The warm season on Olkhon starts when the rhododendrons blossom, from around May to September. During this period the weather is reliably good, but the island is still steeped in two very different worlds. On the one hand, the eastern shore is made up of flat steppe, golden beaches, delightful bays like that of Maloe More, rocky islands and their bird colonies. On the western shore, it is stony, forested and mountainous. Here, from an altitude of 500 metres, you will be perfectly positioned to admire the azure abyss of Great Baikal, before hiking down to one of the bays quietly to catch a glimpse of the secretive Nerpa seals.