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This Mongolia Photo Tour, from August the 16th to the 30th, 2023, will be one of our most amazing photo adventures for the year. Visiting wild lands, as well as desert and mountain landscapes, and staying with nomads, will be part of the experience we have prepared for you. A fabulous opportunity for Nature and photography lovers,
Located between Central and East Asia, Mongolia is the least densely populated country in the world. The country is surrounded by vast steppes and the Altai Mountains to the west, and the Gobi Desert to the South. All of them, places that we will be exploring during the two weeks that we will spend in Mongolia. Visiting this destination will allow us to enjoy the many possibilities of a still not too crowded country. An area that remains authentic and wild, offering us its full potential to explore and photograph it. Both its landscapes and its people, will brings us extraordinary photo opportunities.
This will be one of our most exclusive photo tours, as well as a really unforgettable experience. Our own travel agency, specialized in photography trips, will be dealing with all the organization. At the same time, you’ll be accompanied by our experienced photo guides. However, we will also have a local agency team guiding us during the whole trip. Given this, you’ll be able to enjoy the trip at its best, focusing only in taking the best possible pictures.
This will be a landscape and portrait photo tour. During the 15 days of the trip, we’ll have constant chances of getting wonderful images of both types of photography.
Mongolia is home to a great variety of landscapes, from the amazing Altai Range, to the incredible Gobi Desert. The Altai mountains will bring us extraordinary landscape opportunities, being able to capture wonderful images of its lakes, with the stunning peaks in the background. We’ll be discovering really spectacular sceneries, in a still quite wild area, something that will be totally worth it!
In contrast, the Gobi dessert, as well as the sceneries we will visit in our routes to and from it, will reward us with outstanding raw and desertic landscapes, extraordinary views for our photographic purposes. We will be able to capture the wonderful sand dunes in Gobi, but also incredible canyons, or unbelievable rock formations.
As always, we will pay special attention to sunrises and sunsets, searching for the most beautiful lights. This way, we’ll be visiting the most photogenic spots at those times, trying to get the most spectacular photos. Besides, in this Mongolia Photo Tour, we’ll be doing some night photography sessions, capturing some of those wonderful sceneries during the night.
Then, one of the highlights of a Mongolia photo tour is social photography. Every single day, we’ll have lots of great opportunities to photograph the locals. From the people in towns, to the marvelous nomads, we’ll manage to get dozens of lovely portrait pictures in our trip. In this way, to guarantee the best possible experience, we’ll be staying in nomads’ yurts during part of the trip. Thanks to that, we’ll be able to get the best possible portraits of them, while we enjoy unforgettable moments with them. A truly amazing venture!
Basically, we are hosting this Mongolia photo tour at August because all locations will be open at this time of the year. Mongolia’s weather during the cold months is one of the hardest around the world, and most roads are closed or difficult to access. Summer can be sometimes rainy, but it’s something that we’ll be able to deal with!
At the same time, for living the kind of experience we have organized, including staying at yurts, we need to travel there at a time when weather is not so bad.
Then, although it’s still summer, August is way less crowded than June or July, so it will add for the greatest experience!
This Mongolia photo tour is recommended for anyone who likes photography. A great choice for both landscape and social photography lovers, who will have plenty of chances to enjoy their passion while they learn and improve their photography.
We consider this photo tour as an easy to do trip. It will be suitable for all physical conditions, ages and photography levels. There are no minimum physical conditions required to join us, since we won’t be doing long or complicated hikes. We’ll be often walking around the locations, searching for those perfect spots and subjects, but we always talk about easy hikes. Our local team will always take us very close to our shooting locations.
At the same time, there is no age limit. Anyone can join this Mongolia photo tour, as long as they are reasonably healthy and well.
Finally, no minimum photography level is required to join the photo tour. Whether you are a beginner, an advanced or a professional photo lover, our photographers will bring you personalized attention, adjusted to your needs. We will always be trying to help you capturing the best images of Mongolia. Then, even though you’ll see a recommended gear section below, no minimum photo gear will be needed. That’s just a list of the ideal gear for a trip like this, but never a list of indispensable items. Even if you take pictures with a compact camera or with your smartphone, you will be welcome to join us!
To sum up, we offer you a chance to photograph a wild and magical destination as Mongolia, joining us on a specialized Nature, landscape and portrait photography trip. A great opportunity to capture amazing pictures in this unique country. A very limited group, guaranteeing the best possible experience, while you improve your photo techniques, and get back home with hundreds of wonderful images.
Do not miss this chance, contact us to be one of the lucky photo enthusiastic who photograph Mongolia with us.
This Mongolia Photo Tour will begin with the meeting of the group at Ulan Bator International Airport, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Once we have arrived, our local team will take us to our hotel in the capital, where we’ll leave our luggage, and will have the chance to rest for a while.
However, for those who are ready, we’ll do a first photo visit, to photograph some of the landmarks in Ulan Bator and, specially, to capture some portraits of the locals. After this session, we’ll get back to the hotel to rest and prepare for this amazing adventure.
Today, we’ll fly to Ulgii in the morning, in the Bayan-Ulgii province, which will be the first region we’ll visit during the trip. Here, we will live incredible experiences, while we stay with the Mongol nomads at the foot of the Altai Mountains. During this part of the photo tour, we’ll be focusing in both mountain landscape and portrait photography.
After arriving to Ulgii, we will be taken to our accommodation, in an eagle hunters’ camp. From the very first moment in the area, we’ll begin to capture some portraits of the nomads, while we observe their daily routines. We’ll also check the conditions to shoot our first sunset in the surroundings, with the alternative of keeping photographing the nomads.
Then, we’ll have dinner with our hosts, before getting to our yurts to sleep.
Again, we’ll wake up early today, to photograph sunrise from one of the amazing sceneries in the surroundings. We’ll continue exploring the area, accompanied by some of the nomads, who will be dressing in their traditional costumes.
We’ll have amazing possibilities of photographing our hosts, the famous eagle hunters, getting extraordinary portraits of them with the wild sceneries around us in the background. They will bring their eagles, as they ride their horses, in the middle of spectacular locations. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the highlights of the trip.
After sunset, we’ll get back to the camp, being able to have dinner again with the nomads. After that, depending on the conditions, we might go out again for a night photography session.
This will be our last full day with the nomads, so we’ll get up early to make the most from it. We’ll start going out for sunrise, again accompanied by some of our local guides.
After sunrise, we’ll spend the day visiting different locations from those we visited the previous day. At the same time, we might get repeat some spots that we liked the most, trying to get different light conditions in them. Anyway, we’ll be photographing some of the most stunning places all around this Mongolian province.
In the evening, after dinner, we’ll check the conditions again, to get our for another night photo session.
Today we’ll be leaving the area, so we’ll be doing our last sunrise pictures in the surroundings, as well as getting our last portraits of the nomads. After this, we’ll begin our way to the Khurgan mountains, by the Chinese border.
Along our route, we’ll be enjoying the outstanding views around us, but the best chances will be awaiting for us in our destination. Once we get there, we’ll enjoy an incredible paradise, where we will be able to photograph pristine lakes such as the Khurgan or the Khoton ones. In them, we’ll often be able to capture fantastic reflections of the amazing mountains in the surroundings.
We’ll keep exploring these sceneries, as our guides prepare our camp. For sunset, we’ll be capturing the last rays of light from one of these lakes, staying there until the night comes. If conditions are good, we’ll be trying some night shoots too, by this incomparable location.
Then’ we’ll get back to our camp to sleep in our tents.
We’ll come back to the lake for sunrise, trying to capture the reflections of the stunning Khurgan mountains on the lake. Often, the water is calm by dawn, offering those wonderful mirror moments for photography lovers.
After sunrise, we’ll hike the area, exploring the many photo possibilities we’ll get around it. Depending on energies, we might opt for a longer hike, which would lead us to see some Bronze Age petroglyphs.
In the afternoon, we will explore other of the incredible lakes in the region, staying by its shoreline for sunset. Hopefully, we will get that beautiful golden light as the sun is setting, illuminating the mountains reflected on the lake. Mongolia weather is often very changeable, so light conditions might be totally different from previous sessions, allowing to get a great variety of pictures.
After sunset, we’ll get back to our camp for dinner and, if conditions are good, we’ll be shooting night pictures again.
Again, we will wake up early for our last sunrise by the lakes, before dismantling our camp, to head back to Ulgii. During our route, we’ll be doing several stops, getting the last picture of this beautiful part of Mongolia.
Once we’ll get to Ulgii, we’ll leave our luggage in the hotel, and head to town for some social photography. Then, we’ll be heading to the surroundings, from where we will photograph the area by sunset. Once the night has arrived, we will get back to our hotel to sleep.
We will flight back to Ulan Bator today. Depending on our flight schedules, we might be doing a last sunrise photo session by Ulgii.
Once we are in the capital, we’ll spend the rest of the day visiting it. We will be photographing some of the most famous landmarks in Ulan Bator, including the Gandantegchinlen Monastery or the Narantuul market, where we’ll get fabulous portraits of the locals.
For sunset, we’ll head to Zausan Monument, on top of a hill outside the city, from where we’ll be enjoying soem of the most incredible views of Ulan Bator.
After the sunset session, we’ll go back to our hotel to rest.
Today, we’ll leave early to begin our way to the most famous location in Mongolia, the Gobi Desert.
We will have to drive around 90 miles (245 km), we’ll get to our following destination, the Baga Gazriin Chuluu rocky formations. This impressive granite canyon, located at 5,750 feet (1.750 meter) high, is considered the entrance to the desert, with its impressive sceneries which remind those in the US Southwest.
We will be exploring this spectacular area during the rest of the day, photographing the surroundings at sunset. Then, we’ll have dinner at out camp, before checking the conditions for a possible night photo sesion.
We’ll wake up early to photograph the canyon by sunrise. As the sun is rising, the precious golden light will illuminate the canyon walls, providing gorgeous conditions for photography.
After breakfast, we’ll continue our way to Yolyn Am, stopping several times during the route, to photograph some of the most beautiful spots around us. Among these stops, we have to highlight Tsagaan Suvarga, also kowns as ‘The White Stupa’. This amazing 1,300 feet (400 meter) long cliff was created 10 million years ago, when the area was covered by the sea. Due to the erosion, these different rocky structures were formed, creating the amazing purple, white and yellowish colors.
After photographing this spectacular rocky formation, we’ll continue to our destination, a nomad camp where we’ll be staying for the next night. We’ll leave our luggage and head to our sunset location, the Yolyn Am Canyon, which receives its name from the bearded vulture. We will be exploring this spectacular gorge until the light is gone, enjoying the beautiful sunset light. If lucky, we might even be able to photograph the Siberian ibex.
Finally, we’ll get back to the nomadic camp for dinner, after which we’ll explore the possibility of a night photo session. Alternatively, we might be shooting some portraits of our hosts, inside the tents.
After photographing sunrise in the area, we will continue our route by Gobi Desert, heading to the Khongoryn Els sand dunes. This spectacular sand dune system, can be up to around 2,600 feet (800 meter) high, 12 mile (20 km) wide and 60 mile (100 km) long.
Due to the winds, the san dunes are in continuous movement and change. In fact, they are also known as ‘singing dunes’, because the grains of sand rub against each other due to the winds, producing that particular sound.
We will set our camp in the area, where we’ll be staying for the next two days. After this, we will get to the sand dunes for sunset, capturing the amazing golden tones and textures that he sun often brings in the area, as it sets over the horizon.
Today, we’ll get up early to photograph the sand dunes at sunrise. Again, we might be able to capture a fantastic game of lights and shadows, as the sun rises and brings wonderful colors and textures for us. We will have excellent photo possibilities with these fabulous conditions.
We’ll stay exploring the desert for the whole day, searching for the most beautiful locations. Then, we will get back to the most photogenic spot for sunset, trying to capture again the amazing sunset colors.
After having dinner at our camp, we will check the possibility of doing a night photography session by the sand dunes.
Again, we will wake up to capture splendid pictures of the sand dunes by sunrise. The sand dunes at Gobi Desert have endless photo opportunities, so we’ll be constantly getting different fabulous shots.
After breakfast, we will begin our route to the Bayanzag area, a rocky cliff region with spectacular sceneries, and with abundant fossils. According to many studies, several dinosaur species lived in the area millions of years ago. Once we get there, we will be exploring its many photo possibilities, waiting for the sunset. If lucky, the cliffs will get amazing red tones as the sun is setting, and the light illuminates the rocks. Due to this phenomenon, the area is also referred to as ‘The Flaming Cliffs’.
After sunset, we’ll get to our camp for dinner. Before going to sleep, we will check the conditions for a possible night session.
Today, we will wake up early to photograph again the ‘flaming cliffs’ by sunrise. Again, we might be able to capture the fantastic red tones on the rocks, if the sky is open.
After breakfast, we’ll have to continue our route to Ulan Bator, where we’ll arrive by the afternoon. We will give you some free time for shopping in the city. Alternatively, we may do a last portrait session in one of the markets in Ulan Bator.
Finally, we’ll get back to our hotel to sleep.
Depending on our flight schedules, we might be offering a last photo visit before the end of the trip. After it, we will be taken to the Ulan Bator Airport, where this Mongolia photo tour will end.
The cost of this fantastic 15 day (14 night) long Mongolia Photo Tour, is US$4,690 per person. Price includes double shared accommodations with another participant in the trip, according to the itinerary.
Price calculated for a minimum group of 6 participants. In case there were less than 6 people for the group, customers will have the chance to continue with the trip paying an extra supplement, or to receive a full refund if the trip has to be cancelled.
Single room supplement: US$900, depending on availability.
To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.
This Mongolia Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ ( hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).
The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we offer, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itinerary shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photo guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.
In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these. We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.
At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.
Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. To visit Mongolia, you need a valid Passport and might need a visa or an electronic travel authorization to enter the country.
Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign destination. Anyway, you can ask us in case you need help with it.
The photographers and the travel agency have no responsibility about each traveler’s documentation, or about the requirements to be allowed to enter in Mongolia or any other country.
This Mongolia Photo Tour includes a basic assistance insurance. However, bringing a complete travel insurance is mandatory, with unlimited or high limit money coverages in case of accident or disease.
The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.
We are completely sure that this Mongolia Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive learning process. The travel agency will always try to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.
The travel agency, tour leaders, guides, or the photographers hosting the trip, will have no responsibility at all for any accident, loss, theft or damage suffered by the customers participating on it.
Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.
At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600 (US$863 if choosing single room). Payments can be done by bank transfer, by credit or debit card, and by PayPal. However, please notice that credit or debit card and PayPal payments are subject to a supplement fee, to cover the costs of these payment methods.
The remaining balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip. If one client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, the organizers has the right to cancel the contract with that participant, without any refund, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.
In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being issued a full refund.
If the travel agency needs to cancel the trip, for any reason, customers will get a 100% refund of the cost of the photo tour.
However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:
– Less than 60 days prior to the trip: US$600 (US$863 in case they had chosen single room basis).
– Greater than 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost.
Prices are based in the Exchange rates by December, the 5th, 2020. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.
Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by us, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.
This Mongolia Photo Tour is recommended for anyone, no matter their age or their physical level to join the trip. We will be doing some short hikes during our trip, but always will be easy and short ones. So, as long as you are ok with hiking for some minutes , you are welcome to come with us. Given all this, we can consider this is a quite easy to do trip.
At the same time, there is no age limit for the tour, anyone is welcome to join us as long as they are reasonably healthy and well.
There is no need of a minimal photography level to join this Mongolia Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to come to this trip, nor even having a lot of experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones.
One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!
During this Mongolia Photo Tour, we can expect quite warm temperatures during the daytime, and colder ones during the nights. However, nothing specially complicated if we are well prepared. We may also get some rainy days during this month, something we’ll have to consider when preparing our luggage.
Taking into account the weather, we recommend you to dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers depending on the temperature. A light or medium jacket would be recommended for the nights and colder moments. At the same time, a Gore Tex jacket or similar would be also useful, in case of rain. Mountain boots or hiking shoes would be perfect for most of the time. Once you confirm your booking, you will also receive a guide withe the recommended gear list for this Mongolia Photo Tour.
This Mongolia Photo Tour includes all meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) when we are outside the towns. We will be normally having breakfast at our camps or tents, before or after our sunrise shooting sessions. Then, we’ll have lunch also at the camps, or sometimes doing a picnic outside, for maximum flexibility. Finally, we’ll have dinner again at the camps or tents, after our sunset photographs.
However, meals at the towns are not included, so we’ll be having them at the hotels, or at local restaurants. Anyway, we will be able to try the local food, both the traditional nomadic one, as well as the modern cuisine in the towns.
Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options.
If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, or by PayPal, you can process your payment online, when you finish the booking process. For bank transfer payment, you just have to proceed with the booking and then, once you finish the process with the chosen payment method, you’ll receive an email with al the instructions and bank details.
During this Mongolia Photo Tour, we’ll be mostly stay at nomadic yurts, Ger camps, or tents, in order to be as close to the top locations as possible. Then, when visiting the towns, we will stay at 3 or 4 star hotels, where travelers will be staying in a double twin shared room, shared with another participant of the tour. Hotel rooms will always include a private bath.
If you come with another person to the trip, you’ll share the room, However, if you are traveling alone, we’ll choose a roommate for you between the other participants in the trip (always same genre). Anyway, you will also have the chance to choose a single room for you, paying an extra supplement. Contact us for all details.
Anyone can join this Mongolia Photo Tour, no matter your country of residence. Our main travel agency is settled in Santander, Spain, but our trips are open to customers from countries all around the world. Therefore, we may have clients from different places in our photo tours.
This Mongolia Photo Tour will begin at Ulan Bator International Airport, in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Therefore, all the participants need to get there for the first day of the tour, traveling from their country of residence, with no need to travel to a particular town to fly together to Ulan Bator.
Once you have confirmed your booking for this Mongolia Photo Tour, we will send you the trip info with a recommended gear PDF guide. This will include suggestions not only about the photography gear, but also about the clothes and accessories you might need during this photo tour. To sum up, you won’t have to worry about anything, since our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you will need, so you can enjoy your travel as much as possible!
As a first tip, we would suggest you bringing a light color down or shell jacket (for example red, orange, yellow, light green, etc…). That jacket will protect you from the cold and the rain but, at the same time, you’ll look great when photographed in some of the most beautiful locations around all Mongolia!