Tourism on Baikal

Tours to Baikal

Rest on Lake Baikal, one of the main natural attractions of Russia, has always attracted not only domestic travelers, but also foreign lovers of wildlife, stunning landscapes and ethnographic rarities. It is here that you can truly feel what it means to be alone with the most mysterious body of water on the planet. Whose origin is still shrouded in mystery.

The rich flora and fauna, most of which are endemic, which means they live only within the lake, is protected by the World Heritage and the Pribaikalsky National Park in the Irkutsk region. Also of interest are the natural attractions of the Barguzinsky reserve in the North-Baikalsky region, the Dzherginsky reserve in the Kurumkansky region and the Tunkinsky national park in the area of ​​the same name.

Lake Baikal and the adjacent territories have been considered sacred places since ancient times and were covered with numerous legends. Today hardly anyone takes seriously the Buryat legends, but it is difficult to find other explanations, except for irrational ones, for some facts. One of the main questions is the age of the lake. It is at least 25 million years old, but signs of aging are still not observed.

An adventure for the bravest: the tour "Crossing Baikal" - a two-day sledding tour on the frozen ice of Lake Baikal 49,000 rubles.

Sledding from 10 minutes and from 2,500 rubles.

Explore Olkhon Island! Arrivals on any day from 38,500 rubles.

Yenisei cruise. Various program variations from 10 days.

Excursion tours and photo safaris

Unfortunately, we know very little about the unique peoples of the North, their culture, customs, beliefs, and just life. At the same time, everything related to local traditions is of great interest to anyone who considers travel as an opportunity to get acquainted with a new ethnic group and, at least, expand their horizons. For the national flavor of residents who have chosen the coast of the lake, it is best to go to the Republic of Buryatia, at least to visit the famous Ivolginsky datsan, a Buddhist monastery complex, 30 kilometers from Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia. Siberian Old Believers, descendants of the first Russian settlers who appeared on Lake Baikal at the end of the 17th century, will be no less interesting. It is worth visiting Taltsy, a museum of wooden architecture in the open air, in the Irkutsk region, with four cultural zones of the Baikal region: Russian, Buryat, Evenk and Tofalar and taking a walk in old Irkutsk.

Buryats believe that Lake Baikal has no bottom and that all water bodies flow into this giant sea (this is what the locals call Baikal). Indeed, the deepest lake on the planet contains a huge number of rivers.

If shamans and spirits living on Olkhon Island, the largest Baikal island and sacred place for all northern peoples, leave you indifferent, then the natural beauty will definitely impress. There are various photo tours, conducted both in winter and in summer, during which you can see deer, elk, roe deer and other animals from a distance of 20 meters. Depending on your choice, it can be a one-day photo safari or a long "hunt" for beautiful shots, up to 11 days. In the latter case, in addition to wild animals, you will also be offered a visit to resorts and a variety of entertainment. Such services are offered, in particular, by the Dzherginsky reserve.

Rest on Baikal

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Recreation

Recreational resources are, first of all, or purely natural factors and (or) human creations combined with them, contributing to the strengthening and preservation of his health. Recreational use of the territory of the Baikal region and the water area of ​​the lake itself is aimed at meeting the needs of the population in suburban recreation areas, creating sanatorium-resort complexes on the basis of available balneological resources, developing ecological, educational, adventure tourism through the use of natural, cultural, historical and archaeological monuments.

Over 120 healing springs - chloride, sulphate, thermal, carbonic - flow along the shores of Lake Baikal, in the picturesque corners of the taiga, in the river valleys and at the foot of the snow-covered mountains. Their medicinal properties have been proven for a long time. And if we remember that there is clean coniferous air, a healthy climate of the same type as in the resorts of Switzerland, the Alps or the Caucasus, and there are more sunny days a year than in other territories of Russia, then the healing power of the sacred sea becomes clear. Experts have calculated that the recreational capacity of the coastal strip of Lake Baikal is 1-1.2 million people, but today it is used only by 3-15%.

Recreational resources of the territories of Lake Baikal and its coast are divided into several types.

1. Multifunctional, combining treatment, sports, dissemination of knowledge about local attractions, display of various kinds of archaeological sites. Such places on Lake Baikal, first of all, include the bases of sanatorium-resort treatment, inpatient recreation and tourism in the regions of Listvyanka, Irkutsk Region, Posolsky Sor and Goryachinsk in Buryatia.

2. Year-round medical and health-improving, where also some types of sanatorium-resort treatment are carried out at any time of the year, tourist trips are organized along medium difficulty routes. Rest houses and camps of a similar type are now common in the region of Baikalsk and Severo-Baikalsk, Enkheluk and on Cape Khakusy.

3. Sports and recreation, in which hiking and sightseeing excursions are held, but mostly only in summer. Such "bases" on Lake Baikal are apparently invisible today.

4. Protected areas (reserves), where the organization of recreation and tourism is limited by the established rules and which can only be visited with permits. These, by and large, include the Barguzinsky, Baikalsky and Baikal-Lensky reserves, the Pribaikalsky and Zabaikalsky national parks, individual reserves, etc.

Each of the recreational resources can, individually and in combination, affect human health and well-being through a variety of mechanisms. We will try to consider some of them.

Recreation and tourism on Lake Baikal (Russia). Experienced advice: what for how much, where to go, what to see at Baikal, entertainment, excursions, cuisine. The most interesting videos and photos of Lake Baikal.

An adventure for the bravest: the tour "Crossing Baikal" - a two-day sledding tour on the frozen ice of Lake Baikal 49,000 rubles.

Sledding from 10 minutes and from 2,500 rubles.

Explore Olkhon Island! Arrivals on any day from 38,500 rubles.

Yenisei cruise. Various program variations from 10 days.

Lake-sea, lake-mystery, lake-attraction, lake-record-holder, lake-standard - many more definitions can be given to Baikal, a natural phenomenon included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During a tour to Lake Baikal, each tourist gets a good chance of a pleasant acquaintance with this miracle of nature. And although this acquaintance can begin in completely different ways, the result is always the same - a deep love for the most mysterious lake on the planet.

Cruise tours to Baikal

Perhaps, among all the variety of tours in Russia, it is Baikal that is considered the most desirable and, alas, often quite difficult to reach destination. And yet the number of tours to Baikal is huge, for example, cruises on motor ships lasting from three days to two weeks. During the shortest walk along the "glorious sea" on the ship, you can complete the "minimum program", that is, visit the iconic places of Lake Baikal. So, a must-see place, where, by the way, most cruises start - Listvyanka village with its Baikal Museum and a large fish market. The second attraction along the course is the picturesque Sandy Bay with a sandy beach and famous stilted trees. Not far from it is another local miracle, this time of a technogenic origin - the Circum-Baikal Railway. A trip along the Circum-Baikal Railway, the leader in the number of engineering structures on the railways, through tunnels and stone galleries, will not leave anyone indifferent.

Longer tours will make it possible to implement the “maximum program”, which includes acquaintance with other Baikal beauties and sights: Sennaya and Zavorotnaya bays, Olkhon and Krugly islands, Svyatoy Nos peninsula, Maloye More.

Ecotourism on Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal has been the center of ecotourism and a place of real pilgrimage for wildlife lovers for many years. Numerous hiking, horseback and combined routes around Lake Baikal are good because they allow you to see many quiet, truly untouched by civilization places. For example, having gone on such a trip, you can visit unique places in a specially protected natural area - the Trans-Baikal National Park, swim in the warm waters of the Slyudyanskaya Bay or the Goudzhekit spring. In general, such tours are more suitable for lovers of outdoor activities on Lake Baikal, but tour operators also offer lighter options for people without much physical training.

Fishing tours to Baikal

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Recreation

Recreational resources are, first of all, or purely natural factors and (or) human creations combined with them, contributing to the strengthening and preservation of his health. Recreational use of the territory of the Baikal region and the water area of ​​the lake itself is aimed at meeting the needs of the population in suburban recreation areas, creating sanatorium-resort complexes on the basis of available balneological resources, developing ecological, educational, adventure tourism through the use of natural, cultural, historical and archaeological monuments.

Over 120 healing springs - chloride, sulphate, thermal, carbonic - flow along the shores of Lake Baikal, in the picturesque corners of the taiga, in the river valleys and at the foot of the snow-covered mountains. Their medicinal properties have been proven for a long time. And if we remember that there is clean coniferous air, a healthy climate of the same type as in the resorts of Switzerland, the Alps or the Caucasus, and there are more sunny days a year than in other territories of Russia, then the healing power of the sacred sea becomes clear. Experts have calculated that the recreational capacity of the coastal strip of Lake Baikal is 1-1.2 million people, but today it is used only by 3-15%.

The recreational resources of the territories of Lake Baikal and its coast are divided into several types.

1. Multifunctional, combining treatment, sports, dissemination of knowledge about local attractions, display of various kinds of archaeological sites. Such places on Lake Baikal, first of all, include the bases of sanatorium-resort treatment, inpatient recreation and tourism in the regions of Listvyanka, Irkutsk Region, Posolsky Sor and Goryachinsk in Buryatia.

2. Year-round medical and health-improving, where also some types of sanatorium-resort treatment are carried out at any time of the year, tourist trips are organized along medium difficulty routes. Rest houses and camps of a similar type are now common in the region of Baikalsk and Severo-Baikalsk, Enkheluk and on Cape Khakusy.

3. Sports and recreation, in which hiking and sightseeing excursions are held, but mostly only in summer. Such "bases" on Lake Baikal are apparently invisible today.

4. Protected areas (reserves), where the organization of recreation and tourism is limited by the established rules and which can only be visited with permits. These, by and large, include the Barguzinsky, Baikalsky and Baikal-Lensky reserves, the Pribaikalsky and Zabaikalsky national parks, individual reserves, etc.

Each of the recreational resources can, individually and in combination, affect human health and well-being through a variety of mechanisms. We will try to consider some of them.

Lake Baikal is without exaggeration one of the most beautiful places on the planet. You can walk around it on foot and enjoy beautiful views from the shore, but there are other, unusual and sometimes extreme ways to get to know Lake Baikal! "Subtleties" together with the tour operator "Baikal-Extreme" - have chosen for you the most interesting (and simple) of them.

Winter Baikal

Walking on ice

The lake freezes gradually: at first it is covered with a thin crust of ice, then it is broken by storms and winds, and the floating ice floes freeze again, forming a pattern - a mosaic of ice floes. The ice on Lake Baikal is surprisingly transparent, therefore, even through the thickness of the ice, in some places near the shore of the lake, you can see the bottom.

From mid-February to the end of March, when the ice layer is already thick and strong enough, trekking is organized around Lake Baikal - hiking trips right on the ice, during which you can enjoy the picturesque winter landscapes and appreciate the beauty of the lake. Often, such hiking trails are combined with excursions to museums and local natural attractions, dog sledding and other entertainment. The program and duration of the tours can vary - from 3 days to several weeks.

One of the most inexpensive types of recreation on Lake Baikal is walking. The program may include ice trekking and ice skating, a tour of Irkutsk and the Baikal Museum in Listvyanka, a walk in the forest, a trip on the Khivus (hovercraft) and a trip to the Russian bathhouse. Such a tour will cost about 20,000 - 25,000 RUB per person, the price includes accommodation at a camp site, guest houses and a hotel (in Irkutsk), three meals a day, transfers and excursions according to the program (including entrance tickets to museums), additional travel is paid to Irkutsk and personal expenses. Prices on the page are for December 2017

Skating

On the surface of Lake Baikal there are several areas with literally mirror ice, they are located on the frozen water area of ​​the Small Sea, in the vicinity of Olkhon Island, Goloustnoye and many other places. The constant wind blows snow from here and "smooths out" the surface, so that thick, but smooth and transparent ice remains here. You can come with your own skates or rent them, but it is better to arrange a rental in advance.

Snowmobiling

The most popular places for such rides are taiga areas on the Olkhinsky plateau, from Listvyanka to the village of Bolshie Koty, and for extreme lovers there are routes along the slopes of the Khamar-Daban mountain range. A snowmobile can be rented in Listvyanka and other settlements, but you will be given it only if you know how to drive it. More popular are trips with an instructor, a ride on Lake Baikal for an hour together with an instructor costs 4000 RUB, a one-day tour along a pre-planned route - about 15,000 RUB per person, usually this amount includes about 6 hours of skiing. As a rule, snowmobile rides last from several hours to one day.

Ice Jeeping

You can also ride on Baikal on various off-road vehicles. UAZ loaves are very popular on Lake Baikal. The thickness of the ice on the lake in winter reaches 1-2 m and can easily support not only the weight of a human body along with a snowmobile, but also a whole car with people inside.

Such trips are allowed only when accompanied by ice captains. On such excursions, you can see a variety of landscapes: forests and rocks, places where shamanic rituals were held in ancient times, as well as amazingly beautiful splashes of water on the rocks and ice-covered grottoes off the coast of Olkhon Island.

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