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.
Why travel to Lake Baikal:
- Ancient and mysterious, Lake Baikal holds deep spiritual and historical significance for the four indigenous cultures that inhabit its shores. Travel to Olkhon Island, the “capital” of shamanistic culture, to discover what makes this island such a sacred place for the native Buryat people
- Cross the crystal-clear frozen Lake Baikal during winter and capture award-winning photos of its enchanted ice caves, glittering grottoes, and mysterious lands such as Cape Shaman, Cape Sagan Khushun and Cape Khoboy