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
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 a typical Mongolian Restaurant
The winter Palace
Buda Big Statue on the Hill
Central market (black) (one or two hours if we have time)
Typical folkloric Mongol performance (songs and dances), at the restaurant, during Dinner time (optional).
Overnight at 4* Handu 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 with Batbayar’s family. Batbayar is local hunter with rifle. Batbayar and his friends will be our horse rangers. Stay with family. (BLD)
Days 3-4. To Reindeers
Early morning we start horse ride toward high mountains. Only next day evening, we reach the reindeers people, who live in tepees. Overnight in tent. (BLD)
Days 5-6. 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. (BLD)
Day 7-9. Ride back to road end and Drive to Murun
Known as “The Dark Blue Pearl”, Lake Khovsgol is Mongolia's largest and deepest lake. Located in the northernmost 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 nine 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 evening, come to Murun city. Overnights in gercamp/local hotel. (BLD)
Day 10. To UB
Fly to UB. Transfer to hotel. (B)
Day 11. Depart UB
After early breakfast, transfer to UB airport and depart UB. (B)
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 subzero in the daytime, and around 15-25 degrees subzero at night.
1-2 pax 1670$
2-4 pax 1570$
Includes: English speaking guide, all local transport, return flights UB-Moron-UB, 3meals per day, cook with cooking gears, stay with family, visit reindeer people, camping gears (tent, mats), packing and riding horses, all Border and National park permits.