What Should I Bring?
It’s best if you have two bodies. It is not necessary, but it’s not a bad idea to have a backup camera body in case something happens to your primary camera.
I would bring something in the following focal ranges… a wide angle lens around 20mm, preferably with an aperture of 2.8. A medium range walks around lens like a 24mm to 104mm, a 70-200mm, and a 100-400mm if you have one.
They aren’t all mandatory, but this will cover all the ranges that we will be using while taking photos of the eagle hunters, the reindeer people, monks, landscapes and night skies.
You should have enough battery life to go for three days without charging. We will have power throughout the trip except when we are with the eagle hunter families. When we are with the eagle hunter families, we will have three days and two nights without power. There will be a generator, but I never trust them for battery and laptop charging. During this time we will be photographing action and staged shoots. You can expect to take 1500+ photos a day and some long exposure at night and will eat your batteries. I am bringing five batteries for my two Nikon cameras and four batteries for my Lumix camera.
While we can download when we are at the tourist ger camps and hotels, you won’t be able to download when we have no power for the three days. I bring five 64gig cards, but I’m a bit of a burst mode shooter and take more photos than most people.
Tripod, ball head and remote shutter release for night photography. Remember you can pack your tripod, but you can also carry it on when it’s secured to your camera bag.
While we are there in the summer, we are headed to the mountains when we are with the eagle hunters. We will be in warmer temperatures for part of the trip and colder temperatures when we are at higher elevations at the eagle festival and when with the eagle hunter families. So, the following is what I am going to suggest…
Bring undergarments that will maintain your body heat. Thermal layers for low activity, cold weather. You can buy long underwear and thermal t-shirts that are short and long sleeves.
Pants can be the type you zip off at the knees or thicker cotton pants.
I dress in layers. Thermal undergarments, pants, and sweatshirts with a warmer jacket that is both a raincoat but will also break the wind.
Bring a thin layer glove, and I would suggest a hat with a brim to keep the sun off, and a winter hat because we never know how cold it will be around the mountain ranges with the winds.
Bring a jacket that you would wear in temperatures of 50F that break the wind and has rain repellant qualities.
Bring a good pair of hiking boots that protect your ankle and a pair of shoes.
I suggest socks that are wool or cashmere with some moisture wicking properties. You can always buy cheap cashmere socks in Mongolia if you want.
Bring your regular suitcase and another duffle bag. We will keep the larger suitcases at the hotel in Ulaanbaatar when we go see the eagle hunters and pack enough clothes for three days in the duffle bags for our flight to the western provinces. It will keep your weight down and decrease any overweight charges on your luggage on the internal flights.
It’s almost impossible to list everything that you’ll need, you will be sent some recommendations and then this will be covered again before your trip on a one on one phone discussion we will have with you.
At any point feel free to reach out to either of us and we’ll talk you off of the ledge!