«The autumn palette of Lake Baikal» the most colorful photo tour around the Lake Baikal.
Date: September 8-18, 2017
Maximum number of participants: 14 persons
We invite you to the most unforgettable bright and colorful journey on a comfortable ship along the deepest and most amazing Lake Baikal! You will proudly tell your relatives, friends, children and grandchildren about this journey, and the photos that you bring with you - will resemble pieces of arts of great masters!
Beautiful autumn forests on the shore of Lake Baikal and at the foot of mountain peaks are slowly painted with warm shades of the autumn. The water is calm and still warm, and in the mornings a light fog spreads along the red-yellow foliage, the world freezes and only the singing of early birds can be heard.
Autumn is the most beautiful and calm season on Lake Baikal. A harmonious combination of bright red, yellow and green colors. The sky in September becomes as transparent as possible. In this period, you can observe millions of stars and a rare phenomenon - an autumnal star fall. The Milky Way becomes dense and clear. In the autumn, the Baikal sky is especially beautiful.
Every day all the beauty of the mountains with snowy peaks turning into warm colors of wild nature will open for you. Rocks, rivers and small lakes, islands of strange shapes.
You will see as close as possible the real Baikal seal - a symbol of the lake and the entire Baikal region. There is no person on Earth who would remain indifferent to it. A rare and unique representative of the Baikal fauna, which lives only here.
All our guests will be able to personally go fishing and catch Grayling and Omul – a fish that could not be found nowhere else on the Planet. And the taste of the local fish soup is recognized by many, because its taste is not like any other fish soups. Our guests will also taste a variety of local Buryat and traditional Russian cuisines. Will taste fish and meat dishes. (If you are a vegetarian, please let us know in advance, we will prepare an individual menu for you).
Sacred Buddhist Stupas tell us about this, stone pyramids that fulfill the wishes, shaman trails and other marks, which speak of the rich and mystical energy of these places. Some of you will feel the blessed presence of the Spirits of place. A hereditary shaman - young and beautiful girl, will accompany us. Her rites - the opportunity to touch the mystery and beauty of the local culture, and gain an unforgettable experience, which will be included in your family history.
The well-known travel photographer Eugeny Domanov every day will share with you the secrets of landscape photography and the subsequent post-processing of photos (postproduction). You will need laptops for this
Now a detailed route of our expedition! But in case of weather conditions worsening, the ship's captain can correct the route at his own discretion - this is for your safety
Meeting with guests at the Irkutsk airport (with an interpreter), a small city-tour and we immediately rush to Lake Baikal, Listvyanka village, where the ship will be waiting for us. On our way we will visit the Taltsy Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography. This is where your camera should be ready!
Embarkation, lunch, safety instructions.
And our journey will begin from the source of the Angara River (according to legend, the disobedient daughter of Lake Baikal) and go to Peschanaya Bay, one of the most beautiful and hard-to-reach places on Lake Baikal. It is possible to say with 100% certainty that you will not see such places anywhere else!
Dinner and free time.
This morning we will devote to shooting of a beautiful bay with amazing "stilted" trees, where the sunrise will gently light the sharp rocks and bright autumn foliage.
Early wake up, (tea/coffee), dawn shooting, breakfast.
Walking along the bay, shooting.
Return to the ship. Then the way to the Aya bay.
After lunch we will analyze the footage, make post-production of the best photos. In the evening arrival to the Aya bay, we are waiting for a sunset photography from a high point, from where a very beautiful view opens right at two bays of Lake Baikal!
Dinner and free time.
Russian banya and swimming in the Lake (optional)
Morning fogs are a pleasant feature of this time of the year.
We wake up early, (tea/coffee), dawn shooting, breakfast.
Analysis of the footage, master class on landscape photography, lunch, rest.
And we are heading to one of the most amazing and interesting places in Lake Baikal – rookery of the Baikal seal in the Ushkany Islands. You will need a long-focus lens and strength of will, to not to stay here forever, because this place is a real pearl of Lake Baikal!
Seals shooting at sunset, dinner, transit to the eastern shore of Lake Baikal - to the Svyatoy Nos peninsula.
Arrival to Chivyrkuisky bay. This bay has always been famous for a very large pike (if you are lucky, we can catch and prepare this tasty fish)!
Bathing in hot springs, shooting, exploration of the nearby islands
Lunch, rest, fishing.
Evening photoshoot, dinner, rest.
On this day we will continue our journey to the northern part of Lake Baikal, along the way we will be accompanied by beautiful mountains – Barguzinsky range. Photoshoot, fishing.
After lunch we will make the transition to the western side of Lake Baikal, analyze the footage, hold consultations on photography, you will receive answers to questions about photography and processing.
On the western side of Lake Baikal we will see amazing mountains, at the foot of which there will be a beautiful lake - this is Cape Muzhinai.
Dinner and free time.
On this day we will have a very beautiful photoshoot of mountain tops covered with snow, and bright autumn foliage, painted with the first rays of the dawn! A harmonious combination of cold and warm shades in living nature.
Early wake up, (tea/coffee), shooting of mountain lake at the dawn, breakfast.
We head to Zavorotnaya Bay, passing along the most beautiful mountain ridge at the foot of which we will see the whole palette of autumn Baikal colors!
Shooting, fishing, analysis of footage after lunch.
In the evening - sunset photography, dinner, banya, rest.
Early wake up, (tea/coffee).
On this day, we will shoot beautiful mountains at dawn, and in the evening, we will arrive at the legendary Olkhon Island, full of beautiful rocks, grottoes and mysteries!
After the breakfast- shooting from the boat, fishing, in the afternoon - workshop on photo processing (post-production).
In the evening: Arrival to the Olkhon Island. You will remember this day for a long time! You will be shooting the sunset, meeting with Baikal shaman who performs shamanic ritual near the fire for good luck.
Dinner, banya, rest
This morning we will take pictures of the most sacred place, the very heart of Olkhon Island - Shamanka Rock.
Early wake up, (tea/coffee), shooting of the Shamanka Rock at the dawn.
Breakfast. Shooting of rocks and grottoes of the Olkhon Island.
Lunch, rest, analysis of footage.
In the evening: A visit of sacred Buddhist places, including the Buddhist Stupa of Enlightenment on the island of Ogoy. Dawn shooting at the Ogoy island.
Dinner, rest, starry night sky shooting.
Early wake up, (tea/coffee), dawn shooting, breakfast.
Return to Listvyanka
If there is no strong wave - along the way we can take pictures of ancient cave paintings!
Shooting, lunch, analysis of footage In the evening we arrive to Listvyanka, transfer to Irkutsk.
Accommodation in comfortable rooms of one of the best hotels in the city.
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Irkutsk airport.
Information about the ship
Motor ship "Baikal" was designed and built for cruising on Lake Baikal, it can accommodate 14-15 people in seven cabins.
The ship has a good seaworthy characteristics. Housing length, deadrise angle and high initial stability allow you to sail along Lake Baikal.
Ship complete with modern navigation equipment, allowing to make sail long Lake Baikal, including night-time.
There are all necessary appliances aboard the ship, two motor boats and fishing tackle.
On the motor ship "Baikal" is located 10 cabins, 6 showers, 7 latrines, baths, panoramic Wardroom with individual galley, dining salon for 20 seats, the main galley, upper deck solarium.
Passengers are placed:
three double rooms of luxury cabins (bathroom, shower, desk, wardrobe) with double beds;
in double two zone superior cabin (WC, shower, sofa, desk, wardrobe) with double bed (1600h2000);
three double cabins with twin beds, shared shower and toilet.
Panoramic Wardroom has TV audio video systems, coffee machine and a separate galley.
Salon in central part of the ship is equipped with a TV-cinema, Audi-video-karaoke systems, a bar for alcoholic beverages, tea table, comfortable sofas, a large dining table.
Trim of the vessel performed valuable breeds of a tree.
We recommend you to have wide-angle and long-focus lenses, a tripod!
The price includes:
transfer from Irkutsk airport to Listvyanka (Baikal)
accommodation on the ship
breakfast, lunch, dinner
tea, coffee, fruits - 24/7.
Photo guide services / Photography training
Services of the captain and his team
All tours according to the program
Transfer from Listvyanka to Irkutsk
Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer from the hotel to the Irkutsk airport.
Do not include in the price of the tour:
What to take with you from photographic equipment
Recommend to the participants of the tour to take a kit
14 mm or 17-40 mm
150-600 mm (for shooting seals, bears and birds)
Camera (2 pcs)
Canon 1 DX.
Memory cards, better 16 GB and 32 GB (10-12 pieces), a laptop, spare batteries, a tripod, a photojack.
We will send a list of necessary clothes to each participant of the photo tour per email.
The weather at this time of year on Lake Baikal is changeable, it's hot in the daytime - in the evening it can be cold.
Our photo tour is designed for people of any physical activity and age, we will take pictures both from the side of the ship and from the shore, we will not have heavy and long pedestrian crossings, the route is very comfortable.