From Irkutsk: 2-Day Travel to Baikal - Olkhon Island Tour
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- Duration: 2 days
Day 1: You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Irkutsk at 09:00 and drive through vast open spaces, the so-called Buryat Steppes, where you will eventually see herds of cows and horses on green fields. You’ll see wooden polls with colorful ribbons along the road. The island still remains being a truly shamanic place. Those polls are the ‘borissa‘ – horse tethering post – a mark, where travelers have to stop (or slow down) and drop on the ground a little item (usually coin or piece of material) to show their respect to the spirit of this area. In fact, dropping a coin is a routine daily ritual conducted every time you pass though this place. You will go off the beaten track to see the Yord Mountain and a viewpoint at Aya Bay. Have lunch in a cafeteria (not included). Arrive to Skahurta village / ferry point. Afterwards, head to the main town of Khuzir by late afternoon. ...
Discover the best of the Republic of Buryatia on a full-day journey to Arshan. Hike the Peak of Love, visit Buddhist stupas and try local cuisine. Learn about the history of the region from an expert guide. Begin your private tour early in the morning and hop aboard a minivan that will take you to Arshan. Enjoy views along the way of the southernmost tip of Lake Baikal along with several Buddhist stupas. Have breakfast in the village upon arrival and try a giant beef chebureki (meat pastry). Visit the local market and buy herbs and natural larch chewing gum. Enjoy your fill of natural mineral water and hike to a small waterfall. Continue the hike if you're feeling up for it, and climb to the first cliff of the Peak of Love in the Sayan Mountains. Because this is a private tour, participants have the option of dedicating the whole trip to climbing to the summit at 1,200 meters.
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