Surrounded by tall mountains and home to more plant life and animals than any other lake in the world, it's not hard to see why Lake Baikal has earned a title as a World Heritage Site. Formed as an ancient rift valley, the lake is considered the oldest in the world, at 25 million years old. The planet's largest freshwater lake contains about 20 percent of the world's unfrozen fresh water, as well as over 1,700 species of plants and animals. Visit the crystal clear lake for a chance to see some rare species--two-thirds of these plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world. While at 1,642 m (5,387 ft), the lake is deep, it is also one of the clearest. Take a boat tour to learn more about the lake's history. Using our world travel planner, Siberian District attractions like Lake Baikal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Tours to Lake Baikal
Touching the heart of Baikal Lake BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $1,100
Duration: 4 days
Baikal 1 day trip from Ulan-Ude BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $125
Duration: 8 hours
Lake Baikal Reviews
This lake is incredible. I've visited twice so far, in March and May, and I know I'll come back at least one more time. Its huge, and gorgeous. In winter it is heaps of fun to go out on the frozen lak... more »
Every time I come here, it's like finding an absolute and utter zen and peace. It's beautiful throughout the year, and spring season is not an exception!)The ice is partially melted, and you can enjoy... more »
A fantastic and fabulous location. Stayed with a local family in a Swiss chalet. Enjoy a local sauna and birch slapping.
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