Gobi Desert Extension

No trip to Mongolia would be complete without a visit to the Gobi Desert. Imagine towering sand dunes, camels, desert oases and red sandstone cliffs and you there with your camera!

Join me on this incredible photography expedition to the rugged, harsh and stunningly beautiful Gobi Desert. We’ll travel in comfort from Ulaanbaatar to the Khongor Sand Dunes and spend the next 5 days exploring and photographing the amazing Gobi Desert.

Camel Caravan across the Gobi Desert - Mongolia Golden Eagle Photography Workshop
Camel Caravan across the Gobi Desert

Highlights Gobi Desert Photography Tour

  • 5 Nights and 6 Days
  • Small Group – 6 clients
  • Professional Bi-lingual Guides
  • Photography Instruction
  • Camels, Horses, Local People and Models
  • Fee: $3395 single occupancy $2995 double occupancy

Gobi Desert Tour Details

Extension Dates

Arrive in Mongolia September 27, 2017

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where you will be met at the airport by our local representative and driven to the hotel.

Day 2

We will leave after breakfast, head south toward the Gobi Desert. The drive this day will be about 6 hours on paved roads with a stop for lunch and several photogenic locations along the way.

Day 3

We will arrive at the Khongor Sand Dunes in the early afternoon. These dunes are the most significant and most beautiful of the Mongolian Sand Dunes stretching for some 100 miles (170km) in length. At the Khongor Oasis, the dunes reach a height of about 700 feet (200 meters), The locals call them “The Singing Sands” because of the noise made by the wind sweeping across the dunes. We will visit a camel breeder’s family and use their Bactrian Camels as models at sunset.

Day 4

We will be up with the sun photographing the camel herders, dunes and local people in traditional clothing. We will also have photo ops with a camel caravan, women milking camels and other traditional activities.

This evening we will photograph Gobi’s Flaming Cliffs.  The Flaming Cliffs site also known as Bayanzag and the sandstone cliffs are stunning during the golden hours.

Flaming Cliffs or Bayanzag in Mongolia's Gobi Desert - Golden Eagle Festival Photography Tour
Flaming Cliffs or Bayanzag in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert

Day 5

Our sunrise photo session will again be at the Flaming Cliffs, this time with a herd of horses. In the afternoon we will be photographing more horses with a local family.

Day 6

Camel Crossing in silhouette the Gobi Desert at Sunset - Golden Eagle Festival Photography Tour
Camel Crossing the Gobi Desert at Sunset

After breakfast, we make the drive back to our hotel in Ulaanbaatar and brag about our incredible images to those just arriving. Ok, you don’t have to do that!

Inclusions and Exclusions Gobi Desert Extension

Included in the Tour

All of you accommodations and most meals are included for the Gobi extension. All transportation in Mongolia is also included. Multiple English speaking guides and translators and photography instruction.

Not Included

International transportation, extra nights accommodations, meals not mentioned, items of a personal nature, alcohol, gratuities.

Equipment and Gear

You should bring your standard kit for landscape photography. We recommend a wide angle such as a 16-35mm, a fast prime (F1.8) such as a 20 or 24mm, and  mid range zoom like a 70-200mm. A tripod and ball head, remote trigger release. There will not be much need for a long telephoto for this trip, so you can travel light and leave the big glass at home.

Bring plenty of batteries as we may not have electricity that is suitable for charging everyday.

Mongolian Ger at sunset in the Gobi Desert - Golden Eagle Festival Photo Tour
Your home away from home in Mongolia

Ready to Photograph the Gobi Desert?

It is amazing that such an alien landscape produces such beautiful locations. You will be blown away by the images and memories that you bring back. I’d be very surprised if your trip isn’t one of you top photographic memories.

I’m so excited to see the desert! Sign me up!

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