Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

MIR co-founder and president Doug Grimes is quite fond of Siberia, in any season and any weather. He and his hand-picked team of specialists at MIR design and support imaginative small group tours and independent travel to the wilds and the not-so-wilds of Siberia.

We asked Doug to tell us about some of his favorite activities on Siberia’s UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest lake in the world.

Doug and, MIR Siberian Office Director, Vlad, are all smiles despite the low temps Photo: Douglas Grimes

Doug and MIR Siberian Office Director, Vlad, are all smiles despite the low temps
Photo: Douglas Grimes

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth.

With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia.

Hospitality, friendship and warmth have been with me in my travels to Siberia since my very first visit, back when I felt like an explorer discovering new lands and new peoples. I still feel that way today.

Vlad and Doug at Shaman Rock in the 1990s Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

A throwback to Vlad and Doug at Shaman Rock in the 1990s
Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

Winter Fun

Dogsledding
Snowmobiling
Ice fishing
Iced vodka drinking
Running the Baikal Ice Marathon

Summer Fun

Hiking the Great Baikal Trail
Participating in a Shaman Ceremony
BBQ on the Beach
Nerpa-spotting
Cruising the Lake

Any Time

Steaming in a banya
Riding the Circumbaikal Railway
Eating smoked omul

 

Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

Kayaking the crystal-clear waters of Lake Baikal
Photo credit: Vladimir Kvashnin

Photos, Videos, and More!

More photos, travel tips, and articles about Doug’s adventures in Siberia:

 

Travel to Lake Baikal with MIR
The waters of Lake Baikal are so clear you can often see more than 100 feet below the surface Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

The waters of Lake Baikal are so clear you can often see more than 100 feet below the surface
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

MIR has 30 years of travel experience to Russia, with Siberian affiliate offices in Irkutsk and Ulan Ude offering on-the-ground support, and tour managers that clients rave about. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

You can visit Lake Baikal and Buryatia in Siberia with MIR a number of ways, from a deluxe rail journey by private train, to an adventurous small group tour or an independent trip put together just the way you want it.

Not sure what season best suits you? Read our guide: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall – Siberia Has It All.

Chat with one of our destination specialists by email or by phone at 1-800-424-7289 to start planning your next trip.

 

(Top Photo: View of Shaman Cape, Lake Baikal. Photo credit: Vladimir Kvashnin)

PUBLISHED: May 31, 2018

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  • dr. nuijim DELMONTE

    WE WENT WITH MIR INTO SIBERIA… WAS A WONDERFUL PLACE. PRISTINE. CLEAN . CLEAR. VERY IN EXPENSIVE TO BUY THINGS.
    SAW YOGART BEING MADE SHEEP BEING HERDED. WE SAW OUR JEEPS CROSSING THE TUNDRA WITH ONLY A MOUNTAIN IN FRONT OF US… AS OUR GUIDE. WE RODE CAMELS…STAYED IN FIRST CLASS LODGES…
    GO ON A 5000 PASSENGER SHIP OR THE SAME OLD DUMB PLACES IF YOU HAVE NO ADVENTURE… BUT A TRIP WITH MIR IS A TRIP WITH THE LOCALS AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXCITED TO TALK TO AMERICANS AND LEARN ABOUT OUR LIFE STYLES.
    JIM DELMONTE HONOLULU HAWAII

  • Great material. I really like how you created the list of key things to do at the lake. I also would like to add that you can take Free Guided Walking Tour in Irkutsk city, which is very informational and fun. I created a special website, where you can book this free tour.