Lake Baikal, the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, is a place of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling statistics: at 1,637 metres it is the world’s deepest lake, containing an incredible fifth of the world’s fresh water.
At 636 kilometres long the lake is bigger than Belgium, and has water of such crystal clarity that visibility extends to a depth of 40 metres.
Lake Baikal's culture
Baikal has been home to various ethnic groups for millennia, and the shamanistic Buryat people still reside in settlements of wood cabins around the lake shore.
This is one of the most magnificent natural sights on the planet, and offers lovers of the outdoors fabulous opportunities for hiking, horse trekking, fishing and boating.
Many visitors choose to stay at picturesque Listvyanka village, where the Angara River meets the lake, and begin their explorations from here.
Suggested Lake Baikal itinerary
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Lake Baikal, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Baikal
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Accommodation choices for Lake Baikal
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Baikal. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.