Horse-riding-to-Taiga-ReindeerThe Tsaatan people or the Reindeer herders live a remote nomadic lifestyle and presently, only 44 families (about 500 people) remain. The Tsaatans are deeply connected to the mother nature, live in huts and still practice Shamanism.
No of Days: 11 People: min 4 persons
Horse riding to Reindeer tribe in the Taiga
The word Mongolia often stirs up an image of ancient warriors on horseback to many. And plenty think that Mongolia is all about horses and wide steppe – well, true to some extent as the Mongols have more than 3 million horses and the country is the 19th largest country by territory. However, Mongolia is a lot more than that – globetrotters are mesmerized by the diverse natural and cultural wonders that Mongolia has to offer.
Hidden in a secluded corner of Northern Mongolia, straddling the border of Russian Siberia, a unique ethnic group lives in the Taiga of Mongolia. The Tsaatan people or the Reindeer herders live a remote nomadic lifestyle and presently, only 44 families (about 500 people) remain. The Tsaatans are deeply connected to the mother nature, live in huts and still practice Shamanism.
This extraordinary adventure journey will take you to the northernmost Mongolia and will guide you thtough the best of it, the exquisite Lake Huvsgul, picturesque Khoridol Saridag Mountains, and the Taiga, where you will meet the Tsaatans “Reindeer herders”. The journey itself can be a big challenge for many, however, the reward is priceless – meeting the shy but kind Tsaatans, playing with their children, helping with their daily chores, feeding their reindeers with much needed salt, and last but not least, the breathtaking landscape of the Darkhad Valley and the Taiga… Travel conditions of this exceptional adventure is not easy, long rough driving through the least travelled parts of northern Mongolia and horse riding are involved besides camping n tents in the wilderness.
Premium Travel Mongolia tour guides are knowledgeable, experienced, and are happy to be the ambassadors of their country. Plus, travelling extensively in remote Mongolia and discovering the wonders doesn’t mean rough travel conditions all the time. We utilize comfortable 4×4 Land Cruisers for the driving part, and 2 night stay at comfy en-suite Ger camp by the Lake Huvsgul to complete your wonderful Mongolia stay with us.
Your international flight/train to Mongolia is on your own arrangement. After custom formalities and baggage claim, you will be met by a Premium Travel driver and taken to the centrally located hotel in Ulaanbaatar.
Accommodation: Hotel 4*; Meals: No meals planned on this day.
Meet with your tour guide and the rest of the group at 9am in the morning, and start the Ulaanbaatar city tour. Today we will visit the most principal sites of Ulaanbaatar including the Gandan monastery – a home to the 26m gilded statue of Megjid Janraisag, and the National Museum of Mongolia. Have welcome lunch at a Mongolian restaurant. After lunch, we drive for 1hr to Giant Genghis monument – an impressive 46m statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, indeed the largest equastrian statue on earth. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the evening at around 6.30pm.
Hotel 4*; Meals: B, L
After breakfast, meet your tour guide and transfer to the airport at 8.40am for a flight scheduled at 10:20 to arrive in Moren at 11.40hrs. Arrive in Murun, the centre of Huvsgul province and visit the town bazaar for some last minute shopping. Then drive towards Tsagaannuur village for full 8 hrs crossing many rivers, passing mountain passes and green meadows. Arrive at a family run small local tourist camp, have dinner and overnight.
Base camp: B, L, D
We will start the morning early, have breakfast and start drive at 8am to Tsagaannuur village, where we will meet border officers. Continue the drive and meet the horse keeper & horses. Have picnic lunch before the ride starts. Start horse riding through the forests towards the Tsaatans’ summer camp. Arrive in the east Taiga after a long horse riding journey with a number of river crossings and endless beautiful scenery. Set up the tents near the Tsaatans’ huts for the next few nights.
Tent camping: B, L, D
Enjoy 2 full days with the Tsaatan tribe, learn about their culture, everyday life and their traditions such as taming and riding reindeers, milking reindeers, processing skins etc while appreciating the relaxing, beautiful nature. There’s an endless photography opportunity as the Tsaatan people are hearty and hospitable – there’s a lot to capture about this vanishing culture and the challenges they face every day. Meals cooked by tour cook.
Tent camping: B, L, D
Say goodbye to the Tsaatan people, head south and start riding horses through the beautiful Taiga. After about 6hrs of horse riding, we will reach the jeeps, leave horses and drive to the base camp (about 3 hrs). Arrive at the base camp in the evening, dinner and overnight.
Local camp: B, L, D
This morning we will drive south toward the Lake Huvsgul, where we will have a day of leisure. Arrive at the Lake in the evening, check into a tourist camp. Enjoy hot shower, nice dinner (perhaps some drinks) & rest.
En-suite tourist camp: B, L, D
Today is spent in leisurely activities and sightseeing on Lake Huvsgul and its’ surroundings – there are a number of ways to spend the day, including optional bike ride, gentle walking, boat trip and a half day jeep tour to the highest point in the region to see the panorama. Meals at the camp
En-suite tourist camp: B, L, D
Breakfast at 7am at the camp, and drive to Murun to cathc the flight to Ulaanbaatar (flight times: 12pm-1.20pm). Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, take a half day city sightseeing including the fabled Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum and an optional shopping for cashmere / souvenir.
A folklore concert by the magnificent Tumen Ekh ensemble featuring Khoomei – Mongolian throat singing and contortion performance followed by farewell dinner. Transfer to the hotel by 9pm.
Hotel 4*. B, L, D
Extend your tour with another tour or transfer to the airport for flight home.
- Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
- Accommodation: twin/double share at excellent hotel in Ulaanbaatar for 3 nights, triple/quadrupule at a Base camp for 2 nights, standard tourist Ger camp for 2 nights, and the rest in tent camping
- Private transfers in/around Ulaanbaatar with minivan/minibus with AC
- Private transfers in the countryside with 4×4 Land Cruisers
- Riding horses, and horse keeper cum local guide in the Taiga
- Pack horses during the horse riding part
- Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
- Ticket to Genghis monument visit
- Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
- National park entrance fees
- Border area travel permit
- Moren – ULN flight + Tax (10+5kg luggage free of charge)
- 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
- Visa support invitation letter where applicable
- Exclusive Mongolia tour souvenir!
Not included in the price:
- International travel fare + Tax
- Travel insurance.
- Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
- Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
- Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc