Northern Trails (Transit)

Summer projects

Long-term goal of the project

The development of cognitive, environmental and socially responsible tourism in Northern Baikal.
The significance of the route: When the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the city of Severobaikalsk began, it turned out that at the mouth of the Tyya River there was an old village of Tyya, which ceased to exist in the middle of the 20th century, after the settlement of the villages due to the rise in the water level in Lake Baikal during the construction of the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station. From here, a new trail will begin, which will connect to the already built trail on Slyudyansk lakes.

Preliminary scope of work: The project takes place in a multi-day trip mode.
At each camp, volunteers live 2-3 days and are engaged in a diverse arrangement of the trail. Types of work - clearing the corridor of the trail, marking the route, building small architectural forms, installing information boards.

The team must have a leader (team leader), organizing the work of volunteers and the life of the group in the camp, and a translator, providing communication between the participants and organizing a cultural program on the project.

Depending on the weather and the condition of the group, the team leader has the right to change the daily routine. The average working day is 6 hours with a lunch break.

August 1-14 (14 days)
Russia, Republic of Buryatia, north-west coast of Lake Baikal, Severobaykalsk - Slyudyanskie lakes
Project languages
Accommodation and meals
The project will be held in a multi-day trip mode. Participants walk along the trail with backpacks, carry personal items, general equipment, products and tools. Campgrounds are set up near the place of work, depending on the type of work required. According to the duty schedule established by the team leader, the participants will prepare food at the stake for the whole group and equip the camp.

BBT buys food for two weeks, and also provides the necessary group equipment, cooking utensils, tools, tents (one tent for two). You can familiarize yourself with a sample menu.

There is no hot shower on the project, but you can boil water and wash yourself, or swim in the refreshing waters of Lake Baikal and Slyudyansk lakes.

Weekends and Loads on the project

Weekends: In days off from work, trips are planned in the picturesque surroundings of Cape Ludar.

Workloads on the project: Traveling with a backpack along the path to a distance of 10 km, working with tools - shovels, picks, dragging logs, stones and other types of physical activity.

Please note that you will have to carry your belongings, camp equipment and food throughout the project (from 3 to 7 km), so the volume of the backpack should be at least 80 liters (do not fill it completely, this is necessary to transfer the general equipment and food). In connection with the peculiarities of the local climate, it is necessary to take a jacket from rain and wind, a sweater and trousers. Also pay attention to shoes - they should be comfortable, light and non-slip.

We strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the list of necessary equipment, information on tick-borne safety, as well as general information for BBT volunteers.


The project began at the city of Severobaykalsk. Volunteers meet on August 1 at 9 a.m. in the city center (the venue will be specified later). We recommend arriving in the city the day before the start of the project or early in the morning on the day the project starts. From Severobaykalsk the group leaves by bus to the village of Tyya (7 km).

The first days of the project will be held near the village of Tyya, which ceased to exist in the middle of the 20th century, after the resettlement of villages in connection with a rise in the water level in Baikal during the construction of the Irkutsk Hydroelectric Power Station.

The entire project will take place on the shore of Lake Baikal. An important object for us is a magnificent beach on the 8th km of the Severobaykalsk-Baikalskoye highway. Due to obsolete equipment at the North Baikal city sewage treatment plants and poor treatment of effluents with a high content of phosphates and nitrogen in recent years, there has been a rapid growth of filamentous algae spirogyra. With the current in Baikal, it blows it to the deep bay of Cenedogda (this is just a beach for 8 km). Our idea is to show this phenomenon to as many people as possible and raise the activity of the public and authorities to solve the problem.

The magnificent Utesiki rocky cliffs on Cape Onokachan with an ancient horse trail along the shore of Lake Baikal. Here is a paradise for climbers, photographers, mountain flower lovers, ornithologists.
Magic place - Onokachanskaya Bay. The contrast is especially striking when, after a real mountain trail with impregnable cliffs, you go out to the calm and beautiful expanses of the Onokachanskaya Bay.

The project will end on Slyudyansk lakes (about 21 km south of Severobaikalsk). These are two lakes near Baikal, in the summer the water warms up in them and is ideal for swimming. The lakes are surrounded by hills overgrown with pine forests.

BBT provides:
  • Transfer Severobaykalsk - Tyya
  • Transfer Slyudyansk Lakes - Severobaykalsk
  • Accommodation in a hostel in Severobaykalsk on the last day of the project
  • Foreman
  • Translator
  • Group first aid kit. (Attention! If you have chronic diseases or you need certain medications, please take them with you)
  • Products, as well as the necessary group equipment, tools, tents (one tent for two).

FEE for participation in the project is 10,000 rubles for two weeks.
Registration of your participation occurs when a prepayment of 3,000 rubles is transferred to the account of the organization and is not refundable.
Read more about project contributions here.
* Please fill out the application only if you are 100% sure that you will participate in this project.

* If you have not received an answer within a week or if you have any questions related to participation in the project, contact our coordinator directly by writing to