This expedition is for the more adventurous photographer. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this expedition will excite and challenge you. It is a chance to not only photograph the stunning Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia, but you will also be immersed in the culture and traditions of the Kazakh Eagle Hunters.
On our expedition, we will join an Eagle Hunter and his family as they migrate with their herd of horses, goat and cattle high into the Altai Mountains. We will travel on foot with support vehicles close by. Stu will run a series of sessions during the trip and will be on hand to offer advice and tips during the migration. Local guides and an International Mountain Leader will also join us; they will ensure that your safety is paramount during the expedition.
This is an expedition like no other, temperatures regularly reach sub-zero and night time temperatures can reach as low as -30 degrees centigrade. Due to the nature of this expedition, those interested will be invited to take part in a brief conversation via Skype, this will establish whether if this expedition is for you and if you are suitable to undergo a journey of this nature.
So why not come and join us on this epic journey, challenge yourself and test your photographic limits. This is a chance to experience a way of life that has remained the same for thousands of years in one of the most remote parts of the planet. And I know once you have been to Mongolia you will want to come back again and again.
Day 1 – Following the arrival of all participants in Ulan Bator, we will go for dinner and introduce ourselves.
Day 2 – We will transit to the town of Uglii in Western Mongolia and then make our way to meet the family that we will migrate with.
Day 3 – Today the family will prepare for the migration, packing up belongings and rounding up the herd. This is great opportunity to get to know them; you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the action and/or to help them pack up.
Day 4 – The migration begins.
Day 5 – Day 9 – Migration
Day 10 – First day at the spring camp. We will use this day to refresh after the migration. The family will be busy setting up their spring home, again you will have the opportunity to help out and/or photograph the action.
Day 11 – Today we will experience how the Eagles are used to hunt. Heading further up into the mountains we will have the opportunity to photograph this ancient tradition. We will also be able to set up some magnificent portraits, hopefully with the lovely light of the setting sun.
Day 12 – Today Stu will run a portrait session, using natural light he will show you how he sets up and shoots incredible portraits of Eagle Hunters. You will all have the opportunity to set up and take your own portraits.
Day 13 – We will transit back to Uglii, on our way back we will look for other photographic opportunities, there is always something going on, whether it is the landscapes or an Ice Archery competition.
Day 14 – Transit back to Ulan Bator.
Day 15 – Fond farewells and flights home.
Price: £5750 Deposit: £1750
Duration: 15 Days
Transfer to and from Airport.
Transport and Internal Flights.
Meals and drinks during the expedition.
All tuition, and guidance.
Adobe Lightroom/ Photoshop editing sessions.
Personal and Equipment Insurance.
Any excursions outside of the photography expedition.
Extra nights in Hotel before or after the expedition.
Accommodation: Hotel and Tented.
Maximum Group No: 8
Photography Skill level: From Beginner to Advanced.
Equipment and Clothing: As this is an expedition a full list of equipment and Clothing will be issued once you have secured your place through a deposit.
Fitness Level: Moderate to good level of fitness required. You will be walking up to 18 miles a day. However, a vehicle will always be on hand should you wish rest or continue the journey in the vehicle.