In summer, Lake Baikal shines in all its beauty. The days are
often sunny, the colors incredibly intense and nature awakens
after the hibernation during the long and cold Siberian Winter.
Maybe now it is the best time to explore the oldest and deepest freshwater lake of our planet in the heart of Siberia on a nature, diving and photographic expedition with the ship M.Y. Valeria.
Lake Baikal measures over 1,600 meters at its deepest point, making it the deepest and, with 25 million years, the oldest freshwater lake in the world. Another amazing special with this lake is the unique flora and fauna: About two-thirds of the approximately 1,500 animal and 1,000 plant species are endemic, that means they occur exclusively here. Surprisingly, many fish and shrimp species, as well as sponges were also able to adapt to a life in deep water and are even to be found at a depth of 1.6 kilometers.
The impressions above and below the water surface are manifold, the days are long, and the experiences are unforgettable.
Price per person
from 4,230 Euro
Tour dates on request
Important information - diving
In the summer months Lake Baikal is ice-free. The diving now takes place from the ship, which will bring you to various dive sites directly. The space is limited on board a ship. Therefore, it is important that not everybody starts to gear up at the same time. For this reason, we will prepare for the dive in two groups, which will start a little time-delayed.
A dry suit is highly recommended, even in summer. The water temperatures is in May and June still at 3 to 5°C (37 to 41°F) and will go up in summer and late summer to over 15°C (60°F) in sheltered bays. In the depth the water stays cold all year.
Steel tanks 12 and 15 liters with double valve DIN are available on site. They can also be used with adapters (available) with INT/Yoke regulators.
For the early summer we recommend very warm undergarments, 7-9 mm hoods and cold water gloves. In summer and autumn, the cold protection may be a little lighter.