Departure from Irkutsk
We pick you up from any point you requested.
Arrival in Lake Baikal. Stop for breakfast (not included).
We will arrive at official ice road, going by the lake. It is completely safe, and exciting experience! On the ice we will have some stops with beautiful views to the lake.
Arrival in Khuzhir village. Shamanka Rock, where local people still doing their rituals
Khuzhir is located in central part of the island. It is convenient to travel to any place of the island from here. Just next to the village is Shamanka Rock, the most energetic place where local shamans still carry out their rituals. We will see many colorful stripes attached to 13 polls, symbolising the most powerful family of Eagles, lived at the island long time ago. This place is still very important, considered as the world's capital of shamanism, and many people say it has special feeling.
Kharantsy cape and village
We pass through the village where the airport served local flights to and from Irkutsk. The airport is still maintained by one family, which holds that mission since middle of 20th century. "Kharantsy" means "watcher", that is why we see great views from the cape. We will drive by the ice again, and we will stop at Crocodile and Whitish islands for great photos at grottos and ice formations. Depending on a year, ice formations could be up to 4 meters height!
We will see beautiful views to the village and old wooden pier made for fish factory, a part of Stalin times political prison (GULAG). The settlement has only one family, living all year round.
Cape Sagan-Khushun and Rock of Three Brothers
This is one of the most beautiful spots of the Northern Baikal, the cape is formed from light-color marble, covered by lichens. From the lake surface the cape looks like huge giant, which was turned into stone by some spirits. We will tell you local legends about shamans (people who are able to speak with spirits) and mysteries of the lake. Here is also an ice cave for your exploration!
Cape Khoboy (Tusk), famous place of the Power
One of the most beautiful places of the lake, where local people met sunsets and prayed to spirits for their kindness. Close to the cape there are areas of stunningly blue ice, which looks so beautiful... If the weather allows, you can see another shore and hilly Holy Nose peninsula, located at eastern coast. There is also Deva (Woman) Rock, which was turned by the legend into the rock to save her from greediness. You will feel here that the lake is really alive. We will have a pre-cooked lunch here, and warm meals taste especially good when it's cold outside. Vodka upon request! :)
Departure to Khuzhir.
We leave severe but beautiful cliffs and head back to the village.
Arrival back in Khuzhir, departure to Irkutsk
From here we start to go back to the city.
Arrival in Irkutsk
We arrive to Irkutsk and drop off all travellers at any place in the city.