Skate-and-camp touR

18-28 FEBRUARY / 29 FEBRUARY - 9 MARCH, 2020
The exact itinery of the programme will be posted here soon. Contact us to find out all the details.

Exploring Baikal in winter you'll get to see extraterrestrial landscapes without having to leave the Earth, which is a great experience on its own. Add a pinch of skating thrill to this – and you'll get the trip of a lifetime we've organized for adventure-seekers just like you.
Dates: 19-28 February / 29 February - 09 March 2020

This trek is pretty easy with absolutely no long hauls and overnight stays in tents, which makes it a perfect option for people with little trekking and hiking experience.
The day treks will be relatively short and relaxed so you'll have the time to get the hang of it even if your skating skills are a bit rusty.
Even though we'll be staying in lodges it's gonna be pretty cold outside during the day, so make sure you pack enough warm clothes.

Day 1. Irkutsk
Meet at the airport in Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka. Visit Baikal Limnological Museum. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 2. Listvyanka – Sakhayurta
Transfer from Listvyanka to Sakhayurta. Skating training. Overnight stay in lodges.

Day 3. Skating around the Maloye More strait
Skating around Maloye More islands. Visiting Ogoy island with a Buddhist stupa. Transfer to Harantzy.

Day 4. Uzury settlement - Cape Hoboy
Transfer to Uzury. Trek to Cape Hoboy. Overnight stay in Harantzy.

Day 5. Cape Yizhemey
Trek to Cape Yizhemey. Skating along the east shore of Olkhon. Overnight stay in Harantzy.

Day 6. Huzhir settlement – Cape Burkhan
Transfer to Huzhir. Skating trek to Shamanka Cliff and Cape Burkhan. Overnight stay in Huzhir.

Day 7. The east shore of Olkhon Island
Transfer to Idiba Valley. Skating trek to Sakhayurta settlement. Russian banya and dinner. Overnight stay in Sakhayurta. The length of the trek is about 28km.

Day 8. Transfer to Listvyanka
Group transfer to Listvyanka via Irkutsk. Shopping for souvenirs. Free time. Overnight stay in a guest house.

Day 9. Hivus ride along the route of Circum-Baikal Railway
If you choose not to take a ride along Circum-Baikal Railway in one of the train cars on Day 8, you'll get to see it anyway during the hivus ride. We'll explore the area and compare it to what we will have already seen. Imagine riding as fast as 70km/h on board a hivus, overcoming ice cracks and ridges. Pretty unusual experience, isn't it.
Circum-Baikal Railway is a unique and complex 89km-long construction with 38 tunnels covering 9km of the way, 18 galleries and 248 bridges. It used to be part of the bigger Transsiberian Railway, but then it faced deterioration and wasn't demolished only because of the status of an architecture and landscape legacy object. Currently it only functions as a dead end way for tourists and locals.

Day 10. Departure

Dates: 19-28 February / 29 February - 09 March 2020

You don't have to be a professional athlete to complete the trek and hiking experience isn't mandatory either. Being generally fit is enough for most adults. We've had senior tourists finish the tour successfully, too, but it's only safe if you have enough experience and sure that you can handle the amount of physical activity.

Besides, you have to be ready to step out of the comfort zone both physically and mentally, but isn't that just what you're in for? If you got the will to challenge yourself and do something truly extraordinary – we got the way.

If it's the winter camping that scares you we'd recommend checking the "overnight-hotel-stay" version of this tour, where we'll cover a similar route with stopovers at warm and cozy guest houses. All the belongings will be transported by a vehicle, so you won't have to think about them while skating. You'll also be able to take a day-off any time and take a ride to the next location.

Day 1. Irkutsk

Meet at the airport in Irkutsk. Transfer to Listvyanka. Visit Baikal Limnological Museum. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 2. Listvyanka – Sakhayurta
Transfer from Listvyanka to Sakhayurta. Skating training. Overnight stay in lodges.

Day 3. Sakhayurta – Cape Ulan-Nur
The beginning of the skating trek. Haul to Cape Ulan-Nur. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 4. Cape Ulan-Nur – Cape Krestovy
11th century fortress ruins. Sagan-Zaba Cliff and ancient petroglyphs. Cape Krestovy. Overnight stay in tents. The trek length is about 25km.

Day 5. Cape Krestovy – Kuyalda
Overcoming ice pressure ridges. Overnight stay in tents. The trek length is about 25km.

Day 6. Kuyalda – Peschanaya Bay
Natural arch near Dyrovataya rock. Malaya Kolokolnya Rock. Babushka Bay. Cape Ded. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 7. Peschanaya Bay – Cape Nizhniye Khomuty
Baklaniy Kamen Rock. Overnight stay in tents. The trek length is about 2km.

Day 8. Cape Nizhniye Khomuty – Bolshoye Goloustnoye
Final part of the skating trek. Russian banya. Celebration dinner. Overnight stay at a guest house. The trek length is about 20km.

Day 9. Transfer to Listvyanka
Transfer to Listvyanka via Irkutsk. Shopping for souvenirs. Free time. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 10. Departure
Group transfer to the airport. Departure.

About the group leader guide
Elena Kazachok
Meet Elena Kazachok – a seasoned traveler, certified athlete and professional architect. Having her as a guide you'll be sure to get the most of the tour and see everything there is to see in the area.

She's got dozens of treks and hikes of various levels under her belt as well as extreme survival and rescue team work experience. She knows everything and more about both the area and trekking, so you'll get just the right amount of physical activity and visit just the right places. If there's a person you can feel safe with while Baikal trekking, that's definitely her.

19-28 February: 85.500 RUB per person
29 February - 09 March 2019: 61.000 RUB per person

For foreigners an additional fee of 100 euros for visa support and registration in the Federal Migration Service

Included in the price:
  • all transfers according to the itinerary;
  • tent rental fees;
  • skates, sleds, ropes, ice traction cleats, belts rental fees;accommodation in a guesthouse with Russian sauna (the nights before and after the trek)
  • meals (breakfast & dinner)
  • guiding services;
  • GPS, satellite cell phone, emergency service registration;
Additional expenses:
  • plane tickets;
  • health insurance;
  • meals in Irkutsk and Huzhir;
  • extra expenses;
List of necessary equipment:

1) Personal special running equipment:
  • Skates (if you don't have, we'll give you)
  • Ski helmet
  • Stick - should be as high as your shoulder
  • Protection on the knees and elbows - protection for roller skates is suitable
  • Sleigh
  • 10 m auxiliary rope + belt for fastening - we'll buy a rope, but it's better to have your own belt. A wide sling is suaitable.
  • Backpack 75-100 liters
  • Glasses from the sun and wind (snowboard mask) – mask is more convenient
  • Shoe spikes
  • Rescue spikes for fishing
  • Thermos
  • Light backpack

2) Clothes:
  • Boots – they should be rather free, so that you can wear extra socks. ALSO IMPORTANT THE HARD FIXATION OF THE ANKLE!
  • Warm thermal underwear (pants + jacket)
  • Fleece clothes (pants + jacket)
  • Running clothes (pants + jacket)
  • Down jacket
  • Polyester pants (or your fleece pants + running)
  • Hat + balaclava or scarf - it is recommended in addition to the hat to have also balaclava or mask to protect from the wind
  • Gloves (several pairs)
  • Warmed mittens
  • Socks of different degree of warming
  • Warm shorts (never unnecessary)
  • Booties for tent or very warm socks

3) Personal bivouac equipment:
  • Sleeping bag - comfort is about -15, weight is up to 2 kg. We take 2 sleeping bags. Warm synthetic and inside it a light downy one.
  • 2 rugs, DO NOT take an inflatable one
  • Overboots
  • Mug, spoon, bowl, knife - the most important equipment :)
  • Flashlight (headlight)
  • Analgesic + matches
  • Personal first aid kit - see below
  • Cream from the sunburn / wind
  • Means of personal hygiene

The weight of personal equipment should not be more than 15 kg. If you have more, we can talk about it. But you can not reduce weight by throwing out warm clothes

4) Other:
  • Extreme insurance
  • Documents, money in the waterproof bag
  • For foreign citizens REGISTRATION at the Federal Migration Service

5) Minimum first-aid kit:
  • Sterile bandage or any dressing bag
  • Several bactericidal plasters and a plaster roll in the amount that you need during the trip.
  • Elastic bandage / special elastic bandage on the joint , if there are aching joints that you reel.
  • Individual medicines for the treatment of your chronic diseases. With annotations!
  • Hygienic Lipstick
  • Hand cream can be taken at will.

Many tourists take much more depending on habits and personal preferences and the ability to carry it all by yourself.
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