hope that the pages below will answer most of the questions that may arise
while you are planning your trip. However, please don’t hesitate
to contact us in order to obtain
more detailed information.
Climate. The climate of Lake Baikal
and its shores shows clear maritime features and considerably differs
from the climate in areas more distant to the lake. In summer, the large
body of water of Lake Baikal warms up to a depth of 200-250 meters, in
this way storing a huge amount of heat. Therefore, winters at Lake Baikal
are more temperate and summers colder than in other parts of Siberia.
To give an example: the difference in air temperature between the city
of Irkutsk and the shore of Lake Baikal may amount to 8-10°C in the
The best time for traveling around Lake Baikal:
Baikal is beautiful and unique all year round. But the favorite season
for your visit depends on what you would like to see. Sunbathing on the
beach and swimming in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Baikal can best
be done between June 15th and August 15th. This is the warmest period
at the shores of Baikal, with usually nice and sunny weather.
Autumn is a very attractive season for artists and photographers; nature
presents itself in bright yellow and red coloring, and the fast changing
weather with strong winds and frequent storms accentuates Baikal’s
Probably the most exciting experience is to celebrate New Year’s
Eve or Christmas in one of the comfortable resorts on the snow-covered
shore of Lake Baikal. The crunching sound of snow under your feet, and
taking a bath in the traditional Russian banya, in powder snow or even
in ice-holes will contribute to an unforgettable holiday.
transparent ice and glittering hummocks with bluish coloring are especially
impressive in March. The extreme transparency of the ice allows you to
see the ground in shoreline zones or to look into the profound darkness
of Lake Baikal. Backcountry skiing, sailing or cycling on the ice, as
well as ice fishing are very popular in March. The sunny weather creates
a moderate climate on the ice so that it is enough to put on only a sweater
in the afternoon. At the beginning of April, the clear blue ice gets dim
and covered with a white rough crust.
If you wish to see the primeval beauty of Lake Baikal without crowds of
tourists on its shores, then it is better to arrive in early summer (May
15th to June 10th). At this time the ice just starts melting, there is
no fog, and the air is cool and clear. You will find only rare motorboats
on the smooth surface of the lake, and few tourists or fishermen on its
shores. Traveling in May lets you feel like a pioneer; not a single person
within a radius of hundreds of kilometers.
The ice fields on the blue and smooth surface of the lake, in combination
with the snow-covered peaks of the adjacent mountain ranges, and the bright
pink blossoms of wild rosemary on the shores give an enduring impression
of the region’s amazing beauty. On the pebbled beaches of the Barguzinsky
and Baikalo-Lensky Nature Reserves, you can observe bears searching the
beach for caddis flies, which intensively breed at this time and only
live a few weeks at the beginning of summer.
Tick-borne encephalitis is
one of the most dangerous infectious diseases in Siberia. Starting its
dissemination in Asia 60 years ago, infected ticks are nowadays found
in the Baltic States, in the Northern Caucasus, and Western Europe.
The Irkutsk province is home to 7 species of ticks; the most dangerous
among them is the taiga tick (Ixodes persulcatus), which transfers the
encephalitis virus through its bites to human blood, thus causing an infection
of the nervous system with an extremely high fatality rate of up to 40
%. Ticks are found in all forest areas of the Baikal region. The season
of the tick activity is from April to September. The peak of activity
is observed from the second half of May to the middle of June.
As a safety measure – so you don’t have to be afraid of tick
bites, a preventive vaccination in your place of residence against tick-borne
encephalitis is recommended (preferably in autumn or winter – November
The tick is found in all forests of the Angarski Krai. The season of activity
is from April to September. The greatest activity of the ticks is from
second half of May up to the middle of June.
Safety measures - not to be afraid of ticks, it is necessary beforehand
(in autumn or in winter, in November - March) to have preventive inoculations
against tick-borne encephalitis in the place of your permanent residence.
Prevention is better then treatment.
How to get there? You
can reach the city of Ulan Ude, an ideal starting point to explore the
Baikal region, either by train along the famous Transsiberian railway
or by plane. The duration of the Moscow – Ulan Ude flight is about
6 hours, whereas traveling by train takes you three and a half or four
days. There are several daily train connections and regular flights from
Moscow to Ulan Ude, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok, and Irkutsk. Flight schedules
and ticket booking can be found on the web site of Siberian Airlines www.s7.ru
Train schedules can be found on the web site www.db.de
A tip for travelers from Europe: the Eurodomino-Ticket is also valid on
the Transsiberian railway!
Our web site offers
you several possibilities to overnight at Lake Baikal, be it hotel, guesthouse