The mystery of 1,800 tons of gold sunk at the bottom of Lake Baikal: no one dares to pick it up

A huge treasure consisting of 1,800 tons of gold is said to have remained dormant for hundreds of years at the bottom of Lake Baikal like a great mystery. Although many people covet, no one has dared to find the answer to this mystery worth a fortune.


The Guinness Book of Records has recognized Lake Baikal in Russia as the deepest lake in the world, with an area the size of Belgium and storing up to 20% of the freshwater on the entire Earth. Therefore, this place also has special names such as “Source of the World”, “Moon Lake”, “Beihai”, “Pearl of Russia”, “Sea and lake of countless tears”.

Lake Baikal in Russia as the deepest lake in the world

Lake Baikal is unspoiled, hiding many things that few people know, so it also attracts many tourists who are passionate about exploring. In winter, Baikal is covered with extensive ice, surrounded by vast, majestic landscapes.

The vast lake combined with the thousands of miles of snow-covered mountains creates a

There are many legends surrounding Lake Baikal. The most special of them is the story of up to 1,600 tons of gold at the bottom of the deepest lake in the world.

The scary mystery when 1,600 tons of gold fell into Lake Baikal but no one dared to pick it up

In 1917 AD, when Tsar Nicholas II was almost exhausted, many nobles representing the old feudal forces in Russia tried to collect a lot of gold and silver treasures to migrate to the West. . As they passed through Lake Baikal, they encountered a pursuing enemy. At this time, the nobles had left a total of 1,600 tons of gold to sink directly to the bottom of Lake Baikal.

There is also another version that this is the gold that was collected and owned by Tsar Nicholas II himself. On the way to transport them to hide them in another place, the group passed through Lake Baikal but encountered a thaw. Because the lake was too large and could not escape in time, the entire 1,600 tons of gold and the escorting army sank to the bottom of the lake.

If this legend is true, then why hasn’t anyone managed to salvage this huge amount of gold?

The first reason is due to the structure and location of the lake. In 2015, according to people around the discovery area, the deepest point of Lake Baikal could reach 1,637 meters and the total volume of the lake exceeded 2.36 billion cubic meters. In order for individual investment units to salvage, the effort is almost impossible.

The location of Lake Baikal is at the intersection of seismic belts. According to the data, about every 10 years there are earthquakes with a magnitude of about 6 on the Richter scale and about every 30 years there will be catastrophic earthquakes of about 9 on the Richter scale.

Some of the major earthquakes recorded in history include the years 1862 and 1959. For example, in 1960, a magnitude 9.5 earthquake occurred in Lake Baikal affecting the entire surrounding geological structure and water level of the lake.

If this legend is true, then why hasn’t anyone managed to salvage this huge amount of gold?

The second reason is that inside Lake Baikal, there are still many species of freshwater animals in the Tertiary period, such as Baikal seals, arctic white trout, Omul white trout, sharks, etc. The vast majority of these fish. The person who intended to find the treasure gave up after hearing that there were also extremely dangerous species here.


If human impacts cause serious damage to the lake environment, the biological, plant and even mineral resources here can be affected. This could be a loss for both humanity now and in the future.

There are many tourists visiting the lake

The third reason is: If gold is found during the real recovery, then who will this huge gold belong to? Because Lake Baikal was selected as a World Natural Heritage Site in 1996. From this perspective, Lake Baikal seems to belong to everyone and to all humanity. But the indigenous people living around the lake are the Irkutsk minority. If you look at the border, Lake Baikal is located on the territory of both the Republic of Buryatia and Irkutsk Oblast. So people have no way of making a relatively uniform statement as to to whom the entire lake will belong.

People living around Lake Baikal also recounted that they often saw strange scenes on the lake: from castles to trains, boats…

Tsar Nicholas II – who according to legend is the owner of this gold store

According to folklore, this lake is cared for by a divine force that can help prolong human life. Therefore, there are many people who are willing to immerse themselves in water at a temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, to be immortal.


There are even a lot of reports related to UFOs and aliens at Lake Baikal. Interestingly, the stories related to UFOs here come from secret documents of the Soviet Navy.

According to a 1982 document, a Russian Navy diver reported that he had come across a “group of humanoid creatures wearing a silver suit” at a depth of 50 meters. The three divers chasing the group of creatures were found dead and four others were injured.


So, no matter if this legend is true, or what is the truth behind the mysteries around the lake, just because science and technology is not developed enough, no one dares to think about starting the search. The amount of gold sunk deep in the bottom of this lake.