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Trail to Frolikha lake

Timeline for this project: July 12 – July 25, 2016 (14 days)

Project Location: Russia, Republic of Buryatia, Barguzinski Nature Rezerve, Frolikha lake

The long-term goal of this project: The development of educational tourism. Building a hiking trail in the surroundings of Frolikha lake.

Work-load on the project: Volunteers will have to equip a trail along the lake with the necessary structures and features. They will also start building a new trail section. The building of the new trail will include the clearing of a new trail corridor, ground digging and building of new structures.
The schedule each day will be flexible according to weather conditions and the make-up of the crew. Typically, the workdays along the trail last about six hours with a long break for lunch in between.

Living conditions and meals: Our volunteers will be setting up a stationary camp by Lake Frolikha. It will take about 8 kilometres of walk with backpacks to reach the lake from Ayaya bay.
During the project the volunteers will have to transfer the whole stationary camp from one shore of the lake to the other one time.
Our crew leaders will work with volunteers to set up a work schedule, as well as a schedule for meal and campfire preparation amongst all the crew members. GBT will bring all food items for the full two weeks of meals, and will also supply a full inventory of trail-building tools, other equipment, two-person tents, etc.
Please note that each participant will be asked to carry their own belongings, along with a share of tools, equipment, and food products over to the project site - the distance of 8km (5 miles).

Please note that there will be no hot showers at the site, but it will be possible to heat up enough water to bathe camping-style or you might choose to take a bath in the refreshingly waters of lake Baikal. For those interested in a typical food menu at our camps, please look at our sample menu.

This project cannot literally be called a Baikal shoreline project, since the permanent camp will be set up some 8km from the lake. Nevertheless, this should not be seen as a disadvantage for our volunteers since the camp will be set up in a charming glade, away from the predominant Baikal winds, on the bank of the picturesque Frolikha lake.

Weekend activities: For two weeks the participants will live and work together on the shores of a beautiful mountain lake. The location of the camp is in a great recreational place. You can enjoy breathtaking sunsets, take walks along the shores of the lake, dive into the deep waters of the lake after the working day or just enjoy the wonderful nature. And then you will spend the evenings enjoying conversations around the campfire with your new friends with whom you will spend the next two weeks on an unforgettable adventure.

Physical challenges during the project: Every day we will be hiking a mile to the trail site, often carrying our trail-building tools along the way (mostly shovels and pickaxes). We will also need to move some heavy logs and rocks and take on other similarly laborious tasks. Please note that you will be expected to hike in and out of the site with your own backpacks, carrying your personal belongings along with all of trail tools and food items from Ayaya bay to lake Frolikha (8km).

Please note that you should plan to bring a large backpack with you, one that can hold the equivalent of 70 litres in volume. You should also bring a jacket for the prevailing windy and damp weather, along with a warm sweater and durable pants. Please also bring some very sturdy shoes, ones that are waterproof (many places along the trail can be muddy). We strongly suggest that you refer to our list of required equipment for you to bring to our project site.

Travel expenses and fees: This trail project's starting point is in the village of Nizhneangarsk. We ask that all volunteers gather in the city of Severobaikalsk one day prior to the start of the project, on July 11th. From there volunteers will reach Niszheangarsk by a private bus. The cost of a one-way trip on this bus will be 300 rubles. From Nizheangarsk they will use free transport offered by the Podlemorye Reserve to Ayaya bay.

Please be sure to carefully read the FAQ, the List of Necessary Equipment, and Information concerning ticks.

It's very important for us to plan for the right number of participants in our projects. This is why we're asking for a deposit of 50 USD to be paid within two weeks of your application. This amount will be counted as part of the total project fee of 20000 RUB. It covers the cost of your visa invitation, project preparation, the purchase of all necessary supplies and administrative expenses. In case you decide to cancel, your deposit is non-refundable. Payment information can be downloaded here.

*Please fill in the application form only if you are 100% sure that you will take part in the project.

Note: if you do not receive confirmation of your application within 7 days, or if you have any questions that you would like to ask us, please contact our office directly at: international-volunteers@greatbaikaltrail.org