Spirit of the Reindeer Herders

Make the most out of the visit to the Tsaatan, the only reindeer herding people of Mongolia and a tribe which count about three hundred people in total. Trek on horseback through the picturesque Khuvsgul Province, and camp for 2 days on the shores of the tranquil Khuvsgul Lake, before returning to Ulaanbaatar to explore the sights of Mongolia’s capital city.

This trip takes you to Lake Khuvsgul, the most beautiful lake in Mongolia. The surrounding area, which belongs to the Lake Khuvsgul National Park, comprises of high mountains, dense taiga forest and clear rivers.

In order to meet the Tsaatan we will take a daring ride into the taiga. These enigmatic people herd reindeer, not only for their antlers, a lucrative medicinal ingredient, but also for their milk and meat. Reindeer are the best beasts of burden for the forested mountains of the area. This is your chance to drink reindeer milk and go for a reindeer ride!

Day 1

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrive and transfer to a 4 star hotel. A welcome dinner will be held at a local restaurant, including local music, food, and entertainment. Overnight stay is at the hotel.


Day 2

Flight to Moron – Darkhad Valley

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Moron either in the morning or afternoon. You will be met at the airport by our vehicles and staff and driven towards the Darkhad Valley to the west of Lake Khuvsgul . We will camp near a small village called Toom.100km.


Day 3

Soyot – Khog River

We will drive to the small village of Soyot near which we will set up our base camp beside the Khog River. You might want to try the wild berries, which grow in profusion nearby and are made into a delicious jam by the locals. You will also meet the local horsemen who will accompany us on our journey.


Days 4–6

4 days trekking on horseback in Khuvsgul – visit Tsaatan families

Depending on your level of experience, an appropriate horse will be selected for you by our expert horsemen. When you watch the packhorses being loaded, you will be amazed at how much these small, sturdy horses can carry. Nevertheless, we recommend that you take as little as possible with you on this leg of the trip. Remember, the horses will carry our tents and food as well as your luggage. Essentials are, however, raingear and a waterproof pack. You can leave extra baggage at the base camp. The ride itself takes us through spectacularly beautiful and remote country. En route, we will spend some time with the Tsaatan people at one of their mountain camps. We ask you to remember that when we visit these people, we are guests in their homes, so it is appropriate to offer them small gifts in return for their hospitality. You might want to discuss this with your guide. We will be camping overnight in tents.


Day 7

Back to base camp – visit local families- traditional Mongolian meal 

Today you will have a well-earned rest at our base camp. You will meet some of the locals who live in gers nearby and see how they live. In the evening, you will have the traditional Mongolian meal of ‘khorhog’. Khorhog consists of large chunks of meat and vegetables ‘pressure cooked’ using hot rocks. Don’t worry, you don’t have to eat the rocks but you might be interested to see what is done with them after the meal is cooked!


Days 8-11

4-day horse trek to Lake Khuvsgul

Refreshed, after a day relaxing at base camp, we are back on the horses today. This time we are on a linear route to Lake Khuvsgul. At first the terrain will be wide-open valleys, then rocky mountain slopes, and will finally take us down a forested mountain path to the crystal-clear blue waters of the lake. On the fourth day we will overnight at a ger camp.


Days 12-13

2 days at Lake Khuvsgul 

Spend two days of leisure around the lake at our base camp. You can just relax, or if you still have some energy left, you can swim, fish or hike. Overnight at ger camp.


Day 15                       

Drive to Moron for return flight to Ulaanbaatar

In the morning, we will pack up our camp and head south to Moron - a six hour drive with a stop on the way for lunch. We will reach Moron in time for the late-afternoon flight to Ulaanbaatar. On arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be taken to your hotel, where you will stay overnight. Dinner is served at a local restaurant.


Day 16                       

Sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar

We will visit the Gandan Tegchilen Monastery and the Bogd Khan Winter Palace, the home of the last religious king of Mongolia. We will also go to the Natural History and the Fine Arts Museum. You will have time for shopping. Lunch and dinner will be in local restaurants and we will overnight at the hotel.


Day 17                       

Departure

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your international departure.

Departure code and date:
NRT-010, 2-18 Aug, 2017
NRT-005 Naadam departure, 27Jun- 13Jul, 2017

Price per person for a group more than 9 people: USD 3574 and 3936 for Naadam departure

Single Supplement: USD 290 and USD340 for Naadam departure
Prices include the following:

2 domestic flights, transportation within Mongolia, twin accommodation in a 4 star hotel. Single accommodation can be arranged at an additional cost. Tented accommodation while on trek, three meals a day, English-speaking guide, all sightseeing costs, transfers, camel or horse hire where specified, support staff including drivers, horse/camel men and camp assistants.


Prices do not include:

International transportation, travel insurance, visas, departure tax, alcoholic drinks, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

It is the responsibility of the client to be fully covered with travel and medical insurance while traveling in Mongolia.


Please note:

Upon request, single supplement in the countryside can be provided at the additional cost. In case single accommodation in ger camps was not provided the amount would be calculated based on the missing nights and reimbursed.

Nomads cannot be held responsible for over bookings, as long as the company can prove with sufficient documentation that overbooking has been the error of the third party.

Should circumstances beyond our control, such as the imposition of quarantine restrictions, any changes of domestic flight or train schedules, require a change of itinerary, we will inform your agent and propose an equivalent itinerary. Again, Nomads cannot take over the responsibility for the Airlines or the National Train Company. The traveler is responsible for having proper travel documents, such as a valid passport, proper visa and the necessary passport pictures.

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