Silk Road Gobi Desert Adventure – with Juanli Sun and Adam Gibbs – Max 7 Participants

This is a unique photo trip, taking you into the heart of the Gobi Desert, where you can immerse yourselves in simple, delicate creativity far from the modern world and its distractions. For us, our first visit there was life-changing and we’re still re-evaluating our own art, creativity and life goals from each visit. Join us on this trip of a lifetime.

We will pass hundreds of square miles of gigantic dunes, rising to over 1640 feet above a series of crystal clear lakes. This remote area of northern China is famous for the Silk Road and the world’s highest static sand dunes. This massive area of sand is so remote and so intense, we have designed this trip that we hope will deliver the creative epiphany that we have had. The geometry and scale of these makes for limitless incongruous and beautiful photographs.

We’ll be camping out in the dunes and can explore them at our leisure.

The second area is another large area of geopark, where the striated coloured rocks make for more amazing images.

Other Details:

Workshop starts at dinner time on the first day and ends 8am on the last day in Lanzhou Airport; 6 Days 5 nights in the desert

Itinerary: Day 1 Arriving Lanzhou; Day 2 Travel to Zhangye, going to Painted Hill in the afternoon; Day 3 Going to desert after breakfast, and camp in the desert; Day 4, 5, 6, 7 in the desert, Day 8 leave desert after lunch and arrive Zhangye Hotel; Day 9 Painted Hill in the morning and afternoon train to Lanzhou Day 10 Workshops ends 8am, early flight out of Lanzhou

Price: USD $3900 from Lanzhou

Excluded: Chinese Visa Fee – We will assist you to apply for Chinese Visa, Please follow our instructions near the time|Internatiional/Domestic Flight to Lanzhou – Lanzhou airport fly to major International airport such as Beijing or Shanghai|Travel and Medical Insurance | Sleeping Bag

One 50L bag for your clothes and sleeping bag; tripod and 1 camera bag will be the maximum allowance of luggage you can bring for desert trip, suitcase need to be stored in Zhangye Hotel

Booking Process 

Complete application Form | Deposit USD $1000 or GBP £800 to reserve your place | Balance due 90 days prior to the Tour | Arrange Chinese Visa  and flights | Tour

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Our Pros

Juanli Sun
Juanli Sun
I am a landscape photographer and live in Scotland from 2013. Since 2012, I have led 70+ private guided tours to Scotland, Spain, Iceland, and of course my home country China and the Tibetan Plateau – trekking through the Himalayas above 5000m. From 2019, majority of photo tours I lead will be focused to a few of my personal favourite locations in China. As a native Chinese speaker, I am able to co-ordinate and plan China trips with incredible precision.
Adam Gibbs
Adam Gibbs
I enjoy photography, and I especially cherish the opportunity to experience the subjects that I photograph. The act of hiking to a location and simply setting up a camera and taking a few images is what I enjoy about photography. To watch beautiful light on a snowbound peak or camp in an alpine meadow surrounded by wildflowers are the things that draw me to photography, not the other way around. For me, photography is an extension of the outdoor experience, nothing more, nothing less.