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Sea Kayaking and Trekking along Lake Baikal shore

The canoe trip along Lake Baikal shore is one of the most comprehensive, naturalistic and beautiful adventures available to tourists in the relatively short time in Baikal region. The flat surface of the biggest lake looks so vast and unreal that one can hardly imagine it. The trail along Lake Baikal shore is one of the most comprehensive, naturalistic and beautiful trip possible in relatively short time of three to five days to spend at Baikal. The trail always gets along the lakeside in the larch and pine tree forest, through the steppe slopes, pebble beaches, and green meadows with gorgeous view to the turquoise-blue immensity of the great lake.

From July 1 till August 20

Ages up to 50-55

Strenuous difficulty

The Tour starts in a popular vacation and camping place – Peschanaya Bay. It takes about 4 hours by speedy hovercraft to get there from Irkutsk city. During our first trekking journey from Peschanaya to the Goloustnoe village there is no proper trail along Baikal, so the shore is rather untouched. The High cliffs of Pribaikalskiy range fall straight into the turquoise lake waters. There are several national park rangers’ huts on the way, the only inhabited areas on the route. On the third day the Goloustnoe settlement is reached. It is a big former fisherman and logging village with a nice church. We spend the night with a family in a wooden cabin, O/W outside, a traditional Russian sauna is awaiting in the evening. Canoes are left with the family. From today, our journey continues along a trekking trail. The narrow trail goes slightly up and down along Baikal. Tourists pass the  beautiful Kadilniy cape, small sandy and pebble beaches, Seagull cliff and climb Skreaper pass with superb views over the lake. Bolshie Koty  is a cozy quite  village with no automobile roads. One only gets to Bolshie Koty  by boat or in winter by a 4WD vehicle on  the ice.

Type: Private Tour
Duration: 9 days

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Day 0: Getting to Irkutsk

The fastest way is to get to Irkutsk by plane from Moscow. There are 6 direct flights per day, duration is 5h 40m.
Usually travellers to Russia visit Moscow for several days before a trip to Baikal. Moscow is the capital of Russia and transport hub for journeys to the rest of Russia. UVisitRussia recommends our partner Aeroflot Russian Airlines for your flight.

If you want to have a fun, memorable and completely unique Russian experience - we would recommend you to get to Irkutsk by train from Moscow. There are 3 to 6 direct trains per day, duration is 3 - 3.5 days. UVisitRussia recommends our partner Russian Train Schedule for your train travel.

If you need assistance in getting to Irkutsk, please contact us and our travel professionals will help you gladly.

Day 1: Exploring "Paris of Siberia"

Arrive to Irkutsk -  Transfer  to  the hotel Victoria 3***,  small but classy modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Irkutsk City. Comfortable and spacious rooms, European cuisine, helpful and freindly staff. After the time to relax, your knowledgeable and experienced guide will invite you for a glorious overview tour. Irkutsk, known as the "Paris of Siberia", is an unique old city, the ancient crossroads of trade routes. During this 3-hour walking city tour of Irkutsk (in case of bad/cold wheather it is possible to change to private car tour) the guide will show you the city's beautiful historical center, you will get acquainted with the history of Irkutsk and will see the city's main streets, amazing churches, traditional wooden buildings and incredible monuments. There are many great museums keeping historical and cultural heritage of the city. You will visit one of the most famous museums.
1 night in Victoria hotel, Irkutsk
Meals: -

Day 2: Peschanaya Bay

Morning transfer to Irkutsk harbor. Fast ship  to  Peschanaya Bay - an inimitably beautiful nook of the lake where Nature has gathered and generously given man the blue sky, a vast space of Baikal, the amber-like quicksand of its beaches and the healthy air of the Baikal taiga.  It takes about 4 hours by speedy hovercraft to get there from Irkutsk city.  Camping nearby. 
1 night in tents
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Sredniу (Middle) Khomuty

Start of your canoeing adventure down south to  Srednie (Middle) Khomuty -  a nice bay in the middle of the forests. If the weather is nice, you will probably see Baikal seals peering at you from the water. The way is about 16km.
1 night in tents
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Elovka valley

Canoeing  to Elovka valley. The way is about 17 km.
1 night in tents
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Bolshoe Goloustnoe

Canoeing to Bolshoe Goloustnoe settlement  is 19 km long.  Overnight with Russian family in Bolshoe Goloustnoe. The village is on the southwestern shore of Lake Baikal, and is inside the Pribaikalsky National Park. There are approximately 600 year-round residents, many of whom are elderly and retired. In Bolshoe Goloustnoe, the group was divided among host families. You will learn about village life and most of the famalies have sheep and horses. Accomodation also includes Russian sauna!
1 night in tents
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Cape Kadilny

Trekking tour continues along the shore ща Lake Baikal from Bolshoe Goloustnoe to Cape Kadilny, 18 km
1 night in tents
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Caves and Bolshie Koty

The cape itself is quite plain and formed with burden of the Bolshaya Kadilnaya river drift. Near the tourist centre there are caves which are worth visiting (wherein aboriginal people of the Iron Age once lived). Vast fields of Alpine edelweisses represent one more marvelous attraction of these places. Also gold used to be extracted from there about 40 years ago. Trekking to Bolshie Koty village 15 kmBolshie Koty is a remote and isolated village (reachable only by feet or by boat, no road) where one can relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of this region. Overnight in a cozy Siberian chalet,  built in the traditional Russian wooden architecture style, packed full of gorgeous features which make the property truly unique. Great view to the lake from all rooms, spacious dining room, superb cuisine are the most remarkable advantages of the Koty Chalet. Peaceful atmosphere, bright colors, forests full of mushrooms and wild berries, sunsets over the great lake will take your heart forever. All rooms with balconies and view to the lake.
1 night in Baikal Chalet Koty
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Lystvyanka-Irkutsk

Hydrofoil to settlement Listvyanka Village (20 km) situated on Lake Baikal shore at the outlet of the Angara river. You will transfer to Irkutsk by public transport. Transfer  to  the hotel Victoria 3***,  small but classy modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Irkutsk City. Comfortable and spacious rooms, European cuisine, helpful and freindly staff.
1 night in Victoria hotel, Irkutsk
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Transfer

You will be transferred to Irkutsk train station/airport to begin your journey home.

What's included

  • Transfers from/to Irkutsk railway station or airport
  • Transfers according to the itinerary
  • English/German speaking guide
  • Accomodation and breakfasts at hotel Victoria 3*** in Irkutsk
  • Irkutsk city tour and museum tickets
  • Accomodation and full board in tents during the route 
  • Accomodation and full board in a Russian family in Bolshoe Goloustnoe
Not included in the price
  • Lunches and dinners in Irkutsk are not included
Additional expenses
  • French speaking guide
  • Single supplement
Additional info
  • Tour price includes accomodation: 1 pax - single room; for 2 and more pax - twin room(s).


Russian family in Bolshoe Goloustnoe
Bolshoe Goloustnoe is a remote Siberian village on the shore of Lake Baikal and one of the best places to experience this highlight of any Trans-Siberian trip. In summary, Bolshoe Goloustnoe is the place to spend the bulk of your time if you want to experience the best of Siberian style hospitality,... Show more
Victoria, Irkutsk
Hotel Victoria is a small but classy modern hotel conveniently located in the heart of Irkutsk City. Comfortable and spacious rooms, European cuisine, helpful and freindly staff - here is everything so you can make yourself at home whether you are on holidays or on a business trip. We will make your... Show more

* Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.


Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Irkutsk : 130 Kvartal
Transport yourself back in time and take a stroll along 130 Kvartal, a restoration project of traditional Siberian wooden houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some transported from other locations, some constructed to blend in with original structures in the area. Read more
A true adornment of Irkutsk is the Epiphany Cathedral. This church looks quite unusually. It is colorful and ornate and does not resemble classic orthodox churches. The matter concerns its decoration: the church’s façade and its tholobate are decorated with pictures of the saints in whole-length. Besides, the church is fancy decorated with ornamented tiles, and brightly painted like Russian popular prints. The influence of old-Russia... Read more
Irkutsk's monument to Emperor Alexander III was erected in 1908 to commemorate the emperor's decision to build the Trans-Siberian Railway. Read more
Baikal : Irkutsk
An unique old city, Irkutsk was known as «Paris of Siberia» in the middle of the 19th century. It plays a remarkable role in the Russian history and it's not accidentally called the city-museum. Irkutsk saves many ancient monuments, romantic look, church cupola's lighting upon the blue current of Angara River. This incredible city is called the midst of the Earth, since it's equidistant from the three world's oceans: the Arctic, the P... Read more
Listvyanka is perhaps one of the oldest Russian settlements on the shore of the great Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. It is a charming village dotted with traditional Siberian wooden houses, with a main road that runs right along the shore of fantastic lake, making it the perfect base to explore this picturesque region. This old-style Siberian village is one of the most visited places in Siberia. Everything about it impresses our imag... Read more
Baikal : Bolshie Koty
Bolshie Koty is an ancient settlement on the shore of fabulous Lake Baikal. One of the most picturesque places on the lake, Bolshie Koty is a remote and isolated village (reachable only by feet or by boat, no road) where one can relax and take a break from city life and traffic noise to simply enjoy the beauty and serenity of this region. The warm hospitality, the beautiful location and the peace and quiet the village offeres is compelling reason... Read more
Bolshoe Goloustnoe is amazing and unique village, built in the classic wooden style on the southwestern shore of famous Lake Baikal, and is inside the beautiful Pribaikalsky National Park. It is not too far from other villages, but its history and character differs a lot. Bolshoe Goloustnoe is the fabulous place to come for the authentic Siberian experience in a stunning setting. You will admire amazing wooden old buidigs, learn about Buryat cult... Read more
Bukhta Peschanaya (Sandy Bay) is the most popular place at Baikal Lake. There are "Stilt" trees that grow here while wind and water constantly blow and wash away the sand from under their roots - that's why the roots remind of stilts. Bukhta Peschanaya is made up of taiga slopes from Primorskiy mountain range with picturesque rocks gently coming down into Baikal water. Read more
Baikal : Elovka valley
The external beauty of Elovka valley is primarily a combination of magnificent river, mountains and hills with their rich flora. The diversity of trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers that can be found on Elovka valley is hard to imagine. The Elovka river is one of the most promising rivers in the area abounding in most valuable fish which can become your potential trophy. The name of river Elovka comes from the word el – "a fir". This "flora"... Read more
1/7th of the World : Baikal
Lake Baikal in Siberia is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site and was also voted as one of Russia's Seven Wonders. It's not hard to see why. Baikal is one of those rare spots on the earth where nature has still remained genuine and untouched. The magnificent landscapes – the lake is surrounded by high mountain chains - and the unique clarity of the crystal-clear water, which runs into a darkness teeming with fish. Siberians believe that ... Read more

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