Mongolian photography expedition in Gobi desert.
June 6-14, 2023. (8 days)

Important info!
Please pay attention to this item to avoid un unexpected surprises for you.

1) Tent conditions. We will be setting up our tent camp in 2 locations. Participation of all members of the group is necessary to be in time for sunsets at the next location. It would be good you have already had the experience of tent camping. We have a cook who will cook meals for us. But sometimes we all help him together. We use a large and comfortable tent-kitchen, where the whole company will gather at the table, and our chef will cook. Chairs, and all necessary utensils are provided. Please consider this if you are ready for this conditions. We will live at one location for 2 nights in a Ger yurt camping, where we will be fed.

2) The level of difficulty of the expedition is average. The entire route from Ulaanbaatar takes 2000 km, of which gravel roads are 300 km. We will live close to the spots so you do not need to walk on foot far away, not more 1-2 km from the camp.
We stay in Ulaanbaatar hotels. Keep in mind that Mongolian hotels are somewhat specific, often something is broken... Actually it does not really depend on the level of the hotel. Fortunately, this is compensated by the high hospitality of the Mongols.

3) This is a PHOTO expedition, and the itinerary and route is designed for photographers. However, your professional level is not important at all. You may be a guy who bought a camera yesterday. You may even use a phone instead of a camera. Our main goal is the creation unique and beautiful photos. Having 10 years of teaching experience, I will help to beginner photographers with camera settings, composition, special shooting techniques - focus stacking, panoramas, mobile photography, night shooting, etc... We have moonless nights on tour, so we will shoot the starry sky.

In addition to landscape photography, you will get acquainted with the traditional life and cuisine of the Mongols, which have not changed over several centuries. This is like a journey to another world, like a time machine.
Arriving day
Arrival to Ulaanbaatar (Airport Code ULN, we call it short UB). You’ll be met by our drivers and transferred to hotel.
1-2 Day. Stone garden Ikh Gazrin Chuluu.
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for the first location, the distance is 360 km. We will stop for lunch at a roadside cafe. Upon arrival, we set up a tent camp. And while we are shooting the sunset, our chef will cook a delicious dinner for us. Ikh Gazryn Chuluu is a huge rock garden with an area of 35 thousand hectares! Rocks have very unusual shapes. Some of them remind statues of lovers embracing, birds, animals, various funny faces... You will definitely be fascinated by walking among them and researching for your pictures. After dinner will be good time to shoot stars. We will spend the next day to shooting, photography training, as well as have a rest.
3 Day. Tsagaan Suvarga.
After shooting the sunrise and breakfast, we leave for the second location - Tsagaan Suvarga colored canyons, a distance of 300 km, of which gravel is 120 km. Upon arrival, we set up a tent camp, shoot the sunset, have dinner. This area is not as huge as the previous one, so one sunrise and sunset is enough to walk around and shoot all spots.
4-5 Day. Khongoryn Els sand dunes.
After shooting and breakfast, we leave for the famous Hongoryn-Els sands, lunch at a roadside cafe on the way. The distance is 360 km, of which the gravel 115 km., where we will settle in a comfortable Ger camping. These are traditional Mongolian yurts, which have 4 beds each. Then an evening shoot on the sands. The height of the biggest sand dunes is up to 300 meters! That long sandy tongue stretches between mountain ranges for a distance of more than 100 km! The combination of dunes in the foreground and mountain ranges in the background looks very beautiful. It would be good to have a telephoto lens of at least 200 mm. It will allow you to get interesting graphic frames, due to perspective compression. We will spend the next day to shooting, photography training and having a rest. We will take some camels for shooting, they will work for us as models in the sand dunes.
6 Day. Way back to Ulaanbaatar city.
Get up early for breakfast, we check out and go to Ulaanbaatar city. We will arrive at evening - another long driving to UB city. The distance is 780 km, of which the gravel is 115 km. Check in to comfortable hotel in UB
7 Day. Statue of Genghis Khan, walking in Ulaanbaatar.
After breakfast in the cafe we go to the statue of Genghis Khan. About 50 km from the city. It is the world's largest statue of a horseman. Inside the building there is an interesting museum dedicated to the era of Genghis Khan's conquests, and a souvenir shop. There is a special upstairs to go up to the special place on the horse's head. You can take selfies with the great Khan. After returning to Ulaanbaatar, we stop at a shopping center where you can buy souvenirs, gifts, for example, products made of real Mongolian cashmere.
8 Day. Return to airport.
Our bus will take you to UB airport (code ULN). You can select any flight this day, a private transfer will be arranged this day and included in the tour.
Extra info
Schedules and routes can be changed depending on the weather.

What to take with you
• medications you are taking
• there is a lot of dust in the desert, people with breathing problems (asthma) are recommended to have their own means (immobilizer)

Photo equipment:
• camera with 2-3 spare batteries
• tripod
• I advise to have lenses from 14 to 200 mm (or 400 mm)
• polarizing filter
• gradient filters (optional)
• a set for cleaning optics, because there is a lot of sand and dust
• photo bagpack

The climate is sharply continental. At this time, the temperature in the northern part of the Gobi is 20-23 C during the day, 8-12 C at night. In the southern part of the Gobi it can be very hot, during the day up to +40 C, at night +25-30 C. It is recommended to have:
• trekking shoes, sneakers
• thermal underwear
• fleece jacket
• windproof jacket
• light clothing - shorts, t-shirts, sandals
• a cap from the sun
• flashlight.

Included in the price:
- Double bed hotel rooms, a tour camp /All accommodations/
- Transportation: Toyota 4x4 vans
- Drivers
- Photography Guide (organizer)
- National park fees
- Meals
- Beverages: Juice, water
- Backstage photography
- Power supply 220 V
Not included in the price:
- Medical insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Visa
- Single supplement ( for $US 350 )

The cost of the expedition is 2500 US
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