Around Olkhon

March 3RD - 12th 2022
Are you looking for an extraordinary trip? A great adventure? This trek is in total autonomy, your pack is in a sled which you pull behind you, you walk, eat and sleep on the ice. You are also immersed in the notoriously unpredictable siberian weather (snow, wind, windstorms...). Even if usually in march there are many sunny days, nights remain cold. In return for your efforts, you will experience unforgettable emotions and memories! This trip is a complete 180k loop around Olkhon Island (the largest island in lake Baïkal), and a chance to see its most beautiful places. On the way, the cab1in which was built for the film « In the siberian forests», adapted from Sylvain Tesson's book. Not only will you see the cabin, but we'll spend a night in it, and light a woodfire.
The itinerary:
Day 1
Arrival day and transfer to the lakeshore
Morning arrival at Irkutsk. Welcome by the english speaking guide, and departure for our base on the lakeshore. We get ready for departure the next day. Night at the base.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2
Beginning of trek
With our pulkas (our sleds) we leave the confort of the base, and get on our way. We cross the « little sea » which is the name of that part of the lake between its west coast and the island. We reach Olkhon Island via the islets of Oltrek and Ogoï (famous for its pointed shape and its budhist stupa. In the evening, we set up camp directly on the ice. Night under the tents.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
Hike to Khoujir
We keep walking. Ice, « toroses », and after a full day hiking, we reach the village of Khoujir, the « capital » of Olkhon island. We settle at the B&B, leave our packs, and go visit the shamans' rock at sunset. Night at B&B.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
Hike to Ouzouri.
Today, we round cape Khoboï and see the « great Baïkal » , we are no longer in the « Little sea ». Here the coast is very rocky, and the sceney wilder. After a few hours we reach the hamlet of Ouzouri. We install our camp and explore the surroundings. Night under the tents.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
We head south
Another day of walking. We progress south. To our right, the cliffs of Olkhon island, to our left the great Baïkal and the Bargouzin mountains. Night under the tents.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
"In the siberian forest", the cabin built for the film
Today we reach the cabin which was built for the film based on Sylvain Tesson's novel « In the siberian forests ». We can not only visit it, but also gather wood, and light a fire in the stove, to spend a warm night inside. Why not ?
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7
The "Doors of the Olkhon"
In the morning, we leave for the « Doors of the Olkhon » straight. This is where the ferry sails in the summer, from the island to the mainland. We set up camp at the village of Sakhurta in a B&B, leave our packs there, and go hike on the straight. We visit the Mare's Head island (Kobilïa golova). We can also climb a hill offering a great view of the village and lake. Night at B&B in Sakhurta. Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Departure for Irkutsk
We say goodbye to the Baïkal and drive to Irkutsk. Night at the hotel in Irkutsk.Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9
Transfer to airport.
Meals: Breakfast
A NOTER: Le programme peut être modifié en raison de l'état de la glace, des conditions météorologiques, du niveau du groupe ou toute autre raison liée à la sécurité.
From 2 000 EUROS

*From 3 to 7 participants

  • All transfers in the program
  • The services of an english speaking guide for the whole trip
  • Hotel and B&B rooms (double or twin)
  • Meals listed in the program (during the active part, your guide prepares meals)
  • Entrance fees to natural sites or parks
  • Equipment for nights outside (tents and ice anchoring equipment, gas, dishes)
  • Ice soles and pulka
  • International flights
  • Visas and insurance
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Alcool during meals
  • Expenses incurred during optional activities and personnal expenses
  • Supplement for individual room
  • Personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, carpet...). Rental is possible. A list of necessary equipment will be supplied.
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