REINDEER FAMILY, KHUVSGUL LAKE, CENTRAL MONGOLIA

Duration:  14 days, 13 nights

Group Size: 1-6

Overland Tour:  Distance 2450 km

Activities:  Horse riding, hiking, visiting temple and reindeer family

 

Provide more than 2pax

Discount: 30% off for children under 2-6 years old 

 

In  this itinerary, you’ll experience hiking in the Khuvsgul Lake with a fantastic view, visit the legendary Lake Khovsgol and Great White Lake, take horse trekking to the real reindeer region surrounded by outstanding landscapes. The reindeer /Tsaatan/ represents one of the last truly reindeer lifestyles in very north of Mongolia with amazing scenery.

 

Day 1. Amarbayasgalant monastery

This is one of the most well-known and largest monasteries of Mongolia, it is located in the beautiful Iven Gol River valley on the foot of Burenkhan Mountain in Baruunburen village of Selenge province. Visitors especially enjoy the magnificent art and architectural construction. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 2. Uran Togoo Mountain

It is Volcano Mountain in Bulgan province. We will see ruins which was Uyghur city ruin Baibalik is situated 14km west from the center of Khutag-Under Small town. Stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 3. Murun city and Khuvsgul Lake

We’ll drive to Murun which is the center of the Khuvsgul province. We shall also obtain the border permit. Drive to Khuvsgul Lake. It is the second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia. 99 springs and rivers flow into the lake and just one river flows out of the Khuvsgul which is Eg River. Also the lake surrounded by alpine mountains, which are covered with thick taiga. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 4. Khuvsgul Lake

Explore the flora and fauna. You will hike along the shores of the lake. Stay overnight in nomadic family’s Ger.

 

Day 5. Tsagaan Lake village

We will continue our trip to Tsagaan lake village. We will prepare for the trek and will give instruction regarding trekking in the mountains. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 6. Start trekking to taiga

We will start trekking to Taiga, the area where part of the Tsaatan communities live. Due to the marshy road conditions we will not use vehicles to reach the area, our entire luggage and food supply will be transported by horses. Stay overnight in a camping out.

 

Day 7. Trekking continue

In the morning, we continue trekking to West taiga. We will arrive there late afternoon. Stay overnights in a reindeer family’s yurt.

 

Day 8. Exploring Tsaatan community

We will stay among the Tsaatan people and will experience everyday life and their unique tradition. Our activities include attending a shaman ritual, milking reindeer, processing milk products, talking with people and learning about the local culture… Stay overnight in reindeer family’s yurt.

 

Day 9. Trek back to the Nature 

We will trek back a different route will be taken along a picturesque forested mountain and valley. On the way we will cross the Ebed mountain pass. Our vehicle and driver will be waiting for us in the village. Stay overnight in camping out.

 

Day 10. Zuun Lake – Shine Ider

On the way stopover near Zuun Lake. Along the way you will enjoy beautiful scenery of mountain meadow and pine tree forest. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 11. Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake

Arrive in Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur White Lake National Park. Here you will stay on the bank of White lake and visit some hundred years old Khorgo volcano crater and other natural sites. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 12. Tsenkher hot springs

We will drive to the Tsenkher hot springs. It is one of the biggest hot springs in Mongolia with a temperature of 86 degree, a high flow rate, high alkalinity and relatively high amounts of fluoride. The hot spring is mostly used for relaxing and restoring your health. Stay overnight in a tourist ger camp.

 

Day 13. Khugnu Khaan Nature Reserve

Drive to Khugnu Nature Reserve which is another beautiful granite rock formations located in semi desert area which has features of Gobi sand dunes. Optional hiking and camel riding. Stay overnight in a nomadic family’s ger.

 

Day 14. Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Along the way stopover by Khustai National Park in order to see Mongolian wild horses, Przewalski which were re-introduced back to its homeland in 1993. At the park first you will visit Park museum and conference hall, to get introduced to flora and fauna of the National Park.

 

Included

 

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English speaking guide at all times.
  • In the countryside, all lodging will be in ger camps and nomadic family’s Ger.
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary.
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by  driven 4WD van, bus in the city area.
  • Park entrance fees
  • Horse and Camel ride
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1.5 liter of drinking water per day per person  

 

Not included

 

  • Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar
  • Hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills, and laundry services
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses such as IDD call, internet, laundry, items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to local guides and drivers
  • Airfare or train ticket
  • Airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 44pound / 20kilo)
  • Changes in arrival/departure flights
  • Additional services
  • Any charges of major force beyond our control (e.g. imposition, quarantine restrictions, etc…)
 

Packing list

This is a suggested packing list, which you should feel free to adjust to suit your needs. Please refer to our travel guide for more detailed information.

  • waterproof bag cover
  • day pack
  • head lamp/flashlight
  • spare batteries/bulb
  • personal medications
  • waterproof hiking boots
  • waterproof jacket with hood
  • waterproof over pants
  • fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • cotton t-shirts
  • long sleeve shirts
  • lightweight trousers
  • shorts
  • socks
  • underwear
  • sun hat
  • sandals
  • sunglasses
  • sun cream
  • insect repellent
  • resealing (Ziploc) plastic bags
  • binoculars/camera
  • watch/ alarm clock
  • money belt/ pouch
  • insurance confirmation copy
  • emergency contact number

 

Number of days: 14
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
Transport: Minivan
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