Summer tours 
Baikalian week - 7 days
Lake Baikal - the Ancient Tazheranskaya Steppe and the Tunka Alpes - 15 days
Lake Baikal - The Tazheranskaya Steppe - 7 days
Siberian canyoning - 7 days
Lake Baikal - Bol'shiye Koty - 4 days
In the Sayany Mounts - 4 days
The Kitoy River Rafting and Visiting Caves - 4 days
Rafting down the Irkut river - 5 days
The Olkhinskoye Plateau Rocks - 4 days
 
Winter tours 
Winter canyoning in Sayan mountains. - 7 days
The Glacial Baikal. Down the Baikal Ice and Snow-covered Ol'khon - 14 days
The Glacial Baikal. Down the Baikal Ice and Snow-covered Ol'khon - 10 days
River Kitoy Caves - 1 day
The Aya Bay Caves - 1 day
The Baikal Caves - 1 day
 

 

 
Lake Baikal - the Ancient Tazheranskaya Steppe and the Tunka Alpes.

The program is estimated for 15 days.

Today tourists from all over the world come to Siberia and Lake Baikal. But there are still a lot of spots known only by true connoisseurs and experts on Lake Baikal. One of such spots is the Tazheranskaya Steppe. The Tazheranskaya steppe , undoubtedly, will conquer you with the vast and originality of the relict landscapes. You can get to know the monuments of the ancient civilizations: petroglyphs, defensive installations, prehistoric altars. Also, you can learn about the aboriginal religion - shamanism, that is. You can also go hiking and visiting beautiful Baikal caves. Some of them have been known to the human being for thousands of years, legends have been composed about them, and shamans nowadays hold there rituals here. Some others were discovered by speleologists not so long ago, and they startle people with unusual beauty of the grottoes, tiff crystals and bizarre ice sculptures.

The other part of the tour takes places in the mounts of the Vostochnye Sayany, in a surprising area called the Tunka Alpes. You can go hiking on mountain paths and canyons, ascend the mountain peaks, have some medicinal water from the well-known mineral sources of Arshan, visit the Buddhist Datsan.

Also, you can go on a tour of an age-old Russian village, in the Tal'tsy ethnographic museum.

The program of the tour:
1st day - arrival in Irkutsk. Accommodation at the Baikalhostel. (Accommodation in some other city hotels is also possible at extra charge.) A tour of the city, exploring the history and architecture monuments, a visit to the history museum.
2nd day - transportation by minibus from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal, the Khally area (210 km). A hike to the Sagan-Zaba bay (1 km). Arranging a tent camp. A lecture on an ancient history and religion. Viewing the unique petroglyphs, whose age is about 2500 years. Going sightseeing (karst holes, "Indian" Rock, a site for holding shamanistic rituals, minor caves).
3d day - a hike through the pine forest to the Begul bay (12 kms). On the way you can see remarkable "hip pines" which are not encountered in other areas. Arranging a tent camp.
4th day - a hike across the steppe from the Begul to Ust'-Anga (5 km), viewing the "Kurykanskaya Stena" archeological monument (about 2000 year age) on Shibetae mount, the Ust'-Anga bay natural monument, a tour of Erd sacred mount (2,5 km). Arranging a camp on the Anga riverbank.
5th day - a hike across the steppe from the Anga river to the Aya bay (10 km), local sightseeing on the way (including the karst arch and minor caves). Arranging a camp on the Aya karst plateau.
6th day - training on rocks, visiting the Aya cave. The latter is the longest cave on the Baikal coastline. Its length is 1300 m. A tour of the Aya bay, bathing (the water temperature is about +16 Degrees Celsius).
7th day - descending into the Vologodskogo and Oktyabr'skaya caves. Walks, viewing the well-known petroglyphs in the Aya bay.
8th day - transportation by minibus from the Aya via Yelantsy to Irkutsk (260 km). Visiting the museum of local lore in Yelantsy.
9th day - a tour of the "Village of Tal'tsy" ethnographic museum where surprising samples of age-old wooden architecture have been collected. Transportation by minibus from Irkutsk to Taltsy (47 km) .
10th day - transportation from Irkutsk to Arshan (210 km). A hike to the "Tunkinskiye Gol'tsy" mounts (6 km). Visiting the well-known mineral water sources. A good path ascends the hill along the Kyngarga river to the highest peaks. On the way you may see a spot, especially honored by the local Buryats, "a sacred waterfall". A night in a tent camp.
11th through 12th day - walks around the picturesque environs, easy climbing the mountains, from where dazzling panoramas of the Sayany mounts open up at dozens of kilometers. Spending a night in a tent camp, cooking on a fire.
13th day - returning to Arshan, visiting the Buddhist Datsan. Going back to Irkutsk by minibus.
14th day - day-off, city walks.
15th day - departure.

The services, included in the tour cost:
- Accommodation at the Baikalhostel
- All the transfers according to the program
- Qualified guides and interpreters accompanying you
- The necessary safety, speleological outfit and equipment, special gear to visit caves
- Present-day double or triple tents
- The equipment for the base camp
- Three hiking meals a day according to the program
- Charges for visiting the national parks
- Tours of the museums according to the program

Extra services
- Renting sleeping bags, hiking rugs.

*The tour is in action from June, 1 till September, 15

 
 
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Notes  

  * The winter program is in action from September, 16 till May, 15

  * The summer program is in action from May, 16 till September, 15.

The information on the extra tours you can obtain by writing to us at the address: baikalexp@irk.ru

You can work out the program on your own of the tours offered.

 
 
 
 

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