Mongolia: 2019 Photography Adventures

Join Debra as she photographs Mongolia’s breathtaking landscapes, tracks down Appaloosa horses in the vast steppes, live in the Ger tents of the nomads as they have for over a thousand years, and hear the cry of a soaring golden eagle during our photography sessions with Eagle hunters as they perform the ancient art of eagle falconry on horseback. Then enter the world of the Buddhist Monks and enjoy private photo sessions within monastery temples.

Together you will also journey to the desert sand dunes and spend time with Bactrian camel herders and horse herders in some of the longest-stretching sand dunes in the world. Top it off with one of the only species brought back from extinction in the wild, the Przewalski’s horse and you will see we have created a recipe for a thrilling workshop in one of the most inviting and beautiful countries in the world, Mongolia.

Mongolia Winter Photography Adventure with Eagle Hunters and Przewalski Horses March 1-10, 2019 (SOLD OUT).

Mongolia Photo Adventure – Search for the Appaloosa Horses September 1-10th 2019, 6-8 participants. 1 Space left.

Search for the Appaloosa

Workshop Details

Included: Transfers on arrival and departure (saloon car/minivan), English speaking guide on Day 2-10, All lodging per the program, Twin share in Hotel-9 in Ulaanbaatar for 5 nights with breakfast, Shared Ger for 2 nights: men in 1 Ger, women in 1 Ger at Kazakh family (with cots, sleeping bags, a Ger for the staff and a Ger for the kitchen, Meals are provided as mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), Private transfers throughout the tour, 4×4 Land Cruisers in Olgii, Hustai, A comfortable minivan/bus in and around Ulaanbaatar, Professional, experienced tour drivers for the vehicles, Park Entrance Fees per the program, 1-time folklore concert ticket in Ulaanbaatar, Monks photoshoot at Gandan Monastery (2-3 monks for 1-2hrs), Arrangements and fees for 1-5 Eagle hunters on Day 3-4, Horses for photography arrangements, A visit to a nomadic family with horses near Hustai, A day with a biologist in Hustai NP arrangements, Ulaanbaatar – Olgii RT flight tickets + Tax (15kg free luggage), 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day, Visa support invitation letter where applicable, Exclusive Mongolia souvenir!

Not Included: International air/train + tax, Travel insurance, medical insurance, Fee for Visa if applicable, Personal expenses such as drinks, items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides etc., extra luggage fees on internal flights may apply.

Day 1. Arrive today in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (ULN Airport Code), and you will be picked up by us at the airport and transferred to our hotel in downtown “UB” by our drivers, who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Overnight Hotel9. D

Day 2. Today we travel to the Ghandan monastery and our group will have the opportunity to have a private photo shoot with a few monks. We will have the opportunity photographing two monks for one hour in one of the temples at the Ghandan Monastery that will be closed off to the public for our exclusive use. We will then have a private tour and discussion on the history of the location of the monastery and religion as it exists in Mongolia.

Red and Blue
Red and Blue

After our morning shoot we will head downtown for some shopping at the city’s largest department store. Here you can buy the world’s finest cashmere. We will then head over to an open air market and look for many equestrian items that are sold in Mongolia. Hotel-9. Traditional folklore concert and performance. BLD

Day 3. We’re up very early so we can fly commercial to Ulgii on a 6:00 AM flight. Once we arrive in Ulgii we will visit and photograph at the local outdoor market. Afterwards, we’ll grab a coffee in Ulgii near town center, discuss the events of the coming days and continue to have one of many private photoshoots you will have this week. You will be taken to our host Eagle Hunter family where you will have your first of many private photoshoots with the eagle hunters. Our accommodations for the next two nights are where you will see yourself living alongside an actual Eagle Hunter family. We will sleep in heated Ger tents. Men in one Ger, women in another Ger. Comfortable beds, and plenty of space. Toilet facilities are camp-style, a ground-toilet with a small tent around it. Electricity for charging is by generator, and is in the main dining Ger tent, as needed. Amazing meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner cooked by our chefs.

Day 4. Today we have set up private sessions with a total of five eagle hunters in the foothills of the mountains where we will be staying. You will have an intimate photography experience of how the eagle hunters have supplied food and fur for their families for over one thousand years. At sunrise and sunset we will have five eagle hunters on horseback with their golden eagles, and we have a variety of photo shoots and portrait sessions planned over the day.

Creek Crossing
Creek Crossing

During the day we will photograph and view things like horse breaking, riding, shoeing and other activities that Debra has set up just for you. BLD

Day 5. Today we have set up private sessions with a total of five eagle hunters in the foothills of the mountains where we will be staying. You will have an intimate photography experience again in the morning. In the afternoon we head to another location adjacent to a gorgeous lake. Here, we have organized more photography with horse herders that have brought their herds to us. Flight back to UB. BLD

Day 6. Drive to Hustai NP, horses along the way, horse herding family near Hustai. Hustai camp. A presentation with biologist of the Przewalski Horses. BLD

Takhi (Przewalski) Family
Takhi (Przewalski) Family

Day 7. Day with biologist at Hustai photographing the amazing Przewalski horses as they come to the water hole. Drive to Khongor sand dunes area. BLD

Day 8. Today we reach the Elsen Tasarkahi sand dunes – locals call them “The Singing Dunes”. Upon arrival we will check into our Hoyor Zagal Ger camp. Then we will visit the camel herder’s and horse herder families to discuss tonight and tomorrow’s private photoshoots of Bactrian Camels and camel herders in traditional Mongolian dress. Overnight at Ger camp. Heated Gers, comfy beds. Electricity for charging is in the main building. Toilet facilities are in a separate building, and are western-style. Showers are in another separate building. BLD

Day 9:  After a morning photoshoot at the sand dunes we depart the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes and drive back to UB. Farewell dinner.  BLD

10-day itinerary for September 1-10th 2019 $6499.00 CAD. based on 6-8 people, $6999 based on 4-5 people. All prices based on double occupancy except at host Eagle Hunter camp. $500 added for single occupancy. $2000 trip deposit. For more info please contact Debra at debbie.garside@gmail.com

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