Tourist guide

Baikal Lake is one of the most amazing destinations in Russia. The biggest and the deepest freshwater lake in the world is located in the Eastern Siberia among the beautiful taiga forests and Nordic steppes.  Summer is a perfect season to see the beautiful forests of the lake and even to rest on the beautiful beaches. Visiting Baikal in the summer, it is almost impossible to imagine that for five months of the year the lake is covered by metres of ice. But winter Baikal is also a beautiful place to visit.
In this section we will tell how to make a great trip to lake Baikal and which places of the lake are must see.

 

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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.