Lake Baikal Olkhon Island and Irkutsk Adventure
|Here is your chance to do something different. In addition to
Irkutsk, you have the chance to see more of the natural wonder of the Lake Baikal region.
Olkhon Island (72 kilometers in length and 15 to 25 Km in width) is the largest island on Lake Baikal. Geologically the island is VERY old and Lake Baikal's deepest point (1,637 m) is located near the island. The climate here is different being dry in summer with not too much snow in winter. The average temperature in Summer is +20- to 23C, and about –20C in winter. The channel between the island and the mainland is one of the few places around Lake Baikal where the water is warm enough for swimming!!
The island is separated from the mainland by the Little Sea and Olkhon Gate. The South Western half of the island is steppe landscape, with the Eastern side featuring extensive forest cover. Olkhon Island has several archaeological sites, beginning with the remains of Iron Age forts and stone slab tombs built by the mysterious Kurykans, an ancient Turkish people who lived here between AD 500 and AD1000. Artefacts from ancient fishermen and hunters have also been found along the shores. There are good walking and cycling opportunities. The landscape of Olkhon Island is variable ranging from sandy beaches to taiga style forests with the interior being home to 6 lakes and the 1300m high Zhima Peak. At the northern end of Olkhon Island you find one of the better places to see the famed Baikal seals. The Island is also famous as one of the centres of Shamanism being an ancient type of religion practiced by the local Buryat people. Many of the sacred shamanistic sites and rock paintings are still found here.
Irkutsk & Olchon (Khuzhir) Island 6 Days/5 Nights
This option operates all year round, BUT during winter the bus service reduces to 3 or 4 times per week. Also, during winter you have to pay the ferry service cash when using the service.
Arrival in Irkutsk by train.
Shuttle transfer by car from your accommodation to the bus station
Day 3: Free time.
Day 4: Free time.
Day 5: Time
to return to Irkutsk by public bus.
Day 6: Shuttle Transfer by car to the railway station for your departure train.