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Expedition cruise «On the heels of the melting ice of Baikal»

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Экспедиция «За уходящим льдом - 2015»
Экспедиция «За уходящим льдом - 2015»
Экспедиция «За уходящим льдом - 2015»
Экспедиция «За уходящим льдом - 2015»
Экспедиция «За уходящим льдом - 2015»
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 An annual project - expedition cruise «On the heels of the melting ice of Baikal» is a comfortable motor-ship voyage during the period of ice melting of the lake.

Tour Coordinator: Natalia Rezvanova

Phone: +7 (3952) 550-464; 89148920002

E-mail: rezvanova@baikalvisa.ru

 

Route: Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Peschanaya Bay – Settlement Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More – Baikal-Lena Nature Reserve – Chivyrkuisky Gulf - Ushkan Islands – Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea) – Olkhon – Peschanaya Bay – Listvyanka –  Irkutsk  

 

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights.

 

Dates of the tour: from 25th May to 4th June

 

Route map

 

The annual (since 2004) expedition starts in a unique period of the liberation of the lake from the winter ice cover, when the southern and middle hollows of the lake are free of ice while the northern one is covered with heavy and broken pack-ice.

 

The purpose of the expedition is to see and capture Baikal during its unique period.

 

The expedition will be carried out on comfort-class motor-ships Tatiana and Sibiryak.

 

The purpose of the expedition is to see and capture Baikal during its unique period.

 

NEW !!!! In this year we propose a new format of participation.

Everyone can choose a convenient option for participation – buy a tour for all 11 days or join the group for only 3 days (to visit the north of Baikal or go half way).

 

The programme of the expedition

Download program in pdf format: 

  • Visiting Capes – Ryty, Pokoiniki (meteorological station “Solnechnaya”) and Zavorotny;
  • Visiting Chivyrkujsky Gulf. Pike, perch, sazan, lenk, burbot and harius fishing;
  • Visiting the archipelago Ushkan Islands;
  • Visiting tourist bases of Olkhon Island and Maloe More (the Small Sea);
  • Sightseeng of Olkhon Island and Maloe More (the Small Sea);
  • Visiting the rock Sagan-Zaba with its rock paintings (petroglyphs) of the Neolithic age;
  • Visiting Peschanaya Bay (the well-known stilted trees). 

The price of participation in expedition(comfort class):

 

Dates of the tour

option for participation

Duration

Route

The price for one person

25.05 - 04.06.19

Full route

11 days / 10 nights.

Route: Irkutsk – Listvyanka Settlement – Peschanaya Bay – Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More(the Small Sea) – Baikal-Lena Nature Reserve– Chivyrkuisky Gulf- Ushkan Islands – Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea) – Olkhon Island – Peschanaya Bay – Listvyanka Settlement – Irkutsk(auto)

 

90 500

170 000 for single

Accommodation in a double cabin

25.05 - 27.05.19

1 option

3 days / 2 nights.

Route: Irkutsk – Listvyanka Settlement – Peschanaya Bay – Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More(the Small Sea) – Irkutsk(auto)

15 000

25 000 for single

Accommodation in a double cabin

27.05 - 02.06.19

2 option

7 days / 6 nights.

Route: Irkutsk(auto) –Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More(the Small Sea) – Baikal-Lena Nature Reserve– Chivyrkuisky Gulf- Ushkan Islands – Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea)– Irkutsk(auto)

 

80 000

150 000 for single

Accommodation in a double cabin

27.05 - 04.06.19

3 option

9 days / 8 nights.

Route: Irkutsk(auto) –Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More(the Small Sea) – Baikal-Lena Nature Reserve– Chivyrkuisky Gulf- Ushkan Islands – Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea) – Olkhon Island – Peschanaya Bay – Listvyanka Settlement – Irkutsk(auto)

 

86 000

160 000 for single

Accommodation in a double cabin

02.06 - 04.06.19

4 option

3 days / 2 nights.

Route: Irkutsk(auto) –Sakhyurta (MRS) Settlement – Maloye More(the Small Sea)– Peschanaya Bay – Listvyanka Settlement – Irkutsk(auto)

15 000

25 000 for single

Accommodation in a double cabin

 The price includes: 

  • all transfers under the programme;
  • accommodation and meals on board the motor-ship;
  • excursions under the programme;
  • entrance fee for visiting national parks and Barguzinskyi reserve;
  • the medical insurance

 

During the expedition it is possible to observe seals on floating ice floes and also bears coming ashore near the Peninsula Svyatoy Nos and the northern cost of Lake Baikal. The expedition ends in Listvyanka Settlement.

 

The expedition programme

Day 1, 25th May

(Start of the expedition and the first option of participation)

Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships

Start of the expedition

Passage through the strait of Maloe More (the Small Sea)

Dinner on board the ship

Further passage through the western coast on the North of Baikal

Supper

Overnight stay on board the motor-ship near Cape Zunduk (the northern extremity of the strait of Maloe More (the Small Sea))

Meeting the participants at the airport or railway station

Transfer to pier(Irkutsk)

10.00 – Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships

in Irkutsk (the district «Solnechny»)

10.00-15.00 – the transition of the Angara River (Irkutsk reservoir)

15.00 – The passage of the source of the river Angara, Shaman-stone.

Passage of the tourist village Listvyanka

Tourist settlement Listvyanka is located on the southwest shore of Lake Baikal, 65 km away from Irkutsk, at the source of the Angara River. The city and the settlement are connected by picturesque asphalt road.

An hour later the next stop «Bolshiye Koty»

 

Bolshiye Kotya settlement situated on the western shore of Lake Baikal, 18 kilometers (11 mi) to the northeast of Listvyanka. The history of the settlement is closely tied to the beginning of gold mining near Baikal in 1842.

There are several versions of the origin of the name Bolshiye Koty. According to the dictionary by Vladimir Dal, "koty" means a trap for fish installed at the mouth of a river. Alternatively, the name of the settlement comes from the word "Kotky", or "Koty", a word used to call wooden shoes worn by "katorzhnik" – a forced laborer in katorga camps. For half a century in the area of Bolshiye Koty extracted more than 160 kilograms of gold.

 

20.00 – Passage to Peschanaya Bay. Arrival in Sennaya Bay which is a cordon of Baikal National Park is in the evening. In the evening one can visit Russian banya located on the shore of Lake Baikal.

Banya on the Bay shore (as an option at an additional cost)

Overnight stay on board the ship in Sennaya Bay.

 

The waterway is 160 kilometers

The trip takes 10 hours

Day 2, 25th May

«The Peschanaya Bay»

  • About 6 am the exit from Sennaya bay and the transition along the west coast to the north,
  • to Olkhon Island (travel time is 8-10 hours).
  • Baikal is the blue heart of Siberia, and Olkhon is the heart of Lake Baikal. The island is the geographical, historical and sacred center of the lake – the center of ancient and historical legends.
  • Passage to the strait of Maloe More (the Small Sea)
  • Tour around the islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea)
  • There are 15 rocky islands on Maloe More (the Small Sea) including Olkhon Island. The islands Zamogoy, Ogoy, Oltrek and others are the largest of them.
  • Overnight stay on board the ship in one of the gulfs of the southern Olkhon’s extremity.

Day 3, 27th May

«Maloe More (the Small Sea)» –

(end of option №1)

the beginning of options №2 and №3)

Breakfast on the board.

12.00-14.00 Exit from the board to pier in the village of MRS (Sahurta) on the Small Sea.

Free time and walks around the village.

14.00-15.00 You will be picked up by a bus that takes you back to Irkutsk, 280 km

(4-5 hours).

End of option №1

 

The beginning of options №2 and №3

  • Meeting the participants at the airport or railway station
  • 10.00 -14.00 Transfer to MRS Settlement (Sakhyurta), Maloe More (the Small Sea)
  • Embarking and accomadation on board the motor-ships
  • Start of the expedition
  • Passage through the strait of Maloe More (the Small Sea)
  • Dinner on board the ship
  • Further passage through the western coast on the North of Baikal
  • Supper
  • Overnight stay on board the motor-ship near Cape Zunduk (the northern extremity of the strait of Maloe More (the Small Sea))

Day 4, 28st May

«Baikal-Lena Nature Reserve»

  • Moving along the western coast to Cape Zavorotny
  • If the weather is favorable there are sightseeng stops near Сape Ryty and Сape Pokoiniki (meteorological station “Solnechnaya”) which are territory of Baikal-Lena Nature Reserve

Cape Ryty is located in the Central part of Baikal on the West bank opposite the widest point of lake Baikal. There are no settlements, roads and even a trail along the coast. Locals studiously avoid visiting the cape calling it a cursed place. Something unexplicable still happens in Cape Ryty but the nature of it is still not clear for people.

Cape Pokoiniki is located in the northern part on the West coast of the lake at the foot of Baikal range. On the old map which was one of the first the cape has a name Cape Pokoiny. The fold near the Cape was called Pokoinaya. Then the name Pokoiny has gradually changed to terrible one – Pokoiniki (lit. decedents). These days Cape Pokoiniki is the part of Baikal-Lena Nature reserve. There is also one of the oldest Baikal meteorogacal stations called “Solnechnaya” and cordon of the reserve.

  • Denner on board the ship
  • Rest on the shore
  • Supper
  • Overnight stay on board the motor-ship near Cape Zavorotny

In 1962 after the world’s first discovering of microquarzite which is an abrasive material of very high durability used for mirror polishing of metal the enterprise "Baykalkvartssamotsvety" built a Settlement for geologists near Cape Zavorotny. These days only a few people live in the Settlement.

Day 5, 29st May

"The transition to the east coast"

  • Long passage to Chivyrkuisky gulf
  • Dinner and supper on board the ship
  • Overnight stay on board the ship

Day 6, 30st May

«Bays of Chivyrkuisky gulf»

  • Passage through Chivyrkuisky gulf
  • Visiting Zmeinaya Bay during the day
  • This bay is famous for its healing sulphurous baths with water temperature from +41 to +45 degrees.
  • Dinner on board the ship
  • Visiting islands of Chivyrkuisky gulf. Sightseeing of great cormorant nesting place from the water
  • Visiting Krohalinaya Bay
  • Supper
  • Banya on board the ship as an option
  • Overnight stay on board the ship in one of the bays of Chivyrkuisky gulf

Day 7, 31st May

«Ushkan Islands»

  • Passage to Ushkan Islands
  • Tour around the islands

The rocky shores of the islands are rookery of the unique Baikal mammal Baikal seal or nerpa. The largest Baikal rookery of nerpa is located on the western side of Tonkiy Island. According to scientists, the number of nerpas at the rookery ranges from 2,000 animals and it hasn’t changed since 1934. Nerpa is cautious. If one speaks loudly and makes noise approaching nerpas, they dive from stones. Usually there aren’t nerpas at the rookery right after storm or in case of waves on the water (as an option you can visit the island at an additional cost).

  • Dinner on board the ship
  • Further visiting the islands
  • Supper
  • Overnight stay on board the ship near Bolshoy Ushkaniy Island

Day 8, 1th June

«Islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea). Olkhon Island»

  • Passage to the strait of Maloe More (the Small Sea)
  • Tour around the islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea)

There are 15 rocky islands on Maloe More (the Small Sea) including Olkhon Island. The islands Zamogoy, Ogoy, Oltrek and others are the largest of them.

Sightseeing stop on Olkhon Island near Sarayskiy beach on the way, visiting Cape Burkhan (Shaman Rock)

Shaman Rock is one of nine shamanic shrines of Asia earlier called the "Stone Temple." A cave in the rock of this cape which is also called Shamanka is the most revered sacred place on lake Baikal. People have been making sacrifices and vows to the roch since the appearance of first shamans.

  • Visiting Ogoy Island is possible. In 2004 the Buddhist Stupa was built on the top of the island and one can observe spectacular view of Maloe More (the Small Sea) and Olkhon Island from there.
  • Dinner on board the ship
  • Further tour around the islands of Maloe More (the Small Sea)
  • Supper
  • Overnight stay on board the ship in one of the gulfs of the southern Olkhon’s extremity.

Day 9, 2th June

«Maloe More (the Small Sea) – Peschanaya Bay»

(end of option №2

the beginning of options №4)

  • Breakfast end of option №2 disembarkation
  • 12.00 disembarkation (derevenskiy pier)
  • the beginning of options №4
  • 13.00 landing of new participants on board.
  • Passage to Peschanaya Bay
  • Passage the strait Malye Olkhonskye Vorota (Small Olkhon’s Gate) on the way

If there are no waves on the water sightseeing stop at White Marble Rock “Sagan-Zaba” and viewing of rock paintings (petroglyphs) of III-V centuries AD are possible on the way. The academician Okladnikov says: “petroglyphs of Sagan-Zaba are the real pearl of ancient culture and art of the peoples of Eastern Siberia. They are the most complex of all known rock paintings in the entire territory from Ural to the Pacific ocean due to their composition, writing and diversity of scenes.”

  • Dinner on board the ship
  • Tour around Peschanaya Bay surroundings

Peschanaya Bay is famous for its stilted trees and spectacular sea views from the surrounding cliffs.

  • Supper on board the ship
  • Banya on the Bay shore (as an option at an additional cost)
  • Overnight stay on board the ship in Peschanaya Bay

Day 10, 3th June

«Circum-Baikal Railway»

  • Passage from Peschanaya Bay to Circum-Baikal Railway. Walking tour through the abandoned tunnels and galleries of the beginning of the 20th century. The route takes place along the lake shore with it’s a most picturesque nature.
  • Overnight stay on board the ship near the mouth of the river Shumiha. There is a small sandy beach in the bay, a small fishing village of the time of Circum-Baikal Railway construction near it and also beautiful creek valley.
  • Dinner and supper on board the ship

Day 11, 4th June

«Listvyanka Settlement. The end of the expedition»

  • Passage from Circum-Baikal Railway to Listvyanka Settlement.
  • The end of the expedition in Listvyanka Settlement
  • Disembarking on the main quay
  • Transfer to Irkutsk

Tourist settlement Listvyanka is located on the southwest shore of Lake Baikal, 65 km away from Irkutsk, at the source of the Angara River. The city and the settlement are connected by picturesque asphalt road.

If you go to the lake in the summer, keep in mind that the temperature can be from +10 at night to +30 in the afternoon. Therefore, we recommend taking light clothing as well as warm clothing. In winter, the temperature drops to -30 degrees, so it is strongly advised to take warm clothes sets, thermal underwear and thermos. Also take with you a first aid kit and, of course, a camera. There are so many places at Baikal worth picturing that memory cards happen to be full at any moment. So extra memory cards along with extra batteries will help.

 

Whenever you intend to visit Baikal take sunglasses and sunscreen. They will be particularly needed in spring period when the sun reflects from the clear ice and snow so your eyes and skin should be properly protected.

Repellents should also be a must-have. There are few mosquitoes (gnat) and in most cases it is not more than weary companions. But an individual reaction for gnat bite can take place so put a repellent and after-bite in your bag to keep on the safe side.

There are ticks infected with Lime disease and encephalitis in all Siberian regions. However, for the last years no encephalitis outbreaks took place in Baikal region. Usually the danger of tick bite is exaggerated.

 

Simple rules assure safety:

  • Put on a cap or rag-on
  • Tuck in trouser’s legs into socks so ticks shall not climb from underneath
  • Process your clothes with repellents
  • At stops inspect ear conches, elbows etc.

Хотите забронировать expedition cruise «On the heels of the melting ice of Baikal»? Звоните: +7 (3952) 550-464.

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