The Start of our Journey

Let the adventure begin! Team Baikal meet in the Siberian city of Irkutsk before travelling to Slyudyanka located on the southern end of Lake Baikal, which is about 100km away.
Irkutsk is the 5th largest city in the Siberian Federal District and has a rich and diverse history and culture. The city became an exile-post for many illustrious Russians sent to Siberia after the Decembrist Uprising in 1825. A number of beautiful historic wooden houses from this era still survive to this day coexisting in stark contrast with the brutalist Soviet architectural style.

Photos by Egidijus Babelis

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