The Great Baikal Trail Association promotes the local sustainable development of Lake Baikal and surrounding areas through low-impact geotourism. This mission is grounded in building a system of environmentally friendly trails that are safe and enjoyable for hikers of all ages and levels of experience. GBT carries out trail-building projects around Baikal in two-week summer camps composed of international volunteer crews.
The Great Baikal Trail will allow access to parts of Lake Baikal that are now beyond the reach of most visitors. Only five percent of the lakeshores are developed, with very few roads anywhere. We would like to keep it that way. Therefore, to avoid industrial development, and to preserve our cultural and natural environments intact, we Siberians are intent on limiting access to most of our lake to only hikers, bikers, skiers, horseback riders, etc.