Lake Baikal in 2 days (Arshan)

Visit the south-west shore of Lake Baikal, Kultuk settlement. Circum-Baikal Railroad and Baikal federal motorway. Story of exploration and development. Slyudyanka town and the treasures of Lake Baikal. Talking about nature and geography. Driving across Tunkinskiy National Park to Arshan settlement.

Arshan means ‘holy water’. It is proven that just even visiting this place improves physical and mental health. Thick forests, various rivers, eye-pleasing mountain tops and the touch of ancient traditions. Empowering place, away from the beaten track, still hidden from the mass tourism.

Recommended for solo explorers and small groups. Private rooms and facilities in a hotel or guesthouse. Different options for local food, the guide will help to eat healthy and tasty.

Details

Starting time: AM 10:00
Start/finish location: Irkutsk city
Duration: 2 days
Type of transport: Car or van
Total distance: 500 km (350 miles)
Guide’s default language: English
Group: 1-15 people
Difficulty: Easy

Start and finish at the traveler’s location anywhere in Irkutsk city.

Map of the route

Itinerary

Day 1

AM 9:45
Pick-up from the traveler’s location. Meet the guide.

AM 10:00
Departure from Irkutsk.

AM 12:00
The shore of Lake Baikal. Kultuk settlement. The Circum-Baikal Railway.

PM 1:00
Lunch in Slyudyanka town. Russian cuisine.

PM 2:30
Mineralogical Museum S.V.Zhigalova.

PM 3:30
Departure from Slyudyanka to the west from Lake Baikal.
Tunka valley.

PM 5:30
Arrive in Arshan village. Hotel check-in.

PM 7:00
Dinner. Buryat cuisine.

Optional sauna.

Day 2

AM 9:00
Breakfast.

AM 10:00
Checkout and departure from hotel or guesthouse.

AM 10:15
Buddhist temple of Bodhidharma.

AM 11:15
Mini hike in the forest along the river. Holy water springs.

PM 12:30
Public open-air hot pool with natural mineral water. Exotic experience.

PM 1:30
Lunch. Buryat cuisine.

PM 2:30
Departure from Arshan.

PM 4:30
Stop at the road cafe with the legendary panoramic view over the southern tip of Lake Baikal.

PM 7:00-7:30
Arrive in Irkutsk. Drop-off at the traveler’s location.

Things to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain and wind protection
  • Bathing suit + personal towel
  • Extra warm clothes

Inclusions

  • English speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Accommodation (hotel room with private facilities, breakfast included)
  • Mineralogical Museum visit
  • National Park fees
  • Fuel charge

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks (avg. lunch 350 RUB PP)
  • Hot pool with mineral water (250 RUB PP)
  • Banya Russian sauna (3000 RUB per group / 2 hours)

Extras

  • All-day hike to the Love Peak near Arshan (from 9000 RUB per group)
  • Extra day in Arshan (3000 RUB PP)

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