Day 1: Arrival in Irkutsk. Transfer to homestay. Moving in, rest till midday. After lunch walking tour of Irkutsk: historic centre, old churches, wooden houses, embankment of the Angara River, the Decembrists museum. Dinner and homestay overnight.
Day 2: Drive to Olkhon Island (300 km/186 mi). En route, we will accomply a small buryatian ritual to have a nice trip. Lunch. Arrival to the strait of Olkhonskiye Vorota (Olkhon Gates), crossing of the strait by ferry, drive to the Buryat village of Khuzhir. Hike from the village of Khuzhir until the village of Kharantsy. Accommodation in yurt. Banya (Russian steam bath). 1 h 30 min of hike with slight elevation changes (5 km/3,2 mi).
Day 3: Trekking from Kharantsy to Peschanoye area. Overnight in tent on beach near the remains of former Gulag. 4 h of hike with slight elevation changes (18 km/11,2 mi).
Day 4: Trekking from Peschanoye area to the weather station of Uzury through steppe and taiga. Banya. 3 h 30 min of hike with slight elevation changes (16 km/10 mi).
Day 5: On early morning, excursion in jeep to Cape Khoboy, shaman sacred place, breathtaking view. Transfer to Khuzhir. Lunch. In early afternoon departure for a cruise accross Lake Baikal towards Ust-Barguzin on the east shore. Homestay overnight. Banya.
Day 6: Drive to Barguzin valley, discovery of rock paintings and castles of Suvo picturesque rocks. Drive back to Ust-Barguzin. Homestay overnight. Banya. 3 h of hike with average elevation changes (8 km/4,9 mi).
Day 7: All-day excursion on Lake Baikal. Early in the morning we will start our drive to Monakhovo following the tongue of sand that separates two largest gulfs. On the way discovery of Barguzinsky Gulf and Svyatoy Nos Peninsula. Boarding a fish boat, grand tour of Chivyrkuysky Gulf. We will visit Zmeinaya Bay (bay of snakes) and its hot springs, bathing. Lunch in the open air, you will taste a local dainty, endemic fish of the lake – fresh omul. Return to Ust-Barguzin in the evening, homestay overnight, opportunity to take banya. 3 h of hike with average elevation changes (8 km/4,9 mi).
Day 8: After breakfast drive to Ulan-Ude (270 km/168 mi). Arrival to the city by 2.00 pm, transfer to hotel. City-tour and visit of the museum of History of Buryatia. Homestay overnight.
Day 9: Morning, visit to the Buddhist temples complex, Ivolginsky Datsan, the Buddhism centre of the whole Russia. Discovery of the village of Old Believers, tasting their traditional cuisine. Homestay overnight.
Day 10: 7:30 AM, departure in bus for the mongolian border on the former "Road of Tea". We will pass through one of the most important city on this road: Kyakhta. After crossing the border, arrival in Darkhan at 5 PM. Meeting with our local staff. Short city-tour of the second biggest city in Mongolia. Overnight in yurt. 400 km (250 mi) in bus to Darkhan, then 200 km (125 mi) in 4X4 which means 7 to 8 hours of transport.
Day 11: Trekking in Burengyn Nuruu steppe. Visit to nomad families, taste "Suutei-Tsai" salt milk tea, the traditionnal mongolian drink. Visit to Amarbayasgalant Monastery, built in XVII° century in honour of Bogd Zanabazar, chief of tibetan buddhism in Mongolia. Overnight in yurt. 6 h of hike with slight elevation changes (25 km/16 mi).
Day 12: Transfer to Lake Sharga. En Route, visite of Uraan Togoo volcano. Lunch. Visit to hot srings of Khanui. Overnight in tent. 280 km (175 mi) which means 6 hours of transport.
Day 13: Trekking to Lake Tsegeen, along River Bayan. Visit to nomad families. Overnight in tent. 6 h of hike with slight elevation changes (25 km/16 mi).
Day 14: Transfer to River Tseger. Arrival in Khovsgol Aimag. Many ethnies live in this area forming an ethnic patchwork: Khalkhas, Buryatians, Russians, Uriankhais, Tsaatans who are reindeer herders. 250 km (155 mi) which means around 6 hours of transport.
Day 15: Trekking on shores of River Tseger and Arigyin. Visit of petroglyphs of Alangoo Hatny Hoshoo. 5 h of hike with slight elevation changes (19 km/12 mi).
Day 16: We eventually arrive on the shore of Lake Khovsgol, the Dar Blue Pearl of Mongolia. Stopover to visit hot springs of Tsengeryin. Overnight in yurt.
120 km (75 mi) which means 4 hours of transport.
Day 17: Departure for a two-days trekking or horse riding trip with yak carrying our own yurt in a cart. During those two days we will experiment nomad's daily life and discover breathtaking views on Lake Khovsgol and Khoridol Saridag Mountains. Overnight in yurt. 5 h of horse trek or hike with slight elevation changes (20-25 km/12-16 mi).
Day 18: Way back to the yurt camp through taiga. Overnight in yurt. 5 h of horse trek or hike with slight elevation changes (20-25 km/12-16 mi).
Day 19: Morning, departure for airport of Moron. Arrival in Ulan-Bator in early afternoon and transfer to hotel. Free afternoon with guide and driver at your disposal. Suggestion: Memorial of Zaysan, Monastery of Gandantengchilin, Naraantuul Market, Sukhbaatar Square.
6 PM: Traditional Mongolian Show with dancing and throat-singing. 90 km (56 mi) in 4x4 which means 3 to 4 hours of transport. Duration of flight: 1:30.
Day 20: Breakfast and transfer to airport or railway station. End of tour.
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