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Sailing

The sailing navigation period on Lake Baikal is officially from 15th May to 25th December. However, on a lake 636km long with greatly varying climactic conditions in north and south, these dates are sometimes unrealistic. Some years navigation ends on December 1st in the south while the north is already long frozen. Likewise there are years when the south has already thawed in mid-April but the north is still frozen in mid-May.

For tourism purposes the most suitable dates for sailing on Lake Baikal are 1st June to 30th September. Between these dates you can travel on any vessel from the smallest speedboat to the biggest yacht. You can cross an ice-free Baikal from south to north or east to west. You can reach all the remote islands in the centre of the lake. Places like Olkhon Island and Khakusy hot springs are easily accessible. Weather is generally good and ice has either already melted or not yet formed.

In the second half of May there is still too much floating ice on the lake for motorboats. However, large vessels such as the Guberniya yacht can usually travel down the coast at this time. They can thus traverse the lake from north to south or vice versa. They cannot do east-west crossings, unless they do it by hugging the northern or southern coastline.

The same goes for the first half of October. Ice is beginning to form and small motorboats cannot be used. There is no ice in the centre of the 

 

lake but weather gets very stormy. This usually prevents large boats from doing crossings of the lake. However, as in late May, yachts like the Guberniya can sail if they do not stray far from the coastline. The second half of October and all of November are completely unsuitable for touristic sailing. Stormy weather and the possibility of sinking when the vessel becomes coated in ice are potential hazards at this time.

Several of our trips include a boat ride of some sort, for example to visit Khakusy hot springs. We also offer one dedicated VIP sailing itinerary on the Guberniya, Baikal’s most luxurious yacht. This takes in several of the area’s most iconic sites, most breathtaking nature and most exciting cultural experiences.

The 34-metre Guberniya has seven ensuite cabins with satellite TV in each. Its elegant wood-panelled interior and rich decor convey a luxuriousness that few people expect this deep in Siberia. It has a comfortable dining area for 14 passengers, a fishing deck, a sun deck with loungers and a sauna. It has been in use since 2018, one year after its construction. We have dedicated catering teams who can accompany guests on it.

For those who want something simpler, we have access to every single yacht in the Baikal area. Please see our set itineraries below or get in contact to discuss your requirements and design an itinerary with us.

The sailing navigation period on Lake Baikal is officially from 15th May to 25th December. However, on a lake 636km long with greatly varying climactic conditions in north and south, these dates are sometimes unrealistic. Some years navigation ends on December 1st in the south while the north is already long frozen. Likewise there are years when the south has already thawed in mid-April but the north is still frozen in mid-May.

For tourism purposes the most suitable dates for sailing on Lake Baikal are 1st June to 30th September. Between these dates you can travel on any vessel from the smallest speedboat to the biggest yacht. You can cross an ice-free Baikal from south to north or east to west. You can reach all the remote islands in the centre of the lake. Places like Olkhon Island and Khakusy hot springs are easily accessible. Weather is generally good and ice has either already melted or not yet formed.

In the second half of May there is still too much floating ice on the lake for motorboats. However, large vessels such as the Guberniya yacht can usually travel down the coast at this time. They can thus traverse the lake from north to south or vice versa. They cannot do east-west crossings, unless they do it by hugging the northern or southern coastline.

The same goes for the first half of October. Ice is beginning to form and small motorboats cannot be used. There is no ice in the centre of the lake but weather gets very stormy. This usually prevents large boats from doing crossings of the lake. However, as in late May, yachts like the Guberniya can sail if they do not stray far from the coastline. The second half of October and all of November are completely unsuitable for touristic sailing. Stormy weather and the possibility of sinking when the vessel becomes coated in ice are potential hazards at this time.

Several of our trips include a boat ride of some sort, for example to visit Khakusy hot springs. We also offer one dedicated VIP sailing itinerary on the Guberniya, Baikal’s most luxurious yacht. This takes in several of the area’s most iconic sites, most breathtaking nature and most exciting cultural experiences.

The 34-metre Guberniya has seven ensuite cabins with satellite TV in each. Its elegant wood-panelled interior and rich decor convey a luxuriousness that few people expect this deep in Siberia. It has a comfortable dining area for 14 passengers, a fishing deck, a sun deck with loungers and a sauna. It has been in use since 2018, one year after its construction. We have dedicated catering teams who can accompany guests on it.

For those who want something simpler, we have access to every single yacht in the Baikal area. Please see our set itineraries below or get in contact to discuss your requirements and design an itinerary with us.

 

Lake Baikal Sailing Tours