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BAIKAL CAMP

Island of Sun - Olkhon

1 DayBiking on the south of Olkhon Island
Arrival to airport (railroad station) of Irkutsk city. Meeting with your guide, sightseeing city-tour by car. Lunch at one the city cafes. After lunch you will have a transfer by car to Olkhon Island area (its about 300 km drive, road mostly paved, last stretch of the road is gravel). Crossing Olkhon's Gate Strait by ferryboat and driving into southern areas of Island to the picturesque bay. Here we'll set up tent camp next the shore of the Baikal Lake and take the first trial ride on mountain bikes around area. Car will bring you and bikes to the very top of highest mount on the south of Olkhon from the summit of which you will ride a bike down to Baikal Lake. Your guide will show you some technique details and explain how to control bike in right way.
The bay where we'll set up our tents is one of the rare places on the Baikal Lake where you can see “Nerpa” - Baikal seal. This is the biggest animal that lives in Baikal and it’s very wary but also curious. With certain luck you may see heads of Nerpa jut out of the bay waters.
Dinner will be cooked for you over campfire, overnight in tent. 

2 DaySunset at the Saraiskii bay next to Huzjir
Today we will start our bike trip through Olkhon Island. Just after the breakfast we will pack our luggage including camping equipment into a car and take a ride on the mountain bikes with light daypacks only (drinking water, bit of food, cameras). Next time we will see our supporting team with car on lunch stop. Today we will ride bikes on forest roads on the mail ridge of the Island with amazing view to Baikal Lake from both sides of Olkhon, visit warm forest lake and finish this day trip at the main settlement of Olkhon Island - Khuzir village. This evening you will enjoy 8 km long (!) downhill ride to the Baikal shore where Khuzir settlement is located.  Tonight you will be accommodated at the private homestead (log house, toilets outside) where you will have an opportunity to try famous Russian steam sauna - Banja, where you could wash and relax after biking day. Dinner with dishes of traditional domestic Siberian food will be served for you at the homestead.  Overnight in a homestead.     
 

3 DayNorthern extremity of Olkhon Island
This morning we will have a walking excursion over sandy shore of Saraikii bay to one of the most attractive places of whole Baikal region - rocky cape Burhan. Together with your guide you will climb to the top of this cliff and explore the cave in it. This cave previously used to show shaman's ability to go through the rock by appearing on the opposite side of it!
In the afternoon, after lunch we will continue bike trip up to the north of Olkhon Island. Car of supporting team with the entire luggage will follow us as previously. Dirt roads will lead you through Mongolian-looking steppes to the Sandy bay. This place is famous for its unique landscape mix - sandy desert dunes, taiga forest and Baikal Lake together!
Here we will set up our tent camp and have a dinner next to the campfire, overnight in a tent.

4 DayRocky Cape Three Brothers
After breakfast at the tent camp we will continue bike trip northwards. The route goes on a classic cross-country forest road and then at the opened steppes areas. Today you will see unbelievable beautiful landscape sights - "Three Brothers" cliff and Hoboy cape. Last one looks like "end of the land" in direct meaning. High rocky cliff at the very north of Olkhon Island is surrounded from 3 sides with endless waters of opened Baikal Lake. Here we will make lunch stop and finish our bike trip. After lunch we will drive by car along eastern shore of Olkhon Island to the small village Uzuri. Here we will set up tent camp at the picturesque bay surrounded with rocky cliffs. This evening we could have trekking excursion to the top of the local mount Raba. From the summit you may take several memorable pictures of northern extremity of Olkhon Island surrounded with blue waters of Baikal Lake.
Tonight we will have festive dinner for a case of bike trip conclusion and last overnight at Baikal Lake. Overnight in a tent.



 

5 Day   Evening campfire at the shore of Baikal Lake
After breakfast we'll put all our gear into the car and have a drive from Uzuri village to the Huzir settlement and then further to the ferry boat station on the south of Okhon. On the way back we will take a road different from which we cycle, so you will see numerous bays and small islands of Small See (Part of the Baikal between Olkhon and continent)
By noon we'll cross Olkhon's Gate Strait and start driving back to Irkutsk with lunch stop in a road cafe. (Probably whole drive takes 4-5 hours). Upon arrival to Irkutsk you will be accommodated in the hostel.
 

Tour price

Group Size

1 person

2 persons

3 persons

4 persons

5 persons

6 persons

Price (Euro) per person

  1145

  625

 560

 490

 455

 380

 

 

 

Note: Ask  manager  about ongoing trips, join the tour and get your group discount!

Tour price includes:
- guide service
- complete meal 3 times a day
- rent of camping equipment and mountian bikes

- all transfers according to a program
- all fees for visiting museums and National park zones
- one overnight in Irkutsk city on a last day of the program (hostel)
- pick up service from/to railroad station/airport
 

You can book this tour by e-mail info-baikal@mail.ru