Snowmobiling across Baikal

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Availability: February 1 - April 1

The immense water basin of Lake Baikal freezes all over in the second half of January (depending on how cold the winter is). In about 2 weeks, the ice is thick enough to bear the weight of a snowmobile or an ATV. The season of ice sun and fun begins!

Day 1
Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting and further transfer 70 km to Listvyanka village – a fast growing tourist center on lake Baikal shore. Check in a guesthouse. Meals at your own expenses. Sightseeing the village with guide.

Day 2
After breakfast, we will walk to the outdoor center to choose a snowmobile, adjust our personal outfit and listen to the basic safety rules of driving on the ice. The route runs on the ice of Lake Baikal from Listvyanka village southwards (about 30 km) along the legendary Circum Baikal railroad, that was built in the rocky terrain more than a century ago. As we find a cozy place we will have some food and hot tea and after that start out trans Baikal crossing in the direction of Snezhnaya river valley that is located on the eastern side of Lake Baikal. The width of Baikal here is not more than 50 km but with all the cracks and vast fields of broken ice it might take some time to get across. Accommodation in a tour camp in cozy log cabins (all facilities indoors). Dinner and overnight. (BLD)

Day 3
We shall choose a different route to get back to the western side of Baikal. Our trans Baikal crossing will end up 20 km North of Listvyanka (our starting point) opposite a gorgeous Rock. On a good sunny day you are welcome to climb on top of the rock (takes about 30 min) to get a magnificent view of the Lake and take some pictures. Drive back to Listvyanka. Say farewell to your snowmobile drivers before heading back to Irkutsk by van. Accommodation in hotel. Dinner on your own. (BL)

Day 4
Transfer to the airport. (B)

1. The tour is available from February 1 to April 1.
2. Group size – 2 - 10 pax.
3. It is required that customers are physically fit and prepared to stay in the cold for long hours.
4. Average day temperatures -5C in March and -15C in February.
5. Outfit and gear provided: snowmobiles (1 for 2 pax), helmets, warm boots, parkas and gloves.
6. Ask your manager for a detailed list of personal equipment.

Cost (Rubles)

Number of pax 2 3 4
Cost per pax 45 300 42 600 42 000

The cost includes:
DBL accommodation in guesthouses and hotels;
Snowmobile rent (1 for 2 pax);
Meals as noted in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L – lunch, D - dinner);
English speaking guide and local snowmobile driver-mechanic;

SNGL supplement 4800 Rub
Solo snowmobile 23 000 Rub