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Round № 7: TOUR by HIVUS TO the Small Sea
The Small Sea (Olkhon)

The Small Sea is a part of the lake, separated by Olkhon. It is the strait, expanding from the south-west to north-east, its length is 76 km., maximum width is 17 km., and maximum depth is 200 m. This is one of the broadest shallow parts of the lake, full of fish.

Olkhon Island is separated from the mainland by strait Olkhonskiye vorota. Length of the island is 71 km., width - up to 12 km, the area - 730 sq. km. The island is located in the central part of Lake Baikal, near the highest mark of the depth (1637 m) at equal distance from northern and southern ends of the lake. All the variety of natural landscapes of Baikal's shores gathered on the territory of Olkhon. In the Buryat language "Olkhon" means “little forest”. It is a real reserve of surprisingly varied landscapes and magnificent sceneries for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The territory of the island is rich for archaeological monuments.


Route: Listvyanka – the Small Sea (Olkhon) – Listvyanka
Program: Going on the ice of Lake Baikal to Olkhon Island and back.
Length: 500 km.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights

The program:

Day 1
Arrival in Irkutsk.
A short city excursion in Irkutsk, transfer to Listvyanka, which is located 70 km from Irkutsk.
Accommodation at hotel "Baikal towers”.
Visiting the Limnological museum, the viewing point, the church in Nicola settlement, the museum of wooden architecture in Taltsy.
Dinner. Free time.

Day 2
7.00 Breakfast.
8.00 Departure by "Hivus” (hovercraft) to Olkhon at leisure base of
Nikita Bencharov in Khuzhir (250 km from Listvyanka). The Bencharovs are the first
Olkhon entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.
On the way, stop at Peschanaya Bay (80 km from Listvyanka) for walking and examining the rock shoes Large and Small Belltowers, framing the bay, grottos; lunch on
nature near Krestovsky Cape, examining of Sagan-Zaba cliff (160 km from
Listvyanka) with ancient petroglyphs.
18.00 Arrival in Khuzhir. Accommodation.
Dinner. For those interested - bathhouse.

Day 3
9.00 Breakfast.
Tour across the Small Sea along Olkhon to Cape Khoboy. For those wishing-fishing.
Meeting with a current local shaman V. Hagdaev.

Day 4
8.00 Breakfast.
Return to Listvyanka with stops at liked places and lunch on the way.
Accommodation at hotel "Baikal towers”.
Day 5
Transfer to the airport or the railway station.

The price includes:
- Accommodation according to the program;
- Meals in accordance with the program;
- All kinds of transfers on the route;
- Visiting national parks and nature reserves, excursions;
- Guides and instructors.

Extra charge:
- Flight or transfer to Irkutsk from the place of arrival, and further, departure or transfer to the next place of arriving after the end of the program;
- Saunas;
- Alcohol;
- Additional services listed in the program for an additional pay or not listed in the program;
- Private talks on a satellite phone in accordance with existing tariffs.

To know all the current prices refer to the managers.