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Lake Baikal, Russia

From series “The Cleanest Lakes and Rivers of the Planet”
Deepness: 1 642 m.

Lake Baikal is a rift lake located in southern Siberia, Russia. It is the largest freshwater lake by the volume in the world (1642 m), containing a quarter of the world's fresh surface water. Its surface area is 31,7 square meters. The lake is surrounded by the unique natural landscapes that appeal researchers and ordinary travellers with its beauty. Baikal is the home to thousands of plants species and animals, many of which exist nowhere else in the world.

Lake Baikal, Russia The lake has tectonic structure. It is one of the clearest lakes in the world. Fewer than 65 native fish species occur in the lake basin. Baikal has been linked to the high level of dissolved oxygen in the lake. Notwithstanding that, it has few mineral elements. The lake is considered one of the coldest in the world. Even in summer, the average water temperature is about 8 degrees Celsius.

Scientists still don’t know exactly about the lake origin. Some say that it has appeared after the tectonic activity and the approximate age of the lake is estimated at 25 million years. There are about 2 600 species of the lake inhabitants. More than a half of water inhabitants are endemic, you can’t see them in any other basin of the world. The main ecological problem of Lake Baikal is the sewage. A large number of small and middle-sized rivers fall into the lake, and several of them are polluted with the industrial waste. Next - Moraine Lake

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Useful staff nearby

Supermarket: 'Khoroshiy' in 26 km
Apotheek: 'Ааптека' in 27 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Кафе у Дача Виц' in 21 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Lake Baikal


Located in 26 km from Lake Baikal
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Rooms: 40
The bright rooms are located in the wooden cottages and come with a terrace. Guests use shared bathroom facilities. A small food store is on site. … More: photo, rates and booking
Camping Usadba Nabaimar

Located in 27 km from Lake Baikal
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Rooms: 24
All of the rooms at Camping Usadba Nabaimar are heated, and most include a TV and a rustic wooden décor. Each has access to shared bathroom … More: photo, rates and booking
Baikalskaya Riviera Hotel

Located in 49 km from Lake Baikal
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Rooms: 22
The bright, classic-style rooms offer warm-coloured interiors. Each room comes with a TV, a private bathroom and a balcony overlooking the forest. … More: photo, rates and booking
Baikal-Uyuga Guest House

Located in 53 km from Lake Baikal
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Rooms: 30
All bright rooms and bungalows are equipped with a private bathroom. Some offer a terrace and a kitchenette. The on-site café offers various Russian … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Baikal Rift
6 km - Baikal Rift
The bottom of the largest in the world Lake Baikal is also a big tectonic rift. Shores of the lake are regularly moving and becoming wider. The scientists say that such transformations are a good example of a birth of a new ocean. However, this transformation will take …
Egituysky Datsan
217 km - Egituysky Datsan
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Severomuisky tunnel
482 km - Severomuisky tunnel
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Alkhanay National Park
490 km - Alkhanay National Park
Alkhanay National Park is one of the youngest in Russia, it was founded in 1999. The park occupies an area of ​​over 138 hectares. It is famous not only for its unique landscapes and outstanding spiritual treasures. Here, aside of Christian relics, you can see …
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Genghis Khan Statue
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