We are going to take a Trans-Siberian train from Moscow to Ulan Bataar in a few days, but we would like to stop on the way at some interesting places / cities / towns, as well as Baikal Lake. As we didn't have much time for preparations, I would like to ask for recommendations. We are interested in the local culture, habits, and untouched nature. Would anyone know some non - touristic places around Lake Baikal (preferrably in the South part of the lake)? What about Tuva, is it interesting to visit?
Thanks in advance!
Does your ticketing allow you to make stops? I thought it was a straight through journey unless you booked it as separate tickets at the time of booking.
For untouched nature I think you're definitely on the right track with looking at the Irkutsk / Lake Baikal area; the cities up till there are tired post-Soviet places, and I hear Ulan Bator is full of concrete tower blocks too.
Good luck. :-)
Thanks, we will only buy the tickets once we arrive to Moscow. But to be more specific, which places are worth seeing around Lake Baikal? Towns / natural places?
Hopefully someone else can make suggestions on that, I don’t know any more than I've said, apart from Olkhon island is often talked about.
I've read that the international tickets sell out far in advance. You should be fine for the sections of the route within Russia but I hope you manage to get tickets for the Mongolia and China sections.
You'll have no problems buying tickets for the Trans-Mongolian. The train's glory days are over, as it's more convenient; and cheaper, to fly.
I made the journey last year from Beijing to Moscow. You can read my review last June on TripAdvisor. The Chinese crew that goes to Moscow returns to Beijing. The service is comfortable. Get the hard sleeper; and put an extra blanket under the sheet for additional comfort. The soft sleeper isn't worth the extra price.
Sorry I can't provide more information at this time, as I am in a remote part of India. We haven't had Internet nor cellphone access for the past week; and no electricity for three of those days. We leave tomorrow for camps at higher elevations.
We're making the journey starting tonight from St petersburg and we're stopping at Moscow, Tomsk, Lake Baikal and then Ulanbataar and Beijing.
We're planning on getting the bus to Listvyanka and then hike to Bolshoi where you can stay in a backpackers on the lake called Lesnaya 7 then get the ferry back the next day ross the lake back to Listvyanka for the train....
Haven't been yet obviously but we've been planning for a while and I've heard its a good way to experience the lake!
Thank you so much for the recommendations and have agreat trip! Maybe we see you on the way