Springs of Olkhon

Autumn projects

Long-term goal of the project

Promoting the development of ecological (socially responsible) tourism, as well as reviving the island's cultural traditions through caring for nature.
Project goal: Volunteer assistance in clearing and arranging the springs in the Tumar Tologa Pad of Olkhon Island (near the village of Khuzhir), as well as a spring in the Idib Pad.
September 3-10, 2019 (8 days)
Irkutsk - Idiba Fall - Tumer Tologoi Fall (Olkhon Island) - Irkutsk
Project languages
Russian English
Accommodation and meals
Workloads on the project: you will sometimes need to carry a backpack with your own things and common products. You will take one day walks. Also during the project we will perform a variety of physical work.

Free time: Bicycle rental is available in the village. We are also waiting for a Russian bath and an excursion to the northern part of the island.

We strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the list of necessary equipment, information on tick-borne safety, as well as general information for BBT volunteers.

The group must have a leader organizing the work and a translator providing communication between the participants.

Please familiarize yourself with the climatic features of the Baikal region in early September in order to choose the right clothes and shoes. At this time, the temperature during the day can be +12 or 0 degrees (depending on the year), also at this time sometimes a strong wind blows! Therefore, it is imperative to have warm, non-blown clothing and waterproof shoes.

Conditions of accommodation and meals in Irkutsk: accommodation in Irkutsk on the last day is included in the cost of the project (participants will be booked in a hostel in the city center). Food in Irkutsk is not included in the project cost, as someone wants to eat in the dining room or cafe, and someone wants to cook on their own in the hostel's kitchen.

In case of unforeseen circumstances, BBT reserves the right to close the project or make changes to the program, after informing all participants.

Project program

1 day:
Departure from Irkutsk to the island of Olkhon. In the morning we meet at the BBT hostel and take the bus to Sakhyurt. Next, at the ferry crossing, we move to the island. Here we will spend all the time of the project. We will set up a campground in the Idibah Paddy. Before going to bed, an evening orientation on the project will take place: we will familiarize ourselves with a more detailed program for the duration of the stay (what types of activities are to be performed, with whom to meet, how we will spend free time).

2-4 day:
Conducting work on clearing and arranging the Springs under the guidance of the project team leader.

5 day:
Excursion to Cape Khoboy. We will visit the northernmost edge of the island - Cape Khoboy. This is one of the most impressive places on Olkhon.

6 days:
Continuation of works on clearing and arrangement of the Springs.

7 day:
The last day of work at the sources. In the evening of this day, we are waiting for the final tea party and the solemn presentation of certificates of project participants.

8 day:
The end of the project.
Departure by bus from the village of Khuzhir to the city of Irkutsk. After breakfast, we will go by bus to Irkutsk. We will arrive in the city after lunch.

Contribution: 13 000 rubles

We provide:
  • Tents
  • Products and bonfire equipment
  • Directions Irkutsk-Olkhon-Irkutsk
  • Accommodation in a hostel in Irkutsk on the last day of the project
  • Excursion to the north of. Olkhon
  • Group first aid kit. (Caution! If you have a chronic illness or need certain medications, please take them with you)
We do not provide
  • Accommodation in Irkutsk before the start of the project
  • Excursions in Irkutsk, visiting museums
Your participation is registered upon transferring 30% of the contribution (3900 rubles) to the organization's bank account. Prepayment is used to prepare the project. Prepayment is not refundable.
Read more about project contributions here.
* Please fill out the application only if you are 100% sure that you will participate in this project.

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