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Tsaatan Trails (Last of Mongolia's reindeer people)

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Day 1: Khovsgol Lake

Stop At: Khovsgol Nuur, Mongolia
After you arrive in Murun, our driver and guide will pick you up at the bus station or airport. Soon after that, we will drive passing through the Khuvsgul province which is called Mongolian Switzerland and then arrive at Khovsgol Lake. It is a second-most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia and holds 70% of Mongolians fresh water and 1% of all the world’s freshwater reserves. Here will have a delicious dinner prepared by tour guide and relax for tomorrow’s trip.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in Ger camp.

Day 2: Khatgal to Ulaan-Uul

Stop At: Lake Hovsgol National Park, Khatgal Mongolia
After lunch, we’ll directly go to a small town called Ulaan-Uul which is the gateway to Taiga where the Tsaatan community lives and herds the Reindeer. Here we finalize our appointment with local guides to accompany us during the next few days providing a horse for riding and packing. Also, we stock up some additional food and drink before moving out to camp.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in the local family.

Day 3: Horse trek to Taiga

Stop At: "Taiga Tourist" tour camp, Renchinlkhumbe - Tsagaannuur Rd, Zuulun, Mongolia
After breakfast we load food and camp on the horses, saddle those for riding and the journey will start. Local horse guide will assist us throughout the way until we will back. We will ride through the forests, woods and across marshes, almost entirely at walking pace. While riding you can easily notice the shift from grasslands to Taiga, delineated by the distinct change in vegetation and topography. With a few breaks in between, we stoically endure this long riding day before arriving at summer camp. Finally, you will be allocated a bed in Teepee.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in the Teepee.

Day 4: In Taiga observing Tsaatan’s life

Stop At: "Taiga Tourist" tour camp, Renchinlkhumbe - Tsagaannuur Rd, Zuulun, Mongolia
We will spend one day at summer camp and you can easily visit teepees, get first-hand knowledge of Tsaatan mores. Traditionally, domesticated reindeer have been the mainstay of the Tsaatan economy. They are ridden, milked, eaten and their hides are used for covering teepees, making clothing and footwear. During winters reindeer roam at large in rugged mountains and dense forests that straddle the borderline between Russia and Mongolia. Just a few a kept through the winter for riding. The main herd brought back in spring. You may take a reindeer for ride or help in the daily chores of life in taiga but overall you should be prepared to observe from a side. Tsaatans practice shamanism where the ancestors and natural features held sacred and serve as a source of strength or insight for individuals identified as shamans in the community. The Tsaatan rely on shamans for advice and healing, and for communicating with spirits, ancestors, or nature, which occurs through ritual and the calling of spirits. With some luck, you may witness such ritual.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in the Teepee.

Day 5: Horse trek back to Taiga

Stop At: "Taiga Tourist" tour camp, Renchinlkhumbe - Tsagaannuur Rd, Zuulun, Mongolia
Today, we will express our appreciation for the Tsaatan’s family, take the memorial photo and say goodbye to them. We will follow the same route through forests, woods and across the marshes then arrive in Ulaan-Uul.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in the local family.

Day 6: Murun small town

Stop At: Khovsgol Nuur, Mongolia
After breakfast, we transfer to Murun and the rest of the day is at your own disposal. The next morning our guide and driver will help you to catch up flight or bus.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in the local hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all the hotels and guesthouses.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
6 days
Inclusions
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Private transportation
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Pick up and drop off at airport and train station.
  • Daily drinking water
  • Entry/Admission - Khovsgol Nuur
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Hovsgol National Park
  • Entry/Admission - "Taiga Tourist" tour camp
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses like special drink and snacks
  • Travel insurance(Medical; Trip and Personal)
  • International & Local Airfare
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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