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The Mongolia photo tour its a full travel experience around the nomad country. We will explore the Altai region, where we will live with the eagle hunters & travel around the Gobi desert living in Nomadic Ger Camps. A travel to photograph the infinite landscapes of Mongolia, but also for portraits of the nomad culture of the country. Guided by local guides all the time, we will flight to the East to drive around the Altai mountains, photographing the nomads lifestyle & driving in the middle of Gobi desert to photograph the dunes & rocky landscapes of this area.
Genghis Khan Ulan Bator airport, Mongolia
Our Mongolia photo tour begins at the Ulan Bator airport, at a time that we will agree. This first day, we will take the opportunity to get to know each other and rest. After a long journey here, and before the great adventure that concerns us we will rest in our hotel at the capital of Mongolia.
Today, we will take a flight to Ulgii (included in the price), to the first of the areas that we will explore in Mongolia, the Bayan-Ulgii province. There we will live with the Mongol nomads in the steppe at the foot of the Altai mountains. As soon we arrive at the airport, we will take our transport to move to the nomads camp, where we will have dinner with them and spend the night.
From the moment of our arrival, we will have the possibility of both talking to them and photographing them in their daily tasks. In addition, we will have the possibility to carry out our first session at sunset, of the incredible landscapes where the nomads move during the summer.
During this day, after getting up early to do a session at dawn. We will begin to visit the Mongolian landscapes accompanied at all times by our hosts, who will be dressed in traditional Mongolian costumes riding on horseback carrying the eagles to be able to photograph them as we wish throughout the day.
Together with our guides, we will choose the locations through which we will move, and in which we can photograph our hunters with eagles in them posing in these incredible landscapes.
At night we will return to our camp, where the family of nomads will taste us with typical Mongolian food. Also we can take night photography around the camp to capture the Milky Way.
This last full day in the area with the nomads we will take advantage of to photograph some of the locations that may have been pending in previous days. Otherwise, we will visit other locations and views of this area, or we may even repeat any of the above under different lighting conditions.
We will awake early in the morning to take our last photographs in the camp, before leaving for the Kurgan Mountains. There we can photograph these incredible mountains surrounded by lakes with Lake Khoton, or impressive waterfalls with snowy peaks in the background.
Our guides set up camp for the next two nights, we will explore and photograph these landscapes to prepare to photograph the sunset near the lake. In this area we will do also night sessions, as the zero light pollution will allow us to take extraordinary night shots.
Today we will go back to the same lake from which we photographed the sunset the day before, in this case to capture the first lights of the day. Often, it is at this time that we are fortunate enough to photograph under windless conditions, which would help us achieve those beautiful reflections in the lake waters. From the shore of it, we can see the incredible Altai mountains in the background.
After this, we will make a simple hiking route to explore the valley in which we are located. We can even do an optional slightly longer trek, which would take us to see Bronze Age petroglyphs, which we will value depending on the energy we have at the moment.
In the afternoon, we will go back to the small lake, to photograph a new sunset from it. The climate here can be quite changeable, which means that the light conditions tend to vary very frequently, so it is likely that we can enjoy sessions very differently from each other.
After our session at sunset, we will return to the camp where we will again have the possibility of taking night photography.
Today we will dismantle our camp, to resume our journey towards Ulgii, the town where we spent the night a few days before. Here, we will have time to rest a bit, recover and relax after these first days of intense photographic activity in Mongolia.
We will spend the night in the same accommodation where we were at the beginning of the trip.
Today we will take a flight back to the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator, where we will spend the day and rest before embarking on our second part of the journey to the Gobi desert.
We will get up early to start our Gobi desert photo tour. After traveling 250 km we will arrive at our first destination, the rock formations of Baga Gazariin Chuluu. At a height of 1,751 meters (1.09 miles), they form a granite canyon erected in the heart of the steppe, and which lead into the desert with landscapes that can remind us of the Western United States. Some of the canyon’s side entrances are not very accessible, but most allow you to enter and take wonderful walks in this rocky labyrinth, and which of course offer us wonderful photographs throughout the tour. At dusk we will have the possibility to make our first session in this part of Mongolia, before returning to the camp where we will have dinner and we will be able to take night photography among the rocks of this impressive canyon.
Today we will continue our route to Yoliin Am, stopping to photograph the Tsagaan Suvarga (white stupa), a 400 meter long cliff that was formed 10 million years ago when it was covered by a sea. Erosion caused the rock to form these distinctive structures and the rock to take on purple, yellowish, and white colors.
We will arrive at our destination at noon, where we will meet a new nomadic family that will host us in their camp at night. Once established in the camp, we will drive to the Yolyn Am canyon that is named after the nearly extinct bearded vulture. Yoliin Am is an oasis in the Gobi desert, and is part of the great national park. We will tour its gorge, where we can photograph both the canyon and the top of the cliffs of the Siberian ibex, while we walk through this location that even on hot days remains cold due to the absence of sun and even snow in some parts.
Once the tour is over, we will return to the nomad camp where we will have dinner and once again we will have incredible night sessions both outside and inside the typical nomad tents.
Today we will continue our journey through the Gobi desert, until we reach the “Khongoryn Els” sand dunes. These are really impressive sand dunes that reach a height of 800 meters, 20 km wide and about 100 km long, which of course always move and change. They are also known as the “singing dunes”, since when it is windy the grains of sand rub against each other making a unique sound. In these landscapes we will camp for two days, being able to take pictures of the desert landscapes with camels.
During this day, we will explore these impressive desert landscapes of the Gobi. We will walk through its dunes, we will live among camels and we will seek to enjoy the wildest and most inhospitable nature of Mongolia. Throughout the day and especially at sunset, we will have the possibility to photograph the most hidden and impressive landscapes of one of the largest deserts in the world.
As every day, at night, we will take night photography where the starry sky will offer us all its splendor given its low light pollution.
Today, during our last full day in the Gobi desert, we will be approaching to photograph the Bayanzag area, named for the tree-shaped bushes, similar to the American Joshua tree. It is also known as the “flaming cliffs”, given the orange color that glows with the sunlight, and that will remind us of landscapes of the American West. In addition this area is known as the first where dinosaur eggs were found, in addition to their bones such as the velociraptor.
As always, the best time of day to photograph in this area will be sunset, where the rock will take on even more intense colors. Given the rock formations in the area, we will be able to make magnificent compositions of this part of the Gobi desert, as well as be ready for night photography in the area, where we will camp our last night.
On our last day in the desert, we will take the road back to the capital. We will pick up the camp and head back to Ulan Bator, the capital, where we will spend the last night of this fantastic Mongolia photo tour.
We will go to the Genghis Khan airport where will finish our Mongolia photo tour.
Price based on the participation of a minimum of 6 participants. In case there are not enough participants, the possibility of making the trip will be offered with an increase proportional to the price, or a 100% refund of the total paid.
The last time of exchange rate calculation was 15th of May 2020, the final price can be modified up to 30 days before the tour start.
The accommodations offered are double rooms with private bathrooms and shared yurts or tents at Altai & Gobi desert.
You can book individual room during the process of book your place for the photo tour. Also you can write us to [email protected] later with this or another request about this tour.
This tour include a basic insurance, we suggest to contract a full cover insurance. Contact us to expand your insurance coverage.
All our tours include all internal transports (cars, vans, trains or flights). We don’t include international flights, but we will guide you at the moment of your booking the best options to arrive to the destiny from your home.
The itinerary mentioned above can be changed due a force mayor reasons as weather conditions or accidents for example. The tour is though for photographers of all levels, so we will prioritise the capture of photographies than tourist visits. Anyway, we always have time to rest or buy souvenirs during the free time.
To book your place you need to pay the 20% of the total cost. Reservations can be made up to 30 days before the start of the trip, and the total payment must be made 15 days before the trip.
This tour is done by Western Mongolia Tour LLC, PhotoWorldTours acts as an intermediary, due to illness or other reasons the trip may be made by another guide.
Before 90 days we refund the 100%. Before 30 days we refund 80% of the total cost of the tour. Less than 30 days there is no refund (we recommend to contract a full insurance to cover this).
Please, check the section “This tour include” and “This tour not include” to know more details about meals, guides or other services include.