Western Mongolia Photo Safari Tour

14 days from $2750

Discover all of the best photographic locations in Western Mongolia with this wonderful tour, which gives you a good amount of time at each stop you have scenic subjects to shoot. You will meet local people of diverse Mongolian ethnic groups, which are as different as you go further to the west. This is a very rewarding trip in a part of Mongolia rarely visited by foreigners yet. Our safaris are enjoyed by people with a strong interest in both wildlife and photography. All levels, from beginner to advanced amateur photographers are welcome !!!


  •  Different culture of ethnic groups
  •  Beautiful lakes, sand dunes, high mountain ranges
  •  Ethnic people of the western provinces
  •  Eagle hunting Kazakh family
  •  Altai Mountain range
  •  Tsambagarav mountain (4202 m)
  •  Ancient rock paintings 

Key Info

Physical level: Advanced Physical level: Advanced
Photography & Filming Photography & Filming

Tour Itinerary


Day 1.

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

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)

in the hotel

Day 2.

Fly to Western Mongolia

Take a flight to Ulaangom, the central town of Uvs province. A short tour of the town. Uvs province has a chain of lakes, wetlands, sand dunes, and high mountains. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 3.

Gashuun Valley

Drive to Gashuun valley which is a wonderful panoramic landscape of ice-capped Turgen mountains. Visit Stone memorials of ancient periods. Photography day of wonderful nature and historical sites. Tented camp at the bank of the Turgen river. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 4.

Lake Achit

Drive to lake Achit - the largest lake in Uvs province, located on the border of three western aimags. It offers stunning sunsets and sunrises and plenty of fish. The lake is home to flocks of geese, eagles and other birdlife. In the afternoon drive to Kharkhiraa valley - a delightful valley, surrounded by dense pine forests, has crystal clear river and carpeted with flowers. It is a perfect place to stay and photograph, while and relax, or to go hiking and taking beautiful photos. On the way we will stop at “Island of Devel”, is home of kinds of rare birds.  (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 5.

Drive to Ulgii

Drive to Ulgii, the central town of Bayan-Ulgii province. Unlike other provinces, its population is dominated by Turkic Kazakhs, which have their own language, customs, and only Muslim religion in Mongolia. Visit a local museum, black market, and theater. Photography day of another culture and tradition than main Mongols. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 6.

Arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan Mountain

Today we head to the Altai Mountain area and arrive at Shiveet Khairkhan mountain- the closest place to the Altai peaks reachable by car. We are traveling at the altitude of 2500-3000 m. We will visit a local Kazakh family to explore their lives as well as rent horses for our further trip. Here you can meet the local people and take portraits and the daily life of Kazakhs. They have a bigger Ger dwelling than the Khalkha majority group and they are characteristic. Prepare our luggage for the next 3 day-trekking trips to Altai peaks. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 7.

Altai Tavan Bogd Peak

Leave our vehicle and load our luggage to the horses and trek toward the Altai Tavan Bogd peaks of 4100-4374m. You can take photos of a horse or camel caravan which suites the Western Mongolian landscape, rocky and show-capped mountains. Arrive near foot of the high peaks and camp there. (B/L/D)

in the tent 3-4 hours

Day 8.

Tsagaan Gol - White River

Head back to the van through and after lunch drive to Khurgan lake, the lowest point of Altai Tavan Bogd National park.

Head back to the vehicle through Tsagaan Gol - White river, which owes its color to glacial milk, the suspended powder of rock eroded by the high glaciers. Here you have a chance to photograph both landscape and people. Then, drive towards Lake Khurgan. (B/L/D)

in the tent 3 hours

Day 9.

Khoton and Khurgan Lakes

Full photography day at Khurgan and Khoton lakes and surrounding area. The system of these lakes, connected by a wide channel, is the source of the Hovd River which drains the whole Mongolian Altai. Khoton Lake is located in an intermountain tectonic depression in the northern portion of the Mongolian Altai. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 10.

Drive to Buyant village

On the way stop at Tsengel sum and Valley of Jivertei. Here we can take photos of ancient man stones that belonged to the Turkic empire, which existed 5th to 7th centuries. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 11.

Eagle Hunters

Come close to magnificent Tsambagarav mountain (4193m) via Tolbo lake. Enjoy the natural beauty and meeting with local people. Stay in the local eagle hunting family. Photography day of hunting eagle show and nomad life. Owners train eagles such as they chase fox skins dragged by their owners on horseback, collect marmots, small foxes, and wolves, and return to the ger, where the Kazakhs use them for food. (B/L/D)

mongolian tour to golden eagle festival

in the family

Day 12.

Khovd Town

Drive to Khovd, the central town of Khovd province, as well as the major industrial center of western Mongolia. Brief city tour. Local Museum - geology exhibit, collections of stuffed wildlife, including an ibex with its distinctive corrugated antlers, ethnic costumes and artifacts, and a snow leopard pelt tacked up on the wall. One of the most interesting exhibits is the re-creation of the cave paintings at Tsenkheriin Agui /Tsenkheryn cave/. (B/L/D)

in the tent

Day 13.

Fly Back to Ulaanbaatar

Take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar at a local airport. Transfer to the hotel and relax. Farewell dinner together. (B/L/D)

in the hotel

Day 14.

Departure Day

Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)

Prices & Inclusions

Prices & Inclusions
Group size Price/Per person
2 PAX 3650$
3-4 pax 3350$
5-8 PAX 3100$
9-12 PAX 2900$
13-15 PAX 2750$


Accommodation: Hotel****,* ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Domestic flights (Ulaanbaatar-Ulaangom & Khovd-Ulaanbaatar)
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Camping equipments

Not Includes

International airfare 
Personal equipment
Optional activity cost 
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement 
Alcoholic drinks 
Travel Insurance
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc


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