$4397 AUD per person
- Day 1 – Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
- Day 2 - Ulaan Uul
- Day 3 - Ulaan Uul town - Tsagaan nuur town - Horse Ride to Taiga
- Day 4 - Tsaachin community & Shaman Experience
- Day 5 - Taiga to Hogorog
- Day 6 - Hogorog - Jigleg Valley
- Day 7 - Jigleg Valley - Toilogt, Khuvsgul Lake
- Day 8 - Hiking
- Day 9 - Fly to Ulaanbaatar
- Day 10 - Departure
- Return airport transfers
- 9 nights accommodation
- 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
- English speaking Guide
- Local Mountain Guide and pack horses
- Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar/Murun/Ulaanbaatar in economy class
- Entrance fees and National Park fees and permits to protected areas
- Bottled water
- Private transportation
- International and domestic flights not mentioned above
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc
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Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia
This inspiring journey offers a unique opportunity to travel with one of Australia's most successful business women and influencers, Entrepreneur and Founder of RedBalloon Naomi Simson, as well as Crooked Compass Founder Lisa Pagotto, as you mingle with the shrinking Tsaachin tribe among the spectacular landscapes of Mongolia.
Naomi is known for her positivity, pursuing dreams and challenges herself to make the world a better place. Share this journey with her as you learn of her experiences as an entrepreneur, parent, author and media personality and hear of her stories from her first visit to Mongolia in 1987.
Lisa has lived and breathed travel for a lifetime, with close to 100 countries under her belt. A stand out career in travel lead to the natural progression for Lisa to create her own brand, built around her unique style of travel. She believes to truly experience a destination you must be completely immersed in it. Join Lisa to hear her inspiring stories of travelling the globe whilst leading a success travel company.
The Tsaachin tribe or Reindeer People are a diminishing nomadic tribe with an estimated number of only 200-400 people left spread across 100sqkm of northern Mongolia.
The Tsaachin or Tsaatan’s entire existence is based on their reindeer herds which provide them with milk for producing cheese, antlers for carving and medicinal purposes, transportation and on the odd occasion, meat. Part of the Tuvan ethnic group, this small tribe is truly nomadic, regularly moving in search for a rare type of lichen and grass for their reindeer. The Tsaachin people do not stay in the traditional Mongolian gers we commonly recognise as a symbol on the country, but live in urts, similar to the Native American teepees which were traditionally made from birch bark.
A culture rich in Shamanism, these spiritual healers play an important role to the community providing traditional remedies for injury and illness. Previously a self sufficient tribe with only their reindeers, the Tsaachin now have to forage for berries, wild potato and pine nuts in the Autumn as well as occasionally fish or hunt to simply survive. The reindeer are said to have been domesticated several thousands of years ago and play a key role in the spiritual, socio economic and linguistic traditional of the local community.
Your visit to the reindeer herding people plays an important role to help them and their culture survive. Although very few travellers venture into this realm, our tourism initiative provides them with a supplemental income and cultural exchange education for both our travellers and local Tsaachin people. To spend time with these tribes people is truly remarkable and brimming with cultural practices that provide a deep insight into this fascinating way of life.
Travelling on horseback is the best way to reach the remote settlement with a full support crew of guides, cooks and horse tenders there to assist. Sleep in teepees like the locals and after visiting this isolated land, continue on through the spectacular scenery of rolling mountains, lush forests before venturing the turquoise waters of Lake Khuvsgul.
Day 1 – Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Welcome to Mongolia! Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon following lunch, you will set out to explore the city. Visit the Gandan Monastery which is home to a huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. You will also visit the National Museum of Mongolia where you can learn about the history of this fascinating country through their collection of artefacts from Mongolia and Central Asia dating from the Stone Age to the present day. This evening, enjoy a traditional art performance and welcome dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers. (L,D)
Overnight Bayangol Hotel or similar
Day 2 - Ulaan Uul
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Khuvsgul province (1.5hrs). On arrival at local airport of Murun, the centre of the Khuvsgul, you will meet your driver and for an hour before stopping for a picnic lunch. Continue for another 5-6 hours before you reach Ulaan Uul town. You will cross rivers and passes and take in the scenic view over the mountain ranges. Breathe the fresh mountain air as you explore this spectacular scenery. Here you will be surrounded by stunning towering rocky mountains. The view from our camp ground is spectacular. This evening we will be camping in tents. A shower tent, toilet and kitchen tent are also provided. (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Ulaan Uul town - Tsagaan nuur town - Horse Ride to Taiga
This morning, you will drive to Tsagaan nuur town (approx. 2-3hrs) before continuing beyond the town another 40 mins to meet with your local horse specialist guides and trail finders and of course, your horses. After having a brief instruction on riding Mongolian horses, you will get acquainted with your own horse before it is time to set off. Start riding towards Taiga, the region where part of the Tsaachin communities live. You will be introduced to the amazing but sadly dwindling world of the reindeer-herding people (Tsaachin). Due to the marshy road conditions, we will not use vehicles to reach the area, entire our luggage and food supply will be transported by horses. Horse riding today is approx. 3-4 hours. (B,L,D)
Stay overnight in a local Tsaachin teepee
Day 4 - Tsaachin community & Shaman Experience
Spend the next day staying amongst the Tsaachin people and experience their everyday life. Learn of their unique traditions such as milking reindeer and processing milk products like cheese. Spend time talking with the local people and understanding their local culture and how they have managed to maintain such a traditional way of life for so long. You will have the opportunity to ride into the Taiga forest where the area is so energetic and mysterious. Explore Bor Khuyag river valley, which is rich in crystals and other minerals. Take in the beauty of the larch forest and wildflower patches. Be inspired and gain power while meditating in untouched wilderness.
You will witness a traditional shaman ritual and meet a shaman custodian of a hidden realm. Shamanism is a traditional spiritual belief system based on worshipping nature. Shamanism plays an important part in Tsaachin; the shaman also acts as a healer, providing traditional remedies for ailments to the local people. They also perform many mystical holy rituals and use many different magic charms in their daily life, for hunting, calling, and preventing the rain. (B,L,D)
Stay overnight in a local Tsaachin teepee
Day 5 - Taiga to Hogorog
This morning is a free morning at the reindeer herder’s camp before you ride back to your vehicle after lunch. Today, say farewell to your new nomadic friends as you horse ride back to Tsagaannuur soum.
Your mind will be swirling with the incredibly rare experience you have just had over the past few days. When you arrive in Hogorog, you will meet with another shaman and go with him to his holy tree area and witness another shamanic ceremony. (The Shaman in the reindeer camp only perform their ceremony in the dark, so it is challenging to shoot any photos or movies). Stay in the tented camp near his home and his farm animals. (B,L,D)
Overnight in a tented camp near the Shaman’s home
Day 6 - Hogorog - Jigleg Valley
After breakfast, drive further into the mountains. It will take us whole day driving. Upon arrival, set up camp and enjoy the natural world and clear night skies. (B,L,D)
Overnight in a tented camp
Day 7 - Jigleg Valley - Toilogt, Khuvsgul Lake
This morning, you drive to Jigleg Pass and meet your boat. Enjoy a boat ride of just under 2 hours which will take you to your camp on the shore of blue pearl Lake Khuvsgul. The Lake is sacred and is known as the ‘Mother Lake’ to Mongolians and holds 2% of the worlds fresh water. Khuvsgul Lake is surrounded by beautiful high mountains of the Khoridol Saridag and Bayan Mountain Ranges, along the west shore. Even though it is summer, some parts of the lake will be icy. The scenery as we cruise across the lake is spectacular and air so fresh. Your vehicle will meet us on the other side and transfer you to your ger camp. Enjoy walking around the lake – this area is often referred to as Mongolia’s most scenic region and you will certainly see why. (B,L,D)
Overnight in a Ger camp
Day 8 - Hiking
Enjoy walking along the lake shore or hike through the surrounding mountains to take in the panoramic view over the lake. There is an optional boat trip on the lake this afternoon for those who are interested in getting a different perspective from the water of the spectacular surrounds. This evening, build up your appetite for an authentic Mongolian barbeque! This will be prepared in the traditional way with the meat grilled with hot stones which gives it a unique taste. (B,L,D)
Overnight in a Ger camp
Day 9 - Fly to Ulaanbaatar
This morning, drive back to Murun town. Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Overnight Bayangol Hotel or similar
Day 10 - Departure
This morning is at leisure until it is time to transfer to airport for your onwards departure. (B)