Our Baikal Photo Tour, in Russia, is one of our new destinations for the year 2020. Incredible caves and dreamy landscapes in its famous frozen waters. Lake Baikal is a perfect destination for all those who love nature, the great landscapes and, without a doubt, for any landscape photographer. From February 3th to 10th, we can enjoy these landscapes without worrying about anything else, since all services will be included, traveling in full pension throughout the tour.
Located in the region of Irkutsk, south of Siberia, for many the most impressive lake in the world, is a region with an overflowing beauty. During our Photo Trip to Lake Baikal, we will have the opportunity to photograph ice caves, the frozen water of the lake with its characteristic lines and bubbles … 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.
In order to make the most of this trip, we will spend the nights in Olkhon Island, located in the center of the lake, and that will facilitate access to all places with the greatest possible comfort. In this way, we will be able to photograph the most spectacular and, at the same time, most exclusive locations. Always looking for the moments of better light, surrounded by a unique natural environment, in a wild territory.
For a trip like this, we will have the services of a local expert company, who will guide us, assist us and prepare everything we need during our trip, so that we only have to take care to enjoy photographing incredible places such as those here we will find A special photographic journey, an authentic adventure, that will allow us to reach where others only dream.
With the support of our team of guides, drivers and local experts, we offer you an incomparable Photographic Journey, towards wild routes, in search of really unique images. Thanks to them, our professional photographers, Eduardo Fuster and Sergio Lanza, will be able to focus on helping you to achieve the best possible photographs of Lake Baikal, contributing all your experience and knowledge in photography, and taking you to the most amazing locations of the destination.
Our Photo Tour to Lake Baikal begins on February 29, 2020, at Irkutsk Airport, the meeting place of the group at an agreed time. This first day, we will take the opportunity to get to know each other and our local guide. We will go directly from Irkutsk to Cape Kristovsky where 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, and will allow us to begin to intrude on the nature of the region and photograph its forests. Its majestic rocky cliffs are usually covered with ice sheets and without snow, which will allow us to start taking majestic photographs of the place. In the house we can rest and take a hot bath (the house has a Russian sauna: Banya), besides being able to taste typical homemade food of the region.
We will wake up soon to begin visiting Lake Baikal, after having breakfast, in all its splendor in our transport by the bay near our house. We will be able to photograph it in all its splendor, with its iconic 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. At night we will return to the house, to rest and return to dinner typical food.
We will return early in the morning to visit the Cabo Sagan-Zaba, which means Rocas Blancas, which will offer us spectacular winter views of the lake. In them we can observe cave paintings, of the Kurykan tribes, which 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 and in it we can visit several rooms called: music, cheese, snow and marble. On leaving we will continue advancing on Lake Baikal through the Tazheran steppe to the Strait of the Mar Menor. We will stay at the hotel and have time to take a walk around Cape Uyuga and the island of Oltrek, each year covered with incredible ice temples.
After breakfast first thing, we will dedicate the day completely to visit the rocky caves of the island of Olkhon. From the southern end of Cape Mare to finish in the village of Khuzhir. We will visit caves with an infinity of ice stalactites and ice floors with frozen bubbles that will offer us incredible photographs. We will also visit the Buddhist steppe located on the top of the island of Ogoy, where we will have spectacular views and better understand the culture that inhabits the area.
We will return to the hotel for dinner and rest in the village of Khuzhir.
As every day, we will have breakfast early to begin our excursion along the ice of the west coast of the island of Olkhon to its northernmost point: Cape Khoboy, which translated from the Evenk language means “Fang”. This Cape is also called rock “Virgo”, as the sign of the zodiac, because the rock of the cape is reminiscent of a woman in a long dress.
Late in the afternoon, we will arrive at the Uzura meteorological station, the only settlement on the east side of the island of Olkhon, and we will stay in a cozy guest house at the weather station.
Here we can take a bath and visit another Banya, to enter and heat, while we prepare dinner with the typical Baikal fish: omul a la parrila.
Today we will wake up even more to prepare for the sunrise, since from this point we will have the best moment of light when the light arrives 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. 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, to the Svyatoy peninsula on the other shore of Lake Baikal, 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. In the afternoon we will arrive at the fishing village of Kurbulik and 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 and 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 of the area and the hard life of these in the long Siberian winters, with which 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, which are the ruins of an ancient Buddhist castle discovered 20 years ago, and which has become a center of Buddhist pilgrimage. We will visit the current monastery, the temple dedicated to the goddess Yanzhima, that will offer us the possibility of making incredible social and architectural photographs. In the afternoon we will reach the extreme point of the Barguzin valley, where the two crests are closed and 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.
Return to Lake Baikal through the Barguzin Valley, driving along the lake shore to Ulan-Ude. There we will visit the Ivolginsky datsan, which is the center of Buddhism in Russia and where its architecture will offer us some wonderful pictures to close our trip.
We will perform our last session at dawn on the Ivolginsky datsan, and later return to the hotel to pick up our bags and go to Irkutsk on the way to the airport, where the trip will end.
The price for this Baikal Photo Tour is $3,000 per person, in a double shared room.
This price is calculated based on a minimum group of 6 participants.
Single room occupancy: $1000, subject to availability
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Price per person based on a minimum group number and for a double room (double – occupancy basis). Single room occupancy cost is $1000, depending on availability.
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‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ carefully designs each one of the routes that it is offering, adapting always to the travelers’ needs. However, due to each country particularities and conditions, it is possible that the routes could vary, changing the itineraries and the places to visit.
In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s the decision of changing any of the programmed activities and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather or light conditions, or by their consideration or thoughts, being the tour hosts, always in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip.
Also, sometimes some of the activities and sessions can be cancelled, depending on weather conditions.
The program of this Baikal Lake Photo Tour may also be changed in case of emergency, injury, illness, or robbery of any of the participants or main photographers, among other causes.
At the same time, both the photographers and ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ reserves the right of changing the photographer/s guide/s in case of strong reason, such as first grade relatives or own illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.
Our Photo Tours are trips carefully designed and planned to take our clients to a wonderful photo destination, always trying to take them to the greatest locations at the best possible moments. This is different from a Workshop, which has more of a learning component on it.
However, if any of our clients needs it, we will try to help them with the settings of their gear, as well as with any concept about photography, or giving them ideas for composition, etc.
Photography will always come number first during the trip. This means that, sometimes, we’ll be late for lunch or dinner, or even have to wait to the next meal.
We will be always waking up early and staying out till late. Also, we will have some night photography sessions , depending on conditions. However, many of the days of the trip, clients will have free time to rest, usually before of after lunch.
The traveler is responsible of having all the documentation for the trip. To visit Russia, citizens from any country need their Passport, with an expiration date longer than 6 months after the trip.
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This Baikal Lake Photo Tour includes basic assistance insurance. Those travelers who wish to, can get an advanced insurance for an additional cost. In this case, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will inform and help the client to choose a travel insurance.
To join this trip, it is mandatory to have a travel insurance, just in case anything could happen. Medical expenses in Russia could be really high, even in the simple case of a hand or foot broken. Having a travel insurance covering high medical expenses would help in case of any inconvenience.
‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Clients will be given a list with all that they need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place and kind of photography, etc. Our staff will be delighted to solve any doubt that the clients could have when preparing the trip.
We are completely sure that this Baikal Lake Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive photography experience. ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ considers it its responsibility, as the travel agent, to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.
Neither ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ as the organizing company, nor the photographers hosting the tour, are responsible for any risk or decision taken by the clients during the trip. They are not also responsible for any incident or accident during the trip, and will have no responsibility at all in case of accident, illness or injuries.
As previously stated, in case of an accident or emergency, the itinerary or activities in this Baikal Lake Photo Tour may need to be changed or cancelled until the situation is solved.
The client declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she makes a reservation payment for it.
At the moment of the purchase confirmation, the client will have to pay an initial payment of $600. The rest of the payment will be effective at maximum 30 days prior to the trip. The agency can resolve the contract and apply the established withdrawal rules before the departure if the client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.
In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum needed group to confirm the trip, the client will recover the 100% of the initial payment.
– Until 30 days prior to the trip: $600
– 30 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost (no refund at all).
Prices are based in the Exchange rates by June the 20th, 2019. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws. A supplement/discount would be applied in case of change.
Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by the agency, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.
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