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.
The tour is easy and fun. Don’t worry about anything and just relax and enjoy the views and stories from a friendly guide.
Starting from the place where you stay in Irkutsk or Listvyanka the guide will pick you up and you will travel north into the land of Buryat people who are the local people from Lake Baikal. In this part of the land, people practice shamanism and Buddhism at the same time.
Going across the water or ice to Olkhon Island and traveling 35 kilometers on the island to its center. The village of Khuzhir. Legendary Cape Shamanka (or Burkhan) is located here.
It continues on the second day with an offroad trip across the north part of the island. This is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. Nature created an amazing place on this big island in the sea of freshwater.
Back to Irkutsk on the third day or extra days on Olkhon Island. Relax or learn what other activities are available on the island.
Starting time: AM 10:00
Start location: anywhere in Irkutsk
Duration: 3 days
Type: Car or van
Total tour distance: 670 km (420 miles)
Meet the guide, departure from the traveler’s place in Irkutsk.
Drive to the North from Irkutsk, land of Buryat people.
Stop at the Buddhist temple.
Lunch in a road restaurant.
Drive to the East across the mountains to Tazherany steppes.
Go across the Olkhon Gates straight to Olkhon Island Ferry in summer. Hovercraft, ship or car in winter.
Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island Guesthouse check-in.
Depart from Guesthouse.
Cape Kharantsy and village Kharantsy.
Peschanaya bay (sand dunes).
Sagan Hushun cape.
Khoboy cape, view on the widest part of Lake Baikal from the birds’ height.
Picnic lunch (included in price).
Back to hotel in Khuzhir village.
Dinner, free time.
Departure from the guesthouse.
Go across Olkhon Gates to the mainland.
Lunch in a road cafe.
Traveler’s location in Irkutsk.
Things to bring
Comfortable walking shoes
Extra clothes (cold and wind protection)
Private car or van with English speaking guide/driver
Pick up and drop off in Irkutsk
All transportations and tours
Dinner on day 1
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 2
Breakfast on day 3
National park fees
Lunch on the road from and to Irkutsk, on days 1 and 3.
Online booking is free, no credit card needed.