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“We came in September and would love to return in February”
Review of Lake Baikal

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Owner description: 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 mountains, wildflower meadows and rich green forests.
Reviewed 22 September 2015

We used Baikal.explorer for our tour agency and they did a good job taking us around. It was a trip well worth taking! There is a recreated village on the way, a museum in Baikal, both worth visiting.

2  Thank deejayrussia
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

If you are short of time, you can still get to the island in 2 days 1 night. The trains from Moscow arrives in Irkutsk at 8am and you can leave on a local train 3 days later to go to Ulan bator. I emailed baikal explorer before I left the UK, Leonid replied to all my emails quickly. He picked us up from the train station and we set off that day to the island. In september the Island is still quite busy, but I heard that in July/Aug, the queue for the ferry across was 5hrs+ and overnight if you were taking a car!!! We toured the East of the island & near the main town and then went to the hostel. It now has showers (though the website says no running water) it is family run and they are very lovely. They provide you with bedding and towels, and the beds were really comfy. The food was afternoon tea (cake & a cuppa) and dinner on the first day, which was filling and tasty. Breakfast the next day was a bit strange as it was pasta, but it was still tasty and lunch was really good. There isn't much to do in town to be honest, but Leonid took us to the supermarket and we bought beer and vodka and sat around talking to the other guests and playing cards. They have a sauna (Banya) and that was awesome, so time went quick. The toilets are a little away from the accommodation, so don't drink too much if you have a weak bladder :) The second day we did the tour of the north island, it was amazing, gorgeous scenery, we were very lucky because there had been lost of fires on the mainland and that had obscured the view from the island, but the wind changed direction for us & it was spectacular. If you remotely get car sick, take some tablets, this is off roading, so it's very bumpy, but definitely worth it. We didn't get back to Irkutsk until late that evening, so it was a long couple of days but definitely worth it, so much so i am thing of going back in the winter to see it in the ice.

4  Thank Tina H
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Reviewed 4 September 2015

The lake is mesmerizing and has to be experienced first hand ...it cannot be described in words ! Each side of the lake presents a different scene and each time of the day different colors. Take a chairlift and see the panoramic view and the circumbaikal rail to see it from different angles. A visit to Olkhon island , one of the largest islands within the lake has completely different vistas and shows the rough side of the lake. Anyone going to Russia must include the lake in their itinerary !

Thank yashi
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Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit if you get anywhere near Siberia. Lots of hiking options, as well as camping. Many resorts along the Lake, although they are still more primitive and less commercialized than in other parts of the world.

Thank Karla F
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

A gob smacking piece of natural beauty. Well worth a visit - would be easy to spend more than a few days here.

1  Thank UQWozza
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