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decent in summer

The scenery is pretty decent in summer with the lake view in the north part. I also expect much in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Yuanxi Z
Take a dip

This was one of our stops on the Tsar's Gold Train. Had a great outdoor picnic and took a dip in... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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 mountains, wildflower meadows and rich green forests.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The scenery is pretty decent in summer with the lake view in the north part. I also expect much in winter since the pictures of ice I see are very pretty.

Thank Yuanxi Z
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of our stops on the Tsar's Gold Train. Had a great outdoor picnic and took a dip in the icy water. A little vodka helped. It is one of the most beautiful spots in Russia. If you decide to take a dip,...More

1  Thank awesome-annie1945
Reviewed June 29, 2017

The largest body of fresh water in the world. Cold, clear and home to a seal found no where else in the world. Take a cruise on the lake, but if you are daring take a swim under watchful eyes and rescue divers nearby, in...More

2  Thank Michael O
Reviewed June 20, 2017

The lake is gorgeous and the scenery around it is amazing. Could easily spend a number of days here exploring and hiking.

1  Thank Amanda W
Reviewed June 18, 2017

We bought budget package 3days 2nights to Olkhon island. We went there at the beginning of summer. The weather was so good. It was wonderful moment for me and my mother.

1  Thank balagoomh
Reviewed June 11, 2017

One of the highlights of our trip- such an awesome location, great views, clear water and embedded in history Great walks along its shoreline

1  Thank RedCatSarah
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Beautiful clear lake, wonderful experience, lovely people. Experienced it in the winter where the lake was frozen and the river emptying into it was open water. The Lake Baikal vodka is well worth buying.

Thank Larry S
Reviewed May 29, 2017

We spent the day driving around Lake Baikal on our journey from Ulaanbaator to Moscow. I've always wanted to see the lake and I was not disappointed! It was beautiful and still mostly frozen. The landscape was incredible and we often saw locals fishing through...More

Thank NasreenPeer
Reviewed May 25, 2017 via mobile

Lakes are always attractive, this one is very large, flat and at times misty. We walked part of the circum Baikal railway which was a unique way to view the water and was escorted by a gorgeous friendly pup!

Thank Espressogal
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

We got off the train in Irkutsk after 2 nights from Vladivostok. Leonid picked us up at the Hotel and drive us out to Olkhon Island for 2 nights. The accommodations are minimal as described, but the views are outstanding. Food was very good, better...More

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Если соблюдать элементарные правила безопасности, то все будет хорошо. Лучше путешествовать со стороны Бурятии - там интересней и люди гостеприимные! Лучше, конечно, купить путевку в сборную группу и путешествовать с... More
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