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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.

Siberia’s Lake Baikal Travel Guide Map. Download for free.

Lake Baikal Map by BaikalNature. Siberia, Russia.

A fragment of Lake Baikal Map by BaikalNature

Good news! Thanks to our friends from BaikalNature, it’s now possible to download the travel guide map of Lake Baikal (Siberia/Russia) for free. No need to buy it online and wait for the map delivered by snail mail.

Lake Baikal Travel Guide Map icon. Siberia, Russia.

Do simple steps to get Lake Baikal Map from BaikalNature:

1. Choose the package and download it.
2. Unarchive the file and print the images.
3. Cut edges where it is needed and put the pieces together with the help of glue or scotch tape.

That is all!

What’s so special about Lake Baikal Map from BaikalNature?

It’s free. Done in high quality and resolution, and in several languages.

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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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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.

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A new open air Buryat museum between Irkutsk & Olkhon Island

A Buryat jurt at Lake Baikal, Russia

A Buryat jurt at Lake Baikal, Russia

A new ethnographic museum in the open air will be opened soon on the way to Olkhon Island, in 135 km from Irkutsk. The museum will be called Via Lactea.

There will be a Buryat jurt, traditional Buryat winter house, barn and yard represented. Travellers will be suggested to try Buryat cuisine, buy souvenirs made from horsehair, ride a horse and even milk a cow.

Jennifer Smith-Lee: questions and answers

Jennifer at Lake Baikal

Jennifer at Lake Baikal

Jennifer Smith-Lee is an Executive Director of an international NGO Tahoe-Baikal Institute. She studied in Irkutsk for one year in 2001-2002 and travelled to Lake Baikal several times. I asked her to share an experience of being here.

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Some history of Italians in Irkutsk and Lake Baikal

Nothing happens without a reason. Some years ago an Italian friend of mine intended to launch a joint business project with participation of specialists from Irkutsk and Italy, and some initial plans were developed, however, due to various reasons, the project has never commenced.

About 1 000 Italians worked at the Circum-Baikal Railway construction

One day, while preparing the project, I realized that if an Italian delegation comes to Irkutsk, they would definitely ask me if there were any historical ties between Italy and Irkutsk, and I wanted to find such information. About a week passed without any attempt on my side to search for the information, but the Universe was helpful as always – in a local magazine I came across an interesting article about Italians in Irkutsk. And it encouraged me to search for more information. 

So, here are some facts of incredible and often extreme adventures of Italians in Irkutsk and at Lake Baikal. This historical information is limited, and I realize that a deeper research demands time. It would be good to learn more about these historical facts, as many questions arise, and I hope that you can help me to find out more facts, and we can get a better coverage of this topic together.

The story began at the end of the XIX century. Read more »

Adventure: The 2010 Magadan to Baikal motorbike expedition finished

2010 Magadan to Baikal motorbike adventure expedition by Sibirsky Extreme

Sherri Jo Wilkins and her KTM at Lake Baikal, the final destination of the 2010 Sibirsky Extreme motorbike expedition. Photo by Walter Colebatch.

The Sibirsky Extreme adventure motorbike team, Walter Colebatch, a British explorer on BMW, and Sherri Jo Wilkins, an American Aussie lady on KTM, finished its long summer ride from Magadan to Lake Baikal. They overcame the terrains of the northern Siberian region of Yakutia including challenging old route of the famous Road of Bones (the Kolyma Highway). The total run appeared to be ~5000 kilometres.

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