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Baikal Nordic Games coming soon
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

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February-March 2004 the Baikal Nordic Games Festival will take place. It is held in Irkutsk and on the shores of the world's largest lake - the great Baikal! A number of events are up, and they want you to come and join!

Ice Skate Across Lake Baikal, March 12.

The goal is to ice-skate 200 km (125 miles) on Lake Baikal's frozen surface. Starts in Listvyanka settlement (Irkutsk, Russia) and goes to Olkhon, the largest island on Lake Baikal and a famous center of Buryat shamanism! The trek goes on the lake surface with cracks and holes in 1.5-meter thick ice, to keep your attention up. 3 days.

Ice Yacht Expedition across Lake Khubsgul (Mongolia)

March 15. A team of renowned Swiss and Russian ice-sailors plan to cross Lake Khubsgul in Mongolia.This first international ice-sailing expedition across Lake Khubsgul was inspired by

Daniel Lehman (Switzerland). Last winter he sailed 600 kilometer south to north of Lake Baikal. Lake Khubsgul is his next goal. The sail starts from the Russia-Mongolia border checkpoint, close to the lake, and then 135 kilometers (85 miles) from north to south on Khubsgul. 5 days.

Trans-Baikal to Mongolia 4-WD Winter Safari

10-day off-road driving safari from Russia to Mongolia via two Great Lakes of Asia. Starts from Irkutsk to Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal surface, then proceeds to Lake Khubsgul and crosses the lake ice surface from north to south. The drivers then follow to Ulaanbaator and return to Russia via Ulan-Ude. The total distance is approximately 2 000 kilometers and will take 10 days.

Bikes-on-Ice Expedition across Lake Baikal

March 16. The first expedition to cycle 200 km (125 miles) south to north of Lake Baikal. This is the first time bikers intend to cover 200 kilometers on Lake Baikal's ice. 4 days.

Ice Walking Adventure across Lake Baikal March 16. 2-day ice walking adventure with overnight in tents on the lake ice. Start in Irkutsk and trek 40 kilometers (25 miles) across Lake Baikal (from west to east).

All event are held within Winterida the International Baikal Nordic Games Festival.

Hey, March is boring anyway - make it special next year! How many people do you know who spent the night in Russia, camping on ice on the world's largest lake, and chatting away with Buryat shamans?

e-mail: info@winteriada.ru.

 

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