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Baikal National Parks
August 30, 2018 15:17


(Source: http://mishka.travel/blog/index/node)

Lake Baikal has two national parks:  Baikal National Park and Transbaikal National Park.

The Baikal National Park

Location: along the western shore of Lake Baikal - from the village of Kultuk to the Kocherikovsky cape. In addition to this extensive coastal territory, Olkhon Island, the eastern spurs of the Primorsky Range, the inflow of the Angara River - Bolshaya Rechka and the southern extremity of the Olkhinsky plateau are included in the park's grounds.

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What to see:
the territory of the Baikal National Park has a lot of unique natural objects: Cape Burkhan with the famous Shamanka rock on Olkhon Island, the rocky cliff of Scriper, where the cave of primitive man is located, rock Shaman-stone in the channel of the Angara. The locals call it "Angarok" affectionately. Many travelers try to visit the picturesque bays Peschanaya and Babushka. Here, on the western shore of Lake Baikal, the old cedar, which for beauty is called "the courage of life", grows on the steep rock of the Kolokolenka mountain. It is also interesting to observe the bird colonies on the Chauchy cliff and Cormorant cape, or in the winter time - on the unfrozen source of the Angara River.



How to get there: the office of the park is located in Irkutsk, on Baikalskaya street, 291B. Visit-center - in the village of Bolshoe Goloustnoye. You can get to the park by fast boats and motor ships  from Listvyanka (Gorkogo Str., 2). In winter, you can come to the park from Listvyanka by car as the lake will be covered with ice.

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Transbaikal National Park

Location: on the east coast of the lake. The park includes the spurs of the Svyatonosky and Barguzin ranges, the long Chivyrkuisky isthmus and the famous archipelago with rocky islands in the center of Baikal, known as the Ushkany Islands.

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What to see: the management of the park conducts day trips for guests. From February to April, snowmobiles, airboats or UAZs (depending on the quality of the ice on the lake) can be used for day trips around Baikal. For amateur photographers, park staff organizes tours to photograph seals. In summer and winter excursions are also held along the Chivyrkuy Bay. And fans of trekking can become participants of a one-day ascent to the plateau, towering above the peninsula of the Holy Nose.



How to get there: the management of the park is located in the village of Ust-Barguzin (Lenin street, 71). Daily shuttle buses run From Ulan-Ude to the village (270 km).

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Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian natural reserves Russian National Parks Baikal Irkutsk Ecotourism 

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