LAKE BAIKAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP & PHOTO TOUR
10th to 18th FEBRUARY 2022
FROZEN LAKE LANDSCAPES, ICE CAVES, DRONE OPPORTUNITIES
In a remote part of the Russia, some six hours flight to the east of Moscow, lies the stunningly beautiful Lake Baikal - the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world.
Ice on Baikal is a real miracle of nature. The patterns of cracks, bubbles and chips is never repeated. It has a different colour everywhere - from white to piercing blue to cosmic black.
When you stand on the ice, underneath is one kilometre of water! But there’s no need to be alarmed. You’re suspended above this water by a thick layer of ice that is frozen solid for the time we are there in February.
Icicles in their thousands hang from caves on offshore islands. They are incredibly photogenic and yet another reason to visit Baikal.
This surreal world of Lake Baikal awaits you. Join us on this remarkable adventure.
TOP 3 REASONS TO CHOOSE THIS WORKSHOP
1. ACCOMMODATION - TRAVEL - SAFETY
We do not skimp on your accommodation. All group members are accommodated in comfortable rooms to themselves with your very own ensuite.
On the lake you will travel in comfortable SUVs Mitsubishi Delica with space to spread out.
Our drivers are locals who know the Baikal ice. They know how to avoid the danger of cracks and where to find the most beautiful ice!
2. PROFESSIONAL APPROACH
Our Russian guide is one of the best Russian landscape photographers.
He has frequented the lake more times than he cares to remember!
He knows the best places to shoot and when. Not only will he help you with choosing the best locations and equipment for shooting, but he will also show you his interesting methods for processing your photographs using Photoshop.
3. UNIQUE EXPERIENCE
This trip is unique in a sense that no other tour companies provide you with such an interesting trips in Russia. If you're keen to explore hidden gems and have a deeper understanding of Russian culture and people, this is the workshop for you!
8:30am We meet at Irkutsk airport, get on the minibus and go to our hotel for early check-in. After that you’ll have free time to rest after long flight.
At 11am we depart for a brief city tour over Irkutsk which will take two hours and lead us to the most interesting historical sights of the city and end on the promenade of Angara river.
After lunch in the restaurant next to our hotel we’ll take minibus and depart to museum of wooden architecture Taltsy. This museum holds most interesting old houses of Irkutsk which are neatly fitted into landscape and thus look quite nice in pictures.
After visiting Taltsy we’ll go a bit further to see the beginning of the only river that originates from Baikal - the Angara river. The speed of water here is so high it doesn’t freeze even in the coldest days. And if we're lucky we’ll see fog rising from the open water into winter air and distant mountains lit by the sitting sun!
After that we’ll return to Irkutsk to have supper and back to hotel.
We have our breakfast at 8:00 and at 8:30 get on the minibus and drive in the direction of Lake Baikal. The road will take about 6 hours. Lunch will be in cafe along the way.
Around 14:00 we drive to the shore of Lake Baikal. Here we first step onto ice of Baikal and go to the island Olkhon - the biggest island on Lake Baikal.
Check-in to hotel in Khuzhir. Our hotel is ten minute walk from the shores of Lake Baikal, single occupancy, with each room having all the comforts you need. We spend the next five nights here so can spread out and make yourself comfortable.
After check in we go to get acquainted with Baikal. Today we'll see the main attraction of the great Baikal - Shaman rock - and will meet the sunset with the view on that rock. Our guide will show you the most interesting perspectives on this powerful place.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Up at 5:00. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the southern tip of the island Ogoy - sharp rock, which rises above the ice like the dragon ridge. The sunrise at Ogoi.
Return to hotel, Breakfast and rest. Analysis of dawn photos and review of processing techniques of a landscape, filmed in direct sunlight.
14:00 - lunch.
15:30 - depart for sunset shoot on the rock Trident.
Sunset shooting at the Trident.
Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Up at 5:30. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the island Ezhelhey or Elenka. This island is very different from all other Islands in the Small sea of lake Baikal. It seems that the powerful underground forces squeezed out from the bottom of Lake Baikal. Return to the hotel. Breakfast.
11am - another workshop session.
14:00 - lunch. 15:30 - departure from the hotel on sunset shooting to kape Khoboi - the most northern part of Olkhon island. Here pressure of expanding ice forms huge chunks of ice local people call toros. We will shoot this toros with might walls of Khoboi on background. After sunset we return to hotel for dinner and rest.
Up at 6:00. Early wake up and departure to sunrise shooting to the Cape Tsagan-Khushun. From the lookout on the headland we overlook the impressive panorama of the Small Sea and its Islands, and at its foot is a quaint stone arch.
Return to hotel, Breakfast.
11am - workshop session.
Lunch at 14:00. 15:30 - depart for sunset shoot on the caves on the Peninsula Mare's Head where we can shoot picturesque views from the high viewpoint and beautiful ice caves. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Up at 5:30. Today we are going for the sunrise shooting to one of the desolated villages of Olkhon - Uzury which is situated on the shore of Great Baikal. Here we will shoot not only the sunrise but also view over Baikal from a high viewpoint. After shooting we return to our hotel for breakfast and rest.
Lunch at 14:00. 15:00 - departure for sunset shoot. On the way we will stop at Kurumkan wall - an ancient stone structure that insulates the part of Kurumkanskiy Cape. The sunset we will meet in the Gulf Noor. Here from the bottom of Lake Baikal rise tens methane bubbles, which freezes into the ice and remain in these fanciful patterns. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
Wake up at 9:00. Today is a special day. You have already seen all the major sights of the Small Sea, and we want to show you something special. In our jeep we will go to Tashkeney, on the shore of a Great Baikal. Of the hundreds of tourists coming to Lake Baikal, only few get here. But here you can find some of the most impressive ridges - huge ice blocks taller than anyone! Here we will arrange lunch and wait for the sunset. Return to the hotel. Dinner.
This morning we’ll depart from hotel for morning shooting in the caves of Khoboi point. Here you’ll find great opportunities for sunrise shots with sun lighting directly into the cave! But also Khoboi is well known for great ice fields and huge ice cracks and chunks of ice!
After shooting we’ll return to our hotel for breakfast, pack our gear end depart for Irkutsk with a brief stop for lunch in cafe along the way.
We’ll return to Irkutsk in the evening, check-in in hotel and then go for farewell supper in restaurant close to our hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Departure to airport and sadly say our farewells before flying home.
The Lake Baikal Photography Workshop & Photo Tour INCLUDES:
- 9 days/8 nights
- The best hotels available
- All gourmet meals and drinks
- Private, heated vans to take you comfortably to all the photographic locations
- Transfers to/from airport
- Private one-on-one tuition with two professional guides
- Group critique sessions that allow for maximum learning
- Photographic Notes
- National park fees and permits
Please make sure you:
- Book your own flights to arrive and depart Irkutsk Airport.
A private van collects you from the airport to your hotel.
EXPERIENCE / DIFFICULTY
- Beginner, Amateur, Enthusiast, Semi-professional, Professional.
- Busy schedule.
- Easy walking
- Travel by van.
- 3 hotels across 8 nights.
WEATHER / SUN
- FEBRUARY - Temperature -20 to -10c Sunrise 755am | Sunset 1804pm
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Full payment required upon booking to guarantee your place.
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All photographs - Copyright WE and Tom Putt