Olkhon Island

Olkhon is the Heart of Lake Baikal. This island is the real top place and one of the most popular places in the whole lake. Khuzhir village offers comfortable places to stay, great food and welcoming people. Located in the middle of Olkhon Island, which is located in the middle of Lake Baikal.

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Starting time: AM 6:00 or AM 10:00 
Start location: anywhere in Irkutsk
Duration: 1 day (15 hours) and more
Difficulty: Easy to Medium
Type: Car or van / Private
Distance: 670 km (420 miles)
Language: English

Map of the route

Itinerary

1 day2 days3 days

AM 6:00
Meet the guide

AM 7:00
Drive to the North from Irkutsk entering Ust-Orda location

AM 8:00
Lunch in a road restaurant

AM 9:00
Drive to the East across the mountains to Tazherany steppes

AM 10:00
Go across the Olkhon Gates straight to Olkhon Island
Ferry in summer. Hovercraft, ship or car in winter.

AM11:00
Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island

AM 11:30
Cape Kharantsy

PM 12:30
Peschanaya bay

PM 1:15
Cape Sagan Hushun

PM 1:30
Cape Khoboy short hike

PM 2:00
Picnic lunch on cape Khoboy

PM 3:30
Uzury village

PM 5:00
Khuzhir village

PM 6:00
Go across Olkhon Gates straight.

PM 7:30
Stop for dinner and drink

PM 11:00
Irkutsk city

DAY 1

AM 9:45
Meet the guide

AM 10:30
Drive to the North from Irkutsk entering Ust-Orda location

PM 1:00
Lunch in a road restaurant

PM 2:00
Drive to the East across the mountains to Tazherany steppes

PM 3:00
Go across the Olkhon Gates straight to Olkhon Island
Ferry in summer. Hovercraft, ship or car in winter.

PM 4:00
Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island
Guesthouse check-in

PM 7:00
Dinner

PM 8:00
Catching the sunset tour around Khuzhir village
Walk or by car

DAY 2

AM 9:30
Depart from Guesthouse

AM 10:15
Cape Kharantsy and village Kharantsy

AM 11:00
Peschanaya bay (sand dunes)

AM 12:00
Sagan Hushun cape

PM 1:00
Khoboy cape, view on the widest part of Lake Baikal from the birds’ height

PM 2:00
Picnic lunch (included in price)

PM 2:30
Uzury village

PM 4:30
Khuzhir village

PM 5:30
Go across Olkhon Gates to mainland

PM 7:00
Dinner in a road cafe

PM 10:00
Arrive to Irkutsk

DAY 1

AM 9:45
Meet the guide

AM 10:30
Drive to the North from Irkutsk entering Ust-Orda location

PM 1:00
Lunch in a road restaurant

PM 2:00
Drive to the East across the mountains to Tazherany steppes

PM 3:00
Go across the Olkhon Gates straight to Olkhon Island
Ferry in summer. Hovercraft, ship or car in winter.

PM 4:00
Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island
Guesthouse check-in

PM 7:00
Dinner

PM 8:00
Catching the sunset tour around Khuzhir village
Walk or by car

DAY 2

AM 9:00
Breakfast

AM 9:30
Depart from Guesthouse

AM 10:15
Cape Kharantsy and village Kharantsy

AM 11:00
Peschanaya bay (sand dunes)

AM 12:00
Sagan Hushun cape

PM 1:00
Khoboy cape, view on the widest part of Lake Baikal from the birds’ height

PM 2:00
Picnic lunch (included in price)

PM 3:00
Shunte cape

PM 3:30
Uzury village

PM 5:30
Khuzhir village

PM 7:00
Dinner, free time

DAY 3

AM 9:00
Breakfast

AM 10:00
Departure from guesthouse

AM 11:00
Go across Olkhon Gates to mainland

PM 1:00
Lunch in a road cafe

PM 5:00
Arrive to Irkutsk to traveler’s location

The recommended time span is 3 days, more stops and less time in the car. 2-day and 1-day tours to Olkhon Island are also possible but include more time on the road.

Things to bring

Comfortable walking shoes
Extra clothes (sweater and wind protection)
Small backpack
Sunglasses
Water

Inclusions

Private car with English speaking guide-driver
Pick up and drop off in Irkutsk
All transportations and tours
Private tour
Fuel charge

Exclusions

Accommodation (big choice for all types of budget)
Meals (cafes, restaurants, and most guesthouses and hotels serve good meals)

Booking form

Online booking is free, with no credit card needed.