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

2nd – 11th Feb 2020 |  Fully Booked – Wait List

20th Feb – 1 Mar 2021 | Available – USD $4100

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.

Desert, Sunset, Abstract, Sand,

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

Other Details:

Workshop starts at 11am 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, 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, Morning at Painted Hill and going to Lanzhou in the afternoon Day 10 Workshop ends 8am on the 11th Feb

Included: Train/Flight/Vehicle from Lanzhou to Desert | Accommodations | All meals – Food in the desert will be simple| 4×4 for our group on the Desert

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


You need to understand the concept of camping in the cold weather of temperature will be as slow as 5 °F/-15 °C.  If evening temperature drop to below 5 °F/-15 °C, staying with local farmers means the whole group will share one dormitory room or possibly two if available. Please bring your own tent if you have a good tent 

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

Desert February 2017 Temperature

Px3 awards, Desert, Abstract, Light, Shadow

Gobi Desert Photo Tour

Our Pros

Juanli Sun
Juanli Sunhttps://juanliphotography.com
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 Gibbshttp://www.adamgibbs.com
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.