- International Airfare/train ticket
- 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)
- Model fees
- Optional activities such as camel/horse riding etc
- What is not mentioned as included
Itinerary of Mongolia Photo Tour
Day 1. July 2. ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR:
TOUR OF THE CITY, INCLUDING THE GANDAN MONASTERY.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and we will transfer you to the hotel (required to arrive before 12 pm).
A day to acclimate to the time change and give you a city tour of Ulaanbaatar. This easy tour takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter high gilded statue of the Buddha and other temples in the nation’s capitol. After our short excursion into Mongolian culture and history, we will gather back at the hotel and discuss the week’s activities, find out your expectations and give you the itinerary for the workshop. At night we will visit a local musical performance including throat singing and Mongolian contortionists.
Day 2. July 3. ULAANBAATAR – HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK
Today we travel to Hustai National Park, a Specially Protected Area in 1993, a year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi to the Hustai. The HNP extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe at the boundaries of Altanbulag, Argalant and Bayankhangai Soums of Tov province. The park is about 95 km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west.
The HNP covers 50.6 ha land which is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. 44 species of mammals have been recorded, including the famous Przewalski horses, the Red deer, Mongolian gazelle, Roe deer, Wild boar, Wild sheep, Ibex, Mongolian marmots, Grey wolves, Lynx, Pallas’ cat, Red fox, Corsac fox and Eurasian badger. The 217 species of birds include Golden eagle, Lammergeier, Great bustard, Whooper swan, Black stork, Daurian partridge and Little owl.
We will also take a model with us with two period costumes for a photo shoot in the countryside near Ulaanbaatar. Costumes will be replicas of 12th and 13th century royalty and nomadic wear.
Dinner and overnight in the Ulaanbaatar.eals: B-L-D.
Day 3-6. July 4-7. ULAANBAATAR – BAYAN-OGLI – ULAANBAATAR
Day 3 we will travel day to Bayan-Ogli, the western most province of Mongolia and travel to a local family, our hosts the next two nights. Here, you will immerse yourself in the Kazakh traditions and live and sleep in our own Ger tents with a nomadic family. During our time here we will live in a valley surrounded by mountains, the fields dotted with sheep, yak, horses, and local families that will invite you into their homes, engage in conversation with us and allow us to take photos of them as they live as they did for generations.
We will also have four private photo shoots with traditional eagle hunters in mountain settings as they put their eagles and horses through their traditional hunting. You will witness eagles flying from mountains and landing on eagle hunters arms as they ride on horseback. You will photograph eagles hunting prey and be able to photograph these hunters running and riding horses with the eagles on their arms. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience.
Included in these days are your meals & accommodation (Day 4 & 5 at Kazakh Ger shared accommodation
in Ger tents: men in 1 Ger tent, women in another; Day 6 in a local Hotel in Ulgii; and on July 7 you will stay
in Hotel-9 in Ulaanbaatar.
Day 7. July 8. ULAANBAATAR – ELSEN TASARKHAI.
After breakfast at the hotel, we pack the vehicles and depart to the west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia. Today we will depart the modern, urban setting of UB and travel through many small villages. And sprawling countryside that is framed by endless skies and distant mountains. Today you will have the opportunity to see farmers working in their fields, cashmere being prepared for transport and numerous horse farms. You will also get your first introduction to many of the eagles and hawks that inhabit the countryside. Transfer to camp near the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. Optional hiking in Khogno Khaan with a visit to the Khamba monastery ruins. If the skies co-operate later in the day and evening, we will head out under minimal light pollution and
photograph the stars and mountains that frame the area where we will be. Your opportunity to learn more long exposure techniques in this unique land.
Tourist Ger camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner includedrooms, ensuite. Included meals: B-L-D.
Day 8. July 9. ELSEN TASARKHAI – KARAKORUM.
We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, Museum of Karakorum and its surroundings, the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc, and in the afternoon you will get your first taste of a rural Naadam festival in the country. You will witness local athletes try to qualify for the national Naadam Festival in an intimate setting that is much more conducive for photograph in a country setting. You will also be able to see Mongolia’s Golden eagles and the many hawks that fly the skies as we wander the ancient town of Karakorum. If the skies co-operate early in the morning and later in the day and evening, we will head out under minimal light pollution and photograph the sunrise, the sunset and the stars and mountains that frame the area where we will be. Your opportunity to learn more long exposure techniques in this unique land.
Tourist Ger camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 9. July 10. NAADAM FESTIVAL IN KARAKORUM.
Breakfast at the ger camp in Karakorum. Enjoy photographing the local Naadam festival and events in the morning and afternoon. In the early evening visit the green valley of the Orkhon – the cradle for many nomadic states including the Turks and the Mongols, and a UNESCO world heritage site along with ancient capital Karakorum. Visit nomadic families and enjoying optional hiking or horse riding. Return to Karakorum in the evening.
Tourist Ger camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 10. July 11. KARAKORUM – ULAANBAATAR.
Leave very early and drive to the east to Ulaanbaatar, stopping along the way for the horse racing along the highway back to UB. Head to the central area for the Naadam festival events such as archery, wrestling and ankle bone shooting. Head from there to the hotel. At night there is a fireworks display in the main square just 200meters from the hotel.
Hotel 3*. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Day 11. July 12. DEPART FROM ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA.
Transfer to the airport in the morning.
per person in double room
Single participants must book single supplement (limit to max 3)
July 2 – 12, 2017
11 days/10 nights
landscape, Villages, mountains, culture, people
Hustai National Park,
Mongol Els Sand Dunes,
Monastery Erdene Zuu,
- Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
- Twin/double share at an excellent hotel*** for 4 nights, and 4 nights at standard tourist Ger camp/local
hotel with shared washing facilities, and shared accommodation at Kazakh nomadic family for 2 nights.
- Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- Private transportation + fuel, road taxes (comfortableminivan with AC in/around Ulaanbaatar-Karakorum; Russian minivan in Bayan-Ulgii province)
- Ulaanbaatar – Bayan-Ulgii RT flight + Tax (10+5kg free luggage; 2-3 USD per excess kilo)
- Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Naadam ticket (afternoon of July 11)
- 2 sessions with 2-3 Kazakh hunters with trained Golden eagles
- Full-time services of your English speaking local guide
- Electricity generator at the Kazakh family
- 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day/pax
- Visa support invitation letter where applicable
- Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!
You will organise your own travel to and from Ulaanbaatar.
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. 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 are 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 an 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 Czech Republic.
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Chicago-based photographer, Dean J. Tatooles, is the owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris. In his professional career, Dean has specialized in landscape and wildlife photography and indigenous portraiture. His travels have taken him across all seven continents multiple times.
Dean works primarily with Nikon digital SLR equipment to capture his wildlife images and indigenous portraits and a Linhof 617 S III Technorama medium format panoramic camera to produce his majestic landscapes. At a young age, Dean became fascinated with the topography, culture and wildlife of certain locations in the Southern Hemisphere. In that spirit, he created Southern Cross Galleries after the constellation that bears its name and is only visible from below the Equator. His hope is that his work touches that sense of adventure in everyone and that viewers of his photographs will be transported to another time and place, even if it’s for just a moment.
As owner and operator of Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris, Dean in conjunction with his global partners, has lead photo tours all across the globe. The world is his workplace and Dean is eager to share his passion for photography with others whenever he can. Southern Cross Galleries Photo Safaris’ photo tours are always small and intimate –with rarely more than six to eight guests on a given trip. Wherever possible, mass tourism and the norm are avoided, opting for the more “off the beaten path” locations. Dean understands that light and timing are everything in creating that perfect photo and makes sure to have his guests in the right place at the right time to maximize opportunities. Accordingly, scheduling is flexible and his tours adapt constantly to conditions on the ground. Dean is happy to have many return guests over the years and hopes that you will choose to travel with us on your next adventure.