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Lake Baikal, Siberian District

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#3 of 53 in Nature in Siberian District
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Surrounded by tall mountains and home to more plant life and animals than any other lake in the world, it's not hard to see why Lake Baikal has earned a title as a World Heritage Site. Formed as an ancient rift valley, the lake is considered the oldest in the world, at 25 million years old. The planet's largest freshwater lake contains about 20 percent of the world's unfrozen fresh water, as well as over 1,700 species of plants and animals. Visit the crystal clear lake for a chance to see some rare species--two-thirds of these plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world. While at 1,642 m (5,387 ft), the lake is deep, it is also one of the clearest. Take a boat tour to learn more about the lake's history. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Listvyanka holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Lake Baikal and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • One of the highlights of our trip- such an awesome location, great views, clear water and embedded in history Great walks along its shoreline  more »
  • Beautiful clear lake, wonderful experience, lovely people. Experienced it in the winter where the lake was frozen and the river emptying into it was open water. The Lake Baikal vodka is well worth buy...  more »
  • We spent the day driving around Lake Baikal on our journey from Ulaanbaator to Moscow. I've always wanted to see the lake and I was not disappointed! It was beautiful and still mostly frozen. The land...  more »

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