.

Then, we will go out to the Great Sea and feel how huge Baikal lake is. It is simply  boundless. It is absolutely see-through and when you are walking on it you can see several metres down. Under feet you will see unimaginable thickness of water, a whole space of bubbles, cracks, fractures and a black abyss.

In winter Baikal becomes a massive ice-rink. So ice skating is a must-do thing, and the wind itself will carry us towards invisible shores ....

After walks and fresh frosty air, a hot Russian bath awaits us, and in the evening we will have a big farewell dinner with a soup from the famous Baikal omul and Russian pancakes.

 

Events of the day:

  1. Olkhonsky Gates;

  2. ice skating tour to the Great Sea;

  3. Russian bath;

  4. big farewell dinner

Day 6

Today, fulfilled with Baikal's energy, we return home.

Arrival in Irkutsk. Warm words for goodbye, the promises to see each other again ..

 

And, see you soon at new adventures!

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Reviews

Mango recalls our winter trip to Baikal in 2017

This march i travelled to Lake baikal and met a group of russian friends…they are reaaly nice!as a foreigner and cant speak russian travelling alone in Lake baikal,its lucky to have this warm local friends. so that i enjoyed a traditional local trip with them!everything is awesome!we got great photographer!we danced on the ice lake!we camped!we watched stars! the experience is unforgetable and i wanna go with them again!

Review of Shen about a winter trip to Lake Baikal

The Baikal trip last time in March was really excellent and memorable experience in my life.
The scenery was amazing and the ice of the lake is pure and holy.
Our teammate are very kind people and they are very funny , they give me a lot of help .
I remember Lucas is a really great photographer hahaha .
The food we eat everyday was really nice for me , I think I love Russian food very much.
And these gifts they gave to me before the end of the trip are really precious memory ,I wish that we can travel together again in the future...

Best regards

Отзыв от Марии

Хочу сказать большое спасибо мне все очень понравилось. Это было мое самое лучшее 8мое марта в моей жизни! И люди добрые очень, очень теп