Connect with Siberian nature through the dog sledge tour.
The majestic wilderness of Baikal, the diversity of the coastal landscape boasting steep mountains, open fields, snow-covered taiga, forested hills, and slopes running under spreading cedars and pines will dazzle you. Routes varying in difficulty and a night in the middle of icebound Baikal will charge you with new emotions.
Take this tour to:
· learn to drive a dog sledge
· visit the 105th meridian, the legendary spot on Baikal
· go through the Black Passage 900 meters above the ground.
Groups of four get an 8% discount off the original price.
3 days / 2 nights
Type of tour:
Dog sledding tours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The North would not be the same without its sled dogs. Those loyal and tenacious animals have a long and proud history of carrying people and goods across the tundra in their sleds. With the help of the Dog Sledding Centre in Listvyanka, you can experience the exhilarating Arctic tradition of dogsledding first hand.
Winter overnight stay in the middle of Lake Baikal with some comfort. An overnight place has been organized for you: a stationary large tent, folding beds, winter sleeping bags, a stove, a table, chairs. Outdoor amenities in the form of a "crystal" dry closet made of transparent blue Baikal ice.
Accompaniment by a recon snowmobile, navigation, and a cargo sledge
Equipment for the outdoor stay incl. a tent, sleeping bags, a heater, a table, and chairs.
Accompaniment by the kayur (dog sledge drivers)
Baikal Kayur Certificate and a memorable present
Food and beverages beyond the program
Photo and video shooting tickets
Additional excursions and services
Group reception. Transfer to the Listvyanka settlement. Krestovaya Valley. Black Passage. Bolshie Koty.
The first day will begin with a reception in Irkutsk, followed by one-hour transfer to the settlement of Listvyanka, where the Baikal Mushing Centre is located. In the centre, you will get to know dog sledge riders a.k.a. kayur and the dogs. Your instructor will walk you through the basics of mushing, after which you will sledge to Krestovaya Valley.
The ride will take you through the cleavage of the valley with its smooth climbs, icebound passages, slopes, and turns. As we ride through the Black Passage (2nd category of difficulty), you will sit in the sledge driven by a kayur.
After the ride, you will have light lunch at an eatery and take off for a three-kilometre trip along the western coast of Baikal to Bolshie Koty settlement. There, you will stay the night at a guest house.
Bolshie Koty has a long history. Long ago, people came to the settlement to mine gold, it had its own glass factory, and has an active biological station. Bolshie Koty is especially proud of its Baikal museum and Institute of Biology’s public aquarium.
The day will end at the guest house, where you will spend the night.
The 105th meridian.
After breakfast, you will head towards Baikal. The path will take you through ice piles and crevices, snow hills and black ice, leading you to the 105th meridian. This spot on the famous route from Tankhoy to Listvyanka is named after its location: it sits on the 105th meridian east of Greenwich.
There, you will accommodate yourself in a stationary tent, have dinner, and set up an ice camp for the dogs. The tent comes with cots, a heater, a table, chairs, and winter sleeping bags. At your disposal will be outdoor amenities — a biotoilet made of Baikal ice.
You will wrap yourself up in a sleeping bag and spend the night on Baikal.
Return to Listvyanka. Transfer to Irkutsk.
Once you’ve had breakfast and fed the dogs, you will leave the 105th meridian and travel back to Listvyanka. Stunning nature of Baikal with its sparkling ice, snow hills and wide open spaces covered with transparent blue ice will fill your ride with joy and tranquillity.
You will reach the Mushing Centre in the second half of the day. There, you will be presented with the Baikal Kayur Certificate and a memorable gift.
Finally, you will be transferred to Irkutsk.