I’m happy to introduce you the itinerary for the new horse-riding Baikal tour which is available for booking this summer season 2013. This tour will give you an opportunity to horse-ride at the most beautiful place of Baikal – Olkhon island, where the freshest wind is blowing while you’re galloping among the steppes, hills and forests surrounded by the greatest waters of Baika lake, as well as you’ll have one-day excursion to the northernmost of the island – Khoboy where the width of the lake and the steepness of its shores takes away the breath…
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
Day 1 Transfer to Olkhon, walk to Burkhan cape
Welcome to Siberia! Once you arrive to the train station you’ll be met by your English-speaking guide who will accompany you during your trip. Transfer to Olkhon Island – the biggest island on Baikal lake by mini-van. It takes about 5-6 hours to cover the distance of 300 km. Out way runs partly through the forest, flowering meadows, little villages on both sides of the road, Tageran steppe – unique natural complex with hills, steppes, lonely rocks, caves and lakes. You’ll have a lunch stop on the way in one of the road cafes. For lunch you can try traditional Buryat dish – Pozy (Boozy) (it is kind of ravioli with meat prepared on steam). Olkhon was originally inhabited by Buryat people, one of Native people of Baikal who are Mongolian physical type. When you arrive to Small sea – part of Baikal which is separated from main part by Olkhon Island from one side and Primorskiy mountain range from another – you’ll cross Olkhon Gate Strait by a ferry.
In the evening you may enjoy Russian Banya* – a kind of steam sauna
*If you want to have Banya at the base- it must be ordered in advance
Day 2. Excursion to the northernmost of the island – Khoboy
Today you’ll visit the most picturesque sights of Olkhon island as you are going to excursion to the northern part – Khoboy cape. The best transport on Olkhon is Russian 4WD – UAZ car, as it is optimal for off road in the forest. Before you reach Khoboy you’ll have several stops on the way to admire the beauty of local landscape. The most popular are: Sandy bay where Gulag camp used to be, Three Brothers cape with 3 separate steep rocks rising from the water. Khoboy Cape (from Buryat language it means “fang, tooth”) – is the most northern point of Olkhon Island. It is also called a “lady” rock. You’ll understand why it is so when you come to this place from waterside while being on cruise. It is spectacular rock which is located near the widest place at Baikal – 79,5 km. At clear weather it is possible to see the opposite shore, rocky outline of Saint Nose Peninsula. This place is also considered as one of the most energy place on Olkhon, as Big and Small Baikal seas meet here. Lunch will be served for you as a picnic in the forest. You’ll try a fish soup made from Baikal water and local fish – Omul. Before returning back to Khuzhir we’ll make a stop in one more place – Uzury. This is one of not many exits to Baikal on the eastern shore as it is very steep and rocky. For Buryat people Olkhon island is geographical center of ethnical Buryat territory, it is a sacral center. Still once every 4 years Shamans gather on the island and perform their rituals. Olkhon Island, protected and separated by cold waters from other places has preserved traditional ideology and many traditions of Buryats. Return to the base in the evening. Dinner, overnight.
Day 3. Horse-riding on Olkhon
After breakfast the car will pick you up and bring you to the nearest village – Maliy Khuzhir. There you’ll be given safety instructions from your horse-riding instructor as well as some features regarding the controlling and character of the horse. Horse-riding on the island is magnificent, even for the beginners as it is very difficult to “catch” a tree. The freshest warm wind blowing into the face while you’re galloping, marvelous views and nature around, the feeling of you and your horse as a whole grant you another happiness that you’ve never felt before. Your route lays on the island depending on your experience. The landscape will change from the flat steppes to the hills and forest, following some forest roads, one of which will bring you to the other side of Olkhon where you’ll meet the “Bolshoy “ Baikal (opposite to the “Small”sea). Lunch as a picnic on the way. Returning to the base. Time at leisure, sightseeing the village. You can buy different Baikal souvenirs at the souvenir yurts which stand at different places on the main street of Khuzhir or in the art gallery. Dinner and overnight at the base.
Day 4 Transfer Olkhon – Irkutsk
After breakfast you’ll have transfer to Irkutsk. It takes about 6 hours to get back. It is always little sad to leave this island. Some people make a wish and ask the spirits give them a possibility to come back here, and some will carefully keep in their hearts and minds the memories and feelings which this island presents to everyone who is clear in thoughts, kind to nature and open-hearted. Let Olkhon live in your heart.
For the tour price depending on your group size, please, visit our web-site www.baikal-amikan.com. Thank you!
The tour price includes:
-transfers Irkutsk – Khuzhir – Irkutsk by mini-bus
-all meals during all the trip
-English-speaking guide service during all the trip (including the horse-riding trip)
-one-day excursion to the North of Olkhon island
-one day horse-riding on Olkhon
-accommodation at the base on the Island
-meeting at the train station/airport in Irkutsk