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île Olkhon

île Olkhon (Russia)

Practical information on île Olkhon

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  • Lake
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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
6 hours by minibus from Irkutsk
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of île Olkhon

Seasoned Traveller
26 written opinions

Olkhon Island has such a unique atmosphere that I can still feel it. It's main village, Khuzhir, is the centre of northern Shamanism, in the middle of the steppes, surrounded by horses and the Buryat people.

My suggestion:
You need a strong stomach if you are going to travel there by marshrutka (minibus) from Irkutsk. The road is in a terrible state and the Russians have a way of driving that is very...local. Remember to purify the water before you drink it.
My review

Everything is centred around Khuzhir, the main village. There are numerous excursions by marshrutka to see the main points of the Island. Don't miss Cape Khoboy, on the northern point of the Island, looking over Lake Baikal.

Olkhon Island is paradise if you like camping in the wild because there is little vegetation and not much rain. Going out alone, walking and camping in the steppe in complete freedom, was a real pleasure for me. The immensity of the steppe together with Lake Baikal - it speaks for itself. You can also go canoeing, mountain biking or horse riding.

We were warmly welcomed in the villages and they gave us water, but be careful, I was ill. Take precautions and always treat the water, even if it has already been treated.

A horse drinking from Lake Baikal