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.

Trip to Olkhon Island without a guide. Public minibus from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island. Stay with friendly locals. Go on a group tour to cape Khoboy 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 the local East Siberian hospitality.


Availability: Everyday
Starting location: Traveler’s location in Irkutsk
Pick-up start time: AM 8:30
Departure from Irkutsk: AM 10:00
Duration: 3 days
Arrival to Irkutsk: PM 5:00
Total 3 days distance: 670 km (420 miles)
Transportation: Public
Difficulty: Easy

Starting location and time

The tour starts at the traveler’s location from Irkutsk city. Any hostel, hotel, guesthouse, or apartment. Travelers are picked up from AM 8:45 to AM 9:45.


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

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 9:30-10:00 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 season and weather.

Day 3

Ferry from Olkhon Island

Summary: Travel back to Irkutsk city from Olkhon Island.

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


  • English speaking online support.
  • Door to door two-way transfer from Irkutsk to Khuzhir village.
  • Certified public transportation company.
  • Ferry to Olkhon island.
  • 2 nights in a budget guesthouse in Khuzhir village (shared facilities).
  • Breakfast on day 2 and day 3.
  • Dinner on day 1 and day 2.
  • Tour to the Northern part of Olkhon Island (off-road minivan).
  • Picnic lunch during this tour to the North.
  • National park fees.


  • Lunch on day 1 on the road to Olkhon Island. ( ≈ 300 RUB)
  • Lunch on day 3 on the road to Irkutsk. ( ≈ 300 RUB)

Things to bring

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

Things to note before booking

  • Payment in cash for the tour on day 1 at departure.
  • Acommodation upgrade is possible in advance.
  • Everything is managed electronically, no paper tickets or vouchers.
  • A meal in a road cafe is about 150-500 RUB per person.
  • Prices in the shops are about 10-20% higher than in Irkutsk city.
  • Card payment is accepted almost everywhere.
  • Sometimes cards don’t work, please, have some cash on you.
  • Using cash, prepare small bills and coins. Sellers usually have no small change.
  • Vegetarian meals are available.
  • There is no ATM (cash machine) on the island.

Booking Form

Online booking is free, with no credit card needed.