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THE MYSTERIES OF BAIKAL
Backpacking in the Tazheran steppe

Day 1
Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting and assistance at the airport. Transfer to your guest house and accommodation. After you have had some rest our guide will invite you for a brief city tour (*). Lunch in a café. Dinner at personal expenses. (L)
* You'll visit the place where 350 years ago Irkutsk was founded at the confluence of two Siberian rivers: Irkut and Angara. The place is framed by three churches, two of which are Russian orthodox and the third one is Roman Catholic.


Day 2
After breakfast transfer by minivan to Buguldeika village that is located a couple of kilometers away from the shoreline of lake Baikal. Lunch en route in a road café. As we reach lake Baikal well walk a short distance along the shoreline and set up a tent camp in a cozy bay. Dinner and overnight. (BLD)


Day 3
Our trip starts in a beautiful pine tree forest that grows on top of a vast plateau. At several places well walk down from the plateau back to the water and hike along the shoreline of Baikal. Our hiking this day will finish in a scenic fold on the shore of Baikal, which will generously share with you its mighty energy. Overnight in tents. Daily trip about 18 km (BLD)


Day 4
From the start well climb up a gorgeous cliff from top of which one can appreciate a wonderful panoramic view of Lake Baikal. After a short stop for taking pictures well follow the shoreline bypassing a number of other cliffs. Lunch en-route. To avoid climbing over every other cliff be prepared to wade a short section (about 7-8 meters). At one point you will come across a beach with a narrow stripe of unusual black color sand and right after it a picturesque bay were well stop for overnight. Daily trip 22 km (BLD)


Day 5
The backpacking will continue after breakfast along a forest road towards the famous Sagan-Zaba Cliff (*). This white-marble rock is well seen against the gray background of the coast. Upon your wish you can spend some time looking for ancient inscriptions on the rocks. Dinner. Overnight in tents. Daily trip 19 km (BLD)
* The cliff is famous for its rock-drawings depicting scenes from life of ancient shamanism worshippers among which one can see dancing shamans crowned with antlers, running deer and swans these rock drawings are world-renowned for their unique features, generally regarded as gems of ancient culture.


Day 6
Our next destination is Birhit bay one of the numerous spots along the coast line where local Buryat people make their living by catching Baikal fish. Well stop for lunch next to a beautiful creak and after that continue our trip to the valley of the Anga River from were well ascend Murtyl Hada Mountain that once used to serve as a signal light spot and today is a perfect natural observation point. Atop this mountain one can clearly realize how people managed to spread the news and deliver messages in the ancient times. 22 km (BLD)


Day 7
After breakfast well pack up our belongings and set off by van back to Irkutsk city. Lunch at a road café. Upon arrival accommodation in a guest house or hostel. Dinner on your own. (BL)


Day 8
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport or railway station. (B)


Costs and conditions
Please, note that the check in is at 12-00. In case of early arrival you might have to wait at the reception for the check-in hours.

Tour date: on request. Best time: from mid-July to September.


You may adjust the program and add a few days as an optional tour which is not included in the main tour cost.

Notes:
1. Total distance of your hiking trip is about 85 .
2. No special training is required, but participant should be well fit, used to long hikes with heavy backpacks (20 + kg)
3. Tourists should have proper backpacks, sleeping bags, footwear and other backpacking items suitable for long distance trips.
4. Most meals throughout the itinerary will be prepared over the campfire.
5. Outfit and gear: tents, sleeping mats.
6. Climate conditions: Occasional rains and low temperatures at night are possible. Due to the changeable weather the tour itinerary may be altered.

From: 2 Persons.

Number of PAX in a group and cost per person in rubles:

2pax=42 900
3pax=33 600
4-5pax= 28 900
6-8pax= 23 700



Price includes:
Transportation as described in the itinerary;
Accommodations in a guest house or hostel in Irkutsk city;
All meals described (B breakfast, L lunch, D - dinner);
Guide throughout your stay.