Great Baikal Trail Summer Volunteer Project

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Great Baikal Trail Summer Volunteer Project: The Land of Baikal Taiga

Irkutsk, Russia Irkutsk Oblast, Pribaikal'sky National Park, Listvyanka - Bol'shiye Koty trail, Russia
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Every summer, GBT leads 2-week trailbuilding projects in locations around Lake Baikal in Siberia, the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Volunteers help to construct and maintain trails, cook their meals over campfire, explore on their days off, and contribtue to local, sustainable development

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The trail passes through the territory of the Pribaikal'sky National Park and runs along the coast of the lake between Listvyanka and Bol'shiye Koty. The route was intended for intermediate hikers and families, but the original trail was very dangerous as several segments ran along steep cliffs that could get slippery. For many years this was virtually the only overland route to Bol'shiye Koty.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The main purpose of this project is to create a safe trail along one of the most popular tourist routes in the Baikal area: the section of coast between the villages of Listvyanka and Bol'shiye Koty. Tasks will include clearing the trail corridor, building new sections, setting up camps and resting points, and installing signs and trail markings.


The Great Baikal Trail team is composed of volunteers from the Irkutsk area, and we rely entirely on volunteers (both international and domestic) to sign-up and participate on our 2-week trailbuilding projects. Each summer project has a Russian-English translator, and we do not require previous experiences or skills to volunteer with our projects.