Tsaatan Reindeer Herders Tour

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Price: $50
9 Days / 8 Nights
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Description

Northern Mongolia is a very popular travel destination, second only to the Gobi Desert. This region is famous for Lake Khuvsgul, the coutry's largest fresh water lake. It is also home to Tsaatans, the disappearing descendents of ancient reindeer herders.

Around 300 Mongolians still follow their ancestors’ footsteps in perserving this nomadic lifestyle centered on their reindeer. Tsaatans live in skin covered tepees and nomadically move their camps several times a year. They stay far off the beaten road, living deep in the forests. With such a lifestyle, visiting them is a challenge. But once you've met them, you will see that it is worth the effort.

 

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Fare


Included:

English speaking guide
Transportation and driver
Meals (as specified)
Horseback riding
Entrance fees to national parks
Border permit
Additional necessary equipment (sleeping bag, mattress, etc)

Not Included:

Airfare from Ulaanbaatar to Murun
Insurance
Personal shopping
Additional activities

Highlights

Perfect introduction to Mongolia for first time visitors
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Get up close to native wildlife
More calling: How to travel to Tsaatan Community in Mongolia. Visiting reindeer's herders family. Trekking in Khuvsgul lake to reindeer's community.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1 To Ulaan Uul
In the morning, you will fly from Ulaanbaatar to Murun, the capital of the Khuvsgul province. You will be picked up at the airport and we will drive to Ulaan Uul, a small village on the way to Tsagaan Nuur (White Lake).

Stay overnight in a small ger camp. Lunch and Dinner
DAY 2 Tsaatan Community at White Lake
After breakfast, we will drive to White Lake. Once there, we will register with the local border guard office. Later we will have time to explore the area.
 
Stay overnight at the Tsaatan Community and Visitor's Center.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 3 Horseback to our Host
After breakfast, we will drive north into the taiga.

After a short drive, we will mount horses and ride horseback for 3-4 hours. We will finish our ride when we arrive at the Tsaatan's camp.

There, we will meet our hosts and learn the rules and customs of the tribe.

Stay overnight in Tsaatans' camp. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 4 Homestay with Tsaatans
Today we will learn more about Tsaatan customs and daily life. We will also go on a day trip exploring the taiga.

Stay overnight in Tsaatans' camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 5 White Lake
In the morning, we will ride back to White Lake. There we will meet up with the driver and drive back to the Visitor's Center.

Overnight in Tsaatan Community and Visitor's Center. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 6 The Ujig River
From the Visitor's Center, we will stop in Ulaan Uul and continue on to the banks of the Ujig River. Here we will stay overnight with a local Mongolian family.

Stay overnight with a local Mongolian family.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 7 Khatgal on Lake Khuvsgul
After breakfast we will drive to Khatgal, a small city located on the southern tip of Lake Khuvsgul. We will have time to relax on the banks of the lake for the night.

Stay overnight in a ger camp.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 8 Drive to Murun
Today we will drive back to Murun.

Stay overnight in a hotel. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
DAY 9 Fly Back to UB
After breakfast, you will fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

Breakfast

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