Baikal Lake

There are plenty of lakes and rivers scattered across the globe. You don’t even need to step out of the US to see some stunning lake systems. So, why would you travel halfway across the world to a remote region just to see another beautiful lake? Why waste the time and money? At Taiga Travel, we encourage you to consider it. You won’t find anything like Baikal Lake anywhere in the world. This lake is completely unique and definitely worth a visit. In fact, most people go to Russia just to see it.

What’s Interesting About It?

The Baikal Lake is located in southern Siberia, just between the Buryat Republic and the Irkutsk Oblast. It has several names in different languages of the region but is internationally known as Baikal Lake, which means the Nature Lake. That’s a rather apt description of it because it showcases nature at its best. The lake system is teeming with life. You can see an abundance of rare and unique flora and fauna in this region.

Lake Baikal is special because it breaks a number of records. Because of its remote location, it has been relatively untouched by human development and encroachment. This has created a pristine environment like no other. Here are some astonishing facts about Lake Baikal.

  • It’s the largest freshwater lake in the world based on its volume. It actually contains a whopping 20% of the world’s fresh unfrozen surface water. If you take volume into account, it has more water that all of the Great Lakes combined.

  • Baikal is also the world’s deepest lake. Its maximum depth is approximately 1,642 meters, which is deeper than any other lake known to man.

  • Baikal is also the 7th largest lake in the world and has a surface area of about 23,615.39km3.

  • Experts also consider Baikal the oldest lake in the world. Its approximate age is 25 million years. So, it has been around much longer than human beings have existed on earth.

  • It’s one of the clearest lakes to exist on the planet. The water is very pure and in shallow areas, you can see the aquatic life clearly through the surface.

Unsurprisingly, this lake is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is protected with strict rules and regulations.

What Can You Do There?

It’s extremely unlikely, but if you do get a little tired of just watching the serene, crystal blue waters of the lake, you don’t have to worry. There’s a lot you can do there. You can observe the diverse wildlife, fish, and plants of this region. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the Baikal seal, which is one of only three species of freshwater seals in the world.

The human popular is scarcely less interesting. You can visit the Buryat or Yakut settlements and learn about their ancient culture.

So if you want to explore the wonders of Russia and Baikal Lake, don’t hesitate to contact us at Taiga Travel. You can just give us a call or visit our contact us page to get in touch with us. Our phone number is +7 (423) 279-10-39, +7 (4236) 75-00-65. We’ll be happy to organize a memorable trip for you.