Keen geographers know that Baikal is the world's largest freshwater lake and that it's home to unique species such as the nerpa freshwater seal. But Lake Baikal is much more than a body of water. Here, two cultures – Russian and Mongol – meet. The area is steeped in shamanism and Buddhism, while the lake's shores are scored by the tracks of the Trans-Siberian Railway. This is the first English-language guide dedicated to Lake Baikal and its surroundings. It provides full coverage of activities, wildlife, culture and religion, as well as practical information on travelling in this diverse corner of Siberia.
• The only English-language guide devoted solely to the Lake Baikal region
• Coverage of Lake Baikal's unique indigenous animal species such as the nerpa freshwater seal
• Special section on the Trans-Siberian Railway
• Detailed practical information on where to stay, where to eat and how to get around the Lake Baikal region