Welcome to... Kyrgyzstan

The photographic trip of a lifetime to a land of incredible natural beauty 

Announcing Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour 2021

-- THE LAND OF THE NOMADS --

Join me, Tom Bourdon, on an incredible journey through one of the most interesting countries I've every visited. Starting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's lively capital, and gateway to the rest of Kyrgyzstan, we will head south. Past rivers and stunning turquoise lakes, over mountains, stopping at street markets and dodging horses and herds of goats as we go. Kyrgyzstan truly is a photographers dream.

 

With over 90% of the country over 2000 metres above sea level and an economy based mainly on agriculture, it's not surprising that the country has some amazing locations. A proud nation that is keeping it's traditional nomadic past alive.

 

Kyrgyzstan may not be the most well known of photography hot spots, but that's a tiny part of what gives it its charm.

A NOTE FROM TOM

This Tour Now Has 2 Instructors!

I've managed to convince National Geographic Traveller Photographer Richard James Taylor to join us for no added cost.

Richard it a top travel photographer, just check out some of his achievements below.

and no, we're not increasing the number of students either!

  • Dates

    9th July - 21st July  2021 - SOLD OUT

    24th July - 5 August 2021 - 4 spaces remaining

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation will vary from a 4 star hotel in Bishkek to yurts and simple homestays (guesthouses).

     

  • Entrance Fees

    The price includes all transport, guides and entrance fees specified in the program.

     

  • Physical Ability

    Participants are expected to have a minimal level of fitness as we will be spending hours at a time on our feet with some short hikes.

  • Group Size

    Participants are limited to 8 people. Allowing a more intimate experience and more 1-to-1 time.

  • Food & Drink

    All meals are included. If you have any special dietary requirements just let us know.

     

  • Transportation

    Ground transportation is provided and will mainly be Mercedes Sprinters or 4x4 when required.

  • Category

    All-inclusive. That's accommodation, food, drink, ground transport, activities, tour guide & a few little treats along the way.

PHOTOGRAPHY SKILL LEVEL

Begginer/Novice

Intermediate

Advanced

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

Just a handful of the highlights you can expect on this photo tour to Kyrgyzstan

  • Bishkek a nation's capital

    Shaded green parks and lively, colourful bazaars. With excellent accommodation and food.

  • Traditional Eagle Hunters

    A photo shoot of one of the oldest traditions in Kyrgyzstan. 

  • Traditional Horse Games

    Our own private horse games with 10-15 horse men and boys competing.

  • Camping In Traditional Yurts

    A fascinating way to sink yourself into the culture and traditions of Kyrgyzstan

  • Sunrise At Song-Kul Lake

    The spectacular views and stunning light from this mountain lake have to be seen to be believed.

  • Incredible Natural Beauty

    Mountain lakes, rivers, gorges, canyons and stunning views. A real treat for landscape photographers.

  • Day 1 & 2


    Arrive in Bishkek & Song Kul

    Starting in Bishkek, you will meet myself and our local guide who will be with us at every step of the way. We'll will explore the local markets and enjoy the city at a leisurely pace. Day 2 we'll pick up the pace and head for one of my favourite areas of Kyrgyzstan, the beautiful Son-Kul lake.

  • Day 3 & 4


    Private Horse Games & Eagles

    While staying at the yurts on the banks of Song-Kul we'll have the luxury of our own private horse games. Where local nomads compete in some bizarre horse related performances. The following day we'll head to Issy kul lake to meet and photograph the eagle hunters.

  • Day 5 & 6


    Fairytale Canyon & Kyzyl Oy

    A visit to Fairytale canyon is like walking through a labyrinth of rocks peering up to look at towering rocky columns, a truly fascinating sight. We'll then head to the small village of Kyzyl Oy.

  • Day 7 & 8


    Sarychelek Lake

    After a quick stop off at Chichkan gorge we'll head to Sarychelek Lake. This mountain lake is famed as one of the most impressive lakes in the whole of Kyrgyzstan. Accommodation here will be in traditional nomadic yurts.

  • Day 9 & 10


    Arslanbob

    The small village of Arslanbob is remarkable for its walnut forest (the worlds largest), it has a small but interesting bazaar and rather impressive waterfall. Here we will be staying in a homestay run by a local family.

  • Day 11, 12 & 13


    The beautiful road home

    As we head back towards Bishkek through the alpine pastures of the Suusamyr Valley, we'll be crossing mountain passes, seeing unimaginable turquoise lakes, shepherds, eagles, rivers... We'll also be stopping at the beautiful Chychkan Gorge.

    This itinerary is subject to change 

      IMPORTANT INFORMATION


      • Getting There

        Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, has international flight connections with many destinations.

      • Visas

        Kyrgyzstan offers visa free entry to many countries including North America, Europe and Australia. We can help you investigate the process if you are not from one of the qualifying countries. 

      • Accommodation During The Tour

        During the tour we will stay in a variety of accommodation. From one of the best 4 star hotels in Bishkek to very simple guesthouses and traditional yurts. Accommodation will be warm and comfortable, however there will be occasions when we do not have access to some modern plumbing and electrical luxuries that many of us have become used to. Prices are based on shared rooms.

      • Weather

        As can be expected in a country where the vast majority of attractions are rural and high altitude, the timing of your visit is crucial. We have chosen the best time of the year for this tour. Expect Bishkek to be very hot while up in the mountains it can be quite cool and it can rain (or even snow) at any moment. So bring suitable clothing, we can help with a packing list if required. Sunrise will be around 5:30 am and sunset soon after 8:30 pm.

      • Food & Drink

        All meals are included on this tour. It is worth noting that Kyrgyzstan is not known for its culinary delights. Simple, but tasty, home cooked soups are served with almost every meal. Main courses are usually rice or noodle based meat dishes. Having said that if you have any dietary requirements please let us know and we will do our best to find suitable alternatives.

      • Electrical Supply

        Electrical sockets are circular 2 pin type, as used throughout Europe (type c and f). Voltage output is 220v at 50Htz. Make sure you bring adaptors if required. We will be spending time in locations where there is no possibility to charge electrical devices, with this in mind it is recommended that you bring enough batteries to last for 3 days of shooting.

      • Internet Connection

        On arrival every participant will be given a local SIM card with 30Gb of internet use (included in the package price). However, outside of the major towns coverage can be very limited or even non-existent. We will be travelling and sleeping in areas with no mobile coverage, this may be an inconvenience but something that is out of our control. Be prepared to be off line for a few days at a time.

      • Not Included

        • Air fares to and from Kyrgyzstan
        • Visa application fee (if required)
        • Medical or travel insurance - mandatory to join our trip, we use and recommend World Nomads 
        • Personal expenses
        • Food & drink not specified in the program
        • Tips

      I would like to thank you again for the most wonderful weekend and especially for helping me yesterday morning. 

      Aside from being such a professional you are also all heart! ❤️

      Limor Frumerman, Photography Enthusiast

      BOOK YOUR PLACE 

      A $500 deposit is required to confirm your participation. Send me a message to arrange payment and reserve your spot.

      You will be able to pay the deposit via

      PayPal or credit card.

       

      Payment plans are available on request

      Tour Cost $2795

      -- ALL INCLUSIVE --

      Deposit $500

      Payment plans available

      Interested? Have a question you want to ask before you commit? 

      I totally understand, so lets have a quick one to one call

      and sort out any issues. Send me a message below.

      Your Tour Leader

      Tom Bourdon

      Tom is a multi award-winning documentary travel photographer specialising in recording cultural festivals & celebrations across the globe. He has won the Wanderlust/Nikon Professional Travel Photo of the Year Competition, the PDN World in Focus competition, selected as the Editor choice in the Travel Photographers Society awards and has been a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition for 5 times.

      Tom's work has appeared in numerous international magazines, newspapers, guide books and publications such as the National Geographic Traveller, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Wanderlust, Hello magazine, P&O, Insight Guides and Microsoft. Tom is also the Top Guru at Gurushots.

      Your Instructor

      Richard James Taylor

      For the last 15 years, Richard has been working as a full time travel photographer. His list of achievements range from being awarded the title of Landscape Photographer of the Year  by Professional Photographer Magazine to shooting assignments for the likes of Belmond, P&O Cruises, Pernod-Ricard and various international tourist boards. 

       

      Richard has had almost 300 photos published by the National Geographic Traveller magazine as well as being featured on the covers of several Lonely Planet Guides and being printed in countless other publications. Richard is also an ambassador for LEE Filters and during the trip he will run a workshop on the advantages of using filters in your photography. 

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