Pallas Cat of Eastern Mongolia

  • December 5th - December 11th, 2021
  • Spaces Left: SOLD OUT! (Maximum 3 People)
Pallas Cat by Joshua Holko

In early December of 2021 I will be leading a brand new expedition for a small group of just three photographers to find and photograph the rare and endangered Pallas Cat in Eastern Mongolia in Winter.

For this expedition we will be based in Eastern Mongolia and camping in Gyrs (Yurts). Temperatures at this time of year will hover between -20º and -40º Celsius + wind chill. The Gyrs are heated by small coal fired stoves and are usually kept around +20º Celsius. Each Gyr is equiped with a bed, and basic wash facilities. There are no showers, no running water and bathroom facilities (although clean) are limited to western style pit toilets. Fresh bottled drinking water is provided, along with all meals for the duration of the expedition. There will be no cell phone coverage and no internet access once we leave Ulaanbataar, the capital city of Mongolia.

We will use 4WD vehicles to commute from our base camp as we search the terrain for the Pallas Cat.

Places on this expedition are extremely limited and are by application only. Applicants should have cold weather photographic experience in temperatures well below 0º Celsius and be willing to put in long hours in the field in serious cold weather. Applicants should be able to walk a minimum of 500 metres over steep rocky snow and ice covered ground whilst carrying their camera equipment. Pallas Cats are one of the rarest and hardest to find wild cats on earth. All participants understand that there are no guarantees. However, every effort will be made to find and photograph Pallas Cats using local guides and trackers that are highly skilled at locating the cats. Local guides will be pre-scouting for signs of Pallas Cat before our arrival to maximise our time and opportunities. Please use the register button at the bottom of this page to register your interest.

Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia
Pallas Cat in Snow in Winter in Mongolia