September 15th - 26th 2019
11 nights | max. 8 people
Ulaanbatar - Gobi - Bayan Olgii - Ulaanbatar
German and English speaking Photo Guides
Join us on a 10 day trip to the ‘Land of Blue Skies’. A journey of pure adventures and natural wonders! A country where once the great Chinggis Khaan ruled and the silk road went through a land with ancient history and wonderful people welcoming you with open arms. A country where time stands still, filled with ancient traditions. A country were you can relax and leave the hectic life behind. An experience you will never forget. A once in a lifetime trip!
You will be guided by three professional photographers - Monika Seyffer from Switzerland (Sony) US Photographer Greg Waddell (Canon) and photographer Bayar Balgantseren from Mongolia (Nikon). We will photograph the Gobi Desert at sunrise, sunset and the amazing night sky with no air pollution and millions of stars! We will stay in traditional Ger camps ( 2 persons per Ger) with showers, electricity, beds with linen and blankets and local food. In the western mountains we will have a very private Eagle Festival with a Kazakh family dressed in their traditional attire. The entire day will be spent with four Eagle hunters and their magnificent birds allowing us to capture this unique and ancient tradition. We will also have our own private chef cooking for us during the time in the desert and the mountains!
This tour offers you numerous photographic highlights!
Breathtaking landscapes in the desert and mountains
Impressive panoramic views
Night sky photography
Portrait and Wildlife photography
DAY 1: Arrival in Ulaanbatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. (UB) You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Please arrange that your flight is not arriving later than 5pm. We will all meet at 7pm at the lobby of the hotel and go out for dinner - time to meet the group, get to know each other and discuss more details regarding the photo tour. If you would like to come earlier than Sept 15th, please let me know. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2 and 3: Gobi / Khongor Sand Dunes
Sand Dunes - Today we will catch an early morning flight that will bring us to Dalanzadgad, Gobi desert, and drive with 4x4 Landcruisers to our Ger camp in the Khongor sand dunes. (flight 1.2h) These dunes are the most beautiful and largest sand area in Mongolia. First opportunity for sunset pictures. We will stay here for 2 nights to capture the breathtaking scenes at any time of the day! Overnight at Ger camp with shower and electricity.
Important: Please note that flight schedule is released in March, so in case of no flights we will travel by cars from Ulaanbaatar (at no additional cost). Please buy your international flight tickets only after local flights will be announced.
DAY 4: Flaming Cliffs
After early morning sunrise pictures and a good breakfast we will drive to Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs). This area is known for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs, specimens of Velociraptor and Eutherian-mammals. We will be ready to take sunset pictures, when the cliffs are turning a deep red color, ‘Flaming cliffs’ and be ready at night for some amazing milky way images. Overnight in Ger Camp with shower and electricity.
DAY 5: Zuun Zaikhan Mountains
After photographing the sunrise and eating breakfast, we will go to the Zuun Zaikhan mountains in the South Gobi province. Here we will spend the night in a hotel in Dalanzadgad.
DAY 6: Ulaanbaatar
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar (1.5h) and check into our hotel where we will stay for one night. It is conveniently located in the center of the town. Afternoon at your leisure! Dinner at one of the local restaurants.
DAY 7: Bayan Olgii
Today we are flying to the eagle hunting land, BayanOlgii from Ulaanbaatar city with a commercial airplane. (flight 3hours) Check into our hotel and then drive with 4x4 Landcruisers to a Kazak family to photograph locals in their traditional attire (Portrait). We will also meet 3-4 eagle hunters at sunset - this will be amazing! Drive back to hotel (1-1.5h) for some well deserved rest. Its a small hotel in a small town and we will stay here for the next 3 nights, but it will be warm with a nice bed and a hot shower.
DAY 8: Bayan Olgii
We will take it easy this morning as we will be gone for the rest of the day visiting a Kazakh family to take pictures of the riders on horseback with golden Eagles hovering on their arms. The Hunters will introduce us to their ancient tradition and let the eagles fly - just for us! You will be able to take beautiful pictures of the Hunters in their traditional attire and their magnificent birds. Overnight in hotel in Olgii
DAY 9: Bayan Olgii
After a good night rest and breakfast we will drive to the foothills of the Altai region with the holy Tsambagarav (4208m) mountain in the background. A private session with 5 eagle hunters and a breathtaking 360° view of the rocky and snowy captured mountains are waiting for us. Overnight in hotel in Olgii
DAY 10: Bayan Olgi
Rest in the morning and after lunch in town we will drive for approx. 1hour to a beautiful blue lake with panoramic view. Once more, 2 eagle hunters will wait for us to give us another opportunity for portrait pictures with their birds till sunset. Back to hotel in Olgii
DAY 11: Ulaanbatar
After an early breakfast we are heading to the airport and fly back to UB. (flight 3hours). Check into our hotel and you will have time to stroll around in the city center and maybe do some shopping. Mongolia is very well known for its beautiful cashmere! Farewell dinner at restaurant in town.
DAY 12: Departure Ulaanbata
Departure from Ulaanbaatar airport - shuttle to airport is included throughout the day. (Breakfast included)
PRICE - Price per person double occupancy
Early bird special (until December 15th 2018) - expired!
Normal (until January 31st 2019)
Last minute (until March 31st 2019)
Single supplement (only in Hotels available)
8 nights with two people per room in Hotels - single room available at additional cost
3 nights in Ger camps - woman and man in separate Gers, couple Gers - electricity in tents, showers, wood- burning stove in tent
Three photography guides and tour leader service
Chef cook in Gobi Desert and Olgii
Small private Eagle Festival
All Transportations with 4x4 Land-Cruiser
Drivers / Fuel
Inland flights from Ulaanbaatar to Gobi, BayanOlgii and back
All meals, except of day off in Ulaanbaatar
National park fees
Water during travel time
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Medical and Travel insurance
Airfare to and from Ulaanbaatar
GOOD TO KNOW
What to bring:
Any kind of camera - DSLR or Phone - please let me know what you are bringing
Various lenses for the DSLR Cameras: wide angle 16-35 , middle range 24-70 and zoom 70-200 recommended
Rain cover for camera
Water- and windproof jacket
Warm Jacket / Down
Casual clothing for leisure time
Good shoes - hiking shoes - as we will walk a lot on this tour
Average Temperatures in September Normal +17 / Coldest +4C
Please note, there are only 8 spaces available for this itinerary.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31st 2019
To guarantee the chosen hotels and prices, registration must be made before March 31st 2019
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: please read carefully here.
Monika Seyffer (photographer)
Join award winning Swiss photographer Monika Seyffer on this photographic journey, celebrating the beautiful landscapes and diverse culture of her beloved homeland. Monika was born and raised in Switzerland and is currently living in Zürich. Her passion for photography started as a young child and she has taken images ever since.
Greg Waddell (photographer)
On a continual quest to discover and capture light and it’s amazing interaction with our world, Greg Waddell is a free-lance photographer living in Prineville, Oregon. A graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, focusing primarily on landscape, street, event and travel photography, Greg has photographed throughout the Western USA as well as Central America, Morocco, Italy and Switzerland. His work has received several local “Peoples’ Choice” awards and has been featured in B & W magazine.
View his images at: www.gregsphotostudio.com
Bayar Balgantseren (tour guide and photographer)
Bayar graduated with a degree in economy and he took on photography in 2007. He taught himself through online study and relentless practise. He mainly uses Nikon equipment and specializes in nature, wildlife, landscape, and traditional Mongolian nomadic lifestyle photography. His first photography book, Bayar's Photography Impressions, was published in 2013.
An exhibition to celebrate his work was held in Mongolia at the Blue Moon gallery in January 2013
In February 2014, Bayar showcased his work in three Japanese cities - Tokyo, Saitamo, and Yokohama - with an exhibition called Beautiful Sceneries of Mongolia
He held exhibition in Ulan-Ude, Buryatia, Irkutsk, Yakutsk, Chita in Russia in January 2015 and 2016
He has had exhibitions in Bassano del Grappa in Italy on 19 September - 8 November 2015 and 2017, in Dolo city on 28 February – 6 March 2016 in Italy and Arxian, China on15-30 December in 2016
“Beautiful Mongolia” Ottawa 2-15 March 2017 in Canada
“Beauty of Mongolia” Krakow city 25-30 October Poland
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