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Mongolia - Golden Eagle Festival

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Dates: September 30, 2014 to October 9, 2014

Locations : Ulaanbaatar, Golden Eagle Festival, Terej National Park, Khovd, Buyant Gol River, Hustai National Park with the Mongolian Przewalski horses.

Attendees: Minimum of 6, maximum of 12

Fitness Level: Some low level to medium intensity physical activity involved in this photo tour.

Price: $5695USD

Single Suppliment: $450USD (where applicable... ask us for details)

Deposit required securing spot: $750USD, (balance due 120 days prior to travel)

Pro Photographer Guide : Jim Zuckerman and

Our goal in Mongolia is to answer all of your questions while we are together. But because of the nature of this photography trip, the key learning opportunities will be on:

Apertures & Shutter Speeds : We will discuss the different modes on your camera and the effect your aperture and shutter setting has on your images as we take some landscape photos and photograph performers and athletes at the festival.

Composition : Learn how to improve your photography by applying ‘rules’ of composition.

Natural Lighting and the human form: Learn how to use the natural light with various reflectors to cast shadows and light on traditionally dressed models.

Digital Darkroom: A photo tour with the Photographer's Lounge is the perfect opportunity for any photographer to refine their post processing skills.

Mongolian Warrior

Day 1. 30 Sep: Ulaanbaatar
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to hotel. The group will gather at night and receive a briefing from Jim and Kevin on the sites we are about to experience.

Day 2. 01Oct: Ulaanbaatar- Giant Genghis Monument - Terelj National Park - Ulaanbaatar ( B,L,D )
Breakfast. We meet at 9 am and spend some time with Mongolian women dressed in traditional wedding dresses. Our models will be positioned in a traditional setting and present us with a unique opportunity to photograph something most people will not witness.

Enroute to Terelj national park we will visit the Giant Genghis statue. This 46m statue which is the biggest equestrian statue in the world. We then continue on to the beautiful Terelj national park, lunch at a tourist ger camp. Here we will visit the Turtle Rock and the Temple of meditation etc. In the evening return to Hotel in Ulaanbaatar for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. 02Oct: Olgii ( B,L,D )
After breakfast fly to Mongolia's western-most province - Bayan Olgii. Olgii is home to Kazakh people,who have a rich cultural heritage, music, handicrafts and traditional Hunting with Golden Eagles. On arrival in Olgii, the provincial capital, visit the local museum, which provides insight into the diverse ethnic groups in the region. Next visit the local Mosque and market. Spend the night with an Eagle trainer's family.

Day 4. 03Oct: Olgii ( B,L,D )
Today is the day to watch the Eagle trainers at work: to witness the special relationship between the trainer and their bird, which is often considered a family member. Join the hunters on their hunting trips and watch them pamper their birds. Spend the night with a nomadic Kazakh family to learn more about their culture and traditions.

Day 5-6. 04 & 05 Oct: The Golden Eagle Festival ( B,L, D )
Eagle trainers will gather to show their skills and their eagle's abilities. The festival will begin with the hunters displaying their traditional Kazakh dress and their eagle's equipment and ornaments. This is an exciting and authentic event which not only features eagle hunters' competitions, but also other Kazakh traditional games such as Kokbar (goat carcass polo), Kazak archery, etc.
Prizes are given for the best traditional dress, the eagle's gear and ornaments. Also, the eagles themselves will be marked according to their speed and agility. During the festival, folklore performances will take place adding even more cheerfulness to an already fantastic atmosphere. Spend the night in a ger camp.

Day 7. 06Oct: Olgii - Khovd ( B,L,D )
Travel by car to Khovd, the biggest city (population : 35,000) in Western Mongolia. Khovd is at the foot of the Mongolia Altai Mountains and in the valley of the Buyant Gol River. There are sixteen distinct ethnic groups living in Khovd: Khalkh, Zakhchin, Torgood, Oeld, Durved, Myangad, Uriankhai, Monchog and Kazakh. Visit local villages and spend the night in a ger.

Day 8. 7Oct: Khovd ( B )
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Ulaanbataar. Spend the night in a hotel.

Day 9. 8Oct: Hustai National Park ( B,L)
After breakfast drive to the Hustai National Park. Just 100 km away from the capital, it is the nest of the Mongolian Przewalski horses which can be seen roaming wildly in this beautiful national park. Return to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel.

Day 10. 9Oct: Departure ( B )
Transfer to the airport for the flight home

. Transfers on arrival and departure
. English speaking guide at all time.
. All lodging: Twin share in a decent 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar & triple/quadruple in Ger camp and family gers.
. All meals are provided as mentioned in the itinerary.
. 4x4 Russian vehicles in Western Mongolia (Olgii & Khovd), comfortable minivan/minibus in and around Ulaanbaatar
. Park Entrance Fees
. Sightseeing as per itinerary
. Ticket for the Eagle Festival
. Ulaanbaatar - Olgii, Khovd-Ulaanbaatar flight tickets + Tax (15kg free luggage)
. 1L of drinking water per day per person

International air/train + tax, Travel insurance, medical insurance, Fee for Visa, Drinks, Additional services, Personal expenses, Items of a personal nature, gratuity to local guides etc.

Please note... The altitudes are higher, those of the lowlands ranging from 1,000 to 1,700 m (3,300 to 5,600 ft), and those of the ranges from 200 to 500 m (660 to 1,600 ft) higher, though in a few cases they reach altitudes of 2,400 m (7,900 ft).

Contact Information

The tour company that has created this tour for us is Selena Travel. Selena Travel is based in Mongolia. All payments are to be sent directly to Selena Travel to secure your spot on this trip that they have created for us.


When you contact the tour company, tell them that is for the photography tour with Jim Zuckerman and Kevin Pepper of the Photographer's Lounge.

Location: Selena Travel Group office. Room 201, 202, 203

Peace Avenue 79 – 1, 10 th micro district of Bayangol district 6.

Telephone: 976 – 7018 3499; Fax: 976 – 7017 3499

Cell: + 976 9910 3499, + 976 9909 0087, + 976 9509 2550

Emails: [email protected]

Find Selena Travel on FB: http://www.facebook.com/SelenaTravelMongolia

Postal: POB 349. Ulaanbaatar 26, Mongolia

To get your questions answered in regards to the photographic details only please contact:

Kevin Pepper

Phone Number: 226 989 8848

Email Address: [email protected]