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Should be in the 7 wonders of the natural world

Some 20 per cent of the worlds supply of fresh water is here. Discrete and unique eco system... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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Lake Baikal Tour, Must Do!

Baikal Explorer organized for us a 2-nights / 3 days tour of Lake Baikal at the end of August 2018... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater lake measures one mile in depth, contains more flora and fauna than any other lake in the world, including the only existing fresh water seals, and is surrounded by high...more
E, Russia
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Reviewed 21 December 2010

If you have only one day for Lake Baikal, I think, you should do the following: 1. Start early morning from Irkutsk by bus or marshrutka to Listvyanka. 2. Have a one hour walk by road on the lake shore to the port. 3. Have...More

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 16 July 2013

MAKE SURE TO GET YOUR IMMUNIZATIONS PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP. READ MY WARNING AT THE VERY END. I have always wanted to travel to lake Baikal. I imagined something extremely beautiful - like stunningly beautiful landscapes or something like that. There were a group of...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2018

Have you ever seen purple sand? Buddhist shrine on a small island in Lake Baikal with purple sand. You can get there by boat.

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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Some 20 per cent of the worlds supply of fresh water is here. Discrete and unique eco system, vestiges of native population and scenery that will remain with you forever. Fly in if you can as it gives you an idea of the enormity of...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2018

Baikal Explorer organized for us a 2-nights / 3 days tour of Lake Baikal at the end of August 2018 for myself and my father. It was all organized perfectly + our driver was also a very knowledgeable guide. Moreover, he was very flexible in...More

3  Thank LucaFerryCarry
Reviewed 31 August 2018

An amazing outdoor adventure! Although is a very fast growing touristic location, with wooden huts popping up like mushrooms and the SUV convoys plowing around like caterpillars, still it's a 'must see', especially if you are doing the trans-siberian! take as much information you can...More

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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

We were in Irkutz Siberia for 2 days. At around 3pm we decided to make a quick trip to this iconic and famous lake. The journey was pleasant and took us about 2 hours from Irkutz city center Marriot Courtyard. We reached early evening with...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

I took a quick swim in the lake since it was July. Boy, was it freezing. This lake usually doesn't thaw out until June. Coldest swim I have ever had. Went in for about 10 seconds. Bring a big towel or bathrobe to warm you...More

Thank Slab
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Nice village, excellent fish, nice local restaurants, functioning transport, grand weather condidtions, good hotel

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Reviewed 9 August 2018

This is part of the Trans Siberian Railway....and it is all that they advertise it to be. The place is beautiful; the boat ride across the lake is fun...then getting back on the train and going to the BBQ location...then watching travelers go down and...More

Thank Ron L
Reviewed 18 July 2018

You touch the water, you get a year younger, you wash your face you get 5 years younger, you dip in the lake you become a virgin again (females). That's what they say. This part of Siberia is crazy cold for May, and other times...More

Thank Sam W
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Travelled to 'Turka' on the Eastern shore, apparently much less inhabited and quieter than the Western shore where many tourists visit the lake from Irkutsk. It was September and it was still a bit cold (We even had snow on a pass en-route to Turka)....More

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Response from Hamidrezas | Reviewed this property |
Thick ice is build up very late. normally it will be safe to cross in mid February but I crossed the lake on 1st February by hovercraft. the shore have ice much earlier.
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Response from awesome-annie1945 | Reviewed this property |
It is hard to distance yourself from crowds in May-August, because that is the high season. That being said, the areas are still pretty remote so it isn't like having to wait in lines or bulldoze your way through. The... More