Take a photo tour to the wild Taiga Mountains of Mongolia with an experienced guide. Photographers and travelers have a great opportunity to photograph Mongolia’s epic landscapes such as majestic mountains, peaceful forest, and picturesque lakes along with the hundreds of grazing sheep, galloping horses, caravanning reindeers, explore the lifestyle of authentic Mongol nomads - the yurt dwellers, and experience mysterious shaman rituals while staying with Mongolian Ethnic Dukha Tribe-the teepee dwellers.
You will be roaming through the taiga wilderness on reindeer and horseback, living with mystical Tsaatan people to experience the primitive lifestyle, sitting around the campfire to talk about shaman stories, staying in a teepee, waking up in the foggy morning surrounded by the photogenic landscape of Northern Mongolia and Capture them all with your camera. All levels of photographers are welcome. If you are a landscape, portrait, travel, or night photographer and looking for your next photo destination then this is the right tour for you. We are your specialized photography guide to Mongolia and ready to help you to collect amazing photoshoots and experience unique culture on this Mongolian Photo Adventure.
• Flourishing and developing nomad’s capital city Ulaanbaatar
• Lake Khovsgol – crystal clear water lake
• Mongolian Ethnic Diversity, Dukha Tribe, the Tsaatan people
• Mongolian Shamanism
Transfer to the hotel and relax. City tour including the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum of Mongolia, which represents Mongolian Culture starting from the Stone Age to the 21st century, and Buddhism, Sukhbaatar Square (also known as Chingis Khaan Square). In Gandan Monastery, you can take local prayers, monks, the biggest standing indoor Buddha statue, and temples' own figure. (L/D)
Take a domestic flight to Murun town and picked up from the local airport by then drive to Lake Khovsgol – as named as “Blue Pearl”. The lake itself is one of the natural wonders of the earth and the second-largest freshwater lake. It is surrounded by magnificent pine-covered mountains. You will relax at the lakeshore and capture a multitude of stars over the blue lake. (B/L/D)
A half-day photographing in Khovsgol Lake area surrounded by stunning color providing tips and tricks. Then heading to Tsagaan Nuur village, where the Tsaatan people are settled. We will drive through Darkhad depression, which is one of the most photographic landscapes in Mongolia due to its outstanding natural beauty, rugged mountains, peaceful meadows, marvelous lakes, and clear air. (B/L/D)
The day we will leave our car and driver and meet our next adventure crew. Arrive at Lake Khogrog where we meet our horse crew and Riding Adventure begins here. Having lunch and a short break, then start packing on horseback. We saddle up the horses and ride up to the Taiga Mountains. (B/L/D)
Reindeer herders/Tsaatan people, who live in the exact place for ancient traditions and oldest religious human belief – Shamanism, that rules the tribal life for thousands of years and still exists today. Photograph in a high Taiga forest environment, primitive lifestyle, and ancient strange culture, unique portraits of Reindeer herders, adorable Dukha children who are spending their summer holiday, playing and riding reindeer around. Late evening we will experience and capture Spiritual Shaman’s performance, sacrificing ceremony to the earth. (B/L/D)
It is time to heading back and say goodbye to the incredible Tsaatan friends. Hop on horseback and ride back towards Khogrog Lake. We will stop in Tsagaan Nuur Village to take a short rest. Wild camping on the way to Murun town. (B/L/D)
Continue our drive to Murun town via Ulaan Uul village. Rest in local hotel. (B/L/D)
Take a flight from Murun to Ulaanbaatar. Short city tour depending on the domestic flight time. In the evening, go to a traditional folk song performance (only during summer) and photograph colorful traditional dressed beautiful dancers and singers on the stage. Farewell dinner together. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. We hope you will leave with beautiful memories in your mind and unique captures on your camera. (B)
Prices & Inclusions
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Accommodation: Hotel****,* ger camp, and tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Domestic round-trip flights (UB-Murun-UB)
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Cook outside Ulaanbaatar
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc
If I said that I will ride a reindeer for 70km in one way (our destination is located approximately 2 days ride away) most people would ask whether I have gone a mad.
To tell you the truth, for me travelling with photographers who has same desire and interest for Tsaatan photography trip during the cold winter was one of the most memorable trips of my life.
Our main aim was to explore unique Tsaatan way of life who inhabit the Northernmost region of Mongolia, see many reindeer at once, to capture the beauty of northern land in our lenses.
When we spent the night in depth of taiga sleeping in a teepee and rode reindeer we admired the local people's ability to withstand severe cold weather, hardiness and their unique way of living in harmony with nature.
For example whilst we were wearing sheepskin coats and felt boots, our 3 tsaatan guides were just wearing light coat, kirza boots and were sleeping in a wooden hut half covered with cloth and open front.
It was truly admirable when they saw footprints of the animals we did not even spot and told us exactly what kind of animal passed here and how many days ago.
If I am presented with another opportunity to travel again like this for sure I will take the chance!