Mongolia Photography Tour: Eagle Hunters + Gobi Desert 9 Days

Mongolia Photography Tour: Eagle Hunters + Gobi Desert

Hello and welcome to our version of Mongolia Photography Tour. Would you like to explore the most spectacular sceneries with your camera? It is our speciality to show you the well known, but also the beautiful hidden places in Altai Mountains and the Gobi Desert, giving you the best unique foto opportunities.

 

an eagle hunter with his wings opened eagle
an eagle hunter with his wings opened eagle
  • Included private 2 days photo opportunity with Kazakh eagle hunters
  • Famous Gobi Desert included

Length: 9 days
Type: group scheduled tour
Date: 10 Sep – 18 Sep, each year
Difficulty: easier – moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: driving: 580 km, flight 3 hours for RT

PRICE

2800 USD p.p

Single supplement: 130 USD

Included: 3 nights in the tourist ger camp, 3 nights in the Kazakh nomadic family, 1 night in the local hotel, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, event ticket and Government charges, round trip domestic flights
Not included: cost of Ulaanbaatar, gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day1. Fly to Ulgii town. Khoton & Khurgan Lakes

We will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to the airport. Then we will fly to Ulgii town (3 hours flight). After you landed at Ulgii town, our local guide and driver will pick you up. Then we will head to Khoton & Khurgan Lakes area for shooing natural pictures of Altai Mountains. Get situated in base camp and explore the surrounding area. Depending on weather, potentially shoot some of the classic lake views nearby. Overnight in the tent.

Day2. Khoton & Khurgan Lakes

Today we will have experience golden hour over the world’s one of the bluest water. Early wake up call to depart from the lake and hit sunrise at the Khurgan Lake. The afternoon will be a combination of shooting in Altai Tavan Bogd National Park and some group editing tutorials. Spend a relaxing evening hanging out around Khoton Lake shooting sunset and blue hour. Overnight in the ger.

Day3. Eagle Hunters

Today we will drive 2-3 hours for reaching to the eagle hunters. At other times we will join our host family in their yurt to photograph the everyday life of a Kazakh eagle hunting. Overnight in the the ger.

An eagle hunter with his eagle on the mountain
An eagle hunter with his eagle on the mountain

Day4. Eagle Hunters

Today we will organize a private eagle hunters’ activities for shooting. We will collect some eagle hunters from the surrounding mountains & organizes their festival activities. Eagle calling, catching the target etc. Great chance to get best pictures of this unique tradition. Overnight in the local hotel.

Our customer is going to take photo of the group of Kazakh eagle hunters
Our customer is going to take photo of the group of Kazakh eagle hunters

Day5. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

After breakfast time, we will take flight to Ulaanbaatar & after you landed there our driver will pick you up and transfer to your drop off place.

Day6. Fly to Dalanzadgad town. Yol Gorge & Khongor Sand Dune

In the morning, we will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer to the airport. After you arrived Dalanzadgad, our local guide and driver will pick you up and drive to Yol Gorge (80 km – 1 hour on paved road). Upon arrival, travel to Yolyn Am, or Eagle Valley, a dramatic chasm that cuts a narrow path through the foothills of the arid Altai Mountains. Set out on a photo hike through this lush spot, looking for native vultures called lammergeiers, ibex, and gazelles. Later, visit the local natural history museum. After lunch time, we will drive to Khongor Sand Dune (180 km – 5 hour on dirt road). Photo shoot in the dunes of desert and capture that perfect moment for sunset. After dinner shoot of the night sky with long exposure photography. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

A brilliant picture of camel in Gobi Desert
A brilliant picture of camel in Gobi Desert

Day7. Khongor Sand Dune

We will wake up and shooting sunrise in the dunes of desert. Then we will go to the local camel herder family for shooting cultural session. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

our customer is aiming to take photo of local couple
our customer is aiming to take photo of local couple

Day8. Bayanzag

After breakfast time we will drive to Bayanzag (150 km – 5 hour on dirt road). A lot of dinosaurs’ findings such as Protoceratops & dinosaur’ eggs have been found there in first time. The red colored cliffs themselves are very imposing from a distance, and are particularly fiery in the light of the setting sun. Shooting sunset panorama pictures. Overnight in the tourist ger camp.

Flaming Cliff in the setting sun (Janette Asche)

Day9. Fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

After breakfast time, you will be transferred to local airfield and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. After you landed in the city, our driver will pick you up and transfer to your drop off place.

BOOKING

Our Booking is easy & complete in below 4 steps.

Step1:  Please carefully read our Contract Of Private Package Tour. Cancellation & other condition will be follow this contract.
Step2:  Send us your Booking Form (Only one of the group member’s Booking Form is fine. No need to send us all member’s booking forms)
Step3:  You will be received an Voucher & Invoice from us via email.
Step4:  Select payment method and pay the Payment.

INFORMATION
  • Domestic flights schedule will be released in the Mar
  • You will stay in the tourist ger camp in Gobi Desert. Here is clear explanation what is tourist ger camp.
  • The car will be Toyota Land Cruiser. 3 people in each car.
  • Ulaanbaatar city accommodation & other costs were not included in the tour price. If you wish to have airport pick up service, it is available for us & one way pick up cost is 30 USD p.p
  • Alpha Team Tours will provide generator for the charging the devices & camera when there is no electricity.
  • Domestic flight companies accept only 10-15 kg lugguge for free transfer. Exceeded than this, the customers have to pay themselves. Approximately 3-5 USD per extra kilogram.
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