Baikal Lake. Russia
PHOTO TOUR

Baikal Lake
Russia

Dates: 19-25 February 2019
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After the wild autumn storms, when mountain peaks are totally covered with snow fur hats and severe Siberian frosts are getting close to the last remains of summer warmth, the shallow lake waters are gradually being covered with steady firm ice and the winter Lake Baikal comes into the stage of freeze-up. The ice-cold winds from the Baikal and Primorye mountain ridges swoop their powerful and heavy strikes on Lake Baikal sweeping all the snow from the ice cover to the eastern part of the lake, and the severe Siberian frosts keep growing the thick ice cover. By the middle of February ice gets almost 1 metre wide. After that, the shy winter sun starts to shine on the ice surface getting stronger and stronger with the growing day, and Baikal ice shell, with no snow at all, turns into a fine polished mirror.

We suggest that you should leave the dull grey cities, squelching with the dirty snow custard, and set out for the sunny Baikal, to the kingdom of purity, the bright sun, fantastic ice statues, and gorgeously beautiful compositions made of icicles and splashes of ice. The end of winter is perfect to see the wonders of the winter Baikal from the ice. The sun is shining brightly like in the spring, and the day temperature rises above zero almost every day. But the ice on Baikal is still hard and clear!

We guarantee loads of unforgettable impressions as the participants of our tour will be able to travel along half of the winter Baikal Lake, we shall have morning and night photo sessions in crystal hummocks by the most beautiful islands of the lake, we are going to visit Olkhon Island and take pictures on Shamanka Cliff and in the ice grottos of Cape Hoboy, cook fish soup with Baikal omul right on the ice of Baikal. And for those who like active leisure we can offer skating on Baikal (as for the skates, we are going to bring them there for you). Are you still hesitating? Then you'll have to watch the video about our Baikal photo tour made in March, 2016.

Itinerary

Day 1
We meet 9 AM (local time) at airport of Irkutsk (IKT). Trannsfer to Olkhon Island. It usually takes 4 hours. Breakfast in a cafe of Buryat cuisine on our way. Сhecking in our hotel in Khuzhir village. Evening and night (depending on the sky condition and the moon phase) photo session on Shamanka Cliff. (B/L/D)
Day 2
Early start out for Uzury. Sunrise in ice grottos. After breakfast we are leaving for Cape Hoboy. During February one can see the most beautiful ice there, of tender blueish tint, and ice hummocks build up wonderful conglomerations of crystal ice blocks. We are going to spend a few hours there hunting for masterpieces. A night photo session in the basin of the Maloe Sea or in ice grottos. (B/L/D)
Day 3-4
A morning photo session near the island of Ogoy. We are going to explore and to take pictures of the coast and the islands of the Maloe Sea Strait. An evening and maybe a night photo session in the grottos of Kharantsovsky Island or in the grottos of the Maloe Sea. (B/L/D)
Day 5
Extra and spare day for the weather when we can repeat shooting at the most interesting locations.(B/L/D)
Day 6
Meeting dawn in the grottos of the Maloe Sea as one visit to those places is never enough. In the afternoon after the lunch we are going to Irkutsk. Checking in the hotel at Irkutsk. (B/L/D)
Day 7
Transfer to the airport. Our unforgettable journey along the ice Baikal is over. We depart for Moscow or for other airport at 7AM (local time). (B/L/D)

Included in the price:

- Accommodation in Irkutsk on the last day of the trip (double room)
- Meals as specified in the program
- Transports as specified in the program
- Local English speaking Guide
- Activities according to the program

Not included in the price:

- International airfare to/from Moscow or to (Irkutsk-IKT)
- Visa fee
- Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc
- Travel Insurance
- Individual clothing/equipment, backpack, cold-weather clothing, etc (contact us for advice);
All services not specified in "Included in the price".
- Single accomodation - 460 USD
Group limit: 8 guests maximum
Dates: 19-25 February 2019
Price: 2900 USD
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What to bring

Gear:

 – DSLR camera with tripod and remote shutter release, its better to use spikes for your tripod
– A wide angle lens. For example, Nikkor 14-24 or Canon 17-40. Best lens for use in wide-angle scenes or architecture photography

– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm
– A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm or 100-400mm
Wear:

 – Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is -15-25C

– Waterproof pants

– Ice Crampons


– Casual clothes for dinners and lunches

Guide of the tour:

Vladimir Kushnarev Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography. Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35AWARDS International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards 2017.
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