It is well-known that Transbaikal or Zabaykalsky Krai is a region with snow-capped mountains and huge ice fields to the east of Lake Baikal in Russia. But not many people are aware of the fact that a true desert can be found in the place.
Chara Sands are located in Kalarsky District of Zabaykalsky Krai, the sand band is 10 km long and 5 km wide.
The sands are surrounded by boreal forests and marshes.
It is the largest reservoir of drift sands in the region.
Some dunes are 150-170 km long and 80 m high.
Chara Sands look like deserts found in Central Asia.
Two small lakes are located in the north-eastern part of the place.
Chara Sands were formed during the Zyrian glaciation period as a lake delta at the front zone of the Sakukan glacier, when Chara hollow was filled with water.