Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Recce

Black ice Recce

Difficulty: Regular

Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Recce

Black ice Recce

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Day 1.  Arrive in Irkutsk. you will be greeted at the airport and taken to Listvyanka village where we will have accommodation at a local guest house & rest after the flight.

Lunch and dinner included.

Day 2. Start  from Listvyanka north on foot and pulka sleds, Gas & food will be supplied, final kit checks before & briefing before we move off, the Lake conditions vary from place to place and so we will keep going until we spot a suitable location to setup our tents.

Day 3-4-5-6-7.  Our aim is to head towards the Olkhon gait strait. Impossible to say where exactly you will spend nights as the ice conditions are unpredictable and how fast you will move through the terrain the majority of your nights will be in your tents.

Day 8 After breakfast we will drive from Olkhon island back to Irkutsk.


Lake Baikal is in a rift valley, created by the Baikal Rift Zone, where the Earth’s crust is slowly pulling apart.[5] At 636 km (395 mi) long and 79 km (49 mi) wide, Lake Baikal has the largest surface area of any freshwater lake in Asia, at 31,722 km2 (12,248 sq mi), and is the deepest lake in the world at 1,642 m (5,387 ft). The bottom of the lake is 1,186.5 m (3,893 ft) below sea level,

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To book your flights or to discuss your requirements, please call our dedicated flight account manager, Ellie Gilmore on 0808 260 9953.

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Services Included

  • Meeting at the airport in Irkutsk
  • Driving to Listvyanka village on a van.
  • 1 overnight in Listvyanka in a guesthouse (TWIN rooms), meals in guest house included.
  • 1 overnight in a guesthouse at the Olkhon gais strait (TWIN rooms), meals in guest house included.
  • Registration (required by Russian migration services)
  • Camp food for 6 days on the ice and gasoline for gas stoves for the whole team
  • Pull out from Olkhon island to Irkutsk on a van
  • Rent of a winter tent and a gas stove.
  • Satellite Phone & PLB system
  • Guide services on the route
  • My services as a fixer.

Services Excluded

Prices, Booking and Terms & Conditions

The total cost for this expedition is £ and a deposit of £ is required to secure your place. For further information concerning our Terms and Conditions, bookings and cancellations, please refer to our Terms and Conditions page (Opens in new window).

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Participation & Accuracy Statement

Ascent Explorers recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

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