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Baikal Christmas Cup

Baikal Christmas Cup
11-15 January 2022

Freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly heats




January 11th
Arrival day, check in.

January 12th
Opening ceremony
Freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly heats

January 13
4×25 team relay, demonstration performances of freedivers

January 14th
Lake Baikal Tour

January 15th
Departure of participants

Venues: Sakhyurt village, the water area of the Maloye Morye.
Event cost: 500 rubles for all distances


ulan-ude events sagaalgan

2 Februrary 2022

The word “Sagaalgan” is translated as “White Month” from the Buryat language and is associated with coming spring.



Sagaalgan is a New Year by Lunar Calendar. Almost every family in Buryatia irrespective of the faith and nationality celebrates the holiday. During the Sagaalgan different kinds of entertainment such as concerts, shows, musical festivals are held, one of them is the international youth musical competition “White Month”.

It is the custom to see New Year in with white foods: milk, curds, sour cream, sheep cheese, etc. A common meal often includes ‘buuza’, a big meat dumpling with holes on top to let steam out while it’s being cooked.

Sagaalgan symbolizes the beginning of a new life and coming of spring. It takes a long time to prepare for the holiday. For a few days, temples hold public services to call for a fortunate new year. People clean their houses and prepare delicious New Year’s food.

There is the ritual fire on the area of Ivolginsky Datsan — “Dugzhuuba”. People must throw pieces of the old clothes into the fire to burn their sins.

Sagaalgan was resumed as a public holiday in 1990. Since then the first day of the New Year according to the lunar calendar is a day off in the Buryat Republic.

Venues: Different locations around the Buryat Republic
Event cost: Free


10419a2a-aa56-4642-a3be-8673df1a4c96_jpg_940x1000_stretch-1_q92 Baikal extreme ice racing “Baikal ice storm”
11-13 February 2022

The unique project for lovers of extreme adventure! Spend three unforgettable days in the vast of winter Lake Baikal!


210 kilometers of ice … Ice skates, skis, bicycle …
Baikal extreme ice racing “Baikal ice storm” is the real test of character and personal empowerment.

Participant chooses a discipline to take part in the competition: skates, skis or bicycle.
The race consists of three stages, each of which lasts 1 day. The total length of the rout is 210 km (130 mi). The racers are accompanied by hovercraft along the way.
After each stage, participants are offered an overnight stay in local hostels. All the personal belongings of the participants are transported to the lodging place.



Olkhon Ice Fest

Olkhon Ice Fest
13-21 Februrary 2022

In the winter season of 2021-2022, the Olkhon Ice Fest will become a part of the World Ice Sculpture Championship.



The theme of the ice sculpture contest is “From the depths of centuries”.
Masters from different countries and Russian cities will come to take part in the ice sculpture competition. Each participant has his own experience, worldview, so each sculpture is individual and unique.

The schedule:
Ice Sculpture Contest February 13-19
Festival February 19-21

Program of the festival:

February 19
– Opening of the festival
– Summing up the results of the competition
– Awarding of participants
– Cultural program

February 20
– Hockey competitions
– Football in felt boots
– Awarding of winners
– Cultural program

February 21
– Olkhon Trail competitions, 15 and 30 km races.
– “Spinal Bone Breaking” Competitions
– Awarding of winners
– Cultural program
– Closing the festival

Oh, ice! It is beautiful and its life is short! When the spring comes, it will melt and flow through the fingers. For the lake which is 30 million years old these months are not even a second, it is a short moment and it is not possible to catch it. But you will be able to catch it for sure! Join our Olkhon Ice Fest!

Event cost: Free


Lake Baikal events Ice Marathon

XVIII Baikal Ice Marathon
27 February 2022

The world’s only marathon between two opposite shores of the planet’s deepest lake!


Baikal Ice Marathon is both psychologically and physically demanding, as the clear air and flat terrain means runners can make out the distant finish line almost as soon as they begin – giving them nothing to focus on but how far they are from their goal.
The utterly featureless landscape gives little or no sense of perspective to competitors. It is a long, cold, lonely 42.195 km (half marathon – 21 km) trail across the barren white landscape.

Venue: Depending on ice conditions the starting line of the Baikal Ice Marathon will be located either in the settlement of Listvyanka on the western shore of Lake Baikal or near the stations of Tankhoy or Pereyomnaya on the eastern shore of the Baikal.


Baikal eventsMaslenitsa in Taltsy
28 February – 1 March 2022
the Taltsy Museum

Maslenitsa is the oldest Russian national holiday, which has now passed from pre-Christian times, surviving after the baptism of Russia.

From February 28 to March 1, the Taltsy Museum invites everyone to widely, cheerfully, in the “Russian” style to celebrate their favorite national holiday – Shrovetide! The program for you includes folk games and fun, eating pancakes, an “Pancake week” pillar, Russian dances, dances, songs, performances by folklore groups, and a trade fair selling handicrafts.

And also these days in the pocket of the main doll of the holiday – Pancake Week – you can put a note with a description of their troubles. According to popular belief, if you burn with it all your misfortunes, they will disappear with smoke.

The Taltsy Museum of Architecture and Ethnography is located 47 km from Irkutsk along the Baikal Highway.
Event cost: Free


=Baikal Mile Festival of Speed
February – March 2022 (to be confirmed)
lake Baikal, Maximikha, Republic of Buryatia

The main idea of our event is to set speed records on a different types of vehicles on the ice surface of the deepest lake on Earth.


On March 2019 on the eastern shore of the Baikal lake the first festival of speed “Baikal Mile” took its’ place. And because of warm response given by spectators and media both, it has been made an annual event. This festival became a complete breakthrough in a history of international motorsport and racing culture because of extreme and severe nature conditions of Siberia. It is an ordeal and a challenge not only for pilots but also for technical equipment presented at the event.
On three specially equipped ice tracks with a length of 1/8 mile and one mile each team gets the opportunity to fix the highest mark on the speedometers of their racing vehicles.
Judges of the commission from Russia and USA, world-class athletes and Bonneville Speedweek champions, as well as stunt riding, drifting, drag racing, flat track, freestyle moto extreme – all these activities happen at the same venue! And all this is “Baikal Mile”!



Baikal eventsOpen Baikal International Ice Skating Marathon on Lake Baikal
March 2022 (to be confirmed)

An international sports event “Open Baikal Marathon 2022” will be held in the village of Sakhyurt, Irkutsk Region.


The race track is located on the open ice of Lake Baikal on a closed track with a length of 5 to 25 km (depending on weather conditions and ice conditions).
Type of program:
– the arrival of participants, the work of the admission committee, official training;
– official training, work of the admission commission, night race 100 m and 5 km;
– Runs at distances of 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 km;
– excursion program on skates and transport;
– departure of participants.
Event cost: Free


Baikal Tours FishingBaikal open International Ice Fishing Tournament
March 2022 (To be confirmed)

Baikal Kamchatka is an Ice Fishing Contest taking place on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal.


Baikal Kamchatka is not associated with a huge and beautiful peninsula of the Russian Far East “Kamchatka”, but refers to a local ice-fishing slang. Baikal’s Kamchatka means a fishing spot where anglers come together and form a long line.
The contest lasts for 5 hours; however, the duration might be changed due to the weather conditions.
For those who wants to take part in the contest but cannot, RussiaEguide offers all-year-round fishing trip to the Baikal.

Venue: Olkhon Island, Maloye Morye strait, near Tainiki cape.


Lake Baikal events Ice Golf

Baikal Ice Golf Festival
March 2022 (to be confirmed)

Surface cracks and ice hummocks created by wild Siberian nature form a fancy relief the Golf Course.


12th ice golf tournament is held in Listvyanka on the ice of Lake Baikal. Taking place on the transparent frozen surface of the Baikal the tournament promises to be spectacular and unpredictable.
Baikal Ice Golf Festival is not only a competition. This event give to participants a great opportunity to see the stunning nature of the lake, admire the sunsets over the snow caps of Sayan and Khamar-Daban, meet real Buryat shamans, take a ride on a dogsled or go to a ski resort “Mountain Sable” located 150 km far from Irkutsk.
Take part in the contest and spend the day on the shores of Lake Baikal getting new emotions and taking vivid photos!

Venue: Listvyanka, Irkutsk region
Website: (Rus)


sarminsky-shkval Festival of winter outdoor activities “Olkhon Nordic”
March 2022 (to be confirmed)

The IX annual festival of winter sports “Sarminsky barrage” will take place at the Small Sea area of the Baikal.


The concept of the festival is based on the idea of combining a variety of winter outdoor activities carried out on the frozen lake in the vicinity of the Small Sea. This fact makes the program of the festival diverse, rich and interesting to almost everyone.

The festival’s program includes ice skating, skiing, biking, and Nordic walking, over the following distances:
1. «Hard trip»
Route MRS-Uzury-MRS.
Duration: 2 days.
2. “ice track”, 50 km and 25 km
3. Children competition, 5 km
4. Nordic walking competition, 15, 10, 5, 2 km
5. Ice climbing competitions.

Venue: Sakhyurta village


blue-iceSled Dog Race
5-10 March 2022
Dog-drivers on sleds will compete riding on the frozen Baikal and through taiga, passing small Siberian villages.

The Baikal Sled Dog Race takes place annually in March. It is also called the “Baikal Race”. The length of the route in 2022 will vary from 150 to 400+ km (93 – 248 mi).

Skidjoring: 1-2 dogs – 150km
Teams of 6-8 dogs – 150km
Teams of 10-12 dogs – 400+ km

Baikal dogsledding race is an unforgettable experience in which you are driving your own dogsled powered by a team of friendly dogs.
Venue: The starting point will in Irkutsk.


Lake baikal events Ice sailing

Ice sailing World Championship

March 2022 (To be confirmed)

Ice sailing Championship will be held at Lake Baikal for the ninth time. Last time it was organized at Baikal in March 2019.


Iceboat is similar in functional design to a sail boat but fitted with three skates which are intended to run over ice instead of water. International DN iceboat weights about 60 kilograms/132 pounds and can reach speeds of 150 km/h or 93 mph.

Venue: village Kurma, Maloye Morye strait of Lake Baikal




2 thoughts on “Lake Baikal Events

  1. Sylvia Lin


    we are a group of 4 people who plan to travel Siberian train in april. we planned to arrive at ulan ude on 16 apr 2017. we are looking for a day tour to baikal tour on 17 April, do you have any recommendation for us?


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