Lake Baikal in addition to being the deepest lake and holding the fourth place as the most fresh water in all the world, is particularly significant in shamanism because its heart is the island of Olkhon that according to this belief is one of the five main energy points of the planet. The whole environment of the lake is a unique natural beauty. The waters are so clear you can see the depths of up to tens of meters deep and are so clean as to be drinkable. But the beauty is not limited to the eye, the beauty here is something that feels and conveys something special, maybe just that energy is shamanic.
Lake Baikal’s Clearest Waters
Magnificent Lake Baikal
The island of Olkhon is the diamond jewel that beautifies the already rich environment of the lake. From Cape Burkhan you can see just behind Khuzhir, the main town of the island which gives life to the classic postcard image or desktop background and despite being obviously very popular for its proximity to the village and to the undoubted beauty, it transmits an atmosphere of absolute peace. The rest of the island is not far behind, also for the variety of landscapes. The steppe to the south west forests and valleys throughout the eastern side, bays and coves all along the coast where often stand tall cliffs, beaches of various types and always absolutely crystal clear water. To Olkhon the roads are not the most comfortable to walk, bike or jeep and certainly the high number of tourists can sometimes ruin the atmosphere. But when you are faced with such an extraordinary environment everything else fades into the background.
But the lake is not only the island of Olkhon. Irkutsk is the main town in the area. It is a city that maybe has tried a little too hard to pretend to look like something it is not. The Siberian soul meets with the Asian but sometimes it seems to want to remain hidden to the European soul. Irkutsk, however, is a pleasant city in which to relax even for the few attractions that do not impose this frenetic pace.
Frozen Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal photos: cjuel, Xavier Bonefoy Cudraz, Dmitry Sychev, Jon Cooper, Duiken Redactie.