Self-guided tour to Olkhon Island

Availability: Everyday
Starting location: Traveler’s location in Irkutsk
Pick-up start time: AM 8:30
Departure from Irkutsk: AM 10:00
Duration: 3 days
Arrival to Irkutsk: PM 5:00
Total 3 days distance: 670 km (420 miles)
Type: using public transportation and tours
Difficulty: Easy


The most typical and most popular trip for travelers from all over the world. Great for individuals and small groups. Departures almost every day all year round. Hop in! Meet a lot of new friends along the way.

Trip to Olkhon Island without a guide. Public minibus from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island. Stay with friendly locals. Go on a group tour to cape Khoboy and discover one of the most beautiful places on Lake Baikal.

Best price/value tour, spend 3 days traveling in the Lake Baikal area and reach the Northern part of Olkhon Island, see the widest part of the Lake. Experience the local East Siberian style.


Day 1

Summary: Meet tour manager and departure. Travel from Irkutsk city to Olkhon Island. Explore the village of Khuzhir upon arrival. Visit legendary cape Burkhan (The Shaman Rock)

AM 8:30-9:00 Pick up from traveler’s location in Irkutsk
AM 10:00 Minibus departure from Irkutsk
AM 12:00 Stop for lunch in a road restaurant PM
2:30 Ferry to Olkhon Island
PM 4:00 Arrive in Khuzhir village to a guesthouse
Optional activities for day 1:
Shaman Rock (cape Burkhan panoramic view)
Oshepkovy Art Gallery (arts and souvenirs shop)
Dinner in a local cafe
Explore Lake Baikal
Private car excursion
Rent a bike or ice skates

Day 2

Summary: Trip across the Northern part of Olkhon Island with outdoor picnic lunch. Many nice stops to enjoy nature.

AM 9:30-10:00 Pick up for the day tour
AM 10:30 Cape Kharantsy
AM 11:30 Peschanaya bay
PM 12:30 Cape Sagan Hushun
PM 1:00 3 km hike to cape Khoboy
PM 2:00 Picnic lunch
PM 2:15 Cape Shunte
PM 3:30 Uzury village
PM 5:00 Khuzhir village drop off

Day 3

Summary: Travel back to Irkutsk from Olkhon Island.

AM 9:00 to AM 9:30 Minibus pickup, departure to Irkutsk
AM 10:30 Ferry to mainland
PM 12:30 Lunch in a road restaurant
PM 4:00 Arrive in Irkutsk, drop off at traveler’s location


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Door to door two-way transfer from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village
The certified public transportation company
Ferry to Olkhon island is free for all

2 nights in a budget guesthouse in Khuzhir village

Off-road minivan (maximum 8 people per 1 van) tour to the Northern part of Olkhon Island
Picnic lunch on cape Khoboy
National park fee


Meals are not included, except picnic lunch during the off-road tour on day 2 (There are many options for eating out on the way and in the village on the Island, shops and cafes are always in a walking distance.)

Homestyle meals at your guesthouse on the Island can be organized.

Things to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Extra clothes (sweater and wind protection)
  • Copy of passport and migration papers or the originals
  • Small backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water

Things to note before booking

  • Payment in cash for the tour on day 1 at departure.
  • Travelers may choose and book their own accommodation in Khuzhir village.
  • Everything is managed electronically, no paper tickets or vouchers.
  • A meal in a road cafe is about 150-500 RUB per person.
  • Prices in the shops are about 10-20% higher than in Irkutsk city.
  • Card payment is accepted almost everywhere.
  • Sometimes cards don’t work, it is good to have some cash.
  • Using cash prepare small bills and coins. Sellers usually have no change.
  • There is no ATM on the island and on the way to the island.

Starting location and time

The tour starts at the traveler’s location from Irkutsk city. Any hostel, hotel, guesthouse, or apartment.

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