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
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
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
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
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
21-25 d. - you return to Nizhneangarsk.
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.
- A group of up to 4 persons (not less) is served. The cost 1000 $
for a person.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- You are to have your personal gear: tents, rugs, sleeping bags,
- Optimum date is 10 June. The best way is to arrange the second
group moving from Chevyrkujsky Bay to Nizhneangarsk (about
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
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).