|5 days and 4 nights|
Russia (Listvyanka, Baikal Lake, Irkutsk)
We will meet you at the airport of Irkutsk. After receiving the luggage, we will immediately depart to Listvyanka - a cozy village on the shore of Lake Baikal . Today you will have your first acquaintance with Lake Baikal, as well as with the culture and life of the indigenous people who inhabited its shores. On our route we will make a stop to take a look at Taltsy ethnic-park, which is located on a half-way drive drive from Irkutsk. Taltsy is an open-air museum of wooden architecture. Here you can see old Russian huts, Buryat yurts, buildings of Evenks and Tafalars. Original objects of wooden architecture were brought here from all over the region. After visit to the museum you will continue your way to the shore of Baikal. After check-in to the hotel in Listvyanka you’ll have a free time to walk around the village and to the visit the famous observation point “Chersky’s Stone” located here. A cable car will take up and down. You can dine in the hotel restaurant or in one of the many cafes in Listvyanka village.
Today we will take our first hiking route along the Great Baikal Trail. The distance is 23 kilometers and the path will take us from Listvyanka to the village named Bolshiye Koty. This is the most popular and easy hiking route near Baikal. The first 3.5 km of the trail goes uphill. This ascent is the hardest part of the route. At the top point of this ascent (860 m above sea level, 404 m above lake level), a beautiful view of Lake Baikal awaits you. After descending the serpentine, the trail goes to the shore. Here you will find a place to relax. The lunch will be cooked on a fireplace. In the middle of the path, the trail turns into a forest, where you can enjoy the cleanest air, inhaling the aroma of Baikal grass and flowers, and hear the bewitching singing of birds. Small ascents and descents to the lake itself are striking in their beauty. In some sections, the trail runs along steep cliffs, high above the water. In some places it narrows, underfoot there are stone debris. 3 km before the settlement of Bolshiye Koty, the trail descends to the pebble bank of the Chernaya valley and turns into a dirt road. After arrival at Bolshiye Koty, you will be accommodated at the comfortable guesthouse. Tasty dinner of local cuisine is included in the program.
Today, after the breakfast we will take our second walking tour. A shuttle-route will take us from Bolshiye Koty to the Skriper mountain. Its one-way length is nearly 5 km and the total walking time is about 5 hours. This is a popular route with a well-trodden path. You won't need serious physical training to pass it, but comfortable trekking or athletic shoes are a must. We will go to the east, along the shore of the lake. The slight ascend will get us to Sennaya valley, where you can see the wooden troughs of the gold miners who worked at the local gold mine in the 19th century. Behind the Sennaya valley, the ascent to Mount Skriper begins. On our way we will have lunch prepared on a fire. After enjoying the stunning views of Baikal from the Skriper Rock we will start our way back to Bolshie Koty. The returning journey goes downhill and will be much easier. A hearty dinner and overnight at the guesthouse awaits you at Bolshie Koty.
Today we are returning from the Baikal hinterland to Irkutsk. Another entertainment on your way home will be a boat trip from the village of Bolshiye Koty to Listvyanka. In Listvyanka we will change to a car and go to Irkutsk. Upon arrival in Irkutsk, you will check into a hotel. The end of the day is at your disposal.
After the breakfast you will be transferred to Irkutsk airport to take your plane home. We are sure that Baikal nature will charge you with its peaceful energy and that you’ll never forget this wonderful trip!
• Meeting at the airport of Irkutsk;
• accommodation in comfortable twin rooms according to the program;
• transfers according to the program;
• services of a professional guide at Lake Baikal;
• picnic-lunches during hikes;
• dinners on 2nd and 3rd days of the program;
• entrance fees to museums.
• Airline tickets;
• additional services and excursions not included in the program;
• lunches and dinners on the 1st and 4th days of the program.
|1||2 Stars or similarListvyanka||
Irkutsk - Irkutsk Airport
Listvyanka - Hotel at Listvyanka
|2||2 Stars or similarBaikal Lake||Baikal Lake - Guest House at Bolshie Koty|
|3||2 Stars or similarBaikal Lake|
|4||2 Stars or similarIrkutsk||Irkutsk - Hotel at Irkutsk|
|5||Irkutsk - Irkutsk Airport|
|Baikal Lake||2 Stars|