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Great Baikal Mountain Trekking


Difficulty

Comfort
14 days
Age 16+
December - April

Tour Overview

This extreme winter expedition takes guests up into the mountains through deep soft snow, staying at hunters’ cabins and indigenous reindeer herders’ camps. The ideal time to do it is March, but even then temperatures could drop to -55 Centigrade at night. Your expert local survivalist guide will, of course, be able to help you live comfortably and enjoy the harsh winter environment of this very isolated part of Siberia.

Highlights

  • Snowmobiling to a remote village to start the trek
  • Skiing high in the spectacular mountains of Northern Baikal
  • Visiting isolated geologists’ camps
  • Overnighting at encampments of indigenous Evenki reindeer herders
  • Taking in the breathtaking alpine Lake Nomama
  • Ice fishing for the endemic Froliha Char (Davatchan)
  • Warming up and washing in a traditional wooden bath house
  • Sleeping in remote hunting cabins
  • Relaxing in outdoor hot springs with +50C water
  • Visiting a Siberian Buddhist temple

Itinerary

Day 1: Shaman ceremony and outdoor hot springs

Flight from Irkutsk to Nizhneangarsk. Visit a point on a cliff overlooking the lake where a shaman of the indigenous Buryat community will do a blessing ceremony for your trip.

Afterwards we will transfer to the hot springs at Goudzhekit deep in the forest and mountains for a few hours skiing and bathing. The water here can reach +50C, whereas the air temperature can be -30C, so you can have an 80 degree difference between your head and body temperatures!

Overnight in a small local hotel in Nizhneangarsk.

Day 2: Snowmobile to Kholodnaya village and ski to hunting cabin

Nizhneangarsk – Holodnaya village by snow mobile following an asphalt road (17 km). From Holodnaya village – we ski to a hunting cabin camp where we spend the night. 31 Km by skis.

Day 3: Ski to geologists’ camp and reindeer herders’ camp

We ski 19 km to a geologists’ camp then a bit further on to a camp of indigenous Evenki reindeer herders, where we spend the night.

Day 4: Ski to the Biramiya River

From the reindeer herders’ camp we cover 20km to the Biramiya river where we spend the night in a hunting cabin.

Day 5: Ski to another reindeer herders’ camp

Biramiya river – another reindeer herders’ camp, 15 Km total. Overnight with herders.

Day 6: Round trip from herders’ camp to alpine lake Nomama

Reserve day off. If you want you can do a 10km round trip from the herders’ camp to the stunning alpine Lake Nomama where you can do ice fishing for the endemic Frolikh char. The herders can also organize a traditional Siberian banya (bath house) for you in one of their cabins.

Day 7: Ski to Ovgol Lake

12km from the herders’ camp to Ovgol Lake. Overnight in hunter’s cabin

Day 8: Ski to hunters’ cabin

12km from Ovgol Lake to another hunters’ cabin.

Day 9: Ski to abandoned geologists’ camp

22km to an abandoned geologists’ camp called Ozerniy.

Day 10: Return to first reindeer herders’ camp

From Ozerniy we travel 18km back to the first reindeer herders’ camp we stayed at. Overnight.

Day 11: Return to first hunting cabins

19km back to first hunting cabins. Overnight.

Day 12: Return to Nizhneangarsk

31km by skis to Holodnaya Village. 17km to Nizhneangarsk by snowmobile.

Day 13: Visit hot springs and Buddhist temple

Reserve day for visiting museum, Buddhist temple, hot springs, Lake Baikal in and around Severobaikalsk. Overnight at Severobaikalsk hotel

Day 14: Fly to Irkutsk

Transfer to Nizhneangarsk Airport and flight to Irkutsk.

Price

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Price includes:

  • Flights Irkutsk – Nizhneangarsk – Irkutsk
  • All transfers
  • Snowmobile support vehicle following 1 – 2 days behind you for the whole duration of the trek
  • All accommodation
  • All food and non-alcoholic drinks
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Rental of hunting skis
  • All entrance fees and activities as per the program
  • Invitation for Russian visa

Price does not include:

  • Flights or train from Moscow – Irkutsk – Moscow. This can be added at extra cost if required.
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Clothing or equipment rental (other than skis)

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