Limited space still available for the third in my series of art adventures with a conservation connection!
This year’s Expedition will travel to western Mongolia to explore Khar Us Nuur National Park, which includes Jargalant Hairkhan Uul, a mountain with a known, and currently being researched, population of snow leopards; Khomyn Tal, one of the three locations where takhi/Przewalski’s horse has been reintroduced; and the Altai Mountains locations of Altan Hokhii and Hokh Serkhiin Nuruu Strictly Protected Area for snow leopard, argali sheep and Siberian ibex. We will be meeting both with WWF Mongolia scientists and staff and also local people. I am hoping to set up a meeting with the country’s leading argali researcher, who is currently scheduled to be working at one of our destinations. There will be plenty of time for painting and sketching on location. We will be traveling in remote areas of great natural beauty and interest!
This is a real Expedition to an area where few visitors go. Lodging will be a combination of tent camping and stays in community gers. We will be traveling in Land Cruisers with a Russian fergon van for support. Besides the drivers, there will be an English-speaking guide and a cook. There will be limited amenities and you need to be in decent physical condition. Flexibility when traveling in Mongolia is a must. Local conditions may cause changes in the intinerary (a flooded river due to recent heavy rains, for example, which might required a detour). Nomadic Journeys, who I have traveled with since 2006, will be handling all the logistics, as usual.
Preference will be given to professional artists with field art experience, but instruction from Susan Fox will be available for those who wish to learn field sketching and/or painting in watercolor, an activity that has a long and honorable history in exploration.
Here’s the link for the organization that runs the takhi reintroduction project at Khomyn Tal: http://www.takh.org/en/ .
And here’s the link to the page on the Nomadic Journeys site about Khar Us Nuur National Park: http://www.nomadicjourneys.com/khar-us-nuur-np/
Here’s the link to one of fifteen blog posts I did about the first Expedition in 2013. It will give you an idea of what camping and traveling is like in Mongolia (we will have larger tents that you can stand up and walk around in). The grey vans are the Russian fergons. https://foxstudio.biz/2013/12/11/the-wildart-mongolia-expedition-part-3-arburd-sands-to-boon-tsagaan-nuur/
The dates are July 26-August 16. The cost is $3800, excluding airfare. Visit the Expedition webpage for more information. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have. I hope you can join us!
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The 2015 WildArt Mongolia Expedition has been awarded a Flag by The Explorers Club. Susan is Fellow of the Club. You can find out more about carrying the Flag here.