12 Day Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour | Mountains, Lakes & Canyons
Discover the hidden beauty of a paradise still unexplored on this 12-day photography adventure into the heart of Kyrgyzstan!
This small country in Central Asia has a lot for the discerning traveller to unpack. From epic mountains to glorious lakes, undulating valleys and rugged canyons, the natural landscape offers an abundance of photographic opportunities that will no doubt leave you breathless.
This tour is guided by award-winning landscape photographer, Albert Dros, who has made it his mission to take you to some of the most incredible locations in Kyrgyzstan which have only recently come to attention. He has spent years scouting the terrain, looking for unique and photogenic places to capture. Aside from teaching you in-field, he will provide a series of post-processing masterclass sessions to ensure that you'll have a great educational experience.
For the duration of the tour, you'll be accompanied by Albert's local team, who will provide expert knowledge in the way of the history and culture. While you will stay in the best hotels by Kyrgyz standards in the cities, you will move on to more modest accommodation in tents and yurts when you are in the countryside. All of your meals will be provided, meaning that you can spend time focused on improving your photography skills.
Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience the wild and rugged nature of Kyrgyzstan! Places are limited. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Day 1: Bishkek (Arrival Day)
Day 2 - Day 2: Karakol
Day 3 - Day 3: Karakol Peak
Day 4 - Day 4: Karakol Peak
Day 5 - Day 5: Peak Eltcin
Day 6 - Day 6: Sary-Jaz
Day 7 - Day 7: Sary-Jaz
Day 8 - Day 8: South Issyk-Kul Area
Day 9 - Day 9: South Issyk-Kul Area
Day 10 - Day 10: Bokonabevo to Son-Kol Lake
Day 11 - Day 11: Son-Kol Lake to Bishkek
Day 12 - Day 12: Departure
Comfort and Shape
During this tour, you will be sometimes sleeping in tents and yurts. Kyrgyzstan does not have luxury hotels in many places, especially the mountains. When you are in the villages, then you will be staying in the best hotels but in the mountains, you will live the real Kyrgyz lifestyle. Tents and yurts will be supplied.
There is some basic horse riding involved during this workshop. Even if you have never ridden a horse before, we will teach you how to do it.
Regarding hiking, we will occasionally walk but you will never be expected to do any whole day hikes. Most of the walking will be max 1-2 hours, so you don’t need to be extremely fit but if you have issues with basic hiking, then this tour might not be for you.
11-22 Jun 2021 – Guided by Albert Dros + local Kyrgyz team
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Albert is a Dutch photographer with an extreme passion for landscape photography. He aims to capture places and certain moments in the best way possible by using his own vision and unique style. His style consists of strong vibrant, sometimes fairytale like images in which he expresses himself. Albert has a background in Design, Video and Animation. He has worked for himself his whole life and has as a Master Degree in Multimedia & Entertainment Technology.
Albert loves to travel. Next to photo tours and workshops he likes to explore the world on his own or with friends. He has a passion for visiting the most beautiful spots in the world, whether known or unknown. Challenging himself is what keeps him motivated. Albert loves planning his shots carefully.
He does this with great detail to make sure his efforts have the highest chances of success. He sometimes plans days, weeks, months or even years to get that particular shot he wants. Challenging himself combined with planning and writing a story of the whole process is Albert’s specialty. He is always looking for new challenges and adventures. He is able to find beauty anywhere in the world: from misty mornings in the forests minutes away from his home to rooftops of the highest buildings in Dubai to remote locations in Iceland or the US. Next to taking photos, Albert also likes to teach and write about photography.
He occasionally writes for the most well known Photography magazines both on - and offline. Along that he has worked with many brands in the photography industry and is an official Sony Ambassador of Imaging.
His work has been featured in some of the biggest news outlets & magazines worldwide, like TIME, National Geographic and Adobe.