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Lokhmaty Island

A small oasis in the middle of Lake Baikal
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General Information

Lokhmaty Island is one of the Islands of the Chivyrkui Bay. Unusually beautiful, with rich vegetation, it immediately attracts the attention of tourists.

 

 

Interesting Facts

Lokhmaty Island is very unusual in its form. It has a slope from North to South: from the North its height reaches 60 meters, and from the South it is very gentle. So it got the name Big Kyltygey (from Buryat language “kheltege” – “sloped” or “inclined”).

His second name “Shaggy” (Lokhmaty) he received thanks to the rapid vegetation: in the southern part larch forest with rich herbaceous undergrowth grows. An interesting fact is that a new kind of poppy with large white flowers was discovered on the island. It was named Popov’s mak (Papaver popovii Sipl) in honor of its discoverer Mikhail Grigorievich Popov. This plant is endangered local species, a glacial relic that inhabits only on Lake Baikal, on this island. In addition, the island is home to a large population of silver and gray gulls. From the top of the island there are picturesque views of the whole Chivyrkuisky Bay.

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