Discover the culture and traditions of Lake Baikal's indigenous Buryat people on a full-day, private tour from Irkutsk to Ust-Orda. Visit the Museum of Local Lore to learn the cultural history of Siberia, then join a Buryat Shaman for a cleansing ritual, Buryat tea, and a traditional meal. This 7-hour Buryat culture tour includes pickup and drop-off from hotels in Irkutsk, as well as all activities and lunch.
Meet a driver at your hotel or homestay in Irkutsk for departure at 9:30am, then begin the 43-mile (70-km.) trip to Ust-Orda in a private vehicle.
Upon arrival in Ust-Orda, meet a local guide for a tour of the Museum of Local Lore, following the history of Siberia from the Stone Age to the present day. You’ll see a collection of fossils, rock paintings, tools, and traditional garb that brings the past to life, with fascinating weapons and jewelry from the surrounding area. Take advantage of your time with a private guide to ask questions about the items you encounter, and learn about modern-day life in the Buryat community.
Following the tour of the museum, change into a classic Buryat outfit—the Buryats are Siberia’s largest indigenous group—then join a Shaman for a cleansing ritual designed to brush away evil spirits.
Inside the yurt, sit around the fire for a cup of Buryat tea and a lunch of Buryat cuisine, with a selection of traditional dishes. Following the meal, begin the return trip to Irkutsk, where this tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.