ICE PHOTO HUNTING
This tour begins in Irkutsk, the nearest city to Baikal lake, then we continue our journey traveling to Listvyanka village and the former Trans - Siberian line. We are going to visit Bolshie Koty village and its surroundings, making stop in Buguldeika village before our tip to the strait Maloe more (Smaill sea). Finally we will descent on Olkhon island passing by Ogoy island.
Day 1 Irkutsk - Listvyanka
Arrival in Irkutsk, one of the oldest cities in Siberia. Explore the old town called once “Paris of Siberia” with its large quarters of wooden houses, the highlights and peculiar features of architecture and history. Visit to the open air architecture museum Taltsy where you will learn the history of natives people of Siberia. Transfer to Listvyanka, a village on the edge of Baikal lake. In the evening taking pictures of sunset from observation platform of Chersky peak with picturesque panorama of Baikal lake, famous Angara river and a legendary Shaman rock.
Day 2 Baikal lake - Listvyanka
Today we begin outstanding photo hunting for Baikal ice.
Early morning taking photos of sun rising at old part of Trans Siberian Road – Circumbaikal railway with its final station Port Baikal. For our unforgettable adventure we will use hovercraft “Khivus” going on transparent ice of Baikal lake to visit Bolshie Koty village and surroundings - Sennay Bay, Rock Skriper. Return to Listvyanka for overnight.
Day 3 Ice of lake Baikal - Listvyanka - Buguldeika
Today you will have an excellent opportunity to see many beautiful sculptures made of transparently clear ice, crossing Lake Baikal by hovercraft “Khivus” from Listvyanka village to Buguldeika village. We’ll make stops at the picturesque spots with the caves, covered with splendid icicles. Lunch on the ice. Overnight at Buguldeika village at the picturesque valley of the western shore of Baikal Lake.
Day 4 Buguldeika - Maloe More
Morning hunting for your singular images of Baikal exploring several ice grottos and rocks covered with amazing ice structures. Visit to a famous ancient rock drawing on high gorgeous rocky cliff of Sagan Zaba bay known for its petroglyphs on crystalline limeston. You will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view to endless spaces of the frozen Lake Baikal. In the evening we will arrive to one of tourist camp of Maloe More for overnight.
Day 5 Maloe more - Olkhon island
The cape Uyuga with big grotto and marvellous icicles is a perfect point for shooting sunrise. Then we will make stop at Ogoy island with a symbol of Buddhist faith – Stuppa of Enlightment.. In the evening you will impress the rays of sunset on the ice caves of Olkhon island, the biggest island of Baikal and one of the sacred shamanist centres, land full of legends and holy places. Coming to Khuzhir village for overnight.
Day 6 Olkhon island - cape Khoboy
Excursion around the northern part of Olkhon Island with Russian 4 WD jeeps UAZ, driving on the ice of Baikal Lake and sightseeing ice caves and grottos located at some of the small Island in the Small Sea, visit picturesque rocks “Three Brothers” and Cape Khoboy. After picnic lunch on the campfire at a scenic spot you will continue the visit of Baikal ice kingdom. Return to the village for overnight.
Day 7 Return to Irkutsk
In the morning we will meet the sunrise at Shamanka Rock, called also Burkhan Cape, one of the nine most sacred places in Asia.Free time before return back to Irkutsk by main road.
Overnight in Irkutsk.
Day 8 Departure
You will be accompanied to the airport or railway station. We don’t’ tell you good bye, but see you soon again on the hospitable earth of Baikal region!