An Expedition of the Krasnodar Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society Headed for Baikal

On March 10, 2018, an expedition of the Krasnodar regional branch of the Russian Geographical Society under the guidance of Anatoly Gvirdishvili, a distinguished Russian traveler, headed for Lake Baikal.


The expedition goal is the first ascent of the maximum distance on motorcycles on frozen Baikal. The route should finish at the farthest point of the shore, the village of Slyudanka, at a distance of 642 kilometers. No one has ever made such a trip.

Together with head of the expedition Anatoly Gvirdishvili, another traveler and member of the Czech Parliament Jaroslav Holek and six members of the auxiliary team will joined the journey. Yaroslav Holek will lead two motorcycles of his own design with 50 cc engines. Anatoly Gvirdishvili will drive two 128cc "Irbises". At some stages local jeepers of the Guild of Baikal Captains will accompany the international expedition.




The expedition members intend to cover a distance of 642 kilometers on frozen Lake Baikal for 14 days. The route consists of majestic Olkhon Island and the Ushkani islands, Cape Svyatoi Nos and other places of attraction. Travelers are ready to overcome ice hummocks, cracks and bends in conditions of 20-30-degrees below zero. The main goal of motorcyclists is to explore new extreme routes for domestic and inbound tourism and popularize the unique nature of Russia outside this country.