Kyrgyzstan Photo Expedition

With Tim Vollmer
1-13 Jun 2020

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Beautiful Lake

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Exotic View

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Tim Vollmer

Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt himself drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. 

Tour Highlights


  • 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, 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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Silk Road

Join us for this photo tour of Kyrgyztan, 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. Kyrgyztan is often referred to as the little sibling of Kazakhstan.


What you will miss...


1 Jun – 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

2 Jun – 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

3 Jun – Bishkek – Ala Archa National Park -Bishkek

After breakfast in hotel we drive to the National Park Ala Archa, which situated at 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 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

4 Jun – Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin

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»

Saturday 14 March – Arba Minch – Dorze – Arba Minch

In the morning after breakfast proceed to Dorze, in order to visit the Dorze village who set in the highland above Arba Minch. The Dorze people are known for their tall beehive-like houses and their fine cotton weaving.  You will visit the village and learn about the daily lives of these industrious people. The Dorze people belong to one of the Omotic groups in the South West of Ethiopia. They are a hard working tribe renowned for their skill in weaving, bamboo carpentry and other traditional crafts. Then after the visit continue drive back to Arba Minch. Overnight  at Paradise Lodge.

Sunday 15 March – Arba Minch – Konso – Jinka

In the morning we will drive to Jinka via konso . The Konso people are known for their wooden statues, known as wakas, which are erected in honor of dead heroes as well as their innovative agricultural terracing You will visit there village for 1- 2 hours. Overnight in Jinka at Eco Omo Lodge.

Monday 16 March – Jinka – Mursi – Jinka

Early In the morning we head to the unique tribe of Mursi ( The women are famous for putting clay made circular lip and ear plates which symbolizes beauty in honor ) crossing through Mago National Park in order to reach their village. We will visit the uninterrupted authentic daily life activities then. After visiting back to Jinka overnight in Jinka at Eco Omo Lodge.

Tuesday 17 March – Jinka – Dimeka – Turmi

Today is a market days in Aliduba  villages which is one of the most colorful markets in the area and is visited by many tribes, including Hamer, Banna and Ari and  Tsemay . Afterwards, continue to  Turmi. Overnight at  Buska Lodge.

Wednesday 18 March – Turmi – Omorate – Turmi

In the morning, take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech tribe. Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter at Dassenech village. Afterwards back to turmi in the afternoon  we will  go for a visit to a local Hamer village. If there is Jumping of the Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited (optional) Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Thursday 19 March – Turmi – Karo

On this day we will drive to karo  to visit the Karo tribes famous tribes in south Omo zone with their body painting and are ferrous warrior mens. The Karo tribe use red ochre and white chalk to create intricate designs on their faces and bodies and although they live in a world far removed from urban life, its the same for women of the Karo tribe in Ethiopia. Overnight  in  Omo National Park through camping where we will have an excellent cook.with us and a well-organized team with complete and clean camping gears enough for all.

Friday 20 March – Omo Park – Kibish – Surma 

In the morning we drive to Kibish  through Omo National Park as to visit the list visited Surma ( Suri ) tribes accessing them deep in to their villages and this will be an unforgettable experience for any traveller and you as well as your team will love this experience. Overnight through camping in Kibish.

Saturday 21 March – Around Kibish – Surma

In the morning visiting a number of untouched Surma villages where we will make some drive to get to know the tribes morning life activities without any interruption to their normal life but witnessing a wonderful and genuine activities up to their door steps.  Overnight  through camping again in Kibish.

Sunday 22 March – Kibish – Turmi

In the morning we will continue our journey back to Turmi Overnight in Buska Lodge.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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
  • Photo production stages:
    • Models -3 times (Ala-Too, Ala-Archa, Burana)
    • Kok-Boru – 1 time
    • Kyrgyz traditional musicians – 1 time
    • Felt production show – 1 timeActivities:
      • Hiking
      • Eagle hunter
      • Hot springs
      • Horseback riding
  • Alcohol and additional non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Travel insurance, health insurances.
  • 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.

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,


Bishkek – Plaza Hotel (3 nights)

Chon Kemin Valley – Guesthouse Ashuu (1 night)

Cholpon-Ata – Hotel Caprice (1 night)

Karakol – Hotel Karagat (2 night)

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 nights)


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

Discover the great Kyrgyzstan with Tim

Price of Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour : $3999

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