Autumn on Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal)

After the 3.5 days on the train, I was ready for new adventures. I got off in Irkutsk, a city close to the shores of the Lake Baikal. It was an important city when it comes to trading, for example, the old tea route goes through this place and it can be discovered in the market. There were so many qualities and tastes of tea, in beautiful boxes (Christine, I saw some for you…but they don’t fit into my bag…) from all over the Asian continent. The city still has a lot of old traditional wooden houses, however, most of them would need investments for renovation, some of them seem to go under or have a falling roof.

Soon after arriving to the city, I went off to the Olkhon Island on the big Lake Baikal. The lake covers a surface of more than 31’000qkm – close to Switzerland’s surface – just imagine! The island is of stunning beauty, beautiful landscapes, wonderful autumn coloured forests, sandy beaches, rocks often with spiritual meanings for the shamans where they hold their rituals. Often, there was a very strong wind and some days it was already quite cold here, so I’ve put on all layers of my winter clothing already – I would say  – well prepared! I did a lot of walking and biking and the last evening, I did a banya (similar to sauna) at the beach and for cooling down I jumped into the into the lake – so nice!

Enjoy some images of the bike ride from the west to the east shore of the island:

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3 thoughts on “Autumn on Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal)

  1. Dear Franziska – the pictures are beautiful, and I love what you have written! Makes me so much wanting to escape the office right now, leaving everything behind me and to go on adventures too! I admit I had to google the island where you are now… Incredible to think that you are there now! I wish you all the best on your journey and I am already looking forward to your next blog post (and for another escape for me 🙂 One day I’ll be out there too!!! Send you lots of (sunny – yes today we have sun in Zurich!) greetings!! Isabel D.

  2. HI Franziska, this island looks wonderful. When you say it is cold – how cold is it? And umping in the lake – are you crazy!!!!! Take care and happy travels
    Warmest regards,
    Dave

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