Off the Beaten Path: Lake Baikal, Russia

March 3, 2014 by


Deep in Russia’s center lies the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal. This unique destination provides a glimpse of Russia’s vastness and untouched beauty.

Said to also be one of the oldest lakes in the world, this UNESCO World Heritage site offers plenty for visitors to do.

Visit the Buryat tribes who raise cattle, goats and camels on the eastern shoreline, or travel to the dense forests of the northern shore and hike along the Frolikha Adventure Coastline Track. Stay in Listvyanka for a glimpse of lakeside life or for a more bustling city experience, stay in Irkutsk.

The quickest way to get to Lake Baikal is by plane. Several flights fly daily between Moscow and Irkutsk for around $150. A more scenic and lengthy route is the Trans Siberian Railways. Four days by rail will land you in the bustling city for between $70-100.

Visit in summer months for the best weather, hiking, and cultural experience.

Photo Source: Flickr/gabdurakhmanov

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