Pinnacle expedition to Lake Baikal
Our first Pinnacle expedition takes Young Explorers to Lake Baikal located in southern Siberia, Russia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast.
Lake Baikal is the world’s largest (by volume) and deepest freshwater lake and contains more than 20% of the world’s fresh surface water. The lake is a UNESCO World Heritage site and boasts exceptional biodiversity, with many species of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Formed in a rift valley, Lake Baikal has a fascinating geological history and offers a remarkable range of study opportunities.
The physical challenges of this expedition will be considerable; you will be living and working on the frozen lake with temperatures dropping as low as -20 degrees and you will need to haul all the kit and equipment you need using pulks (sleds) which you will drag behind you. The expedition will be a considerable test of endurance.
As an Explorer on this challenge you will be given access to remarkable opportunities to develop your character, knowledge and skills, both pre and post expedition. Working with exceptional Leaders for an entire year before departure you will have the opportunity to work together as a team to plan your expedition, taking into consideration; required provisions including sustenance and equipment, logistical requirements, navigation, risk management, itineraries and setting your science goals.