Route of program day by day:
Day 1. Airport – Bishkek
Arrival at the morning. Rest up to 13:00. Lunch 14:00. We are starting photo tour with visit largest traditional market (bazaar) in Bishkek. Photo shooting at the bazaar where you can take a colorful photo of local citizens during their routine life. Here you can find a lot interesting faces, women in national clothes and children and appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors. Photo session at the market ~3hours. Closer to evening it is a great time to take a good photo with shadows. Dinner at the restaurant.
Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin
After breakfast, we will visit the heart of the city - Ala-Too Square at 10:00. Photo shooting ~2hours with professional model. After this, we are going to the ancient Burana tower, the roads takes approximately ~2.5hours. Lunch before visiting Burana. We will start photo session at this spot at 15:30 with professional model. Photo shooting up to sunset ~19:00 In the evening we will reach Chon-Kemin valley where will stay for overnight.
Day 3. Chon-Kemin – Issyk-Kul lake
Today we will have a photo session with Kyrgyz musicians at the Issyk-Kul lakeshore. Time for photo session ~17:00 – 20:00, this time is the best choice for a photography due to the light. Transfer from Chon-Kemin is going through Boom gorge where we will have several stops for taking picturesque photo. Free time after lunch up to photo session begins.
Day 4. Issyk-Kul lake – Karakol
Free time up to lunch. Then we are going to Karakol where we will have a photo session of traditional Kyrgyz game “Kok-Boru”. Instead of usual game playing you will have photo stages of the most spectaculars moments with awesome mountain background. Kok-Boru – it is traditional sport played on Horseback with the Carcass of a Goat. It is like nomad’s polo but more wild and rough.
Day 5. Karakol – Tamga
Visiting Djety-Oguz valley where we will take a photo of nomads at their natural habitat. Photo session duration: ~2-3 hours. At the second part of the day next photo stage with professional well equipped Eagle-Hunter (This man know how to pose well) In the evening, there is a possibility to take the sauna.
Day 6. Tamga – Son Kul
Today at the morning we will have 2 photo sessions: sunrise and horse riders at the lake shore. The south part of the Issyk-Kul lake is more suitable for sunset photography. Photo session of sunrise at the lakeshore will proceed early in morning. (optionally for participants who wish it) Necessary to get-up at ~05:00. A little later at 09:00, we will take a photo in motion of Horse riders in traditional clothes at the lakeshore. After all we are going to the Son-Kul lake, where will have ability to take a photo of sunset. Overnight at traditional Kyrgyz house “Yurta” where you can fell like a nomad. Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability.
Day 7. Son-Kul - Kochkor
Many photographers are visiting Kyrgyzstan only for sunrise at the Son-Kul lake, and here you will have such ability to do it. Later you have free time for taking photo of nomad’s who is living there and familiarizing with nomad’s culture. At the evening we will reach Kochkor village. Here you can take photos of traditional felt production.
Photo production stages:
- Models - 2 times
- Felt production show – 1 time
- Kok-Boru – 1 time
- Kyrgyz traditional musicians – 1 time
- Felt production show – 1 time
- Eagle Hunter – 1 time
- Horse riders in motion – 1 time
- All transfers
- Accommodation described in the program
- Full board
- Visits described in the program
- Photo production stages