Lake Baikal

Baikal: the world's deepest lake


Hot breathing of Sayan mountains

Trek area:

Grade of difficultyeasy

Season: June to September

Group: 6 - 10 people plus Wild Russia tour leader and local guides

Land cost:  2 pax $2020 per person
                  4 pax $1390 per person
                  6 pax $1170 per person

Weather:: daytime+ 25-35 , night +15-25 .

Accommodation: during trekking - comfortable tents, on the Lake Baikal - wooden cottages, in Ulan-Ude - hotel.

Transport: minivan, train.

Guides: local support team and Wild Russia tour leader

The price includes:
Accommodation in hotels B&B; Full board during trekking and camping, breakfasts in Ulan-Ude, dinner in Buryat cuisine restaurant; All transfers according to the itinerary; Packhorses; All excursions according to the itinerary; Permits to national parks; Tent and other equipment rent; Local guides and Wil Russia tour leader.

Domestic flight airfare; Over luggage if any; Personal expenses; Tips; Medical insurance are not included.


Irkutsk - Nilova pustyn village - Shumak springs - Sludyanka - Enhaluk canping- Ulan Ude

Being so remote and difficult to access, this "spa" has retained its natural appearance. The way to the springs is through mountain pass Shumakskii (2850 asl), along rivers abundant with canyons and waterfalls. On the way you will see magnificent scenery of Tunkinskaya valley and the East Sayan. Shumak hot springs are surrounded by mountain ridges, and are evidence to their volcanic origin .There are more then 70 different mineral springs, some of them are furhished so that people can take a bath, others are only for drinking. There are some cabins, banya, and Buddhist church, so you stay there will be both comfortable and interesting.

After the trekking you will take a rest in Enchaluk camping on the Lake Baikal - a good place for hiking, horse riding, canoeing etc. In the end of this 12-days trip you will visit Ulan Ude and Ivolginsky Datzan - center of Buddhism in Russia.


12 days, 11 nights

Note: the program is indicative only and may be customized according to your preferences



Day 1. Arrive to Irkutsk, short sightseeing tour, transfer to Tunkinsii National Park (5-6 hours drive). In Nilova Pustyn village we will visit local datzan (Buddhist church) and mineral springs in the valley of Ihe-Uhgun river. There the trekking starts: after an hour of trekking you arrive at Khubuty river and stay there overnight.
Day 2. Trekking 15 km (6 hours) to Khubuty lakes, luggage is carried over by packhorses.
Day 3. Cross the Ikhe-Ger river, trekking through alpine meadows, ascent to Shumakskii mountain pass the highest one in Eastern Sayan (2850 m asl). A view from the pass is worth bringing the heaviest photo camera the Shumak river valley with its numerous canyons and mountain lakes. Descent to the forest zone. Overnight in tents beside picturesque 40-metres waterfall.
Day 4. Trekking to Shumak hot springs (10 km, 4 hours) along Shumak river. Free time for rest and exploring the springs.
Day 5. Trekking down the Shumak river valley to Huhain Hada place that is considered as a sacred place by local people.
Day 6. After lunch trekking back to springs.
Day 7. Trekking back trough mountain pass.
Day 8. Afternoon arrival to Nilova Pustyn. Transfer by minivan to the Lake Baikal. Night transfer to Ulan-Ude by train.
Day 9. Arrive to Ulan-Ude. Transfer to Enhaluk camping. Free time for rest and explore Lake Baikal coastline. Overnight in cottages.
Day 10. Stay in Enhaluk camping. Optionally: horse riding, canoeing, hiking.
Day 11. Morning transfer to Ulan Ude. Check in hotel. Guided city sightseeing. Excursion to local folklore village. Transfer (40 km) and guided excursion to Ivolginsky Datzan center of Buddhism in Russia. Free time. Dinner: traditional Buryat cuisine. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12. Transfer to the airport.
General information
Getting there







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Magical Olkhon
Baikal mix 3 in 1
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Experience in Orkho-Bom canyon







Lakes on the way to Shumak.
Lakes on the way to Shumak


Huhain-Hada place.
Huhain-Hada place


Fisherman's boat on the Lake Baikal
Fisherman on the Lake Baikal


Ivolginsky Datzan
Ivolginsky datzan

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