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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.

What is the Best Season for Visiting Lake Baikal?

Spring at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Andrei Sobetov.

Spring at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Andrei Sobetov.

Lake Baikal is beautiful and interesting to visit in any season! No doubts. Check the following information, videos and photographs.

The current post was created with the great help of our friends from the Irkutsk-based BaikalNature company, that happened to have rich multimedia collection ! Thanks, Pavel and Yulia! :) The above picture courtesy: Andrei Sobetov.

So… here we go!

SUMMER AT LAKE BAIKAL

Of course, most people go to the Baikal in summer, when it’s warm and even hot, when it’s possible to swim, sail and lie in the sun. The warmest days and nights at Lake Baikal are usually from the 15th of June till the 15th of August.

In summer you can admire beautiful sunrises and sunsets, diverse flora and fauna.

Below are video examples of what you can do at Lake Baikal in summer. Don’t miss that moment with Russian gals :)

Summer trekking in the Baikal taiga:

Hiking through taiga around the lake might be a real challenge or easy time outdoor activity. Everything depends on people’s decision. They might go in a small unguided group or in the company of experienced and knowledgeable guides.

Summer swimming in cold Baikal waters

Another big challenge might be swimming in Baikal. Watch how four beautiful Russian girls in bikini happened being brave enough to jump in the cold water of Lake Baikal… See what happened later :)

AUTUMN AT LAKE BAIKAL

Autumn is rich in bright colors, different berries and mushrooms.

Automn at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Baikal Nature.

Autumn at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by BaikalNature. Click the image to see in the large size

Late automn at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by BaikalNature.

Late autumn at Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by BaikalNature. Click the image to see in the large size.

Previously, we wrote the post Photos: Golden autumn at Lake Baikal with Vasiliy Maslyukov’s gorgeous pictures of the Baikal autumn. Check it out.

WINTER AT LAKE BAIKAL

In late winter and early spring you can encounter the new-born Baikal seal pups; cross the frozen Baikal and admire delightful transparent ice of the lake, beautiful ice caves and winter grottos; take part in ice fishing and ride a dog sled.

Below are video examples of possible activity.

1. Crossing the frozen Lake Baikal in its widest part. This trekking might be done between two largest islands of the lake, Olkhon and Svyatoy Nos, in Arctic landscape of the ends of the earth.

2. Enjoying ice beauty:

3. A dog sled ride on the ice-covered Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. Discover the splendor of landscapes of Lake Baikal and Siberia with the dog sled team:

In winter you can do various challenge expeditions across Lake Baikal. Driving, trekking and even cycling. Hey, by the way, why not address directly to local guides avoiding go-between guys in your country? That’s just an idea :)

SPRING AT LAKE BAIKAL

Spring and ice at Lake Baikal. Photo by BaikalNature. Click the image to see in the large size.

Spring and ice at Lake Baikal. Photo by BaikalNature. Click the image to see in the large size.

In May the nature of the Baikal revives. This is the start of intense and unique life.

The lake starts to free itself from its ice cover presenting an affecting spectacle. On the shores of the lake the nature wakes up and the land is covered with a green carpet of fresh grass. First snowdrops, globe-flowers of bright orange colour, violet bellflowers, and white anemones can be seen everywhere. Wild animals enjoy the arrival of spring and appear on the shores.

See more spring photographs on the Ask Lake Baikal facebook page.

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