Hi there! My name is Maxim Milyutin. I am based in Irkutsk, Russia's Siberia.
Traveller, organiser of local travel talks, and owner of Irkutsk hostel. Travel for me is not necessary movement to some place far away from home, it's a state of soul. That's why I like to travel around my home region and and abroad as well. I'm happy to share my knowledge about Baikal with everybody!
Feel free to ask me about Lake Baikal via the contact form
Tatiana Baksheeva, our previous blog runner, remains with us as a contributor.
Does anyone know of a local shaman who does personal tours around Lake Baikal area (as opposed to the usual organised tours in groups)
Dear Vanessa, first, Baikal is huge and to travel around may take you at least a week (depending on where you want to go and what transport to use). Second, usually people and tourists may meet shamans at Olkhon Island. I doubt they do tours personally. however, you may contact Valentin for more clarification on this issue.