Listvyanka - Bolshie Koty
One of the most accesible and picturesque trails
24km one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Be aware of ticks and snakes
About this trail
24km one-way
Moderate to easy depending on your physical shape
Ticks and snakes
Yes, many
Yes, you have to get a permission. See how.
Many springs with clean water
How to get there
You have several options for this trail: you can make a return trip, start from Listvyanka or Bolshie Koty.

How to get to the start of the trail:
- If you start from Listvyanka, you can get there by bus or by boat from Irkutsk.
- If you start from Bolshie Koty, you can get there only by boat from Irkutsk or Listvyanka

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

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.
There is a shop in Bolshie Koty 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.
This part of Great Baikal trail is very picturesque, it goes through the forest, up to the mountains, sometimes it descends and passes straight along the shore, where you can set up a tent and spend the night.

If you start from Listvyanka, in order to find the beginning of the trail, you should go along Gudin street until it ends. There are several camping places where you can set up a tent near the beginning of the trail close to the stream with potable water.

The most difficult part of the trail starts at the beginning - a long (approximately 4.5km), but not steep ascent (approximately 450m elevation). The trail goes in a forest zone, there is not so many sightseeing during this part, but the positive side is that trees hide you from the heat during hot summer days. Somewhere closer to the top of the mountain there will be a fork, just follow the signs and you'll not lose the trail. If you see a steep descent – you're going wrong way, thus you'll better turn back and chose another path at the fork, otherwise be prepared for a steep and very often slippery path. If you go down the serpentine - you went right.

After the serpentine, in 10 minutes you'll reach Lake Baikal. There is a good place where you can set up a tent, a stream with potable water and table. There is a fork just after you cross the stream. You should follow the signs and chose the one that goes uphill to the mountain, otherwise you will take a dangerous path where there is a possibility to fall from the cliff. There were lethal accidents in last few years.

After a short ascent, the trail follows the shoreline, it's easy with minor ascents and descents. There is only one trail and it's impossible to lose it on this part.
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