Slyudyansky lakes - Baikalskoe village

18 km one-way
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Be aware of ticks
About this trail
  • Length
    18 km one-way
  • Difficulty
    Easy to Moderate
  • Dangers
  • Campsites
  • Permission
  • Water
    Water from Lake Baikal
How to get there
To Severobaykalsk

- By train from Irkutsk or Krasnoyarsk. You can find schedule and buy tickets on the official website of Russian Railroads
- By plane from Irkutsk or Ulan-Ude to Nizhneangarsk (much further away from the start of a trail)

You can get to the beginning of the trail by your own car, by bus, or take a taxi from Severobaykalsk. The bus that runs twice a day between Severobaykalsk and the village of Baikalskoye departs at 8 am and 5 pm from the station square in Severobaykalsk. It usually takes about half an hour to get to the beginning of the trail by bus. We recommend you to stop at the observation point from where you'll have beautiful view of the coast of Baikal.

The trail starts on the shore near the Slyudyansky lakes. There are two paths to the beginning of the trail - the first starts before the lakes if you go from Severobaykalsk, and the other one just after and goes through the recreation zone with camping facilities near the lake. If you choose the second one you will have to pay for the entrance, but it will be possible to swim in the Slyudyansky lakes that have much warmer water than Baikal.

It's also possible to start in Baikalskoe village and finish the trail near Slyudyansky lakes.
No permission needed.
No equipment needed, but it's good to have proper hiking shoes. If you have trekking poles, take them with you - especially if you carry a heavy backpack.
There are several shops in Baikalskoye, but no cafes and restaurants.
There are many places where you can set up a tent.
This route can be done one-day, it's clearly visible and marked with blue signs on the trees. In open places where there are no trees you should follow the shoreline.

The first 3 km of the trail from Slyudyansky lakes go along a pebble beach. Then the path continues to follow the shoreline, sometimes crossing rocky capes. On the last part from the cape Krasny Yar to Baikalskoye village you have two options: you can go through the steep and picturesque Cape Ludar or take a shorter road on the right of the cape.

The flora of northern Baikal is very rich. You can find a coastal form of mountain pine, marsh tea, red bilberry, lots of mosses and lichens. Remember that lichen is a very fragile and very important part of the ecosystem - it needs a very long time to recover after being damaged. Please, follow the existing paths and preserve the nature!

Slyudyansky Lakes are located 25 km from Severobaykalsk. In the 1930s talcum was mined here for the needs of radio industry. The serpentine trail to the talcum adits has been preserved, from where you can see a beautiful panorama of the coast of Baikal and Cape Tonky.
Slyudyanskie lakes were once a bay of Baikal, but were separated from the lake by a pebble spit. The lakes are not deep, so the water in them is much warmer than in Baikal. This is the best place for recreation and swimming in the area. Slyudyansky Lakes are one of the top three winners of the contest "Seven Wonders of Nature of Buryatia", which was held in Autumn 2009. With a result of 18.5 thousand votes, the lakes took the third place. Beautiful sandy beaches of the lakes, surrounded by pine trees and clear water that warms up well in summer attract many locals.

Cape Ludar is famous for the archeological findings. Fragments of pottery from the times of Kurykan (people who lived on the Baikal before the arrival of the Evenks) were found in a cave and in many other places on the cape. Remains of the ancient settlements, places of worship and tomb-type burials dated 4 thousand years old were also found on the cape and its surrounding territories.

The village of Baikalskoye was formerly called Goremyka. Almost the entire village consists of old wooden houses. A wooden church in honor of Innokenty of Irkutsk has been preserved in the village. The population is engaged in traditional crafts: fishing and hunting for nerpa, which the indigenous population is allowed to catch at a certain quota.
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