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Springs of Olkhon. Idiba (project is completed)

Project dates: August 27 to September 5, 2017

Languages: Russian, English

Place of project start: Irkutsk

Project location: Idiba Valley (Olkhon Island), Pribaikalski National Park

Objectives of the project:
Volunteers assist in clearing and amelioration of springs on Olkhon Island, Idiba Valley

Long-term goal of the project: To promote the development of ecological (responsible) tourism (through the design and elaboration of information boards, booklets and posters), as well as the revitalizationl of the island's cultural traditions through taking care of nature.


1 day: (Aug 27, Wed)
Departure from Irkutsk to Olkhon.
In the morning we meet at the GBT office and go by bus to the village Sakhurta (MRS). Then we take the ferry to the island. We set up a camp in Idiba Valley. Here we will spend the entire project time.
Before going to bed, there will be an evening orientation about the project: we will get acquainted with the detailed program for the duration of the stay (what activities to be performed, with whom to meet, how we spend our free time).

Day 2-4: (28, 29, 30 Aug, Mon-Wed)
Carrying out a special water ritual by a local shaman (work on the springs is possible only with the permission of local spirits, we must consider local traditions while on the island).
Carrying out of works on clearing and amelioration of springs under the guidance of the leader (brigadier) of the project.

Day 5: (Aug 31, Thu)
We will visit the northernmost edge of the island - Cape Khoboy. This is one of the most spectacular and beautiful and therefore the most popular places on Olkhon.

6, 7, 8 days: (1, 2, 3 Sept, Fri-Sun)
Work on the clearing and amelioration of the spring.

Day 9: (Sept 4, Mon)
The last day of work on the spring. In the evening the final tea party and solemn handover of certificates to the project participants is awaiting us.

Day 10:
(Sept 5, Tue)
End of the project.
Departure by bus from the village to Irkutsk. After breakfast we will take a bus to Irkutsk. We will arrive in the city after lunch.

Project Cost: The overall fee for joining this project will be 26,000 rubles.

Included in the price:

  • Transfer by bus from Irkutsk to Olkhon Island;
  • Excursions on Olkhon Island;
  • Meals on Olkhon Island;
  • Accommodation on Olkhon Island (tent camp);
  • Transfer from Olkhon Island to Irkutsk;
  • Accommodation in Irkutsk on the last day.

The price does not include:

  • Sightseeing in Irkutsk;
  • Accommodation in Irkutsk on the day of arrival;
  • Visits of museums and entertainment.

The group has a crew leader organizing the work, and an interpreter providing communication between the participants.

Project work-load: You will need to sometimes carry a backpack with your own belongings as well as common products. You will make daily trips. Furthermore, during the project we will perform a variety of physical work.

Days off: In your free time you can walk to the shore of Lake Baikal, watch the big sea (1.5 km from the camp).

Necessary equipment: We suggest that you take the time to review our list of required equipment that we strongly recommend to bring.

Please familiarize yourself with the climatic peculiarities of the Baikal region in early September in order to choose the right clothes and shoes. At this time of the year, the temperature during daytime can vary between 0 and +20 degrees Celsius. Also, reckon with strong winds! Therefore, it is necessary to have warm clothes that are not easily soaked and waterproof shoes.

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 the hostel in the city center). Food in Irkutsk is not included in the cost of the project, because someone wants to eat in the dining room or cafe, and someone wants to cook in the kitchen in the hostel.

Due to the strong demand to participate in our GBT projects, we suggest that you book a place on this project by sending in a 20% (or US $80) non-refundable deposit at your convenience. This amount will be counted as part of the total project fee. It covers the cost of your visa invitation, project preparation, the purchase of all necessary supplies and administrative expenses. Payment information can be downloaded here.

The remainder of the fees will be due on your arrival. Please remember that there are a very limited number of places available for this project!


*Please take the time to fill out an application once you are 100% sure that you will want to participate in this fun project.

*Please also note that, if you do not receive an immediate reply from us within a week—or if you have any other questions about participating in this project—you can connect with us directly via the following e-mail address: international-volunteers@greatbaikaltrail.org.