Self-guided Tour to Olkhon Island

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

Trip to Olkhon Island without a guide. Door to door transfer on a public minibus from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island. Stay with friendly and experienced locals. Go on a group tour to the North part of island with picnic lunch included 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 East Siberian hospitality.

Available everyday!

Availability: Everyday
Duration: 3 days
Start/finish location: Traveler’s place in Irkutsk
Pick-up start time: AM 8:45
Departure from Irkutsk: AM 10:00
Arrival back to Irkutsk: on day 3 at PM 5:00
Transportation: Public, minibus or van
Difficulty: Easy

Starting location and time

The tour starts and finishes at the traveler’s location in Irkutsk city. Any hostel, hotel, guesthouse, or apartment. Pick up starts from AM 8:45

Road map of the tour

Road from Irkutsk to Olkhon Island
Total distance in 3 days: 670 km (420 mi)

Itinerary

Day 1

Cape Burkhan aka Shaman Rock

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

AM 8:45-9:45 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 (in winter during thin ice period hovercrafts are used to transfer people and luggage)
PM 4:00 Arrive in Khuzhir village to a guesthouse
Optional activities for day 1:
Shaman Rock (cape Burkhan panoramic view)
Oshepkov Art Gallery
Rent a bike …
PM 7:00 Dinner at the guesthouse

Day 2

Typical off-road minivan

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

AM 9:00 Breakfast at the guesthouse
AM 9:30-10:15 Pick up for the day tour to the North of Olkhon
AM 10:30 Cape Kharantsy
AM 11:30 Peschanaya bay
PM 12:30 Cape Sagan Hushun
PM 1:00 2 km mini-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
PM 7:00 Dinner at the guesthouse

Stops’ locations and quantity may change a little due to the weather.

Day 3

Ferry from Olkhon Island

Summary: Travel back from Olkhon Island to Irkutsk city.

AM 9:00 Breakfast at the guesthouse
AM 9:30 to AM 10:00 Minibus pickup, departure to Irkutsk
AM 11:00 Ferry to mainland
PM 13:00 Stop for lunch in a road restaurant
PM 5:00 Arrive in Irkutsk, drop off at traveler’s location

Inclusions

  • English speaking phone/online support.
  • Door to door two-way transfer from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village and back. Certified public transportation company.
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Irkutsk.
  • Ferry to Olkhon island (no waiting in the line).
  • 2 nights in a budget guesthouse in Khuzhir village (shared facilities, homestay).
  • Breakfast on day 2 and day 3. Dinner on day 1 and day 2.
  • Group tour to the Northern part of Olkhon Island (off-road minivan) with picnic lunch included.
  • National park fees.

Exclusions

  • Lunch on day 1 on the road to Olkhon Island. ( ≈ 350 RUB)
  • Lunch on day 3 on the road back to Irkutsk. ( ≈ 350 RUB)

Things to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Extra clothes (sweater and wind protection)
  • Swimming suit (season July-August)
  • Small backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Water

Things to note before booking

  • Payment in cash for the tour on day 1 at departure.
  • Accommodation upgrade is possible on request.
  • Everything is managed electronically, no paper tickets or vouchers.
  • Prices in the shops on the Island are about 10-20% higher than in Irkutsk city.
  • Card and wireless payment is available almost in every shop.
  • Sometimes cards don’t work, please, have some small bills cash and coins.
  • Mobile internet connection (4G) works good in Khuzhir village, but may be unstable sometimes. WiFi network is available.
  • Vegetarian and vegan meals are available on request.
  • There is no ATM (cash machine) on the island.

Booking Form

Online booking is free, with no credit card needed. Currency converter is available, please proceed to the next step.