Mongolia is without a doubt one of the most underrated places to take photography trips. Travel photographers would do well to add a Mongolia photo tour on their list of eventual must do. While it doesn’t seem like much of a typical tourist destination, it is photographically speaking, an astounding experience.
Rugged and expansive with open and generous people, Mongolia is moving into the 21st century with its amenities while holding well to its long standing traditions. The countryside is vast and beautiful with large, open sky above rocky fields and plains. And the people and festivals are equally gorgeous. Mongolia offers the opportunity not only to photograph its people as they are but also as they were, reflecting decades of history. From the traditional garb and whirling, colorful skirts of the women to the impressive skill of the horse masters racing, you’ll never lack for stellar photo opportunities.
One of the best things to do on a guided photography tour of Mongolia is make sure to get away from the capital. While Ulaanbaatar is interesting in its own right, it’s the deep country where all the best action happens. Our guided tour is designed specifically to get you those fantastic up close and personal opportunities in the ger camps, to ride alongside camel herders, and have photo shoots with real shamans that live out in the villages. No other Mongolia photo tour gives such exclusive access to authentic experiences!
We would be remiss if we did not offer photography trips to the Eagle Festival. Nomad will take you off the beaten path to the far remote villages such as Uglii in order to photograph the yearly festival. The synergy of man and bird is incredible, and you’ll have full access to the eagle trainers and get to see them in action, as well as the massive birds of prey themselves! There’s nothing more authentically Mongolian.
One of the greatest parts of a photography trip to Mongolia is the culture, and there are some events that outshine others, such as Nadaam. Nadaam is a festival of everything, but specifically Mongolian heritage where the locals celebrate by hosting games, dancing, athletic competitions, cook outs, and parades. Like with all Nomad tours, you’ll get personal access to real people in smaller and lesser known locations, so you know the experience will be culturally authentic. From the athletes themselves to members of the military bands, wise men and chefs, Nomad’s Mongolia photo tour doesn’t miss a beat of the local flavor.
Mongolia is not a country that’s easy to do on one’s own. You want a guide who is well versed in the country but also has the right connections to get you out of the main tourist areas of Ulaanbaatar and into the real Mongolia, out in the hinterlands. Harry Fisch has spent several years cultivating his connections in the region so as to offer the best designed and open access photo tour possible.
Plus, with Harry’s experience as a travel photographer, you’ll be able to build up your skills in a unique environment. Between the review sessions offered, the hands on attention during the tour, and the quality and amount of private photo opportunities that these Mongolia photo tours offer, you won’t walk away without some truly incredible pictures, and a fantastic learning experience.