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REINDEER PEOPLE

Reindeer peuple
Reindeer peuple

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Brief description of stay

Evasion invites you to take part in an exceptional expedition in the heart of the Mongolian Tsaatan territory

For 5 days and in the company of an interpreter and local Tsaatan guide, follow the steps of reindeer herders and immerse yourself in their unique universes and culture.

On horse or on reindeer, with packhorses, explore this isolated region, the taiga, where Tsaatan families who will invite you to discover and share their daily life made of picking, hunting, and… reindeer herding.

On the road back to Ulaanbaatar, discover the Khuvsgul Lake and its superb crystal clear waters, and Karakorum, the ancient legendary city of the Mongol Empire.

Additional Information

Difficulty: 2/5
The treks on horse, foot or reindeer in the Tsaatan territory hold no specific difficulties. Packhorse carry all your equipment and luggage.

SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • Flight
  • Experienced driver with private vehicle 4WD vehicle on field trip, gasoline, road taxes
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at the hotel, 1 nights at the local hotel, 2 nights in a nomad family, 7 nights tent camping
  • English /french/ speaking interpreter–guide
  • Full board during the stay ( mongolian and western dishes )
  • Mineral water, tea, coffee durning the trip
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Pack camels
  • Excursions as per itinerary (museums and monasteries) and entrance fees, evening cultural show by Tumen Ekh Folklore Ensemble, local taxes and admission fees.
  • Transport to/from airport

SERVICE EXCLUDES:

  • International flight
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance and repatriation
  • Drinks other than mentioned
  • Your personal expenses during the trip
  • Tips
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival to the airport, meeting with your interpreter and transfer to your hotel. Visit of the city, of the Gandan Monastery and National History Museum. Early evening entertainment with an introduction to Mongolian traditional singing and dancing.Diner in a Mongolian restaurant.

Days 2-3Ulaanbaatar – Murun – Tsaagan Nuur

Flight to Murun, capital city of the Khuvsgul Province. Stop at the local market to buy the last necessary items for the expedition.
Drive north northwest to enter the Tsaatan territory. The road is in bad condition and a halt for the night is necessary.Arrival in Tsaagan
Nuur the next day and meeting with your local Tsaatan guide and his family; last preparations before the expedition; diner and night at the camp.

Days 4-8Expedition in Tsaatan territory

Start of the expedition. You leave the camp on horse with your local Tsaatan guide and packhorses, in the taiga, in direction of the first reindeer herding family. The aim of the expedition is to encounter 2 to 3 reindeer herding families, share their way of life, learn about life in the taiga, and about reindeer herding; maybe an encounter with a shaman and an initiation to shamanism during a ritual. Unfortunately, such encounter cannot be guaranteed, nor planned. Return to the camp of your local guide on the 8th day

Days 9-10 Lac Tsagaan Nuur - Khuvsgul Lake

2 days drive back to the Khuvsgul Lake. Halt for the first night

Day 11Khuvsgul Lake

Day of rest at the lake. Horse trek on its banks, through forest of pines and larches, flocks of yacks and sheep. Some izbas – wooden dwellings belonging to the herders – are built on the edges of the lagoon.

Days 12-13Khuvsgul Lake - Shin Ider – Terkhiin Tsaagan Nuur

2 days drive to reach Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur “White Lake.” The track winds on mountainous and hilly grounds covered with forests of conifers, before to continue through a volcanic landscape as you enter the Arkhangai region, one of the nicest in Mongolia. Crossing of high altitude passes and numerous halts along the way. Encounter with a nomad family.

Day 14Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur – Tsenkher’s Thermal Springs

Drive to Tsenkher to take an afternoon bath in the hot water springs. Its sulphurous water springs out at 86.5°C and is renowned for its medicinal virtues.

Day 15Tsenkher – Karakorum

Arrival to Kharkhorum, Genghis Khan’s legendary imperial city and visit of Erdene Zuu and 108 stupas, Mongolia’s most important Buddhist monastery. The monastery dates back to the 16th C. and was built on the ruins of the ancient imperial city

Day 16Kharkorum - Khugnu Khan Natural Park - Khustain Nuruu

Last stop on the road back to Ulaanbaatar. Before to arrive to Khustai Nuruu, halt to visit Uvgun Temple in Khugnu Khan Natural Park. Khugnu Khan’s ecosystem is the result of the encounter between steppe and desert, and is also nicknamed ‘Little Gobi.’ Departure for Khustain Nuruu in the afternoon. The park is renowned for the successful reinsertion of the mythical Prjewalski horses. Evening observation of the horses in their pastures and walk through the forests of larches.

Day 17Khustain Nuruu - UB

Drive back to UB where you arrive early afternoon. Back to the hotel and session at the spa to recover from the trek. Shopping for souvenirs and cashmeres followed by diner in town. Farewell diner in town with your interpreter and driver.

Day 18Departure

Transfer to the airport