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Khuvsgul Lake & unique Reindeer herders -7 days 6 nights

Khuvsgul Lake National Park

The Khuvsgul Lake is located in the northwest of Mongolia near the Russian border, at the foot of the eastern Sayan Mountains. It is 1645 m above sea level, 136 km long and 262 m deep. It is the second –most voluminous freshwater lake in Asian and holds almost 70 % of Mongolia’s fresh water and 0.4 % of all the fresh water in the world. The Lake is surrounded by several mountain ranges. The highest mountain is the Burenkhan Munkh Saridag 3492 m which has its peak north of the lake exactly on the Russian-Mongolian border.

Reindeer Herders

The Reindeer herders are living in northern Mongolia, Khuvsgul province. Originally from across the border in what is now Tuva Republic of Russia, the Dukha are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world. Tuva became independent in 1921 when Mongolia gained its independence. At that time, the reindeer herders were able to across the border freely Tuva and Mongolia.

&O;  Since the border zone was their original territory, they had good trade relationships with the Mongolian herders in the Mongolian steppes.

&O;  There were food shortages in the Soviet Union due to World War II.

&O;  Many schoolchildren died from the spread of diseases they had little resistance to.

&O;  People were afraid of losing their domestic animals due to collectivization

&O;  Domestic animals were requisitioned by the Soviet government during the war

At first, the Mongolian government repeatedly deported them back to Tuva. In 1956 the government finally gave them Mongolian citizenship and resettled them at Tsagaan Nuur Lake on the Shishigt River.

 NUMBER OF PAX & PRICE:

1-2 pax:  1150 USD per person,

3-4 pax: 950 USD per person,

DURATION: 7 days 6 nights

ACTIVITY: explore the Taiga and reindeer people, see their daily life, and explore the Khuvsgul Lake and horse trail

DATE: 1 June - September 30, 2020

DETAILED ITINERARY:

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN MURUN – DRIVE TO KHUVSGUL LAKE NATIONAL PARK

Whenever, arrival on Murun city, meet your local driver and guide. After, we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake national park by paved road. We will have lunch, at local restaurant shore of the Lake. After lunch, we will hike around the national park. Have dinner and overnight stay in a guest house. (L. D)

Day 02: FULL DAYS IN KHUVSGUL LAKE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we will hike around the national park. There are lots of souvenir shops and mini markets are near the Lake. After lunch, it is free time for swimming, hiking to hill and motor –boating etc. Have dinner and overnight stay in a guest house. (B, L, D)

Day 03: DRIVE TO TSAGAAN NUUR SMALL VILLAGE

After breakfast, we will drive to Tsagaan Nuur small village by off road. The nature is very beautiful. After lunch, we will continue our trip to Tsagaan Nuur. The small lake is home for Taimen, White fish and catfish. Have dinner and overnight stay in a guest house. (B, L, D)

Day 04-05: HORSE TRAIL TO TAIGA MOUNTAIN

After simple breakfast, we will saddle our reindeer and go to Tsaatan people. The luggages are loading by horse. Those are very minor ethnic group in north Mongolia. People have their own language, traditional and culture. Mostly they are a shamanism. You can hike around the national park, visit to reindeer people, see their daily life. They move 5 or 10 times per year for animals. Try to milk the reindeer. Have dinner and ernight stay in a Teepee. (B, L, D)

Day 06: BACK TO MURUN

After breakfast, we will drive to Murun city by off-road. The lunch will be at local restaurant. When we arrive, we will relax and have dinner and overnight stay in a guest house. (B, L, D)

Day 07: DEPARTURE

Early morning, local driver will transfer to the local airport. Have a nice journey! (B)

SERVICE INCLUDED

Tour guide,

Guest house in countryside – 4 nights on twin shares,

Teepee in reindeer people – 2 nights on twin shares,

Included: B, L, D

All entrance fee and border permit are mentioned as program,

Reindeer trail,

Horses for loading luggage

Bottle of water during the trip,

SERVICE EXCLUDED

Visa to Mongolia,
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar,
Internal flights,
International flights &Travels insurance
Tipping and other personal expenses
Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Number of days: 7
Covered regions:
Central Mongolia
Gobi Desert
Western Mongolia
Northern Mongolia
Eastern Mongolia
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Visa to Mongolia, Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, Internal flights, International flights &Travels insurance Tipping and other personal expenses Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
What to bring: First aid, warm extra clothes, sun scream, sun glasses, and camera
Transport: Minivan
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.