Reindeer Spirit

Unforgettable tour to the pristine lake Khuvsgul. The lake holds the 2% of the world’s fresh water reserve. On this tour you will also visit extinct volcano and natural hot spring.

Route:

Ulaanbaatar-Hustain Nuruu-Fly to Murun-Ulaanbaatar

Duration:

12 nights / 13 days

Price From:

US$ 2588

Region:

Northern Mongolia, Central Mongolia

Tour highlights:

Hustain Nuruu, Lake Khuvsgul, Taiga, Tsaatan family, Reindeer people, Tsagaan Nuur

Available:

16th of July – 28th of July / 2020

  • Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
  • Day 2. Khustain Nuruu National Park (L/D)
  • Day 3. Fly to Murun.Khuvsgul Lake (B/L/D)
  • Day 4. Khuin River. (B/L/D)
  • Day 5. Tsagaan Nuur. (B/L/D)
  • Day 6. Horse Riding to Taiga. (B/L/D)
  • Day 7-8. TAIGA. (B/L/D)
  • Day 9. Riding out of Taiga. (B/L/D)
  • Day 10. Khuvsgul Lake. (B/L/D)
  • Day 11. Khuvsgul Lake. (B/L/D)
  • Day 12. Fly to Ulaanbaatar. (B)
  • Day 13. Departure. (B)

Day 1/ July 16 (Thu).                           Arrival

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver. Transfer to a hotel. If time permits optional half or full day city sightseeing is available on request.

Day 2/ July 17 (Fri).                            Khustain Nuruu National Park (240km)

Drive to Khustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park in search of Przewalski horses (takhi), the only species of wild horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary on reintroduction of the Przewalsky horses in 1993 after their extinction in mid-1950s. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel for overnight (L).

Day 3/ July 18 (Sat).                            Murun/ Khuvsgul Lake (120km)

Transfer to airport for a domestic flight to Murun town. Upon arrival in Murun, visit a local market and continue drive to Khuvsgul Lake. Visit Deer Stones on the way. Arrive at the Ger camp at lunch time and check in. (If the flight is delayed, we will have lunch in Murun town restaurant). Visit a local herding family. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (LD).

Day 4/ July 19 (Sun).                            Khuin River

Drive to Khuin river for around eight hours. Packed lunch on the way. The standard Ger camp is located next to Khuin river rich with fish. The group can bring fishing equipment and pay for the fishing permit to go fishing (Catching / release of fish is very common). Overnight stay in a Ger camp (BLD).

Day 5/ July 20 (Mon).                          Tsagaan Nuur

Morning drive to Tsagaan Nuur soum. Here we get introduced to the Tsaatan Community Visitor Center (TCVC), a one-of-a-kind facility owned and operated by the reindeer herding community. Its services are modestly priced and tourism incomes are fairly distributed and dedicated to the sustainability of this small community as a whole. This ethnic group is called Dukha. Overnight stay in a local Ger camp called Tsagaan Nuur Resort. Optional kayaking and boating is available on request with your own expense (BLD).

Day 6/ July 21 (Tue).                           Horse riding to Taiga

After an early breakfast, drive to Khogorgo River, the drop off point at the edge of the taiga where our local horse guides with their horses will meet the group. Here, the group will start the horse riding into the taiga. The riding will take place in open and wooded terrain with lots of mud, puddles, almost entirely at a walking pace. Luggage and camping equipment of the group will be carried by pack horses led by local herders. As you ride accompanied by the guides, you will pass from a steppe (grassland) into a taiga (dense forest). In the evening, arrive at Dukha community encampment. Overnight stay in a tent or teepee- lookalike traditional gers next to a reindeer herding family (BLD).

Day 7 – 8/ July 22-23 (Wed, Thu).       Taiga

Full day to enjoy your stay in a taiga forest. There is a chance to meet with reindeer herding families and explore their unique way of life, play with children and learn how they make dairy products out of reindeer milk. You will have plenty of opportunities to interact with and familiarize yourselves with Dukha families. Overnight stay in a Tent next to the reindeer herding family (BLD).  

Day 9/ July 24 (Fri).                            Riding out of the Taiga

On this day the group will bid farewell to the reindeer herding families and ride back to Tsagaan Nuur village. Full day horse riding to Taiga Tour camp. Overnight stay in a Ger or cabin camp. Opportunity to enjoy a nice hot shower (BLD).  

Day 10/ July 25 (Sat).                          Khuvsgul Lake                                                           

After early breakfast, drive to Khuvsgul lake. Stay overnight in a Ger camp (BLD).

Day 11/ July 26 (Sun).                          Khuvsgul Lake

Relaxing day on the shore of Lake Khuvsgul. Optional boating and horse riding available. Stay overnight in a Ger camp (BLD).

Day 12/ July 27 (Mon).                        Ulaanbaatar

After the early breakfast, drive to Murun and catch a domestic flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel for check in. (B)

Day 13/ July 28 (Tue)                          Departure

Transfer to the railway station or airport for international departure (B).

TOUR AVAILABLE DATES:

  • GROUP 1: 16th of July – 28th of July / 2020

Package price does not include accommodations in Ulaanbaatar:

  • From 2588 USD per person

Group size:

  • Minimum 3pax
  • Maximum 15pax

Single Supplement in Ger camp:

  • Single occupancy in ger camps 120 USD per person

Include:

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • English-speaking guide at all times
  • In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps and tents
  • All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
  • Park entrance fees
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • 1 liter of drinking water per day per person 

Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar, hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services, travel insurance, medical insurance, visa application fees, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as items of personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.

Since the trip will be in the mountainous, high-altitude region of Mongolia, and the weather can be very unpredictable and you might even experience snow, we kindly suggest you to bring the following:

  • Warm coat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear / long johns
  • Woolen jumper
  • Woolen socks
  • Sleeping bag (rated for -10°C to -15°C)

Please bring the above in addition to your usual gear and items for such a trip.