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Mongolia Photography Adventure Tour with Max Muench

to the Desert of Gobi and Altai Mountains, home of the Eagle Hunters

 

Tour Highlights

  • Participants: 10 persons
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Upcoming 2020 Dates: 31st of May - 14th of June and 6th of September - 20th of September
  • Accommodation during the trip: Hotel, Ger and Camping

Photography workshop with Max Muench and Nick Bondarev

Within the framework of this workshop, Max Muench will show you one of the wildest regions in the world, introduce you to the art of photography and tell you all about how to become a successful photographer in the modern world. During the 14 day adventure tour across Mongolia, we will pass the Flaming Cliffs, ride camels on the Great Dune in Gobi Desert, visit old monasteries and make friends with the famous eagle hunters in the Altai Mountains.

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What's Included

Please note that it is a full-board tour. You do not need to pay additional fees – everything except air tickets is included.

  • accommodation in hotels and private homes during the adventure
  • transportation (incl. fuel), all transfers using 4WD SUV with comfortable seats
  • airfare from Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar
  • meals – vegetarian options available
  • National park fees
  • experienced local guides and models
  • Professional photography guides with great knowledge of locations

Not included:

  • Airfare to and from Ulan Bator
  • Medical insurance
  • Visas (but we will prepare all needed documents for your visa – invitations, supporting letters etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages

ITINERARY

Arrival in Ulan Bator  

After individual arrival in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, we will meet for a first welcome dinner at a local restaurant to introduce ourselves and share the detailed schedule for the following days. Max Muench will teach you before leaving the city important aspects of outdoor photography for the upcoming tour.

Way to Gobi - Flaming Cliffs

For the first time, Max will take you to Gobi, one of the world’s great deserts. As it will take about two days to reach the Great Dune, we will stop at the famous White Stupa Tsaagan Suvargaa and Flaming Cliffs near Bayanzag for the night.  The area is known for being the place of the very first discovery of dinosaur eggs and other fossils. We will stay a night in 2-person tents, prepare a barbecue and will sit around the campfire as well as a nice Ger camp and sleep in the typical Jurts.

Way to Gobi - The Great Dune

After shooting sunrise above the incredible Flaming Cliffs, we will make our way towards the Great Dune Khongryn Els. We will meet camels along the way and take photos of them during sunset and in the night. The sky in Gobi will probably be the clearest sky you have ever seen - millions of stars and the milky way will be our main subject for the night shoot. We will stay in local gers for two nights and visit a Camel herder family. For sunrise we will climb the Great Dune and have a relaxed rest of the day until the sunset shoot with campfire and camels.

Way to Ulgii  

It might sound strange to you but the most amazing part of traveling across Mongolia is to drive through the endless steppes, seeing no one for a long time, forgetting about the rush and stress at home and clearing your mind completely. Along the 1.500km way to western Mongolia, we will pass old monasteries and stupas, hundreds of goat and horse herds, and will learn more about the history of Mongolia. Max will talk about their adventures, editing techniques as well as stock photography and social media marketing and will answer every question asked. The overnight stays will a mix of hotels and wild camping with bonfires and vivid conversations.

Meet the Eagle Hunter of Mongolia 

The highlight of our journey across this beautiful country will be the meeting with Kazakh eagle hunters which are famous for the Altai mountains. Before that and to recover from the long ride we will stay in twin rooms at a comfortable hotel in the center of Ulgii from where we also reach the local market within a few minutes. Afterwards we will head out in our 4x4s from SIXT to find the legendary eagle hunters about one hour away from Ulgii. We will take photos of them during sunset and sunrise and will stay at their place for the night. We head out to meet Matei Barzabai and his son, the heroes of Max’ Eagle Hunter video and go horseback riding with them in the majestic Altai mountains. In the end of our stay in the Altai mountains we will have an incredibly scenic flight above the Khangai Mountains back to Ulan Bator altogether and finish the adventure with one day of editing session and a cozy dinner.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM

During the time of workshop Max will share his experiences and knowledge, that they received in many years of hard work in the art and social media industry, with you. We will give you insights about how to create your own style, to find your audience and to start working with large companies and brands. Let's find answers to your personal questions and goals!

Photography. We will share our experiences in the fields of mobile, digital and film photography

Editing & post production. Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Lightroom Mobile and Adobe Photoshop introduction

Social Media Marketing. Learn how to enhance your Instagram and how to build your own community

Stock photography. Insights in Adobe Stock.

YOUR SPEAKER

Max Muench

Max Muench is a Berlin based photographer spezialised in outdoor, landscape and adventure. By following his passion to travel, he captures the beauty and diversity of our planet, always looking for a fresh perspective and a unique story. His photography works as the key link between an engaged community and progressive companies as well as modern brands & tourism boards. Max Muench is also co-founder of German Roamers, Europe's biggest outdoor community on Instagram, as well as ATMO Productions Berlin.

Max Muench

COMFORT & SAFETY

Certainly, it is most important to us to keep you safe and provide maximum comfort while traveling through such a wild area:
  • During the workshop, we will live in the most comfortable conditions of all possible options that this region can provide. We will stay in hotels, local gers and comfortable 2 persons tents. Food will be adapted to the individual preferences of all participants, vegetarians welcome.
  • During our travels we will use comfortable UAZ Patriots SUVs, driven by local drivers who know the area very well.
  • Our speakers speak German, English and Russian.

WORKSHOP FEE

EUR 6000

Price per person

We will be 10 participants maximum. We prefer bank transfer, VISA or master card and Paypal. To find out more about the event and the methods of payment, please use the contact form right here.

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FURTHER INFORMATION

Gear

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera with tripod
  • Selection of lenses as you prefer
    • e.g. wide angle lens such as 16-35 mm, f/2.8
    • e.g. middle-zoom lens such as 24-70 mm, f/2.8
    • e.g. prime lens 35 mm f/1.4
    • e.g. telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm, f/2.8 or f/4.0
  • Your smartphone with battery pack
  • Small drone

Clothing

Full list will be sent to participants

  • Waterproof / windproof / warm jacket and pants (consider the average temperature -2 - +0 C at night and +10 – +16 C during the daytime)
  • Your own sleeping bag if you like

The weather

We chose to travel in the beginning of autumn which is the statistically a dry and sunny season. It might be still warm and there are almost no insects in the air. However, since we will travel across several regions in Mongolia (we will even cross a time zone), the weather might change constantly. It may also be quite cold at nights and chilly (down to -5 C). So please prepare your gear accordingly. You may take even a suitcase on the tour, but we recommend to take a duffle bag or backpack – it makes it easier to store it.

Investment

Please take into consideration that - to secure the spot - we request a deposit of 1500 EUR. The policy is simple: if the tour is cancelled due to natural disasters or political issues, the whole deposit will be refunded. Otherwise it is non-refundable. In case you need to cancel your booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the deposit might be refunded (tbd). The rest of the workshop fee should be transferred 8 weeks before the start of the tour (July 20, 2019). If you cancel the tour after August 4th, 50% of the sum is refunded. If you refuse of the spot in the tour after August 21st, the whole sum is non-refundable. You can secure your spot by deposit via bank transfer. Please inquire about any questions concerning your investment.

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