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16 days
Availability : 1 January - 31 December
Ulaanbaatar
Min Age : 6+
Overview

There are 20 ethnic groups in total in Mongolia. One of them is Tsaatan (Reindeer people). Hidden in an isolated corner of Northern Mongolia, straddling the border of Russian Siberia, a unique minority group lives in the sprawling tundra. Around 50 Tsaatan families live a remote nomadic life, migrating from place to place in search of valuable resources to continue their existence. Minority people can be found all throughout Asia, but the Tsaatan people are notably different for the livestock that they keep. Not yaks, camels, goats or horses, but reindeer. These reindeer herders have been attracting international attention over the last few years for their unique and unchanged way of life. This tour offers you a great opportunity to experience it.

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar

Departure Time

In the morning

Price Includes

  • Private English speaking guide and driver
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Accommodation at the ger camps
  • All entrance fees of all national parks
  • Bottled drinking water (unlimited)
  • Road and toll fees
  • Petrol and fuel
  • Visa support invitation letter
  • All meals (B+L+D)
  • Accommodation in Ulaanbaatar (if requested with additional charge)

Price Excludes

  • Daily personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees etc.
  • Tips for your driver and guide (discretionary)
  • Travel insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Amarbayasgalant monastery

Amarbayasgalant monastery one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia, is located near the Selenge River in the Iven Valley at the foot of Buren Khan Mountain. It was built from 1727 to 1736, without the use of any nails. Many of the monks were executed by the country’s Communist regime and the monastery’s artifacts, including thangkas, statues, and manuscripts were looted, although some were hidden until more fortunate times. Today, only 28 temples remain. Restoration work began in 1988 with funds provided by UNESCO.

Day 2Uran crater

The Uran Togoo – Tulga Uul is a national protected area in the Bulgan Province, Mongolia. It is located about 60 km directly west of Bulgan city around the extinct volcanoes Uran Togoo, Tulga, Togoo, and Jalavch Uul. All four mountain names allude to their volcanic past with designations borrowed from around the fireplace. Uran crater is 500-600 meters wide and 50 meters deep. We will hike to the crater.

Day 3Murun city

In order to travel up to Taiga we need special permission because that’s near the Mongolian and Russian borders. We will get the permission and stay in Murun city in a hotel.

Day 4Darkad Depression

Darkhad is one of the ethnic groups in Mongolia. In Darkhad depression we will meet our horse instructor and experience Darkhad people’s culture and lifestyle. It is quite different from the majority of ethnic groups in Mongolia. Interact with the local family; try their food and traditional costumes. Also we will prepare for our horseback riding to Tsaatan people.

Day 5-8Horse riding to Tsaatan people

Saddle up the horses for an unforgettable horseback riding adventure! The main objectives on horse pack trips: riding horse and having fun. We altogether will aim to experience the true life of Tsaatan family and their culture and hospitality. The horse riding trip is inclusive with guides, all equipments, meals and lodging in tent camps along the way.

Day 9-10Khuvsgul Lake

Khuvsgul Lake is 136km long and 36km wide at 1645m above the sea level. It is second largest lake in Mongolia as well as the deepest. It is well-known as the Blue pearl of Mongolia, because of its crystal clear water. Bicycling, swimming, walking, horse-riding, and hiking are the main activities there.

Day 11Uushgiin Uvur deer stone monuments and Shine Ider Village.

Uushgiin Uvur is located on southeastern sunny side of rock Uushig mountain 17km west from Murun. You can find tombs, rectangular burials and 14 deer stones in a single area at the same time. This memorial contains the most clearly depicted deer stone in Mongolia. These deer stones were aligned from north to south in a single column. A deer, an arch, a shield, a horse, a knife, the moon, the sun and a mirror figured belt were engraved on the stones. After we have visited this place, we will have lunch in Murun and head to Shine Ider village. In the wild nature, we will camp.

Day 12-13Khorgo-Terkh National Park

Great White Lake is the highlight of Arkhangai province and famous for its attractive scenery.It is located in 600 km northwest of Ulaanbaatar. It has been protected since 1965, fully in 1997, to safeguard spectacular mountain scenery and endangered flora and fauna. It’s surrounded by the Khangai Mountain Range, which reach as 3000 meters above the sea level. The most area of the National park is covered by poplar and peach forest, where grow wild berries, rare herbs and many different varieties of wild berries and flowers. There are lots of wild animals such as deer, ibex and others, as well as various kinds of birds. Around the Great White Lake we will hike and explore the unique natural formation.

Day 14Tsenkher Hot Spring

The 86℃ hot spring water is supposed to have curative properties for arthritic joints and other ailments. Also spring is kept in high pressure under the ground flow rate is high, 10 litres per second. The water has mineral content and containing everything from simple calcium, sodium to sulphuric. The hot spring helps you to keep your skin softly and naturally. During the daytime you can have sunbath and when it gets dark you can enjoy the starts while you are sitting in the hot spring.

Day 15Kharakhorum and Khugnu Tarna Natural Reserve

Karakorum was one of the most important cities in the history of the Silk Road. Although founded by Genghis Khan in 1220, Karakorum’s development as capital of the Mongol Empire occurred in the 1230s under his son Ugudei. The Mongols had a profound impact on the history of trade across Central Asia, as their vast empire connected east and west. We will explore all the highlights of city and then head to Khugnu Tarna Natural reserve

Day 16Hustai National Park and Ulaanbaatar

Hustai National Park is one of the well known and prestigious special protected areas in Mongolia. According to the resolution by Mongolian Government, Hustai National Park Trust (hereinafter referred to as Hustai Center) is dealing the management of the Hustai National Park contracting with the Ministry of Nature and Environment. Unique wild horse – Takhi reintroduction project at Hustai National Park started in 1992. As the successful implementation of the project today there are over 363 takhi in the park and we will see them. After we have seen them we will head to Ulaanbaatar.

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