Bolshie Koty — Bolshoe Goloustnoe
30km one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Be aware of ticks, snakes and bears
About this trail
30km one-way
Bears, ticks and snakes
Yes, many
Yes, you have to get a permission. See how.
Springs with clean water near the campsites
How to get there
You have several options for this trail: you can make a return trip, start from Bolshoe Goloustnoe or Bolshie Koty.

How to get to the start of the trail:
- If you start from Bolshoe Goloustnoe, you can get there by busfrom Irkutsk.
- If you start from Bolshie Koty, you can get there by boat from Irkutsk or Listvyanka, or by foot from Listvyanka

We advise you to buy tickets in advance because there can be no tickets available in the summer.

If you start in Bolshie Koty you'll find the trail very easily: just go to the end of the village and then you'll see the path. In Bolshoe Goloustnoe you should first go to the shore of Lake Baikal, turn right, and after a few kilometers dirt road becomes a path.
In order to hike this trail, you have to get permission for the entrance to Pribaykalsky National Park. There are several ways to get it:

Office in Listvyanka
Listvyanka, Gorky str., 2
tel.: +7 (3952) 659-210
(a two-story building on the shore of Lake Baikal in Listvyanka)

Office in Irkutsk
Irkutsk, Baikalskaya str., 291B
Monday - Thursday 09:00-18:00
Friday - 09:00-17:00.
tel.: +7 (3952) 350-615, +7 (3952) 350-662

Office in Bolshoe Goloustnoe
pos. Bolshoye Goloustnoe, Sverdlov St., 40
tel.: +7 (914) 876-66-72

Get it without visiting the office; you'll have to provide all the information about your plans for visiting the National Park via email and pay for the permission via bank transfer. For more details and examples of the email, please visit
More information on potable water
Sometimes it's not possible to drink water from Baikal because of sea-weed small particles of which can be present. If you have a portable filter it will not be a problem for you. If you don't, it's also not a problem because there are streams with potable water along the trail where you can fill your bottles or set up a camp nearby.
No equipment needed, but it's good to have proper hiking shoes. If you have trekking poles, take it, especially if you carry a heavy backpack.

Take some basic medication that you generally use with you! There will be no pharmacy in Bolshie Koty or Bolshoe Goloustnoe.
There are shops in Bolshie Koty and Bolshoe Goloustnoe where you can buy food and some basic personal hygiene items. It has no official work schedule, do not expect it to work after 9pm.
The first part of the trail from Bolshie Koty to Cape Skriper goes along the coast. You will see the "dangerous path" sign, you should go down the steps built by the GBT volunteers on a rocky beach and go 1-2 km until you see the trail that goes from the beach.

You can have a rest in the Sennaya gorge, then a serpentine to cape Skriper starts. The view of Lake Baikal from the top is one of the best in the area. You can also visit the cave at the beginning of the descent from the cape.

Further the trail descends along small valley to Baikal, where you should go to the shore (the "higher" trail is partly damaged by hillslide waste). On cape Sobolev the path goes up and down again. Then the is Chayachiy Cliff where the trail again rises above the beach and passes quite a dangerous place called "Devil's Bridge". Later in Bolshaya Kadilnaya gorge you'll find the border of Pribaykalsky National Park, where it is possible to stay for a night.

The next point of interest is Malaya Kadilnaya gorge where we recommend you to visit Chasovnya cave.
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