RECREATION ON LAKE BAIKAL: TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
Rest on lake Baikal, as for me, should be prescribed to all Russians. A majestic place in Russia. You can get to it by any means: by car, by train, by plane to Irkutsk, and even by hitchhiking, as I did. and now I want to share, based on my experience, 10 lessons that you need to do on lake Baikal to fully experience it, as well as to get a variety of impressions from a trip to a huge lake with fresh water.
The ideal period of stay on lake Baikal is at least seven days. Recommendation from personal experience. So, let’s go!
TO EAT BAIKAL OMUL
Ideally, of course, you can catch it yourself, but it is also suitable that you buy it fresh on the market and cook it yourself on the shore of lake Baikal:
A vacation on lake Baikal without such a meal is not considered to have taken place. The guys and I cooked it in two ways: we cooked the soup in a pot and salted it by hiding it in the ground. Both dishes turned out very tasty.
BREW HERBAL TEA
After a delicious meal, you need to enjoy a delicious drink, which is also better to make yourself. Just walk along the shore and pick various leaves of trees and delicious-smelling grass and brew it right on the fire, scooping up water from lake Baikal:
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TAKE A DIP IN THE LAKE
When you have hot tea ready and you are full-it’s time to swim in the lake. Know that it is always cold. Even in the warmest weather, it will be difficult for you to stay in the water for a long time. But it’s worth it. The water is the purest. Just look at how crystal clear the water is in Baikal:
So after bathing, be sure to drink hot tea and if the weather allows — sunbathe. When you return from your trip you will tell everyone that you are wearing a Baikal tan)
SPEND THE NIGHT IN A TENT
Living in a recreation center is certainly good, but to experience lake Baikal-you need to spend at least one night in a tent. And better the entire period of rest on lake Baikal. I chose one of the capes near Kultuk for this purpose. The place is not crowded, so I was able to enjoy the nature and get a good night’s sleep.
recreation on lake Baikal in 2019
RECREATION ON LAKE BAIKAL: STARRY SKY
Oh, this is another incredible event in these parts. Since there is not a huge amount of light from nearby megacities (they simply do not exist), the starry sky here is very bright and incredibly beautiful. Therefore, the further you go from civilization, the more beautiful the sky will be.
DRIVE AROUND LAKE BAIKAL BY TRAIN
To further understand the size of lake Baikal, I recommend that you take a ride around the lake on a special train “Circum-Baikal Express”. Or at least just buy a ticket to Ulan-Ude from Irkutsk and back, as I did:
Baikal is infinitely huge!
MAKE FRIENDS WITH NEW PEOPLE
The joy of seeing lake Baikal can be multiplied if you get to know the company next door. After all, Baikal gathers people from all over Russia in one place. In the photo below, there are three people who came here from different parts of our country: from Tyumen, Ufa and St. Petersburg:
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We had a great time together for a few days and went about our business in different parts of Russia. Such stories are not forgotten.
WASH YOUR CLOTHES
Did we live in a tent? Lived. Now let’s wash our clothes right in the lake and leave them to dry on the rocks under the scorching sun. This is an interesting experience where you can feel like an aboriginal in the wild:
You will not soon feel such unity with nature again.
GETTING CAUGHT IN THE RAIN
The nature here is changeable-on the one hand steppes, on the second boundless forests, and on the third mountains of Altai. Therefore, the weather can change quickly. Getting caught in the rain on lake Baikal is first of all beautiful:
And secondly, swimming in the lake in the rain is an incomparable pleasure. Especially if you dive into the water with your head and hear the raindrops drumming on the surface of the lake
TO COME HERE IN THE WINTER
To be honest, I would even consider winter Baikal as another wonder of the world. Because it is unreal beautiful, and you can skate on the ice of lake Baikal or go along it on skis. The easiest route starts from Listvyanka. So if you don’t know what to do this winter, plan a trip to Baikal. This vacation on lake Baikal will be remembered for a lifetime.