Lake Baikal Ring: Map-Scheme
Ust-Orda (or Ust-Ordynsk) is a small town of about 13,000 residents and is the capital of Ust-Ordynski Buryat Autonomous district. The district is one of three areas in Russia where ethnic Buryats are the titular nation. It is located to the north of Irkutsk city (~ 100 km) and to the west of Lake Baikal, occupying part of the Angara river valley and streching eastward to the Baikal Mountains.
Apart from agriculture with livestock breeding, there is some coal and gypsum mining, mainly in the west, where the territory is crossed by the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The Buryat people are linguistically and culturally closely related to the Mongols.