Orms Mongolia

Orms Mongolia 10 day tour

Orms Photo Safaris are all custom safaris only with no fixed dates, cost or pre-assigned guide.
All photographic gear is customized for you and included in tour package
Please Note:

All our Mongolia photo tours are customized and booked on demand only. Orms does not currently offer any scheduled tours to Mongolia but will instead happily design a tailor-made photographic safari to this destination according to your specific requests and requirements.

Day 1:

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Today is set aside as our arrival day in Ulaanbaatar (“UB”), Mongolia’s capital city and home to an estimated 45% of the entire human population of Mongolia. This city is a melting pot of cultures and influences, and is a surprising mix of East meets West. From its origins as a nomadic city, it has developed into a tough, modern and cosmopolitan city full of contrasts and extremes. UB is polluted, dusty, and dynamic, but maintains a strong Mongolian identity of its own and has the feel of a “frontier” town. UB divides people – some like it, while others definitely loath it. Our time in the city will provide for a huge contrast to what we will experience in rural Mongolia!

Activities this afternoon are governed by weather, however options include:

• Viewing the traditional “ger” districts en-route to Mongolia’s most important monastery, the 17th century Gandan Khiid. A ger is a traditional circular Mongolian tent, with this eponymous district being an informal settlement made of mostly rural migrants and is thought to number in the region of 800,000 people. Gandan Khiid is a beautiful Tibetan-style Buddhist monastery which was built in the 19th Century and has survived the upheaval that destroyed many of Mongolia’s monasteries during communist rule in the 1930’s. It is still active, and houses around 150 monks, and we will have an interesting time photographing this fabulous building and its surrounds.
• Taking in the panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar from Zaisan Hill located in what is said to be the oldest protected natural area in the world – the Holy Mountain of Bogd Khan.
• Viewing the Stalinist government buildings and the central and political heart of UB – Sukhbaatar Square.
This evening we may watch a show that offers an excellent introduction to the musical and cultural traditions of Mongolia, thus rounding off our first day in this fascinating country!

Overnight Blue Sky Hotel


Day 2:

Flight Ulaanbaatar to Olgii, onward drive to Ulaankhuus

Today on our Mongolia Photography tour, we have an early morning flight to Olgii (estimated flight departure and arrival time 08h00/10h00; weight restriction 15kg (10kg check-in and 5kg hand luggage). Hand luggage ‘officially’ restricted to 1-piece. Excess baggage charges are between $4 and $7 per kilo depending on the route).

**Please note: our accommodation for the following night will be mobile tents alongside the Kazakh herding family (each person will have their own tent). Alternatively you have the option to stay in the family yurt. Kindly note that due to our remote location there are no showers or western toilet facilities**

Overnight Mobile Tent / Yurt Family Stay

Today on our Mongolia Photography tour, we have an early morning flight to Olgii (estimated flight departure and arrival time 08h00/10h00; weight restriction 15kg (10kg check-in and 5kg hand luggage). Hand luggage ‘officially’ restricted to 1-piece. Excess baggage charges are between $4 and $7 per kilo depending on the route).

**Please note: our accommodation for the following night will be mobile tents alongside the Kazakh herding family (each person will have their own tent). Alternatively you have the option to stay in the family yurt. Kindly note that due to our remote location there are no showers or western toilet facilities**

Overnight Mobile Tent / Yurt Family Stay


Day 3:

Day spent with Ulaankhuus Kazakh Eagle Hunter family

We will spend the day with a Kazakh Eagle Hunter family and photograph them and their traditional way of life. We have left the coming days flexible as it depends on the weather and the families own schedule. However, the focus is providing our guests with the opportunity to learn and experience the traditions and culture of the Kazakh eagle hunters. During our Mongolia Photography tour, we will be able to assist the family with their daily tasks and there will be time to learn how to make a traditional Kazakh meal as well. The surrounding landscapes are rough and rugged and great for exploring on foot.

**Please note: our accommodation for the following night will be mobile tents alongside the Kazakh herding family (each person will have their own tent). Alternatively you have the option to stay in the family yurt. Kindly note that due to our remote location there are no showers or western toilet facilities**

Overnight Mobile Tent / Yurt Family Stay


Day 4:

Drive Ulaankhuus to Sagsai area

This morning and at a time to be advised we will drive a short distance to Sagsai – close to Olgii, which is home to both the Sailaukhan and Babiolat families (they are related).
Sagsai is a district of Bayan Olgii Province, and for the next two nights of our Mongolia Photography tour, we will be staying in the company of a community of Kazakh eagle hunters and their families. In addition to the noble art of keeping eagles, herding is major portion of these people’s lives, and by living with and photographing our interesting hosts, we will gain a fascinating insight into a way of life that is becoming increasingly rare in this day and age.

**Please note: our accommodation for the following night will be mobile tents alongside the Kazakh herding family (each person will have their own tent). Alternatively you have the option to stay in the family yurt. Kindly note that due to our remote location there are no showers or western toilet facilities**

Overnight Mobile Tent / Yurt Family Stay

This morning and at a time to be advised we will drive a short distance to Sagsai – close to Olgii, which is home to both the Sailaukhan and Babiolat families (they are related).
Sagsai is a district of Bayan Olgii Province, and for the next two nights of our Mongolia Photography tour, we will be staying in the company of a community of Kazakh eagle hunters and their families. In addition to the noble art of keeping eagles, herding is major portion of these people’s lives, and by living with and photographing our interesting hosts, we will gain a fascinating insight into a way of life that is becoming increasingly rare in this day and age.

**Please note: our accommodation for the following night will be mobile tents alongside the Kazakh herding family (each person will have their own tent). Alternatively you have the option to stay in the family yurt. Kindly note that due to our remote location there are no showers or western toilet facilities**

Overnight Mobile Tent / Yurt Family Stay


Day 5:

Sagsai area

Traditionally, the nomadic Kazakhs of the area tend to livestock, from which they derive wool and dairy products used to generate money when sold in local villages and towns. However, as autumn approaches and heralds the start of the frigid winter months, pasturing is no longer an option, and thus the Kazakh’s make money selling the furs of rabbits and foxes caught by the eagles. We are in for a truly fascinating time in the coming days as we spend time with, and learn from these incredible people!
As mentioned, our time here will remain flexible due to the weather and the families own schedule. However, at some stage on our Mongolia Photography tour, we will have the opportunity to witness the hunters training their eagles. Locally, an eagle and hawk trainer is known as a Berkutchy, and for these trainers, the ultimate eagle for falconry is a female Golden Eagle.

**Please note: our accommodation for the following night will be mobile tents alongside the Kazakh herding family (each person will have their own tent). Alternatively, you have the option to stay in the family yurt. Kindly note that due to our remote location there are no showers or western toilet facilities**

Overnight Mobile Tent / Yurt Family Stay


Day 6:

Sagsai to Olgii, attend the Golden Eagle Festival Day 1

This morning on our Mongolia Photography tour, we have an early start as we drive from Sagai back to Olgii to attend the annual Golden Eagle Festival. The festival is a celebration of the Kazakh culture and focuses on the speed, agility and accuracy of the ‘berkut’ (the female Golden Eagle).

Although a lot of the focus is on the eagle, the stature and appearance of hunter and horse are also of importance. We may also get the opportunity to witness the game known as Bushkashi, where a tug of war game on horseback is played using a goat skin, and where horsemanship, and upper and lower body strength of the riders is tested to the maximum!

Included in our time at the festival is a ticket to the local music festival, which is a fantastic introduction to the musical talent of the Kazakh population.

Overnight Blue Wolf Ger Camp

This morning on our Mongolia Photography tour, we have an early start as we drive from Sagai back to Olgii to attend the annual Golden Eagle Festival. The festival is a celebration of the Kazakh culture and focuses on the speed, agility and accuracy of the ‘berkut’ (the female Golden Eagle).

Although a lot of the focus is on the eagle, the stature and appearance of hunter and horse are also of importance. We may also get the opportunity to witness the game known as Bushkashi, where a tug of war game on horseback is played using a goat skin, and where horsemanship, and upper and lower body strength of the riders is tested to the maximum!

Included in our time at the festival is a ticket to the local music festival, which is a fantastic introduction to the musical talent of the Kazakh population.

Overnight Blue Wolf Ger Camp


Day 7:

Olgii, attend the Golden Eagle Festival Day 2

Today on our Mongolia Photography tour, we will spend another full day photographing the Eagle Festival in all its glory. The festival provides us with a wealth of cultural experience and photographic opportunities as we mix in the company of small town folk, nomads and the Kazakh hunters that are attracted from far and wide to attend and watch.

Overnight Blue Wolf Ger Camp


Day 8:

Olgii

Today on our Mongolia Photography tour, we have the option to simply relax and explore Olgii Town or continue to Bugat where we can spend the day with the Janatkhan family in the wild landscapes of a remote valley.

During our time in Olgii we can also visit the Amanjul family that still make traditional Kazakh embroidery by hand. In the evening, we will have an informal dinner with our Kazakh translators at their home.

Overnight Blue Wolf Ger Camp

Today on our Mongolia Photography tour, we have the option to simply relax and explore Olgii Town or continue to Bugat where we can spend the day with the Janatkhan family in the wild landscapes of a remote valley.

During our time in Olgii we can also visit the Amanjul family that still make traditional Kazakh embroidery by hand. In the evening, we will have an informal dinner with our Kazakh translators at their home.

Overnight Blue Wolf Ger Camp


Day 9:

Flight from Olgii back to Ulaanbaatar

Today we return to Ulaanbaatar (estimated flight departure and arrival time 10h30/14h30). Weight restriction 15kg (10kg check-in and 5kg hand luggage). Hand luggage ‘officially’ restricted to 1-piece. Excess baggage charges are between $4 and $7 per kilo depending on the route.

We have the remainder of our day to either relax at the hotel, or embark an excursion to visit UB’s infamous Black Market, or the National History Museum.

Overnight Blue Sky Hotel


Day 10:

Flight from Olgii back to Ulaanbaatar

This marks the end of our trip to Mongolia, as we bid farewell to this unique nation and wing our way homeward.

This marks the end of our trip to Mongolia, as we bid farewell to this unique nation and wing our way homeward.

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