We'll be spending the majority of our time during the Mongolia photo expedition camped with nomadic families. This is designed to give you the best opportunity to document authentically the lives of both herding families and the families of the eagle hunters. March time in Western Mongolia is still very cold, with night time temperatures regularly approaching -10C. Most of the areas we are visiting are also void of any roads and so travel may at points be uncomfortable. A reasonable level of fitness is also required to hike to viewpoints. However, what our Mongolia photography tour may lack in comfort, it will easily make up for in photographic opportunity.
We will be providing suitable equipment, but tour participants will be required to provide their own winter sleeping bag and cold weather clothing. A full kit list will be provided in advance of the trip and we will of course help with sourcing any clothing or kit you may need to purchase pre-trip. Note: The itinerary is subject to change slightly due to changeable internal flight schedules.
It's not the journey it's the destination. Our expedition trips are for those intrepid photographers who are willing to go the extra mile to photograph something unique and special. If you relish travel when the going gets tough and are willing to sacrifice a little comfort for a host of unique experiences, the Expeditioner tours are for you.
Experience life in Mongolia during the winter hunting period and capture images of the people living there.
Spend time documenting the hunting practices of the famed eagle hunters throughout our Mongolia photography tour.
Camp alongside the nomadic families and explore some of the most remote areas of one of the least populated countries on earth.
Learn how to create compelling photo stories from Asher Svidensky, famed for images of female eagle hunter Aisholpan.
Day 1 & 2 - Arrival
Сайн уу and welcome to Mongolia! We will arrive into Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, in time for an evening meal and drinks. During this ‘meet and greet’ dinner we can get to know each other and discuss the next twelve days of our Mongolia photography tour.
On day 2, there will be an opportunity for you to explore the city during the afternoon and see the famous sites such as The Chinggis Khan Square or Gandan Monastery.
Days 3 & 4 - Ulaangom, Uureg lake and Ulgii
On day 3, we take an early morning flight to the city of Ulaangom in Western Mongolia where we meet our vehicle and guides. After breakfast we will make the journey to Uureg lake stopping to photograph the people and scenery on the way. This first stop will give you the chance to get accustomed to Mongolian culture, and to get into the rhythm of shooting. There will be plenty of opportunities over the two days to photograph daily life with the nomads.
During this time, Asher will also start to take you through the steps involved in creating a photo story. This will give you the essential grounding to create a cohesive body of work over the rest of the trip. By the end of day 4 we will base ourselves into the capital of Western Mongolia, Ulgii.
Days 5 & 6 - Introduction to the Eagle Hunters
On day 5 of our Mongolia photography tour, we will wake up early in the morning to make the long drive into the remote northern part of Western Mongolia. Here we will find our first eagle hunting family. We will stay with the first family for two days, documenting their daily life and acting as our first chance to go and watch the hunters train in the nearby mountains. This will be the perfect opportunity to capture a stunning hero shot of the hunters surrounded by the Altai mountains. This will also be your ideal introduction to the hunts before we photograph one live.
Day 7 - Ulgii
On day 7, we will return to our base in Ulgii to shower and recharge our batteries. This drive will take in the beautiful scenery of Western Mongolia, giving you ample time to photograph along the way.
In the evening, Asher will be on hand to discuss and critique your photography. Now finally when we have access to electricity you can use your laptop to share your work from the Mongolia photo tour and chat through the images so far.
Days 8, 9 & 10 - Eagle Hunters 2
After two days with our first family and overnight in Ulgii, we will push our Mongolia adventure trip even further north to a second hunting family. This time we will have the opportunity to both photograph a live hunt and get more candid documentary style imagery. There will also be the opportunity to learn from Asher the techniques involved in creating stunning portraits using natural light. Returning back to Ulgii at the end of our days in the mountains.
Days 11 & 12 - Ulgi & Ulaanbaatar
On our second to last full day, we will take the return flight back to Ulaanbaatar. We must leave a buffer day in UB to ensure you make your return flight. Flights from Western Mongolia are often delayed and even cancelled.
Once in Ulaanbaatar, we will spend time in Terelj national park, when we can see the giant Ghengis Khan statue, a great end to an amazing trip. There will be the opportunity for Asher to walk you through his work and talk about how you can get the most out of the images from this Mongolia photography tour. We will also have a final meal and drinks before everyone parts ways.
Day 13 - Departure
Bon voyage! After our amazing Mongolia adventure, it will be time to head to the Ulaanbaatar airport for your return home, hopefully with a hard drive full of images and some amazing memories.
Of course! If your partner in crime wants to join our adventure they’re more than welcome. All our tours are designed to immerse you fully into the culture of the destinations that we visit. We think even non-photographers would find this pretty fascinating. The only caveat we have is that this is first and foremost a photography adventure and any accompanying non-photographers would be required to stay with us at all times throughout the tour.
Yes. It is a mandatory requirement on all of our tours that each participant has their own travel insurance policy. We highly recommend a travel insurance policy that not only covers medical expenses and repatriation but also covers your personal belongings and liability. For more information on travel insurance and our suggested providers please visit our travel services section.
Also, as a traveller with Intrepid Exposures, it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visas and travel documents. Despite the fact we can’t sell you visas directly, we work with a number of partners who can find you the best solution to match your needs. If you need help arranging visas for any of our tours, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
We will try our very best to cater to any dietary needs, that being said we cannot always guarantee it due to the remoteness of some of the places we stay. We will notify you if this is the case and work with you to come up with a fair solution. As long as you notify us of any requirements or allergies when booking your trip we will do our best to accommodate any needs you have.
Yes, of course! Unfortunately our website doesn't offer this functionality yet. If you wish to pay the deposit and then the remainder in one instalment you can do so using the website. If you would instead like to pay for the trip in its entirety in one payment, please contact us directly and we can advise you on the best way to do this.
We do, but on a trip by trip basis. Some tours naturally lend themselves to extensions, others not so much. Please consult the individual tour pages for more details on the extensions offered. If you would like to create your own personal tour extension, please contact us directly for assistance in doing so.
We do everything in our power to make sure out tours run smoothly, that being said there’s certain things we can’t control. Natural disaster or conflicts in the areas we travel may mean that we have to rearrange our plans and itineraries. However, we will keep a close eye on developments in the areas we travel and notify you if there are any issues or doubts.
In a word, Yes. All our tours are covered by Protected Travel Insurance (PTS). This means that your money goes into a protected bank account and can’t be accessed by us until you get back from your trip, so should anything happen your money is 100% protected. Find out more