Trekking to Bolshiye Koty village
Our trip starts in Listvyanka village on the shore of Lake Baikal, or from Irkutsk city. It takes 1 hour to reach Listvyanka from Irkutsk by public minibus or car, about 70 km. A local guide can pick you up in any convenient location.
Your guide Natasha is an experienced hiker who loves taking people into the wild. Her hobby is nature and languages. She will introduce you to the local culture, Baikal legends and myths, also share personal experiences of living at the lake.
Walking 18 kilometers along the shore of Lake Baikal and enjoying its wild beauty. One big stop for lunch and relax.
During the journey, you will have a chance to enjoy Russian style picnic in wild nature. Your guide will gladly make a nice lunch with hot tea. It can be a traditional or vegetarian meal on your choice.
Check in to a local hostel or guesthouse upon arrival to Bolshiye Koty. Traditional Russian home-style dinner will be served in the evening. It is possible to have another short walk up the hill, take a swim in Lake Baikal or relax. If you are lucky it is possible to use a Russian style sauna called Banya.
Conditions of accommodations provided in the village are pretty simple, so don’t expect much. Bolshiye Koty village is only about 300 local people and they have only a taiga road connection with Listvynka.
There is one shop in the village, which is usually open and has the most needed goods, only cash is accepted for payment.
Exploring Bolshiye Koty area
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared by the guide.
After having breakfast you have a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area which is full of great observation spots with amazing views. Fresh clean air stimulates for a walk into the wild.
The amount of walking and travel routes can be discussed with the guide on site and you can decide whether you want to have a relaxed day or get the most out of time provided.
Hicking back to Listvyanka village after breakfast. Lunch stop on the way. Return to your hostel or hotel in Listvyanka or Irkutsk.
There are other options to this day. Return can be by ship to Listvyanka or straight to Irkutsk. Or small fast boat to Listvyanka.
- 2 nights accommodation in Bolshiye Koty village.
- Lunch and dinner on day 1,
- breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 2,
- breakfast and lunch on day 3.
- English speaking guide.
Public minibusses leave to Listvyanka from central market parking every hour.
Private transfer or taxi from Irkutsk can be organized instantly.