Breaking the Ice: Discovering Siberia’s Lake Baikal

25 million years old, and more than 5,500 feet deep, Baikal is the deepest and purest lake on the planet, and home to 20% of its fresh water. As culturally significant as it is scenically dramatic, its shores are considered hallowed places by those who call it home.

Into the Altai Mountains: An Epic Siberian Road Trip

After exploring the charming Siberian cities of Tomsk and Novosibirsk for a day apiece, I prepared to plunge deep into the Altai mountains, a majestic range that runs along the borders of Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.