Mongolia
9 Days // August 17-26, 2017 

August 17:  Departure

Depart the USA. Most flights will fly via Korea to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
 
August 18:  Ulaanbaatar        

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by guide and transferred to the centrally located hotel within walking distance of museums and shops.

Overnight at Shangri La Hotel.

August 19:  Ulgii

Morning transfer to the airport for an early three-hour flight to Ulgii, capital of Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s westernmost province. Ninety percent of the population of Bayan-Ulgii is Kazakh, and there will be ample opportunities to photograph  local families and experience Kazakh culture. Tour ancient stone men statues, reminders of Mongolia’s rich ancient history.
 
Meet with local drivers and support staff, then head towards the Tsengel Khairkhan mountain. In the late afternoon, reach our host eagle hunter family where we will spend the next two days. 

Overnight in tents. 

August 20:  Eagle Hunters

Spend the day photographing and learning from the eagle hunters and their eagles. Watch as they proudly exhibit their skills by calling upon eagle seated on top of the hill who will then land on the arm. 

Overnight in tents. 

August 21:  Kazakh Family

Spend the day photo shooting Kazakh women as they demonstrate the art of embroidery and appliqué. Their gers are decorated with colorful textiles, handcrafted felt carpets line the floor, and delicately embroidered tapestries adorn the walls.

In the evening, gather around the place of honor – the Kazakh table – to learn traditional Kazakh songs and enjoying tea and bortdsig (fried cakes).

Overnight in tents. 

August 22:  Ulgii

Return to Ulgii for a flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. 

Overnight at Shangri La Hotel. 

August 23:  Gobi

Morning transfer to Gobi, Mongolia’s southernmost province of semi-arid desert. Contrary to the sameness that the word ‘desert’ suggests, the Gobi is a fascinating and diverse region, and includes sites of some of the most important paleontological discoveries of the 20th Century. Explore the stunning landscapes of the Gobi, habitat for Bactrian camels, Argali mountain sheep, goitered gazelle, Golden Eagles, Saker Falcons, jerboas (similar to kangaroo rats), and many endemic reptiles. The Gobi is also home to some of the Northern Hemisphere’s most rare and elusive mammals, such as the dhole, snow leopard, wild camel, and Gobi bear.

 Spend the evening at your leisure after settling into the the Three Camel Lodge ger camp, located at Bulagtai Mountain on the edge of Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

Overnight at the Three Camel Lodge.

August 24:  Horse, Archery and Wrestling Photo Shoot

Spend the morning, exploring and photographing nearby nomadic families. After lunch, walk to location for private photo shoot with archers, wrestls and horse wranglers. 

In the evening, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. 

Overnight at the Three Camel Lodge.
 
August 25:  Havsgait Valley/ Flaming Cliffs

Early drive to Havsgait Valley for a challenging hike to the top of the hill for an amazing 360 degree view of the area. After the morning photo shoot, return to the Three Camel Lodge for rest and lunch.
 
In the late afternoon, drive to Bayan Zag, commonly known as the Flaming Cliffs, to photograph the orange glow of the rocks during golden hour. The Flaming Cliffs are rich with dinosaur fossils,and have been the site of important paleontological discoveries. 

Overnight at the Three Camel Lodge.
 
August 26:  Ulaanbaatar

Catch an early flight back to Ulaanbaatar.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Mongolian cultural performance followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. 

After dinner, transfer to the airport for your flight home.