Khuzhir, Irkutsk Oblast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[The Shaman Rock as seen from Khuzhir, looking west and south across Lake Baikal]

Khuzhir (Russian: Хужир) is an rural locality (a settlement) in Olkhonsky District of Irkutsk OblastRussia, located on the west side of the Olkhon Island, the largest island in Lake Baikal. Population: 1,251 (2010 Census);[1]1,148 (2002 Census);[2]1,219 (1989 Census).[3]

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Heart of Baikal by Elena Anosova

Welcome to Friday!

I love a lot about this photograph: the rocks that seem to glow; the sunset; the moon; the glassy water. Sadly, the original photo page has very little information about the location. So I did some research.

The more I research about this rock and the lake it edges on, the more I want to visit. Here’s what I found:

Rock name: Shaman Rock (Russian: (Байкал, Ольхон, Бурхан,) Шаманка)
Location: Lake Baikal, Russia (technically, Schamanenfelsen, Olchon Island, Insel Olchon, Lake Baikal, Baikalsee, Russia [1])
Coordinates: 53°203693′N 107°339001′E (map)

Lake catchment area: 560,000 km2 (216,000 sq mi)
Lake max. depth: 1,642 m (5,387 ft) - Deepest lake in the world.
Lake age: Estimated 25-30 million years - One of the most ancient lakes in the world.

Lake Baikal freezes over between the months of January-May. Discover more awesomeness about this lake on Wikipedia.

Here’s how Roberto Quijada describes this area on the photograph he took:

Olkhon Island

, located off the Irkutsk side of the lake, is considered the sacred center of Lake Baikal. There are four tiny villages on the island, and it can only be reached by ferry. Despite no running water and no electricity, it is a wonderful place to visit, with beautiful beaches, gorgeous views of the lake, and no mosquitos. One of the benefits of no electricity is that the night sky is filled with the most amazing stars. I really regret that I was too busy staring with my mouth open to shoot any star shots. I hope this doesn’t change when the island gets electricity later this summer. Many of the shots feature shaman rock, the most famous landmark on Olkhon.

See more Shaman Rock photos on Panoramio and Flickr.

Discovered via the 500px homepage.


Nature painted on the Shaman Rock face of the Dragon. Valentin Khagdaev - head shaman Olkhon. Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island, Khuzhir. August 1, 2009

На Шаман-скале сама природа нарисовала лик дракона. Главный шаман Ольхона Валентин Хагдаев. Озеро Байкал, остров Ольхон, поселок Хужир. 1 августа 2009

From National Geographic Photo Of The Day; March 14, 2013:

Lake Baikal, Siberia Carolyn Drake, National Geographic

The peaks of Burkhan, or Shaman, Rock rise like twin spires from Siberia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s largest body of fresh water. People across Asia believe that spirits associated with Baikal live in this rocky outcropping on Olkhon Island, destination of a steady stream of pilgrims.

See more pictures from the December 2012 feature story "Masters of Ecstasy.“

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