Mongolia Photography Workshop

Introduction: Are you a lover of horses? Do you enjoy culture, meeting and photographing local and unique lands that is still virtually untouched by mass tourism? Debra and I are leading a group of photographers on a workshop through outer Mongolia for Eagle Hunters and their horses, and then back to Hustai National Park to follow one of the last remaining wild horses in the world.

Dates: September 23, 2017 to October 2, 2017

Instructor(s): Kevin Pepper who will be leading his sixth trip to Mongolia and Debra Garside who will be making her second visit to Mongolia

Tuition: This trip is now SOLD OUT. The tuition was $5495CDN for a maximum of 10 people. Single supplement is $500USD

Deposit Information: A $1000CDN deposit is due to secure you're spot and the balance is due 90 days before we depart for Mongolia

Tour includes: 

  • Transfers on arrival and departure 
  • English speaking guide at all time. 
  • All lodging: Twin share in Hotel-9 in Ulaanbaatar; triple/quadruple in Ger camp/local hotel and shared Ger (men in 1 Ger and women in 1 Ger) at Kazakh nomadic family Gers. 
  • All meals are provided as mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • 4x4 Russian vehicles in Western Mongolia, comfortable minivan/minibus in and around Ulaanbaatar
  • Photography session with Monks at Gandan Monastery
  • Park Entrance Fees and model fees.
  • Biologist Private session
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary (traditional folk concert in Ulaanbaatar included) 
  • domestic flights included - Ulaanbaatar – Olgii – Ulaanbaatar flight tickets + Tax (15kg free luggage)
  • 1L of drinking water per day per person 

Does Not Include: International air/train + tax, Travel insurance, medical insurance, Fee for Visa, Drinks, Additional services, camera fees, Personal expenses, Items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides etc. 

Day 1. 23 Sep - Arrive in UB (transfers arranged to our hotel).

Hotel-9

Day 2. Sep 24 – Today is our day to see the capital of Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar. Today is your day to go to the Ghandan Monestary to photograph the Monks in the morning as they wander around the monastery and gather for prayer service.

After our time at the monastery we will pick up our model and take her out into the countryside for a private model shoot of a young girl dressed in a traditional 13th Century Queen Costume.

After dinner you will be treated for a performance of traditional Mongolia song, contortionists and throat singers at the history museum.

Hotel-9. BLD

Day 3. Sep 25 – Today we fly to Uglii. Upon arrival in Uglii we drop in and see the bazaar where the locals gather to buy and sell their wares. After the bazaar we head out into the country and be introduced to our host family and the eagle hunters.

At sunset we will have a private portrait shoot with eagle hunter, horse and eagle. Eagle hunters’ home.

Stay in ger tent with the host family. Women in one tent, men in the other. BLD

Day 4. Sep 26 – Today we will have two eagle hunter shoots that will consist of witnessing the release of the golden eagle from horseback, catching of the flying eagle while on horseback and eagle hunters riding on horses with the eagles on their arm.

Other photo opportunities consist of goat roping, shoeing horses and horse branding

Eagle hunters’ home. BLD

Day 5. Sep 27 – Today we will have one more photo shoot with the eagle hunters at sunrise before we return to Ulgii in the afternoon.

Eagle’s Nest hotel. BLD

Day 6. Sep 28 – Today we fly back to UB early in the morning. Upon our arrival we will grab lunch in Ulaanbaator before we depart for our ger camp at Hustai.

After an early dinner we will drive out into the park and photograph one of the herds of wild horses as the sun is low on the horizon.

Stay at Ger camp in Hustai. BLD

Day 7. Sep 29 – Today is our day to spend time in Hustai searching and photographing one or two of the bachelor herds with the resident biologist. We will also be treated to other horses that inhabit the Hustai national park area.

If you would like, we can also arrange a ride on horseback through Hustai.

Stay at Ger camp near Hustai National Park. BLD

Day 8. Sep 30 – This morning we will spend more time photographing the horses and the horse herders as they move their herds through the valleys.

In the afternoon we will drive to the sand dunes for sunset shoot as the sun lowers on the horizon. Here you can photograph camels on sand dunes and capture the sand ripples on many of the sand dunes as the sun casts golden shadows.

Today we will also go and photograph a Shaman in a natural setting as he prepares for prayer. Thi sis a special experience.

Stay at Ger camp near Hustai National Park. BLD

Day 9. Oct 1 – Today we will wake and head to the sand dunes for one final photo shoot as the sun paints the sand dunes.

You can also have an optional camel ride through the desert if you choose.

In the afternoon we will drive back to UB, head to the Gobi Cashmere factory for some cashmere shopping and have a final group dinner at our favorite restaurant, Silk Road

Hotel-9. BLD

Day 10. Oct 2 - depart for home (transfers arranged). B

If you want to photograph one of the last remaining herds of wild horses in the world and witness the thousand year old art of eagle falconry on horseback, click on the red button below and we will see you in Mongolia.