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A "Great Baikal Trail" - perhaps, you have heard about this; but it is STIIL OUR DREAM ONLY. In project tours which I propose this dream becomes quite real IN THE MOST DIFFICULT AREAS OF BAIKAL.

It is due to apperance of catamaran size 6x2.5 meters, with smalloutboard, we are moving all tourist's things on Lake Baikal. Of course we need radio stations like Motorola Talkabout-T5950 two-way radio for the range of 8 km.

We need clients! Perhaps, you tell me what company in your country I may address? - it is very little affair but still it would be very useful for us, IT IS A CHALLENGE!

Project of the tours for 2005 (as far as I know - nobody has done this that way! - you can add an interpreter for additinal price, it is difficult to find here an interpreter; just people here don't go for such long way!):

Severobaikalsk - Nizhneangarsk (by a car, 30 km) - Chevyrkujsky Bay (by catamaran with smalloutboard) - explore Chevyrkujsky Bay with catamaran. You are trekking all the way from Nizhneangarsk till the Chevyrkujsky Bay (290 km).
10.06-30.06.2005 and back at 1.07-20.07.2005 (second group).

1 d. - Transfer from Severobaikalsk till Nizhneangarsk by the cars. First you to cross with catamaran the river Kichera, exit to the eastern side of Lake Baikal possible to do on Yarki Island (8 km, see map 2). You are cross with catamaran: 2 two hundred branches of river Verkhyaya Angara, Yarki Islands have the full length of 20 km and width of about 50 meters, there are birch trees. Island Milliony is the begin of ornithological reserve created here for defence of birds in the delta of the river Verkhyaya Angara. You reach Dagar Bay. Stop for the night near the channel Angarakanchik. 20 km, you can use map N 2. Total 28 km.

2 d. - The paths are very difficult, you go on shore. You reach the Cape Erekshakan. 20 km; you can use map N 2.

3 d. - Today you cross with catamaran the river Frolikha. You move to Frolov Cape (see map 2) then to Lakanda Cape (see map 8), came to the Ayaya Bay (see the map 8); there catamaran will be waiting for you. Stop for the night about Ayaya Bay. 24 km; see map N 8.

4-5 d. - You visit Frolikha lake. Catamaran will stay at Ayaya Bay. Here you can go for hiking to the Frolikha Lake (it is about 8 km one way).

6 d. - Best way to reach the Cape Tucalaragdy when you are going from Ayaya Bay to the south corner just after crossing little river then 15 minutes ascent by the path, there is larch trees and creep-trees - the path comes to middle of spur; after that the path follow on descent in the larch forest, after 1.5 - 2 hours you found yourself on the shore of lake Baikal in mouth of tiny brook Tucalaragda - very interesting that a water above ice is kept till the end of July (see map 8, there is a little hunting hut)! You are reaching Khakusy sanatorium by shore. Stop for the night about the Khakusy Bay. About 16 km of trekking, 19 km by water. Here sanatorium Khakusy (hot springs), you can swim here for additional payment; see map N 8.

7 d. - It is 4 km of beach, on the south it stops by rocky columns of Aman-Kit Cape. Here it is good to move by water in the catamaran to the Cape Turaly (5 km), there is one of the most beautiful places on the eastern coastline of Lake Baikal - "singing" dune! There is very high path about Cape Organon! You reach the river Shirilda, cross it with catamaran, you trek till gydro-meteological station Tompa, 2 houses; stop for the night. 30 km, see map N 8.

8-9 d. - You cross the rivers Tompuda (see the map 8) and Shegnanda (see the map 12) with catamaran, there is farm of Strogovs; there you can ask for additional payment to prepare Russian Bath, there also you can buy a fresh milk!. You have rest day here. After the Shegnanda river there is good horse path to mouth of the river Irinda, much better to use it. 24 km, see map 12.

10 d. - reach the Cape Galandikit, you trek to the river "Urbikan"; 22 km, see the map 12 (hut is shown on the map 12).

11 d. - You trek on the shore till the brook (it is the 5-th river including river "Urbikan"). 20 km, see the map 12.

12 d. - you hike to the lake "Losinaya" over the brook, fishing in the lake; 12 km of hiking, see map 12.

13 d. - You cross the rivers Kabanya (see map 12) with catamaran. From the Kabanya river till the village Davsha you can meet at any moment bear! Stop near the hut (very close to brook Ezovka - you can cross 3 brooks including brook Ezovka), 20 km; see map N 12.

14 d. - You cross the river Bolshaya (see map 16) with catamaran then you trek till the Cape Cherny. You reach the village Davsha - it is centre of Barguzin Nature Preserve. You can visit the museum of Nature, 20 km; see map N 16.

15 d. - cross the rivers Turkulik with catamaran and reach the Sosnovka river. 12 km, see map 16. You cross the Sosnovka river with a catamaran. You reach Shumilikha river; 6 km, rest day. Total 18 km.

16 d. - You go from the mouth of the river Shumilikhi for about 4 km then on the left side of the river Shumilikha by steep ascent in pine forest. On your way you can to have a rest in two hunting huts, see wonderful views till the Alpine Meadows, see 3 mountain lakes; there are a lot of waterfalls - all that it will take you about 11-12 hours. Stop for the night about mouth of the river Shumilikha. 13 km of trekking, see map 16.

17 d. - you reach Bolshaya Cheremshanaya river and cross it with catamaran. Stop for the night about the river Bolshaya Cheremshanaya, in the right side of the river. 17 km, see maps 16 and 21.

18 d. - See the maps 15, 16, 21. Here is not path till the river Malaya Cheremshanaya - you move till it on catamaran (about 8 km, see the map 21), even the path from river Malaya Cheremshanaya goes along the brook Medvezhy and is lost in the wind-fallen trees; again descent to the shore of Lake Baikal. Again the places very pressed, then ascent to the steep slope; descent in a broad valley of the river Kedrovaya, to it 2 km there is hunting hut. From here there is no path! - it only appears for several kilometers for the village Chivyrkusky, that is why you are to move on the catamaran! - about 11 km. Stop for the night about the village Chivyrkusky. About 28 km. Distance from Nizhneangarsk is about 290 km.

19-20 d. - Chevyrkujsky Bay - one of the best in Lake Baikal, it is about 75 km around; you can use map N 21, you spent one or 2 day for exploring this; you have moved to Cape Fertyk and to the village Chevyrkuj (364 km), when you came back to Nizhneangarsk (for four full days!) - it would be 654 km. Clients may go to Ulan-Ude.

21-25 d. - you return to Nizhneangarsk.

  1. A group of up to 4 persons (not less) is served. The cost 1000 $ for a person.
  2. You may be the the whole family (take your mother and father). Having with you only photograph camera or video camera! All your luggage will be moving by by catamarans on Lake Baikal. Driver (he is also a cook) will help you to prepare the food and a guide will help you. You shall have a life-belt.
  3. You shall follow your route on the map in Russian album of maps around lake Baikal: "Pribaikalie", scale in one sm two km. You can get this album (book) from me.
  4. You are to have your personal gear: tents, rugs, sleeping bags, bedding.
  5. Optimum date is 10 June. The best way is to arrange the second group moving from Chevyrkujsky Bay to Nizhneangarsk (about 1.07-20.07)
Prices include all services: food, transportation, commission for tour operator (10%) and travel agency (10%). Prices don't include your personal gear: tents, rugs, sleeping bags, bedding.


You should always keep close to the shore (you move from the shore of Lake Baikal at a distance of 10 meters); if there would be sudden wind - you must have enough time to drag the catamarans on the shore!

Fredrik from Sweden on 8.09.2002 (e-mail: ---@telia.com):

> will there be meny mosquitos on these tours, thats something > to try to awoid, from some of my stay in russia i know > they can ruin your vacation.

I recommend for defence from mosquitos to use protect gauze. Also it is absolutely necessary to follow instructions of Patricia Ormsby (Japan) to protect you from bites of tic; see her article on encephalitis (on my website).



Click to enlarge. Photo by Jorge Ferreira.
Click to enlarge. Photo by Jorge Ferreira.

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