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Baikal ice tour

Dates: 4-9 March 2020
Days:7
Price:
(per person)
520 €
closed
Type:ice skating, hiking
Includes:- transfer from Irkutsk to Olkhon and back
- accommodation in Olkhon island
- meals in Olkhon island
Excludes:- meals in cafes,
- visa fees,
- flights/train to Irkutsk
Start from Irkutsk

We will do ice skating on surface of Baikal lake, deepest lake in the world and biggest reservoir of fresh water. Our activity will include hiking and ice skating (few hours a day) with accommodation in guesthouse.

Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world, containing 2223% of the world's fresh surface water. With 23,615.39 km3 of fresh water, it contains more water than the North American Great Lakes combined.With a maximum depth of 1642m, Baikal is the world's deepest lake. It is considered among the world's clearest lakes and is considered the world's oldest lake at 2530 million years. It is the seventh-largest lake in the world by surface area.

The lake is surrounded by mountains; the Baikal Mountains on the north shore, the Barguzin Range on the northeastern shore, and the taiga are protected as a national park. It contains 27 islands; the largest, Olkhon, is 72 km long. The lake is fed by as many as 330 inflowing rivers. It is drained through a single outlet, the Angara River.

The Baikal seal or nerpa (Pusa sibirica) is found throughout Lake Baikal. It is one of only three entirely freshwater seal populations in the world, the other two being subspecies of ringed seals.

A wide range of land mammals can be found in the habitats around the lake, such as Eurasian brown bear, Eurasian wolf, red fox, sable, stoat, elk, Siberian red deer, reindeer, Siberian roe deer, Siberian musk deer, wild boar, red squirrel, Siberian chipmunk, marmot,and pika. Until the Early Middle Ages, the wisent (European bison) was present near the lake, which was the easternmost part of its range.


List of equipment
warm clothes,
ice skates, helmet

day description km
1 Transfer Irkutsk - Khuzhyr village on Olkhon island (6 hours). Accommodation: guesthouse.
2 Visiting Shamanka rock and Cape Burkhan, sacred place for shamans close to Khuzhyr. Accommodation: guesthouse.
3 Hiking, ice skating near Khuzhyr. Accommodation: guesthouse.
4 Hiking, ice skating near Harantsy (small village 7 km from Khuzhyr). Accommodation: guesthouse.
5 Transfer to Cape Hoboy (means Fang), northern point of Olkhon island (60km). It is very picturesque place with steep slopes. Hiking, returning to Khuzhyr. Accommodation: guesthouse.
6 Hiking, ice skating near Khuzhyr Accommodation: guesthouse.
7 Transfer from Olkhon to Irkutsk. Accommodation: hotel.

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