|Продолжительность: 4 days / 3 nights||Сезонность: February March|
|Километраж:||Кол-во туристов в группе: 10 people|
|Питание: Breakfast lunch dinner||Подготовка: sportsmanship no required|
Maximum number of participants 10 people
Accompaniment by a guide-guide of the group throughout the entire route
ROUTE: IRKUTSK — UST ORDA — SMALL SEA — OLKHON ISLAND — SOUTH OF OLKHON ISLAND — OLKHON GATE — CAPE KOBYLYA GOLOVA — TRIZUBETS — NURSKOE LAKE — ISLAND OGOY — CAPE SHIBETE — CAPE KHORGOY — KURYKANSKAYA WALL — CAPE ELGAI — ROCK SHAMANKA — P.KHARANTSY — O.OLTREK — CAPE BUDUN — CAPE SAGAN KHUSHUN — CAPE KHOBOI — P.UZURY — P.MALOMORES — IRKUTSK
If you have not been to Olkhon, then you have not comprehended the soul of Baikal. So say everyone who was lucky enough to visit this ancient and mysterious land of ezhins, sacred natural monuments and fabulously beautiful natural landscapes. We invite you to make a short exciting journey into the realm of the endless Baikal ice and shining snowy peaks of the Primorsky Range. Excellent mood and excellent health will be the perfect result of this winter trip!
Meeting at the airport. Ethnopark «Golden Horde». Transfer to Olkhon island. Ice crossing on the Small Sea.
An interesting, full of impressions journey to the heart of Lake Baikal — Olkhon Island. Evaluate samples of traditional Buryat folklore and the national meat dish of the Buryats — buuzy (similar to manti). Ice crossing. Transparent ice of Baikal along the southern part of Olkhon. Here we will see many impressive winter views of the Small Sea and the Primorsky Range.
Program of the day:
At the airport or at the railway station, depending on what mode of transport you arrive in Irkutsk, you will be met by representatives of our company. In addition to the general memo sent by us with a set of documents, the meeting guide, the day before arrival, always reports clarifying information by phone you specified when ordering the tour. Meeting all visitors and boarding the bus of our company is carried out from 08.00 to 11.00 local time. We will be waiting for you inside the airport to the right of the exit with the nameplate «Baikal Tourism». Our airport is small, there is only one exit. After collecting your luggage (without leaving the airport building), go to the guide to check in. The meeting guide will personally escort you to the car and help you with your luggage. If you arrive by train, you will first need to get to the airport by taxi, paying for the cheapest taxi fare will cost you a little over a hundred rubles. Accommodation in our tourist bus. Departure to Olkhon island. 250 km of the way to the Small Sea and further, we are going to the island along a good road. On the way, we will make a stop at the Golden Horde ethnopark. The ethnopark is located in the village of Ust-Orda, in a picturesque area on the banks of the Kuda River (one of the tributaries of the Angara). We will introduce you to the ethnic culture, the identity of the indigenous population, carefully preserved by the Baikal Buryats for centuries. The indigenous population of the Baikal region — the Buryats have long lived in vast territories on both sides of Lake Baikal. Beautiful, poetic legends tell about the origin of the Buryat ethnic group, which consisted of the tribes of Ekhirits, Bulagats and Khori. Well, scientists studying this complex process testify that modern Buryats are the descendants of various Mongolian-speaking groups, the unification of which began under the conditions of Russian statehood in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. A unique monument of the ancient spiritual culture of the Buryat people is the heroic epic «Geser». However, many Central Asian peoples also consider him their own: Tibetans, Mongols, Tuvans, Altaians, Kalmyks, Uighurs. Therefore, «Geser» has long become a symbol of the common cultures of these peoples, a hymn of love for their native land. A short concert performance by the Buryat folk group will introduce you to individual episodes of this national masterpiece. Well, it is impossible to understand and feel the unique ethno-cultural specifics of the Buryat people without its ancient dance-song «ekhor», which unites all those present in a single round dance. Having learned to dance «ekhor» (its movements are quite simple), you will soon understand the soul of this ancient people. Here, in Ust-Orda, you will visit a traditional Buryat family, where you can see home improvement (very different from Russian and European), its hostess will show how the national Buryat dish is prepared — buuzy, and the owner will tell about the way of life, family values and customs of the Buryat family. After a traditional Buryat lunch (a gastronomic set of several national dishes), prepared from organic meat, we continue our way to Olkhon.
The most impressive part of the journey is the ice crossing to Olkhon Island. Driving on the ice of the Small Sea, we will make short stops to take pictures of the unique landscapes of winter Baikal: transparent blue ice, frozen ice rocks in ice splashes sparkling in the sun, fabulously beautiful at this time of the year, panorama of the area similar to a winter fairy tale.
The largest of the 26 islands of the sacred sea, Olkhon is separated from its western coast by the Small Sea Strait and belongs to the territory of the Pribaikalsky National Park. It is not for nothing that this island is called the «living heart» of Baikal. Everything here is truly unique: the snow-capped peaks of the Baikal Range, the eternal blue of the sky, bizarre rocks covered with ancient Buryat legends. About 800 square kilometers (Olkhon area) contain all the diversity of Baikal’s natural landscapes: steppes, sand dunes and hills overgrown with relic spruce forests, rocks covered with reddish lichen. Olkhon is the sunniest place in the Baikal region; it is not for nothing that its name is translated from Buryat as “windy, sunny”. Clouds, obeying some laws incomprehensible to man, always bypass Olkhon, so there are more sunny days here than on the Black Sea coast. The sacred significance of the island is known, which has always been the center of the northern shamanic world. Here, on Olkhon, Mongolian shamans found refuge during their persecution since the time of Genghis Khan. At the end of the 20th century, the Buryats officially called Olkhon «a cult center of all-Mongolian and Central Asian significance, personifying the sacred ancestral home of the Buryats.» In addition, Olkhon is the only place on Baikal where people have been living permanently for a long time. In a word, the heart of Baikal — Olkhon, repeating its outlines, is incomprehensible, beautiful and mysterious at all times. Arrival in the village of Khuzhir. Accommodation in a comfortable (mini) recreation center with shower, hot and cold water and bathrooms in the rooms. Dinner.
Journey across the ice of Lake Baikal to the southern tip of Olkhon Island. Dawn meeting at the Olkhon Gates. Ice caves and grottoes. Ogoy Island. Skating. Walking tour to the rock Shamanka. Visiting an art gallery and souvenir shop. Meeting the sunset on the rock Shamanka.
Program of the day
After we have packed breakfast with us, it is still dark, we load into the UAZ SUV and go to the southern part of the island to the Olkhon Gates strait to meet the dawn. This strait in the distant past was a natural barrier that protected the first inhabitants of the island from enemy raids. Early morning in these places is the bizarre beauty of the rocks against the background of mirror blue ice, a fantastic web of the thinnest ice cracks, as if flooded with the rays of the rising sun. The strait is open to all winds, but we will always have the opportunity to warm ourselves with hot tea.
On the way to the island of Ogoy, we make a short stop at Cape Kobylya Golova (Khorin Irgi), whose caves and grottoes in winter seem to turn into huge, up to 20 meters high, ice compositions from the fairy tale about the Snow Queen.
The next point of our trip is Ogoy Island, the largest in the Small Sea. It stretches in a narrow winding strip of land from south to north for two kilometers. The contour of Ogoya resembles a dancing dakina (representative of Buddhist mythology) or a genie released from a bottle. It is generally accepted that the symbolism of Ogoy, unlike Olkhon, has a feminine principle, Ogoy is really revered as a mother island. No wonder here, on Ogoy, back in 2005, a snow-white Buddhist stupa was installed — a majestic ten-meter structure, symbolizing the connection of mankind with the heavenly worlds. We will go up to the stupa to not only admire the panorama spreading below, but also (optionally) perform the ritual “for good luck” adopted here: leave a coin and walk around this majestic structure seven times. Ice skating near the island of Ogoy (rental for those who wish, for a fee).
Следующий пункт нашего путешWalking tour to Cape Shibete. The name of the cape comes from the Buryat word «shibe» — «wall», because of the remains of an ancient wall located on the cape. The cape limits the Shibet Bay from the northeast and is the southwestern end of a long rocky foothold, stretching for 5 kilometers. We will also visit the ruins of the ancient Kurykan protective wall. Kurykans — a tribe that lived in the 7th-8th centuries. AD in the area of the Baikal Sea. The structure is located on the narrow isthmus of Cape Khorgoy in the middle part of the northwestern coast of Olkhon Island. Lunch on the ice of Lake Baikal in one of the picturesque places. Transfer to Cape Elgai, photo session, rock garden near Khankhoi Lake. Observation deck «Field camp», arrival in the village of Khuzhir. Continuation of the program: Walking tour to the rock Shamanka. Near Khuzhir there is a unique Shaman Rock (aka Cape Burkhan) — one of the nine most revered holy places in Asia. Spectacular two-peak rock, built of crystalline marble-limestone, is covered with bright red lichens. This wonderful natural object, in the minds of many people, is the main palace of the ezhin, the spirit and ruler of the island of Olkhon.
In the rock closest to the shore there is a through cave, especially revered by the local population. The most important shamanic rites have been held here for a long time, which is mentioned in many historical sources. A stone-temple with a formidable spirit-lord of the island reliably protected people from all troubles. As part of the program, a visit to the Oshchepkov art gallery and souvenir shops. Meeting the sunset on the rock Shamanka. Return to the recreation center. Dinner, free time.
Road trip on the ice of Lake Baikal to the north of Olkhon Island. Cape Budun. Cape Sagan Khushun (White Cape). Cape Khoboy. P. Uzury.
Program of the day
After breakfast, we set off to the northernmost point of Olkhon — Cape Khoboy («fang, molar» — Buryat.). On the UAZ car, we first reach the picturesque Cape Sagan-Khushun, whose three huge columnar rocks are called the Three Brothers by the locals, and from there to Cape Khoboy. The tip of the cape is the rock of the Virgin, so named for its clear resemblance to a female profile and breasts. The place is also noteworthy for the many-voiced echo reflected from the huge monolithic rock. On the way to Khoboy, you will definitely be told an instructive Buryat legend associated with this place. Well, even early morning in these places is the bizarre beauty of the rocks against the background of mirror blue ice, a fantastic web of the thinnest ice cracks, as if flooded with the rays of the rising sun.
Lunch on the route (fish soup from omul) Further (if the ice conditions permit) our route will go along the eastern side of Olkhon to the village of Uzury to unique rocks with multi-meter splash ice floes. It is the only settlement on this end of the island. Translated from Buryat, the word «uzur» means «edge», «limit», which is quite consistent with the location of the village. In winter, when Baikal freezes, the powerful wind Barguzin forms a beautiful texture of ice of various shapes around the rocks. Toward evening, we return to the village of Khuzhir.
Transfer to Irkutsk. Excursion around Irkutsk. Airport transfer.
Early breakfast. Moving to Irkutsk. Lunch en route. A tour of the city of Irkutsk will introduce you to the most interesting, historically established places of the cultural, administrative, commercial, scientific and educational center of Eastern Siberia. We start our sightseeing with the Irkutsk Kremlin — this is the name of the place where the Irkutsk prison was founded, the modern territory of which is adjacent to the central square of the city. The real decoration of the historical center of Irkutsk are the Church of the Savior (beginning of the 18th century), the Cathedral of the Epiphany (the first half of the 18th century) and the majestic Roman Catholic Church (1884) located here. Their architecture perfectly reflects the «unique face» of the history of the city, which breathed into it, according to one of the Irkutsk poets, «the soul of a man.» Among the numerous monuments of Irkutsk, several compositions stand out, installed in 2011 for the 350th anniversary of the city. This is a majestic monument to the Cossacks — pioneers on the banks of the Angara, the sculpture «Holy Blessed Peter and Fevronia of Murom» and a beautiful cast-iron gazebo «In Memory of the Founders of the City» near the Church of the Savior. On the Angara embankment rises an exact copy of the oldest in Siberia triumphal arch «Moscow Gates», restored according to old sketches, erected in 1811 on the tenth anniversary of the accession to the royal throne of Alexander the First and dismantled in 1928. Irkutsk is perhaps the only city in Russia where preserve an amazing variety of monuments to completely opposite historical figures. Among them are beautiful monuments to the founder of the Trans-Siberian Railway Alexander the Third and the leader of the world proletariat V.I. Lenin, the Supreme Ruler of Russia A.V. Kolchak and the wives of the Decembrists. In the center of the city there are monuments to Alexander Vampilov and Leonid Gaidai, whose life is closely connected with Irkutsk, here on pedestals there are a T-34 tank, MiG-29 and Yak-28PP aircraft, which also personify the history of the city. Irkutsk is also decorated with monuments to the first cosmonaut (this city is the birthplace of four Russian cosmonauts), bronze figures of surveyors, an inquisitive tourist, copies of the famous Rodin sculptures and even an Irkutsk scientist cat. Of great interest to travelers is the unique public space «Irkutskaya Sloboda», created for the anniversary of the city on the basis of two old Irkutsk streets. Today it is a long line of restored or rebuilt antique houses, which house numerous shops and cafes. The headquarters of the Stars on Baikal festival and the music salon of our outstanding fellow countryman, the world-famous pianist Denis Matsuev, as well as the workshop and sculpture garden of the outstanding sculptor Dashi Namdakov are also located here. Well, this unique space begins with a majestic sculpture of the famous Irkutsk babr with a sable in his teeth, which, like the old days, symbolizes the power, strength and wealth of our region. Airport transfer. If your departure is only the next day after the end of the tour, then we will be happy to provide you with an additional service of booking our partner hotel, with inexpensive, comfortable accommodation in Irkutsk, payment upon arrival at the hotel (free service). All booking issues are resolved with us upon arrival, no need to book in advance). You can also book any other hotel with a suitable accommodation format on your own.
Our recommendations for the tour:
Clothing should be comfortable, windproof — not hinder movement. shoes in high, trekking boots are better, or Chinese dutiks (quite suitable). Two pairs of gloves/socks. Buff. Sunglasses. Cream for frost and wind. Rubber pads for shoes with spikes (we call them scratches). Good mood!
From 08 Feb. to 11 Feb.
From 13 Feb. to 16 Feb.
From 18 Feb. to 21 Feb.
From 23 Feb. to 26 Feb.
From 28 Feb. to 03 Mar.
From March 05 to March 08
From March 10 to March 13
From March 15 to March 18
Tour type Standard. Reservations are made without prepayment! The price for the tour is relevant only for direct booking from our website of the tour operator Akkord LLC. Accommodation on Olkhon Island: Comfortable accommodation at the (mini) recreation center «Khuzhirsky Bay» (location of the village of Maly Khuzhir / the shore of the Khuzhirsky Bay) — involves 2-bed rooms, but an extra bed is placed at your request. Shower and bathroom/node in the room. Free Wi-Fi. Walking distance to Lake Baikal. Breakfasts and dinners are complex. Lunches on routes. All types of transfers according to the program. All excursions according to the program. Services prescribed in the tour program. Services of professional guides, guides, instructors. This is important: Supplement for single occupancy — 6000 rubles.