Ask Baikal

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.

Angara River

Angara river is the only river flowing from Lake Baikal. It is amazing that it never freezes, even during coldest time of winter. It is the only winter-stay for birds in Northern Asia. It happens because of natural reason: water in the lake changes temperature only at its upper part, it stays the same all year round deeper than 300-500 meters (depending on season) and it’s 4 C. At the beginning of the river the water flows from the bottom layer. That’s why it takes at least 2 kilometers to cold it down enough to freeze.

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