“Amaka, Amikan” – is translated as “Bear” from the language of native people – the Evenki , who used to inhabit the territory around Baikal Lake. According to their beliefs, bears don’t touch women. If the bear meets a woman – takes her to taiga forest to his den and makes her the mistress of the den. Right now this indigenous people - the Evenks - live on the North of Baikal, most of them along the BAM railway in Chitinskaya region. I was very lucky to travel to those places. Those Evenks who still are deer-breeders live in the brides in the forest in the remote areas away from villages and civilization. Most of evenks live in the villages along the BAM. Most of the youngs go to the cities, and it's a pity that very few of them return to the campsites in the forest to continue deer-breeding and follow their traditional lifestyle. I like their beautiful language: Amaka, Syulban, Nyama... and them as well:-))

Read the legend about Amikan in one of our artictes: The legend about "Amikan"

Looking forward to meeting you at Baikal!

Our MVT number (RosTourism register number) is РТО 019664

Svetlana

Hi! My name is Svetlana and I've been working as a guide at Baikal lake for more than 10 years. Travelling around Baikal lake has always been a passion of mine. In summer time it is trekking to the near-by mountains, travelling by bikes, jeep, moto, rock climbing and just camping, and in winter it is cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, dog-sled riding and ice-climbing. I think I am very lucky to be born here, to breath the freshest air and drink the clearest water of the Sacred Sea, to camp in its cozy bays and climb its steep shores, to never stop studying its flora and fauna and see the seasons change each other. I am also a mother of a wonderful girl and a precious boy who make my life complete and we enjoy coming to Father Baikal for advice, healing and inspiration.

Every season I accompany and guide tourists. Positive feedback from them all around the world inspired and motivated me to create this web-site where I tell about the best places to visit and advise different tours to join. Tourists whom I have guided became my friends and it is they who support me to carry on, to keep moving and discovering… I am looking forward to many more years of welcoming you on an Baikal experience which you will never forget!

Julia

Julia is an interpreter and a tour guide since 2005. In 2004-2005 she took part in Round World Expedition "Vancouver to Vancouver" by human power (Canada-Russia). She loves travelling a lot. It comes from her distant childhood where she spent all her free time away from home somewhere in Forests, Fields, Rivers, Mountains... She says: "Travelling is my Way of Life. Nature is my Home, where I feel save, free and absolutely happy!" At the moment Julia takes care of her baby but continues to support us in our projects.

Dasha

Hi! My name is Dasha. I guess I fell in love with nature before I was born because my pregnant mom went to taiga in autumn to pick up cedar nuts. 28 years after she often worries when I'm away in the mountains or expeditions but what can I do? It was destined. I've been a tour guide for 7 years and still consider that to be a perfect job. That's when you can meet wonderful people from all over the world and share the passion with them. That's when you wake up in the middle of nowhere, grab your camera and a tripod to shoot a wonderful sunrise. That's when all your hobbies as hiking, cycling, snowboarding, photography, etc can be parts of your job as well. That's when adventure is your way of life. Can it ever get any better?

Nikolay

In summertime I like rafting, trekking through the mountains and bicycling. In winter I go cross-country skiing, skating along Lake Baikal, and ice-climbing on icefalls in the Sayan mountains. My main specialty is industrial high rise works, so I love everything connected with working with a rope. My hobby is a family fencing club, so I am ready to take bootographic weapons to my trips for a game and memorable shots. My first trips were with my parents and grandparents (my grandmother still goes rafting at her 84 y.o.) therefore at the first opportunity I go to nature! I wish others to believe in themselves and never be afraid of anything!!!

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