Ural Expeditions &smp; Tours

Dog sledding across Baikal

Duration - 5 days

Program of tour:
Day 1
Meeting and assistance at the Irkutsk airport/ railway station. Transfer to hotel and accommodation. Free time for shower and rest. City sightseeing tour with a visit to the Decembrist Museum.
In the past this mansion belonged to rebellious Prince Volkonsky one of the leaders of the Decembrist-Russian aristocracy who were banned to Siberia after their ill-fated attempt in December of 1825 to overthrow the Russian Tsar.
Lunch free.
Free time.
Dinner in a German beer house. Spend the night in a hotel. (D)
Day 2
Breakfast in a hotel.
Transfer to the settlement Listvyanka, located on Lake Baikal shore.
On the way: guided tour to Taltsy an open air Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture.
There is a numerous number of ethnographical and architectural sightseeing in the museum. The oldest building on a site is the Spass Tower of Ilimsk Fortress (1667) and active Kazan Chapel (1679).
Transfer to the headwaters of the Angara River to see the famous Shaman Rock and see how the locals cook the endemic Baikal fish.
Accommodation in Baikal Terema Hotel and lunch in a cozy wooden restaurant (fish and vegetarian menus available).
Theoretical introduction to dog sledding.
Excursion to the dogs farm where you meet the dogs and learn the technique of operating the sleds. Personal equipment and gear fitting.
Dinner free. (BL)
Day 3
After breakfast load your belongings on a snowmobile sled and START your trans-Baikal dog sledding trip (40 km) across the frozen lake.  
From the start the dogs will pull your sled with all their might.  So youll have to be very accurate to stay on sled the first half an hour.  After a while the dogs get tired and slow down. This is the time when you can look around and make some pictures.)
Lunch on the way.
In the afternoon youll reach the Eastern side of the lake opposite Tankhoy village. The dogs and our guides will camp on the ice and the tourists will spend this night in a visit center.
Dinner. (BLD)
Day 4
After breakfast in the visit center youll come back to the dogs camp, pack up your things, load them on the sled and set off back in the direction of Listvyanka village following your old snowmobile track (40 km).
Lunch on ice in the middle of the Lake.
On arrival - accommodation in Baikal Terema hotel. Sauna followed by dinner and presentation of nominative certificates of the dog sledding center.
Day 5
Breakfast in hotel
Transfer to Irkutsk for your flight.

1. Please, note that the check in hour is 12-00. In case of the early arrival you might have to wait at the reception for the check-in hours.
2. Before purchasing the tour please inquire for details and climate conditions. 
3. Average day temperatures -5C in March and -25C in January.
4. Its required that customers have their warm clothes, jackets, boots, mittens and hats as well as sun cream.
5. Equipment and gear: a dogsled with 4-6 dogs depending on your weight and skill, snowmobile assistance, warm parkas.
6. Group size maximum 4 pax.
7. The standard program can be optimized to your request.
8. Falls are possible.

Price includes:
Ground transportation as described in the itinerary;
All accommodations in  double rooms as
   described in the itinerary in Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Visit center;
Meals as noted in the itinerary (BLD);
Dog sleds rent;
Snowmobile assistance;
Russian sauna as noted in the itinerary;
All excursions entrance fees and visits as described in the itinerary;
Bilingual local guide throughout your stay.

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