Why travel to Lake Baikal
Imagine gazing through metre-thick ice sheet so clear you can behold the profound darkness of the world’s deepest and most ancient lake beneath. Or, envision yourself as a witness to one of the world’s oldest surviving shamanic rituals. All this is possible in and around Lake Baikal, the pearl of Siberia.
Located on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and known as the “Gateway to Lake Baikal”, Irkutsk itself is a jumping off point for Siberia’s main attraction - Lake Baikal, 70km to the east.