Lesnaya 7

A cosy family-run hostel in Bolshie Koty, a tiny village on the shore of Lake Baikal. 

A peaceful hideaway in the heart of nature.

the village

Rest for the Body and Soul

Lesnaya 7 is a simple and cosy space for those who value peace and genuinely love nature. The village is reachable only by boat or a 20 km walk from Listvyanka along the Great Baikal Trail and has an irresistible charm of its own.

Bolshie Koty with its secluded location is a perfect option for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and fully immerse in southern Baikal’s pristine and diverse nature.

Lake Baikal is known as a place of great power. It teaches one to slow down and brings clarity to the mind. We try to sustain an atmosphere of tranquility in tune with the surroundings of our hostel.

No Noise, No Smoke

Our territory is a smoke-, alcohol- and barbecue-free zone. We make sure that you can relax here without being disturbed.

Private Space

Our guests stay in detached huts and can enjoy the advantages of a private space close to nature..

A Secluded Retreat

We have no TV or Wi-Fi (though two Russian providers (MTS and Tele2) operate here), so you can take a rest from gadgets and civilization and enjoy some quality time with yourself or your close ones.

Have Fun with Other Guests

We have a shared kitchen with a terrace overlooking the lake, a perfect spot to meet and mingle.

Fresh and Healthy Meals

Upon prior request we cook delicious vegetarian meals from fresh foods we buy from local farmers.

Great Location

The hostel is located on a hill just 2 minutes away from Lake Baikal and enjoys the vicinity of the woods providing a blissful shade.


Out Huts

From 900 to 1 400 Rub
per person for 1 night

We offer accommodation in detached huts for two or three people. The cost depends on the season and the number of people renting the hut (solo travellers get a discount). There is a communal kitchen with a fridge, a stove, hot running water and all necessary stuff for cooking. Shared bathrooms and hot showers are located in specially equipped cabins.

All our guests can use:

Our hostel has been slowly growing since 2008 and each of the huts is unique in its own way. The ‘Chinese house’ with a pagoda-style roof boasts a small terrace and the best view of the lake, while the authentic log hut is imbued with the spirit of the old times. The spacious house with three bunk beds is best suited for big groups, while the cozy room with a mansard roof has a certain romantic appeal. Families often opt for the two-room house equipped with a kitchenette of its own.

We lay emphasis on high quality eco-friendly materials: our huts are built from wooden logs and stay warm even in the cool weather. The rooms have a simple and functional design highlighted by lovely details that create a special atmosphere.


In the Heart of Nature

Bolshie Koty offers exciting activities for adventure lovers seeking no comfort of civilization and ready to embrace the outdoors. The hosts are fluent speakers of English and German and are will gladly inform you about the local trekking and sightseeing options.

Hike enthusiasts are advised to come to Bolshie Koty by boat and set out to Listvyanka early the next day. This allows one to spend the whole first day in the village and fully enjoy the atmosphere of the place.

Trekking along the Great Baikal Trail

The village lies on the famous Great Baikal Trail between Listvyanka and Bolshoye Goloustnoye and boasts of fabulously scenic spots in both directions with wild woods, precipitous cliffs, shingle beaches and endemic plants!

Cape Skriper several kilometers away from Bolshie Koty offers a breathtaking view of Lake Baikal and Bolshie Koty. It is an excellent option for a half-a-day hike.

Russian Banya

Upon prior request we can prepare a wood fired Russian banya and introduce you to this ancient tradition known for its magical rejuvenating effect (banya and bath brooms are available for an additional fee).

Boat Tours

We can help you organize a boat tour to other places of interest in the Baikal region: Listvyanka, Port Baikal, Peschanaya Bay etc.


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Contact Us

One can either take a fast ship from Irkutsk or Listvyanka to Bolshie Koty or hike along the Great Baikal Trail. If you have any questions about the hike, need help buying tickets or require any other information, get in contact with us and we will do our best to help!


Eastern Siberia, Lake Baikal

Bolschie Koty village

7 Lesnaya street

Phone or WhatsApp (Moscow +5, from 8 am to 10 pm):
+7 904 118-72-75

We speak Russian, English, German and Chinese!

The ship tickets can be bought at www.vsrp.ru or the ticket office in Irkutsk (98-g Marshala Zhukova Street). Navigation starts at the end of May and stops at the end of September. Please check the up-to-date schedule at www.vsrp.ru.

Listvyanka is 60 km away from Irkutsk and can be reached by taxi (around 1500 Rubles for a one way ride) or a minibus (120 Rubles).

A minibus ride takes about 1 hour and starts from Irkutsk Central Market. In the high season there is a minibus nearly once every half an hour from 9 am to 8 pm.

Upon coming to Listvyanka one can take a boat or a ship further on to Bolshie Koty (tickets are available at www.vsrp.ru or the ticket office in Irkutsk (98-g Marshala Zhukova Street)). Please check the up-to-date schedule at www.vsrp.ru.

Besides, we can help you order a private boat.

The hike takes about 4-6 hours (21 km). The trail runs through the territory of the National Park, so one has to obtain a special permit from the forestry (the office in Listyanka is located at 2 Gorkogo Street, on the right side of the main road from Irkutsk). A 1 day permit costs around 100 Rubles per person.

The safe marked trail starts at the end of Gudina Street in Listvyanka. Avoid the trail starting at the Baikal coast: some of its sections are dangerous!


Book a Room

You can book a room right here and now: just use the buttons to write us on WhatsApp or call us by phone (Moscow +5, 8am to 10pm — +7 904 118 72 75).

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Calls and WhatsApp (GMT +8, 8—22):
+7 904 118-72-75