2 000 kilometer-long coastline and an incredible landscape variety hint that any kind of traveler will find something to do here. We compiled a list of 8 different ideas for you not to be bored in your Baikal journey. Some of them are thrillingly extreme and some are blissfully tranquil.

For those who can’t live without a dose of adrenaline

Bycicle riding
Photo by 56thparallel.com

What to do?

  • Bike on trails of varying difficulty in the summer;
  • Bike on lake ice during winter;
  • Go rafting, kayaking and canoeing;
  • Go horse riding;
  • Go skiing;
  • Enjoy snowboarding and tobogganing;
  • Go dog sledding.

Where?

  • Listvyanka;
  • Bolshie Koty;
  • Baykalsk;
  • Circum-Baikal Railway;
  • Olkhon Island;
  • Severobaykalsk.

How much does it cost?

An extreme tour from a travel agency will cost you 3000–5000 rubles per day, depending on a tour. During independent bike tours, such as Baikal Bike Trophy, you’ll have to pay for lodging. Accommodations might be free or cost you up to 490 rubles in local hostels. The price of a weekend trip to Baikalsk starts at 1500 rubles, lift use not included.

Sunbathing and swimming

What to do?

Pitch a tent on a sandy beach. Rent a room or a house from the locals. Enjoy your life.

Where?

  • Maloe More;
  • Olkhon Island;
  • Barguzinsky and Chivyrkuisky bays.

How much does it cost?

Renting a house is 1000 rubles per day minimum. A hostel or a guest house cost from 500 rubles a day. Staying in a tent is free. If you don’t want to be surrounded by a dozen of cars and forced to listen to music you hate, make time to search for a secluded spot for yourself. Don’t hesitate to walk past tourist-preferred places. A hidden beach might be waiting just around the next corner. The best places, apart from Olkhon Island and Maloe More, are the sandy beaches from Maksimikha to Ust’-Barguzin.

Those who like waterway travel

What to do?

  • Go on a cruise;
  • Take pictures of Baikal;
  • Stop to explore caves and bays;
  • See it all from a whole different perspective

Where?

Ships departs from the «Raketa» pier at «Solnechni» district in Irkutsk. Buy a ticket and go anywhere you want, from Listvyanka to Nizhneangarsk.

How much does it cost?

From 700 to 4 800 rubles.

For those who love comfort

What to do?

Choose one of the many hostels to stay at. Make forays to examine the surroundings and local places of interest.

Where?

Anywhere along the coastline.

How much does it cost?

From 1 000 rubles a day.

When you browse for a hostel, do not rely on the information posted on its website or printed on handouts. Speak to the manager first. His or her manners will give you a good idea of how you’ll be treated during your stay. Ask about anything useful you can think of: food, amenities, Internet access, nearby pharmacies and entertainment.

The location of a hostel affects the price of accommodations. Don’t rush to reserve a room in a central hostel. Extra 200 meters will often help you save money. High competition doesn’t always affect the quality of services, though, so make sure to check out the reviews.

For ethnography, history and biology geeks

What to do?

Go to the museum, listen to a local guide, take part in an ethnographic or archaeological expedition, explore the ancient culture of the Baikal region.

Where?

  • Ethnographic museum complex «Taltsy» on the way from Irkutsk to Listvyanka;
  • Baikal Limnological Museum in Listvyanka;
  • Ivolginski temple in Ulan-Ude;
  • Olkhon Island and Buryatia ethnotours;
  • «Circum-Baikal Express» tourist train.

How much does it cost?

One visit to a museum costs from 100 rubles. A guide and a ticket to the tourist train cost from 1 900 rubles.

Museum staff seldom meets curious tourists, so don’t hesitate to ask questions. Ask about something they know about, and you’ll get a unique tour. Do your homework and read up on the places you plan to visit so you won’t miss anything.

If your spirit plant is tumbleweed

What to do?

  • Hike the trails;
  • Climb the mountains;
  • Go for a long hike;
  • Test yourself in the woods and get an unforgettable experience of a wild travel.

Where?

  • The coastline from Listvyanka to Bolshoi Goloustnoye;
  • The east coast;
  • Svyatoy Nos Peninsula;
  • Olkhon Island;
  • Severobaykalsk neighborhood — Lake Frolikha, Ayaya Bay, Cape Ludar, Sludyansky lake.

How much does it cost?

The minimal price of routine tourist life starts at 200 rubles per day, and if you want to hire a local guide, prepare to part with extra 700 rubles a day minimum.

Making your vacation help others

What to do?

Take part in the Great Baikal Trail project. Build eco-trails, help national parks and wildlife reserves, help restore cultural and architectural heritage.

Where?

Listvyanka — Bolshie Koty, Tankhoi, Olkhinskoe Plateau, Buguldeika, Ushkany Islands.

How much does it cost?

9 000 rubles for Russian volunteers. 305 euros for foreigners.

Seeking inspiration

What to do?

Visit one of the numerous theater, music or folk festivals at Lake Baikal (for example, Baikal Live). Stop by a creative workshop or an outdoors yoga seminar.

Where?

Olkhon Island, Bolshie Koty.

How much does it cost?

Ticket price for a festival starts at 400 rubles. Participation in master-classes costs from 2 500 rubles.

A trip to Baikal will open up new abilities you didn’t suspect you had.

Evidence shows that the amazing power and energy of the lake transform its guests. Don’t pick a journey type based on your knowledge of yourself. Do the opposite and make the journey shape you.

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