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Russian outdoor adventurers and environmentalists have dreamed of the continuous tracks around the lake of Siberia, the oldest and the deepest lake on the planet. Using the power of different international and local agencies or NGOs which work together, during the 21st century, the dream started to be felt.
1. Blazing Baikal Trails:
Till 2003, about 5000 people from 30 different countries have formed and improved about 400 miles of the tracks while thousands of two-week projects. The volunteers who sleep in the tents, preparing the meals over the campfire – and paying for privileges. They should get to and from the Siberia site on their own, bringing almost $500 for offsetting the equipment and food costs. Many become weary and sunburned, however being fully satisfied that they did a physical contribution to the planet.
The longest part of the track, and the easiest one to get, start from Listvyanka till the small town, Goloustnoye which exists almost 34 miles north towards the lake. This hike takes three complete days and is featured by the fast transitions amid steep bluffs, deep forests and sandy beach. There are homestays or guesthouses available at small villages in evenings, and you can get back to the Irkutsk using bus or boat from the end of the trail in Bolshoye Goloustnoye.
2. Frolikha Coastline Track:
The Frolikha Coastline Track is a 100 km Long-distance trail at the Northern part of Lake Baikal in Siberia (Russia). This track was established by the Germans and Russians in 2009 for encouraging the local tourism with the ideas of sustaining the progress of the region. Forlikha track runs along the coastline with deer paths and old hunting. It starts right at the north corner of Baikal Lake and runs towards the south with the hot springs of the Khakussy, following the bays and sandy beaches, shaping into the cliff paths and looping into Lake Frolikha.
This is a peninsula which is located on the far east side of Russia which is larger as compared to the whole state of the California. The Kamchatka is geologically quite an active area of the state where fire encounters the ice, along with the amazing variety of the volcanoes, hot springs, geysers to be seen along the tracks.
There is no road which connects the peninsula with the remaining parts of the country so only means of transportation for reaching the trekking paths, are the helicopters, 4x4s, and snowmobiles. Other than the volcanic landscape, many people come here for seeing the brown Kamchatka bears.
4. Stolby Nature Sanctuary:
The Stolby nature sanctuary (which is known as “The pillars” in English), is the Russian ecological reserve present in 10 km south of the town of Krasnoyarsk, on north western spurs of the Sayan hills. This site is famous for its dramatic complications of the rocks; 3.5% of the tracks are open for hikers who want to visit or climb the rocks. More than 200,000 people come there each year.
5. Bolshiye Koty:
The Bolshiye Koty is the rural area located in the city of Irkutsk Oblast, Russia along with western coastline of the Lake Baikal, about 18 km towards the northeast of the Listvyanka. This site belongs to the Pribaikalsky National Park, which is accessible during the months of summer by the ferry along Irkutsk or Listvyanka while in months of winter through roads present along the ice of the Lake Baikal.
The site is also the center of the Biostation No.1, the first research centers among ten which exist around the lake. This station works in the coordination with the University of Irkutsk and hosts various study tours in the region for the students of meteorology and biology.