Listvyanka - Big Cats

Our work The reconstruction of the Listvyanka - Big Cats trail began in 2004. Initially, the main task was to create a detour from Listvyanka to the Emelyanikha Pad (the coastal trail is dangerous and runs along cliffs. We recommend using a safe trail). Now we are carrying out route projects to clear and improve this trail, one of the most visited in the park.
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Visiting Rules

Attention! To visit nat. of a park, campfire and camping, permission is required, which can be obtained from the administration of the FSBI Zapovednoye Pribaikalye in Irkutsk or from a forestry in Listvyanka
Irkutsk, st. Baikalskaya, d. 291 B,
+7 (3952) 350-615, +7 (3952) 350-662

pos. Listvyanka, st. Gorky 2
+7 (3952) 659-210

Or in electronic form:

How to get there

от Иркутска до Листвянки
  • by bus (all year round, every day, departure from the bus station and from the central market, travel time - about 1 hour) Tel. Information bus station in Irkutsk +7 (3952) 209-115
  • on a river fast ship (journey time - about 1 hour). Routes Irkutsk - Listvyanka - Big Cats run from June to mid-September, the schedule is on the site
to the trail
From the last bus stop or from the marina, head towards the market. On Goodina street, turn left. Walk to the end of the street (about 2 km), where you will find the beginning of the trail. Keep to the left side of the creek

Trail description

  • The first 4.5 km trail goes uphill. This climb is the hardest part of the route. Before reaching the top, the path is divided. Here you need to select the right branch. At the top (860 m above sea level, 404 m above lake level) you will find a beautiful view of Lake Baikal, to which you will soon go down.
  • After the serpentine trail goes to the shore. There is a parking place with a table.
  • You will cross many rivers and streams along the bridges that the BBT volunteers built. Parking is permitted only in designated areas that can be easily found along the trail.
  • In some areas, the trail runs along steep cliffs, high above the water.
  • In some places it narrows, stone scree under the feet.
  • Be careful and careful. Three km to the village. Bolshie Koty the trail descends to the pebble shore of the Chernaya Paddy and passes into a dirt road.

What you can see on the trail

  • Before the trip, visit the Baikal Museum. The exposition tells about the geology, geography and biology of a unique lake. Aquariums with living inhabitants of Lake Baikal are especially interesting. Here you can see what is hidden under water.
  • Get to know the flora of the Baikal National Park. Along the trail, you can see the bright orange flowers of the Trollius, the Dwarf Lily and the cactus-like Hare Cabbage (Prickly Mountain Grid). Remember that many plants of the park are rare and are listed in the Red Book. Let's save these flowers so that other tourists can admire them!
  • Big Cats - the former village of prospectors. Traces of gold mining, such as artificial lakes and rock dumps, still remain in its vicinity. In summer, students of the Biological and Soil Faculty of ISU practice here.
  • Baikal Museum in Bolshoi Koty (irregular opening hours)
  • The Grebeshok observation platform (Bolshoi Koty village) begins next to the cell tower. Very steep climb. Be careful!
  • Cape Skriper - located a few kilometers north of the village of Big Cats. Along the shore there is a trail that rises to the cape. A beautiful view of Lake Baikal and its picturesque coast opens from above.


Steep slope
The Bears

Other information

  • A shop is operating in the village of Bolshie Koty (opening hours are irregular). You can also find a place to sleep. There are no cafes and restaurants.
  • Cellular communication on the trail is irregular. In the village of Bolshie Koty, only Tele2 and MTS's connection catches wel
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