Hot springs

In the mountains and taiga forest around Lake Baikal’s northern end are many natural hot springs. Some of these are “wild springs” hidden in the wilderness and only locals know their location. Those same locals have channeled the waters of some into small outdoor swimming pools. The latter usually have traditional Siberian log-cabin guest houses attached to them.

Many people consider that their waters have healing properties. This is due to their mineral and alkaline content but also because of their heat. Usually the temperature of their waters reaches 40°C to 70°C. In winter therefore, the temperature difference between your head and body can be well over 100°C! It can be a great way to recover after a hard winter trip in northern Baikal before flying home. For this reason, many of our set itineraries contain a day or two at hot springs.

We usually take guests to one of three hot springs resorts. Of them, Khakusy has perhaps the most beautiful location. At 50km from Severobaikalsk, access is by boat in 

 

summer or driving on the ice in winter. It has a large sandy beach lapped by crystal clear waters. Near the beach stands the resort’s traditional log cabin accommodation. Behind them the dense taiga forest starts. The land rises steeply upwards to the cliffs from which the hot water flows. Amazingly, this stream never freezes and retains its heat even with air temperatures of -60°C. As it rises, the steam freezes on nearby trees and forms bizarre ice columns up to 4 metres high.

As an alternative, Goudzhekit is located away from the lake shore. It is, however, ringed by towering mountains, which can be summited. Thirdly, Kotelnikovskiy hot springs have the hottest waters. They reach temperatures of up to 70°C.

There are also hot springs in the Arshan Valley and at the mouth of the Selenga River.

Below you can see which of our tours include a visit to hot springs. Please contact us if you want to design a new itinerary or for suggestions on the best hot springs.

 

In the mountains and taiga forest around Lake Baikal’s northern end are many natural hot springs. Some of these are “wild springs” hidden in the wilderness and only locals know their location. Those same locals have channeled the waters of some into small outdoor swimming pools. The latter usually have traditional Siberian log-cabin guest houses attached to them.

Many people consider that their waters have healing properties. This is due to their mineral and alkaline content but also because of their heat. Usually the temperature of their waters reaches 40°C to 70°C. In winter therefore, the temperature difference between your head and body can be well over 100°C! It can be a great way to recover after a hard winter trip in northern Baikal before flying home. For this reason, many of our set itineraries contain a day or two at hot springs.

We usually take guests to one of three hot springs resorts. Of them, Khakusy has perhaps the most beautiful location. At 50km from Severobaikalsk, access is by boat in summer or driving on the ice in winter. It has a large sandy beach lapped by crystal clear waters. Near the beach stands the resort’s traditional log cabin accommodation. Behind them the dense taiga forest starts. The land rises steeply upwards to the cliffs from which the hot water flows. Amazingly, this stream never freezes and retains its heat even with air temperatures of -60°C. As it rises, the steam freezes on nearby trees and forms bizarre ice columns up to 4 metres high.

As an alternative, Goudzhekit is located away from the lake shore. It is, however, ringed by towering mountains, which can be summited. Thirdly, Kotelnikovskiy hot springs have the hottest waters. They reach temperatures of up to 70°C.

There are also hot springs in the Arshan Valley and at the mouth of the Selenga River.

Below you can see which of our tours include a visit to hot springs. Please contact us if you want to design a new itinerary or for suggestions on the best hot springs.

 

Hot springs tours on Lake Baikal