TOURS TO BAIKAL

Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, the largest source of fresh water - it's all about it! The area of the lake is about 31,722 km². Just imagine that Baikal is equal with the area of Belgium, or equal with the area of three Jamaicas or 12 Luxembourges. The length of the lake is 636 km, width - 27 km at the narrowest place and 81 km at widest one. Much of the coastline are nature reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries. It is considered that the lake emerged under the influence of tectonic processes, there is even a controversial statement that Baikal is the most ancient lake on the planet. Baikal water is very clean and crystal, especially in the spring, when algae and other microorganisms have not yet grown. So you can drink Baikal water without fear. The average annual water temperature is +4 degrees, but in summer water in the bays can be up to 20-22 degrees. So you can swim a lot in summer. However tourists come not only for swimming. 

Summer Baikal is so diverse that every tourist can find what he likes best. Some people come to Lake Baikal for active tourism: crossing Baikal, rafting on rivers that flow into Baikal (boats, kayaks, trimarans), riding a horses, driving buggies, bicycles, and so on. Others come for excursional tourism: museums, galleries, acquaintance with the nature of Baikal, excursions to famous places.

In winter the average temperature is about -20 degrees and ice can reach 1 meter (in February - March). Ice of Baikal is an especially big topic but it should be mentioned that Baikal ice is so crystal clear that it creates a feeling that you can see the bottom of Baikal. But in winter touristic flow is reduced and Baikal become calm and deserted, as only a true connoisseur of the lake ready to come here in the winter. Besides, various festivals, sports, musical, fish, in general interesting projects organize in winter. For example, Winteriad - International Baikal Festival of Winter games; music concerts on the ice of Baikal, fish catching festivals, exhibition of ice figures, etc.

Also when they speak about Baikal, don’t need to forget say  about peoples and cultures of region. Baikal is also famous for ethnic flavor, shamanistic rituals and sacred places for many peoples of Asia.

So to sum it up you get an excellent ideas and chance where to spend your vacations!

Winter on Baikal is a special period of time, which cannot be compared with anything else. Just imagine the snowy expanses and kilometers of crystal ice, ice cliffs and caves, huge hummocks, lots of photos and unforgettable emotions, all these things wait for you in this tour. 

It is very hard to relax when you live in a large and bustling city. In fact your body and your soul are having a rest only with nature where you can forget about problems and just enjoy what is happening. This is called "to be free" from all everyday routine and go hand in hand with nature. Just imagine, you, night, clear starry sky, Baikal, kilometers of ice, and nothing more. Looks like you are alone million miles away. No one will bother you, you will find a complete unity with a nature, there will be a time to plunge into your thoughts, or just listen to the silence.

The Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world. The maximum depth is 1642 meters. Its age is estimated in millions of years. Thanks to its fresh water, ice is so crystal clear that it creates a feeling that you can see the bottom of Baikal. Maximum thick ice appears on the north of Baikal and may reaches two meters. Average thickness is about 60-90 cm, which allows you to walk around not only on foot but also by car (even cargo).

During this tour, you will explore Olkhon Island from the South to the North. You will see how Baikal is clean and large. You will have chance to drive on ice, meet with local people and life. 

Do you want to take Trans-Mongolian railway and miss all main sights of our region? If yes, so just close this page and choose something more. However if you are ready to adventure and exciting tour so this trip is for you.  

During 9 days you will explore Baikal region and Mongolia. Besides you will visit Buryatia Republic, Ivolginsky Temple (Buddhist Center in Russia), Kyakhta (Border town). Also you will cross Russian-Mongolian border by cars that is very unusual experience. 

Is it your first time on Baikal and you want to see the most popular and famous places in our region? Maybe you don’t have a lot of time for traveling because only one week of vacation left? Perhaps you are traveling on Trans-Siberian Railway (from Moscow to Vladivostok) and you don’t want to keep Baikal outside and desire to meet it?So, this tour is especially for you. During 7 days you will visit almost all famous places and sights of Lake Baikal.

850 $

As you know Russia is a multinational country with different cultures and religions and Baikal is not an exception. Despite the fact that the main nation in Russia are Russians, historically the lake area was inhabited by Buryat people. Since the ancient times The Buryats were shamanist. 

Every tourist at least once in his life has to visit Baikal. It is not a secret that Lake Baikal is the largest and the deepest lake in the world. There are many mysteries and myths associated with Baikal. And if you want to check it up on your own experience its greatness and immensity, cross it from the West to the East, from North to South, so this tour is for you.

1300 $

Olkhon is the largest island in Baikal Region. Many myths, mysteries are associated with this island.A population of the island is about 2000 people. Majority of the population is the Buryats. The Buryats since ancient times were shamanists and Olkhon island is considered to be the father of all shamans and the main sanctuary and a religious center. Olkhon has a supernatural power that’s why a lot of shamans from the whole world come here to pray or to rituals.

449 $

During 3 days you will visit one of the biggest Baikal city - Irkutsk, popular tourist village - Listvyanka, taste Buryat cuisine and the famous Baikal omul, get acquainted with a flora and fauna of the lake, look at Baikal from a bird’s eye view and at a depth of 1500 meters, and of course, you will swim and sunbathe enough. So you can check your “must to do” list and strike out "Swim in Baikal".

Baikal Vision offers a journey through the Lake Baikal. The route (400 km) runs along the eastern coast of the Lake Baikal by a motor trimaran. In this journey you will see one of the pristine and wild corners of Baikal, where no-one else ever goes. 

You will enjoy fishing in Baikal and in all rivers flowing into the lake that we will meet on the way. Stops in any place you like, beautiful landscapes, hot thermal springs, excursions, visits to museums, trekking, hiking in Baikal caves and a lot of other interesting things you will see and feel in this journey.

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