The best travelling to Lake Baikal from the East side of Lake Baikal starts in Ust-Barguzin settlement. It is under 300 km form Ulan-Ude city, on the way about one half of the distance road goes along the shore of the lake.
The Holy Nose peninsula is a big mountain island connected to the main land by a flat piece of land. Olkhon Island and Holy Nose belong to one system of mountains and is called Academic mountain range, part of which is under the water.
Our trip was in the end of June. There was very little amount of other travelers. During July and August this place is very popular and you can see few people camping. But also we have met footprints of a bear on one sand beach near campers.
About the same way we will go next time. But our aim will be Ushkan islands where it is possible to observe seals of Lake Baikal in their most favorite place. It is another trip to the third smallest part of Academic mountain range that is above the water.
Lots of rocks are made like beds above the water and seals love to get some sun and summer warmth on those huge rocks.