If you are one with an adventurous mind and love pushing your limits then this one is for you. I don't recommend this travel with kids. But as a solo traveller visiting this Superstar of all Lakes is completely safe and lesser known! Breaking the limits set by stereotypes, and unfounded fears of the Russian language and misconceptions regarding reluctance of the locals to make it easy on you will leave you immensely satisfied with what you accomplish on this adventure. Russia is completely safe, absolutely beautiful, has everything from "easy to visit -to the harshest to experience cities", and the warmth and patience of the local people with a shot of Vodka is all the armour you need against the dreaded "Russian Winter".
So here is an invitation to visit Irkutsk, Siberia for Lake Baikal. The oldest (25million yrs old) deepest lake in the world surrounded by a network of hiking paths known as the Great Baikal Trail. It surely is the superstar of all lakes! It is best to tie up with a tour agency in advance. On landing at Irkutsk Airport you will be picked up by the Tour agency, in a mini bus that starts from Irkutsk bus stand to Olkhon Island(The largest and only inhabited one ). On the way to the island there was a lone Uzbek shop with only meat options. However, packaged foods like chocolates and chips were available.