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Tsaatan Reindeer Herders tour & Duka Culture
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In deep taiga - tsaatan tribe

Tsaatan – Reindeer Herders Tour

$1100

per person

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

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Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Availability: September to April
Group size: min 2
Physical rating: Easy
Accommodation: 2 nights in local standard hotel, 2 nights in guesthouse and 3 nights in Tsaatan teepee hut
Activities: Sightseeing / Horse riding / Tsaatan – Local living

Tour Highlights

– Journey to Tsaatan reindeer herders– indigenous nomadic tribes
Ride reindeers and assist daily chores of milking reindeers, cheese making and herding
Horseback riding in Taiga forest (end of Siberia)
Sleep in teepee – Tsaatan hut with the Tsaatan nomads
Meet Shaman and learn from ancient Mongolian spiritual beliefs

Tour Map

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  • Pricing
    Per Person
  • 2 person
    USD 1380
  • 3 to 4 person
    USD 1100
  • 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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Day 1: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia & Free Day

city sightseeing Ger district
  • Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Capital of Mongolia
  • Our driver will transfer you from Chinggis Khaan International Airport (check available services at the airport to your hotel (30-45 minutes)
  • Free day in Ulaanbaatar (you can explore the city on your own – check suggested attractions to visit in Ulaanbaatar or book our city day tour)
  • Meals: No Meal
  • Accommodation: Check our suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar (we can book it without service charge)
  • Distance: 30-40 minutes ride to the city center depending on city traffic
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Day 2 : Amarbayasgalant Monastery + Erdenet city

amarbayasgalant monastery in central mongolia erdenezuu monastery
  • Pick up from your hotel and drive to Northern Mongolia
  • Visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery; one of the three largest Buddhist monastic centers in Mongolia
  • Enjoy the picturesque Mongolian steppes during the journey
  • Arrive in Erdenet city second biggest city with Mongolia – Russian joint big copper mine
  • Meals: Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Standard local hotel (double occupancy)
  • Distance: 6 hours’ drive on paved road
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Day 3 : Murun city, capital of Khuvsgul Province

islands in lake Khuvgul flora & fauna in lake khovsgol
  • Drive to Murun city; one of the largest town with more than 30,000 residents
  • Explore Murun city visiting open market
  • Overnight in Murun city
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Standard local hotel (double occupancy)
  • Distance: 7-8 hours’ drive on paved road
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Day 4 : Ulaan Uul & Tsagaan Nuur Village – East Taiga

reindeer in North Mongolia a journey to reindeer
  • Drive to Tsagaan nuur village via Ulaan uul soum
  • Witness beauty of Khoridol Saridag Mountain and Darkhad valley
  • Enjoy stopover at 13-ovoo – Shamanic ritual cairn place
  • Rough ride through the mountain pass and river valley
  • Arrive in Tsaatan community
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teepee – tsaatan hut
  • Distance: 8 hours on rough dirt road
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Day 5 : Live with Tsaatan reindeer herders

reindeer in North Mongolia Tsaatan - duka family
  • Learn daily chores of Tsaatan tribes
  • Assist herding, linking reindeers and cooking with them
  • Shaman meeting – learn from the ritual and ask fortune
  • Bonfire under a blanket of stars
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teepee – tsaatan hut
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Day 6 : Live with Tsaatan reindeer herders

reindeer herder family in the teepee reindeer herder family in northern mongolia
  • Learn daily chores of Tsaatan tribes
  • Assist herding, linking reindeers and cooking with them
  • Shaman meeting – learn from the ritual and ask fortune
  • Bonfire under a blanket of stars
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teepee – tsaatan hut
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Day 7 : Lake Khuvsgul – Freshest Lake of Mongolia

ice festival of Mongolia ice lake northern mongolia
  • Drive to Lake Khuvsgul – Switzerland of Mongolia
  • Enjoy the beauty of the lake and forest
  • Opportunity to ride horse sledding when the lake is frozen & walk on pure iced water surface (frozen up to 1 meters during winter season from December to March)
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Distance: 7 hours on dirt road
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Day 8 : Uran Togoo – Dormant Volcano

dormant volcano Uran Mongolian road in winter
  • Explore dormant Uran Togoo volcano with hike or climb
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Guesthouse
  • Distance: 6 hours on paved road
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Day 9: Ulaanbaatar

  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Check our suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar (we can book it without service charge)
  • Distance: 7 hours on paved road
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Day 10 : Departure

End of tour. Departure from Chinggis Khaan International Airport. Our tour driver will drop you off at the airport approx. 3 hours before your scheduled flight. We are happy to extend your trip to the other destinations of Mongolia (the Gobi desert, Central Mongolia, Western Mongolia & Eagle Hunters and Eastern Mongolia). Book your trip extension with us and enjoy 5-20% discount for loyalty!

FAQ

We provide excellent accommodation, transportation and quality of service as listed below.

AVAILABILITY ACCOMMODATION
    Tourist Ger camp : Comfort level
    You will stay in excellent tourist Ger camps which a traditional hotel that provides Ger (yurt –round shape dwelling) as a hotel room and is usually located near the tourist attractions. The standard toilet, shower and bathroom facilities are provided.
    Nomad family stay in Guest Ger : Unique
    You will experience authentic nomad homestay enjoying hearty meals and drinks with local helping the nomad with daily chores from milking cow, processing dairy products (cooking milk, preparing butter) and rounding up livestock. Based on twin to quadruple occupancy, Guest ger are equipped with beds, sink to wash and table with chairs but no standard toilet, tape water, shower and electricity are provided.
    Local hotel & Guesthouse
    Local hotels & guesthouse have different standards but mostly basic. We use the best and clean local hotel & guesthouses in the region.
MEALS
    We will cater authentic Mongolian and fusion meals as well as European meals during your travel. Special dietary requests such vegetarian, gluten-free and religious meals are available upon request in advance.
TRANSPORTATION & ROAD CONDITION
    Depending on the number of people, we provide 4WD car with A/C including Land cruiser, Lexus jeep and Mitsubishi Delica for comfort and efficiency. More less half of the Mongolian road is dirt and off-beaten. Depending on day-to-day program, we drive on asphalt and dirt road for as little as a couple of hours up to six hours with pleasant stops for toilet, photographs and stretching.
BOOKING & PAYMENT
    To book this tour please complete our online booking form here. To confirm your booking, we require 30% deposit payment via online payment (VISA, MASTER) or bank transfer and balance is expected to be made in 30 days prior to your tour departure. There is no extra card payment or hidden fee. Check our terms and conditions.
WHAT TO PACK
    Travel documents, warm coat/jacket and layers, hiking shoes, raincoat, rubber slippers, sunglasses, sunblock, bandana, lip balm, hat, insect repellent, travel medicine and standard toiletries
    Camera, camera accessories, USB charger, e-book readers, walking stick if necessary, led head torch