Round № 6: Through Lake Baikal on Dog Sleddings
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Validity period: February, 1 – April, 1.
Movement on the ice of Lake Baikal. One night in tents on the ice of Lake Baikal, two nights - in warm houses.
The last few years Trans Baikal passages - on foot, on skis, skating, ice boats, etc have become very popular.
We suggest that you cross the Pearl of Siberia in one more unconventional way - by dog sleddings. We can assure you that the number of people, who have done the same passage, can be counted on the fingers (journey of our ancestors do not count). And all this, because our centre of mushing sports which is the only one not just on the lake, but also throughout the region, and we became to offer such passages recently. But we think about you and offer a framed tent with heating (iron stove) to you.
Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting at the airport / the railway station. Transfer to Listvyanka settlement (70 km from Irkutsk), located on the shores of Lake Baikal at the source of the Angara River, or independent arrival.
Upon arrival in Listvyanka, accommodation in hotel “Dereven’ka” ("The village"). Having a rest. After lunch we invite you to the center of mushing sports, which is located not far from the hotel to get acquainted with the dogs and for instructions. The rest of the time can be devoted to examining the attractions of the settlement, especially the Museum of Lake Baikal, the St. Nicholas church, or just to walking along the quay. Dinner at your own expense. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, gathering at the center of mushing sports.
Start. Lunch with dry rations and hot tea from a thermos on the way to the middle of the lake on the ice base “the 105th meridian”. After a short rest, continue to go to the eastern shore of Lake Baikal in the direction of Tankhoy station. As we approach the eastern side of Lake Baikal, the thickness of the snow cover increases and it is becoming more and more difficult to pull sleds for the dogs. Speed of the movement decreases noticeably, but, nevertheless, before dark, we are approaching Tankhoy station. A winter accommodation for dogs and people is organized on the shore. This gives the opportunity to experience all the delights of the cold night on the frozen lake - that is bespoken before the start from Listvyanka.
As experience shows, the most difficult thing is to stay on sleds the first 10 km.
Running is a sense of the whole life of our dogs, and so the first half an hour, they keep the maximum speed (50 km per hour). Being a little tired, the dogs go on a measured trot. That's when you can look around and even try to make a few photos. Instructor sits in the sled and he helps you in managing the sled, he brakes and deflects along with you. During the whole way you can swap with your instructor, if you are tired or have a desire to make pictures from your sledge.
Breakfast. Gathering. Returning to the western side of Lake Baikal along your own trace. Having a snack in the way. Return to Listvyanka. Bathhouse, awarding of certificates. Overnight at hotel “Dereven’ka” ("The village").
Breakfast. Transfer to Irkutsk.
- Hours of registration in the city hotels are set to 12:00. In the case of an early arrival you might have to wait until the noon in the lobby of the hotel, or pay at reception desk for early check-in.
- Before you purchase vouchers you must ask the manager about the terms of the tour and climatic features.
- Number of travelers: up to 4 people.
- Preparation of the tourist: special training is not required. Necessary are physical and moral commitment to stay many hours in the cold. Be prepared to fall on the ice during the first few hours until you have mastered the management of sleds, falls are inevitable.
Support with a snowmobile, mobile communications.
You must have warm clothes and shoes, sunglasses and cream against sunburn on a route.
The cost of the main program includes:
Food in accordance with the program
Transfers in accordance with the program
Accommodation in hotel “Dereven’ka” (“The village")
Course of study and practical management of dog mushing
Rental of dog sleddings
Support: a snowmobile instructor
Winter tents with heating
Russian bath in accordance with the program
The cost of the main program does not include:
Additional services and meals in Listvyanka
To know all the current prices refer to the managers.