The route runs along the lakeshore. You will see Baklany (Cormorant) Rock; it rises to the height of 15 m above the lake level. No any vegetation on the rock, its eastern part looks like a tower. This very beautiful place is often can be seen in photos and paintings dedicated to the Baikal. Until the mid-twentieth century, cormorants nestled the rock.
An extraordinary place, once ancient people lived there. Lying on the massive stones of the rock, one can feel a wave of strength and energy. Observation Rock, from a height of 260 m, offers amazing in its beauty views over Babushka Bay, Peschanaya (Sandy) and Academicheskaya Bays and, surely, Lake Baikal.
The excursion includes a visit to Peschanaya (Sandy) Bay, Babushka Bay, and Bolshaya Kolokolnya (Great Bell Tower) Rock. Going to Babushka Bay, please, pay attention to Cape Ded (Grandfather). It becomes immediately clear where the name of the Cape came from. The trail connects Peschanaya and Babushka Bays and it is laid through the thickets of Adam’s rhododendron and passes by huge anthills.
If you desire to unite with the nature, immerse yourself in your thoughts and deep into silence of yourself, Vnuchka Bay is the ideal place. It is always deserted, the hot sun is only early in the morning, and the rest of the time, you can feel a light breeze. Admire the reasonableness, coherence and perfection of what surrounds you.
Another attraction of the area is stilted trees -trees with bare roots. They are called so because their roots are raised above the soil to a height of 2-3 m, so they stand on the stilted roots. Stilted trees occur on sandy soils when the wind blows sand out. The largest stilted trees in the Irkutsk region grow in Peschanaya Bay.
Cape Malaya Kolokolnya is a crock with the height of 60 m above the lake level, crowning the left Bay edge, where the holiday camp is located and it protects the camp from the wind. Climbers hoisted the flag of St. Andrew on top of the rock. There is a grotto with a through arch in front of the Cape in the coastal rocks, where you can sail by boat. Its black entrance is clearly visible from the water and from the foot of the rock, if you look towards Cormorant Rock.
Cape Bolshaya Kolokolnya is the rock with the height of 80 m above the lake level, crowning the right edge of Peschanaya Bay. Previously, at the top of the rock an automatic lighthouse was stationed, and a wooden staircase led to it. At first the lighthouse used ordinary kerosene lamps, which had to be manually lit and extinguished. An amazing view over the Bay and Lake Baikal can be seen. The steepest underwater slope on Lake Baikal starts immediately from the rock foot.
Lake excursions ( paid at the camp) : Dolgaya (Long) Valley, Sennaya (Hay) Bay, Sukhaya (Dry) Bay, Cape Golden Cliff, Khargino Valley, Pesochnaya (Sand) Bay.
You can get to the “Baikal Dunes” only by boat. More