Expedition Overview

Driving on a lake sounds like an idea that defies all logic, however in the middle of a cold Siberian winter, it is a totally plausible concept. Lake Baikal – tucked into the subcontinent of Eastern Siberia and just north of the Mongolian border is abundant with wildlife and vistas of unparalled beauty. During winters, the world’s deepest and the oldest freshwater lake freezes completely making it a perfect adventure playground. The ice caves, wild taiga and pristine waters of Lake Baikal is the kind of beauty that’s hard to find anywhere else on the planet. When practically every inch of the globe has been Google-mapped, accessing the Siberian wilderness in winter with Nomadic Road’s motoring expedition, proves freedom of travel is the true sign of luxury.

Expedition Details

Country: Russia
Drive : 1100 kms
Weather : Max -5°C and Min -20°C
Ideal for : Anyone above the age of 12. (All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult). Minimum age of drivers is 21 years.

Expedition Itinerary

Accommodation: Litsvyanka Village
Distance: 70 km

Once you arrive at Irkutsk our team will receive you at the airport and transfer you to Listvyanka village. You are requested to arrive at Irkustsk before noon so that you can have sufficient time to rest before we have our expedition briefing in the evening.

Accommodation:Hotel
Distance: 350 km | Terrain: Paved Roads and 120 kms of off-road

Today we get behind our specially prepped expedition vehicles and head out towards Bugul’deyka village where we will stop for lunch. You will get to experience a traditional local cuisine for lunch. Most of this route is paved but we have a special off-road section to get everyone familiar with the driving conditions. In the afternoon, we will head to Sakhyurta village that offers amazing views of Lake Baikal. We will be staying here for the night.

Accommodation: Hotel
Distance: 120 km | Terrain: Dirt Roads and Ice Driving

The official day of Ice-Driving begins and we start our day by driving towards the Ice Grottoes. One of the wonders of Lake Baikal which are formed by severe storms. And from there we will be driving towards the deepest point of Lake Baikal. Today the lunch will be served on Ice and post that we will head towards Olkhon Island. Olkhon is the third-largest lake island in the world and it is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal. We spend some time exploring the island before we call it a day.

Accommodation:Camping on the ice
Distance:180 km | Terrain:Ice Driving

In the morning, we will pack up our gear and leave this mountain paradise. If conditions allow us we will visit Hveravellir geothermal area and have a swim in a natural hot-spring! The track is challenging so it will take some time to get back to the main road. After we have conquered the Kjölur mountain tracks we will visit some interesting sights of the Golden circle such as the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir area (the hot-spring Strokkur spouts water many meters up in the air), the historic Thingvellir National Park (home of ancient Icelandic Viking parliament that is registered in UNESCO world heritage site) and an indescribable nature with the biggest lake in Iceland. Then we arrive at our accommodation late evening.

Accommodation: Hotel
Distance: 310 KM | Terrain: Ice Driving

A long day ahead of us driving through the ice and cracks. We will be heading towards Baikal’skoe village where we will stop for lunch. Today being the last day of our driving, we want to make it even more memorable for you and so we will spend some time playing Golf on ice before we start our drive towards Severobaykalsk. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner to cherish all the great experiences we have had.

Accommodation: (Optional)

Today we will explore Severobaykalsk in the morning and we will have an early lunch before we bid adieu to Lake Baikal and hop onto our chopper that will take us back to Irkutsk. This flight time is 1.5 hours. So, you can either take a late evening flight back home today or you can stay back at Irkutsk and take a flight the next day. We recommend you to stay back for another day so that you have some time exploring one of the largest cities in Siberia. The de facto capital of eastern Siberia has the typical 19th century architecture, revived churches, classy restaurants and traditional Siberian timber buildings as well.

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What to Expect

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What our Clients say

“This experience really made me appreciate the power of nature – a dream come true for me to drive on frozen lake“

– Suresh, Baikal Expedition 2019

“It’s a tough trip and not for the faint-hearted. It takes lot of guts and planning to make it what it was – Very Original”

– Ashlyn, Baikal Expedition 2019

“As far as survival is concerned, this expedition was really something that gave a perspective of reality.”

– Mittal, Baikal Expedition 2019

“Nomadic Road thinks of the smallest details and they go after everything.”

– Ram, Baikal Expedition, 2019

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Dates and Prices

Dates Double Occupancy Private Room
6th to 12th March 2020 USD 6000 USD 7200 RESERVE ONLINE

All expedition prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice. 5% GST is applicable for clients from India. Family travelling with kids are requested to contact us for special kids’ prices. Solo travelers and families bigger than 2 people are requested to contact us for the quote. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Dates Double Occupancy Private Room
6th to 12th March 2021 USD 6000 USD 7200 RESERVE ONLINE
13th to 19th March 2021 USD 6000 USD 7200 RESERVE ONLINE

All expedition prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice. Family travelling with kids are requested to contact us for special kids’ prices. Solo travelers and families bigger than 2 people are requested to contact us for the quote. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

What's Included

  • Exclusive Expedition Vehicle for each team of 2 people with Fuel
  • Nomadic Road Expert team throughout the trip
  • Special Driving instructor for each vehicle
  • Support vehicle with back-up drivers and essential tools for vehicle preparation
  • All necessary permits
  • Flight from Severobaykalsk to Irkutsk
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for all nights on twin share basis (Best available in the region)
  • All meals during the trip
  • Sleeping bags as required for mountain hut accommodation
  • Third party vehicle liability insurance
  • Comprehensive pre-departure documentation including invite letter for VISA application.
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • International Driving Permit
  • Accommodation on Day 6 is optional.
  • Trip cancellation insurance and travel insurance
  • Personal medication
  • Optional activities and tours
  • Extras like room service, optional excursions and items of personal nature like laundry, tips, phone calls etc.

Why join us?

If you’re satisfied with booking your trip online and hoping for the best, you don’t need us. Unusual travel experiences and motoring across far ends of our planet are not simple to plan, let alone find. And that is what makes Nomadic Road distinct. We know our destinations thoroughly, collaborate with exceptional in-country colleagues, and have many years of experience orchestrating eye-opening journeys. With us, you’ll see a destination in a different light – through the Nomadic Road lens – and discover things you won’t find out about any other way.

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