ADVENTURES WITH REINDEER
‘Adventures with Reindeer’ package tour gives travelers an opportunity to discover unique culture of the world’s last surviving reindeer herding tradition. Once you join this tour, you will expand your view of life by perceiving how people could live in co-existence with the nature even in the modern world. If you are an eco-friendly traveler, we can proudly say that you are in the right path to what you want with this tour. Join this tour, and refill your energy with reindeer herders’ positive vibes.
- Ulaanbaatar city tour
- Nomadic family visit
- Horse riding
- Taiga forest exploring
- Reindeer herders’ family visit
- Reindeer riding
- Milking reindeer
- Wilderness in the Darkhad Depression
- Khuvsgul lake excursion(s): horse riding, boat cruise or kayaking
Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar city
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city, our driver and English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in downtown. After you settled in, we will start city tour by visiting Sukhbaatar’s square. The Square is in the center of Ulaanbaatar, in front of the Mongolian Parliament House. Across from the central square, we will visit the National Museum of Mongolia, the biggest museum with over 54000 exhibitions from prehistoric period till 21st century. Our next stop will be Zaisan Hill Memorial. This hill provides a panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Flight to Murun, Khuvsgul and drive to Tsagaan nuur
After breakfast at the hotel, our team will pick you up from your hotel, and take you to the airport for domestic flight to Murun, a provincial town of Northern Mongolia. After your arrival in Murun, our local driver will pick you up from Murun airport with his guaranteed 4WD vehicle and drive to a nomadic family in Tsagaan Nuur soum, the northern most soum of Mongolia. En route to the nomadic family, you will enjoy the stunning backdrop as you drive around 6 hours north, towards the breathtaking alpine like scene. Once we reach the home of nomadic family, you have an opportunity to learn about their lifestyle including how they milk cows, how they take care for their herds in the vast pasture land, and also you will get a chance to try what nomadic people do in their daily life. Overnight in a ger with nomadic family.
Day 3. Horse trek to taiga, the home of reindeer herders
Today we will have breakfast with nomadic family, then load our luggage on a horseback, and head to the Taiga forest by horse. This is the only way to reach Taiga. Approximately 6 hours of horseback riding, we will reach the Taiga forest, and meet the Reindeer herders’ family. En route to the Taiga, we will cross rivers and marshy mountains covered by dense forest. Once we reach there, we will meet one of the reindeer herders’ family and learn about their life in the Taiga region. Overnight in a teepee in the Northern Mongolian Taiga.
Day 4. A day with reindeer herders
Today we will spend the whole day for perceiving the reindeer herders’ culture, heritage, and experience what reindeer herders do in their daily life deep in the Taiga forest. Tsaatan people, the reindeer herders are national minorities who live in Taiga forest in the most northern part of Mongolia. They have their own unique culture, language and even an interesting religion. In northern Mongolia, there are totally over 350 reindeer people from about 40 families and approximately over 2300 reindeers exist. Their way of life is to herd reindeers, provide benefits of their reindeers and hunting. Overnight in a teepee in the Northern Mongolian Taiga.
Day 5. Horse trekking back to Tsagaan nuur soum
It is time to say goodbye to the reindeer and reindeer herders’ family, then load our luggage on the horseback for head back to our vehicle in the Tsagaan Nuur soum. At the end of the day, we will greet our horse herder’s family. Overnight in a ger with the family in Tsagaan Nuur soum.
Day 6. Drive to Khuvsgul lake
After breakfast, we will pack up and drive to Khuvsgul Lake. Along the way to the lake we will pass through Darkhad depression, which has an alpine like landscape including snow-capped sumptuous mountains, turquoise blue lakes, and freely grazing animals through green valleys. Khuvsgul lake is the deepest and the 2nd most voluminous freshwater lake in Asia. The lake is surrounded by snow topped mountain ranges from its west side, and by flat topped mountains with slopping mountainsides, covered by forest from east side. Once we reach Khuvsgul Lake, we will check-in to our ger camp on the west shore of the lake which means you will see the view of the lake just outside of your ger’s door. Overnight in a ger camp on the lake shore.
Day 7. Day at Khuvsgul lake
We will have breakfast at the camp, and today you have options for the excursion including boat cruise of approximately 1 hour in the lake, horse trekking on the lake shore averagely 1 hour or kayaking in the lake. In the afternoon, you have time to relax on the lake shore. Overnight in a ger camp on the lake shore.
Day 8. Flight back to Ulaanbaatar city
Early morning, we will have a breakfast at the camp, and head back to Murun, a provincial town for domestic flight back to Ulaanbaatar city. We will arrive in the capital city in the afternoon, and you have time for visiting world’s number one cashmere store and Mongolian souvenir shops or relaxing in your hotel until dinner. In the evening, our farewell dinner will take place in a restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9. Departure
Today is the end of the Adventures with Reindeer tour. Our team will transfer you to the airport in time for your international flight. Have a nice trip back to your home and thank you for choosing ELT Mongolian tours.
- Accommodation (twin based): 2 nights in 4 – star hotel, 2 nights in ger camps, 2 nights in nomadic family’s ger, 2 nights in teepee
- Domestic airfare
- Guiding and interpreting service
- Full board meals
- Transportation: vehicle 4x4 or minivan
- Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
- Museums and cultural performance
- Sleeping bags, and matt
- Cooking equipment
- Camping equipment
- Border permits
- Pack animal rental
- International airfare
- Personal equipment
- Optional activity cost
- Excess baggage charges
- Alcoholic drinks
- Travel insurance
TOUR PRICE /per person/ USD
- 2 pax 2229 USD
- 3-5 pax 1970 USD
- 6-9 pax 1882 USD
- 10-14 pax 1834 USD
- 15+ pax 1819 USD