The Fantastic Turquoise ice of lake BAIKAL
23 Feb, 2019 — 1 Mar, 2019
Lake Baikal is the most famous natural landmark of Russia. It is the deepest lake in the world with flora and fauna that you will not see anywhere else. Although little known, during the winter Baikal is covered by unique forms of ice and turns into the improvised biggest skating rink in Russia. Winter is the best time of year to visit Baikal, especially February, when the weather is comfortable enough to walk along the crystal clear ice surface of the famous lake.

During the tour we offer you magic experiences such as rides on hovercrafts to the most picturesque places of Baikal, skating on transparent ice, visiting mysterious Tazheransky steppes, swimming in hot springs in the mountains of Eastern Sayan and discovering traditional Buryat cuisine.
Tour agenda:
23 February
23 February
Arrival. Tazheransky steppe and Maloe sea.
Immediately after arriving at the airport, you will get on off-road vehicles and set off to Baikal. On our way we are going to visit the most beautiful and interesting places - the vantage point of Mount Tan-Khan, ancient rock paintings and picturesque bays with crystal-clear ice. You are also going to have delicious lunch of national dishes in a cozy cafe. In the afternoon, we are going to arrive at the Maloe Sea Strait, where you can walk on the ice and try the icy Baikal water. In the evening - arrival at the base camp, check-in and delicious dinner.

Distance: 280 km
Travel time: 8 hours (4 hours of riding, 4 hours of excursions)
Meals: lunch, dinner
24 February
24 February
Riding in jeeps, contemplating the ice of Maloe Sea, skating.
After breakfast, we are going on jeeps along the frozen Baikal to explore the variety of ice of Maloe Sea: grottoes, landwashes, caves with ice stalactites. At one of the stops you are going to have picnic lunch right on the ice of Baikal - including the most delicious hot-smoked Baikal fish. After lunch - a lot of ice entertainment: tube riding and skating, ice hockey, a photo session on the ice and much more. Later in the evening weare going to return to the hostel. We are going to have dinner, relax and share our impressions, which by that time will surely have been a lot!

Distance: up to 200 km
Travel time: 8 hours (4 hours of riding, 4 hours of excursions)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
25 February
25 February
Journey on hovercraft from Maloe Sea to Peschanaya Bay.
After breakfast, getting on a hovercraft (Hivus) and setting off from Maloe Sea to Peschanaya Bay. On the way we're going to visit the famous places of Baikal: Cape Sagan-Zaba, the delta of the river Aya. All these spots are famous for their beautiful crystal-clear ice. On the way there are going to be snacks, as well as lunch. In the evening we're going to arrive at the recreation center "Baikal Dunes", where we're going to stay in wooden houses heated by wood stoves. A real expedition romantic experience awaits you: absolute silence (after all, there is not a single settlement for the next 50 km!), The crackle of burning wood in a stove, the star-lit sky and the sounds of the sleeping Baikal.

Distance: 180 km
Travel time: 8 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner



26 February
26 February
Journey on hovercraft to the villages of Bolshoe Goloustnoe and Vydrino. Famous ice bubbles.
In the morning we are re going on a trip on Hivus along the western shore of the lake to the village of Bolshoe Goloustnoe. Here, you are more likely to see the famous Baikal ice bubbles. Afterwards you're going to have hot homemade lunch in the village. After crossing Baikal, we're going to arrive in the village of Vydrino on the eastern shore, where we're going to spend the night.

Distance: 120 km
Travel time: 6-7 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
27 February

27 February

Day in the gorge of the river Mamai.
After breakfast, we're going to the gorge of the Bolshoy Mamai river, where we're going to be surrounded by high fir and cedar trees, huge snow drifts and high mountains. During the day - walking, building a bulk hut, lunch, picnic in the forest. In the evening - descending to the bottom of the gorge. Afterwards - getting in a car and riding through the picturesque Tunkinskaya valley to the village of Arshan. Accommodation, dinner, relaxing.

Distance: 230 km
Travel time: about 3-4 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

28 February
28 February
Spending a day in Arshan.
In the morning we're going for a walk around Arshan and its surroundings. We're going to visit the icefalls of the river Kyngyrgi, Bodhidharma datsan and snow-covered mountain slopes. Then you're going to swim in the hot springs of the village of Zhemchug, from where you can contemplate the snow-covered slopes and peaks of the East Sayan mountains. Afterwards - departing to Irkutsk, hotel accommodation.

Distance: 230 km
Travel time: about 3-4 hours
Meals: breakfast, lunch
1 March
1 March
Departure.

At the appointed time you're going to be transferred to the airport.

Distance: 10 km
Travel time: 20-30 minutes
Meals: breakfast

What is included in the price?
Accomodation
Comfortable hotel rooms.
Transportation
Expeditional SUVs, Hivus-10 hovercraft.
Food
Experienced guides and instructors
Excursions
Car-walking tour of the village of Arshan and its surroundings. Visiting the hot springs of the village Zhemchug.
Transfer from the airport and back
Flight tickets search assistance
Unforgettable experience
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