Gahhhhh, I am extremely jealous of my friend, Andy Williams… he’s doing a winter trip to Mongolia next February where he will be taking a small group to follow a nomadic family as they migrate from their winter homes to their summer homes…
The Kazakh Eagle Hunters of western Mongolia have lived the same way for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Hunting with their Golden eagles, raising their families, and tending to their herds of livestock, they are on the move 3-4 times a year, always in search of greener pastures.
Andy will travel with them across some of the most beautiful winter landscapes with amazing photographic opportunities. They will document the entire migration, the animals, the families, and their interactions. Together they will traverse through tundra-like pans, on or around frozen lakes and rivers, and through mountain passes.
And while it sounds rustic and basic, I’ve lead enough Muench trips, and we have been to Mongolia enough that Andy will have the group fully outfitted, "Muench-style", of course!
The itinerary reads that each day our ground team will drive ahead in special 4x4 vehicles and setup your heated ger tents for sleeping and for dining. He has also arranged to have 3 land cruisers with the group all day, every day, so that we can walk as little or as much as you like. While the migration will cover some 30 km each day, you will only walk a portion of that, as you will be using your vehicles to get you in the best position for amazing photographs.
If that wasn’t enough to make me jealous… Before and after the migration days, you will have exclusive opportunities for up-close and personal photo shoots with up to five eagle hunters and their families. You will cap off the western Mongolia adventure with two more full days of landscape photography in one of the most scenic and beautiful areas in the Altai Mountains.
Here you will have a lakeside ger camp set up exclusively for the group. And then on the last day in the west, it's your very own private and exclusive Winter Eagle Festival. 30-40 eagle hunters and their families will come together to compete in the traditional eagle festival events for the day. You willl then fly back to Ulaanbaatar, and on our last full day in Mongolia we'll have a private photo shoot with the monks at the Ghandan Monastery.
I sooooo with I was going, but work takes me elsewhere when this trip is scheduled… and I know Andy is well versed in Mongolia, and the photographic opportunities, having been there with me before…
If you ready for quite possibly the most unique photographic and cultural experience ever, then check this out and take one of the remaining spots left…
All the details can be seen here… https://muenchworkshops.com/workshops/mongolia-winter-migration-photo-workshop