Spiritual Shaman tour - 14 Days

On this journey across the wide Steppe, and up into the forests of Siberia, Northern parts of Mongolia will be opening the door with a very different edge of the world with reindeer herders who remain connected to nature. Enjoy the hospitality of a shaman in the beautiful Darkhad depression and witness a shamanic ritual to aid you in your journey to spirituality.

Experience this alternative spiritual holiday to the soul of Mongolia’s culture, enjoy the hospitality of the reindeer people, visit the offering place named “Ovoo” and the beautiful Blue Pearl of Mongolia, Khuvsgul lake. This 14-day 13-night tour is a remarkable journey through the untamed landscape of Mongolia, the unexpected, beauty, and extraordinary advances.

Be a part of this entirely unique and different experience of a lifetime filled with amazing memories.

We concentrate on both soul and body healing by visiting beautiful nature, meditating, and body exercise- Yoga, Tai-chi, and of course shamanic ritual.

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Overview

Trip Highlights

  • Epic scenery of southern edge of Siberia
  • Meeting face to face with shaman
  • Witness and be part of a Shamanic Ritual
  • Ride small Mongolian horses to the Taiga forest
  • Be inspired and gain power while meditating in untouched wilderness
  • Visit the stunning Khuvsgul Lake Region
  • Enjoy the hospitality of a local family
  • Witness the everyday life of a nomad Reindeer herder Tribe
  • Charge your “wind horse” , the equal to your soul!

Itinerary

Day 1
Ulaanbaatar City

This day is our international arrival day. Depending on your arrival time we can visit the National history museum with priceless treasures of Mongolian history. We will also visit and explore around the main square of Ulaanbaatar city called Sukhbaatar square located a short walking distance away from our hotel. An authentic folk concert is available in the evening.
Welcome dinner.

📍 Overnight hotel

Day 2
Ulaanbaatar - Murun town - Ujig river valley

This morning we transfer to the airport and take a flight to Murun town. It takes 1 hour. Here, we visit the town and supermarket for some snacks and refreshments as well as offerings for the Ovoo we will visit the next day. We collect border permission, as we will be very close to the Mongolian and Russian border. We set our camp for the night near Ujig river valley.

📍 Overnight tented camping

Day 3
Ujig river valley - Ulaan Uul town

Today we are driving through beautiful mountainous areas and valleys to a local town called Ulaan Uul. We drive via two passes and we will stop at one, where at the 13 Ovoo or the shamanic offering place we can offer some rice or milk for a good journey.
Driving further we will be in the Darkhad Depression, rich with 300 lakes and big rivers. We set our mountain camping site for the night.

📍 Overnight tented camping

Day 4
Ulaan Uul town - Khogorog river valley

Continuing through the beautiful Darkhad depression this day we will visit our shaman’s home in Hogorog River Valley a 4-5 hour drive away from our camping site. You get to meet face to face with the shaman and get to know him, enjoy his company and hospitality.
We will be staying overnight in a ger – traditional Mongolian dwelling, built by the shaman near his own home where he lives with his family and livestock.

📍 Overnight Ger stay

Day 5
Khogorog river valley

Today is our second day with the shaman. After an easy morning, we will meet our shaman again to be a part of a shamanic traditional ritual.

📍 Overnight Ger stay

Day 6
Khogorog river valley - Taiga / Reindeer Tribe camp

After having a brief instruction on riding Mongolian horses, you will get acquainted with your own horse before it is time to set off. Start riding towards Taiga, the region where parts of the Tsaachin communities live. You will be introduced to the amazing world of the reindeer-herding people (Tsaachin).

Due to the road conditions, we cannot use vehicles to reach the area. We transport luggage and food supplies by separately prepared horses. Horse riding today is approx. 2-9 hours.

/Horse riding time depends on the season and the reindeer tribe camp respectively. For specific timing details, check out our blogs tagged under “reindeer tribe information”/

📍 Overnight tee-pee

Day 7
Taiga / Reindeer Tribe Camp

Spend the next day staying amongst the Tsaachin people and experience their everyday life. Learn of their unique traditions such as milking reindeer and processing milk products like cheese.
Spend time talking with the local people and understanding their local culture and how they have managed to maintain such a traditional way of life for so long. Take in the beauty of the larch forest and wildflower patches. Be inspired and gain power while meditating in untouched wilderness.

📍 Overnight tee-pee

Day 8
Taiga / Reindeer Tribe Camp - Khogorog river valley

After breakfast, we ride through the mountains and arrive back at the big river Khogorog. Your mind will be swirling with the incredibly rare experience you have just had over the past few days. We will be staying in ger near the shaman’s home and his farm animals.

📍 Overnight Ger stay

Day 9
Khogorog river valley - Balbirag river valley

After early morning breakfast, we part with the shaman and start our drive through the Darkhad Depression to Tsagaan Nuur town, the most northern town of Mongolia. Then we continue driving to the Balbirag river valley. Basically, this day is concentrated on driving and enjoying the view.

📍 Overnight tended camping

Day 10
Balbirag river valley - Khuvsgul lake

After early breakfast, we drive to Khuvsgul Lake, the deepest lake in Mongolia. We set up our camp near the lakeshore of this freshwater lake also known as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia. A free relaxed evening with some bonfire and relaxed conversation with your group and tour guide.

📍 Overnight tended camping

Day 11
Khuvsgul lake

We spend a full day with a beautiful and relaxing lake view. Perfect opportunity to do some yoga and meditation at the lakeshore, walking, and hiking to the nearby mountain for the full view of the pristine Khuvsgul lake. Overall relaxed day to enjoy the beautiful view.

📍 Overnight tended camping

Day 12
Khuvsgul Lake/ Murun- Uushgiin over (Deer stone Monuments)

Today we head back to Murun town, the center of Khuvsgul province of Mongolia. We visit an ancient site of a burial ground and Deer stones with deer scripts, with a very interesting deer stone with human faces out of the 22 that are here.

📍 Overnight ger camp

Day 13
Murun town - Ulaanbaatar

Early start with breakfast and drive to Murun town to take an internal flight to Ulaanbaatar. We transfer to the hotel and free afternoon with some souvenir shopping and more. With a farewell dinner, we conclude our journey to Mongolia.

📍 Overnight hotel

Day 14
Departure

We will transfer you to your international departure.

Inclusions

  • • All meals mentioned
  • • All Transports mentioned
  • • All accommodation mentioned
  • • Trip Leader/Guides: Professional English speaking tour guide
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Staff meals, accommodation, and other expenses where applicable.
  • • Entrance fees: Entry fees to museums, concerts, monasteries, national parks, and road charges for tourists, staff, and vehicles are also included.
  • • Others: Company support letter to apply for Mongolian visas.

Exlusions

  • • Airport taxes and excess baggage charges
  • • Alcoholic beverages and special diets
  • • Inoculations and personal insurances
  • • International flights and cost of visas
  • • Optional tours and extensions
  • • Personal expenses i.e. telephone calls, laundry, email, fax, room services.
  • • Personal items and sleeping bags if camping
  • • Single room supplement and sleeping bags
  • • Tips and gratuities / please note that tipping shamans are customary/
  • • Video recording or photography fees at sights

Our most asked questions and answers

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Where will we sleep during the trip?

We will be staying two nights in the Taiga where we will be sleeping in tee-pees. For days at Khogorog river valley, we will stay near the shaman and his family in gers. For the rest of our trip, we will be camping in tents which are designed for 3 seasons. Even during summer, mornings and evenings are quite chilly in the Taiga and mountainous regions, therefore, we will be providing you with warm blankets made of camel wool and waterproof mattress. We highly recommend you bring a warm sleeping bag with you.
For all our days except at the Taiga where we will share the Reindeer Herder’s toilets, we will be setting up our shower tent and toilet tents. In Kharganat, you will be staying in a ger camp.

How many of us will be sleeping in one tent?

Two people will be sharing a tent. We will sort out the rooming to men/women, we will not mix two genders unless the tent mates are partners. If you would like to room alone in a tent, please note that you will be charged a tent-single supplement.

What will I be eating during the trip?

Our professional expedition chef will be preparing both Mongolian and European cuisine for you. Depending on the itinerary of the day for example with lengthy driving, we will also be eating a packed lunch. Please don’t forget to write in our passenger list about your dietary requirements and allergies.
We will be providing you with mineral water, tea, and brewed coffee, but soda and juice will not be provided.

What more can we do throughout the tour?

In the mornings, if you get up early, you can go on a walk, meditate, do some yoga or even read books.
During our drives, you will see stunning landscapes and visit hospitable nomadic families who are happy to share their dairy products such as fermented milk with guests. You will get to taste extraordinary cheese made from reindeer milk at the Taiga as well as getting to know reindeer families. You will witness the stunning view of mountains of unique formation, serene lakes, and lively rivers. Sipping wine near a bonfire in the evenings, sharing memorable moments from our trip, observing the starry sky is indeed a moment one can simply enjoy.

Do we have a tour guide?

Our certified Tour Leaders and Tour guides who have been trained by the Mongolian Professional Tour Guide Association will be with you for the duration of the trip.

I have never ridden a horse before and I am very nervous. What if I fall from my horse?

We have successfully organized our horse riding to the Taiga with travelers who have never ridden a horse before. Don’t worry, you will have full detailed instructions from your Tour Leader on how to ride a horse, how to sit on the saddle, hold the reins, and more.
All of our team members are trained in First aid, so we are capable of giving you first aid and taking you to the nearest hospital as quickly as possible. But as the ground is mossy and soft and you follow the instructions from your horse guide, there is a very small chance of you getting injured.

Do I need to give the shamans anything? Tipping, gifts, etc

It is customary to tip a shaman, so please make sure to have some cash on you. Gifts are not mandatory, but they are highly appreciated, so if you would like some help with choosing some gifts for your shaman and their family, don’t hesitate to contact us by email: info@nomadictrails.com

Can I take some pictures of the shaman?

Our shamans are usually open to having their pictures taken, but please make sure to ask your Tour Leader and the shaman beforehand.

What electrical adapter plug is used in Mongolia?

In Mongolia, electrical plug types vary. Most are Type C and Type E with 2 round holes. For this specific trip, you will be able to charge your phones in the car while we drive from one location to another or at a ger camp near Murun town. Please make sure to bring extra sets of batteries for your camera as well as power banks in your hand luggage.

Do we need to bring our own sleeping bags?

For your own comfort and usage, please make sure to bring sleeping bags. However, as the local flight baggage limit is only 15kg, you can rent a sleeping bag from us. Please make sure to check with us beforehand.

What is the baggage allowance for the local flight?

The baggage allowance for the local flight is 15kgs in total:
10kg for check-in luggage and 5kg for hand luggage.

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Trip Facts

  • 4x4 Jeep
  • 8
  • Hotel in UB, tented camping, gers and tee-pee
  • Moderate
  • All 4-seasons
  • 2-9 hours depending on the Reindeer tribe camp
  • One from Murun town to UB city