Khuvsgul lake dog sledding trip to reindeer herder shaman
Please note: North Khuvsgul , Moron city, Ulaanbaatar
Our dog sled expedition will take place in Asia’s largest freshwater lake Khuvsgul. Lake Khuvsgul is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake. Lake Khuvsgul continues about 136km , 267m deep and 3500m above sea level. Lake Khuvsgul is the second largest fresh water lake in Central Asia and is also home to a number of animals including sheep, ibex, bear, yak, reindeer and moose, and many species of birds. Also 4 tribes live in Khuvsgul namely, Khalkh, Buriad, Tuva and Darkhad. Tuvas are Mongolia’s strongest shamans and they herds about 2000 reindeers and live in the forest. Most Mongolian tribes herd livestock ( cattles, camels, horses, yaks, sheeps, goats) and they move 4 times a year. If we are lucky , we will meet all 4 tribes there and experience their way of life.
- Travel by sled dogs on the frozen freshwater ,
- Ice fishing,
- Meet shamans, meet reindeer herders,
- Stay overnight in winter yurt( tent) and winter house ,
- Explore Tuva, Khalkh and Buriad tribes nomadic way of life ,
- Have a look at Russian and Mongolian border line,
- Ride a reindeer, see dead volcanos, watch small village shopping in the former Russian colony.
- Stay in a small village which is Mongolia’s coldest point
Day 1. Flight to Murun and Hatgal town
Arrive in Murun from Ulaanbaatar by car. Murun is one of the crowded provinces in Mongolia . Then we will go about 100km by car to Khatgal, which is a village in Mongolia on the southern tip of Lake Khuvsgul. In the past, there was a port went mainly through trade with Russia. We will spend some time to explore Khuvsgul lake, meet the sled dogs, have a welcoming dinner and stay in wooden house.
Day 2. Start dog sled trip frozen lake
After breakfast we will start our dog sled tour. This day, we will travel about 30km by sled dog. Stop by a spring, which don’t freeze, and have a lunch there. Stay in a traditional Mongolian ger camp ‘Khirvesteg’ on the western coast of Lake Khovsgol.
Day 3. Jigleh mountain , cold spring.
This morning after breakfast we will drive to Khuvsgul lake shore. This day ,we will go about 45km by sled dogs on the Khuvsgul lake. There is a spring, which heals many kinds of diseases and not freeze during the winter. It is also home to over 200 species of birds. After travelling long way by sled dogs , we will have a chance to ride a horse on the ice. Overnight in a herder’s traditional ger
Day 4. 10 dead volcanos
After breakfast , we will go ice fishing. Then will drive to Renchinlhumbe village which is the coldest point in Khuvsgul and situated between 10 dead volcanos. We say good bye sled dogs this time. Then we will drive . This day we will drive approximately 40km on frozen river , take look of beautiful nature view. Stay in a Khalkh family, explore their nomadic way of life and have a mongolian traditional dinner with the family.
Day 5 Reindeer herder
This morning after breakfast we will pass by beautiful village Tsagaan nuur and russia and mongolia’s border line. After lunch , will continue travelling by car and visit a Tsaatan family or Reindeer family. Explore the day in a life of Tsaatan family ,feed reindeers by your hands, ride a reindeer, meet shamans. Stay overnight in Tsaatan yurt
Day 6 Red mountain village buriad tribes
After breakfast we will drive to the highest point of dead volcano. Shape of the volcano is same as Everest. Today we will stay in a small village where buriad tribes live.Have a home cooked meals with buriad family. Then we will go to dance club in a small town and learn famous buriad dance and have fun. Overnight in wooden house.
Day 7 Back to Moron town
This morning after lunch visit forest area school and meet countryside children. Drive to the biggest shamans 13 ovoo (pyramid shaped sacred rocks). Afternoon, head to Murun and have a closing dinner . Stay in a hotel
Day 8. Back to Ulaanbaatar. Departure.
Duration: 7 nights/8 days
- Group size 8
- 2100 USD per person for 2 pax
- 1960USD per person for 5 pax
What is / is not included?
- Dog sledding
- All caming
- Horse sledding
- English speaking guide
- Western tour leader
- Same more warm clothes(if need )
- All meals outside Ulaanbaatar
- Internal flights
- All included sight seeing
- All taxes & entrance fees to protected areas All camping equipment (not sleeping bags.)
- Sleeping bags
- International flights
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Meals where specified
- Medical insurance (can be arranged.)
- Visas (if needed)
- Airport pick up 25 USD one way
- Sleeping bag hire (incl cleaning 30 USD for tour)
- Items of personal nature