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Mongolia: Bactrian Camels, Horses and Eagles

Ulaanbaatar and Gobi Desert

March 2 - 12, 2017

8 participants


Mongolia is wild in every sense of the word. With an area of approximately 1.6 million square kilometers, Mongolia is about four times as big as California and more than six times bigger than the entire United Kingdom. During the workshop, we’ll focus on festivals happening in the Gobi desert and Ulaanbaatar and will visit a nomadic family also in the Gobi desert.

From a “wildlife” perspective, Mongolia is as rich as Africa but with domesticated animals. We’ll first photograph Mongolian horses (herd of over 100 horses) performing for us in the vast open land and near rivers/trees. The landscape is prime for creative photography.
Next we’ll have the chance to photograph the eagle hunters. Capturing the bond between eagles and the Kazacks is something that will be imprinted in your mind for the rest of your life.
And finally, we’ll spend time with the Bactrian camels, first at a festival where they expect over 1,000 camels. Next we’ll have private photoshoots with a nomadic camel family in the Gobi desert. Imagine caravans of camels on sand dunes with the family wearing their traditional costumes, and an atmosphere prime to learn their customs and how they survive yearlong in the desert.

This workshop is taking place during the Mongolian winter. The scenery is spectacular, locals wear their furry outfit, overall an ideal stage for photography. To make the trip more comfortable, we have upgraded all the amenities to the best we can find in the regions we travel. We’ll stay in a top notch hotel in Ulaanbaatar, travel by air to reduce the driving time, drive in comfortable 4x4 land cruisers, have a private chef to cook food for us, and have a private GER at the camel festival to warm up and use for “portrait” photography.
For a few days when visiting the nomadic family, we’ll stay in GER. GERs are heated 24 hours a day, but will have limited running water and amenities. To enjoy this part of the trip, you need to wear your adventurous hat.

What you are signing up for:
- Unique photoshoots with camels, horses, and eagles
- Experience life with a nomadic family and their 50 camels in the Gobi Desert
- Upgraded travel arrangement to enhance comfort
- Returning home with tons of unique images and experience

Get ready for this rich and unique adventure and the many private photoshoots.

See you in Mongolia in early March.


Registration (SOLD OUT)

To be added to the waiting list,please contact Oliver

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Oliver Klink has been photographing in Asia for the past 12 years. He has visited many festivals in Mongolia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, India and more. His image, “Herding Instinct” won the grand prize at the Rayko International Photocontest in 2014, others have received “mentioned” in the Black and White Spidar Awards for the past 5 years.
“Mongolia is remote but accessible these days. Nomadic people are cherishing their traditions and welcoming outsiders to explore their culture. Our local guides are key to making this trip unique and off-the-beaten path, where we’ll stay with local families.”

Local staff members (cook, drivers, guides, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing Bactrian Camels, Horses, and Eagles
- Grand landscape of the Gobi Desert
- Photographing nomadic culture
- Photographing daily “life” at a local Camel family
- Model shoots
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 11 days of guided photoshoot
- Transportation to and from Ulaanbaatar (ULN) airport
- Local flight inside Mongolia
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special photoshoot with 100+ horses
- Special photoshoot with Camel Family (over 50 camels)
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop

Not Included :
- International transport to and from Ulaanbaatar (ULN)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Ulaanbaatar
- Tips to local staff and camel family

Double Occupancy: $5,900
Single Supplement: $500 (only available in ULN)

Deposit (non-refundable):
$750 (Double Occupancy)
$1,000 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by January 10, 2017 (payable by check)

Registration: $5,900 ($500 single supplement)
Deposit: $750 ($1,000 for single)
Terms and Conditions

- Accommodation is going to be a mix between hotels and local GERs. Sleeping arrangement will be three persons per GER.
- There are limited washing facilities for 3 days when visiting the nomadic camel family.
- Weather can be challenging. We are photographing during Mongolian winter, where temperature can be frigid.
- We have hired a private chef. Mongolian food ingredients include soup, vegetables (when available) and local meat
- We are traveling on highways and local unpaved bumpy roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

Where: Mongolia
When: March 2 - 12, 2017
Who: Oliver Klink, Local staffs
Airport: Ulaanbaatar (ULN)
Accommodations: Hotels, GERs (double occupancy)
Weather: -10F to 30F. Mongolian Winter

Cost: $5,900 (+$500 single supplement for Ulaanbaatar)

Workshop details for Mongolia: Bactrian Camels, Horses, and Eagles (click on a tab)


March 2 -12, 2017

Note: Activities might change based on weather conditions and animal activities. As the group is kept really small, we are able to attend special events, without overwhelming the local communities and be welcomed with open arms.

11 days on the ground to photograph the endangered Bactrian camel of the Gobi Desert, hundreds of Mongolian horses, and the golden eagle festival.

Day 1 – March 2, 2017:
- Arrive in Ulaanbaatar (ULN), recover from jetlag
- Airport pick up

Day 2: Horse Photoshoot
- Drive to a private farm for special photoshoot
- Over 100 horses
- Expected snowy terrain for unique background, river and trees

Day 3: Horse Photoshoot
- Second setup for horses’ photoshoot
- Over 100 horses
- Snowy terrain, vast open environment

Day 4: Golden Eagle Festival
- Kazakhs traditional hunting with golden eagles
- Various competitions to crown the best hunter
- Opportunities for portraits and action shots of the eagle hunters

Day 5: Camel Festival
- Early morning flight to Dalanzadgad
- Drive to Bulgan for the Camel Festival
- Expected over 1,000 camels participating in the festival
- Races, polo matches, traditional costumes
- Private GER at the festival for lunch, photoshoot and rest

Day 6: Camel Festival
- Day 2 of the camel festival
- Continuation of various competitions
- Special GER at the festival for lunch, photoshoot and rest
- End of the day: drive to a nomadic camel family

Day 7-9: Camel family in Gobi Desert
- 3 full days with a camel family
- They own over 50 camels
- Various photoshoots with idyllic Gobi Desert as backdrop
- Portraitures, action shoots, camel caravan shoots in sand dunes
- Learn how Camel family live and survive in the Gobi Desert

Day 10: Gobi Desert to Ulaanbataar
- Drive thru the scenic Gobi Desert
- Various stops for photoshoot

Day 11: Ulaanbataar
- Conclusion of the workshop
- Transfer to International airport

What to Bring

Upon paying the balance for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, and more.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from low -10F to 30F)
- Comfortable and warm layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Goretex gears, gloves, hat for sudden weather change
- Sturdy winter shoes (hiking on uneven pavement)
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gears/windbreaker
- Knee pads for low angle shooting

Camera Equipment:
- DSLR (bring your camera manual), extra battery (and charger)
- Recommended Lenses:
-- Portraiture: 24-120mm
-- Action shots: 70-400mm
-- Environmental shots: 10-100mm
- Tripod (recommended)

Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, write down questions)
- Extender (1.4x, 2x) for details of remote dunes

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)


This is an all-inclusive workshop (transportation, internal flight, lodging, meals, local guide, photo instruction). It also includes all the entrée fees to the festivals. The workshop does not include transportation to ULN (start and conclusion of the workshop).

Workshop comprises...
- 11 days on the ground in Mongolia
- All meals, accommodation, private car transportation
- Transfer from and to ULN International Airport
- All entrance fees
- Private photoshoots with the Bactrian Camel nomadic family
- Private photoshoots with Mongolian Horses
- Coursebook and orientation materials
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- One instructor, Local experts, guides

Not Included
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Ulaanbataar before the workshop
- Tips to local staff and Bactrian camel family

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Ulaanbaatar (ULN) any time on March 2. Your return flight can be booked any time on March 12.
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Ulaanbaatar (pre workshop) if you need additional time to recover from jetlag.

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