Baikal Winter Multi Adventure
A true winter adventure taking you to Lake Baikal and Sayan Mountains.
In the form of a new moon, Baikal, the Sacred Sea of Asia, stretches from south-west to north-east. The surface of the lake is 31,470 square kilometers and the maximum depth of the lake is 1637 m making Baikal the largest and the deepest lake on the planet. The age of Baikal is estimated at 20-25 million years, making Baikal the oldest lake on Earth. The volume of the lake's water is some 23 thousand cubic kilometers, which is 20% of the world's freshwater. Baikal's water is unusually transparent, pure and saturated with oxygen, in spring the transparency of the lake's water is 40 meters. Baikal also occupies the second place after California with annual number of sunshine hours.
Locals call the lake Baigal Dalai which can be translated as eternally standing sea. Until recently this was viewed as a fitting metaphor but recently scientists have put forward a hypothesis according to which Baikal is a nascent ocean. The lake’s shores diverge at a speed of 2 cm per year like Africa and South America continents. Baikal has many features inherent in the ocean: abyssal depths, an enormous mass of water, internal waves and seiche, tides, severe storms, high waves and numerous magnetic anomalies.
Skiing, walking on ice, crossing frozen Baikal on jeeps is the way we have chosen to explore this epic place and we invite you to join in. Later we take to Sayan Mountains, a large upland region lying along the frontiers of Russia and Mongolia. A mosaic of mountains, pine, fir and cedar taiga, steppe and alpine meadows, Sayans stretch from Altai Mountains to Lake Baikal.
We explore spectacular Tunka valley dramatically framed by mountains rising
to 2500 meters directly from the meadows and Kyangarga canyon where
streams running down the steep slopes have transformed into huge, sparkling
ice cascades in winter. A magical kingdom of ice and a place of power in the
fullest sense of the word.