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Why book with us?
Our Lake Baikal Photo Tour, in Russia, is an incredible journey to the caves and dreamy landscapes in its famous frozen waters. Lake Baikal is a perfect destination for all those who love nature, winter landscapes, and without a doubt, for any landscape photographer. We will enjoy these landscapes without worrying about anything else. All services will be included, traveling in full pension throughout the tour in comfortable hotels and guesthouses.
Baikal is located in the region of Irkutsk, south of Siberia is a region with an overflowing beauty. For many the most impressive lake in the world, especially during February when the water turns into ice. During our Lake Baikal Photo Tour, we will have the opportunity to enjoy shooting from ice caves to the characteristic lines of the deepest lake in the world… Apart from the possibilities of visiting the unique local culture in the world of this spectacular peninsula. A mixture of religions between orthodox, Buddhism, and primitive shamanism.
During our workshop, we will visit iconic locations as Olkhon island. There we will find some of the most interesting points as Shamanka Rock in Cape Burkhan or Cape Hoboy. But also the villages of Khuzhir and Uzur. With the help of our English speaker guides, we will enjoy an extraordinary expedition with safety. Baikal is one of the best photographic destinations all around Russia, together with Kamchatka.
Definitely, a tour to see and enjoy the beauty of Baikal. To walk around the Great Baikal Trail, but also on ice and the famous Olkhon Island. For sure, one of the best workshops you can do in Russia.
If you are interested to visit Moscow the previous days, we can prepare a short tour of the capital of Russia. Also, Saint Petersburg and the Golden Ring in Moscow are good locations if you want to extend this workshop to Baikal.
Arrival at Irkutsk Airport where begins our Lake Baikal Photo Tour. The flights from Moscow arrive at the morning, if you arrive with another flight let us know when you book. This first day, we will take the opportunity to get to know each other and our local guides. After that, we will go directly from Irkutsk to Cape Kristovsky. There we will stay in a house of local farmers in the middle of nature.
Cape Krestovsky is located on the West Bank of Lake Baikal, on the border of the Baikal forests and the Tazheranskaya steppe. The site is far away from other tourist sites. It will allow us to begin to intrude on the nature of the region and photograph its forests.
Also, the majestic rocky cliffs are usually covered with ice sheets and without snow. An extraordinary opportunity to start taking majestic photographs of the place. As we will have time, the route this first day will full of stops before arrive to Lake Baikal.
Once we finish, in the house we can rest and take a hot bath (the house has a Russian sauna: Banya). Also, we will be able to taste typical homemade food in the region.
We will wake up soon to begin visiting Lake Baikal after having breakfast, in our transport by the bay near our house. We will be able to photograph the iconic ice lines that will offer us magnificent photographic compositions. At the same time, we will hear the sound of ice crunching under our feet at the bottom of the lake. Something similar to ethnic music for the locals.
On our first day, we will explore the Baikal till sunset.
At night, we will return to our hotel, to rest, and return to dinner typical food. After that, it will be a moment in our workshop to do night photography in the nearest ice cave.
We will return early in the morning to visit the Cabo Sagan-Zaba, which will offer us spectacular winter views of the lake. There we can observe cave paintings of the Kurykan tribes. According to the scientists are the ancestors of the native tribes of North America.
From there we will go to the cave Aya, located on the plateau of the same name in the Tazheran steppe. Aya comes from the Evenk language, indigenous people of Siberia, and that means “beautiful, incredible”. In fact, the cave Aya is the largest on the West Bank of Lake Baikal. Here we will visit several rooms called: music, cheese, snow, and marble.
After our session, we will continue advancing on Lake Baikal through the Tazheran steppe. We will stay at the hotel and have time to take a walk around Cape Uyuga and the island of Oltrek. This area each year is covered with incredible ice temples.
At night, we will explore the possibility of a shooting session in ice caves close to the shore.
After breakfast in our hotel, we will dedicate the day completely to visit the rocky grottoes of the island of Olkhon. From the southern end of Cape Mare to finish in the village of Khuzhir, passing through Shamanka Rock at Cape Burkhan. During our excursion, we will visit the ice caves. With an infinity of ice stalactites (natural sculptures) and ice floors with frozen bubbles that will offer us incredible photographs.
As every day, we will have hot drinks during our stops on our excursions. Also, will have time to visit the Buddhist steppe located on the top of the island of Ogoy. There we will have spectacular views and better understand the culture that inhabits the area. After that, we will return to the hotel for dinner and rest in the village of Khuzhir.
During the night, we will explore the possibility of another session. At Lake Baikal, you can see incredible clear night skies. Together with the ice landscapes will offer us unique pictures of Baikal.
As every day, we will have breakfast early to begin our excursion along the ice of the west coast of Khuzhir. We will arrive at the northernmost point of the island of Olkhon: Cape Khoboy (Hoboi). Translated from the Evenk language means “Fang”. This Cape is also called rock “Virgo”, as the sign of the zodiac. It is because the rock of the cape is reminiscent of a woman in a long dress.
For sunset, we will be shooting close to Uzur, at Hoboy Cape. One of the most iconic locations in Baikal where we can see the frozen ice lines. One of the main points in our workshops and tours to Baikal.
Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at the Uzura meteorological station in the middle of our Lake Baikal Photo Tour. The only settlement on the east side of the island of Olkhon close to Uzur. Here we will stay in a cozy guest house at the weather station. We can take a bath and visit another Banya to heat ourselves. While we are warming, our guides will prepare dinner with the typical Baikal fish: Omul.
Today we will wake up, even more, to prepare for the sunrise at Olkhon island. From this point, we will have the best moment of light from the mountains on the other side of the lake. After the session, we will return to breakfast to gather strength for today’s excursion.
As soon as we finish breakfast, we will walk to the Guardian of Lake Baikal. A majestic formation of old trees with twisted branches, which in winter will offer us incredible photographs of their nature. Then, we will move on the ice to the other side of the lake.
There we will visit the Svyatoy peninsula, in the Republic of Buryatia. This is the widest place in the whole lake, and it will be a true adventure to cross from one side to the other. Most of the workshops not bring you here, as they made shorter tours.
In the afternoon we will arrive at the fishing village of Kurbulik. In this village, we will stay in a guest house near the local fishermen’s houses. There we can take a hot bath in the Banya, and have dinner with the fishermen before resting in our rooms.
This day we will explore the Chivyrkuy bay of Lake Baikal, visit the nearby islands. Here we will have the unique opportunity to swim in the hot springs and mineralized outdoors.
The area will offer us the possibility of continuing to take photographs of its icy waters. But also we can make a more social picture of the fishermen in the area during the long Siberian winters. With them, we will spend the night again in the town.
Today we will leave the cozy fishing village and go to the Barguzin valley, surrounded by mountain ranges – the mountains of Barguzin and Ikat.
Here we will visit the Suvo rock complex. Ruins of an ancient Buddhist castle discovered 20 years ago, and which has become a center of Buddhist pilgrimage. We will see the current monastery, the temple dedicated to the goddess Yanzhima. Here we will have the possibility of making incredible social and architectural photographs.
In the afternoon we will reach the extreme point of the Barguzin valley. We will be located in a guesthouse on an island of the Barguzin River, at the foot of the mountains. This place is called Yhmey. Here you can also swim in the mineralized baths and, if you wish, even in a small warm lake.
Today we will return to Lake Baikal through the Barguzin Valley, driving along the lakeshore to Ulan-Ude. There we will visit the Ivolginsky Datsan, which is the center of Buddhism in Russia. Here we will photograph its architecture that will offer us some wonderful pictures to close our trip.
Also, in this area, we will find some ice broken to photograph during sunset. Close to the Buddhist temple, we will be sleeping tonight in a comfortable hotel.
We will perform our last session at dawn on the Ivolginsky Datsan before leave our hotel. After that, we will return to the hotel to pick up our bags and go to Irkutsk airport. Here, at the airport, we will finish our Baikal Lake Photo Tour in February.
Irkutsk Airport, Russia
The price of this Lake Baikal Photo Tour is based on the participation of a minimum of 6 participants. In case there are not enough participants, the possibility of making the trip will be offered with an increase proportional to the price, or a 100% refund of the total paid.
The last time of exchange rate calculation was January 1st, 2021, the final price can be modified up to 30 days before the tour start.
The accommodations offered are shared double rooms at Hotels with private bathrooms and guesthouses.
You can book an individual room during the process of the book your place for the photo tour or writing us at [email protected]
This tour includes all meals from dinner Day 1 to breakfast Day 10. Extra snacks or alcohol are not included.
Our tours include basic insurance, we suggest contracting full cover insurance. Contact us to expand your insurance coverage.
Our tours include all internal transports (cars, vans, trains, or flights). We don’t include international flights, but we will guide you at the moment of your booking the best options to arrive to the destiny from your home.
The itinerary mentioned can be changed due to a force major reasons like weather conditions or accidents for example.
To book your place you need to pay 20% of the total cost. The total payment must be made 15 days before the trip. For security reasons due to the pandemic, you do not need to pay for booking
This tour is done by LLC “CLUB OF PHOTO TRAVELERS”, due to illness or other reasons the trip may be made by another guide.
DUE TO COVID-19, we have exceptional conditions for cancellations: Before 15 days we refund 100%. Less than 15 days there is no refund.
Please, check the section “This tour include” and “This tour not include” to know more details about meals, guides or other services include.