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A Trip to Bolshiye Koty or Lazy Recreation on Lake Baikal
Our reader Daria Leitman has spent the last weekend of summer in the village of Bolshiye Koty, on the coast of Lake Baikal. In her blog, Daria tells about her adventures and gives some practical advice to those who are going to travel along the popular Baikal route.
The Water Routes of Lake Baikal
No doubt, Baikal is interesting from all of its angles; but being a part of the lake – spending time amidst its waters - is a special sensation. "Key to Baikal" will tell about the most important water routes of the Sacred Sea-Lake.
Baikal through the Photolens: How to Take Photos of the Lake in Winter
Tourists and photographers from all over the world go to Baikal. What should one capture on Lake Baikal in winter and, most importantly, in which way?
Baikal through the Window: the Train Irkutsk - Ulan-Ude
The route Moscow - Beijing is becoming increasingly popular; more and more tourists choose it to see the Great Lake. “Key to Baikal” will tell you about one of the most beautiful sections of this route stretching between Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude.
10 Things You Should Do at Baikal in Winter
If you think that the Baikal region is terribly cold, gray and uninteresting in winter, you are completely wrong. The place is beautiful at any season of the year. And even during the severe frosts Baikal has something to surprise you with.
The Island of Yarki: the Fragile Paradise of Northern Baikal
There is a strip of land distinguished by its unique beauty in the extreme north of Lake Baikal, in the most inaccessible place of the lake. This beauty can disappear soon. We are speaking about the island of Yarki.
Where to Pick Mushrooms at Lake Baikal: a Review of the Most Interesting Places
The season of “quiet hunt” is in full swing now: forests will make mushroom pickers happy with their treasures from early August until late autumn Siberian.
The Severe Coast: Acquaintance with the Eastern Baikal
Baikal is rich in diverse localities. Some of them seem to have been taken from other climatic zones. Such zones include the sandy beaches of Enkhaluk. Our reader Pavel made a trip through Eastern Baikal and shared his route and advice with us.
Baikal at a Walking Distance: Slyudyanka, Kultuk, Angasolka
If you want to get acquainted with the Circumbaikal railway, but you don’t know where to start, start with the most obvious things. Follow the route Slyudyanka-Kultuk-Angasolka. The first of the three railway stations are not only easy to reach. They can also show you a lot of interesting stuff...
Going to Baikal during Holidays: a Weekend Itinerary
Where should you go if you have only several days for staying at Lake Baikal? We’ll tell you about the places you must visit at Lake Baikal and that are perfect for a short trip during weekend or holidays.
Lakes on the Lake: Baikal’s Younger Brothers
Baikal was formed as a result of tectonic shifts, so due to the movement of the Earth’s crust in its vicinity, other lakes emerged. Each of them is interesting in its own way: here you can find the landscapes of Alpine meadows and rare plants, as well as the abundance of underwater fauna. Let’s talk about the junior relatives of the Great Baikal Lake.
Lake Baikal: places to visit
As it was reported by the Federal State Statistics Service, Irkutsk Oblast is annually visited by 80,000 -150,000 tourists. The majority of people go to Lake Baikal. Today we will tell you about the favorite places of travelers, discuss means of transportation and sightseeing attractions.
Foreign Territory: How to Act on an Ecological Trail
When you go into the forest, the most important thing is to remember that you are no longer on your own territory, now you live by other rules imposed by the nature itself. We’ll tell you how not to make mistakes when you are starting a trip through an ecological trail.
Wild Ski Trails: How to Conquer the Baikal Peaks
How to make the extreme sports lover happy? Send him or her to Baikal! This article tells about the unprepared trails, their characteristics and the ways they can be overcome by tourists.
Things to Bring Home from Lake Baikal
Самое главное, что вы можете привезти с Байкала это, конечно же, ваши воспоминания и то особенное чувство гармонии, которое непременно настигает всех, кто приезжает на это волшебное озеро.
Main Ecological trails of Lake Baikal
All of the ecological hiking trails at Lake Baikal are combined into an integrated system – "The Great Baikal trail". 13 years after its inception, the project provides a large variety of hiking trails throughout the region. But there are three routes that considered to be the most comfortable, interesting and picturesque.
For Tourists’ Information: 5 Life Hacks that Will Change Your Hiking Life
The Day of Tourism is celebrated throughout the world on September 27: it is the festival of songs by the fire, sleep under the starry sky and unbeatable sense of freedom.
Ice Transition and an Unexpected Journey through the Circum-Baikal Railway
Our readers Pavel and Alina Yakusheva have already been participating in the ice transitions on Lake Baikal for several years. This year Pavel has shared with us his story and photos telling about the way the “Meeting with Lake Baikal – 2018” has been held and how a missed train allowed them to discover the Circum-Baikal Railway.
How Tourists Appeared on Olkhon
According to the statistical data, a million tourists have come to Baikal for the last two years. The rest on Olkhon becomes not only more popular, but also rapidly expands the geography of visitors: they come here literally from all over the world. We pondered upon it: when did the tourists first appear on the island? Who were they? Why did Olkhon become so popular?
FAQ for Starting Skiers and Snowboarders
Winter will never again be a boring and dull season if you start skiing or snowboarding. The first snow will be a real joy and a symbol of a new long-awaited season. So that to help you understand the details of skiing/snowboarding, we have come up with the answers to the most popular questions on this topic.
The Blue Pearl of Mongolia, a Younger Brother of Lake Baikal: Lake Khubsugul
The legends about the greatness and uniqueness of Lake Baikal are known all over the world. But did you know that the Glorious Sea had a younger brother? This is a stunning, crystal-clear lake Khubsugul that charms and fascinates people with its pristine beauty.
Spining the Pedals: a Bicycle Tour of Olkhon
Olkhon is a unique island, and those who want to travel through it by bike, as commonplace as it may sound, will get unforgettable impressions.
We Spin the Pedals: a Bicycle Route from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal
The very convenient location of Irkutsk gives all city residents and tourists an opportunity to go on exciting cycling excursions, from “weekend” trips to several-day trips. You can reach Lake Baikal through absolutely different routes, including the one that can rightfully be called the most popular: Irkutsk - Olkhon.
Museums Dedicated to Summer: Where to Make a Stop on You Way to Lake Baikal
Summer is the time for travels. This time of year is perfect for visiting open-air museums, parks and gardens. This article of the “Key to Baikal” website has collected a selection of such places in Irkutsk Oblast and the Republic of Buryatia that should be visited before going to Baikal.
Where to Meet Sables and Seals: Tours to the Nature Reserves of Baikal
Tourism on Lake Baikal is striking by its diversity. Everyone will find entertainment to one’s taste here: whether it is relaxing on the beach, swimming in mineral springs or even diving. But a tour to the reserves of Lake Baikal will really impress you a lot. Today reserves have all conditions for comfortable ecological tourism.
The Routes of Lake Baikal at Any Season and for Any Tourist
Baikal attracts thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Any traveler will find adventure of his or her type: whether you prefer a walk to the Teplye Lakes or climbing the snow-capped peaks of Khamar-Daban.
A Compass, a Sleeping Bag and Glasses: What to Take for a Walking Tour to Lake Baikal
Trying to recall the things you need to take for a trip is boring and tiring. When you are preparing for outdoor night gatherings around the campfire, thinking about the things you might need there is not what you want. We decided to help you to pack your bags and make up a list of indispensable things, because an entire trip would be ruined without them.
Oil, toys and chocolate: 7 really useful eco-souvenirs from Baikal
In recent years, Baikal has become a real mecca of skillful craftsmen who produce ecological and useful souvenirs. These things will not be just a reminder of a trip, but they will really serve you well.
5 Things Every Ecotourist Should Do at Lake Baikal
Baikal is one of the few places in Russia where a tourist caring about the environment really has things to do. We will tell how you can combine the useful with the pleasant: have a rest on the most incredible Lake of the planet and not to do any harm to it.
Secrets of Winter Fishing on Lake Baikal
Winter on Lake Baikal is a time when you can enjoy a quiet vacation without the crowds of tourists and feel, at last, the real magic of the lake.
Sights of Baikal in Winter
The winter weather at Baikal may seem harsh to many, but not everyone knows that during the summer months, the lake has time to warm up enough that the accumulated heat makes Baikal winters mild and pleasant for walking and traveling.
Ushkany Islands: Home to Baikal Seal
The Ushkany Islands are an uncharted and challenging mystery of Baikal. It is not easy for a tourist to get here: you need to obtain permission in advance. However, in spite of all that, these wild lands are visited by more than 150 tourists each year.
Tunkinsky District Trip: Climbing the Love Peak
There are many places around Baikal that are of interest for visitors. One of these is Arshan, a small resort village in Tunkinsky district of the Republic of Buryatia. Our readers Pavel Yakushev and Alina Yakusheva have recently visited this place and are ready to share a story with us: it tells about the correct way of eating tangerines on the mountain and the best sacrifices that can be brought to the spirits of nature.
The green treasure of our planet
The Baikal trees are the guards of the most amazing lake on the planet. Forests play a crucial role in the ecosystem. And it is our common duty to preserve this valuable natural heritage.
Transport Off-season Period: Baikal is Waiting for the Permission to “Hit the Ice”
The ice has already frozen, but there is still an entire week until the opening of the official ice road to Olkhon.
Museums Dedicated to Winter
Baikal in winter is a separate subject, a separate universe. The lands around the lake are also very special in winter, so during the trip to the “Glorious Sea” one should necessarily visit several places featured by “Key to Baikal” in this article.
How to Plan a Travel to Lake Baikal
This article is meant for those who are going to visit Baikal lands with a tent as so-called “unorganized tourists” who prefer “more democratic recreation options” and for those who want to go to the lake on their own.
Expeditions to Baikal: the Way Science Saves the Lake
Baikal and its unique ecosystem annually attract scientists and researchers to these places. People come there to familiarize themselves this place and find new solutions that will help to save it. Expeditions to Lake Baikal have become an important part of the Lake’s life. We’ll tell you about the most interesting of them.
A Story about the Way How Bicycles Appeared in Irkutsk
We’ll tell you an interesting story about the way how the pre-revolutionary Irkutsk became the centre of cycling of Siberia, as well as about the possibilities of the modern unique “extreme sport” of the Baikal roads.
Zoological and Ecological Monuments of Baikal
Baikal and its surroundings present an inexhaustible treasury for those who seek new impressions. In addition to well-known tourist places, there are very special places: ecological monuments where you can meet unique plants and animals see fantastic landscapes and get a warm in thermal springs.
Baikal Maldives: the Best Beaches for Spending a Vacation as “Savages”
You can have a rest on Baikal in summer in different ways: fans of comfort and good service can book hotels. Those wishing to improve their health choose health resorts and tourist centres. But if you want to have a real summer adventure, then travel with a tent. This way of traveling will not only save money, but will also enable you to discover amazing places untouched by civilization. So get ready with your backpack and go! We present the 10 most beautiful and clean beaches of Lake Baikal to you.
Tourism at Baikal Lake: How to Choose a Rest after Your Own Heart
Even all the experienced travelers dream of visiting Baikal. This magical Lake attracts tourists from all around the world. And this is understandable, because in addition to the amazingly beautiful nature, there are unlimited options for fun and relaxation in this place. A travel to Baikal is good at any season of the year.
The Island of Olkhon: 300 Days of Sun and Wind
Olkhon is not only the largest island of Baikal. It is also rightly considered the heart of the Great Lake.
Ornithological Tourism: Where to Watch Birds at Lake Baikal?
Ornithological tourism is one of the fastest developing directions of ecological tourism. According to sociological polls, it surely ranks second in the world in terms of popularity after hiking. It is especially widespread in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Nordic countries, France, Germany and Japan. Hundreds of travel agencies organize tours dedicated to birds and their observation in natural habitat to almost all points of the Earth.
Where Do the Locals Have Rest at Baikal?
Local residents, unlike visitors, know their native region and can tell you what to see and where better to have rest without any guide book. This is especially characteristic of Lake Baikal that stretches for an area of 31 thousand square kilometers. Sometimes it is difficult to choose: what part of this natural giant to visit going on vacation, holiday or just during the weekend.
Winter Diving on Baikal
Ice diving on Baikal is quite a special activity. The ice diving season lasts until early spring, so any winter month is a good time to come, but the perfect time for ice diving is late February and early March.
Baikal for Children
Baikal is a wonderful place for the whole family to visit. Breathe in pure mountain air, take a dip in the Small Sea, or if you are traveling in winter, ride a sled down the snowy hills of Russia.
Skiing at Baikal
The area of the Baikal Mountains in winter receives around 5-6 meters of snowfall, so skiing is one of the favorite tourist activities this time of year.
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