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Jul 22, 2017 - Rain day

The day started out bright and sunny. We walked down to the local shops to see what they had to offer. The town is like a movie set from a Wild West movie. Dirt roads. Run down wooden houses. Fences nearly falling down. A few supermarkets - none looking particularly interested in having customers. It hit 30 degrees by midday, so we headed home to change into cooler clothes. A few minutes later, we were out exploring again. This time along the coast. We came to a small port. You were taking your life in your own hands walking along the...

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Jul 21, 2017 - Tour of north Olkhon Island

Today we did a 7 hour tour which took 9 hours to complete. It was an tour of the northern half of Olkhon Island. The scenery was spectacular. There were 8 other people in our group - 2 Chinese and 6 Russians. Olkhon Island is the largest, and only inhabited island on Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the deepest, oldest and largest (by volume) freshwater lake on Earth. It is 1,638 metres deep, 636 km long and contains 20% of the world's fresh water. One of the stops was at a former gulag site, where part of the remaining ruins are of the...

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Jul 20, 2017 - Olkhon Island

Today involved a lot of travel. First, we caught the bus from Irkutsk to Lake Baikal, a car-ferry over to Olkhon Island, then drove 38km on a dirt road. This is the view as we crossed the lake. Although the air temperature was mid-20's, the water was somewhere between 4 and 8 degrees, Behind our guesthouse is this series of Sharmen poles - they are very colourful. This rock is only minutes from our guesthouse. We explored for the whole afternoon, then buffet dinner with the other guests.

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Nov 2, 2013 - Days 74 to 77 - Olkhon Island (Russia)

After the refreshing (?!) 30 minute walk from the hostel to the bus station, we clambered into a mini-van for the six hour trip to Khuzhir, the main “town” on Olkhon Island. The van was decked out with curtains and also had a small plasma screen showing some US film, which had been wonderfully dubbed into Russian. After some three hours on the road, and passing deep snow in places, we pulled into the main “services” on the road for lunch. After a hearty Borsch and hair of the dog, it was back to the bus for another 90 minute drive to the...

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Aug 7, 2011 - Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, the 'Pearl of Siberia' or the 'Blue Eye of Siberia' is a crystal clear body of fresh water and has the singular distinction of being the worlds deepest lake: 1637m at the western shore. It holds 20% of the worlds fresh water meaning that if the worlds drinking water ran out tomorrow Lake Baikal could supply the entire population of the planet for the next 40 years! The lake is 636km long and 60km wide, making it one of the biggest lakes in the world too. The water is icy, never more than 15C, and legend has it that a dip in the...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Beautiful Baikal, Outstanding Olkhon

Lake Baikal, Russia: Three Spectacular Days on Olkhon Island ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2-3 July 2010 Baikal: A Few Facts & Figures At up to 1637m deep, Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, has the fifth largest surface area and the greatest volume, containing almost 20% of the world's fresh water. In fact its volume is greater than that of the five Great Lakes of North America combined. If all other drinking water were to vanish...

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Aug 13, 2008 - Lake Baikal

Dear Friends, Our trip to Lake Baikal was truly amazing. We took about a thousand pictures, but they can't do justice to our sidetrip. We were on Baikal for about three days, and pretty much did not waste a minute. I am not going to write too too much about our trip because Kara and I arrived in Ulan-Ude not too long ago, and we are hungry, but a few words. The homestead where we stayed was like a little international village. We met Venezuelans (both of whom were extremely nice -- they also probably liked that Kara and I spoke Spanish...

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Jul 29, 2008 - Breathtaking Olkhon

Day 15-17 - Lake Baikal and Olkhon Island From Irkutsk we took a taxi across town to the Aftovagzal (bus station) where we were immediately accosted by a middle aged gentleman looking for people going to "Khuzhir." This was a relief as this was exactly where we needed to go!! ACross the street, there were small crowds of people waiting to board mini buses, many of whom where locals, so we joined the queue. After an hour, our backpacks were thrown onto the roof a minibus, tied down and covered with a tarp. We were on our way to Olkhon and...

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Jun 19, 2008 - Irkutsk - Lake Baikal (Olkhon Island)

A half-hour walk with all my gear to the bus station to start the day. Bought the ticket to Khuzhir on Olkhon Island, half way up the west coast of Baikal. Also had to buy a luggage ticket separately which was a bit unusual. The trip to the ferry over to the island was uneventful, going through farmland and green fields. Once we arrived on the island the bus started up to get off the ferry, there was a large bang and the bus leaned to one side. Presumably some problem with the suspension which I'm glad didn't happen while we were moving at...

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Chris's 2008 Jaunt

Sep 11, 2006 - Lake Baikal

After an 8 hour drive in a barely road-worthy school bus, we arrived in Khuzhir, a village on Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal. At 1637m, Lake Baikal is the deepest in the world. It holds 1/5 of the worlds unfrozen fresh water and is home to over 1000 endemic species of plants and animals. Half of the island is bare hills and the other is forest. Our rustic guesthouse, run by a former table tennis champ, is a focal point of the wild west town. All Trans-Siberian tourists seem to stop here for great home cooked meals, rustic cabins and...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Olkhon Island

Fancy a beach holiday in Siberia? I have found the ideal spot although as with Mediterranean beaches the chances are that the Germans will have beaten you to the best spots. Appealing soft sand beaches fringe beautiful Olkhon Island, about half-way up the western shore of stunning Lake Baikal. The gently undulating island of open grasslands and dense pine forests is home to some 1500 hardy souls, the majority of whom live in Khuzhir, a ramshackle village that's the main focus of the island and home to Nikita's, a bona fide travellers...

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Sep 25, 2004 - Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island

After a homestay in Irkutsk we headed out by minivan 5 hours north to Olkhon Is. in Lake Baikal about halfway up the lake. This is a very old and spiritual location, having been inhabited according to archeological records as early as 6th century. We took excursions on 3 of the days and pretty much covered the entire island which is accessable by vehicle. The roads are all just dirt(mud in many cases due to recent rain) and heavily rutted, great excitement up and down "mountains", hiking to the lake shore, having hot fish soup by a...

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