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HORSE RIDING TOUR TO REINDEER PEOPLE


DURATION: 11N/12D
HORSE RIDING DAYS: 5
AVAILABLE: 10/MAY-15/SEPT
TOUR GRADE: MODERATE

Highlights of the tour

  • Explore Mongolia by horse riding
  • Learn nomadic life
  • Chances to take photography
  • Mongolian traditional BBQ
  • Mongolian traditional concert

Tour introduction

In northern Mongolia behind a wall of mountains, sits a harsh but mystical landscape of prairie, forest, and a few hundred lakes scattered over a wide plain called the Darkhad Depression. Deer, wild boar, squirrel, beaver, otter, ermine, marten, sable and wolf inhabit the region.
The difficult access to the region ensures the unique Tsaatan people, who are among the inhabitants of the valleys, are able to continue their traditional lifestyle. Their daily life is largely dependant on domesticated reindeer, which they keep for riding, transport and for their meat and milk. Reindeer hides are used for making clothing and covering teepees. Here is one of Mongolia's last refuges of shamanism. Let’s do the unique tour!



Day by day itineraries

Day1. Arrive in Mongolia and city tour in Ulaanbaatar (Abbreviation: UB) (D)

We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After some rest at the hotel we will visit to the National History museum and see Mongolian traditional show at 6 o’clock. After dinner, we will transfer you to the hotel. Stay in hotel***

Day2. Flight to Northern Mongolia and drive to Beltes river (B/L/D)

This morning take an hour and a half flight to Murun town in Northern Mongolia. Upon arrival meet with a support team of driver(s), cook(s) and a guide and head north to Darkhad depression. Soon after leaving Murun the landscape changes from hilly steppe to wooded mountains. Our destination today is the Beltesriver. Rivers in this area and in Mongolia in general are small and shallow occasionally drying up but during the rainy season they rapidly rise and at times burst their banks. On arrival to the Beltesriver we erect our tented camp. Dinner and overnight in tents. (About 80kms)

Day3. Traverse the Darkhad Depression to Tsagaan Nuur village (B/L/D)

The Darkhad (meaning those exempt from taxes) ethnic people account for the majority of the local population. Higher levels of rainfall compared to the rest of Mongolia supports alpine wetlands across which we make our way on grassy jeep tracks and on dirt road. White felt covered tents known as 'gers' and many herds of yaks, sheep and horses dot the surroundings. We can stop a couple of times at Darkhad herding families and get a bit more than a glance of a way of life which seemingly has not changed since hundreds of years. We will meet our horsemen and prepare for the horse riding for 3 days. Overnight in tents (About 180kms)

Day4-5. Horseback riding to Tsaatan's herding camps (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast our 3 day adventures will start. Riding the sturdy Mongolian horses is a style different from that of the West. Broken in at the age of 2 or 3 they listen to a different set of commands and, respond to a different behavior on the rider's end. Riding will be in open and wooded terrain with lots of mud puddles, almost entirely at a walking pace. Your entire luggage and camping equipments will be carried by pack horses driven by local residents. As you ride accompanied by the guides you will pass from a steppe (grassland) ecosystem, into a taiga (boreal forest) ecosystem, delineated by a distinct change in vegetation and topography. The horsemen will be a resident of the taiga you visit, and will be intimately familiar with the routes, history, and people of that region. Evening arrival to the Tsaatan's herding camp. Overnight in teepees and tents (About 40kms for 2 days)

Day6. Day in taiga in the Tsaatan's herding camp (B/L/D)

A full day to allow you to meet families, explore the stunning taiga ecosystem, and learn about Tsaatan life and traditions. You may play games with children, learn to cook bread, listen to storytelling, take a nature walk, go berry picking, or swim in the chilly lakes and rivers of the taiga. You may as well help with basic tasks around camp to experience a slice of daily life although many activities are best left to the herders and you should be prepared to ask questions or sit back, be quiet and observe.

Day7-8. Return ride to TCVC, Tsagaan Nuur village (B/L/D)

We say good-byes to our hosts and ride back to the Tsagaan Nuur village. Overnight in tent (About 40kms)

Day9. Khuvsgul lake (B/L/D) 

Today we will drive to Khuvsgul Lake, close to the Siberian border. Here you have the opportunity to truly understand the Mongolian way of life. Lake Khuvsgul is the second largest freshwater lake in the world, after Lake Baikal so be prepared to be impressed. Overnight ger camp (About 220kms)

Day10. Leisure day in the Khuvsgul lake (B/L/D) 

Free day to explore the area. We will make some hiking and horse riding. Stay in ger camp

Day11. Fly to UB (B/L)

We will drive back to UB and fly to UB. If we have time, we will do shopping or short city tour. Stay in hotel***

Day12. Departure (B) 

Transfer to the airport for your departure.

THANKS FOR JOINING US


Inclusion 

All transportation listened in the itinerary
Twin share accommodation: hotel*** , tents and ger camp
Three meals per day
Services of English speaking guide
All taxes and entrance fees to the protected areas
Sightseeing cost
All transfers between airport and hotel
Horse riding cost

Exclusion

International transportation
Travel and medical insurance
Alcoholic drinks
Tip
Meals in UB