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11 days / 10 night
Availability : 01 Jan - 31 Dec
Ulaanbaatar City
Ulaanbaatar City
Min Age : 12
Max People : 4

Operated By Tour Mongolia

Tour Details

Get ready to discover the Tsaachin community on this remote adventure to the Siberian taiga near the border with Russia, home to the last few remaining families of teepee-dwelling reindeer herders– the Tsaachin. Ride on horseback to reach their camp location, stay among them in Teepees, learn their traditions, meet a Shaman and tend to, and ride reindeer. This unique expedition ventures to a very remote area, not accessible by vehicles, and all the supplies, camping equipment, and provisions will be carried by pack horses. A cook and local Tsaachin guide will accompany you. Upon return from Taiga, stay two nights at the beautiful Lake Khuvsgul.

Departure & Return Location

Ulaanbaatar – Ulaanbaatar

Departure Dates

25 August 2023 -03 September 2023

26 August 2023 -04 September 2023

27 August 2023 -05 September 2023

28 August 2023 -06 September 2023

29 August 2023 -07 September 2023

30 August 2023- 08 September 2023

31 August 2023 -09 September 2023

01 September 2023 -10 September 2023

02 September 2023 -11 September 2023

03 September 2023 -12 September 2023

04 September 2023 -13 September 2023

05 September 2023 -14 September 2023

06 September 2023 -15 September 2023

07 September 2023 16 September 2023

08 September 2023 -17 September 2023

09 September 2023 -18 September 2023

10 September 2023 -19 September 2023

11 September 2023 -20 September 2023

12 September 2023 -21 September 2023

13 September 2023- 22 September 2023

14 September 2023 -23 September 2023

15 September 2023- 24 September 2023

16 September 2023 -25 September 2023

17 September 2023 -26 September 2023

18 September 2023 -27 September 2023

19 September 2023 -28 September 2023

20 September 2023 -29 September 2023

21 September 2023 -30 September 2023

22 September 2023 -01 October 2023

23 September 2023 -02 October 2023

24 September 2023 -03 October 2023

25 September 2023 -04 October 2023

 

Price Includes

  • Accommodation During the journey, you will be staying at a beautiful ger camp, tent, guesthouse and Teepee.
  • GuideAt Tour Mongolia, we believe that a good guide is essential to the enjoyment of any trip. Your guide will be an English speaking guide by default, but we can also provide a German-speaking guide - please email us your preference. Your guide will be handpicked by us to suite your itinerary and requirements. Each guide is personally briefed on all elements of the trip. The guide details will be sent prior to your tour.
  • FlightsYou will be flying to the north from Ulaanbaatar and will fly back to Ulaanbaatar by a domestic airline.
  • TransportIn the countryside, the Russian 4WD van will be your transportation. These 4x4 vehicles are specifically tuned for the rough off-roading that's inevitable when traveling in the wilds of Mongolia. They provide good seats and are well maintained while offering good luggage space, seat belts and speed. Horse trekking is one of the main adventures in this tour, so horse trekking is a necessary activity. You will be packing your items on the pack of horses and trek to the Tsaachin community.

Price Excludes

  • Insurance
  • Optional
  • Additional Services
Itinerary
Start and end in Ulaanbaatar! With the Active Adventure tour On Horseback to Mystical Taiga, you have a 11 days tour package taking you through Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and 4 other destinations in Mongolia. On Horseback to Mystical Taiga includes accommodation, flights, an expert guide, transport.

Day 1CITY TOUR - WELCOME DINNER

Our representatives will greet you at the airport and will transport you to your hotel or guest house
in Ulaanbaatar.
After checking in, you will have time to rest before having dinner at a modern Mongolian restaurant.

Day 2FLY TO MURUN AND DRIVE INTO THE WILDERNESS

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be met by your driver in the morning (departure will be
confirmed as soon as when you book the trip), transfer to the airport and fly north to Murun in the
northern region of Mongolia. The flight is just over an hour, and upon landing, you will meet by our
local driver. Take a stroll around town and the local market, then have lunch in a local eatery. Then
in the afternoon, board the off-road vehicle and set off north-west towards the mystical Taiga. You
will camp halfway, and the exact campsite location will depend on weather conditions. You will
camp tonight among the scenic hills and forested valleys, around the midpoint to the Taiga’s
boundary. In the evening, enjoy the freshly prepared dinner.

Travel details: 1.5hrs flight to Murun; 3-4 hrs/70-120km

Accommodation: Tent

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3OFF-ROAD DRIVE TO TSAGAANNUUR AND GER STAY

In the morning pack up the tents and continue the scenic off-road drive to Tsagaannuur a remote
outpost village located at the boundary of the taiga. The drive may be anywhere between 6 to 8
hours, the exact time will depend on weather and trail conditions. You will stay tonight in a
guesthouse that has showers. while you rest in the camp, your guide will arrange border permits
that will be required for tomorrow.
Travel details: 6-8 hrs/170km
Accommodation: Guesthouse; Tsagaannuur Village
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 ENTER TAIGA AND TREK ON HORSEBACK

After breakfast in the guesthouse drive 20 km to the meeting point with your local Tsaatan guides,
crossing a river. This is the furthest point for a 4WD vehicular access – it’s on horseback or by foot
from now on only. After preparing the horses and packing all the equipment and supplies there will
be a brief instruction on horseback riding, after which mount your horse and enter the taiga. Pack
horses will carry all the luggage, equipment and provisions, and you will be accompanied by a local
cook, Tsaatan wranglers, and your Mongolian guide. Depending on the time of the year, the ride
may take from 3 to 7 hours as Tsaatan tribes are nomadic, and change their location frequently.
Once you arrive, meet your host family of reindeer herders and spend the evening together
socializing by their Teepee. This is also a good time to exchange gifts. After dinner, enjoy your first
night sleeping in a Teepee.

Travel details: 30 mins/20km; 3-6 hrs/on horseback or hiking

Accommodation: Teepee

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5VISITING TSAACHIN COMMUNITIES

Spend today with the Tsaachin family and learn about their way of life, their customs, and
traditions. You may have an opportunity to venture out to visit another family living nearby too, and
depending on your guides’ decision, you may spend tonight with them too. Today is also an
excellent time for taking in the breathtaking scenery of the taiga and for photography. You will also
be able to help with reindeer milking or herding – and you may also be able to try to ride one.

Travel details: Explore around the Tsaachin Community

Accommodation: Teepee

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6VISITING TSAACHIN COMMUNITIES

Today continue your interaction with the Tsaachin families, and explore the area on the horseback.
In the evening you will ride visit an authentic local shaman. Shamanism was banned for 70 years
under the communist rule but prevailed in these remote parts. Tsaachin considers the Shamanism
not as a religion, but rather as a way to communicate with the souls of people who lived long ago.
The shamanic ritual usually takes place around midnight (If their spirit is not willing they do not do
the ritual) – enjoy your evening around the campfire under the vast Mongolian sky.
Overnight stay in a shared Teepee. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared by our cook.

Travel details: Explore around the Tsaachin Community

Accommodation: Teepee

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7HORSE TREK - RETURN TO TSAGAANNUUR

Today you will part with your Tsaatchin hosts and ride back to the meeting point with the vehicle.
You need to cover at 15-25km today on the horseback in muddy terrain, which will take a good half
of the day. Continue in the vehicle to Tsagaannuur, where you will stay in the local ger camp again,
and enjoy a restaurant meal and shower, before settling into your gers.

Travel details: 3-6 hrs/on horseback or hiking

Accommodation: Guesthouse;Tsagaannuur

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8OFF ROAD DRIVING

Today you will start the drive back to Khuvsgul. Board the off-road vehicle and stop on the way for
lunch. You will camp in the wilderness halfway to the lake, in a scenic location.

Travel details: 3-4 hrs/70-120km

Accommodation: Tent

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9SUKHBAATAR SHIP TRIP, CYCLING, HIKING AND REST AT KHUVSGUL LAKE

After a rustic breakfast continue the drive to Lake Khuvsgul and arrive in time for lunch in the
village of Khatgal. Afterwards, board the Sukhbaatar ship for the trip (If available) to a vantage point
on the other side of the lake. Climb up and enjoy the views of Khuvsgul Lake and Taiga. After
returning by ship to Khatgal, you will have a chance to go off hiking or cycling on the mountain
bikes you can rent from the camp on trails alongside the lakeshore. In the evening enjoy dinner at
the camp and perhaps some amazing stargazing if the skies are clear.

Travel details: 1-2 hrs boat ride

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 REST DAY AT THE KHUVSGUL LAKE

After a leisurely breakfast explore the town on foot, perhaps visiting the main street, where you can
sample local fish or Huushuur. There are also paddle boats for hire on the shore. If you are up for it,
you can try bathing in the cold waters of the lake, or you can also head off on a mountain bike to
explore the area, those are available for rent from the camp. In the afternoon, just rest at the camp
and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Travel details: –

Accommodation: Ger Camp

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11TRAVEL TO ULAANBAATAR

In the morning we will travel to Murun town for 100kms. Transfer to the domestic airport and take a
flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to your hotel. Shopping for cashmere
and souvenirs. Enjoy a Farewell dinner.
END OF SERVICE
Travel details: 2hrs 100km/1.5hrs flight to UB
Accommodation: Grand Hill Hotel – Standard Room
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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