After enduring 36 days of ever changing conditions we have completed the first ever human-powered winter circumnavigation of Lake Baikal on mountain bikes. Our circumnavigation started on February 25, 2010 in Irkutsk and finished on April 4, 2010 in Lisbyanka. With our accomplishment we aim to promote environmental conservation in Russia and specifically in the Lake Baikal region. This is the first time Lake Baikal has been circumnavigated by bicycle, and the first circumnavigation by human power in winter conditions.
Check out the blog for upcoming updates, stories and photos of the expedition.
Lake Baikal is not only the world’s deepest lake, holding nearly a fifth of the world’s fresh water supply, but also the oldest, with an age of over 25 million years. It is home to 1,200 indigenous animal species, and is the focal point of the environmental movement in Russia. The Great Baikal Trail organization is attempting to build a recreational trail system around the lake to promote conservation, and to create a sustainable economy based on preservation of this incredibly beautiful and unique feature of our planet.
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Thanks for your interest in the project!