Travel dates

February 13 to 22, 2018.

Description

A trip to the land that gave birth to shamanism and the beginnings of spiritual and medicinal activity. Lake Baikal, the cradle of shamans in the south of Siberia, is located almost in the center of Asia.
Oceans away, it is surrounded by a sum of plateaus and plains in the north and high mountain ranges that cover the desert of Goby, in the south.

A return to origins is presented as the optimal setting for deepening personal work, where travellers can immerse themselves in the shamanic tradition.

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, one of the most remote and unknown cities of Siberia.

Will cross the Baikal Lake by different routes of highway ice, explore small villages and visit shaman homes where we will have healing rituals.

Since immemorial times venerate by the Mongols. Called Blue Eye of Siberia or Pearl of Asia, in winter, the frozen lake presents a sort of traces, as if it were neurons, drawing a mosaic similar to stardust fields.

10 days and 9 nights.
From February 13 to 22, 2018.

Route:

Ulán-Udé – Ust-Barguzin – Bahia Chivrykuisky – Ust-Barguzin – Illyun – Ust-Barguzin – Ulán-Udé

Days

24/02

25/02

26/02

27/02

28/02

01/03

02/03

03/03

04/03

Itinerary

Ulán-Udé

Ulán-Udé

Ulán-Udé

Ulán-Udé

Ulán-Udé – Ust-Barguzin

Ust-Barguzin – Bahia Chivrykuisky

Ust-Barguzin – Illyun

Ust-Barguzin – Ulán-Udé

Ulán-Udé – Origen

Accommodation

Hotel Metropol

Hotel Metropol

Hotel Metropol

Hotel Metropol

Familiar House

Familiar House

Familiar House

Hotel Metropol

Full board

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February 24 (day 1): Ulán-Udé

Flights from Moscow usually arrive early in the morning. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Visit the Ivolguinsky Datsan, a Buddhist temple complex located in the middle of the steppe and the largest Buddhist place of worship in Russia. Will walk a traditional stroll around the temple (called Goro) that portends good luck and Buddhist master Erden will accompany us. Lunch. Local people turn on bonfires during the evening celebrations and make rituals. Return to Ulán-Udé. Will have dinner in a restaurant and sleep at the hotel.

February 25 (day 2): Ulán-Udé

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will be in the company of two shamans performing different rituals, Tsiregma and Valentina . They belong to the association of the world’s oldest shamans. Within the shamanic paradigm, there are 13 gods who protect the land, from the Urals to Vladivostok, and we will invoke them. Lunch. During the afternoon we will attend the celebrations for the preparation of the New Year. Dinner and sleep at the hotel.

February 26 (day 3): Ulán-Udé

Sagaalgan celebration. “Sagaalgan” means “White Month”. The party in particular marks the beginning of the New Year in Buryatia and the beginning of spring. Although symbolizes purification for the beginning of the new life and the union with all that is shiny and sublime. Cleansing energy rituals are performed around bonfires and people celebrates all day. Will have typical meal with locals. Concerts and performances are going to be present all the afternoon. Contact with several families. Dinner and sleep at the hotel.

February 27 (day 4): Ulán-Udé

Breakfast at the hotel. We will visit a couple of shamans, Serguei and Tatiana. Lunch. Free afternoon. Dinner and sleep at the hotel.

February 28 (day 5): Ulán-Udé – Ust Barguzin

Breakfast at the hotel. Will departure to Ust Barguzin passing through Baturino with its Monastery of Orthodox nuns and his church. Lunch en route. Bordering the Baikal Lake will reach Ust-Barguzin where we will sleep at a family house. Before dinner we will enjoy the “banya”, a russian sauna.

March 1 (day 6): Ust Barguzin – Bahia de Chivyrkuisky – Ust-Barguzin

Breakfast with the family. Day trip to the coast by 4×4 where we will see ice caves, fishermen and hot springs along the frozen lake. will have meal with fishermen and in the afternoon return to Ust-Barguzin. Will have dinner and sleep at a familiar house.

March 2 (day 7): Ust-Barguzin – Ullyun – Ust-Barguzin

We will drive northwards to the Kurumkan where will visit the temple of the goddess Yenzema. Will have lunch in the Darkhan restaurant. Afterwards will take direction to Ullyun where we will participate in a ritual fire with shamans. Back to Ust-Barguzin again will do another “banya” (Russian sauna) and have dinner at the family house.

March 3 (day 8): Ust-Barguzin – Ulán-Udé

Breakfast and departure back to Ulán-Udé. Lunch en route at Julia Pravimcia restaurant, in Gremyachinsk. Later in Ulán-Udé, will have dinner and sleep at the hotel.

March 4 (day 9): Ulán-Udé – Origin

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the flight back.

Climate

Lake Baikal in Siberian District has a very cold climate during February. We recommend the most appropriate type of clothing for lowest temperatures.

Time difference:

+8h from Central Europe (UTC +1).

Situation

The Republic of Buryatia is located in the central part of the continent of Asia. The total area of the republic is 351.3 thousand square kilometers, similar to the size of Germany. Is limited by Irkutsk and Chita regions, Republic of Tuva and Mongolia and bathed by one of the largest and magnificent lakes in the world, Lake Baikal. In Buryatia they have more than 300 days of sunshine per year, for anyone living in the republic is unimaginable not to see the blue sky and the sun shining brightly. The climate is dry, winters without frost and severe temperatures. For the diversity of the landscape, Buryatia can be as compared to the Swiss Alps, the Mongolian steppes or forests and plains of the European part of Russia.

Price per person: 2250€

* International flights are not included in the price.
* If you require a single room it will cost an extra charge.

Group of 10 to 15 people. Departure guaranteed with 6 people.

Includes

Full board (Double room).
Transport.
Native guide.
Shamanic rituals and activities.
Psychologist therapist and coach, who will accompany the personal process and spiritual growth.
For logistical reasons, it is only included the transport of a piece of luggage (a suitcase, backpack or similar standard size).

Not included

International flights tickets.
VISA
Alcoholic drinks.
Tips.

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Cancellation

In case of trip cancellation by the customer between October 31 and November 30 an amount of 700€ will be retained. If you cancel between November 30 and December 31 an amount of 1200€ will be retained. After this date the full amount will be retained.
* In addition to these costs will be charged to Holos Travel the management fees of 65 €.
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