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Nodamic Tribes Tour

West Mongolia (15 days)

Nodamic Tribes Tour

$2600

per person

Ever think of visiting reindeer herder nomads in Taiga and attending the most popular Eagle festival Mongolia at once?

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If so, we make a special trip available to realize your dream.  Travel to the northern Mongolia, deep into the Taiga forest and stay with reindeer herder nomads in teepee. Enjoy scenic hiking along the shore of Lake Khovsgol and driving through Darkhad valley. The further west we head, more beautiful nature is awaiting for us to discover. From high mountain to lakes depression, desert area and authentic nomad people. Finally we arrive in Ulgii; venue for the biggest Eagle festival and a home of Kazakh culture and hunters with a bird of prey. Witness a unique culture of eagle hunting during the festival and visit the house of eagle hunter. This is truly unique and authentic travel experience !

Departure dates is from 22 September, 2020 to 06 October, 2020. We can also tailor-made the program and match it with your available dates / length of stay.

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  • Pricing
    Per Person
  • 2 person
    USD 3250
  • 3 to 4 person
    USD 2600
  • 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
    Tipping(optional)
    Visa application & fees
    International airfares
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22 SEP, DAY 1: Monastery Amarbayasgalant

This morning Travel Buddies guide and driver will pick you up and head to one of the biggest three Buddhist monasteries called Amarbayasgalant. The monastery built for the first Mongolia’s religious leader Zanabazar in the 18th century and was partly damaged during the communist purge but restoration work has brought the monastery back to something like its former glory. Visit the monastery and learn from the Buddhist culture. Drive to Erdenet city and stay overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: L, D | Distance: 360km-6 hours

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23 SEP, DAY 2: Lake Khovsgol

This morning we will drive to Khatgal town in Khovsgol Province. Travel to the lake Khovsgol; with clear crystal water contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water. The lake is surrounded by high mountain chains, thick pine forests and rich in wildlife. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building). Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp | Meals: B, L, D | Distance: 500km-7.5 hours

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24 SEP, DAY 3: Lake Khovsgol

Today we will explore the lake hiking to the one of the cliffs to see a panoramic view. Enjoy the scenery and leisure time in the tourist Ger camp located by the shore side. Overnight in tourist Ger camp (2 share Yurt with single beds, shower/bathroom in a separate building). Accommodation: Tourist Ger camp | Meals: B, L, D 

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25 SEP, DAY 4: Drive to Tsagaan Nuur Village

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

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26 SEP, DAY 5: 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 our host family and settle in your teepee next to them. Accommodation: Nomad family | Meals: B, L, D 

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27 SEP, DAY 6: Learn from Duka culture

Spend a memorable day with reindeer herder family sharing a daily life and helping 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 

 
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28 SEP, DAY 7: 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 & shishged river valley ; rich in fish and wild life. Stay overnight in guesthouse in Ulaan-uul town. Accommodation: Local guesthouse | Meals: B, L, D | Distance: 200km

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29 SEP, DAY 8: Murun; 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

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30 SEP, DAY 9: Zavkhan Province

We head to north west making our way to the western Mongolia. Leaving the forest zone, we will travel through small lakes, barren hills, mountain and desert area. Stay overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D 

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01 OCT, DAY 10: Uvs province

Continue our ride to Uvs province; area with lakes depression and snow capped mountain. Visit lake Khyargas; a salt lake in the Great lakes basin of Western Mongolia on our way to Ulaangom town where we stay overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D 

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02 OCT, DAY 11: Ulgii town and city tour

Drive to Ulgii town; a homeland of eagle hunters and Kazakh culture. Visit bazaar, mosque and city museum. Stay overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D

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03 OCT, DAY 12: Golden Eagle Festival Commences

Get to the Golden Eagle Festival field not far from Ulgii town (15kms), surrounded by Altai high mountains. The festival commences with Eagle hunter’s participants parade and their outfit’s show. Feast your eyes on eagle hunters’ unique outfit and accessories. The first competition challenges hunters’ and eagles’ speed and alertness as the owner calls the eagle from the distance and the eagle distinguishes him/her flying and landing upon their arms. Experience authentic challenges among participants from a 13 years old child to the old men who traveled even over hundreds of km for the festival. Overnight in a local hotel. Enjoy a Kazakh traditional concert to be held in a theatre. Stay overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D

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04 OCT, DAY 13: Competition | Final day of festival

The day is full of surprises, including various challenges, winners’ announcement and more. The challenge calls Golden eagle to attack fox skin that dragged by their owners on horseback and judge on their speed and technique. Discover how Golden eagles are good at hunting with the help of their owner’s alertness. Another unique competition challenges Kazakhs play; a traditional game challenges horse-riding skill and strength. Cherish winners of the festival and share their victory. Also beautiful dressed couples will be awarded among participants. Venture into a small exhibit; colorful local’s art crafts that offer wonderful gifts. Have a celebration dinner. Overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D

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05 OCT, DAY 14: Hunting with eagle in the mountain

Today we will visit eagle hunter family living out of Ulgii town and spend a day learning from their lifestyle and unique tradition. After short drive through mountain valley and crossing river we will arrive the family Ger and go to the mountain for hunting with eagle hunter and golden eagle. The hunter will share the ancient practice of finding, training and hunting with bird of prey. Return to Ulgii and stay overnight in a local hotel. Accommodation: Local hotel | Meals: B, L, D

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06 OCT, DAY 15: Flight to UB

Take a local flight to Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel you arranged. Meals: B, L

Tour Location

Travel to the northern Mongolia, deep into the Taiga forest and stay with reindeer herder nomads in teepee. Enjoy scenic hiking along the shore of Lake Khovsgol and driving through Darkhad valley. The further west we head, more beautiful nature is awaiting for us to discover. From high mountain to lakes depression, desert area and authentic nomad people. Finally we arrive in Ulgii; venue for the biggest Eagle festival and a home of Kazakh culture and hunters with a bird of prey.

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