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Tours in Baikal

winter tours to Baikal

About Baikal

Lake Baikal is geologically the oldest and deepest (1600m) fresh-water lake on Earth. It ranks seventh by area and contains 1/5 of the world's fresh water. This lake, which some say is the most beautiful location in Russia, is rich in both its natural feautures, which include singing sands, stalactite caves, waterfalls, and its history. Man has lived on the shores of the lake for thousands of years and the cave paintings found here have date to the Neolithic era. The trans-Siberian railway was crucial to the development of the area by the Russians in the first half of this century.

Although the city itself is relatively young, the foundations for Irkutsk were laid in 1651 when the land it lays on today provided a base for a Cossack detachment. Subsequently, the town was used as a base for the further exploration of the Siberian vastness. It is a spacious, well-planned and attractive city, which enjoyed a degree of prosperity during 19th century with the discovery of gold. It has been referred to as the Paris of Siberia. Many traditional wooden houses date back to this period and bear witness to a grand past.

From Irkutsk the lake stretches north for over 400 miles. Its beautiful landscape includes hot springs, waterfalls, a National Park, magnificent beaches, lakeside cliffs, forests of larch and pine, and mountains. Small fishing communities are found throughout the region.
The climate of Lake Baikal is continental and the area is renowned for its particularly harsh winters when temperatures plummet to an average of -30C. The summer is pleasantly warm - the lake has a moderating effect on the temperature, which averages about 20C. The lake area is relatively dry but rainfall should be expected at any stage of the trek. If you are already a hiker or backpacker you will probably have much of the clothing and equipment required. Major items required are good walking boots and a two season sleeping bag. A 40-50 litre rucksack should be adequate to carry your personal belongings.

Both good trekking shoes and tennis shoes are desirable. Good waterproof clothes, warm sleeping bag. No special equipment required. Warm clothes necessary.
Baikal area is located in the zone of Siberian type continental climate, which is famous for its harsh winters and rather warm summers. Baikal itself acts as sea and make both seasonal and day contrasts of temperatures milder.

 


OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND ADVENTURES

Established in 1989, LenAlpTours specializes in a field of outdoor recreation and adventure tours in Russia: climbing, trekking, rafting, horseback riding, skitours in the most extraordinary corners of Russia which seem unreachable on glance.
LenAlpTours is an author of the project “3 Summits of Russia” which includes three the highest peaks of Russia: Mt.Elbrus (5642 m) at the Caucasus, Mt.Belucha (4506 m) in Altai, Kljuchevskaya (4780 m) in Kamchatka.

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