ENJOY PRIVACY AND REFRESH YOUR FEELINGS IN BAIKAL-CAMP OF BUGULDEYKA
The village of Buguldeyka is often called The Queen of the Winds by the locals. Compared to the warmer and more touristy Maloye More (The Small Sea) these shores are way less crowded. Cooler weather is made up for, however, by the natural beauty of Buguldeyka all year round.
This is why it attracts those who want to see Baikal in its pristine state, to relax and unwind, to recuperate and find answers.
The rugged beauty of this secluded place will inspire and transform anyone and maybe even spark a new feeling.
Get the most out of your stay in the charming Buguldeyka by sparing at least three days.
WINTER REST IN BUGULDEYKA
In winter, on Lake Baikal in the vicinity of Buguldeyka, it is very clean, transparent and even ice. Due to the high transparency of the ice, frozen air bubbles are visible in it. Such a phenomenon exists only on Lake Baikal. You can see a few meters inland. Because of this, it seems that you are walking on the glass and you can fall into the water. And only the mind tells you that under you is not water, but a few meters of ice.
Buguldeyka is situated on the western shore of Lake Baikal, 80 km south of the Maloye More (Small Sea) Strait.
Driving from Irkutsk, take the Kachug Highway (Качугский тракт, Kachugskiy Trakt) until you reach Bayanday (Баяндай) village. Turn right in the direction of Yelantsy (Еланцы) village and the Small Sea (Малое море, Maloye More). From there, two routes are available.
Option one: take a right turn in the village of Kosaya Step (Косая степь). The dirt road runs along the Buguldeyka River; it is more picturesque and doesn’t turn muddy in the rainy weather.
Option two: if the weather is dry, it is better to continue on the highway. Turn right on the 69th kilometer and follow the road for 29 km until you reach your destination.
You will pass the villages of Petrovo (Петрово), Popovo (Попово), and Talovka (Таловка) until you reach Buguldeyka. The first two kilometers of the road are sealed; the rest is a good gravel road. However, there is a patch with a bare earth surface that can be dangerous when wet.
A minibus runs daily to and from Buguldeyka. It departs from the Central Market in Irkutsk at 17:00; travel time is about 3.5 hours. It will drop you off at the gate of Baikal-Camp.
The seats have to be reserved in advance though. We can do it for you if you call us at +7 950-097-5970 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact us for more information or directions.
Please note that Buguldeyka is only covered by two mobile operators: Tele2 and MTS, while MegaFon and Beeline are out of range.
THE MARBLE QUARRY
The abandoned marble quarry is the main attraction of Buguldeyka. Marble here is especially white which makes it perfect for sculpting. The sunlight shining through a thin piece of marble makes it look pink.
The marble quarry is a perfect location for both professional photoshoots and amateur selfies. The quarry is within walking distance from Baikal-Camp.
Baikal Camp is a farm house featuring four guest rooms, a guest kitchen with a dining area, three toilets, two showers, a sauna, and a covered deck. Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
Outdoor facilities include a barbeque pit with firewood provided for free, a gazebo, a lawn for ball games, and a kiddy pool in summer.
Parking is free for our guests.
Heating: all rooms are equipped with electric heaters.
Accommodation prices (per room per day):
Sauna: 1st hour – 1,500 rub., consecutive hours – 500 rub. each.
Bedding, shower, kitchenware, firewood, parking, and Wi-Fi are free of charge.
HISTORY OF BAIKAL CAMP
At the heart of the guesthouse is a traditional log-house built by a Buryat blacksmith, healer and shaman named Bulgat in 1910.
The original ceiling beam still carries a metal ring that used to hold a cradle.
Bulgat’s parents had lived in a log yurt, the remainder of which are still preserved in the backyard.
A totem pole “serghe” was installed to protect the house. Now it stands just outside the fence for the local Buryat people to hold their traditional rituals around it.
LOCATION AND SURROUNDINGS OF BAIKAL CAMP
Baikal-Camp is situated just outside of an old Buryat village. Baikal shore is in a 15-minute walk through a picturesque grove under the rocks.
In spring and summer all meadows and glades are in full bloom. Most of the flowers are endemic to the region and are under protection.
There is a number of grocery shops in Buguldeyka, all of them accept major credit cards. They sell all sorts of food and beverages except fresh meat or fish that have to be brought from the city. Summer and autumn are the time for fresh local dairy products.
There are no restaurants or cafes in Buguldeyka. Our guests can cook their own meals or request a full or half board in Baikal Camp. We can accommodate to your preferences or diet, including a vegetarian one.
Buguldeyka River is another point of interest. There is a fishing spot upstream the village, and the river mouth becomes a stopover site for migratory birds in spring and autumn.