This trip can be combined with a tour of the western shore of Baikal (Irkutsk). From Irkutsk, the famous Trans Siberian train heads south around the lake. Travelling by train is an excellent way to discover the landscape. You can also arrive from Ulan-Ude after a direct flight from Moscow. If you are on Olkhon Island, you can reach Buryatia Republic by crossing the frozen lake.
On the Buryat coast, there are few hotels because there is little tourism here, especially in winter. The absence of this industry means that sometimes the only accommodation option is to stay with local host families. This is particularly true of the village of Ust-Barguzin. Siberians are famous for their hospitality: you will be offered the best room in the house; the banya will be prepared for you; dinner will be homemade from omul and berry preserves from the taiga with tea and, of course, stories of trapping and fishing.
From Ust-Barguzin, the road reaches one of the most beautiful gulfs of Baikal: Chivrykuysky. In summer, you can swim in the warm waters of the isolated bay, and in winter, you can visit one of the fishermen that live on the ice in yurts.
Not far from Ulan-Ude, towards Mongolia and China, you can visit a Buddhist centre near an Old Faith village. Here, in Nadeino, you will sample traditional food prepared by Evdokia based on the recipes of her ancestors. She will also teach you about how people of the Old Faith would live.
Take a trip into the steppe and the taiga on the eastern shore to discover the landscapes and meet locals (Siberian fishermen and hunters, Buddhist monks and farmers - old believers).