Mongolia Horse Photography Workshop with Debra Garside

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Join Debra as she photographs Mongolia’s vast, breathtaking landscapes, track down Appaloosa horses in Mongolia, live in the Ger tents of the nomad 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. 

Together you will also journey the Gobi desert 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.

Workshop Details

Workshop Instructor: Debra Garside

Workshop Dates: June 7, 2018 to June 20, 2018

Maximum Attendees: 4 attendees (2spots let)

Workshop Fees: $8495CDN

Deposit Information: $2000CDN with the balance due 90 days before the trip dates

Included: Transfers on arrival and departure (saloon car/minivan), English speaking guide on Day 2-13, 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), Twin share at Lakeside camp for 2 nights, Twin share in tourist Ger camp (shared washing facilities) for 3 nights, Twin share in tourist Ger camp (en-suite) for 1 nights in the Gobi (Dream Gobi), Meals are provided as mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), Private transfers throughout the tour, 4x4 Land Cruisers in Olgii, Hustai, the Gobi portion (max 3 pax + 1 driver in each vehicle), 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), Gobi locals and caravans (min 4 people + 8 camels) for photo shoots at the Khongor sand dunes (2 times on Day 11), Arrangements and fees for 1-5 Eagle hunters on Day 3-4, Horses for photography arrangements (Day 4-6, Day 8 & 12), 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), Ulaanbaatar – Gobi 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, meals that are not outlined in tour

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Workshop Itinerary

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. The workshop begins at 6:00 PM with a group meeting in the lobby of our hotel, and then we will go for a group dinner at 7:00 PM at our favorite restaurant in UB, Silk Road. We'll discuss the workshop and get to know each other better. 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.

After our morning shoot we will head downtown for some shopping at the cities largest department store. Here you can buy the worlds 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. BL

Day 3. We're up very early so we can fly commercial to Ulgii on a 6:00 AM flight. No worries about airline luggage allowances, we've taken care of that!  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.

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. Stay at Lakeside Gers. BLD

Day 6. Today is a day at the lake with horses. This day will be another day photographing horses in a lake setting and up in the mountains. Closer to sunset we have arranged another special photoshoot with more horses. Stay at lake. Lakeside Gers. BLD

Day 7. Fly back to UB.   A day to catch up and relax. Photo editing. But at night, we have arranged for a special musical concert just for you. Overnight at Hotel-9. BL

Day 8. Hustai NP, horses along the way, horse herding family near Hustai. Hustai camp. BLD

Day 9. Day with biologist at Hustai. Evening back to UB. Hotel-9. BL

Day 10. Today we reach the Khongor sand dunes. The Khongor sand dunes are the largest and most beautiful of the Mongolian sand dunes stretching for some 170km in length. At the Khongor Oasis area the dunes reach a height of about 200 meters and locals call them “The Singing Dunes”. Upon arrival we will check into our 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 11: Today we are at the Khongor sand dunes taking photos of the dunes and camel herders and horses  in the morning. We'll have amazing exclusive access to the camel herders and their camels at sunrise and sunset, walking and riding on the dunes, for dramatic photographs. These are some of the longest-ranging sand dunes we have ever seen. 

After a morning photoshoot at the sand dunes we depart the Khongor sand dunes and drive towards the Gobi's Flaming Cliffs. Once we arrive we will have a sunset photoshoot at the famous Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi desert. Overnight at Dream Gobi Ger Camp. Amazing food, comfortable electrified Ger tents with en-suite facilities (toilet, sink, shower). BLD

Day 12: Up early and return to have a sunrise photoshoot at flaming cliffs. In the afternoon we will have a variety of photo ops including horses being herded (running through the dust!), and some sporting events that we have set up just for our group. Overnight at Dream Gobi Ger Camp. Amazing food, comfortable electrified Ger tents with en-suite facilities Dinner tonight will be a barbecue & a bon fire. (toilet, sink, shower).

Day 13. It is one final sunrise in the desert & we return to UB via a chartered flight. Tonight we stay at Hotel-9. BLD

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