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Start: 29 June 2024
End: 13 July
2024

Code: IOM24

Variable price structure.
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8 pax 3150 pp
9 pax 3095 pp
10 pax 3050 pp
11 pax 2995 pp
12 pax 2950 pp

excl. flights, based on roomshare

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Min 8, max 12 people

Places left: 2

Trip is to be confirmed.

Single supplement: 350

Estimated current
flight cost 900

Please note: an approved Covid vaccine is no long mandatory for our trips. However, it may still be required by local authorities. You can see more on this policy here.

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Impressions of Mongolia Itinerary

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar
Day 2: Training camps
Day 3: Training camps
Day 4: Ulaanbaatar
Day 5: Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Day 6: Tsagaan Suvarga
Day 7: Yoliin Am
Day 8: Khongoriin
Day 9: Khongoriin

Day 10: Ongiin Khiid
Day 11: Karakorum
Day 12: Ulaanbaatar
Day 13: Naadam Festival
Day 14: Naadam Festival
Day 15: Tour ends

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Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.

Bookings are made through the Intrepid Tailor Made Dept. in London not the Intrepid website or Stores. Contact Steve Davey for information

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unforgetPlaces4PCThis tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.

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Highlights of this trip

Naadam Festival

• Festival training camps

• Khongoriin Sand Dunes

• Ongiin Khiid ruins

Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs

• Ancient city of Karakorum

• Photography tuition

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Included in the trip price

• 5 nights hotel

• 9 nights Ger camp

• 14 breakfasts

• 10 lunches

• 9 dinners

• Naadam ticket

• Archery training camp

• Wrestling training camp

• Horse racing training camp

• Baga Gazriin Chuluu hike

• Tsagaan Suvarga hike

• Vulture Canyon hike

• Khongoriin camel ride

• Ongiin Khiid entrance

• Karakorum entrance

All transport as per itinerary

• English Speaking leader

• Entrance fees as per itinerary

Expert photographic tuition

These tours are designed and specified exclusively by Steve Davey, but the land arrangements have been subcontracted to Intrepid Travel. Bookings are handled by the Intrepid Travel Tailor made department in the United Kingdom. Your contract is with them, and they will handle all payments. This means that you are protected by their industry bonding, and if you get them to purchase a flight for you, can even be issued with an ATOL certificate!

To reserve the place on the tour, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of 400. Obviously if we do not get  enough numbers for the tour to go ahead, the deposit will be refunded. The decision for this will be made no later than 56 days before departure. It is recommended that you don't buy a flight before that time.

Payments can be made in a variety of ways: bank transfer, cheque, debit card or credit card. If you wish Intrepid to book your flight for you, the quoted price will include their booking fee, and the payment might be required immediately. We can advise this at the time of booking.

Please remember: although Intrepid Travel are providing the land arrangements for this tour, this is not one of their trips. It won't appear on the Intrepid Travel website, and you can't book it through any of their stores or agents. If you have any questions about this trip, please contact Steve directly using this Ask a Question link.

How to make a booking?

Bookings are handled by the Intrepid Travel Private Groups department based in the United Kingdom. The only way to make a booking is to fill out the booking form below. Steve will forward the booking on to Intrepid who will contact you directly to take the deposit payment.

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Who is this tour suited to?

Our photo tours cater for a wide spectrum of people at a range of different levels. Steve's skill in explaining things, patience and tireless energy mean that he is able to pitch talks and individual tuition so that they are relevant for a range of different abilities.

These tours are primarily aimed at people who have at least a basic knowledge of their cameras and are keen to develop their skills further.

The people who get the most from a trip like this are those who are aware of the areas that they want to develop. It might sound obvious, but if you know your own shortcomings then you are better able to tackle them!

If you have a greater knowledge, then Steve will be able to fill in a lot of the theories behind things that you might have already thought that you knew, which will help make decisions more instinctive and more confident. He will also be able to help you to take your photography forward to the next stage and can teach you a number of advanced techniques and theories.

If you are an absolute beginner, then these tours will still teach you a vast amount about photography. A large part of photography is artistic and not technical. Selecting viewpoints and angles, composition and especially approaching people to take their picture are as vital as apertures and shutter speeds. Allied to this Steve will explain all of the technical aspects that you need to know as they relate to you and your camera.

You will get more out of these tours if you have a basic familiarity with your camera. If it is new, and out of the box then you might spend a great deal of time thumbing through the manual, and not learning about photography. I should also point out that whilst I has a lot of experience with different cameras, he doesn't know everything about all of them! If you are not familiar with your camera, then you should definitely bring the manual with you! Between us, we should then be able to sort out most things!

Finally, it is important to remember that whilst photography does need patience and sometimes you need to wait for a picture; this is a group tour. There will be a lot of time for you to go off on your own, but there will also be times where we have to meet at a certain time, or during a journey need to maintain our pace. If the group dynamic is not really for you and you have the opinion that everyone else can just wait for you if you are taking a picture, wandering off or shopping then these (or any group tours) probably aren't for you!

Similarly, if you are the sort of person who gets offended or irritated by other people easily, and just "have to speak your mind" about it, no matter who you offend, then maybe any group trip is not for you. These trips work better if everyone is prepared to work together as a team, and help each other. We will all have a better time, and come away with better pictures and better memories.

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This trip will require a good level of fitness. We have included a number of walks to help us explore more, and sometimes the ground could be a little rough, and the conditions could be hot and dusty. There are some long journeys but thse are just a part of the adventure, and the only way to visit some of the stunning places we visit.

Some of the places we stay might be somewhat basic. For many locations we will be staying in Ger camps, which will have shared facilities. Also, the single supplement is not available for days 2-4, when we are staying in family ger camps. On these days, everyone will be expected to share with others of the same gender. Even when we are in a hotel in the capital, ue to the fact that much of Ulaanbaatar's infrastructure lacks regular maintenance, you may on occasion only have access to cold water at your hotel.

Mongolian food is relentlessly meat, with carbs – usually bread, noodles, rices or pasta. Originally a nomadic people, vegetables don't feature that much in Mongolian cuisine either! A quick search of Ulaanbatur might throw up a couple of vegetarian restaurants, but please be aware that we are unable to compel the entire group to head to a Western style vegetarian restaurant, when they would rather have a traditional meaty meal. Once we get out of the capital, then options will be even more limited. Chicken is not considered meat, and is often thought of as suitable for vegetarians – as is a meat dish with the lumps picked out. If you do get a vegetarian option, then it is likely to be fairly dull, unappetising and with no choice. Whilst I might respect you life choices – especially those that arise from religious or moral concerns - the sad fact is that Mongolia as a country is probably not a suitable destination for you, and we will struggle to accommodate you on this trip. Please do contact Steve if you would like to discuss this further.

For more information, please contact us and we will help you to assess if this adventurous trip is for you.

Non-photographing partners
Steve is often asked about non-photographing partners coming on our trips, and he always say that they are more than welcome - as long as they are not photographer-phobic! Steve believes that travel photography is a great way to engage with a place and the people who live there. Because we are photographers we will see more sunrises, talk to more locals, try more foods and visit more markets than ordinary trips. This means that non-photographers can engage with us - and some even go away with a new interest in photography. We are also about having a good time too - Steve is mindful that this is a holiday as well as a photography tour - so we aim to have lively meals, a lot of laughs and the odd drink or two. As someone recently stated abut our tours:

"Your love of photography and travel is infectious and I can honestly say I have never laughed or learnt so much on a holiday before!"

If Steve had to have a mission statement for these tours, then this is it!

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