Last year an idea for a new scouting excursion began forming rather quickly, after my schedule freed up a bit and I received some input from a client who was planning a trip to see one of the world’s most elusive cat species, the Pallas’s cat. Her destination? Mongolia, a place that had not really been on my radar for much beyond cultural photography opportunities.
Once I started looking into it more, my perspective changed rapidly, as I saw not only opportunities to see Pallas’s cat, but also a chance to try again for the snow leopard. As I recently documented in my Best of 2022 feature, I had longed for another opportunity to photograph snow leopards in more hospitable environs than those I faced in the Himalayas. Mongolia appeared to present that chance.
This two week November trip delivered on the cat opportunities I’d hoped for (in many ways exceeding them), and also introduced me to several new species. I’m excited to finally share this full collection with you, and also to announce my new Cats of Mongolia photo tour (more at bottom).
You may view the full gallery of 130 new photos in the archive. A short preview follows.
View the Mongolia 2022 gallery (130 photos).
Want to join me on my next Mongolia adventure? I’m putting together a brand new tour, slated for 2024!
This tour will split time between the eastern steppe (home of the Pallas’s cat) and the Altai Mountains (snow leopard). We’ll try to track down these two elusive felines—remember, sightings are never guaranteed!—as well as a host of other Mongolian species. It’s a different kind of adventure: one that may be a bit less daunting than a Himalayan snow leopard trek, but which still requires participants to be in decent shape and to be prepared for challenging physical activity and challenging photo conditions.
Read more about this tour, and request a special info packet I’ve put together to help you determine if this trip is right for you.
Wow, an amazing assortment of awesome photos from this trip Max. The Snow Leopard and Pallas Cat shots are some of the best I have seen. I love the stoat picture of it popping it’s head up. You have immensely more patience than I would to wait on your belly for an hour, but it sure paid off.
Hopefully, future trips to Mongolia will be just as rewarding for you.