BAIKAL ICE CHALLENGE

Want to skate the biggest skating ring in the world ? Imagine black ice all the way to skyline one covers on the Nordic skates day after day in a line. The ice is sometimes smooth, sometimes rugged, full of cracks and bubbles ornamentally frozen in a meter thickness, but never the same. The woody hills of Pribaikalskiy ridge, with sharp capes, precipitous cliffs, small sandy beaches follow each other on the shoreline. Usually Baikal freezes over in late January and in a few days the ice grows thick enough to hold a man. And then, for one and a half months Baikal turns to a Nordic skate tour paradise. We can arrange tours in any place on the lake for 1 to 7 days, depending on you wishes, conditions budget etc. Below we present our most successful skate tours on Baikal.  For more details please see http://baikalcomplex.com/marathons.htm

Black Ice

2-3 Days Moderate Skating the best Baikal Ice

Baikal Ice Challenge

205km of Natural ice. From Olkhon to Listvyanka

Skate Easy

1-2 Days Relaxing Nordic Skating Experience

Black Ice

3Days/ 2Nights tour to catch the fresh and the best of black ice in the mid part of Baikal near Olkhon Island

Part of the lake Baikal separated and protected by Olkhon Island is known as Maloe More. Due to less storms and smaller depths it freezes right after the New Year and keeps good ice till mid March. Half day drive from Irkutsk takes you to the mid part of the west coast opposite to Olkhon Island. Number of minor islands to visit, black ice with no cracks, great sunsets and stars reflection makes it unforgettable adventure experience. Overnights in a small guest house, en-suite room, full board, English speaking guide. Due to the ice and wind conditions the place and direction to skate may be changed, as well as duration 2-3-4 days. We can adjust the tour to meet you schedule and wishes

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Day 1:

Drive from Irkutsk to the Maloe More area. Check in Oltreck guest house. Try on the skates.

Day 2:

Day skating around the islands of the Maloe More, ice and grots photography.

Day 3:

Morning skate and departure to Irkutsk.

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Baikal Ice Challenge

Unique chance to challenge more than 200km of Baikal’s wild ice. From Olkhon to Listvyanka, 7Days/ 6Nights.

Longest, most beautiful and challenging Nordic skates tour at Baikal. Groups are fully escorted by safety hovercraft. Usually Baikal freezes over at mid January and in a few days the ice grows thick enough to hold a man. It is followed by the period when the ice is mirror-smooth and one can hardly understand if the huge immensity is hard crystal or it is very still and quiet water. Later on, the snow will partly cover the surface, wind will make it hard and bumpy, cracks in ice will appear. February and early March is the ideal time when Nordicl skating fans hold a traditional skating tour along the western coast of Baikal. This several day tour is one of the most fascinating and extreme trips at Baikal. It requires good skating skills, winter travel experience and hunger for adventure. The tour starts in the settlement of Sakhurta and runs down south, passes along Ust Anga, Bolshaya Buguldeyka, Peschanaya Bay, Bolshoe Goloustnoe to Bolshie Koty and finally ends up in Listvyanka village. Overnights in guesthouses or small private hotels. En-suite rooms, full board, expert guides and safety hovercraft.

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Day 1:

Arrival to Irkutsk, transfer to Sakhurta near Olkhon island, 4 hours. Check in guesthouse.

Day 2:

Day to try on skates, 40 km round trip along Olkhon Island.

Day 3:

Start of a tour to skate north to Ust-Anga settlement, 40 km

Day 4:

Tour skate north to Buguldeika town. 50 km

Day 5:

Skating down to Bolshoe Goloustnoe town, 85 km

Day 6:

Tour skate to Listvyanka settlement, 45 km

Day 7:

Overnight in Listvyanka, sightseeing tour in town to visit Baikal museum, etc.

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Skate Easy

A relaxing 1 or 2 days tour to combine Nordic skating and culture experience when stay in a small town on the lake.

This easy skate tour may be done in one day trip. When Listvyanka often has snow on the lake, Goloustnoe has good skating conditions for 2 months. A day trip includes transfers, lunch and hours of incredible Nordic skating experience.

Two hour drive from Irkutsk takes you to the Bolshoe Goloustnoe town. Former Buryat fisherman and sheep breading settlement, forest industry place in the Soviet time, now the town is quiet and relay more and more on tourism. Wondering around the settlement, visit to the town’s small Russian Orthodox church, skating and photographing Baikal ice followed by traditional sauna and dinner in the evening let one feel Siberia is amazing land. Unique nature, open character and hospitable people make it so much warmer. Overnight in guest house or family stay, full board, English speaking guide.

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Day 1:

Drive from Irkutsk to Bolshoe Goloustnoe town . Check in U Mikhalycha guest house. Skating, sauna.

Day 2:

Sightseeing, skating, lunch. Departure to Irkutsk.

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