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Great day trip

We did the walk around part of Baikal from Listvyanka as a day trip from Irkutsk, after about 45... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2018
Riga, Latvia
Wonderful nature

Stunning views and camping places all along the trail. Trees are marked so low chances to get lost... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

My husband and I ( older fit couple ) walked from Listvyanka to the first place where you were on the waters edge, returning the same route on the same day. The walk uphill is about 5 k beginning from the market in Listvyanka, the first 2 km on a road. We bought our passes 100 RUB per person from the wooden building near the main pier on the same side as the ATM. We needed our passports for identification. These passes were checked as we ended the wooded section of the walk by an officer in a Russian van.
The return journey took us around 7 hours and our fit bit watches said we covered around 19 - 20 km. We roughly estimated it was 5 k uphill, then 4 km dowhill and a further 1 km to get to the waters edge. The track was well marked and we saw around 50 other people during our day. Some people were walking with young children.Ensure you take water and food as there are no shops.
It was an enjoyable day, we decided to do up and back as then we were under no pressure to reach the boat at the other end in time.

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Rh0nda58
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Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

You need a permit to enter the national park. We forgot about it and were asked to return by the park rangers. With the help of a local guide that we met, the park rangers agreed to bring us to the place for permit registration. It took us 7 hours in total to complete the trail (we were quite slow) with 20 minutes of break. The first part (maybe 4-5km) is in a forest. At some point we thought we were on the wrong path as it seemed like we were walking into deeper part of the forest. The zig zag downslope path will eventually bring you to the shore direction. To us, a small part of it by the cliff was quite dangerous as we are not experienced trekker.
The shoreline part is amazing. We reached Bolshiye Koty around 5pm and boarded a ferry that would leave at 5:30pm.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank neelie_leen
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

The three of us, accompanied by an english speaking guide, embarked on the 1st and the most popular 20km stretch of the great baikal trail from Listvyanka to Bolshoy Koty on a nice sunny, windless day in the end of may. (Whilst one does not really need a guide, but being informed about the secrets of the forest, we wouldn't have done so otherwise!). The trail was basically created by a group of volunteers, but it is quite natural and authentic. About a third of the trek is via a forest, leading across a group of hills north east of Listvyanka and the first glimpse of the baikal lake atop the last stretch in the forest is quite breathtaking. It is a fairly simple hike, with not many highly challenging portions. We had booked a private boat to drive us back to Listvyanka, but it is also possible to camp in Bolshoy koty and return the next day, or try to complete the full 60km trail.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Parth M
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

One leg of the Great Baikal Trail goes from Listvyanka to Bol'shie Koty. Around 22km and a stunning hike especially at this time of the year if ice is around. Accommodation at both ends and you could extend your hike if you have time. Plenty of benches and small beaches to picnic on as you complete the trail if you fancy a stop

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank tuckerbag
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Lake Baikal is absolutely beautiful and there is no better way to see it than walking a section of the Great Baikal Trail. We took the one hydrofoil running a day from Irkutsk to Bolshie Koty. Unfortunately it doesn't go until 12.30, arriving at 2pm. When you dock at Bolshie Koty, the path is very easy to find. We decided to walk part of the way in the direction of Listvyanka, turning back in time to catch the 6.30pm ferry back to Irkutsk. 4 1/2 hours was just enough to enjoy the fabulous scenery, although we would have happily spent longer. We had brought a picnic with us, which was good as there were limited options for food in Bolshie Koty. Apparently there is a shop but we didn't see it.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank HappyFamily0f3
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