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Lake Baikal: Monakhovo
November 18, 2015 10:45


Monakhovo stands on the coast of the Chivyrkuysky Bay washing the Svyatoy Nos Peninsula, almost at the very entrance to the peninsula. The name of the village speaks for itself - once there was a monastery here.

Even today Monakhovo has something in common with the hermit’s abode: there has been only one permanent resident in recent years - the inspector of the Trans-Baikal National Park.

Nevertheless, for the travelers coming to Svyatoy Nos this underpopulated area is more important and useful than the full-fledged settlements of Kurbulik and Katun. Monakhovo is a transport hub where local car roads, hiking and water routes come together.

The majority of minibuses from Ust-Barguzin and Maksimikha finish their routes in Monakhovo. In fact, there is no further way for cars, the road is more like a tourist trail. You can go either by foot or by a powerful SUV, and only in dry weather. It is very quiet in the village during the muddy season when there is neither navigation, nor the ice road (from October until the end of January and from mid-May until early June).

A series of modest wooden houses, mostly guest ones that are empty in the off-season, descend to the bay. In summer and early spring, when the fans of ice fishing gather at the Baikal Lake, Monakhovo changes beyond recognition and becomes a vivid tourist camp with tent towns, a lot of boats on the shore and a lot of cars.

The majority of travelers choose the village as a base and go hiking from here, take boats and small ships bringing them to the bays of the peninsula. Two tourist trails begin from Monakhovo. One of them goes along the coast to the Chivyrkuisky Bay: 5-6 hours of walk with many ups and downs. Another one leads to the coast of the Zmeevaya Bay, to the springs.

In addition, a water route starts in Monakhovo and goes around the peninsula and through the waters of the Chivyrkuisky Bay.




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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