Lake Baikal Olkhon Island and Irkutsk Adventure

Here is your chance to do something different. In addition to Irkutsk, you have the chance to see more of the natural wonder of the Lake Baikal region.

Olkhon Island

Olkhon Island (72 kilometers in length and 15 to 25 Km in width) is the largest island on Lake Baikal. Geologically the island is VERY old and Lake Baikal's deepest point (1,637 m) is located near the island. The climate here is different being dry in summer with not too much snow in winter. The average temperature in Summer is +20- to 23C, and about –20C in winter. The channel between the island and the mainland is one of the few places around Lake Baikal where the water is warm enough for swimming!!

The island is separated from the mainland by the ‘Little Sea’ and ‘Olkhon Gate’. The South Western half of the island is steppe landscape, with the Eastern side featuring extensive forest cover. Olkhon Island has several archaeological sites, beginning with the remains of Iron Age forts and stone slab tombs built by the mysterious Kurykans, an ancient Turkish people who lived here between AD 500 and AD1000. Artefacts from ancient fishermen and hunters have also been found along the shores. There are good walking and cycling opportunities. The landscape of Olkhon Island is variable ranging from sandy beaches to taiga style forests with the interior being home to 6 lakes and the 1300m high Zhima Peak. At the northern end of Olkhon Island you find one of the better places to see the famed Baikal seals. The Island is also famous as one of the centres of Shamanism being an ancient type of religion practiced by the local Buryat people. Many of the sacred shamanistic sites and rock paintings are still found here.

Irkutsk & Olchon (Khuzhir) Island 6 Days/5 Nights

This option operates all year round, BUT during winter the bus service reduces to 3 or 4 times per week. Also, during winter you have to pay the ferry service cash when using the service.

Day 1: Arrival in Irkutsk by train.
Shuttle transfer by car to your accommodation in Irkutsk (B).

Day 2: Shuttle transfer by car from your accommodation to the bus station in Irkutsk.
Confirmed seats for the public bus to Olkhon. Upon arrival make you way to your Guest House accommodation in Khuzhir for 3 nights based on full board (3 meals per day).

Day 3: Free time.

Day 4: Free time.

Day 5: Time to return to Irkutsk by public bus.
Upon arrival at Irkutsk bus station you will be transferred by car to your accommodation. (B)

Day 6: Shuttle Transfer by car to the railway station for your departure train.

Transfers as shown
Return bus tickets Irkutsk/Olchon on the public bus
Accommodation in Irkutsk on a bed and breakfast basis
Accommodation on Olchon Island on a full board basis.


Upon application


  • Olkhon Island accommodation is only a Guesthouse option.
  • The road from Irkutsk to the Olkhon Island ferry point (300 km) is mostly a rough dirt road, moving up and down woody hills (50 km). The total driving time is expected to take 6 hours with the lunch stop en route.
  • Due to the Odd and Even date system for train departures along the main Trans Siberian rail route you might require an extra night in Irkutsk to make this programme work for your individual plan. We will advise you if this is required, when you make a booking.

  • If this is to be included in one of our Trans Siberian, or Trans Mongolian train journeys then we need to adjust the overall cost. Please contact us for this variation.

  • Variations are available - for example using a private 4 wheel drive vehicle (instead of bus) and more included on route sightseeing. Naturally the price increases. If you a 4 persons and above these expanded options become very viable.