NET RATES FOR 2015 (IN USD/PER PERSON): $4997USD (minimum four, maximum eight)
Single supplement (limited to maximum 4): $500USD 

INCLUDED SERVICES: Full-time services of your local English speaking guide. Photography guidance out in the field and optional daily editing sessions at our hotels and Ger camps. Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the program. Private transfers and transports (minivan with A/C with windows that can open) and domestic flights. Twin share accommodation: 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Ger camps at each destination. Meals as listed. Naadam Festival tickets and arrangements. 0.5L x 3 bottled water per day. Visa support invitation letter where applicable.

NOT INCLUDED: International Airfare/train tickets + Tax. Travel insurance. Visa fees. Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc. Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
This is the third trip I have done to Mongolia and I would love to have you experience this land before tourism really starts to change a country that is so proud of their heritage.

Day 1. July 2. ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR:  TOUR OF THE CITY, INCLUDING THE GANDAN MONASTERY. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meet at the airport after custom formalities and we will transfer you to the hotel (required to arrive before 12 pm).

A day to acclimate to the time change and give you a city tour of Ulaanbaatar. This easy tour takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha and other temples in the nations capitol.
After our short excursion into Mongolian culture and history, we will gather back at the hotel and discuss the weeks activities, find out your expectations and give you the itinerary for the workshop.    
At night we will visit a local musical performance including throat singing and Mongolian contortionists.

Hotel 3*.  (Springs or Ramada Inn) Dinner at hotel included

Day two we will travel day to Bayan-Ogli, the western most province of Mongolia and travel to a local family, our hosts the the next two nights. Here, you will immerse yourself in the Kazakh traditions and live and sleep in our own Ger tents with a nomadic family.

During our time here we will live in a valley surrounded by mountains, the fields dotted with sheep, yak, horses, and local families that will invite you into their homes, engage in conversation with us and allow us to take photos of them as they live as they did for generations.

We will also have four private photo shoots with traditional eagle hunters in mountain settings as they put their eagles and horses through their traditional hunting. You will witness eagles flying from mountains and landing on eagle hunters arms as they ride on horseback. You will photograph eagles hunting prey and be able to photograph these hunters running and riding horses with the eagles on their arms. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

Included in these 3 days are your meals, shared accommodation in Ger tents, (Men in one Ger tent, women in another)

After breakfast at the hotel, we pack the vehicles and depart to the west toward Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia.

Today we will depart the modern, urban setting of UB and travel through many small villages. and sprawling countryside that is framed by endless skies and distant mountains. Today you will have the opportunity to see farmers working in their fields, cashmere being prepared for transport and numerous horse farms. You will also get your first introduction to many of the eagles and hawks that inhabit the countryside.

Transfer to camp near the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. Optional hiking in Khogno Khaan with a visit to the Khamba monastery ruins.  

If the skies co-operate later in the day and evening, we will head out under minimal light pollution and photograph the stars and mountains that frame the area where we will be. Your opportunity to learn more long exposure techniques in this unique land.

Tourist Ger camp.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

We visit legendary monastery Erdene Zuu, the first Buddhist monastery in Central Mongolia founded in 1586, Museum of Karakorum and its surroundings, the Turtle Rock and the Phallic stone etc, and in the afternoon you will get your first taste of a rural Naadam festival in the country. You will witness local athletes try to qualify for the national Naadam Festival in an intimate setting that is much more conducive for photograph in a country setting..

You will also be able to see Mongolia's Golden eagles and the many hawks that fly the skies as we wander the ancient town of Karakorum.

If the skies co-operate early in the morning and later in the day and evening, we will head out under minimal light pollution and photograph the sunrise, the sunset and the stars and mountains that frame the area where we will be. Your opportunity to learn more long exposure techniques in this unique land.

Tourist Ger camp.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Breakfast at the ger camp in Karakorum. Enjoy photographing the local Naadam festival and events in the morning and afternoon. In the early evening visit the green valley of the Orkhon - the cradle for many nomadic states including the Turks and the Mongols, and a UNESCO world heritage site along with ancient capital Karakorum. Visit nomadic families and enjoying optional hiking or horse riding. Return to Karakorum in the evening.  

Tourist Ger camp.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

We drive to the east to Ulaanbaatar, arrive and transfer to the hotel. Rest and prepare for our day tomorrow with the Prezawalski horses in Hustai National Park.
Hotel 3*.  (Springs or Ramada Inn) Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Today we travel to Hustai National Park, a Specially Protected Area in 1993, one year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi to the Hustain Nuruu. The HNP extends through the Khentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe at the boundaries of Altanbulag, Argalant and Bayankhangai Soums of Tov province. The park is about 95 km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west.
The HNP covers 50.6 ha land which is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. 44 species of mammals have been recorded, including the famous Przewalski horses, the Red deer, Mongolian gazelle, Roe deer, Wild boar, Wild sheep, Ibex, Mongolian marmots, Grey wolves, Lynx, Pallas’ cat, Red fox, Corsac fox and Eurasian badger. The 217 species of birds include Golden eagle, Lammergeier, Great bustard, Whooper swan, Black stork, Daurian partridge and Little owl.
We will also take a model with us with two period costumes for a photo shoot in the countryside near Ulaanbaatar. Costumes will be replicas of 12th and 13th century royalty and nomadic wear.
Hotel 3*.  (Springs or Ramada Inn) Breakfast, lunch and dinner included   

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast.

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