4 Month Mongolian Camel Expedition with Tamar Valkenier (Women Who Work With Camels)

Mongolian Camel Expedition Tamar Valkenier

Today we are interviewing and featuring Dutch born Tamar Valkenier about her 4 month Mongolian Camel Expedition as part of our #WomenWhoWorkWithCamels series.


Tamar shares the challenges she faced in such harsh environments and how being with camels 24/7 changed her as a person forever.


Tamar gave up her promising career in 2015, Graduated with A+ as a criminologist as well as a psychologist, she worked as a Investigative Psychologist for the Dutch National Police.


Although she loved her dream-job, she wanted to experience a different reality beyond another horizon. She built her own bicycle and cycled towards Istanbul (without a map). Once set out, she fell from one adventure into the other: she lived with jungle tribes, hitchhiked in panama, rock climbed in Greece, lived off the land in Australia, and eventually she ended up in Mongolia:

Mongolian Camel Expedition Tamar Valkenier
Tamar Valkenier on her 4 month Mongolian Camel Expedition.


She bought a horse, a camel and got a dog and walked alone in the remote Altai Mountains for 4 months, learning the ancient art of eagle hunting and about survival techniques, she completed the expedition in 2018 and then gained her papers to become an official wilderness guide: In the Canadian Rockies she learned about the local edible plants, herbal medicine, animal tracking and survival-skills.


In December of 2018 she set off with Miriam Lancewood (author of “Woman in the Wilderness”) and who we’ve personally interviewed for this podcast, on their Epic Female Expedition in New Zealand. They survived for more than 2 months on hunting, fishing and gathering edible plants. They roamed with heavy backpacks and rifles over 8 mountain passes, well away from trails and tracks, and discovered the heart of the wilderness


Without further to do and say you gotta tune into this inspiring interview which, for us, took our imagination to wild places thinking about trekking with camels in the Mongolian Altai Mountains. Make sure you Stay tuned to the end as we have a very special announcement for adventurous camel lovers! 


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We’re looking for 8 adventurous people to join us, as a team, in the Mongolian Altai Mountains – Home of the famous Eagle Hunters.


In September of 2019, we’ll buying, training and gifting 8 Bactrian camels to a local nomadic family – and we’re inviting you to be part of this unique experience. 


When we travel international we like to get a taste of what it’s like to live like the locals.


For our trip to Mongolia this year, this means living with a Nomadic family, far away from cities, sleeping in traditional Mongolian Gers, learning local customs, bonding and sharing our cultures. 


Our 2019 Mongolian Camel Journey is for the open hearted and minded individuals who are willing to be flexible and to expect the unexpected. 


We’ll be spending 5 days training 8 bactrian camel’s using our Camel Connection Trust Based Camel Training® in preparation for our camel trek to a local camel & eagle festival, and of course, their new home with a nomadic family. 


We’re looking for adventures camel lovers, people willing to work in a team and be flexible and of course, willing to have the time of their lives! 


Trips like this will open your heart and mind and leave lasting impressions which you just cannot find anywhere else. 


To find our more about our 2019 Mongolian Camel journey and to apply before applications close visit www.camelconnection.com/mongolia

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