The deepest, baddest lake in the world. The second adjective is somewhat subjective as I’m not clear as to what exactly makes a lake “bad”…although it would morph into a great name for an travel company…B3 (B-cubed) for Big Bad Baikal Adventures.
A great part of Russia. In many ways I felt like I was back in Mongolia. In 2006 I visited Lake Hovsgol in Northern Mongolia. As it is only about 100km from Baikal and shares many geologic features and has apparently been branded as the ‘little-sister’ of Baikal.
Lake Hovsgol – Mongolia August 2006
Although Baikal easily dwarfs Hovsgol, the surrounding landscapes are virtually identical. Baikal is evolving into a tourist haven, largely because of the easy access via Irkutsk, while Hovsgol remains a crazy 2 day drive from UB.
A great camping location, and I wish I had more time…or a motorbike. The third set is easily the better of the photos, containing some interesting beached watercraft and abandoned forest autos.
Mainland – Olkhon Island
Around Olkhon Island I
Around Olkhon Island II
* the Mongolian photos can be viewed in fullscreen, just mouse over the first image – I don’t know why the Baikal ones don’t have this function.