Ulanude

The final city on our transiberian adventure was set to be Ulan-Ude. Ulan-Ude is a city east of lake Baikal and is the largest Buryat city. Our stopover was mainly planned to visit the centre of Buddhism in Russia. Other than this Ulan-Ude has a few Buryat restuarants and a momument to Lenin (what a…

The Circum-Baikal railway and the Great Baikal Trail   

Now it was time to lean back, relax and enjoy the pretty ride. Our train was very modern (compared to what else we had been on) but lacked toilets in every carriage and built-in samovars. Hot water was instead provided by big thermos bottles. It even featured a tv where we could watch videos about…

Irkutsk or Hunting a ghost train

Irkutsk is the best base from which to start any adventure to Lake Baikal, according to the guide books. It’s a transport hub but also a little more interesting than the other Siberian cities we have stopped in. Although modernisation is slowly taking place, the city still has many traditional wooden houses, which seem to…

Our last sleeper train in Russia

After our lovely time enjoying Siberian nature we boarded the train bound for Irkutsk. We were in two minds about overnight journeys on trains. On the one hand, we enjoyed an evening of watching out of the window while the sunset, but on the other hand, in the hours spent asleep we were missing out…

Winter is coming

After over 44 hours on the train we could not wait to get off. That was about the maximum we could endure on the trains in one go. It was good that we ended up in Krasnoyarsk as this city is right next to a beautiful national park, which offers plenty of great hiking. We…