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Naadam Festival and the Cultures of Mongolia Photo Workshop

Mongolian horn musician
10 Days
From $6,995
Culture & People
Activity Level
Group Size
Max 8

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Photograph the ancient cultures of Mongolia at its centuries-old festival

Join us for a photo adventure to Mongolia for the Naadam Festival, a centuries-old celebration highlighting the country’s rich nomadic culture and history. During this tour, you’ll photograph the pageantry of Naadam with people in traditional costumes performing ancient sports.

You’ll also visit working horse farms, photograph horses on the brink of extinction in the wild, and experience the 1000-year-old tradition of eagle falconry on horseback.

In addition to Mongolia’s centuries-old nomadic culture, you’ll have the chance to photograph mountain landscapes and lakes and, if the skies cooperate, some of the darkest skies you have ever seen.


  • We have long-standing relationships with the people of Mongolia that transcend the photographer/subject dynamic. The people we visit are our friends, and you’ll have a more meaningful cultural experience visiting Mongolia with us.
  • Exclusive press passes at Naadam festival that will give you the best seats in the stadium.
  • Private photo sessions with Kazakh eagle hunters and their golden eagles on horseback.
  • Multiple environmental and indoor portrait sessions under the mentorship of professional photographers.
  • Our local guides understand the unique demands of photo tours, so complex logistics in these remote locations are always taken care of.
  • Transport via air-conditioned vehicles.
  • A private chef will be present during our remote ger camp nights to meet dietary needs.

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Activity Level

You can expect some long days in humid weather during the Naadam Festival. During our time with the eagle hunters, the walks are usually less than 300 meters from the vehicle, with some minor elevation changes.

This tour has an activity level of Easy. Read more about the Activity Levels for our trips.


  • Day 1: Arrive in Mongolia

    Arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN) before 3:00 PM on this day. Air travel delays are possible, so please consider arriving early, possibly the day prior. We don't want you to miss out on trip activities. Airport transfer is included on arrival.

    One of our drivers will pick you up holding an “Akari Photo Tours” sign with your name on it and take you directly to our hotel in downtown Ulaanbaatar (UB). The workshop starts with a group meeting at 5:30 PM in our hotel lobby, where we’ll discuss the workshops and get to know one another. We will then go for a group dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in UB.

  • Day 2: Ulaanbaatar – Hustai National Park

    Our day starts with a morning visit to the Gandan Monastery. Here, you will have the exclusive opportunity to photograph monks during prayer and two young monks who will be available for private photoshoots for our group.

    After lunch, we will head to Hustai National Park via private transfer so you can have your first photographic opportunity with the endangered Przewalski’s horse in the wild. 

  • Day 3: Hustai National Park

    Today is a day dedicated to Przewalski’s horse. In the morning and early evening, we will track down the endangered horses with the help of a park ranger. 

    Between wildlife photography sessions, we will learn how a global effort brought these endangered horses back from the brink of extinction.

    Other wildlife we may see include red deer, roe deer, marmot, wild boar, wild sheep, gazelle, grey wolf, and corsac fox.

  • Day 4: Horse photography and return to Ulaanbaatar

    Mongolia has a horse culture that dates back to the beginning of recorded time. We will visit a horse herder and photograph him as he herds his large group of horses near the sand dunes and small lakes.

  • Day 5–6: Ulaanbaatar Naadam Festival

    From ground-level seats in the stadium, we will witness the three games of men for two days: horse racing, archery, and wrestling. From the exciting opening ceremony to the events, we will help you capture this celebration that started 700 years ago.

  • Day 7: Fly to Western Mongolia for eagle hunters

    Today, we fly to Ulgii on a morning flight. Don’t worry about airline luggage allowances—we’ve taken care of that! Once we arrive, we will visit and take photographs at the local outdoor market. Afterward, we’ll grab a coffee in Ulgii, discuss upcoming events, and have the first of many private photo sessions with our host eagle hunter family. We will live alongside an actual eagle hunter family for the next two nights.

  • Day 8: Western Mongolia

    We have private sessions with our host eagle hunters in the foothills of the mountains. You will photograph their methods of supplying food and fur for their families for over a thousand years. Throughout the day, we have various portrait sessions planned.

  • Day 9: Fly back to Ulaanbaatar

    Catch our early afternoon flight back to UB from Ulgii. Upon arrival in UB, we will head to our hotel. We will visit the best cashmere store in UB, where you can purchase some of the finest cashmere in the world.

    Then, we’ll have a celebratory dinner to say farewell at a local restaurant.

  • Day 10: Depart For home

    You can book your return flight for anytime this day. Airport transfer is included on departure.


We will be staying in multiple locations. In Ulaanbaatar, we will be staying in a 5-star hotel. We will stay near Hustai National Park in comfortable ger camps with en-suite bathroom facilities. We will stay in a small ger camp with the eagle hunters in Western Mongolia. The washroom facilities at this camp are an enclosed drop toilet structure with no shower facilities.

Why Travel With Us

Our small-group trips are designed for photographers, with guides who know the best locations and offer instruction to help improve your photography. Read more about why you should travel with us.

Dates & Prices

  • Jul 6–15, 2026
    $6,995 USD Per Person
    Double Occupancy
    $995 USD
    Single Supplement
    Payment Terms: Deposit: $2,000 USD
    Remainder Due: Mar 8, 2026

All of our standard Terms & Conditions apply. Be sure to read our Cancellation Policy.

What's Included
  • Double occupancy lodging. Single lodging is available with payment of a single supplement fee.
  • Single accommodations are not available when we are in Western Mongolia to photograph the eagle hunters
  • All transportation during the tour, including internal flights.
  • Airport transfers at arrival/departure and during the tour.
  • All meals, soft drinks, water, and snacks during the tour.
  • English-speaking local guides.
  • Press passes at Naadam festival.
  • Biologist to accompany us in Hustai National Park.
  • Tips and gratuities for local guides and drivers.
  • Extra weight allowance purchased on internal flights.
  • All permits and entry fees.
  • Instruction, guidance, and image reviews from our expert photography guides.
  • Personal pre-trip phone consultation.
What's Not Included
  • Airfare to and from destination, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees.
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable.
  • Travel medical & evacuation insurance (required).
  • Trip cancellation insurance (optional but recommended).
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Any accommodations or meals before or after the tour dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.

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