Snow Leopard of Western Mongolia
- January 12th, 2023, January 21st, 2023
- Spaces Left: SOLD OUT! (Maximum 6 Photographers)
In early December I will be leading a brand new scouting trip/expedition for a small group of photographers to find and photograph the enigmatic Snow Leopard in Western Mongolia in Winter.
For this expedition, we will be based in Western Mongolia and camping in Gyrs (Yurts). We will be operating at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. Temperatures at this altitude and 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 equipped 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 Snow Leopard.
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 seriously cold weather. Applicants should be able to walk a minimum of 500 meters over steep rocky snow and ice-covered ground whilst carrying their camera equipment. Snow Leopards 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 Snow Leopards using local guides and trackers that are highly skilled at locating Snow Leopard. Local guides will be pre-scouting for signs of Snow Leopard before our arrival to maximize our time and opportunities. Please use the register button at the bottom of this page to register your interest.