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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.

Top 10 things to do around Lake Baikal. Travel tips by Lonely Planet.

Snowdrops and Lake Baikal in spring. Photo by Vladimir Tumentsev.

Snowdrops and Lake Baikal in spring. Photo by Vladimir Tumentsev. More spring photographs on the Ask Lake Baikal facebook page.

Lonely Planet has its opinion on everything. For instance, it offers to consider its top 10 highlights for Lake Baikal. Here are some of them:

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Any ice sculpture contest on Lake Baikal in winter?

2010 Crystal Nerpa Baikal Ice Sculptures Competition. Photo by Pavel Gorlov.

2010 Crystal Nerpa Baikal Ice Sculptures Competition.

There is one event held annually on Lake Baikal on weekend in the midst of February. This is the Ice Sculptures Competition “Crystal Nerpa Baikal.” The Archer was recognized as the best in 2010.

Below see the images of winners’ ice compositions. Read more »

Photos: Golden autumn at Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal in autumn. Photo by Vasiliy Maslyukov.

Autumn comes to Lake Baikal in mid August and lasts until late September. During these autumn days, the lake releases its warmth accumulated in hot summer days, and thus maintains a special microclimate on its shores with sunny and warm weather during the days and chilly nights. 

Autumn at Lake Baikal is perfect for your visit to this sacred lake, should you be willing to enjoy solitary and meditative holidays away from city hustle and bustle. Indian summer in late September, that colours forests in bright yellow and red, is attractive for artists and photographers who intent to get beautiful pictures and paintings of the local nature. Multicolored mixed forest at Peshanaya Bay and Chivyrkuy Bay, bright-yellow deciduous forest of the Small Sea shores are especially beautiful in late autumn. 

Read more and see more Vasiliy Maslyukov’s photographs of Lake Baikal in autumn. Read more »

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