The Most Beautiful Lake On Earth

Lake Baikal is an ancient, massive lake in Russian along the Mongolian border. It originated 20 to 25 million years ago and is home to many unique animals and plants! It is considered the deepest lake in the world encircled by gorgeous hiking trails called the Great Baikal Trail. Discover its beauty.




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In Russia, Ozero Baykal is the deepest continental body of water having a depth of 5,315 feet. It contains about one-fifth of the fresh water on Earth’s surface.


Perfectly Peaceful


frozen lake

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Breaks in Earth’s crust produce hot mineral springs in the area! And occasionally, there are severe earthquakes.


Ice Kingdom


icicles cave

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Lake Baikal has 45 islets and islands. The climate is much milder than the surrounding land. Winter air temperature gets to an average of -6 degrees Fahrenheit.





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There are between 1,500 and 1,800 animal species at different depths! There are hundreds of plant species living on or near the surface of the lake. And most of the species are endemic to Baikal.