Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour

– Silk Road – Kyrgyzstan Photo tour – 

Join us for this Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour, a Central Asian country along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. The Tian Shan mountains, which surround the old caravan route and dominate the country, are home to snow leopards, lynx, and sheep. Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as the little sibling of Kazakhstan.

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan

  • Bishkek. Local models, traditional oriental and very colorful Bazaar, traditional living and clothes
  • Ala Archa National Park. Beautiful alpine views, snow peaks, rivers
  • Burana Tower, a national monument
  • Boom gorge. Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca
  • Kok-Boru, a traditional sport played on horseback
  • “Seven bulls” rocks and hike to the “Tears of Snow Leopard” waterfall
  • Visit traditional yurts
  • Sunrise at the Son-Kul lake, breakfast in the yurt
  • Traditional handicraft. Try your own hand at making felt and traditional Kyrgyz carpets.
  • Kegety Gorge, home to numerous streams, alpine meadows, and spruce forests
  • Horse riders in Kegety gorge

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Kyrgyzstan Photo Tours

Itinerary of Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour

Day 1  Arrival in Bishkek

Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek.  Our team welcome you and drive you to hotel situated in the capital. You have the rest until the 12:00 than the lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon we will visit of the capital-Bishkek to see and capture the Orthodox Church, Oak Park, theater of Opera and Ballet, place of the Victory, TCUM. Dinner at the restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Plaza

Day 2 – Bishkek

After breakfast in the hotel, we start our visit from the heart of the city – Ala-Too Square at 10:00, photo shooting ~2hours with professional model, gallery of painters, and square of the Victory. Lunch in the restaurant. Closer to evening it is a great time to take a good photo with shadows.  Let’s visit largest traditional market (bazaar) in Bishkek. 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. Dinner at the restaurant. Accommodation: Hotel Plaza

Day 3 –  Bishkek – Ala Archa National Park -Bishkek

Today on our Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour we drive to the National Park Ala Archa, which situated 30 km from the capital. One hour later, you get a picturesque valley with a mountain river Ala-Archa. You will have the opportunity to hike in the gorge and enjoy the beautiful alpine views. The park has everything that you might expect of an alpine zone – snow peaks, fast-flowing streams, alpine meadows, and pine forest, that’s all creates a perfect place to have a rest and relax. You can also enjoy a picnic in the fresh air during the walking in this park. We try to go up to the waterfall. Photo shooting in Ala-Archa gorge ~2hours with a professional model. In the evening back to Bishkek where we have dinner in the local restaurant, you will taste the national cuisine. Accommodation: Hotel Plaza

Day 4 –  Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemina

After breakfast we are leaving Bishkek and driving around 2-3 hours to the Burana Tower. 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. Accommodation: Guest house «Ashuu»

Day 5 – Chon-Kemin – Cholpon-Ata

Transfer from Chon-Kemin is going through Boom gorge where we will have several stops for taking picturesque photo. We go to Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. It is at an altitude of 1,607 meters and reaches 668 meters in depth. Will stay in the city of Venus-Cholpon-Ata. It is the main resort town of Issyk-Kul region. We will discover the cultural and historical complex Ruh Ordo, a spiritual place and monument for 4 main religions of the world and the open air museum. Free time for photo session of the lake ~17:00 – 20:00, this time is the best for a photography due to the light. Accommodation: Hotel «Caprice»

Day 6 – Cholpon-Ata – Karakol

Breakfast at the hotel, than 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. After the photo shooting transfer to hotel. Dinner at the ethno restaurant « Dastorkon». Accommodation: Hotel «Karagat» 

Day 7 – Karakol –Altyn-Arashan- Karakol

This day, we try a special transport on real broken mountain roads; we have to overcome the enormous rocks, ravines and pits. This ride should to be very exciting and fascinating. When we arrive at Altyn Arashan, the incredible beauty of these places strikes our eyes. Later, swimming in the hot springs is preview. The road back will be full of unforgettable emotions thanks to terrain and driver’s talent. Accommodation: Hotel «Karagat»

Day 8 – Karakol – Jety-Oguz—Barskoon-Tamga

Today on our Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour, we go Jety Oguz valley. Its name means “Seven bulls”. The name is symbolic, because there are seven huge red-brown rocks resembling ranked furious bulls standing together. Especially romantic look has the rock “Broken Heart” located at the entrance to the gorge. We go for hiking to the waterfall. After we visit, the Barskoon Gorge with impressive nature and the waterfall called Tears of Snow Leopard. At the foot of the mountain, you can also enjoy the beautiful Barskoon River. During the summertime, people build yurts here, so you can try the Kyrgyz traditional drink Kymys and enjoy the beauty of the landscape .In the evening, you will try a real Russian bath “banya” in Tamga. Accommodation: Guest house «U Pavla»  

Day 9 – Tamga-Canyon «Fairy Tale» – Bokonbaevo-Son-Kul

Breakfast in the guesthouse and transfer to Son-Kul lake. On the road, we visit Skazka canyons, which signify Fairytale. Here you can find objects of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal may appear in front of you. In Bokonbaevo, we will meet the real eagle hunters who demonstrate you the talent of their birds of prey. When we arrive in the yurts camp, you get to know the hospitality of the nomads, their lifestyle and their customs. Accommodation: Yurt camp

Day 10 – 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. Breakfast in the yurt. We will return to the civilization descending from the pass and passing along one of the most important roads of the country. In Kochkor, the visit of the cooperative of women, very little museum of antiquity and shop of handcrafts. We will participate in producing the felt, traditional Kyrgyz carpets and enjoy the Kyrgyz traditional folk music. Accommodation: Fatima’s guest house 

Day 11 – Kochkor -Kegety- Alamedin

After breakfast, we go to Kegety gorge. Kegety Gorge is home to numerous streams, alpine meadows, and spruce forests.  One stream in particular crescendos into a beautiful waterfall that is one of the most visited features within Kegety Gorge.  The falls are 20 meters high and are located just 100 meters from the main road in the gorge. After hiking and having picnic in Kegety gorge, we will go to Alamedin gorge and will stay in very comfortable hotel and have a rest. Accommodation: Hotel «Jannat Resort»

Day 12 – Alamedin -Bishkek 

Early in the morning, the beautiful light will open the new corner of the gorge.  The horse riding in the gorge. You can take your time, take photos and enjoy the beauty of the nature around you. After lunch, transfer to Bishkek. Free time in hotel. Farewell dinner in the eveningAccommodation: Hotel «Plaza»

Day 13 – Bishkek

Flying home. end of our Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour.

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June 5 – 17, 2021


13 days/12 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, nature, architecture, Villages, culture, people,


Bishkek – Plaza Hotel (3 nights)

Chon Kemin Valley – Guesthouse Ashuu (1 night)

Cholpon-Ata – Hotel Caprice (1 night)

Karakol – Hotel Karagat (2 nights)

Tamga – Guesthouse U Pavla(1 night)

Son-Kul – Yurt camp (1 night)

Kochkor – Fatimas Guest House (1 night)

Alamedin – Jannat Resort (1 night)

Bishkek – Plaza Hotel (1 night)


Bishkek, Ala Archa National Park, Ala-Archa gorge, Burana, Chon Kemin valley, Cholpon-Ata, Issyk-Kul, Ruh Ordo, Karakol, Altyn Arashan, Jety-Oguz, Barskoon-Tamga, tamga canyon, Bokonbaevo, Son-Kul Lake, Kochkor, Kegety, Kegety gorge, Alamedin


  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the Airport.
  • Accommodation based on twin room sharing.
  • Meal plan full board, all meals 
  • Private Road transport in mini-bus (Mercedes sprinter)
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Professional photography instructor Tim Vollmer
  • Photoproduction stages:
    • Models -3 times (Ala-Too, Ala-Archa, Burana)
    • Kok-Boru – 1 time
    • Kyrgyz traditional musicians – 1 time
    •  – 1-time activities:
      • Hiking
      • Eagle hunter
      • Hot springs
      • Horseback riding
      • Felt production show

Not included:

  • Alcohol and additional non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel insurance, health insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary)
  • What is not mentioned as included

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to and from Bishkek.

Join me on the Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour

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Tim Vollmer

Photography Instructor for the Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country. His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images.

His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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