This website was created as a part of the project 'Baikal Calling' - an international volunteer program organized in August 2018 by Dekabristen e.V. with the support of the German Foreign Office and in cooperation with the Great Baikal Trail (Irkutsk) and the Voluntary Corps of Baikal (Ulan-Ude). During the program, 45 participants from Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Russia worked in several locations around lake Baikal (Bolshye Koty, Tanhoi, Irkutsk, Ust'-Barguzin, Ulan-Ude, Azagat), creating conditions for the development of sustainable tourism in the region. An important part of the project involved digitalizing the existing information on the tourist routes around lake Baikal and translating it into English. This mapping initiative has a goal of making tourism in the region more accessible to non-Russian speakers. At the same time, by providing access to the information on the existing hiking trails and routes, it contributes to lessening the impact of tourism on the unique ecosystem of the biggest freshwater source on the Planet.
If you think that you can help us or you have any ideas about this project, feel free to write us!