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Address: Russia
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Known as the Pearl of Siberia, this incredibly pure and clear freshwater...

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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Wonderful night in a yurt

Solo in a 3 bed yurt, I had an eleven hour sleep in the fresh air and warm bed. Enjoyed it immensely. A young boy ignited the fire at bedtime and came back at 6 am to stroke it... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Solo in a 3 bed yurt, I had an eleven hour sleep in the fresh air and warm bed. Enjoyed it immensely. A young boy ignited the fire at bedtime and came back at 6 am to stroke it and make the yurt real warm. Warm breakfast completed this excursion. I will remember it always

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I would love to say that the views were amazing but sadly I couldn't see much when I was there on a hill top at the museum. It was a case whereby the left side was bright and sunny but the right side was foggy and misty. I was very confused. The smoked omul at the fish market was lovely... More 

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Camden, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great loved it and who would believed that the Mongolins are sunbathe in the Autum. There are many boats that can take you onto the water but we chose to use our time at the markets

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A simply astonishing expanse of fresh water. Fishing and boating available. Hiking and wilderness tours available. The main roads are good. First half of summer is nasty tick season so go prepared. Picturesque mostly, but some remnants of industry detract from this still pristine wilderness in parts. Many accommodation options and winter skiing as well.

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Thank Tim S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only spent 3 days in and around the Baikal area, which is really only enough for a very slim introduction to one of the worlds great natural attractions. Nature beyond belief, various local ethnicities, including Genghis Khans maternal ancestors, and conveniently on all the trans-siberian routes. There is so much to see and do, but because this is truly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited just the southern area and took an hour cruise. It was a lovely day and the scenery was magnificent. There are lots of,hotels and shops in the village of Listvyanka as this is a resort area. Well worth a visit.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Near Irkutsk, halfway point for a fascinating, awe-inspiring journey taking the Trans-Siberian/Trans-Mongolian railway from Moscow to Beijing, Lake Baikal is the perfect spot to relax and recharge while learning more of Russian Culture, Engineering and Science. The village of Lystvyanka, situated right by the lake, reveals charming, traditional wooden houses, a few restaurants, an excellent souvenir shop displaying exemplars of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

Learned the lake baikal from the world geography book!! The oldest and deepest lake in the world. It was so remarkable, amazing and beautiful. I would like to visit there again in super cold winter.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

this was an absolutely amazing sight, there are fresh water seals and fish (omul) that only exist in this lake. it was really cool to walk across the frozen lake! amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

It may be freezing cold - below zero and windy, but a trip to the lake is like no others. Be sure to dress warm so you can go ice skating, ride a dog sled or stick your face in the ice and peer down to see the water below. What a beautiful place!

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