Reindeers and Tsaatan Culture
There are about 400 reindeer people of 80 families in total. They live in tepees. Their livelihood is completely dependent on the nature and few heads of reindeer. The most famous shamans are among them. Visiting the Reindeer people can be a lifetime experience for you either the challenging riding in awe-inspiring nature with bardens of high mountain passes, steep slopes and boggy valleys as well as an exotic lifestyle of them in the remoteness
/This tour is flexible possible to change as you want./
Day 1. Arrive UB and explore UB
Arrive UB airport and meet by our team. Transfer to your hotel.
Today we will do city site seeing tour. Explore Gandan Monastery, Buddhist center in Ulaanbaatar. See,
Chojin Lama temple. Lunch time in Mongolian Restaurant
The winter Palace
Buda Big Statue on the Hill
Dinner at the restaurant
Overnight at 3* Hotel.
Day 2. To Murun
Transfer to UB airport from your hotel in UB. Flight to Moron about one and an half hour. Meet our team (English speaking guide, cook and driver). Start a driving to north-west toward Ulaan-uul village /180kms/. On the way, you will enjoy beautiful Taiga Mountains and the dense forests. Overnight in Ulaan-uul village at wooden house.
We will keep drive to get at ranger station. Tsogtoo is local horse herder man. Tsogtoo and his friends will be our horse rangers. Stay with family.
Days 4. To Reindeers
Early morning we start horse ride toward high mountains. We reach the reindeers people, who live in tepees. Overnight in tent.
Days 5-6-7. Stay with Reindeer family
Learn their everyday life and their traditions as like milking reindeers, riding, processing skins. Also you enjoy the beautiful nature. Reindeer people /Tsaatan/ are small ethnic group of Mongolia /about 600/. They follow shamanism and very believe in mysterious shamanist deeds and traditions. We meet with the shaman. Overnight in teepee. Possible to hit it with the stove.
Today the day we leave the reindeer family. Start to get back with horse range to the ranger station \car stop\. Now you back to the Tsogtoo’s family. Overnight in ger.
Day 9-10. Ride back to road end and Drive to Murun
After the breakfast drive to the Khovsgol lake. Known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”, Lake Khovsgol is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake. Located in the northern province, it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia. Lake Khuvsgul is 136 km long, 36 km wide, and 262 meters deep and is located at an altitude of 1645 m above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May. It's the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia. It's inhabited by species of fish including the Siberian grayling and lenok. Fishing and sport fishing are becoming popular in the lake area. Taiga Fauna and Flora, Tsaatan, practicing reindeer breeding are the main attractions for tourist. Different ethnic groups live in the area: Khalh, Darhadt, and Buryat. Tsaatans are raindeer herders. Lake Khovsgol is on the important migration route for birds from Siberia, thus facilitating marvelous opportunities for birdwatching. In the. Overnights in tent or ger camp.
Today after the breakfast drive back to the Moron city. Explore with the city sight. Stay at the hotel.
Day 12. Depart UB
Fly to UB. Transfer to hotel.
Staff: A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow. In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be traveling.
Meals: Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips. We have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips.
The climate: Mongolia has very cold winters and conditions similar to above the Siberian should be expected. Mongolia has the world’s highest atmospheric pressure, allowing for blue skies throughout the winter. Hence, there is usually little precipitation, which in turn enables nomads to have 50 million head of livestock on natural winter pastures in the winter. Cattle remain in the outdoors throughout the winter. In April, the weather usually 5 to 15 degrees centigrade sub in the daytime, and around 15-25 degrees sub at night.
Includes: English speaking guide, 4x4 Landcruiser or Russian vehicle, 3meals per day, cook with cooking gears, stay with family, visit reindeer people, shaman, camping gears (tent, mats), packing and riding horses, all Border and National park permits.
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.