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Walk on Water Lake Baikal Siberia, Russia

November 11, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Lake Baikal is not only one of the oldest, deepest and largest lakes in the world, it is undoubtedly Siberia’s most breathtaking natural landmark.

It contains 1/5th of the world’s supply of freshwater and is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, many unique to the region – including the famous Omul fish, similar to a trout and fished commercially in the area and the famous Baikal Seal (Nerpa) the only fresh water seal in the world and can be 549153found only in Lake Baikal. .

Only a one hour commute from the city of Irkutsk, Lake Baikal is accessible from Listvyanka, a nearby village known for its traditional wooden and stone architecture, as well as the Siberian baroque St. Nicholas Church.

Included on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Baikal continues to attract thousands of visitors to its shores all year around. However winter is when Lake Baikal really comes alive: the lake’s surface transforms into a winter sports playground and the taiga wood surroundings are covered in a soft blanket of snow, setting a truly enchanted scene.

56th Parallel’s ‘Walk on Water’ tour selects the highlights of the regions of Irkutsk and Listvyanka, allowing guests to become immersed in UNESCO heritage site, Lake Baikal and discover what makes it so unique.

The nearest major hub to Lake Baikal is Irkutsk, one of Siberia’s largest cities with a population of over 500 000. On arrival in Russia take a stroll through Irkutsk’s beautiful paved streets through old cathedrals and museums, seeing the attractions the city is known for. There’s a reason Irkutsk was one of TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice 2013 Award Winners.

Once in Baikal, adventures available include 4WD adventure to Olkhon in jeeps across Siberia’s signature icy terrain and snow steppes.

In Olkhon visitors can explore the caves of one of Lake Baikal’s many islands and unlock an undiscovered side of Siberia. The famous caves of the Tazheran steppes are mesmerising and lead a path towards ancient cave paintings deep within Olkhon.

On the island you can observe ancient buddhist traditions and see the holy Buddhist stupa at Ogoy Island before retreating to a base camp on the shore of Baikal.

Embark on guided tours through beautiful spots on Lake Baikal such as Cape Shaman, Cape Sagan Khushun and Cape Khoboy, and discover a panoramic perspective of Baikal and its vast beauty.

On day five you’ll unravel the cultural and historical sides of Siberia. At the Taltsy open-air museum you’ll travel back to 17th century and experience old Siberian culture firsthand. The museum contains over 40 architectural monuments and thousands of artifacts dating back centuries. Explore the enchanting grounds of one of Siberia’s finest architectural exhibits.

Explore the banks of Lake Baikal at your own pace before taking a hovercraft ride across ice to Peschanaya Bay, famous for its pyramid-shaped cliffs and spectacular views of the lake. Marvel at the Lake from one of its most impressive viewpoints.

Ride like a Siberian while you’re on Russian soil. Race on a snowmobile on the southern shore of the lake towards the Circum-Baikal Railway and go dog-sledding through the taiga woods with a team of experienced Siberian huskies.

On your final day at Baikal you’ll enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience, you will go ice rafting on ice cut from the surface of Lake Baikal, on a course that will lead you to the legendary Shaman Stone that separates Baikal and Angara. The ice rafting journey will be accompanied with mulled wine and a feast of local chocolate and cheeses, before taking one last dip in a Siberian sauna.

For bookings and enquiries on the Lake Baikal Walk On Water tour or other experiential travel ventures within Russia and Siberia, contact 56th Parallel:

PHONE:  1300 742 374 (TOLL FREE – Australia) / +61-2-8221-88-59 (International)

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