BAIKAL NORDIC SKATE GRAND MARATHON, 190 KM
Baikal-Complex sponsor annual Baikal Nordic Skate Grand Marathon.
7 Days / 6 Nights
Best from 30th of January till 10th of February. Strenious to extreme (for sportsmen only)
Want to skate the biggest skating ring in the world ? Nothing compares with speedy
sliding over the several hundred metres precipice. The ice is sometimes smooth,
sometimes rugged, full of cracks and bubbles ornamentally frozen in a meter thickness,
but never the same. The woody hills of Pribaikalskiy ridge, with sharp capes,
precipitous cliffs, small sandy beaches follow each other on the shoreline.
Usually Baikal freezes over in mid January and in a few days the ice grows thick
enough to hold a man. It is followed by rather short period 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. Later on, the snow will partly cover the surface,
wind will make it hard and bumpy, cracks in ice will appear. End of January and early
February is the ideal time when Baikal skating fans hold a traditional skating marathon
along the western coast. The marathon has been held for more then 30 years already.
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 Buryat fishing settlement Sakhurta, than
passes the town of Bolshaya Buguldeyka and
runs down south, via Peschanaya Bay, Bolshoe Goloustnoe to Bolshie Koty and
finally ends up in Listvyanka village, where the Lake Baikal Museum is visited.
Every day tourists normally cover from
50 to 90 km, depending on the wind and the ice conditions. Overnights in small wooden
cabins along the coast.
Day 1: Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to HTL Accommodation HTL Irkutsk / homestay, 1 Nt, twin, b/b
Day 2:Drive to Sakhurta, start of skating
Day 3:Skate to Buguldeika town, overnight in family / chalet
Day 4:Skate to Peschanaya Bay, overnight in lodge or in camp
Day 5:Skate via Bolshoe Goloustnoe to village Bolshie Koty 30 km. Accommodation in family or chalet.
Day 6:Skate to Listvyanka 20 km. Sightseeing, visit to Lake Baikal Museum. TRSF to Irkutsk. HTL Irkutsk / homestay, 1 Nt, twin, b/b
Day 7:Departure from Irkutsk