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?
If you are travelling through Siberia, Eastories Farm is not to be missed. It is an extraordinary village, breathtaking scenery and authentic in its cluster of old and new wooden houses. Eastories farm is a working farm. You will literally be in the farm environment. In autumn, this was not the picturesque greenery of a European farm, but the spare practicality of a farm in a part of the world with a harsh climate. You will share the outside toilet and be treated to the wood fired sauna in the evening. If you choose the family will cater for you. What catering! Simple, plentiful farm food. Each meal was a delight. In Autumn, the main activity was walking... to the lake, in the mountains. I would have loved to have been there in warmer weather for a swim in the pristine waters of the lake. Or in winter to walk on the frozen lake and river. But the colours of Autumn were beautiful, the sky crystal blue, and the weather conducive to walking for hours.
Don’t miss this opportunity if you have the chance. Much more than just an AirBNB, its the opportunity to experience a remarkable lifestyle in a magic place.
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...
What could I say... this place is just amazing. If only we could put 6 stars
Everything was just perfect. Very nice place with excellent food. Close to the Lac Baikal. The Ilya’s family is very nice, the uncle showed me the town and told me very nice stories about the history of the region.
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 🙂
It has been a really good experience. Ilja was not there during my stay, however was the communicator and the translator via (Hidden by Airbnb) . That was really good as my Russian is very basic and the family’s English is basic as well. This is not a five-star-hotel, however if you are looking for a genuine Siberian experience and great hospitality, that’s your place! I also tried the banya which was amazing. The family will always try to accommodate a request. Excellent!
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
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eastories – explore Siberia
eastories farm – guesthouse | Naberezhnaya 16, 666133 Bugul’deyka, Russia
open everyday from 09:00 to 20:00