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A Journey to Reindeer & Duka Culture

In deep taiga (7 days)

A Journey to Reindeer & Duka Culture


per person

Our journey brings you to the Duka tribe from western Taiga who will share their life and unique culture.


Several decades ago due to annexation by Russian empire, reindeer herder nomads originally called “Duka” from Tuva moved to the northern Mongolia; end of Siberian forest surrounded by massive mountain. Ever since, they settled in Taiga and became a minor ethnic group of Mongolia. Duka people move 3 to 4 times a year in search of pasture and suitable weather for their herds of reindeer. They live in teepee “rounded tent” and mostly rely on animal husbandry. The reindeer herders’ tribe consists of only 50 families herding total of 2000 reindeer and living east and west parts of Taiga.

  • Pricing
    Per Person
  • 2 person
    USD 1760
  • 3 to 4 person
    USD 1420
  • More than 4 person
    More attractive price upon request
  • Include
    4WD vehicle transportation
    Bottled water
    Airport pick-up & drop-off
    Meals as indicated
    Fees for activities
    Admission fees
    English speaking guide
    Accommodation as indicated
  • Not Included
    Personal expenses
    Travel insurance
    Visa application & fees
    International airfares

DAY 1: Fly to Khuvsgul Province, Visit Lake Khuvsgul

This morning Travel Buddies guide and driver will pick you up from the accommodation and head to the domestic airport for a local flight to Murun. Upon arrival, our local driver will pick you up and drive to the lake Khuvsgul. This crystal clear lake contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water and is surrounded by high mountain chains, thick pine forests and rich in wildlife. Walk along the shore of lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Stay overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 people share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building). Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp | Meals: L, D 


DAY 2: Drive to Tsagaan Nuur Village through Darkhad Valley

Leaving the lake Khuvsgul, we travel to the Darkhad valley; a home of Darkhad small ethnic group of Mongolia. Journey over high mountain pass, Red Taiga with mountain ranges 2700m above sea level and through Siberian pine and larch forest. Arrive in Tsagaan nuur village after bumpy ride. Stay overnight in local guesthouse. Accommodation: Local guesthouse | Meals: B, L, D | Distance: 7-8 hours


DAY 3: Horse Riding to Tsaatan - Reindeer Herders

This morning we pack everything on horse and get ready for 5-6 hours long horse ride through forest and mountain. Arrive in our host family and settle in your teepee next to them. Accommodation: Nomad family | Meals: B, L, D 


DAY 4: Learn from Duka Culture

Spend a memorable day with reindeer herder family sharing their daily life and helping with herding activities. Experience riding reindeer and milking it. You can photograph the family and reindeer. Stay another night in teepee. Accommodation: Nomad family | Meals: B, L, D


DAY 5: Travel to Tengis & Shigshed River Valley

After breakfast, we leave the family and ride horse back to the Tsagaan nuur village where we meet the driver and continue the trip. Head to Tengis & Shigshed river valley; rich in fish and wild life. Stay overnight in tourist Ger camp. Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp | Meals: B, L, D | Distance: 200km


DAY 6: Murun; Capital of Khuvsgul Province

Today we travel to Murun town. Visit provincial museum to learn more about different ethnic groups living there and natural wonders. Wander around its outdoor market selling local food & products. Have a rest in a local hotel after this wilderness trip. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D | Distance: 150km


DAY 7: Fly to Ulaanbaatar

This afternoon we take a commercial flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we will pick you up and transfer to the hotel you arranged. Meals: B, L | Distance: 1 hour 20 minutes

Tour Location

Our journey brings you to the Duka tribe from western Taiga who will share their life and unique culture.