We are sure that, this Classic Mongolia Photography Tour will give you grand pack with exciting adventures and amazing shootings. The landscapes are perfect challenge to your creative photo interests. The target of the tour Mongolian traditional holiday Naadam festival which is one of the two biggest and the most important holidays of Mongolia. Plus we are offering you the chance to get thousands of amazing photos in the magnificent Gobi Desert. This is a great wilderness adventure that targeted landscapes with beautiful dunes and cliffs, canyon and nomads.
Day 1. Arrival in UB. City tour.
Day 2. Baga Gazriin Chuluu.
Day 3. Tsagaan Suvarga.
Day 4. Yol Valley.
Day 5. Khongor Sand Dunes.
Day 6. Bayanzag – The cemetery of Dinosaur.
Day 7. Ongiin khiid monastery.
Day 8. Orkhon Waterfall.
Day 9. Kharkhorin, Erdene Zuu monastery.
Day 10. Arrive at Hustai National Park.
Day 11. Back in UB.
Days 12-13. Grand Naadam Festival days.
Day 14. Transfer to the Airport & Departure.
• Flourishing and developing nomad’s capital city Ulaanbaatar
• Snap different portraits of Mongolian culture, nomadic people
• Landscape of Mongolian different nature formations
• Visit nomadic family in the countryside and experience family’s hospitality
• Orkhon Valley is the center of Nomads, which located Mongolia’s ancient capital cities are.
• Three Manly Game – Naadam Festival is top event in Mongolia
• Kharkhorin, capital city of Great Mongol Empire
• Wild horses in Khustai NP, which is re-introduced in this place
• Great Chinggis Khaan Statue – who holds Golden whip in his hand is the highest horse riding statue in the
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The first day of Classic Mongolia Photography Tour. Arrival in UB. Drive to Chinggis Khan Statue Complex in Tsonjin boldog, the place where Chinggis Khaan had found a golden whip which explained in the history. Statue complex is 40m high and built by steel. Main gate and the Statue has beautiful combination for photographing. Visitors can take an elevator to the viewing deck on the horse’s head and look magnificent Mongolian steppe. After photographing we drive to Terelj National Park, one of the most beautiful destinations close from Ulaanbaatar. Travelers can take a leisurely strolls on meadows carpeted with variety of wild flowers, view fascinating rock formations against a backdrop of pine covered mountains and wander along the wooded banks of a Mountain stream. Possibility to take hiking to Ariyabal temple in beautiful rocky mountain and capturing Turtle Rock from that mountain is another angle. Tourist ger camp. (L/D)
Back to UB, Transfer to the hotel. City tour including Gandan monastery and Mongolian National museum, represents Mongolian Culture starting from Stone Age to 21st century and Buddhism. In Gandan you can take local prayers, monks, the biggest standing indoor Buddha statue and temples own figure. Hotel **** (B/L/D).
Drive to Tsagaan Suvarga/ White Stupa. It was formed over time due to the erosion of a sedimentary mud in the sea bottom and looks like a stupa from far distance. From Far East it looks like a city ruin or a settlement. After lunch you will hike around the area to photograph. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D).
Drive to Yoliin am or Eagle Valley in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Yol valley is formatted by two high rock walls a big glacier on the ground kept frozen during a hot summer days. It has breathtaking dramatic scenery and without doubt is one of the beautiful places of the country. Hiking along the valley and reach up the icy glacier. If you have zoom lens it has opportunity to capture Wild Ibex and Lammergeier in the gorge. Visit natural museum of localities. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D).
Drive to Khongor sand dune. The sand dunes of Khongor are known as the «singing sands » and they extend for 180 km and at some places they are 350m high. These spectacular dunes are bordered by lush green vegetation supported by a small river Khongoriin gol. It is great opportunity to take photos of combination of Rocky Mountain, Gobi Oasis, Sand Dunes and symbol of Gobi- Camel. Also sun set and sunrise from the top of the Dunes is highlight. Walking and Sliding at the dunes. Visit camel breeding family and experience 1 hour camel riding. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D).
Arrive at Bayanzag or Flaming Cliffs, site of dinosaurs findings were found in 1920s by American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews. In some places still chance to see piece of dinosaurs bones, millions years ago. Before sun set the cliffs looks so red and you can take stunning photos before sun set. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D).
Drive to Ongiin khiid monastery and Saikhan-Ovoo area of Middle Gobi province. Ongiin Khiid monastery, a small mountainous area with the sites of remains of ruined old monasteries. Once the monastery has served as a midway point for Buddhist pilgrimages going to holy Tibet. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D) t.
Today we keep on go to 24 m high Orkhon Waterfall. When it rains lot, the waterfall has more water falls. Here you can take photos of waterfall and nomadic life style. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D)
Drive to Kharkhorin, Ancient capital city Kharkhorin was founded in 1220 in the legendary Orkhon River Valley. It was from there that Mongol Empire governed, until Khubilai Khaan, the grandson of Chinggis Khaan, moved the city to Beijing. On the ruins of Kharkhorin, in 1586, was built Erdene Zuu Monastery which is surrounded by monumental walls with 108 stupas. The monastery is kept till nowadays and it is considered as one of the leading religious centers of Mongolia. Visit to Erdene Zuu Monastery and the local market of art crafts and antique items. Take photos of monks, Orkhon Valley and local pilgrims and local market of antique. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D) .
Arrive at Khustai National Park to watch wild horse- Takhi, widely known as “Przevalski horse”. Przewalski horses are the only wild horse to survive in modern times. The species were returned to Mongolia from world zoos and reserves within Khustai National Park in 100 km west of Ulaanbaatar. Khustain Nuruu has good vegetation, springs, birch forest and rocks which are suitable for many wild animals including 46 species of mammals and 172 species of birds. Tourist ger camp. (B/L/D).
Back in UB. Visit to Chinggis square in and take shoots of National Flag Raising festival. And Deeltei Mongol festival is be held. Hotel. (B/L/D).
Grand Naadam Festival days. On Naadam Festival you will enjoy festival colors and traditions: famed wrestlers, horse racers and archery athletes will compete for best titles.
Horse racing: The most impressive spectacle is surely the horse racing. The horses cover different distances according to their age. Azarga (stallions) 28km, Ikh nas (horses more than 5 years old) 30km, Soyolon (5-year olds) 25km, Khyazaalan (4-year olds) 22km, Shudlen (3-year olds) 20km and Daaga (colts to 2 years old) 15km.
There are no limits on the number of horses participating; usually 200-600 horses in each race. The five winning horses are honored with a cup of mare’s milk (airag) on their neck, a khadag (respectful blue scarf) and a medal.
Wrestling: The 512 wrestlers fight in the stadium, for the prestigious title “State Titan”. Both the “Titan” himself and the trainers, have the opportunity to choose partners during the first few rounds, thus reducing the number of less experienced wrestlers early on and creating more excitement for the final matches at the second day. The rules are very simple: The wrestling area is unrestricted; there are no weight-classes and the one who touches the ground the any part of the body, other than the feet, has lost. The winner continues to the next round. The loser has to stand under the wings of the proud winner. The wrestlers wear tight pants and a small vest with arms across the shoulders, which barely cover their well-trained bodies.
Archery: Mongols are almost born with the archery skills, an integral part of nomad’s lifestyle. From the very childhood such qualities as perfect eyesight, measurement, patience and strength are nourished to develop a good archer. Mongolian bows are very tight ones, so that it requires a pure strength to stretch it out. As a rule, several teams of archers compete. Each team of 5-7 archers should hit 33 leather cylinders from a distance of 75 meters. Hotel ****. (B/L/D).
Transfer to the Airport and Departure.