Join YPT for our exploration of the land of the nomad Buryats of Russia. In this tour, we will see some of Russia’s most beautiful sceneries and meet the Buryats an ethnicity of Russia which shares common ancestors with the Mongols. as we make our way from Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia by train to Irkutsk and the stunning Lake Baikal. This section of the Transsiberian railway is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful so we’ll take the day train to see it properly. Train enthusiasts will rejoice! We’ll be exploring the city of Irkutsk, Siberia’s second city after Vladivostok, and one with an amazing history and culture of St Petersburg exiles and local ethnic groups.
We’ll be spending 3 nights in and around Lake Baikal on Olkhon Island, the biggest lake island in the world, its various villages and islands, including a visit to Stalin’s ‘fish gulag’ at Peshchanaya village, and a bonfire meal and drinks with the local Shamanistic Buryat people! We’ll ride around untouched sceneries of extreme beauty on the world’s biggest lake island. Hiking on scenic coasts and climbing up the dramatic Burkhan Cape.
Please note that it is also possible to skip Ulan-Ude join the tour in Irkutsk directly. Get in touch with us!
This tour can be done as a standalone tour or can follow our Mongolia Naadam Festival and Wilderness Tour where you take the train from Beijing, visit Mongolia’s highlights and biggest festival and then cross into Russia. It can also be done right before our legendary Moscow to Pyongyang rail trip!
Sunday 17th July – Ulan Ude
Monday 18th July – Train/Irkutsk
Tuesday 19th July – Listvyanka
Wednesday 20th July – Olkhon Island
Thursday 21st July – Olkhon Island
Friday 22nd July – Olkhon Island
Saturday 23rd July – Olkhon/Irkutsk
Sunday 24th July
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