Lake Baikal Photo Tour

Winter photography tour 2021

Embedded within the southern Siberian mountainous region, sitting just north of the Mongolian border, lies the largest freshwater lake in the world. With approximately 1800 species of plants and animals, Baikal Lake is also home to diverse cultures ranging from Russian influences, Buddhism, Shamanism and Mongolic Buryats.

During the winter, the crystal clear waters freeze over and the landscape becomes otherworldly, transforming into a landscape photographer’s icey paradise. Frosted, dramatic rock formations rising up through the glassy ice, gas bubbles frozen in time, caves filled with crystal stalactites and intricate, delicate ice flowers are just some of the features of this surreal vista.

Our eight day tour aims to provide every opportunity to explore this epic and vast area whilst also introducing guests to life in Siberia. There will be daily opportunities to chase the best light and for those who wish to, a chance to venture out for some astrophotography and and maybe capture The Milky Way.

Start: February 20, 2021, Irkutsk, Russia
End: February 27, 2021, Irkutsk, Russia

Guides: Dmitry Dyugaev, Will Cheng
Price: €2000 (deposit €1000)
Early bird price – book before 01.09.2020: €1800

Single occupancy: + €600

Included:

  • Double occupancy
  • Accommodation
  • Incoming and outgoing transfers from Irkutsk Airport to accomodation
  • Three daily meals over the course of the tour
  • Permissions and permits
  • Professional English speaking photo guides
  • Opportunities for image critiques and post processing tuition

Not included:

  • Tickets to Irkutsk and back
  • Medical insurance
  • Alcohol

Itinerary of Lake Baikal Photo Tour

 

Day 1

 

08:00 – 09:00 Meet and greet at Irkutsk airport

09:00 – 15:00 Transfer to accomodation with a lunch stop

15:00 – 15:30 Check into accomodation

15:30 – 19:00 Sunset shoot – Cape Uyga

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 2

 

06:30 – 09:30 Sunrise shoot – Cape Dragon Island Ogoy (Dragon Tail)

10:30 – 11:00 Breakfast

11:00 – 15:00 Free time, rest and lunch

15:30 – 19:00 Sunset shoot – Ogoy Island

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 3

 

06:30 – 09:30 Sunrise shoot – Barga-Dagan Island

10:30 – 11:00 Breakfast

11:00 – 15:00 Free time, rest and lunch

15:30 – 19:00 Sunset shoot – Elenka Island

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 4

 

06:30 – 09:30 Sunrise shoot – Mys Kobylia Golova (Horse Head Cape, Khorin-Igri)

10:30 – 11:00 Breakfast

11:00 – 15:00 Free time, rest and lunch

15:00 – 19:00 Sunset shoot – Khubyn Island

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 5

 

06:30 – 09:30 Sunrise shoot – Sharga-Dagan Island

10:30 – 11:00 Breakfast

11:00 – 13:30 Transfer to Olkhon Island by car with a one hour stop at Elgay Cape

14:00 – 15:00 Check into accommodation at Khuzhir Village, lunch

15:00 – 19:00 Sunset shoot at the Shaman Rock (Shamanka Rock)

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 6

 

06:00 – 07:00 Travel to Khoboy Cape by car

07:00 – 11:00 Sunrise shoot – Shunte rock and Mys Khoboy (Khoboy Cape)

11:00 – 11:30 Breakfast on the lake

11:30 – 13:30 Return to accommodation with a stop at Mys Sagan-Khushun (Three Brothers Cape) to capture the beautiful icicles

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 19:00 Sunset shoot – lake shore near the village Khuzhir

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 7

 

06:00 – 07:30 Travel to Mys Uzur (Uzur Cape) by car

07:30 – 11:00 Sunrise – Shunte rock

11:00 – 11:30 Breakfast on the lake

11:30 – 12:30 Return to accommodation

14:00 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 19:00 Sunset shoot – bubbles on the lake

20:00 – 20:30 Dinner

Day 8

 

08:00 – 09:30 Sunrise shoot – lake shore close to Khuzhir village

10:30 – 11:00 Breakfast

11:00 – 16:00 Check out and transfer back to Irkutsk with a lunch stop on the way

16:00 – 19:00 Explore Irkutsk

19:30-21:00 Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Irkutsk

Frequently Asked Questions

What photography equipment do I need?

  • Camera with 2-3 batteries or more
  • Tripod
  • A selection of lenses from 14 to 200 mm in focal length
  • Circular-polar filter
  • Gradual and ND-filters (optional)
  • Photo backpack

What equipment do I require for the tour?

Temperatures range between -5 to -30º C. Sometimes it will be colder with a wind chill.  With this in mind we strongly recommend:

  • Winter boots
  • Thermal base layers
  • Fleece mid layer
  • Down jacket with hood
  • Warm windproof jacket
  • Insulated trousers
  • Hat (preferably windproof)
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Warm socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlight
  • Thermal insole (optional)
  • Slip on snow shoe grips or spikes

Could the itinerary change?

Your safety is our priority. The itinerary is designed to give everyone as many photographic opportunities as possible. However, subject to inclement weather and the condition of the ice, this could change.

 

Will there be any tutorials?

There will be no formal seminars or tutorials as such but we will be more than happy to share our expertise to help you make the best pictures. There will also be opportunities during downtime for the group to discuss best practices and to support each other.

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