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Mongolia: Eagle Hunters Winter Migration & Snow Leopards (in the wild)

Western Mongolia

Feb 17  - March 3, 2022

8 People SOLD OUT

NOTE: This workshop takes place during winter in Mongolia, where temperature can deep to -20F. The experience of meeting the eagle hunters during their winter migration is unique. AND the opportunity to track and photograph snow leopards in the wild is incredible.

Eagle hunting is a tradition traced to over 2000 years ago and is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh life. The hunter is named a kusbegi or burkitchi. For centuries, hunting skills have been passed down from father to sons and now to daughters. Training the golden eagle requires art and patience. The caught bird gradually gets accustomed to its owner, who is the only one that can feed him. The eagle (12 – 15 lbs) sits on the stretched arm of the hunter. They both scan the horizon for a prey (rabbits, foxes, partridge, black hazel grouses) and for the hunt to start. It is accelerating to photograph such event as speed, accuracy, timeliness, and skills are all inter tangled for success.

You’ll have a chance to experience this unique tradition in the remote mountains of Western Mongolia. We are visiting special places, seldom seen by tourists, at a special time of the year: Eagle Hunters winter migration!
During their migration you will have an opportunity to photograph how they migrate their yaks, cows, sheep, meanwhile still hunting with their eagle in far remote region of Western Mongolia. We also see how they train their new eagles to respond to their commands and get them ready for the summer competitions. A truly unique experience.

Winter is also a special time to see snow leopards in the wild. They typically move down the mountains to find food near the cattle herders. Snow leopards are called the mystical cats. They blend in the environment, they are very stealthy when they move.
We are going to be guided by a team that was part of the surveying of the snow leopards in Western Mongolia. Local farmers are also going to be on hand to give us information about their latest sightings and snow leopards patterns. This will immensely increase our chances of spotting and photographing these mystical cats.

We start the workshop in Ulaanbataar, spend a day to acclimate to the weather and discover this intriguing city. Then we fly (flights included in the workshop) to Western Mongolia to track the snow leopards, and experience the eagle hunter winter migration. We will have a conbination of actual migration with setups in a truly special scenery.

We have paid special attention to the logistics for this trip, where transportation has been upgraded to 4x4 land cruiser (vs. Russian minivan), we have hired a cook when we travel to eagle hunter families and the snow leopards, we have upgraded GER to make sure we have warmth at this time of the year (ground crew to keep the GER warm). We have reserved special accommodation in remote villages, where we will have showers and hot rooms.

In summary, we have put an incredible experience focused on meeting nomadic eagle hunter families, enabling you to photograph them in their natural environment, experiencing their winter migration, and another exceptional experience to track snow leopards with a team that have been surveying them for years.

There is a say that no trip to Mongolia would be complete without at least a meal inside a GER with a real-life nomadic family. The hospitality and the ceremony of cooking and eating large servings of simple cuisine is a truly unique experience.

Get ready for this rich and unique adventure. REGISTER early as all previous years were sold out.

Special during this workshop:
- Visit families in the remote mountains of Altai Soum
- Photograph the eagle hunters winter migration
- Track and photograph snow leopards in the wild
- Stay in guest houses when in remote regions (showers, hot rooms)
- Private chef hired for the trip to cook regional meals
- Truly unique as you’ll likely not see another tourist during this workshop
- You will meet the eagle hunters, we have known for many years

See you in Mongolia in February.


Registration: (February 17 - March 3, 2022) - Sold Out

Questions: email Oliver Klink


Oliver Klink has been photographing in Asia for the past 14 years. He has visited many minority cultures in Mongolia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, and more. He received the coveted 2016 award of Critical Mass Top 50 Fine Art photographer and published a book in 2019, which won 9 awards for best photography book of 2019. “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 (Guide, drivers, cook, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing eagle hunters winter migration
- Grand Mongolian landscape
- Tracking and photographing snow leopards
- Photographing daily “life” at local families
- Model shoots
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)

- 15 days of guided photoshoot
- Local flights inside Mongolia
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- 4x4 landcruiser
- Photoshoot with eagle hunters and snow leopards
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included :
- Transportation to and from Ulaanbaatar (ULN)
- Transport from Ulaanbaatar airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Ulaanbaatar
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $6,900
Single Supplement: $400 (during hotel stay)

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$800 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by December 15, 2021 (payable by check or credit card (3% processing fee)

- Accommodation is going to be a mix between hotels, guest houses and traditional GER. There are limited washing facilities when we stay at the GER.
- Weather can be challenging. Be prepared for cold weather, moody sky.
- We are eating freshly cooked local Mongolian cuisine with local meat, vegetables, and soup (not spicy).
- 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: February 17 - March 3, 2022
Who: Oliver Klink, Local guides, ground crew (cook, local staffs)
Airport: Ulaanbaatar (ULN)
Accommodations: Hotels, guest houses, GER (single occupancy only during hotel stay)
Weather: -20F (+/-). Moody Sky, cold weather

Workshop details for Mongolia - Eagle Hunters winter migration and snow leopards


15 days of guided photoshoot and reviews
February 17 - March 3, 2022
Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions.

Day 1: (February 17) On your own arrival in Ulaanbaatar (ULN). Hotel included. Transportation on your own by taxi

Day 2: Visit of the hidden gems of Mongolia's Capital. Final preparation for the trip out West.

Day 3: Travel to West Mongolia
- Flight from UB
- Travel to snow leopards base camp
- First peak at Mongolia wide plains and mountain range
- Overnight in modified GER for winter

Day 4-7: Snow Leopards
- Track and photograph snow leopards
- Incredible scenery in middle of Altai mountains
- Short travel on foot from base camp to staging/viewing area
- Opportunity to meet local farmers and hear their stories about the mystical cats
- Overnight in modified GER for winter

Day 8: Travel to Altai Sum
- Travel to eagle hunter winter migration base camp
- Travel thru scenic mountain range
- Overnight in guest house

Day 9-12: Ealge hunter winter migration
- Follow & photograph the yak migration
- Photograph the eagle hunters hunting during the migration
- Meet eagle hunter families
- Local activities with model shoot
- Overnight in guest house

Day 13: Drive to Khovd/Ulgi
- Visit local streets
- Overnight in hotel

Day 14: Return flight to UB
- Flight to UB
- Shopping for the famous Mongolian cashmere - Final dinner

Day 15: (March 3) Transfer to Airport
- On your own (we can arrange taxi)
- Conclusion of the workshop

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from -20F to 40F)
- Comfortable and warm layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Goretex gears, gloves, hat for sudden weather change
- Sturdy winter shoes (hiking on snowy terrain)
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gears/windbreaker
- Knee pads for low angle shooting

Camera Equipment:
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Lens for snow leopard shoot: 400mm - 600mm (extender recommended)
- Lens for grand landscape: 10 – 300mm
- Lens for eagle hunter winter migration: 35 - 200mm
- Tripod (recommended for long lens)

Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, …)
- Extender (1.4x, 2x) for snow leopards
- ND Filters (3, 6, 10, 15 stops)

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


This workshop includes:
- 15 days of guided photoshoot
- Internal flights in Mongolia
- Private shoot with eagle hunters family
- Private shoot during the winter migration
- Tracking and photographing snow leopards
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Travel in 4x4 land cruiser
- Special permits & Model shoots
- Small group (maximum 8 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- Photography instructor, many local guides, special staff (cook, helpers)

Not Included:
- Transportation to and from Ulaanbaatar (ULN)
- Transport from Ulaanbaatar airport to hotel
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Ulaanbaatar
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Ulaanbaatar no later than February 17. Your return flight can be booked any time on March 3
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Ulaanbaatar (pre and post workshop) and airport transportation

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