Lake Baikal

In February 2019 I traversed Lake Baikal from the southernmost point of the lake, Kultuk and walked an distance of 692 kilometers to the northernmost point, Nizhneangarsk.  It's a little village about 30 km north of Severbaikalsk where most people finnish their expedition. 

This expedition is by date the toughest I have ever done. The temperatures was freezing ( night temperatures as low as minus 40) , strong winds that knocked me over severels of times, ice cracks as wide as few meters with open water and maybe the toughest part LONELINESS. I walked most of the days between 50-60km a day without any breaks more than for a drink, eating was done by walking. 

For me this was my second ever expedition and without a lot of experience it was a real test. I loved Siberia. Lake Baikal is just a place that stands out and you have to experience it to understand what I'm talking about. The ice is just incredible and the Lake is something special about. It's like magic.  

  • Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world

  • Deepest freshwater lake in the world, 1642 m.

  • The oldest freshwater lake in the world 25 million years old. 

  • Location, Russia/Siberia  

February 2019 - 692 km   -  14,5 days - solo from south to north  
 

2017 Gina Johansen

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