From the owner of the Chalet homestay we use in -
This year we are not operating in B.Koty: there are changes in the
environmental regulations and requirements going on in the Russian
law system, and as long as its not clear what is demanded to
operate in the middle of a National park we decided not to open to
Due to this people can make a day trip to village - arrive in KOTY
without staying there ...Arrive in KOTY village , walking around the
village and at 18:00 by boat go back to Listvyanka.
We have an alternative small
guesthouse - the only other one - that we can use. These owners are
'resident' as the Chalet are 'non-resident. This is where the 'red
tape' comes in.
Another experience is to go to Olkhon Island for 3 Nts
If this situation cahnges we
will update this page.
Bolshie Koty is a small village,
located on the lakeside 20 km northeast from a popular tourist
destination - Listvyanka. There is no vehicle road to this small
place, and one can get there only by walking or by boat. The walking
trail is a beautiful 20 km hike along the shore, with gentle ups and
downs. In summer there are regular public boat connection with Irkutsk and Listvyanka.
Surrounded by woody hills and picturesque cliffs this quiet place
has its own life rhythm measured not by hours and days but with the
sunshine and seasons. Gold used to be extracted from the Bolshie Koty River and the rusting dredge can still be seen, 1 km beyond the
village. In the time of the gold rush the village used to have own
bakery, saw mill and small glass factory. Nowadays the main
activities for 60 inhabitants of the village are fishing, work at
the Irkutsk University Research Station along with growing tourism.
In summer the place gets busier with students doing their practical
work, locals camping in the nearby valleys and tourists. Easy walks,
bright colours, forests full of mushrooms and wild berries together
with the outstanding beauty of the lake are the attractions.
Due to a poor tourist infrastructure you have very limited dining
opportunities. Therefore our chalet accommodation is, 'all meals'.
The rooms (x10) have ensuite and there is also a sauna for guest use. This
is a summer season only option unless you do hike in the winter!!
Current boat transport schedules are;
|27.06-25.08 daily except
||Irkutsk Bolshie Koty
at 09:00 am, 14:30 pm
Irkutsk at 12:30 pm, 18:00 pm
31.05-26.06 daily except Monday and Thursday
||Irkutsk Bolshie Koty
at 12:30 pm
||Bolshie Koty Irkutsk at 18:00 pm
6.08-22.09 daily except Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Bolshie Koty at 12:30pm
||Bolshie Koty Irkutsk at 18:00pm
The boat (Hydrofoil) takes 1:40
minutes from Irkutsk to Koty.
Day 1: Arrival in Irkutsk by train. Met and transferred by car to
accommodation in Irkutsk (B).
Day 2: Shuttle Transfer by car from accommodation to Harbour in
Irkutsk. Tickets for the public boat to Bolshie Koty. Accommodation
at Chalet in B.Koty all meals (FB). From the harbour to the chalet
is a distance of 800 meters. If required you can pay (on site) for a
Day 3: Free time until your boat departs back to Irkutsk (6 pm).
Shuttle Transfer by car from Harbour to Irkutsk accommodation (B).
Day 4: Free time. Shuttle Transfer by car to railway station.
Departure from Irkutsk.
Yes you can extend your days at
to train package price single person
train package price twin share