Tour to Bolshie Koty
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2 days and 1 night hike from Lisvyank village to Bolshie Koty village. By feet there and back by hydrofoil.
Tour is also available for for 3 days: By feet there and back.
By feet there, hydrofoil back: 1st of June – 30th of August.
By feet there and back: all year round
This is an active tour for outdoor seekers. It involves hiking 18-20km along the lake Baikal shore with ups and downs, staying in a small Siberian village for a day and returning back by hydrofoil.
The hydrofoil is not running on Mondays and Thursdays!
Experienced local guide carries all food and cooks all meals on fire.
DESCRIPTION OF THE TOUR
The tour starts and ends in Listvyanka, a village on lake Baikal shore, 70km from Irkutsk. You can get there by public minibus, departing almost every hour from the bus station (120R one way) or a car transfer can be arranged upon request (3000R per 7-seat van).
You will be met by your guide in the central square of Listvyanka to begin the hike.
The trail is located on a slope and it has countless uphill and downhill sections. You’ll be walking through the birch tree and pain tree forest and seeing lake Baikal in its wild beauty.
En route: lunch cooked on fire and swimming.
Eventually – usually in 6 hr – you will reach a little village called Bolshie Koty (meaning Big Boots in Russian). In 19 century that was the place to wash gold. The gold washers wore big boots to be able to stand cold water. Presently, Irkutsk State University runs a summer bio lab for its students in this village.
This settlement is inhabitant by 300 people. Strangely enough it has no road connection with Listvyanka or any other villages. Surrounded by deep forest from one side and severe lake Baikal from another, villagers can only reach the main land by water or ice.
There is a little shop in the middle of village with good range of food, smoked Omul fish, pies and puffs with different fillings, beer and bread. It also has a table to eat inside.
Overnight in a Lesnaya 7 Hostel: few nicely decorated wooden cabins with lake view. Running water, shared hot shower. Outside toilet.
Russian banya (steam sauna!) can be arranged for extra charge of 1000R per group.
Full board. Your guide cooks for you breakfast and lunch.
Another half a day of pleasant walk to explore the surroundings of the village. You will walk to the top of the cliff called Scripper. It is 2-3 hr walk North of the village along the shore.
The view from the cliff is really breathtaking.
Returning to Bolshie Koty ot take a boat to Listvyanka at 6PM
- 1 person pays 5000R (if it is only 1 person)
- 1 person pays 4700R (if the group is 2-4 people)
- 1 person pays 4500R (if the group is 5-6 and more people)
- 1 nights accommodation in the village of Bolshie Koty (guide’s stay is included)
- Meals as noted: Day 1 Lunch, Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch.
- Local guide services.
Hydrofoil ticket is not included into the price (350R)! Our guide pays his ticket!
What to take: sun glasses, appropriate cloth.
Make sure you’ve got a tick vaccination if you plan this hike in early-mid summer ! This tour can be challenging for very(!) unfit people!
For 3-Day tour the program is the following:
Day 1 and 2 – the same as above.
Breakfast. Hiking back to Listvyanka.
Lunch cooked on fire.
- 1 person pays 7700R (if it is only 1 person)
- 1 person pays 6300R (if the group is 2-4 people)
- 1 person pays 6000R (if the group is 5-6 and more people)