Eagle Hunter Photographic Adventure: Mongolia
October 28 to November 6, 2018 |USD 3800 pp
The wild, western borderlands of Mongolia - an untouched frontier of big blue skies, sweeping glacial valleys and snow-capped (sometimes martian-looking) peaks - provide an epic backdrop for this unique adventure designed with the intrepid photography enthusiast in mind. The aim of the expedition will be to authentically re-create the ancient tradition of the 'Sayat', or collective eagle hunt, when cross-generational groups of Kazakh nomads would historically head into the mountains on multi-day winter excursions, both in pursuit of prey, and to pass down the secretive training and hunting techniques to their sons.
As much as possible, our small and exclusive team will immerse ourselves fully with the hunters to create an intimate communal atmosphere, living and moving with them as they explore remote corners of their territory. As we migrate along the route (using horses, camels and vehicles) we will pitch temporary ger (a large round portable tent) camps from which to explore the surrounding (and contrasting) locations. And so for example, cognizant of the quest for the perfect 'shot', but sensitive to the spontaneous and authentic nature of the 'Sayat', we will track the hunters as they position themselves on spectacular vantage points from which to flush out foxes (as well as rabbits) and launch their eagles.
We are also pleased to confirm that, joining us on this special trip, will be Anthony Lau, winner of the 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Award, an invaluable partner who has advised on how best to address the trip's finer photography-specific requirements. Anthony will also be providing tips on how to expertly capture those once-in-a-lifetime photo ops in a relaxed, collegiate (rather than rigid workshop-style) setting. So, if you are looking for an imaginative and meticulously managed photographic adventure, that will gain authentic and intimate access to a 3000 year old cultural tradition, warm-hearted nomadic hospitality and awe-inspiring panoramic landscapes - then this expedition is just the ticket.
Why Join Our Team?
This is a pioneering adventure that will authentically recreate a multi-day traditional 'Sayat' to immersively live and move alongside the eagle hunters. As such, some flexibility and spontaneity will be required by the team. The following is only the outline daily plan.
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Meet Our Nat Geo Award Winner
For as long as I can remember, the nomadic cultures of Mongolia have always held a strong fascination for me. In particular, it has been my dream to try and genuinely capture the eagle hunters of the Altai; not only the ancient practice itself, but also their traditional customs as well as the epic scenery in which they live, hunt and migrate.
I first met Adrian from Whistling Arrow in late 2016 to discuss a collaboration and knew in my heart that they were best-positioned to help me fulfil my dream. And so, I am delighted to be co-leading this uniquely-designed, photo-centric expedition in western Mongolia, and am sure that our adventure will provide wide-ranging and immersive opportunities to authentically capture the region's timeless panoramas, cultures and traditions. I look forward to seeing you in October.