Departure at 10am, with Alexander (Sacha) Beketov – mentioned in the Lonely Planet guide –, in his old Russian “army” van.
We drive towards the Zabaikalsky National Park NP (of which Sacha is a ranger).
Several stops en route. The place is a popular location for Russians, who come and camp here, on the shores of Lake Baikal.
Boat trip to Zmeinaya Bay, the most picturesque bay of the Chivyrkuysky (which is the northern bay formed by the Svyatoy Nos peninsula), which is also renowned for its healing hot springs. Nice scenery but the place of the hot springs is a bit too busy for us.
We went a bit farther (by boat) to enjoy a nice picnic in a quieter area.
On the way back, we swam in a quiet place.
The Lake Baikal is really magical. I’d love to come back in winter; apparently ice on the lake is transparent.
Evening: answers to my emails while Isabelle prepares the Philippines.