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lake baikal 3 1024x640 Walking along the area’s ecological routes and communicating with the locals who are untouched by civilisation will help you immerse yourself in nature. You can also visit an inhabitable Buryat yurt.

It was formed as a result of rift valley. It is the largest fresh water lake in the entire universe consisting about 20% of world’s unfrozen fresh water. It is the deepest lake in the world with a depth of 1,642m or 5387ft.It is one the clearest lake and the oldest lake-about 25million years old. It is known as the “Older Sister of Sister Lakes”.

Lake Baikal has a surface area of about 31,722 square kilometers or 12,248 square miles. It is home to about 1,700 plants and animals of which 2/3 of them do not exist anywhere else in the world. Buryat tribe lives along the eastern parts and rear goats, camels, sheep and cattle. Average temperature is -2degrees with minimum of -19degree. Highest temperatures occur during summer at around 14 degrees.

The lake was known as North Sea by the Chinese. The lake was situated in Chinese territory until 17th Century when Russia extended its territory. Kurbat Ivanov was the 1st Russian to set foot on the shores of North Lake. A railway through Siberia was constructed in 1896-1902. The railway line consisted of 200 bridges and 33 tunnels.

During winter, the lake could be crossed on foot though there was risk of getting hypothermia as a result of untamed winds blowing. In 1920, military men crossing the lake died due to cold. Irkutsk Dam building raised water levels by 4 meters.

Wildlife and Vegetation
Lake Baikal is diverse in nature and is home to 1,085 plant species and 1,550 animal species. Epischura Baikalensis is endemic to Lake Baikal and counts up to 80-90% of the lake’s bio-mass. Omul is type of Salmonid. It is roasted, smoked and sold around the lake. Golomyanka-oil fish is found on depths of 200-500 meters below the lake. Other smaller animals include snails, amphipod crustaceans, and turbellarian worms among others.

Economy Concerns

The lake has drawn many investors who have invested in tourist Industry. In 2007, Russian government declared Baikal region-special economic zone. Baikal was declared as world’s heritage by UNESCO in 1996.Uranium plant worth $2.5 to be started in Baikal creating 2,000 jobs.

An NGO in conjunction with Russian Government built 100km trail along the beach to demonstrate about sustainable development.

Legend of Baikal

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The Legend of Baikal hotel lies at one of Baikal’s most scenic sights – at the Angara River affluence, opposite the legendary Shaman Rock, 64 kilometers away from Irkutsk city, in Listvyanka settlement. Combination of clean Lake Baikal air, pine tree fragrance and hotel premises filled with greenery creates a unique atmosphere of unity with nature, peace and relaxation. The blend of Western-style service and homey comfort both make a very pleasant impression on our guests, making them want to come back again and again.

There are 37 rooms at our customers’ service, ranging from standard single rooms to lush suites.

Baikal shoreline hotels welcome you to have the best vacation at Lake Baikal.

Do you fancy having a vacation at a scenic sight on the shores of this Siberian lake? Are you dying to see the Shaman Rock and other legendary landmarks of the “Irkutsk Sea”? Then choose Baikal shoreline Hotels.

The Legend of Baikal hotel welcomes you. The ancient lake’s mysteries and Siberian nature in its full splendor – you will find everything for your physical and spiritual relaxation. Excellent service at Baikal shoreline hotels will make your stay here unforgettable.

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