“I once asked a guide what eagle hunters do for money, to which he replied, ‘what on earth do they need money for?’. It was a simple reply, but it has been burned into my memory ever since”
The vast flatlands of Mongolia beg to be explored, whether you choose to live amongst the eagle hunters or in a ger with camel breeders. From the Altai mountains to the Hustai National Park, trust us when we say visiting Mongolia is an experience of a lifetime. Here are our top 5 reasons why we go back every year.
Acres of wild, open space
Living in Singapore, we are used to buildings, buildings, and more buildings everywhere we turn. The only “wide open spaces” we have are football fields and perfectly manicured parks, so believe us when we say you’ll be transfixed by the amount of wild, raw land Mongolia has to offer. This natural beauty is great for landscape photography, as the scenery changes rather drastically as we head to different areas. From the urban cityscapes of the capital, Ulan Bator to the snow covered plains of Bayangobi, there are few places in the world that boast such a juxtaposition of landscapes.
Home to the majestic eagles, domesticated camels, fluffy sheep and the stout Przelwalski horse (the ancestor of all modern day horses) there is no shortage of uniquely Mongolian wildlife to capture. These winter animals can withstand the extreme cold of Mongolian winters, and the co-dependence between man and animal in such circumstances is something you must see with your own eyes, and capture for posterity.
The Kazakh eagle hunters
Living amongst the eagle hunters will be an experience you will never, ever forget. From the minute you step through the doors of their home in the middle of nowhere and then greeted by slumbering eagles, the phrase “you ain’t seen nothing yet” will finally, make sense. It is an experience of National Geographic proportions, and if you are lucky, might be able to hold one of their eagles too.
Experience nomad life
How many have the chance to say they have lived with one of the last nomadic people on earth, in gers, in the middle of winter? Coming from a country with unparalleled creature comforts, such a way of life will be an eye opening, if not life changing, opportunity to see the way Mongolians not just survive, but thrive in such conditions. Needless to say, this is a fantastic place for portraiture, with their unique features sculpted by both genetics and the environment.