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Trekking to Circum-Baikal railway

Admiring the Baikal's beauty from the top of the tunnel of Circum-Baikal railway

This 2-days trekking trip combines trekking through picturesque valley in taiga forest among evergreen trees and flowers as well as one day trekking along the shoreline of Baikal Lake. Away from civilization you'll enjoy backpacking in taiga, clear water of Baikal, a possibility to swim, evening and night near the campfire, visiting open-air museum – Circum-Baikal railway, which is a part of old Transsib line will make you feel the same as 100 years ago...It is also a budget tour to Baikal!

Available: Summer; Spring; Autumn;
Duration: 2 days
Places: Baikal lake; Circum-Baikal railway;
Activities: Trekking;

Day 1. Trekking through taiga forest to Baikal lake

Trekking to Baikal

Morning transfer by local train eastwards from Irkutsk to small Transsib railroad station. Today you’ll hike in taiga forest crossing several springs with clear water and in the evening reach the lake where you’ll set up a tent camp. The forest valley is very picturesque. The trek route goes along an old military tank road, at present days it looks more like a path. Neighbouring forest is quite dark with lots of evergreen trees, plants, flowers and berries. Lunch stop near forest stream. Usually it takes about 5 -7 hours to hike through this valley and get to Baikal lake. Here we will build tent camp near beautiful bay of the lake. If you are brave enough or the water temperature is warm – you definitely have to swim in clear waters of Baikal. After this day of hiking this reward is worth it. Enjoy sunset over the wast waters of Baikal. Dinner over campfire. Watching the lights of the city sparkling far away and showing civilization on the opposite shore gives you a special feeling of being away from the world. Overnight in tent. Total trek distance is about 18 km.

Swimming in Baikal water Baikal lily River in the forest

Day 2. Trekking along the Circum-Baikal railway

Train at Cicrum-Baikal railway

After breakfast at the camp we'll have a short easy walk to the top of one of neighbouring hill where you'll observe Baikal from up high. Once we return we'll collect camping equiment and continue trek trip along shoreline of Baikal lake. Today we will hike on historical Transsib railroad branch. This part of Transsib was originally the connection between Western and Eastern branches of Russian railroads at Baikal lake region. For the transcendental building expences this part was named “Golden Buckle of Russian steel belt”. There are lots of bridges, tunnels, walls and other constructions on this railroad branch, everything is hand-made from stones with big art. For the present moment this part of Transsib is not included into general railroad line and this fact turns it into a museum. Lunch stop at shore of Baikal lake, visiting old russian village Angasolka and after trekking up short deep valley back to main Transsib railroad. Evening transfer by local train back to Irkutsk.

Trekking to Circum-Baikal railway Lunch at the shore of Baikal Trekking through the tunnel of Circum-Baikal railway Reaching the shore of Baikal Swimming in Baikal

Tour price includes:

  • English-speaking guide service
  •  complete meals 3 times a day on hike
  •  rent of camping equipment
  •  train transfers according to the program
  •  pick up from hotel/airport/railway station
  •  all fees for visiting museums and national park zones on Baikal lake. If you have any questions or would like to book the tour, please, contact us.

Please contact us for the tour price and available dates.

Comments from our guests

Mette Lundstad, Austria

June 16, 2014, 9:21 p.m.
This is the best trekking company in Sibiria! I have nothing but praises and recommendations for Svetlanna. We had the best tour, 2 days in beautiful surroundings and the best company :) Svetlanna knows alot about the area and her english is perfekt so she made my trip to russia so much more interesting - thank you and i hope to se you again one day All my best wishes to you and your company Mette Lundstad.

Andrew, UK

Nov. 23, 2011, 2:35 p.m.
Svetie, Sweety, Thank you so much for the awesome trip around Baikal. Rok and I thought it was the highlight of the month we spent in Russia and your expert guidance, preparation and wonderful company really made it memorable. Anyone who can put up with our silly jokes has the patience of a saint, and you did a wonderful job guiding us around. Big bear hugs and hope to see you again one day! All the best and I wish you good health, happiness and every success. Andrew
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