Baikal photo tour "Ice kingdom" January 29 - February 03, 2025

The first ice on Lake Baikal is smooth and very transparent, which allows you to create fantastic pictures. This does not last very long, then the ice becomes thicker and is covered with many cracks. On the first ice, you can safely move only on an air cushion (Khivus) or on foot, which allows you to be the first to visit and shoot untouched grottoes and caves.

1 day. 29 January

8:00-9:00 Meeting at Irkutsk airport.
9:00-14:30 Transfer to the hotel on Lake Baikal. On the way we will stop at a restaurant for lunch.
14:30-15:00 Check-in at the hotel on Cape Uyuga.
16:00-18:00 We go to sunset shooting near ice caves, splashes and frozen forest on Ogoy Island. Our transport will be special 4x4 van.
18:30 Dinner at the hotel.

2 day. 30 January

8:00-10:30 Shooting of dawn near the famous Dragon Tail rock on Ogoy Island, ice caves in the northern part of island.
11:00-11:30 Breakfast at the hotel.
12:00-14:00 Presentation, photography class
14:00 Lunch at the hotel.
15:00-17:30 Sunset shooting near the island of Hubyn.
18:30-19:00 Dinner at the hotel.

3 day. 31 January

7:30-10:30 Sunrise shooting on an unique lake with bubbles. Visiting and shooting at Cape Mare's Head.
11:00-11:30 Breakfast at the hotel.
12:00-14:00 Photography classes and analysis of photos of participants (optional).
14:00 Lunch at the hotel.
15:00-17:30 Sunset shooting in ice caves in the southern part of Olkhon island.
18:30-190 Dinner at the hotel.

4 day. 1 February

7:30-10:30 Early departure: shooting the dawn on the island of Sharga Dagan. Ice works like a mirror: we will catch reflections on smooth ice and intricate patterns of cracks. After that we will go to Cape Kurma, in addition to the ice wonders, it is famous for its arches right in the rocks.
10:30-11:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
12:00-14:00 Photography classes and analysis of photos of participants (optional).
14:00 Lunch at the hotel.
15:00-17:30 Sunset shooting in caves near Cape Shibety.
18:30-19:00 Dinner at the hotel.

5 day. 2 February

6:30-11:30 Early departure: today the sacred and most famous places of the lake are waiting for you. We go to the northern point of Olkhon Island – Cape Khoboy. It is located near the widest point of Lake Baikal and in good weather you can see the eastern shore from here. The tip of the cape is crowned by a spectacular rock resembling a sharp fang, and from the sea side the rock resembles a female profile. Many legends are connected with the outlines of the cape and its rocks. On the way back we will stop at Cape Three Brothers, so named because of the three rocks located on the cape. There is a legend about 3 brothers who disobeyed their shaman father, for which they were turned into white marble blocks. On Khoboy you will have a hot picnic breakfast right on the ice (we will take lunch boxes from the hotel).
14:00 Lunch at the hotel.
15:00-17:30 Sunset shooting in caves near famous Cape Shamanka.
18:30-19:00 Dinner at the hotel.

6 day. 3 February

08:00 Visit and shooting Elenka island
11:30-12:30 Departure from the hotel, transfer to Irkutsk.
15:30 On the way, stop for lunch at a Buryat cafe, continue acquaintance with the national cuisine.
17:30 Arrival in Irkutsk, we will take you to the airport or your chosen hotel.

Additional information

The schedule and routes can be changed depending on the state of the ice and the weather on Lake Baikal.
Every day I will conduct photography classes, share all my knowledge and skills, as well as individually engage with everyone.

• transfer from the airport to the hotel on Lake Baikal and back
• full three meals a day on the tour
• permits to visit national parks
• professional photo guide
• training sessions on photography and photo processing

Not included
• alcohol
• air travel from your city to Irkutsk
• single accommodation in a room for an additional 10000 rubles

What to take with you
Equipment and equipment:
• camera with 2-3 spare batteries
• tripod
• I advise to have lenses from 14 to 200 mm (or 400 mm)
• polarizing filter
• ND and gradient filters
• photo bagpack

At this time, it is quite cold on Lake Baikal, and winds often blow. The air temperature can drop to -20. It is recommended to have:
• warm shoes
• thermal underwear
• fleece jacket
• windproof jacket
• down jacket with hood
• warm pants
• hat (preferably windproof)
• gloves and mittens
• warm socks
• thermal pads (optional)
• flashlight
• sunglasses
• ice shoes
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