Trans-Siberian Scenery Photo Gallery
Russia, Mongolia and China offer up a stunning variety of landscapes from arctic tundra, endless forests, mountains, rivers and lakes to blistering desert and the wide open spaces of the open steppe. Any Trans-Siberian trip is as much about the using the various trains to access the more remote scenery as it is about the cities and stopovers you make en-route. Sit back and sample just some of the scenic splendour you can see along your journey.
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Just some of the scenic Highlights Along the Trans-Siberian Routes
★ FOREST & RIVER SCENERY – EKATERINBURG
Ekaterinburg can be found on the Iset River in the relatively low lying Ural Mountains right on the border of Europe and Asia. It is surrounded by forests and has great hikes and winter sports.
★ LAKE BAIKAL EARLY WINTER
One of the world’s 17 ancient lakes, Baikal looks stunning all year round, none more than in winter when the lake begins to freeze over. It is eventually possible to cross the ice.
★ BAIKAL FROM OLKHON ISLAND
Olkhon is the 4th largest lake island in the world and home to about 1,500 people, mainly the native Buryat people from whose language this island is named. However they aren’t sure if it is from the word for “woody” or “dry” as both fit so well!
Lake Baikal is one of the highlights of most people’s Trans Siberian journey. Exceptionally clear water and stunning hiking opportunities are to be found all round the lake, said to have it’s own spirit by the locals.
★ AUTUMN COLOURS – SIBERIA
Providing you time it right, this can be one of the most beautiful times of year to travel the Trans Siberian with the leaves changing colour. Be careful though as Autumn is very short in Mongolia and it gets cold much quicker than in Russia.
★ STOLBY NATIONAL PARK – KRASNOYARSK
Stolby National Park led Chekhov to describe Krasnoyarsk as the most beautiful city in Siberia and he wasn’t wrong. A fantastic place to spend a day or two hiking.
★ LUSH KHENTII PROVINCE – MONGOLIA
Khentii province is the birthplace and likely resting place of the great Chinggis Khan. It is a lush province and parts are best explored by horseback – just like the great man did!
★ CROSSING THE MONGOLIAN STEPPE
As soon as you leave China when heading East to West you are open the open Mongolian Steppe. Best crossed on the train or Chinggis Khan style – on horseback!
★ MONGOLIAN RIVER AND MOUNTAINS
The starkness of the scenery in Mongolia makes it some of the most stunning you will see on the whole of your Trans Siberian journey. A place that has remained relatively unchanged for a long time.
★ GOBI DESERT – MONGOLIA
Asia’s biggest desert is also home to some more of Mongolia’s stunning yet stark scenery. There are archaeological sites worth visiting for those interested in the pursuit of dinosaurs.
★ THE GREAT WALL NEAR BEIJING
Perhaps the most famous tourist site on earth along with the Pyramids in Egypt and with good reason. It’s hard not to marvel at the sheer scale of the project first connected by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
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