Lake Baikal Travel Guide

  • Lake Baikal
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  • Lake Baikal
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey
  • Lake Baikal
    by Kuznetsov_Sergey

Lake Baikal Things to Do

  • Winter photo-safari on frozen Lake...

    The spectacular dance ofice and snow make for infinite permutations laid out like sculptures as far asthe eye can see. The perfectly transparent ice near the shores gives a window into the inner depths of Baikal. This is a great opportunity for nature lovers and photographers to observe the unique endemic Baikal seals - nerpa - in their natural...

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  • Authentic Russian Banya

    We found a fantastic russian banya facility in a hotel/guesthouse in Listvianka. It was about 20 USD each for 1 hour. Listvianka is rather spread out, along the south western shore of Lake Baikal. Coming from the south, when you reach the first valley, turn left up the dirt road incline, past the ARGO. Continue for about 200 m. You will see a hotel...

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  • Island Camping

    If you're around Lake Baikal and have some days, definitely go for Olkhon Island. You can arrange tours at Greenexpress in Irkutsk or Listvyanka. They also have rentable tents if you don't want to bring your own. The island offers a beautiful landscape, nice camping sites, beautiful beaches and some wildlife. You might even get the chance to ride a...

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  • Circumbaikal Railway

    Travelling the circumbaikal railway offers you magnificent views over the Lake Baikal. There are tens of tunnels and about 200 bridges on the way. The journey from Slyudyanka to Port Baikal takes 5 hours.

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  • Hiking in the Taiga

    Hiking under the tree shed of the Taiga is a must do experience. Be sure to get there with a guide if you get off the beaten track since the terrain is quite rough and finding your way out from the forest seems quite a challenge at moments.

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  • Landyachting Baikal

    Another fantastic way to experience the Lake Baikal region in the winter time is to rent a landyacht. The speed experience on ice is obviously much higher then those reached on sand. The lake experience strong winds quite constantly, thus making it the perfect playground for this type of activity.

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Lake Baikal Transportation

  • Irkutsk – Listvyanka: bus

    Minibuses and normal buses play. The trip is 2 hours, through wonderful scenery. If there is a group of you (6 or more), consider chartering a minibus, sometimes can be cheaper. The buses leave from the bus station, take tram 1 or 2 from the train station and change for tram 4 at the city center.Price: 50-120 Rubels

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  • Sludyanka – Port Baikal: tourist train

    Twice a week in summertime a tourist train travel from Sludyanka up till Port Baikal, coming back next day. The 94 km on the Circumbaikal is 8 hours:) Sometimes the train take passangers till Irkutsk. It is possible to flag down the train, but to play it safe, wait it at one of the stations (from Baikal: Ulanovo 26 km, Maritui 47 km, Sharyjalgai 66...

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  • Sludyanka - Irkutsk: train

    Sludyanka – Irkutsk:Dozens of trains every day. Every Trans-Siberian train stops in Sludyanka. These are much more expensive but faster then the local elektricka trains Price: Normal trains, third class: 280 RUR, elektricka 30 RURTravel time: 2.5 hours on normal trains, 4-5 hours on elektricka

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Lake Baikal Warnings and Dangers

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    by kryzzo Written Oct 21, 2002

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    During the end of the winter the sun hits the Ice, and breaks it it what seems millions of little needles. From above the ice seems like it is going to give away under your foot. But since the ice layer gets around 1 meter thick, walking is usually quite safe.

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Lake Baikal Off The Beaten Path

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    by jorgblaser Written Nov 21, 2002

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    During the transsib journey, you can buy your food and drinks for very cheap prices on small markets. They also sell in some regions fruits and vegetables only.

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Lake Baikal Sports & Outdoors

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    by ipsilanti Updated May 2, 2011

    Lake Baikal is a magic place that amazed my heart and soul long time ago. Every year I'm traveling around this wonderfull place and invite everyone join our company.

    The next trip I plan from July 23 till 6 August 2011. Welcome!!

    Equipment: Tracking boots, tents, backpacks and good company :)

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    • Backpacking
    • Photography
    • Hiking and Walking

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Lake Baikal Favorites

  • Soviet post stamps

    When a boy I was fond of collecting post stamps. In 1966 I bought 5 stamps devoted to fishes of Lake Baikal. I loved these stamps and dreamed to come to Baikal someday. 44 years passed and I saw all these fishes on the market of Listvyanka and even tried them. Who would have thought about it in far 1966?

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  • Sunset over Lake Baikal

    I visited Listvyanka in February. It was rather gray day though it wasn’t too cold. Photography wasn’t very successful until the very end of the day. Unexpectedly the sun looked out of the cloud and I saw one of the most beautiful sunsets in my life. You can watch my 3 min 26 sec Video Baikal Lake slide show out of my Youtube channel or here on...

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  • Lake Baikal

    I think everybody who is fond of traveling dream to see Lake Baikal. So was I. But in our huge country a few people can afford such a trip because it is located in the Siberia, several thousand kilometers from European part of Russia. I was lucky to go for a business trip in Irkutsk in February of 2010. It situated in 60 km from the Lake and I...

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