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Slyudyansk Lakes Trail - Baikalskoye Village

The construction of the trail began in 2003 and lasted 3 years. The trail was created in conjunction with the School of Tourism and Environmental Education (STEO) of Severobaykalsk. In 2015, volunteers carried out work on the reconstruction of structures on the trail in the Boguchanskaya Bay. Now the trail is supported by local activists. Due to the 2015 fires, there may be fallen trees on the trail.
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Visiting Rules

No permission is required to visit this trail. Please be careful with the fire and take the trash with you.

How to get there

to Severobaykalsk
  • by train from Irkutsk or other cities
  • by plane from Ulan-Ude and Irkutsk to Nizhneangarsk (travel time about 1.5 hours)
to the trail
You can get to the start of the trail by private car, regular bus, or use the services of carriers in Severobaykalsk. A regular bus runs between Severobaikalsky and the village of Baikalskoye, which leaves twice a day. Departure at 8 am and 5 pm from the forecourt.

Travel time to the start of the trail is about half an hour. We recommend making a stop at the observation deck, which offers a beautiful view of the coast of Lake Baikal.

The trail begins on the shore, next to the Slyudyansk lakes. There are two entrances - the first in front of the lakes, and the second through the recreation area. In the second case, it is necessary to pay an entrance fee, but it will be possible to swim in the Slyudyansk lakes, the water in which is much warmer than in Lake Baikal.

The route is also possible in the reverse order - take a taxi or a bus to the village of Baikalsky, and then follow the path to Slyudyansk lakes.

Trail description

You can go along this route in one day and enjoy the beauties of Northern Baikal. The trail throughout is quite distinct and marked with blue marks on the trees. In open places where there are no trees, it is worth moving along the shore.

The first 3-kilometer stretch goes from Slyudyansk lakes along a pebble beach. Further, the trail follows the beach itself, or next to it, crossing the rocky capes.

The last section from Cape Krasny Yar to s. Baikalskoe: you can go through the steep and picturesque cape Ludar or on a shorter and shallower path - a dirt road to the right of the cape.

What you can see on the trail

  • Slyudyansk lakes were once the Bay of Baikal, but separated from the lake by a pebble scythe. The lakes are not deep, so the water in them is much warmer than the Baikal. This is a favorite place for relaxing and swimming.
  • The flora of northern Baikal is surprisingly diverse. There is a coastal form of cedar dwarf, usually growing in the mountains. Undergrowth is formed by marsh rosemary and lingonberry. The soil is covered with lichens. Remember that a lichen carpet is a very fragile ecosystem and takes a very long time to recover. Follow existing paths.
  • Along the way, you will see various natural objects, for example, the island of Boguchan, officially related to natural monuments. It is interesting from a geological and archaeological point of view: a site and a burial ground of the Neolithic were found here. On the way, pay attention to the frog princess rock, which really resembles a fairy-tale character in shape.
  • The place of the former camp in the Gulag system of Boguchan. From 1927 to 1933, prisoners were engaged in the extraction of mica. Abandoned mica adits have survived and are now not far from Slyudyansk lakes. To the galleries there is a very picturesque well-preserved path, built by prisoners and cleared of fallen trees by volunteers (1700m).
  • Cape Ludar is famous for its archaeological finds. In the surf-wave cave and in the vast surrounding territories, fragments of ceramic utensils from the time of the Kurykans (the people who lived on Lake Baikal before the arrival of the Evenks) were found. Here is their ancient site and burial site of about 4 thousand years old. Ancient settlements were preserved on the cape, the purpose of which, according to Irkutsk archaeologists, is ritual.
  • The ancient Russian village of Baikalskoye used to be called Goremyka. Almost the whole village is old wooden houses. A wooden church in honor of Innocent of Irkutsk has been preserved in the village. The population is engaged in traditional fisheries: fishing and hunting for seals, which the local indigenous people are allowed to catch according to a certain quota.


Steep slope
The Bears

Other information

  • There are shops in Baikalsky. There are craftsmen making souvenirs. You can also find a guest house for dinner and overnight. There are no cafes and restaurants.
  • Cellular communication on the trail may be irregular.
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