eastories – Lake Baikal experience
eastories is a family project which has the goal to develop environmentally friendly tourism in the region of Lake Baikal. We are supporting native inhabitants of Baikal by giving them the possibility to host tourists from all over the world and participate in international activities in the region. This way we would like to integrate the local community with foreigners and introduce authentic life of the locals to the tourists.
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You are going to live in the cozy wooden house at local family in the small village close to the lake Baikal. Everyday your going to have small excursions around the place and in the evenings you can enjoy a warm Russian sauna. You will experience real Siberian life, where you can see animals completely free, breath the air without pollution and see the stars at night shining so bright.
If you are interested in exploring the frozen lake, here we can help you. We are organising small trips around most significant places of Lake Baikal in winter time. These are Olkhon Island with its beautiful caves and rocks but also Barguzin bay and many more. We will do our best to make the experience full of adventure and mystery.
If you have just few days to visit Lake Baikal, we can adjust a specific tour just for you. We are able to meet you at the airport or railway station and start the adventure right away. After all we will bring you back wherever it might be. All you have to do, is to share your plan with us.
We are located about 270 km from the nearest city – Irkutsk and 60 km from the Olkhon Island. To get to our village, you have to cross the mountains and Taiga forest, the nearest asphalt road finishes 42 km away.
The people here live the way like they did it hundreds of years ago – they go fishing, care about domestic animals and the land. Our village is far from tourist routes – there are no bars or hotels and the local people are friendly and curious about foreigners.
what do they say about eastories trips?
My husband and I travel often and we have stayed in many Airbnbs around the world. But we never encountered such warmth, welcoming, generosity and kindness as we did from Ilja and his family. We loved every moment of our stay and we were sorry to leave. Ilja, even though he lives 7 time zones away, was in very close touch with us, making sure we are comfortable and we had everything we needed. Ilja's cousins cooked delightful vegetarian meals for us (a rarity in Siberia), and they kept us warm with a traditional Siberian oven and banya. Ilja's outstandingly kind and friendly uncle, showed us the village, the area, took us to Lake Baikal, and shared many stories and laughs with us.
Thank you again, dear Ilja for having us, for your hospitality, and for creating an eco-friendly base at the Lake. We look forward to returning to Buguldeyka...
It really was a wonderful experience staying with Ilja's family. They really were incredible hosts and we enjoyed every moment. Bugul'deyka is an incredibly beautiful and scenic place and as good as any place we've visited on Lake Baikal. Even though Ilja couldn't be there himself at the time of our visit he made sure that he was readily available if we were to have any issues. He was also on hand to give us helpful suggestions before our trip to Olkhan island and his uncle Valera made sure we took the correct ice road when we left the following morning instead of the usual now frozen ferry route. What was an added and unexpected bonus was the quality of the Wi-Fi which we very much appreciated. Food was really nice and his cousin Elena couldn't have done any more for us and we were never left wanting anything. Thanks so much for letting us stay here and we would love to come back at some stage again in the future.
What an amazing weekend spent in an incredible and peaceful farm. Ilja and her family are very kind, they did a lot for our comfort, and his uncle brought us to the lake for an extraordinary sunrise. You have to taste the meals (with local products), it’s so fresh and delicious ! Moreover, the village is very beautiful and calm, and inhabitants are so generous. I clearly recommend it !! 🙂
the quiet side of the baikal lake. we were there beginning march, and it was an unique experience, far away from everything.
But, no worry: Ilja and his family are present and are awesome guests. Their food is excellent and they help you to go around.
It can't be better!!!!!!
Expect to come back, maybe when the lake is not frozen......
Marcus & Hervé from Luxembourg
We were very happy staying at Ilja's place for two nights in winter. We were hosted by his very kind family. They cared a lot about our comfort, and they prepared excellent home made meals with local products. They did not hesitate to tell us stories about Baikal and the surrounding region. They took us on rural excursions to the lake and mountains. Although the price of the accommodation exceeds local standards and did not cover meals and excursions, we still had a great time at Ilja's place.
I spent three days in this wonderful farm with my boyfriend and it was a very unique experience. We had the felling to be far from everything, in an immaculate and beautiful nature. Out of time.
Ilja’s family is very kind. They take us to the baikal lake and to the mountains with their car because with the hard and cold weather of winter, we were a unable to walk outside for more than 20 minutes !
They also prepared very good local food for us, and put some wood in the fire place every hour to get sure we get not cold inside. (Around -30 outside !!)
The sauna / shower experience were also very funny !
Well, nice and friendly people and beautiful location. I highly recommend it 🙂
few opportunities in the world like this one. Ilja's family so kind and open-hearted and informative. I mean if you're expecting Disney World this is not for you. but I came here to write and learn about Buryatea and learn more about Baikal and got to do it all. treat yourself to a experience like no other. and dont miss the banya
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eastories farm – guesthouse | Naberezhnaya 16, 666133 Bugul’deyka, Russia
open everyday from 09:00 to 20:00