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.
It is located on the eastern coast of Baikal and is rightfully considered one of the most attractive places for tourists. The water there is incredibly warm for Siberia - up to plus 26 degrees Celsius. Chivyrkuisky Bay has a lot of picturesque smaller bays: Krutaya, Ongokonskaya, Krokhalinaya, Zmeinaya. The latter, by the way, is famous for its mineral springs.
Fishing in the bay is also excellent. Some are lucky to catch a pike weighing 10 kilograms! And if you do not have a fishing rod, you can buy perch and Siberian roach from local fishermen. There are so many fish in the bay that they sell it for pocket change.
Mobile communications are available all over the coast. Therefore, if you want to enjoy beach rest in a tent, but are not ready to part with your mobile phone - this place suits you well.
This is the largest bay on Lake Baikal. Its area is 725 square meters, its length reaches 90 kilometers, and the coastline extends to 22 kilometers. Endless golden beaches are waiting for you. Finding a place for a tent will be easy. The bay is a part of the Zabaikalsky National Park, which means that you will have a chance to familiarize yourself with the unique flora and fauna of Lake Baikal.
The depth of the bay makes it possible to dive in it. However, you will have to take all the equipment with you – there is no rental center nearby.
The Svyatoy Nos Peninsula is located on the western edge of the Barguzinsky Ridge. Be sure to visit this amazing place.
This is a shallow bay covered with a sand spit. This is the windiest, but at the same time the warmest place at Lake Baikal. The total water area is approximately 40 square meters. At the same time, the average depth of the bay is only 2-4 meters. That’s why the water is always warm here - its temperature is not lower than 22-24 degrees Celsius. The fans of swimming will certainly appreciate this place.
If you want to stay face to face with nature and discover something unusual, then the Peschanaya Bay will be a perfect fit for your soul. There you will see the famous “stilted trees”. Water and wind constantly wash the soil out from under them, so the roots of the trees are as if elevated above the ground and completely naked. You will enjoy the climate of the Peschanaya Bay as well. This is the only place on Baikal with a constant temperature above zero degrees.
Crystal clear water, healing air, golden sand - all this can be said about Myagkaya Karga. This place is very favorable for family holidays. The beach area is large, so you will definitely find a place for a tent. A thick and fragrant cedar forest is located not far from the coast. In addition, the road to the beach is also very good.
Goryachinsk is one of the oldest resorts near Baikal. Curative properties of the hot springs were discovered as long ago as in XVIII century. There you can cure or improve the condition of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, the skin. You can heal allergies, gynecological dysfunctions, as well as the diseases of the respiratory system (including bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis). A wide sandy beach eagerly welcomes guests. The place is very popular, so you will have enough neighbors near your tent.
The settlement is located on the eastern coast of Lake Baikal, not far from Barguzinsky and Chivyrkuisky bays. Recreation conditions are very favorable here: a mild climate, clear water, clean sand with a sandbank. Set a tent in any place you like and swim in the “Siberian Sea”. After that you can go for a walk along the local hills and taiga forests. By the way, they are rich in mushrooms and berries.
The southern Bay of the coast of Maloe More. It is situated on the western coast of the lake, near the village of MRS (Maloe More Fishing Station). The territory is covered with picturesque, but shallow bays with the water warming up to plus 22 degrees. The bays are replaced by beautiful hills covered with larches and the majestic rocks covered with multicolored moss. And due to the sandy-stony soil in the bay, there are almost no annoying mosquitoes.
It is located on the Island of Olkhon - the most magical place of the Baikal Region. The length of the bay is 3 kilometers. Beginning from June 2016, it is prohibited for cars and motorcycles to enter the territory of the beach. There you can really have rest from the city noise and dust. Clean sand, clear water and air will distract you from everyday worries; you will surely be able to gain strength and energy.
It is located between the legendary Burkhan Cape and the village of Kharantsy, not far from Khuzhir. There are always a lot of tourists here, but you are still able to find a secluded place. The beach is protected from the wind by hills, which is a huge advantage, because the weather at Lake Baikal can be severe even in summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.