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    Nice!

    Very nice place indeed.

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    Nice!

    Very nice indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chclover View Post
    where is nice place to stay in Irkustk with view of the lake?
    I don't believe that you can see Baikal from Irkutsk. I think it is about 70 km away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chclover View Post
    where is nice place to stay in Irkustk with view of the lake?
    Irkutsk is about 70km from Lake Baikal, so you can't see the lake from there, I'm afraid.

    The closest points on the lake (from which you can see it) to Irkutsk are Port Baikal, and Listvyanka. Listvyanka has lost its former appearance as a fishing village, and is now mainly a tourism resort, with also some new and rather vulgar-looking houses built as homes by Irkutsk "biznismeny". One is in the style of a Mexican hacienda

    There are some small hotels in Listyvanka, and also the new and rather controversial (how was planning permission obtained? Listyvanka is inside the Baikal National Park zone) 3* Hotel Mayak.

    If you want to see more traditional aspects of Baikal, you have to go further - to Bolshie Koty (by hydrofoil service from Irkutsk, there's no road) or Bolshoe Goloustnoe (by road or infrequent hydrofoil).

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    Irkutsk is about 60 km far from Baykal lake. To have a lake-view you should go to Listvyanka village.

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    I'd wait for about 2-3 more weeks before going.

    Listvyanka is the closest spot from IRK, but, honestly, it is nothing special. If you have the time, check out Olkhon Island.

    If you are staying in a hostel or something, there is a good one on Stepana Razina (I believe that's the name). They have info about other stuff to do in town.

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    Gbtvolunteer, have you seen kitesurfers on Baykal - people dressed in black neopren suits riding waves by board with kite? I'm planning to spend July in Irkuts region and thinking of taking my kite with myself.

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    baikal

    I have been there 4 times for a contract, always went to baikal, unfortunately all the visits were in the Winter,
    Great place, smoked amul fish and Beer with a shot of Vodka - what is better than that...
    Never liked the big buildings built there by the rich - kills the harmony of the area, last time I was there A Villa was painted in Red and Pink - Couldn't believe who could think of such a combination...
    The Tickets and Hotel was expensive, stayed in a Hotel in Irkutsk - paid 120 euros per day



    Quote Originally Posted by gbtvolunteer View Post
    Hello all!

    I am a volunteer with Great Baikal Trail, a non-profit which works to build environmentally-friendly trails in the wilderness around Lake Baikal. The summer projects not only work to build trails in the wilderness, but also to form international bonds and encourage environmentally sustainable practices in the region. I highly recommend participating in one of their projects!

    If you are interested in learning more, visit their website: greatbaikaltrail.org. There, they have descriptions of each of the summer projects. The locations vary from Severobaikalsk (the northernmost part of Lake Baikal) to Ulan Ude (a town to the southeast of Lake Baikal in Buryatia). Participating in a project is a great way to see the unique wildflife while participating in the growth of ecotourism in the area. The projects are conducted in both English and Russian, and people participate from all over the world.

    If you would like to hear more from a volunteer, feel free to reply to this thread. I will gladly answer any questions you may have!
    Bari

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