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.
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
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)
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,
Horses for loading luggage
Bottle of water during the trip,
Visa to Mongolia,
Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar,
International flights &Travels insurance
Tipping and other personal expenses
Other services not mentioned in the itinerary
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.
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.