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Lake Baikal. 24.02-2.03.2018

Magical Baikal. 

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.

TYPE OF TOUR: photo workshop
DURATION: 7 days
VISA TYPE: Russian Visa
DIFFICULTY CATEGORY: there's no need for any special skills for this tour.
INCLUDED: all transfers during the tour in spacious, comfortable van during our trip, double room accommodation with shared bathroom and toilet at a comfortable cottage, meal plan see on itinerary (B-breakfast/L-lunch/D-Dinner), p
rofessional photography guidance, post-processing assistance when possible.

NOT INCLUDED: airfare to and from Irkutsk airport (Russia), Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leader/s will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home, Single room supplement ($450), Alcoholic drinks, Non-meal-time snacks, Non-meal-time soft drinks.

We made a film about our journey to lake Baikal. You can see it HERE.

If you still have any questions concerning participating this workshop write to us via Watsapp or Viber +79857737282  or write to us via mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PHOTO CREDITS  Vladimir Kushnarev and Daniel Korzhonov



Day 1. The group meets in Irkutsk airport and we set out at once. We shall make the most of our travel time discussing the art of photography and, of course, I will tell you everything about our nearest plans. Breakfast in a cafe on our way (an option). Then we are going to check in our hotel in Khuzhir, have a rest and have lunch (or dinner already). Evening and night (depending on the sky condition and the moon phase) photo session on Shamanka Cliff.(//D)

Day 2. Early start out for Uzury. Sunrise in ice grottos. After breakfast we are leaving for Cape Hoboy. Early in March 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, in ice grottos.(B/L/D)

Day 3. A morning photo session near the island of Ogoy. Today we are going to explore and to take pictures of the coast and the islands of the Maloe More Strait. In the afternoon we are going to have a workshop on processing pictures in Photoshop. 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 4. A morning photo session by Shamanka Cliff. In the afternoon we can take a walk around Khuzhir and take a few genre pictures. Or find a cafe and try authentic Buryat cuisine. Then we are going to the Cape of Kobylya Golova at sunset. We have prepared a few outstanding locations with terrific views over the Maloe Sea basin for you.(B/L/D)

Day 5. Meeting dawn in the grottos of the Maloe Sea as one visit to those places is never enough. In the afternoon we are going to have a class in processing photos. Today's topic is “Using Lightroom and Photoshop. Different processing tools for better results.” Travelling to Cape Hoboy or to the Island of Kharantsy at sunset.(B/L/D)

Day 6. Meeting dawn on the Island of Ogoy. The most fantastic grottos and cliffs are located there, and wonderful reflections on 1 metre thick ice mirror and splashes of ice frozen here since the beginning of winter will make up excellent views for us. Going to Shamanka Cape at sunset. A night photo session for those who are not ready to part with the unique Baikal. (B/L/D)

Day 7. Early in the morning we are going to set out for the Cape of Kobylya Golova. Returning to Khuzhir after the photo session. In the afternoon we shall have our final analysis of the material pictured during the last few days, and hold another class in processing photos. Later in the evening there will be a bus to take us to Irkutsk by midnight. Those who would like to have a rest before the flight will have to take care of a hotel room in Irkutsk, the closer to the airport the better. It might be good to buy tickets back home for the early morning, afternoon or evening of the next day, that is, March, 3. Our unforgettable journey along the spring Baikal is over. See you soon, my dear friends! (B/L/)

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of USD800. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact us for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
We reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.


The tour plan above is subject to change. If weather conditions are unfavorable we might not be able to fulfil some of the planned activities.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return. 
Whale sightings arean't guaranteed, but they are very likely.


Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
  • Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee, Heliopan and Singh-Ray filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.



  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a thick thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Water resistant trousers (preferably thermal)
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Ice crampons - you can find it for $10-15 at aliexpress.com (or contact us for assistance)
  • Knee pads will protect you from the cold and sharp ice while shooting on the ice


  • Headlight or ordynary touristic lights for shooting in ice caves



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