Olkhon - the biggest island of Baikal and the largest
lake-bound island in the world - length 73,6 km (46 miles), width
15 km (9 miles), the highest point 1276 metres (the mountain called
Izimey). Picturesque and original landscape, high dunes, with sandy bays on
the western part. Steep cliffs going down under water to a depth of
1,5 km (1 mile), capes with amazing and unusual shapes on the eastern
part - all this makes Olkhon a place to treasure. Olkhon - the
best destination for Baikal exploration!|
The inhabitants of the island are mostly Buryats intact by
civilization. Population is less then 2000 and consists of
fishermen and farmers. Due to its remoteness, the island has
neither wired nor telephone/radio connections with the
mainland. Olkhon is also one of the Buryat sacred shamanist
center. Very often people before making an important decision
refer to shaman. The native people consider mountain Zhima
sacred. According to the buryat legend the spirit
of Olkhon lives on the top of Zhima (Izimey cape). His name
is Han-guta and he reveals himself as an eagle.|
The best time to visit Olkhon is from June till the beginning
of September. Contact me in winter for EXTREME adventure!
We presents: 4-5 days tour to one of the biggest island of
Baikal - OLKHON. Wild nature and offroad auto-travel on the territory of
Pribaikalsky National Park. All inclusive.
Tour includes visiting:
Khuzir village - Museum of Local Lore - Stone Temple - Peschanka spot -
Sagan-Hushun cape - Khoboi cape - Uzury bay - Shaman
Arrival in Irkutsk. Departure by car to Olkhon Island
(310 km - 190 miles one way / 5-6 hours). En rout stop for dinner in a
Buryat village Elantsi (Buryat dish "pozi" and russian
"pelmeni"). Crossing "Small Sea" strait by
ferry-boat. Arrival in Buryat village "Khuzir" (Olkhon island)
early in the evening.
- the biggest settlement in Olkhon among 4 of them; geographical
and administrative center of Olkhon island. The beautiful sand
beach (4 km long/2,2 miles) stretches out away from the village.
Accommodation in summer cottages (facilities in the yard),
2 km away from the village on the shore of Small Sea.
Museum of Local History in Khuzir village.|
More then 3000 valuable
exhibits and finds which were collected by the founder of the
museum Michail Revyakin and his pupils. Among the collection
there are ancient ritual adornments of shaman which were found
at the supposed place of cremation; ancient yurta with
authentic top priorities ...
Visiting the spectacular Burkhan Rock / Shamanka / or the
not far from the village Khuzir there is
a famous Shaman cape crowned with two-head marble rock
"Burhan". There is a through cave in the rock with
ancient paintings. For a long time the cave was a place for
annual shamanic worship. This considerable historic monument
is a peculiar symbol of Baikal and one of the nine holiest
places in Asia.
Jeep Photo Safari to
the north of Olkhon:
- The Peschanoye
bay in 20 km to the north from Khuzir, famous for its
picturesque beach dunes and for being a former camp for
political and war prisoners nearly half a century ago. Nowadays
there are only log ruins absorbed by sand moving, wind and time.
- in the
northern part of Olkhon there is a mountainous archipelago
which looks like three huge ledges. Light carbonic rocks are
covered with bright multicoloured lichenous vegetation.
People usually call the cape Three Brothers;
- the most
northern point of Olkhon, which represents vertically directed
marble rock plate. Khoboi is translated as 'fang' from Buryat
language and it realy looks like it. Beautiful view of endless
scopes and majestic circular panorama of Baikal. Sviatoy Nos
peninsula is seen from here. You'll understand why people
called Baikal "a sea". Khoboi cape is also a holy
Uzury bay and the picnic on the shore of Baikal (local
dishes out of Baikal omul).
- Uzury is
the only settlement on the eastern shore of the island.
Meteorological station, a small lake, where ducks have rest
and live on sometimes.
Return to Khuzir in the evening.
Transfer from Olkhon
to a town of Elantsy. Meeting a shaman. Visiting a
shaman places located in Tazeran steppes, around the village.
Return by road to Irkutsk late in the evening. Accommodation.
Welcome to Olkhon Island √ sunny mystery of Baikal
full of ancient legends