Gobi Desert - Hunters with Eagles - National Parks

MONGOLIA

Investment: US $4,895

Tour Length: 12 days
Date: July 19 - 31, 2023
Small group

Mongolia is truly one of the world's last hidden gems: pristine, undiscovered and brimming with a unique culture that has spanned thousands of years.

It is a place where you can experience far-reaching landscapes, from dramatic mountains to canyons, deserts to crystal clear rivers and lakes; where the warm hospitality of the locals will touch your soul.

Known by legend as the "Land of the Blue Sky", this ancient region is subject to such extraordinary climatic conditions that the sky is surprisingly clear for more than two-thirds of the year.

The first part of our Mongolian adventure will immerse you in the vast and rugged expanse of the Gobi Desert, one of the last places on Earth where nomadic life is still a living tradition.

You will travel in comfortable, specially prepared Toyota Landcuisers, with local drivers, and will be specially hosted in traditional Ger campsites for the ultimate cultural experience.

During a series of private sessions, you will have the incredible opportunity to meet and photograph locals as they herd Bactrian camels across the sands of southern Mongolia. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a profoundly special event: a private view of what usually takes place during the Golden Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia. This private session with eagle hunters is the perfect opportunity to witness how Kazakh eagle hunters celebrate their heritage by performing the ancient art of eagle falconry. After the session, you will be taken to a series of extraordinary mountain locations for an intimate and breathtaking encounter with the eagle hunters, while photographing them against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking scenes to be found in the wild.

Be inspired by the untamed beauty of Mongolia. Join us on this exciting journey for an intense cultural experience in one of the most captivating countries in the world.

DAY 1 (19-07-2023). ULAN BATOR

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (airport code ULN).

You will be met by our drivers to transfer you to the hotel. 

After a break, we will take a short tour of the city: Chinggis Khaan Square y National Museum of History.

We will spend the night in a nice hotel just 5 minutes from the main square.

You can choose any of today's flights that land before 5 p.m.

It is recommended to arrive one or two days early to rest and make sure not to miss the next morning's flight.

Lodging: Hotel Nine.

 

DAY 2 (20-07-2023). ULAN BATOR - FLIGHT - DALANZADGAD

Today we will take the domestic flight from UB to Dalanzadgad. Departure time 06:20 AM (May change, the flight is 1.5 hours).

Depending on the flight arrival time, we may also have our first visit to the Khongor sand dunes. sand dunes of Khongor at sunset.

We will spend the night in a tourist camp in Ger. 

Lodging: Gobi Erdene camp

 

DAY 3 (21-07-2023). GOBI DESERT (KHONGOR DUNES)

Sunrise session in the dunes of Khongor, which extend for more than 170 km. The Khongor dunes are the most beautiful and one of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia.

The camels and the shepherd will be waiting for us for an incredible portrait session in the sand dunes.

We will enjoy the first rays of light in the Gobi desert, looking at the endless curves and the impressive mountains on the horizon that turn pink.

During the day we will have some rest in our camp.

The sunset and night photo session are also scheduled for today.

Lodging: Gobi Erdene camp

 

DAY 4 (22-07-2023). KHONGOR - BAYANZAG

Today we will get up early to photograph the sunrise in the dunes of Khongor dunes of Khongor.

After breakfast we will drive to Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs), arriving in the afternoon.

The area is most famous for having yielded the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals.

We photographed the sunset from panoramic locations overlooking the burning cliffs. At sunset they turn a deep red color.

We stayed at this camp for only one night (the area is small).

Lodging: Mongolian Gobi tourist camp

 

DAY 5 (23-07-2023). BAYANZAG - FLIGHT - ULAN BATOR

Departure from Dalanzadgad local airport back to UB.

The local flight will last 1.5 hours and is included in the price of the trip.

Dinner at one of the local restaurants in town.

Lodging: Hotel Nine.

 

DAY 6 (24-07-2023). ULAN BATOR - ULGII FLIGHT

Flight by commercial airplane (3 hours, flight around 6:00-8:00 a.m.) to the city of Ulgii from Ulaanbaatar.

Visit a local Kazakh family to see and photograph their daily way of life. 

We will also be with a group of hunters with eagles, in the impressive location of the sunset, with the mountains in the background...

After sunset, we will return to the town of Olgii, to spend the night at the hotel (1-1,5 h drive back to town in our Land Cruisers, 3 persons per car, gravel road).

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 7 (25-07-2023). ULGII - KAZAKH FAMILY

Today we will not go out at sunrise, allowing us a little more rest.

After breakfast, we will go with the Kazakh family to the same area. 

It is a very special day for us, a private eagle festival just for us, Kazakhs on horseback, dressed in their traditional dark coats and scarlet hats, with golden eagles fluttering in their arms. 

The festival is organized by locals who are committed to preserving the traditional Kazakh heritage. Enjoy the rare opportunity to see golden eagles up close and let one perch on your arm.  

The entire event is for our group only.

We will have at our disposal a group of up to 8-10 hunters with eagles, which will provide us with a multitude of photographs and experiences, in different scenarios. 

Today you'll feel like you're on a movie set and take home hundreds of great images, without a crowd behind you.

After this impressive day, we will return to Olgii to the hotel (1-1,5 h by car).

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 8 (26-07-2023). ULGII - HUNTERS WITH EAGLES

After breakfast we will move to another epic sunset location. 

We organized private sessions with a total of five eagle hunters in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. Altai Mountains.

The background will be the sacred mountain Tsambagarav (4208m). It is a stunning 360* location with sharp rocky mountains on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other.

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 9 (27-07-2023). ULGII - LAKE TOLBO

Relaxing morning.

After lunch in the village of Olgii, we drive 1 hour on a paved road to the beautiful blue lake (Tolbo Lake), with a panoramic rocky viewpoint.

Today we have 2 eagle hunters for another opportunity to photograph the sunset with a person in the frame for scale or a portrait in the last warm rays of light.

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 10 (28-07-2023). ULGII - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, after an early breakfast, we will drive to Olgii airport to fly to Ulan Bator ( Departure time 07:30 AM), the flight is included in the trip (3h).

After landing at UB, we headed to the Terelj National Park. Terelj National Park.

Lodging:Tourist camp, Terelj National Park.

 

DAY 11 (29-07-2023). TERELJ NATIONAL PARK - HUSTAI NP

After breakfast we will go to the Turtle Rock, the meditation temple of Arya Pala and the statue of Chinggis Khaan.

In the late afternoon we head to the traditional lifestyle show of Mongolian nomads.

After the show we drive to Hustai National Park. 

At night we can see the wild horses of Mongolia.  

Lodging: Hustai Resort.

 

DAY 12 (30-07-2023). HUSTAI PN - ULAN BATOR

After breakfast, we return to UB. 

Free time for shopping.

Traditional music concert and farewell dinner at the UB restaurant. 

Lodging: Hotel Nine.

 

DAY 13 (07/31/2023). ULAN BATOR - END OF THE TRIP

Our drivers will take you to UB airport (ULN code).

You can choose any flight on this day, a private transfer will be arranged.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights accommodation (double room). *Supplement per room for single occupancy: +US$ 800
  • Local guide who will accompany us at all times.
  • Pectfull excursion, except the first and last day in Ulan Bator.
  • Bottled water in the vehicles at all times.
  • Entrance fees and lodging privileges in protected areas and national parks.
  • All transportation: 4 domestic flights and ground transportation in well-prepared Toyota Land Cruisers, 3 persons per car.
  • Private eagle hunting mini-festival.
  • In addition, we prepare power cable lines, power generators for remote locations without electricity.
  • Transfer service to and from UB airport.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip international flight (We will advise you to find the best flight from your city of origin).
  • Entry visa to Mongolia.
  • No excursions or extra activities outside those specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tips for local guides and drivers.
  • Personal medications.
  • Any optional activity not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extra baggage charge (baggage allowance on domestic flights is 15 kg total, both carry-on and checked baggage), about 2-5 usd per extra kilo paid by credit card at the airport.
PAYMENT POLICY:

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will be effective when a deposit of US$ 1,000is made.
No places will be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 60 days before the start of the trip.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation and refund

We understand that attendance at our Workshops requires a prior commitment, and also that things may happen in life that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the date of cancellation, the following conditions apply:

- More than 150 days before the start date of the workshop: full reimbursement of payments made.

- Between 150 and 91 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- 90-61 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- Within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund.

 

Responsibility

Health - Participants must be in generally good health. Any medical or dietary restrictions must be communicated to us well in advance. We will inform the relevant provider of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not.

Vaccinations, obtaining visas and all other travel or medical arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. We advise you to check the latest advice online or consult your doctor.

Cancellation by Namaste Photo Tours - Namaste is not responsible for events beyond its control, such as strikes, wars, acts of government, acts of terrorism, epidemics, or any other cause beyond its control, which may make it impossible, illegal or inadvisable to carry out the tour.

If there are compelling reasons for Namaste Photo Tours to cancel a tour, all payments received will be refunded immediately.

This refund will be the limit of Namaste Photo Tours' liability.

Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip, including non-refundable airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other travel-related expenses.

We advise you to wait with the purchase of airline tickets until the minimum number of participants has been reached.

 

GENERAL

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

INFORMATION
Gobi Desert - Hunters with Eagles - National Parks

MONGOLIA

Investment: US $4,895

Tour Length: 12 days
Date: July 19 - 31, 2023
Small group

Mongolia is truly one of the world's last hidden gems: pristine, undiscovered and brimming with a unique culture that has spanned thousands of years.

It is a place where you can experience far-reaching landscapes, from dramatic mountains to canyons, deserts to crystal clear rivers and lakes; where the warm hospitality of the locals will touch your soul.

Known by legend as the "Land of the Blue Sky", this ancient region is subject to such extraordinary climatic conditions that the sky is surprisingly clear for more than two-thirds of the year.

The first part of our Mongolian adventure will immerse you in the vast and rugged expanse of the Gobi Desert, one of the last places on Earth where nomadic life is still a living tradition.

You will travel in comfortable, specially prepared Toyota Landcuisers, with local drivers, and will be specially hosted in traditional Ger campsites for the ultimate cultural experience.

During a series of private sessions, you will have the incredible opportunity to meet and photograph locals as they herd Bactrian camels across the sands of southern Mongolia. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a profoundly special event: a private view of what usually takes place during the Golden Eagle Festival in Western Mongolia. This private session with eagle hunters is the perfect opportunity to witness how Kazakh eagle hunters celebrate their heritage by performing the ancient art of eagle falconry. After the session, you will be taken to a series of extraordinary mountain locations for an intimate and breathtaking encounter with the eagle hunters, while photographing them against the backdrop of some of the most breathtaking scenes to be found in the wild.

Be inspired by the untamed beauty of Mongolia. Join us on this exciting journey for an intense cultural experience in one of the most captivating countries in the world.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 (19-07-2023). ULAN BATOR

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (airport code ULN).

You will be met by our drivers to transfer you to the hotel. 

After a break, we will take a short tour of the city: Chinggis Khaan Square y National Museum of History.

We will spend the night in a nice hotel just 5 minutes from the main square.

You can choose any of today's flights that land before 5 p.m.

It is recommended to arrive one or two days early to rest and make sure not to miss the next morning's flight.

Lodging: Hotel Nine.

 

DAY 2 (20-07-2023). ULAN BATOR - FLIGHT - DALANZADGAD

Today we will take the domestic flight from UB to Dalanzadgad. Departure time 06:20 AM (May change, the flight is 1.5 hours).

Depending on the flight arrival time, we may also have our first visit to the Khongor sand dunes. sand dunes of Khongor at sunset.

We will spend the night in a tourist camp in Ger. 

Lodging: Gobi Erdene camp

 

DAY 3 (21-07-2023). GOBI DESERT (KHONGOR DUNES)

Sunrise session in the dunes of Khongor, which extend for more than 170 km. The Khongor dunes are the most beautiful and one of the largest sand dunes in Mongolia.

The camels and the shepherd will be waiting for us for an incredible portrait session in the sand dunes.

We will enjoy the first rays of light in the Gobi desert, looking at the endless curves and the impressive mountains on the horizon that turn pink.

During the day we will have some rest in our camp.

The sunset and night photo session are also scheduled for today.

Lodging: Gobi Erdene camp

 

DAY 4 (22-07-2023). KHONGOR - BAYANZAG

Today we will get up early to photograph the sunrise in the dunes of Khongor dunes of Khongor.

After breakfast we will drive to Bayanzag (Flaming cliffs), arriving in the afternoon.

The area is most famous for having yielded the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor and eutherian mammals.

We photographed the sunset from panoramic locations overlooking the burning cliffs. At sunset they turn a deep red color.

We stayed at this camp for only one night (the area is small).

Lodging: Mongolian Gobi tourist camp

 

DAY 5 (23-07-2023). BAYANZAG - FLIGHT - ULAN BATOR

Departure from Dalanzadgad local airport back to UB.

The local flight will last 1.5 hours and is included in the price of the trip.

Dinner at one of the local restaurants in town.

Lodging: Hotel Nine.

 

DAY 6 (24-07-2023). ULAN BATOR - ULGII FLIGHT

Flight by commercial airplane (3 hours, flight around 6:00-8:00 a.m.) to the city of Ulgii from Ulaanbaatar.

Visit a local Kazakh family to see and photograph their daily way of life. 

We will also be with a group of hunters with eagles, in the impressive location of the sunset, with the mountains in the background...

After sunset, we will return to the town of Olgii, to spend the night at the hotel (1-1,5 h drive back to town in our Land Cruisers, 3 persons per car, gravel road).

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 7 (25-07-2023). ULGII - KAZAKH FAMILY

Today we will not go out at sunrise, allowing us a little more rest.

After breakfast, we will go with the Kazakh family to the same area. 

It is a very special day for us, a private eagle festival just for us, Kazakhs on horseback, dressed in their traditional dark coats and scarlet hats, with golden eagles fluttering in their arms. 

The festival is organized by locals who are committed to preserving the traditional Kazakh heritage. Enjoy the rare opportunity to see golden eagles up close and let one perch on your arm.  

The entire event is for our group only.

We will have at our disposal a group of up to 8-10 hunters with eagles, which will provide us with a multitude of photographs and experiences, in different scenarios. 

Today you'll feel like you're on a movie set and take home hundreds of great images, without a crowd behind you.

After this impressive day, we will return to Olgii to the hotel (1-1,5 h by car).

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 8 (26-07-2023). ULGII - HUNTERS WITH EAGLES

After breakfast we will move to another epic sunset location. 

We organized private sessions with a total of five eagle hunters in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. Altai Mountains.

The background will be the sacred mountain Tsambagarav (4208m). It is a stunning 360* location with sharp rocky mountains on one side and snow-capped mountains on the other.

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 9 (27-07-2023). ULGII - LAKE TOLBO

Relaxing morning.

After lunch in the village of Olgii, we drive 1 hour on a paved road to the beautiful blue lake (Tolbo Lake), with a panoramic rocky viewpoint.

Today we have 2 eagle hunters for another opportunity to photograph the sunset with a person in the frame for scale or a portrait in the last warm rays of light.

Lodging: Makhsum Hotel

 

DAY 10 (28-07-2023). ULGII - TERELJ NATIONAL PARK

In the morning, after an early breakfast, we will drive to Olgii airport to fly to Ulan Bator ( Departure time 07:30 AM), the flight is included in the trip (3h).

After landing at UB, we headed to the Terelj National Park. Terelj National Park.

Lodging:Tourist camp, Terelj National Park.

 

DAY 11 (29-07-2023). TERELJ NATIONAL PARK - HUSTAI NP

After breakfast we will go to the Turtle Rock, the meditation temple of Arya Pala and the statue of Chinggis Khaan.

In the late afternoon we head to the traditional lifestyle show of Mongolian nomads.

After the show we drive to Hustai National Park. 

At night we can see the wild horses of Mongolia.  

Lodging: Hustai Resort.

 

DAY 12 (30-07-2023). HUSTAI PN - ULAN BATOR

After breakfast, we return to UB. 

Free time for shopping.

Traditional music concert and farewell dinner at the UB restaurant. 

Lodging: Hotel Nine.

 

DAY 13 (07/31/2023). ULAN BATOR - END OF THE TRIP

Our drivers will take you to UB airport (ULN code).

You can choose any flight on this day, a private transfer will be arranged.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 12 nights accommodation (double room). *Supplement per room for single occupancy: +US$ 800
  • Local guide who will accompany us at all times.
  • Pectfull excursion, except the first and last day in Ulan Bator.
  • Bottled water in the vehicles at all times.
  • Entrance fees and lodging privileges in protected areas and national parks.
  • All transportation: 4 domestic flights and ground transportation in well-prepared Toyota Land Cruisers, 3 persons per car.
  • Private eagle hunting mini-festival.
  • In addition, we prepare power cable lines, power generators for remote locations without electricity.
  • Transfer service to and from UB airport.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip international flight (We will advise you to find the best flight from your city of origin).
  • Entry visa to Mongolia.
  • No excursions or extra activities outside those specified in the itinerary.
  • Optional tips for local guides and drivers.
  • Personal medications.
  • Any optional activity not included in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Extra baggage charge (baggage allowance on domestic flights is 15 kg total, both carry-on and checked baggage), about 2-5 usd per extra kilo paid by credit card at the airport.
GENERAL CONDITIONS
PAYMENT POLICY:

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will be effective when a deposit of US$ 1,000is made.
No places will be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 60 days before the start of the trip.

 

GENERAL CANCELLATION POLICY:

Cancellation and refund

We understand that attendance at our Workshops requires a prior commitment, and also that things may happen in life that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the date of cancellation, the following conditions apply:

- More than 150 days before the start date of the workshop: full reimbursement of payments made.

- Between 150 and 91 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- 90-61 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the reservation fee will be refunded.

- Within 60 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund.

 

Responsibility

Health - Participants must be in generally good health. Any medical or dietary restrictions must be communicated to us well in advance. We will inform the relevant provider of your requirements, but we cannot guarantee that all requirements will be met and have no liability to you if they are not.

Vaccinations, obtaining visas and all other travel or medical arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. We advise you to check the latest advice online or consult your doctor.

Cancellation by Namaste Photo Tours - Namaste is not responsible for events beyond its control, such as strikes, wars, acts of government, acts of terrorism, epidemics, or any other cause beyond its control, which may make it impossible, illegal or inadvisable to carry out the tour.

If there are compelling reasons for Namaste Photo Tours to cancel a tour, all payments received will be refunded immediately.

This refund will be the limit of Namaste Photo Tours' liability.

Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for any expenses incurred by participants in preparation for the trip, including non-refundable airline tickets, special clothing, visa or passport fees, or other travel-related expenses.

We advise you to wait with the purchase of airline tickets until the minimum number of participants has been reached.

 

GENERAL

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

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