BAIKAL WILD ICE GRAND MARATHON, 210 KM
Baikal-Complex invites to the annual Baikal Nordic Skating Marathon.
8 Days / 7 Nights
Best since 10th of February till middle March. Moderate.
Want to skate the biggest skating rink in the world ?
Imagine black ice extending far into the horizon, as far
as you can see.Not all ice is created equal - sometimes
flawlessly smooth, sometimes coarse, often full of cracks
and bubbles rigidly frozen under the surface. The woody
hills of Pribaikalskiy ridge run along the shoreline,
interspersed with sharp capes, precipitous cliffs and small
sandy beaches. Due to
the enormous volume of the lake, Baikal only starts to
freezes in late January but in the space of just a few
days, the ice can grow thick enough to support the weight
of a man. And then, for one and a half months Baikal turns
to a Nordic skating paradise. Early February is time
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. After mid March
the snow will partly cover the surface, wind will make
it hard and bumpy, cracks in the ice will appear.
Wild Ice Grand Marathon is the longest, most beautiful and challenging Nordic skates tour
at Baikal. Groups are fully escorted by safety hovercraft.
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.
NOTE:Distance and locations are flexible and may be changed
due to the weather conditions and group skills.
Day 1: Arrival to Irkutsk, transfer to Sakhurta near Olkhon island, 4 hours. Check in guest house, orientation skating, f/b
Day 2:Day skating 40 km along the Olkhon Island. Overnight in guest house. 30-45 km
Day 3:Skate to Ust - Anga setlement, overnight in guest house. 40 km
Day 4:Skate to Buguldeika town, overnight in lodge. 45km
Day 5:Skate to Bolshoe Goloustnoe village. 85 km. Accommodation in guest house or chalet.
Day 6:Skate to Listvyanka 45 km.
Day 7:Sightseeing in Listvyanka, visit to Lake Baikal Museum. TRSF to Irkutsk. Short city tour, accommodation in a hotel, 1 Nt, twin, b/b
Day 8:Departure from Irkutsk