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TSAATAN PHOTO SAFARI (also known as the Mongolian Reindeer Tribe) with William Chua

10 Days:
2 nights in a hotel***,
1 night at local hotel,
2 nights in a Mongolian ger,
4 nights in a Tsaatan tepee,
reindeer riding and trekking in the taiga.
Reindeer riding in Mongolia is truly inspirational experience. You will ride through the snow covered taiga, mountain forest and the vast beautiful valleys while doing optional treks and walks. Making a visit to a nomadic reindeer family can be a enjoyable experience where reindeer milk tea is a must try thing while you are at Tsaatan tepee.

Day 1. (17th February) Ulaanbaatar ( Hotel***; B, L aloft, D)

Day 2. Murun and Ulaan-Uul (Ger; B, L, D)
Fly to Murun the capital of Hovsgol province. Upon arrival at Murun airport, you will meet your local driver and continue driving to Ulaan Uul village. The village is in a Darkhad Depression which is one of the most beautiful places in Mongolia where many pristine lakes are interconnected whilst Alpine mountains with coniferous forest dominate across either sides of the depression. Overnight in a local family. Air temperature in the Darkhad Valley often drops below -45C in January and February.

Day 3. Tsaatan (or Reindeer) Family visit (Tepee; B, L, D)
Today, you will drive over 160 km to Tsaatan winter encampment in East Taiga. There are two tribes of Tsaatans in Hovsgol’s taiga. Tsaatan people are called Duhas who speak in a language with Turkic origin and Mongolian. Their main livelihood is herding reindeer and hunting. You will stay at a Tsaatan’s tepee. You will get familiarize yourself with the family you staying.

Day 4. Tsaatan encampment and herding of reindeers (Tepee; B, L, D)
It is a day to pursue your Tsaatan way of living.

Day 5. Reindeer Trekking (Tepee; B, L, D)
Your itinerary will be flexible depending on your ability of riding and you should liaise with Tsaatan people. Today is a day you will do a day reindeer ride to nearby mountain taiga. Snow covered forest, a deep snow on the ground and reindeer herd may offer you a magnificent theme of photo shooting.

Day 6. Winter Trekking (Tepee; B, L, D)
Enjoy your photo shoots for full day.

Day 7. Drive to Ulaan-Uul (Ger; B, L, D)
Today you will say good bye to Tsaatan tribe and continue driving to Ulaan-Uul via Tsagaan Nuur which is a village where fishing and berry picking is one of the main livelihoods. In the evening arrive at Ulaan-Uul and stay with a local family.

Day 8 Murun (Local Hotel; B, L, D)
After leisurely breakfast you will drive to Murun and overnight in a local hotel.

Day 9. Ulaanbaatar (Hotel***; B, L, D)
Today you will take a domestic flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival you visit Gandan Monastery, the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia where you can see gigantic Janraisag Statue, the god of wisdom and compassion, as tall as 9 stories of apartment block. In the afternoon, you will visit the Museum of Mongolian History where you can see traditional costumes of different ethnic Mongols, archaeological discoveries of prehistoric people and Mongol Empire of the 13th century. In the evening you will enjoy traditional folk concert followed by a farewell dinner.

Day 10. Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

William will guide the participants along for photography and there will also be critic sesssions
to help participants improve on their photos. A briefing will be done prior to the trip.

Workshop is open to participants of all levels, inexperienced and experienced alike.
Non Photographing Companions are welcome too..
This is not a comfort trip, participants must be prepared for long journeys and cold weather
And must be able to eat red meat

Based on 2 participants : S$ 5000 per person in twin room
Price will be reduced if there are more participants
Single Supplement: S$120 (Available at hotels only in Murun and Ulaanbaatar)

Tour Price includes:
• Domestic air and ground transportation in Mongolia as described in the itinerary;
• Transfers on arrival and departure;
• All accommodations based on double occupancy in hotel in Murun and Ulaanbaatar;
• Meals as noted in itinerary;
• All excursions, entrance fees, and visits as described in itinerary;
• Bilingual ZENDMEN TRAVEL guide throughout your stay;
• Wrangler and reindeer.

Price does not include: international airfare; passport and visa fees; medical and trip insurance; evacuation costs; airport taxes; excess baggage charges; tips to drivers, cook and guides; items of a personal nature, including alcoholic beverages, laundry and telephone calls; other items not specifically mentioned as included.

Email me at will03@williamchua.com for questions or reservations or contact me at 97577691

About William Chua

William Chua is an international award winning photographer based in Singapore. He does predominantly weddings, travel, landscapes, and wildlife photography
He has garnered awards from IPA (New York), MPA (London), PX3 (Paris), PDN, and the Black and White Spider Awards

His works have been published in various publications (including SilverKris Magazine, Asian Geographic, Geographical Magazine (UK) , PDN Magazine, Lux Magazine etc)
He works are also represented by Modern Art Etc, based in Los Angeles, California for sale as Fine Art Prints
Having led photography workshops to Mongolia, Scandinavia, Bhutan and Africa, and given numerous talks on photography, he hopes to be able to help photo enthusiasts take their photography to the next level.

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William enjoys telling stories with his camera. Regardless if its your wedding, travels or even your newborn, he does it so beautifully through his pictures..

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He also takes on personal projects traveling around the world to create images.

With a list of international awards and publications behind him, his images are also being represented by Modern Art Etc (Los Angeles, California) for sale as Fine Art Prints