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2-Day Photo Tour

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2 days, 1 night

March 14, 2020 —
March 15, 2020

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2 Day Photo Tour

Join other photographers on a two-day drive around the lake, free to stop and photograph to your heart’s content.
  Transportation, guides, accommodation, entrance fees included. 

 Day 1 | Bishkek – Bokonbaevo

 Departure is at 7:00 am from Bishkek. We will meet on the north side of Victory Square, on Frunze Street, starting at 6:30 am.

 Along the way we will stop at Food Zone in Boom Gorge for restrooms and breakfast (if you want).  Bring food and water for the day!

 The day will end in Bokonbaevo, where we will stay at Emily Guest House and eat dinner** (included). 

Photo Ops:

·        Morning light on mountains in Chuy valley

·        Village/animals around Kemin and Kochkor

·        Orto Tokoi reservoir - Double-humped Bactrian camels

·        South Shore of Issyk Kul

·        *Kongor-Olön Valley

·        *Night writing or star captures outside of Temir-Kanat


Day 2 | Bokonbaevo – Bishkek

Breakfast starts at 7:00 at the guesthouse (included).  We will leave by 8:00 to continue the journey along the south side of Issyk-Kul and come back to Bishkek from the north side of Issyk-Kul.  Bring food for lunch, or there will be an opportunity to pick up food in Karakol.

After a dip into the hot pools outside of Cholpon Ata, we will head back to Bishkek, stopping at Food Zone in Boom Gorge along the way.

Photo Ops:


Steam rising in the morning off of the lake.

·        The shores of Issyk-Kul: white/blue contrasts

·        Skazka Canyon,  the infamous “fairytale canyon” that surprises every visitor with its fascinating formations. 

·        Layered ranges of the Tien Shan Mountains

·        *Tamga/Barskoon Valley

·        *Jeti Oguz/Irdyk Valley

·        Dungan mosque and wooden church in Karakol

·        *Karkara valley entrance

·        Petroglyphs at Cholpon-Ata

·        Steamy hot pools at Kara-Oi Village

·        Sunset on the mountains


*Locations are optional and depend on the interests of group.  Weather can also play a factor in determining which roads are safe and open for us to use.

**Vegetarian or vegan options are available for meals.  Please inform us of your dietary preferences when booking so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. 




Tour around the lake, in and out of picturesque scenes, traveling with other photographers. Enjoy the luxury of a car and driver that will stop for those shot-worthy moments, whenever you like.

What to Bring

·        Warm Coat

·        Comfortable clothes for in and out of the car

·        Sturdy shoes

·        Swimming Suit and Towel

·        Camera, lenses, charger, extra batteries, and tripod (if desired)

·        Flashlight

·        Night photography props or lights

·        Toiletries (showers available at guesthouse)

·        Waterbottle or Thermos

·        Food for lunches and snacks


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