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12-day snowshoeing expedition across Lake Baikal, Siberia

Lake Baikal. Photo: Courtesy of Brecht De Meulenaer
Lake Baikal. Photo: Courtesy of Brecht De Meulenaer
Lake Baikal. Photo: Courtesy of Brecht De Meulenaer
12-day snowshoeing expedition across Lake Baikal, Siberia

Explore the remote natural wonders of Siberia with one of the certified guides from the Polar Experience team, personally trained by Dixie Dansercoer, on a 12-day snowshoeing expedition across the UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal.

Group

12 Days

Feb

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Explore the spectacular southern Siberian region of Lake Baikal.

* The 12-day expedition treads steps on the world's oldest and deepest lake.

* Challenge the frosty terrain and enjoy the demanding Siberian delights.

Description

Experience the classic depths of southern Siberia during a 12-day action-packed expedition, with the restless cracking of ice and vibrant bubbles beneath your feet.

Lake Baikal is the undisputed king of lakes, and is decorated with a heavy array of credentials.

Between the oblast of Irkutsk to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast, the gigantic Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in the world by volume. In fact, it holds 23% of the entire world’s fresh surface water.

The enormous spread of the lake is matched by its seemingly bottomless bed. With a depth of 1,642 meters, it is the deepest lake on the planet.

And as well as being considered the world’s clearest, the lake’s lifespan of 25-30 million years makes it the world’s oldest.

In the depths of the Siberian winter, the steady flows of water stop, freeze over, and the colossal lake becomes prime territory for polar exploration.

With out snowshoes firmly fixed, we’ll cross the vast lake, carrying our own carriage over approximately 200 kilometers, sleeping in tent along the way.

In the heart of Siberia, in the depths of nature’s frosty terrain, the constant cracks of ice echo across the crystallised floor. As temperatures fluctuate, the the cooling and heating cycle stimulates the shrinking and expanding of ice. Yet with over one meter of thickness, our safety is under no danger.

It’s necessary for us to acclimatise in the first few days on the ice, in order to get a good footing and feeling about the terrain. We’ll then advance to Bol’shoye Goloustnoye and Olkhon Island.

Get in touch now to reserve your place on an exhilarating 12-day snowshoeing expedition across Lake Baikal in southern Siberia.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Flight to the start


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Irkutsk

Arrival at Irkutsk and transfer to Bol’shoye Goloustnoye. For the rest of the day, we’ll focus on preparation. Safety procedures will be explained as well as what is to be expected. We’ll check our personal clothing and collective equipment, shop for some extra food, prepare our daily food rates and learn how to pack all of this in the most efficient way.

Day 2: First steps on Lake Baikal

First steps on Lake Baikal show us we need to get used to this terrain and we need to be careful at all times. Soon this uneasiness makes room for wonderment.

Day 3 to 10: Snowshoeing for 200km

For 200km we enjoy the deep silence of Siberian winter. We’ll remain conscious of a multiple of factors. The temperature, the move ice beneath our feet, constantly moving and possibly creating some unexpected gaps. Or the baikalrob, a freshwater seal, coming out of the ice to catch its breath. In wintertime the females come to the ice to give birth; males stay under the ice but do pop-up sometimes through a breathing hole.

Day 11: Arrive at Olkhon

After a challenging 10-day polar expedition, this is our last day on the lake. We set foot on land again, where our driver waits for us. He takes us to a cosy hotel at the island. Visiting the island, we’ll get to know the local people and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Day 12: Return home

We leave for Irkutsk in the early morning. Around noon we take a flight to Moscow and head for home.

 

About the guide

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Polar Experience

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Master Polar Guide

Polar Experience is a Polar guiding agency designed and created by Dixie Dansercoer and managed by Julie Brown.

Dixie Dansercoer (12 July 1962 – 7 June 2021) was a Belgian polar explorer with thirty years of experience in polar travel and expeditions. He went to the poles on 34 occasions, for personal or guided expeditions, photo and film productions, and lectures aboard polar cruises. 

He received the title of ‘Master Guide’ in the newly established IPGA platform (International Polar Guides Association) and he's one of only four people to have crossed the complete Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic continent.

In 2012, together with Sam Deltour, Dixie broke the world record for the longest non-motorized expedition to the South Pole. On skis, and assisted by a kite, they traveled at least 5013km.

He was the only polar guide who could provide expedition material for twelve expedition members, in the Arctic (Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen) the Antarctic (Wolfs Fang, Queen Maud Land), and also in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Today, the Dixie Dansercoer Team is led by Eric and Julie and his amazing and well-prepared team of guides, whom he trained himself. Please get in touch with them if you are interested in the different tours they are guiding. They will be happy to introduce you to the wonderful world of Polar Travel.

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German | French | English | Dutch

Certificates

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