Winter Olkhon Island Tour (2 days)

Duration: 2 days
Destination: Russia, Siberian District, Irkutsk
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  • 2 days
  • Irkutsk
  • E-Voucher
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Overview

Olkhon is the largest Island in Baikal. Many myths, mysteries are associated with this Island. The population of Olkhon is about 1000 people. Majority of the population is the Buryats. The Buryats since ancient times were shamanists, and Olkhon island is considered as a father of all shamans and the main sanctuary and a religious center. Olkhon has a supernatural power that’s why a lot of shamans from the whole world come here to pray or do rituals.

During this tour you will get acquainted with the history of Buryat people, taste local cuisine, visit holy places, and see Baikal ice.
You will have an opportunity to explore the Island and it's caves and grottoes on ice. Also you will visit then most famous place in Olkhon - Cape Khoboy.

Local people say that Olkhon is a heart of Baikal. And We hope that Olkhon will remain in your hearts.

Itinerary

Day 1: Irkutsk - Olkhon Island (Khuzhir village)

Stop At: Cape Burkhan/Shamanka Rock, Western bank of Olkhon island, Olkhon Island 666137 Russia
The tour starts in Irkutsk at 9 am. The road to Olkhon takes 3 hours by asphalt road, then 40 minutes driving on ice, and voila, we are in Olkhon Island.
During 3 hours of asphalt road to Olkhon we will see endless snowy steppes, impenetrable forests, salt lakes, Tazheran steppes, and we will meet the following settlements and sights:
1) Ust-Orda village with its famous monument "Gesser" - Buryat hero
2) Bayandai village is a typical Buryat village - half of the way
3) The border of the Olkhon region (we will stop there to "burhanit", that means to greet spirits of this land). Usually people "burhanit" with silver coins, rice, matches and cigarettes.
4) Elantsy village is the capital of the Olkhon region. If someone is hungry, we will stop here and eat in a Buryat cafe.
5) Ice road is official road from main land to the Island. It longs 11 km and it works 2 month (February and March).
Check-in. We will live in a guest house. 30 minutes rest after a long and hard road.
After we will go for a walk around Khuzhir. The main sights of Khuzhir are the Shamanka rock and the "Serge" pillars. On the way to these sights we will see a post office, rural shops, a wooden school, hospital and various guest houses. Usually we come to the Shamanka rock at the time of sunset, so be ready for your awesome photos of Winter Baikal.

After walk, we return to the guest house, where dinner awaits us. After dinner, optionally we can book Russian banya (sauna), or go to rest for tomorrow.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in a Guesthouse with sharing facilities /
Overnight in a Hotel accommodation

Day 2: Olkhon Island (Khuzhir village) - Cape Khoboy - Irkutsk

Stop At: Khoboy, Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, 666137
Breakfast at 8 am. At 9 am our driver for today excursion will wait us with a special "Olkhon" off-road vehicle - UAZ "Bukhanka". And we will begin our excursion to Cape Khoboy - the most northern point of Olkhon, where you will see open Baikal. The whole trip will be on ice. On the way to Cape Khoboy you will have 4 stops:
1) Kharantsy Island, where we will see a lot of caves and grottes, ice walls and ice breaks.
2) Lion Island. It names after it's shape.
3) Cape "Three Brothers". That's mythical place with its legends.
Here you can see amazing ice splashes.
4) Cape Khoboy. During the stop near Cape Khoboy, our driver will prepare for us a lunch from fresh omul.

After we return to Khuzhir. Check-out. Return to Irkutsk.
Duration: 40 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Today you will have soup from endemic fish - Omul.
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • 1x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Private transportation
  • Accommodation (shared facilities)
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Burkhan/Shamanka Rock

Exclusions
  • Tips and private expenses
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Airports

  • Irkutsk Airport, Irkutsk Russia



Departure Time

9:00 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 days

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

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