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A regional non-profit group

The Great Baikal Trail

Our mission: the development of ecotourism and the cultivation of a socially-responsible society through the organization of volunteer and educational projects.

The main idea behind the Great Baikal Trail (GBT) is to build the first system of environmentally sensitive trails in all of Russia.

One of the main directions that our work has taken at the GBT is organizing a series of volunteer projects for building and maintaining our trails. The ultimate purpose of these trails, of course, is to attract more eco-tourists to the region—including all the outside volunteers who want to spend their vacation at Baikal by working on our trails.

We also aim to raise the awareness and conscientiousness of local communities towards the environment. To achieve this latter goal we now run a number of local educational and socio-ecological programs around the lake year-round.

The GBT also operates quite a few international exchange programs, and is currently helping other regions in Russia as they try to replicate our successes.

Our Programs

Summer Projects along the Trail

Winter Projects

Kid’s Projects

International teams of volunteers work on our trail-building projects These include local cultural or language exchanges for our volunteers We conduct a number of eco-education projects with local kids

GBT Youth Club

Special Training for Crew Leaders and Translators

Field trips with local kids

Every week our club attracts Baikal activists and locals who want to learn about the environment This is where our team leaders learn how to organize and run our volunteer programs We take out local children from village schools so that they can enjoy learning more about nature

Projects for Older Student Groups

Natural and Cultural Interpretation

Other Programs

These projects are conducted to combine practical experience in ecology, biology, tourism and other specialties, along with the actual construction of the trail. The GBT is in the forefront of sharing interpretive skills with local guides and park rangers The GBT also organizes other trainings and seminars, and often takes part in other eco-activities