A unique Siberia vacation that gives its participants a chance to conquer the northern cape of the Lake Baikal's largest island. During this adventure tour you can overcome more than 800 km on hovercrafts, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles on the crystal clear ice of 'the pearl of Siberia' and return with unforgettable memories of the deepest freshwater lake in the World!
Winter Baikal is famous for its incredible beauty and fresh air, which is simply impossible to get enough of! The winter tour program includes getting acquainted with the Siberian ethnic culture, winter fishing, watching a historical show and tasting Buryat cuisine. The travelers will learn to dance the national Buryat dance "Ekhor" and spend the night in the ice camp in the middle of Baikal.
Transfer to Lisvyanka village (70 km), the most popular tourist village on Lake Baikal.
It is located directly at the Angara river outflow, which is iincluded in the UNESCO World Heritage List.due to its beauty.
Check in at the "Mayak" hotel. Lunch to one of the restaurants on the shore.
After lunch, we will take a cable car to the Cherskiy Stone observation platform and enjoy the panorama of Lake Baikal. Then we will visit the Baikal Museum and explore Listvyanka's souvenir and fish markets.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the snowmobiles base (Warm suits are provided). After getting safety instructions, we will go driving Arctic Cat Bearcat 570 on the ice of Lake Baikal.
After that we will move to the Circum-Baikal Railway, passing by the Angara river outflow, and have lunch at the Shumikha recreation center.
Our next stop is the Seredina station, built right on the ice in 1901 as a small wooden building, for regulation of train movement. The rails passed over the ice - thus reducing the time of delivery of goods in winter. Here we will enjoy a historical show.
A hot dinner at the station, including thick meat soup or Baikal fish soup.
The night in the middle of Baikal in a wooden house. Hot-heated stove and warm down sleeping bags. In the middle of an ice desert, warmly dressed, we will listen to the ice, look at the amazing stars and hear Baikal breathing.
Getting Hovercrafts "Khivus", the most convenient vehicle, with a closed cabin, to move on the winter ice,
We will go along the west coast and observe nature changes from a mixed Russian forest to alpine meadows, Mongolian steppes and further to the harsh Siberian taiga.
We will visit also go to the sunniest place on Baikal - Sandy Bay, known for its unique "stilted" trees, and Small and Big Belfry rocks. Endless ice landscapes and picturesque rocks end at sacred shaman place - Mount Erd.
Lunch at the restaurant.
After lunch we will enter the Strait of Olkhon Gates, characterized by impressive landscapes, bizarre capes, many islands, and stone remnants.
Arrival at the Hadarta recreation center. Hot dinner. Bathhouse
A trip to the Small Sea Islands. The largest of these rock islands is a sacred Olkhon. With its bright blue on the cracks of ice, near the shore you can see the bottom of the lake. The blackening depths are further from the shore. Due to transparency of the ice, the thickness is almost not felt .
Then we will visit the Shaman Rock. This is a shrine,that is now a lake's hallmark: no movie or picture about Lake Baikal can do without this image.
Further there is the Stupa of Enlightenment. Stupas are believed to dissolve all negative obstacles, contribute to the prosperity of the area and benefit people.
Picnic lunch near Cape Khoboy, the Northern tip of Olkhon Island.
Breakfast in the hotel. The start of Siberia off-road adventure.
Ford Expedition, Toyota Land Cruiser 80, Nissan Safari, Toyota Helix Surf – are powerful off-road vehicles. They will be driven by our Instructors.
Tazheranskaya steppe is an amazing combination of Baikal landscapes: sand dunes, and separate cliffs, spruce forests, and many caves. There is practically no snow cover here in winter, because snow is simply blown away by the wind. In the center of the steppe there are several mineral salt lakes and the famous Valley of Stone Spirits, with its huge stone sculptures surrounded by legends.
Lunch in the cafe of the Buryat cuisine.
After lunch we will go to Irkutsk, visiting the Golden Horde Ethnopark on the way. You can enjoy a meal in a real Buryat yurt and watch the performance of national dancing and music. You will even learn how to dance Echor.