2018 Mongolia Photography Workshops

Join us as we photograph Mongolia’s vast, breathtaking landscapes, the Ger tents of the nomad, and hear the cry of a soaring golden eagle. Photograph eagle hunters, as they perform the ancient art of eagle falconry, with the snow-capped mountains of Bayan-Ölgi in the background.  We’ll have a full day at the Olympic-style events of Naadam Festival of Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery.  The dramatic gorges and lakes of Khovsgol will serve as backdrop to the millennium old tradition of reindeer herding.

Top it off with some of the oldest Buddhist temples and ruins, abundant wildlife and legendary hospitality, and you come up with a recipe for one a thrilling workshop in one of the most inviting and beautiful countries in the world.

Join veteran Muench Workshops Pro Kevin Pepper and this small group of 8 guests on this amazing photo workshop in Mongolia!

Dates: July 1 to July 14, 2018
Instructor: Kevin Pepper
Price: $8995USD and a maximum number of 8 can attend

Itinerary

Naadam festival, Eagle Hunters and Tsaatan Reindeer people in JULY 2018

Dates: 01-14 July 2018
Day 1. Jul 1. ARRIVAL DAY.
Travelers arrive on your different flights and be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel in downtown Ulaanbaatar
Accommodations at Hotel-9 in the city center

Day 2. Jul 2. Tour of the city, including Gandan Monastery
We will gather in the morning at 9am to enjoy a leisurely tour of Ulaanbaatar city. Today is a day to acclimate to the time change and give you a city tour of Ulaanbaatar.

This easy tour takes you through some of the principal sights of this unique city. You visit the Gandan Monastery, housing a 26 meter high gilded statue of the Buddha. Here you will be able to photograph the Monks as they go about their daily activities and photograph inside and around the temple.  

While out taking photos we will work on such things as using natural light for portraits and taking street style photography of the locals and monks going about their daily lives and chores.

After our excursion into Mongolian culture and history, we will gather back at the hotel and discuss the weeks activities. Now is a chance to find out your expectations of the week and give you the itinerary for the workshop.

At night we have arranged for the group to go visit a local musical performance including throat singing and Mongolian contortionists.
Accommodations at Hotel-9 in the city center
B, L, D included

Day 3-5. Jul 3-5. Ulaanbaatar - Bayan Ulgii
Day three we will travel day to Bayan-Ogli (flight MO-97 scheduled to leave Ulaanbaatar at 06.20am and arrive in Ulgii at 08.20 local time: flight times TBA), the western most province of Mongolia. 

We will get picked up at the airport and transported to our accommodations with a local family, our hosts the the next two nights. Here, you will immerse yourself in the Kazakh traditions and live and sleep in our own Ger tents with a nomadic family.

During our time here we will live in a valley surrounded by mountains, the fields dotted with sheep, yak, horses, and local families that will invite you into their homes, engage in conversation with us and allow us to take photos of them as they live as they did for generations.

We will also have four private photo shoots with traditional eagle hunters in mountain settings as they put their eagles and horses through their traditional hunting practice.

You will witness eagles flying from mountains and landing on eagle hunters arms as they ride on horseback. You will photograph eagles hunting prey and be able to photograph these hunters running and riding horses with the eagles on their arms. This truly is a once in a lifetime experience.

Shared accommodation in Ger tents for two nights, (Men in one Ger tent, women in another)
Shared accommodation at Eagles Nest on third night.
B,D included

DAY 6. Jul 6. Bayan Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar.
Take the return flight from Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar (MO-98 scheduled to leave Ulgii at 08.20 local time and arrive in Ulaanbaatar at 12.20pm; exact flight times TBA), upon arrival transfer to a restaurant for lunch. There will be time for shopping for cashmere and local souvenirs afterwards. 

Accommodation at Hotel-9. 
B, L, D included

Day 7. Jul 7. Ulaanbaatar to Moren via an internal country flight, further drive to the Lake Huvsgul. 
Today we travel north to Lake Huvsgal once we arrive in Moren. A day of travelling through the northern part of Mongolia to the most photogenic lake in Mongolia. 
Transfer to tourist Ger camp
Meals: BLD

Day 8-9. Jul 8-9. Days to visit a summer camp of the Tsaatan Reindeer family or two, who have come down from the Taiga to the shores of the Lake Huvsgul to earn some money from tourists showcasing their huts & reindeers. 

During our time here we will live in a valley surrounded by mountains, the fields dotted with sheep, yak, horses, and local families that will invite you into their homes, engage in conversation with us and allow us to take photos of them as they live as they did for generations. 

We will also have private photo shoots with some of the last Reindeer herders in Mongolia. 

Tourist Ger camp by the Lake Huvsgul.
Meals: BLD

Day 10. Jul 10. Lake Huvsgul – Ulaanbaatar. Naadam activities. 
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon our arrival back in Ulaanbaatar, and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will visit the Naadam Festival fields to photograph some of the sporting events, such as horse races, archery, and ankle bone shooting competitions.

We can visit the local cashmere outlets so you have a chance to take advantage of the very inexpensive cashmere prices in Mongolia.

Accommodation at Hotel-9. 
B, L, D included

DAY 11. Jul 11. Naadam in Ulaanbaatar
Today we will enjoy a full day at the Naadam Festivals activities such as wrestling, more archery competitions and horse races. There will also be thousands of local dressed traditionally as well as lots of music and dances around the Naadam fields.

You may also want to photograph the Naadam fireworks at the Central Square at night at around 10pm. This is the largest and most intense fireworks display I have ever seen. The fireworks are just steps away from our hotel. You will be positioned to photograph the fireworks above the main square and the parliament buildings.

Accommodation at Hotel-9. 
B, L, D included

Day 12-13. Jul 12-13. Hustai National Park - Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes - Ulaanbaatar
After an early breakfast drive to the Hustai National Park. Just 100 km away from the capital, it is the nest of the Mongolian Przewalski horses which can be seen roaming wildly in this beautiful national park. 

From there we will head to our ger camp near the beautiful Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes. After dinner you will be taken to the Sand Dunes for your chance to photograph the sun as it descends over the dunes. 

Elsen Tasarkhai is one of the most picturesque places of Mongolia and is part of the 80 km long Mongol Els Sand Dunes. This place is a wonderful combination of pretty sand dunes, majestic granite mountains, grassy green land, a clear fresh spring and a tiny lake. Indeed, here you can enjoy seeing the combination of Gobi and Khangai Natural Zones. 

Together we will visit the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes and Erdene Khamba Temple in picturesque Khugnu Khan Mountain Return to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel at night. 
 
Accommodation: Night 12 at Ger Camp near Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes
Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Night 13 at Hotel 9  
Meals: BLD

Day 14. Jul 14. Flight home as your schedule dictates. You will be transferred back to the hotel by our staff.  

What’s Included
Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
All meals during the workshop
All transportation during the workshop
Photography guiding and instruction from Kevin Pepper
All transfers, permits and festival tickets
Fun, inspiration, and a great time

What’s Not Included?
Air travel to/from Ulaanbaatar, visa fees (if applicable), items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages. Tips for local guide and driver (discretionary), extra nights if required.

Payment Terms
Your deposit of $4,000 USD will guarantee your spot, and the final payment of $4,995 USD will be due not later than April 1, 2018. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information
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