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TAIGA VISIT MONGOLIA

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Visit Taiga, Reindeer Tribe herders, Tsaatan Dukha visit in Mongolia

Reindeer herders, known as Tsaatan or Dukha tribe

Extraordinary trip to Reindeer herders, Tsaatan Dukha visit in Mongolia or one of last forgotten people in a Asian continent. We proudly say these people is closest to the nature by living on Siberian edge, north Mongolia.

This trip is one of our signature tours since 2007.  In this special 2 week expedition is based on jeep supported, tented camping and horse or reindeer riding by visiting people to people, tribe to tribe in the some of the beautiful scenery.  Trip is available almost all year around.

Create Your Own Trails to one of the most attractive places of Mongolia.

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Spiritual tour MapThis Extraordinary Reindeer Herders visiting tour more suitable in summer period

mainly according to pleasant weather in north  Mongolia

This trip allows you more comfortable riding and more connect to the local herds people…

 

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Itinerary to Reindeer herder’s camp

Day1: Ulaanbaatar

We meet you upon arrival and transfer to hotel.  Dinner and hotel overnight.

Day2: Ulaanbaatar/ Murun

After breakfast, we transfer to airport to take a midday flight to Murun, north most getaway town and transfer to our ger camp. Then we prepare our trip to north. Load our food supply here.

3: Murun- Ulaan uul Village- Bayan  uul

This morning we drive to Ulaan Uul village for 170 km. There are several rivers and 2 other mountain passes we will pass. We visit to small glacier after a lunch.  We continue drive to Bagtag River. We set up our camping in the pine tree Mountain Bayan. Dinner and overnight.

Day4: Bagtag River Valley / Tsagaan Nuur village/ Khogorog

After a breakfast, we drive to Tsagaan Nuur village, smallest village in Mongolia. Lunch at Tsagaan Nuur Village.

Day5: Khogorog- Taiga           

After breakfast, we start riding to East Taiga (South Edge of Siberia). We need to ride for 7 hours including lunch break. There is a high pass with ice and snow but terrain is amazing and peaceful. Taiga riding is a bit difficult comparing to steppe or somewhere else. Because it involves some obstacles like bogs, pine trees, lot of small streams, bushes and some steep riding.

When we get close to reindeer herders, you will start seeing Indian looking Tee-Pees with chimney with smoke, rein deer herds are just walking next to you and hearing mixed sound of dogs barking, kids playing and women making tea valley and food in the pine tree mountain just like in the movies. We have a lunch and dinner with rein deer herders. Overnight.

Day6-7: Taiga, magical place

Full day of rest. We experiencing local herder’s everyday life and a chat with rein deer herders and discuss with them medical herbs and flowers. Rein deer herders so eager to explain you what flower is good for which part of your organs and so on. In addition, they are great at healing with nature. You can see some rare flowers and wild animals in this region.

Day8: Taiga/Khogorog River Valley                                      

We have a breakfast and leave rein deer herder’s camp. We ride through Taiga and arrive to Khogorog river valley.

Day9:  Khogorog River Valley/Sharga River                                                     

This morning we drive to Sharga River, in the great meadow. Good walking involved here too. There are over 200 lakes in this great Meadow. We set up our camping on the bank of the one of the lakes. Good swimming lake where we can have a sandy bank.

Day10: Sharga River/ Beltes River                                         

After breakfast, we drive to Beltes River on the way back to Murun town. There are numerous rivers to cross and 2 high pass to do. It is driving day. We set up our camping in the pine tree mountain in the wilderness.

 Day11: Beltes River / Murun town

After breakfast pack everything and start driving back to Moron town.  We transfer to ger camp and refresh ourselves.

Day12: Moron/Khutag under- Selenge River

After breakfast, we drive to Selenge, biggest river in Mongolia with beautiful mountains scenery. We put up our tents and dinner.

Day13: Selenge River / Amarbayasgalant Monastery Complex

This beautiful morning, we drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery, one of the main important monastery complex in Mongolia. Located in beautiful river valley in the Mountain scenery. There are tall golden Buddha with steps in the valley, big stupa next to it make stunning scenery in the nature.

Day14: Amarbayasgalant Monastery Complex /Ulaanbaatar

This morning we pack and load our car and head to Ulaanbaatar city. We have picnic lunch and arrive in Ulaanbaatar transfer to Hotel.

Day15: Departure

Transfer to airport

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Please take a look at these pictures taken during the trip. Enjoy watching!

 

Book your “Reindeer herders visit tour” and ask question from mr. Tulga, Expert of Taiga or reindeer herders visit tour leader

or you ask us tailor make your tour.

 

Tulga Mongolian Tour Leader

 

Chingeltei District, 1 khoroo, Express Tower 701
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 8016 1210

info@nomadictrails.com

 

When to go Reindeer Herders Place

Depending on weather in Mongolia, summer period ; June to September is good. Please advice with Mr. Tulga who is expert on this trip on tulga@nomadictrails.com. Avoiding tourism peak season is good option which are in June and August I would say.

Reindeer Herders place -Taiga

Reindeer Herders place -Taiga

Where does this trip take in Mongolia?

This tour starts in Ulaanbaatar city and head to north Mongolia covering Tov, Bulgan Khuvsgul provinces and not a small distance you will cover, about 2500 km/ 1500 mile. Airplane ride helps to cover some distances so well.

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Is it dangerous to travel to Mongolia?

Basically, anywhere you travel there is risks and hazards. Avoiding hazards with your local tour leader reduces the any risks to much more low level. According to statistic Mongolia was chosen one of the safety destinations in the world. Even we have impressive statistics, please follow your local travel agency advice.

I can’t ride what can I do or how many hours to ride a horse?

Some people who never ridden before took this trip and ended up so happy with their riding experiences.  It is all about using your basic instinct and follow the instructions of your tour leader. It makes everyone’s life much easier and you will start enjoying the horse ride.

Horse riding hours depend on which month of the year you are coming to visit the region, basically in between 3-8 hour is norm. Of course there are breaks and lunches during your ride. Horses we use, quite and calm used or experienced horses and our guides, cooks and horse guides are all experienced and trained well.

It would be good to read horse riding tips: https://www.nomadictrails.com/mongolia-travel-blog/

Here is the movie of Horse Riding to Taiga, North Mongolia;

 

How long the trips are?

This trip is basically for 2 weeks, if you wish to extend it with Gobi or western Mongolia is still open! There are some distances needed to cover by jeeps and small amount by horses.

Taiga- Reindeer herders Place

Taiga- Reindeer herders Place

Where do we sleep during the trip

This trip basically designed to use tented camping mainly. 2 man tents and single tents are available. Tented camping based on those sleeping, cooking and restaurant, toilet plus shower tents.  If we needed we will put up luggage tents too. After taking a shower you will feel great in the nature! Nothing compares with this feeling ?

Adding to this we planned to stay in Ger (Nomadic style of dwelling with stove to heat the ger, makes it cozy and comfortable).  One night in a Hut styled cottage is another comfy. Staying in the Tee-pee will be one of the top experiences of all too. You wake up with reindeer in the morning! They can come into your tee-pee, nice!

Bringing your own sleeping bag will be good Idea! Ask your tour leader list of equipment they can provide.

Tent-sleeping in Taiga

Mutton noodles? I am vegetarian will I ever survive in Mongolia?

Mongolian food- Mutton and noodles- this gone so far away now. Ulaanbaatar city has extended it’s territory and it’s food source too. Bigger the town or city more choice you will see. Good news is vegetarian and Vegans survive these days in Mongolia!

Beside mutton, beef, chicken, pork and fish can be found in Mongolia.  All those ingredients will make your journey more tasty and delicious. Bon Appetite!

Dinner in Taiga-rein deer herders place


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Book your “Reindeer herders visit tour” with Tulga, English speaking tour leader

 

 

Tulga Mongolian Tour Leader

 

Bayangol District, 6r khoroo, Aminii Oron suuts 11 7B
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 8016 1210

info@nomadictrails.com

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Nomadic Trails: Best tour company in Mongolia I say

I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Mongolia. It was my third visit (first with top notch tour company, second independent with guide/driver – budget version) and it was my best. Mainly due to the tour company – Nomadic Trails (www.nomadictrails.com). Cannot recommend them enough – professional – with the perfect mix of adventure and comfort. They will take you out to off-beaten (even in Mongolian terms) places but with brilliant support staff (yes, we even got a shower tent most nights – which is total luxury!). I did the Northern Mongolian horseriding trip which includes visiting reindeer herders (spending a night in a tee-pee lent by a lovely lady was a highlight). I’m sure they aren’t the cheapest but they are certainly the best (I’ve done cheap – and let me tell you – having a guide fluent in English, great food, equipment, horses staff etc is worth the extra). So if you are looking for a great company go here – five stars plus  Maybe I’ll see you – as I’ll be returning with them next year

Fiona, 

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We are now  more or less been back to our normal life.
Thanks again for arranging a memorable
tour in your beautiful country.
We will be back for more!

 

More…

 

 

amanda-with-horseIt took me 2 weeks to physically recover from our trip, the memories will stay for ever.

Thank you so much for looking after us and showing us your amazing country, thank you for always doing it with a smile and bringing much laughter.

 

 

It was a very special trip that will have always have it’s own place in my memory and my heart.

 

Amanda Kenny

michealThanks for everything!

Wonderful experience!

See you in next year

 

 

 

Michael Hudson

mountain-lakes-and-shaman11The recce to Mongolia was an unforgettable experience.

The vast open Steppe, the friendly local people, the history, the horse race, the tiny, tough ponies and the food – especially the authentic fare we were able to sample like goat, curd cakes and airac!

An ideal trip for those wanting their first taste of a horse trekking adventure.

Didi Goodenough

nicoletteMongolia is for those who really want to get away from it all rather than just talking about it…..we covered mile upon mile of the most stunning wilderness scenery, with strictly no mobile phone or email reception to interrupt the reverie for the best part of two weeks.

Bliss. We hardly stuck to the itinerary, but it didn’t matter one jot in a place like Mongolia.

The highlights? Camping at some or other place, the land underfoot was carpetted with edelweiss, with a stunning sunset, campfire….and a

bush shower!!!

The perfect night in Mongolia.

Nicolette Krajewski

Book your “Spiritual Tour” with Tulga, tour leader

Tulga Mongolian Tour LeaderBayangol District, 6r khoroo, Aminii Oron suuts 11 7B
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 9904 0894

info@nomadictrails.com

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Reindeer Herder’s Trip | Pictures by Nomadic Trails

Reindeer Herder’s Trip | Pictures by Nomadic Trails

These pictures have been taken in Reindeer Tribe in 2018 by Tulga Photos. This extraordinary trip is run by Nomadic Trails since 2007 successfully.  

Here are photos:

Picture 1. Tee-pee Skeleton

Reindeer herders, also known is Dukha tribe still live in Tee-pee

 Tee pee

Picture 2. Reindeer herders

There are about 300 indigenous reindeer herders in Mongolia, living in East and West Taiga .

Grandma and boy riding reindeer

Picture 3. Future master of Taiga

 

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Picture 4. Horse rider in Taiga

All reindeer herders are very good horse riders too.

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Picture 5. Reindeer

There are more 1200 reindeer in both East and West Taiga.

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Picture 6. Handcrafts & souvenir trading

One of the main income for reindeer herders is handcrafts and souvenir. Reindeer herders skill has been improving a lot over the years.

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Picture 7. Visitors in reindeer camp

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Picture 8. Tents next to Ger

There are many visits stayed with local families in this trip. Clients always enjoyed visiting local herdsmen.

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Picture 9. Tent in the sunset

Tented camping is one of the ways to reach reindeer herders

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Picture 10. Migration of reindeer herders

They need to move 4-6 times at least, according to good pasture land for reindeer.

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Picture 11. Migration of Reindeer herders

They migrate to higher camp for summer.

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Picture 12. Glacier in Taiga

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Picture 13. Spring Camp

It is time to baby reindeer come out. Suitable place is Spring camp.

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Picture 14. Baby reindeer

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Picture 15. Reindeer herder

If you are born as reindeer herder forever Reindeer Herder

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Picture 16.  Taiga future

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Picture 17. Children

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Picture 18. Watching reindeer is essential

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Picture 19. Reindeer boy

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Picture 20. Khuvsgul Lake

Khuvsgul Lake

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MAGICAL MONGOLIA | TRAVEL DEEPER

 

Why is it the experiences that move us most deeply are the hardest to put into words? Perhaps it’s because experiences of the soul don’t need to be broadcast, filtered and hash-tagged, they just are. And so Mongolia goes about being magnificent, in the quietest and humblest of ways, surprising vistors with it’s immense beauty, and it’s magical ability to slow you down and re-centre you from within. (Read how Naomi Simson felt our trip re-connected her to her purpose HERE). Let’s call it a retreat for the adventurous.

 

Ulaanbaatar; The capital and a great place to do an international culinary tour. You’ll be spoilt for choice of restaurants here. When I first arrived in Ulaanbaatar, I noticed how sweet is was to see friends affectingly arm in arm, strolling down the street together, whilst I raced past making a mission of my evening walk. ‘C’mon guys, can’t you see I’ve got places to be?’ was ticking through my mind,  still in work mode, crossing off the to-do list. It was then music to my ears that Mongolian time very simply consists of before noon or afternoon. Ah bliss, I thought, I’d never be late again!

 

 

As we headed into the vastness of the Mongolian countryside, it was the c a l m that struck me the most. 360 degrees of breathtaking wilderness, and although I tried, I don’t think the camera can do it justice. An energy so old and powerful, pure and untouched, this place is simply magical. Collectively our group began to relax and laugh our way into truly soaking up this experience, (as well as working out all our remarkable 6 degrees of separation!). Even the breakdowns and delays were greeted with laughter, knowing the worst that could happen was that we set up camp in a different piece of paradise.

 

 

Over 3 days of journeying by plane, 4WD and horseback, we arrived at our destination, the Reindeer Tribes living on the Siberian steppe. We collectively gasped as we emerged from the forest to see the smoke coming from the first of the teepees. Like stepping through the Narnia door, we entered a different world, so surreal, and such an honour to be one of the few travellers allowed to visit each year. Yet thanks to the many years of rapport established by our guides, it felt like we were welcomed home, with freshly brewed tea and happy kids eager to play.

 

 

Living nomadically, means that packing up all your earthly possessions (including satellite dish), riding 6 hours, and setting up camp at the next season’s residence, is all in a days work. Foraging and hunting for food, whilst surviving -40 degrees in the winter, these people are next level resilient (as well as the original minimalists). The Tsaachin are innately connected to the rhythms of nature as well as interconnected to each other, with a gentleness, humility and warmth that we seem to have lost. I hope the Tsaachin can sustain their lifestyle for generations to come, as we have so much to re-learn from their wisdom. Ah if only I could have paused time, stayed a while longer and asked another 1000 questions.

 

 

And so my memories of Mongolia linger fondly, with my wind horse (soul) happy, hoping that one day I’ll return to fill my cup with Mongolia’s calm once more. Thank-you Lisa, Tulga and your phenomenal team for creating an atmosphere as magical as your country (and Puujee, how you created 3 course meals for the 10 of us each day on a camp stove, was flippin’ amazing!) .

 

Because positive impact travel grows our shared humanity, which grows compassion, which ultimately grows a more peaceful world.

Much love,

Sandra.

Images by Sandra Henri Photography.

And when in Mongolia, a polar plunge is a must isn’t it?

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This endless journey is a part of Nomadic Culture and fascinating experience to witness. 

 These pictures were taken in Taiga, North region of Mongolia by Tulga, our tour leader during reindeer herders movement from winter base to spring camp. We are happy to share these pictures with you.

Nomadic Migration- Reindeer herder’s tribe is on the move

Picture 1.  There are more than 1 200 reindeer in total

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Reindeer in Taiga

Reindeer herders move their camp at least 6 times in a year for better grass for their reindeer. They actually take all the their belongings and move to designated next camp. To put up tee-pee is easy job for them and usually take them for 30-40 min.

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Picture 2. Preparation 

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Moving Tee-Pee

Any nomads, don’t need any other heavy equipment of furniture in order to pack their reindeer or any means of transport.  They prefer simple.

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Picture 3. Reindeer herder Baayei, taking cigarette break after packing

 

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Break time

The whole preparation takes a about 2-3 hours only. Once they are ready, it only takes half an hour to pack.

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Picture 4. Packing and loading

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Loading Reindeer

Packing needs more skillful work in order not to break reindeer back. Both man and women involve in it. It said we can load up to 80 kg pack onto reindeer.

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Picture 5. Little herder

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Little reindeer herder

Children help their parents a lot. In this year, school holiday took it long brake for children because of unusual coldness. It made children going back to home helping their parents.

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Picture 6. On the move

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A family on the move

Moving from winter camp to spring camp takes a few hour journey.

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Picture 7. Young herder is full of spirit to ride his reindeer herder

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Young man on the move

His name is Gaala, lives in both east & west taiga. His relatives in both places. It seems he lives more in west taiga.

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Picture 8. Taiga or snow forest is home of reindeer herders

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Reindeer caravan

Temperature reaches in -30-35 easily in this region and these people so used to with this coldness.

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Picture 9. It is essential to gather all reindeer

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Holding reindeer

Ganbaatar, reindeer herder is collecting his reindeer for the movement.

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Picture 10. Leading part of movement

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Nomads on the move

It seems more experienced young men lead the whole group for the movements.  Dalay, Purevbat and Battulga are leading first group.

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Picture 11. Next group

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2 families on the move

There will be a few groups, according to number of settlement and usually 6-7 group head to next camp.

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Picture 12. Elders looked after strong young man

 

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Nomads

Baayei, Tsoghuu, Buyana and Puujee are taking group in the middle. This part is rather slower to others.

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Picture 13.  Bringing reindeer to next camp.

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Reindeer herder

Mostly young man and boys head back to old camp to let their reindeer drive to new camp.

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Picture 14. Weather alert

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Moving in the snow

Good weather is essential but it seems they wouldn’t really worried unless it is big storm.

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Picture 15. Mom & daughter

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Mom & girl

Picture 16. Heading for next camp

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A family on the move

Picture 17. Young men taking break.

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Reindeer herders taking break

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We hope you enjoyed it and Thank you,

02/08/2018

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Shamans of Mongolia 2017

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MONGOLIAN SHAMANS PHOTOS by Tulga Photos

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Mongolian Shaman photos and experience of Tulga 2017

After travelling to Shamans in Mongolia more than 12 years, Tulga,  one of our tour leaders has shown us his some of his photos of Shamans for the first time. Amazing images, so we have decided to show them in public in here. He started taking some simple pictures to some of great pictures. These are pictures of shamans from different places of Mongolia! It is good he shares some of his experience with shamans. Some good stories too.  

Thank you Tulga, for sharing these amazing pictures, from Nomadic Trails staff ♥♥♥.

Mongolian Shaman photos and experience of Tulga 2017

Picture 1.Drum, which came to alive!

One of my shaman friends has a 3 drums. He named all those drums and hang them in higher in his home. In my eyes he talks to them, or whisper sometimes. One of my visits to him, I happened to witness his communication with his drums. He picked up one and put in the sun, second one too. He looked at his 3rd one and didn’t touch it or kept it in there. Then, he played with his first one. After while, he put in the sun next to second one and played with both of them at the same time. All of sudden, third drum hanging on wall, sounded like soft thundering in there. He looked at me and smiled. I was like little Alice in the wonderland!

Central Mongolia in 2007.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 2. Preparation

To do any ceremonies, preparation work is so important to connect with spirits. Junipers are being used a lot throughout Mongolia. Heating up drum, costume time, offering for spirits and many more. Shamans wear in blue mainly (sky color) hanging small bells from his costume to wake up spirits or protect from bad deeds. Mirrors hanging from his neck is quite common (protection). Some of them wear imitated mask which looks a like human or spirits. Snake alike strings hanging from the shoulders (snake is the servant of lord of river).

Taiga in 2014.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 3. Drumming

Singing in high tunes or strange old man’s voice coming out from shaman, while he dances is some of common picture of shaman.

Rhythm of drumming can be meaningful from almost silent to powerful thundering!

Central Mongolia  2009

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 4. Dance to the fire

Met one young shaman, in 2010 who does his ceremony in the dark,  dances to the fire. He was absolutely fantastic dancer with his drum! So many great ceremonies with him at night in many places.

Central Mongolia 2011

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 5. Poses

It is always difficult to take shaman’s pictures. If you don’t know the shamans, they will always hesitate to be in the picture. I was lucky enough to take this picture after 6 years visiting him!

Taiga 2014

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 7. Spirits

In the book “Legend of Shaman”of Ayurzana.G, one of talented writers for shamans described about spirits. There are categories of spirits or not all spirits become as human in the next life. Much older spirit can have power to tell off younger spirits. Spirits can have their own experiences too…

Bulgan, central Mongolia 2012

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Picture 8. Chosen one-Shaman destiny

I always being asked this question. How to become a shaman?

Hard to answer. But, simple answer is chosen one or Shaman destiny. Having symptoms of faint, illness from nothing, seeing things, talking nonsense in the childhood period. Important ages are 6; 9 13. There is always signs for future shaman!

Central Mongolia 2009.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 9. How is it like to be a Shaman?

In most cases, people afraid of them. Why? Because they deal with father sky and mother earth to heal someone or can make bad things using black magic! What happens if they send their bad spell to us? These are common fear of people. I would say, be positive, be friendly to anyone or be generous to nature!

Shamans can hurt people but they will suffer each time by doing such things! It is not a easy destiny, if I was in the shoes of Shaman!

Taiga 2014.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 10. Shaman Friend

I felt so good or advanced, because i have a shaman friend in sometime ago. If things are not in good condition, or I feel low, I directly contacted to my shaman friend. It happened so many times. I was started to feeling addiction to it. My shaman friend never hesitated me asking questions, Thank you my friend. So, i thought to myself, I should rely on myself most of the time. If I needed some help, which I couldn’t really handle, then I approach to him. I still think it was good decision. We are still in good in friendship.

Taiga 2004.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 11. Lord of the Mountain

I had  a talk with old shaman who is passed away 5 years ago. He was amazing! in both personality and shamanic power. Everyone, in the community, outsiders respected him a lot. One word, he was the most powerful one! We had good relationship lasted long. One day, I asked him If I can see lord of Mountain. He said yes Tulga, it can be seen as Bear, Bird or even as small child. Hm, I have seen those animals. I must have met Lord of the Mountain before!

Taiga 2014

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 12. Why fire?

One of my shaman friends who uses fire in all his ceremonies told me there is something purifying thing in the fire. What? Yes, fire itself cleans a lot of bad energy and kills the deed. When I see any fire at any places, think of purifying energy.

Central Mongolia 2013.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 13. Ceremony in Tee-Pee

There is no major difference in between shamans in the north or east Mongolia or somewhere else. But locals in the north, kept their shamanic tradition a live in the woods during the communist period. This is why they are most powerful ones as Mongolian consideration.

It is important to pass this tradition to someone else. They did it in during hard regime!

Taiga 2012.

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Picture 14. Lady Shaman

My very first experience of meeting lady shaman was summer of 2000. As a young man, I was straight forward person. Lady shaman started looking at my eyes, had a little candle to light it up and started like reading book of “Me”. Shocking moments came and no words to say against her! I couldn’t defend my self anymore and fully followed her instruction. I felt power. I still remember her.

Central Mongolia 2007

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 15. Listen to inner person

It was answer from my shaman friend during one of the conversation of solving difficult situation. We have these interesting talk endlessly, sometimes.  I do remember this: “Listen to inner person” in difficult situation. It does helps.

North Mongolia 2011.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 16. Lord of the river

As shamans say lord of river is so important. Humans are much dependent of water. In so keep water clean.  Make lord of the river happy. or you might ended of being illness from any water. There is master for rivers and has servant everywhere! Shaman is contacting the master.

North Mongolia 2011.

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Picture 17. Outdoor or indoor?

As a shamanic tradition, outdoor ceremonies used a lot before. There are many shamans are still prefer to do it outside. Basically, there is not much differences in between indoor or outdoor. To me, indoor is more private than outdoor.

North Mongolia 2015.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 18. Mirror of Shaman

Their mirrors hanging from their neck, placed on the chest area. I used to think shamans use their mirror to tell the fortune! No! really? So, what is it for? Protection. I have told some stories of mirror saved the master and tore up in pieces.

North Mongolia 2015.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 19. Another method of Shamanic ceremony

There are 2 ways of doing shamanic ceremony according to accessories or tools to use.

1.  Complete : Fully dressed and using drum. It can be outdoor or indoor. Most people know this method.

2. Half: Using Harmonica, not necessarily dressed in costume. No Drum is being used. Mongolians say” Walking way” (Fully dressed for ceremony means riding full wind horse. Using Harmonica means not riding full wind horse but still connected to the spirit)

Taiga 2010.

Mongolian Shaman

Picture 20. Be generous

Be generous to anyone or anything. Be positive. These words are from a lot of shamans I met. I have to remember always!

North Mongolia 2015.

Mongolian Shaman

♥♥♥  Thank you for visiting!

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WINTER in MONGOLIA

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WINTER IN MONGOLIA

Winter in Mongolia

Nomads in Mongolia, has been living in an extreme conditions for over thousands of years. They have their own survival ability which passed by their ancestors. These are some pictures of winter nomads.

Picture 1. Single “Ger” or “Yurt” in winter mode
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Picture 2. Host is checking outside

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Picture 3. Inside “Ger”. Warm and comfortable stay with locals

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Picture 4. Pasture land. Children can be a good workforce

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Picture 5. Frozen Lake creates beautiful shape and color

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Picture 6. You have to wrap yourself so well in here, north

 

boyPicture 7. North Mongolia, Taiga; one of the coldest places in Mongolia reaching -40 C

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Picture 8. Children in Taiga

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Picture 9. Inside Tee-pee

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Picture 10. Reindeer rider in Taiga

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Picture 11. Arrival in Taiga.

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Picture 12. Reindeer riding is fast ride in a snowy terrain

 

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Picture. 13 It snowed in Gobi, but wind blows the most of it

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Picture 14. Milking Camel in the morning

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Picture 15. Buddha Statue, which is not so cold in North Mongolia

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Picture 16. Little Lamas seem not cold either

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Picture 17. Mongolians learn to ride a horse age of 3.

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Picture 18. Riders accept coldness as their nature

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Picture 19. Kazakh rider, West Mongolia

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Picture 20. Golden Eagle and the Master

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Picture 21. Golden Eagle Hunting Training

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REINDEER HERDERS or TSAATAN TRIBE in TAIGA, NORTH MONGOLIA

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Photos of Dukha or reindeer herders in Taiga, North Mongolia

Tulga, Nomadic Trails Tour Leader

Tulga Mongolian Tour LeaderFrom the soul of steppe nomads, Tulga grew up in the Gobi area where giant sand dunes, camels and the most hospitable people in the world live! Tulga likes to cheer up his “Wind Horse” (spiritual mind) by riding tough Mongolian horses through the open steppe rather than going to the monastery to pray. Tulga spends a lot of time in the Taiga area of the Siberian Mountains, where he loves to spend time with the reindeer herders learning more about their unique culture.

In his career he has summited Mount Khuiten (4374m), trekked across Potanin glacier, one of the biggest in Mongolia, and cross country dog sledded in –40°C. He is a first rate tour leader and we are proud to call him ‘our man in Mongolia’.

He has been visiting Taiga, North Mongolia for many years and here is his some of photographs;

Picture 1. Autumn Reindeer.

Reindeer needed good and safe pasture are to feed themselves so well for preparing harsh and snowy winter. Reindeer are about 1.20 – 2.20 meters long and about 0.90 – 1.40 meters high. They weigh between 60 – 300 kilograms. Usually live to be 12–15 years old, sometimes they can live to be 20 years old.

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Reindeer in autum camp

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Picture 2.  Family Tee-pee

There are 24-26 families with the population of 400 people living near Russia Mongolian border. The Border was closed in late 1950’s and those ones who were traveling back forth couldn’t travel to each side and a few people left in Mongolian side. Those people spread east and west bank of River Shishged, now being called  East and West Taiga.

 

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Picture 3. Little Reindeer herder

The average reindeer family has 3-4 children. Not the fastest growing tribes in Mongolia yet.

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Picture 4. Proud little reindeer herder

Children in Taiga, start gaming in their early age by tracking animal foot prints and facing some of predators!

 

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Picture 5. Riding reindeer

Reindeer is only means of transport in a the forest in winter.

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Picture 6. Reindeer Selfie

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Picture 7. Moving with reindeer.

Young men in a group of 3-4, take their reindeer from all families, searching for better and safer pasture land. It takes them 3-4 days to travel. Once they found their suitable pasture land, they settle for 2 weeks untill their replacement arrive. For young men, it is one the challanging activities to survive.

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Picture 8. Reindeer in the morning

Reindeer finds food for themselves easily from under the snow.

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Picture 9. On the move

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Picture 10. Morning

In January, temperature drops -40C and both human and animals need to survive.

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Picture 11. Travelling to Reindeer herders /Dukha people with reindeer

Visiting reindeer people in winter is still possible when you have proper equipment and right tour guide.

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Hope you enjoyed with this post and see you in the next post.

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Mongolian Spiritual & Shamanic Healing Tour 2019

This Special-Spiritual and Shamanic Healing Tour firstly has designed by Nomadic Trails in order to help Rupert Isaacson’s autistic son Rowan in year of 2007. After this successful trip Rupert Isaacson has written his best selling book and released a popular movie called The Horse boy.

We organize rather smaller group, up to 8 people (normally 6 people) to North Mongolia where there is beautiful scene and strong shamans to cheer up your wind horse (equal to soul)! 

* This trip is not a touristic or made up show.  It is something unique or different experience you will take! We concentrate on both soul and body healing by visiting beautiful nature, meditating, more body exercise- Yoga, Tai-chi and of course shamanic ritual. 

Enjoy recharging your Wind horse!

 
 

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Mongolian Spiritual & Shamanic Healing Tour 2019

So, this journey is,visited by healer and shaman across the wide Steppe, and up into the forests of Siberia. There are possibilities of travelling on this tour either going to north or doing it easier to central part of Mongolia.

North Mongolia will be opening the door with very different edge of the world with reindeer herders who are so connected to the nature.

Experience this alternative spiritual holiday to the soul of Mongolia’s culture, visit the Main Temples and explore the nuances of beliefs at shamanic ritual…

Remarkable journey through untamed landscape of Mongolia, the unexpected, beauty, and extra ordinary advances.


 

thehorseboy_review_011510_3How it all started?

This special trip has designed for autistic family who wanted to heal their 5-year-old son called Rowan in 2007. After exchanging so many e-mails, we started to realize what they wanted to meet. But it wasn't good enough until we meet the autistic boy in Mongolia very first time. It was more than difficult. Because we never seen autistic person before! Tulga's son Tomoo had joined the trip made it so positive. The boys were 5 and 6 years only.

What happened in the trip for healing their son?

We traveled shaman to shaman and healer to healer. Endless thought of curing their son was unstoppable. It was like miracles! After shaman healing, visiting beautiful country, riding horses and etc... Son was starting to talk more with crew and parents, smiling, giggling and playing - just like parents wished. Proper toilet training was achieved so successful after tried hard!


Autistic child Rowan, 5, rides a horse in Mongolia, accompanied by his parents Rupert and Kristin, their Mongolian guide Tulga, his six-year-old son Bodibilguunson and an American documentary TV crew. Rowan's parents believe horses and shamans can unlock their son¿¿s autistic mind. This is their journey of discovery across Mongolia on horseback. The story is published by the Sunday Times and accompany text by Tim Rayment.

 

Is it trip for only Autistic people?

No. It was  for Autistic people only to start with and picked up by people who wish to fix some of their spiritual problems come to us repeatedly since 2007.

So, this spiritual trip for anyone who wish to cheer-up their wind horse (equal to soul), fixing mind power, cleaning or cheer it up plus recharging their energy in Mongolia. There will be 2 options to do this trip. This is here, you join the group or do it privately.

There are fixed dates for this trip. Please see Dates & Price section. 

Another option is to send your request to us with your available dates. Our office will assist to make this amazing trip happen. We have experienced staff to make this fascinating trip possible for you.  


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When to go to Reindeer Herder's place

Depending on weather in Mongolia, summer period considered to be good time to visit. I would say, avoiding tourism peak season is nice idea which are in June and August. We will be travelling more north of Mongolia in the mountain, so August, September will be cooler period compared with July.  Off-tourism season is cold or colder here but, some people accept it as advantage. Reward is amazing for those ones, who love cold season no other travellers around you! 

Please advice with Mr. Tulga who is expert on this trip on tulga@nomadictrails.com


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Where does this trip take a place in?

This tour starts in Ulaanbaatar city and head to north Mongolia covering Tov, Bulgan Khuvsgul provinces and not a small distance you will cover, about 2500 km/ 1500 mile. Airplane ride helps to cover some distances so well.

Is it dangerous to travel to Mongolia?

Basically, anywhere you travel there are risks and hazards. Avoiding hazards with your local tour leader reduces the any risks too much more low-level. According to statistic Mongolia is one of the safety destinations in the world. Even we have impressive statistics, please follow your tour leader advice.


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I can't ride a horse, what can I do or how many hours to ride a horse?

Taking a horse riding basic lesson is essential. Some people who never ridden before took this trip and ended up so happy with their riding experiences. It is all about using your basic instinct and follow the instructions of your tour leader. It makes everyone’s life easier and you will start enjoying the horse ride.

Horse riding hours depend on which month of the year you are coming to visit the region, basically in between 3-8 hour is norm. Of course there are breaks and lunches during your ride. Horses we use, quite and calm used or experienced horses and our guides, cooks and horse guides are all experienced and trained well.

It would be good to read horse riding tips: https://www.nomadictrails.com/mongolia-travel-blog/

 


Ride MongoliaHow long the trip is for?

This trip is basically for 2 weeks, if you wish to extend it with Gobi or western Mongolia is still open! There are some distances needed to cover by jeeps and small amount by horses.

Where do we sleep during the trip?

This trip basically designed to use tented camping mainly. 2 man tents and single tents are available. Tented camping based on those sleeping, cooking and restaurant, toilet plus shower tents. If we needed we will put up luggage tents too. After taking a shower you will feel great in the nature! Nothing compares with this feeling ?

Adding to this we planned to stay in Ger (Nomadic style of dwelling with stove to heat the ger, makes it cozy and comfortable). One night in a Hut styled cottage is another comfy. Staying in the Tee-pee will be one of the top experiences of all too. You wake up with reindeer in the morning! They can come into your tee-pee, nice!

Bringing your own sleeping bag will be good Idea! Ask your tour leader list of equipment they can offer. Also, see Travel Info section please.


Food and TableMutton noodles? I am vegetarian will I ever survive in Mongolia?

Mongolian food Mutton and noodles this gone so far away now. Ulaanbaatar city has extended it’s territory and it’s food source too. Bigger the town or city more choice you will see. Good news is vegetarian and Vegans survive these days in Mongolia!

Beside mutton, beef, chicken, pork and fish can found in Mongolia. All those ingredients will make your journey more tasty and delicious.  Bon Appetite!


 

Dates & Price

Nomadic Trails is organizing 2 different Shamanic Spiritual Tours with following dates:

Here are fixed dates:

* 31 May- 9 June 2019

*17-28 August 2019

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⇒ Please note:  If any one would like to have private tour with different dates, do send us your request please.  Our office will support you to find best ideas to fit you our plan. Thank you. 


Brief Itinerary

Day1. Ulaanbaatar

Day2. Murun- Bayantsagaan Mountain

Day3. Ulaan Uul

Day4. Tsagaan Nuur town Khogorog Meeting shaman

Day5. Khogorog Shaman day

Day6. Taiga

Day7. Taiga -more shaman day

Day8. Khogorog back to same shaman

Day9. Beltes River valley

Day10. Murun town -Uushgiin Ovor

Day11. ULaanbaatar

Day12. Departure

 


Ask full Itinerary at:  
Contact Tulga at Tel: mobile: +976 9904 0894

info@nomadictrails.com

 

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Travel Info

Types of Accommodation:

Ulaanbaatar city: 

Khuvsgul Lake Hotel which located in the heart of Ulaanbaatar city, next to Chinggiss Khaan square http://www.khuvsgullakehotel.mn/

Travel info hotel UB

Near Murun Town, North Mongolia:

Tultiin Tohoi Ger camp: It is proper ger camp for tourist with a fixed toilet blocks, restaurants and bar, sleeping ger.

Travel Info local ger camps

Local hotel stay in North Mongolia

There are some nights we stay in local hotels, which are around 1-2 star, or similar. These hotels are simple, hot showers available.  

Travel info local hotels

Tented camping

One of our fascinating experiences of any expeditions is tented camping. We have "Sleeping, Dining, Kitchen, Luggage, Shower and Toilet" tents for our clients. It is not a "Glamping" but we have everything we need and they are all working properly. Depending on size of our camping, we will have another person to put up tents for camping. There are so many happy clients we have who stayed in tented camps with us.

Travel Info Tent expe

Tee-pee stay in reindeer Tribe

One of our unique experiences, with so many happy clients who stayed in Tee-pee in reindeer tribe. We carefully select families who have more children, women who are willing to share experiences which makes our trip fantastic.  There will be sleeping mats or beds available. We use locals outside toilet and washing facilities.

Travel info for tee-pee

Type of vehicles:

There are several types of vehicles can be used in this trip. We use mini buses or buses with 20 seats for City tour and picking up airport. For dirt roads, adventure tours we do need proper 4x4 wheel drive vehicles, such as russian mini vans and Toyota Land Cruisers

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Also, there are upgraded version of method of transportation such as Land Cruisers and Lexus cars are available upon a request.

 

Terms & Conditions

The following booking conditions form the basis of your contract with Nomadic Trails Co. Ltd. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions and agree to them. These booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated. In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them as the context requires. “We”, “us” and “our” means Nomadic Trails Co. Ltd.

1. Making a Booking:

1.1 To make a booking, you must complete our booking form. This must be signed (or ticked in the appropriate place on online booking) by the first named person on the booking (“party leader”). The party leader must be authorised to make the booking on the basis of these booking conditions by all persons named on the booking and by their parent or guardian for all party members who are under 18 when the booking is made. By signing the booking form, the party leader confirms that he/she is so authorised. The party leader is responsible for making all payments due to us. The party leader must be at least 18 when the booking is made.

1.2 The completed signed booking form must then be sent to us together with the payments referred to in clause 2.1 below.

1.3 Subject to the availability of your chosen arrangements, we will confirm your holiday by issuing a booking receipt. This receipt will be sent to the party leader. Please check this receipt carefully as soon as you receive it. Contact us immediately if any information which appears on the confirmation or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies (for which we are responsible) in any document within ten days of our sending it out (five days for tickets). We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so.

1.4 We will communicate with you by e-mail in relation to your booking. You must accordingly check your e-mails on a regular basis. We may also contact you by telephone and/or post if we cannot, for whatever reason, contact you by e-mail. Certain documents may need to be sent by post. References in these booking conditions to “send” and “in writing” include communication by e-mail.

1.5 If booking online, any acknowledgement of your booking request we send you is not a confirmation of your booking. This will come once the booking has been confirmed in the form of either a booking receipt or confirmation invoice.

2. Payment:

2.1 In order to confirm your chosen tour, a deposit of up to USD 500 (or equivalent) per person for escorted group tours, or up to 30% of the total tour cost for a tailor-made trips (please note that depending on your chosen arrangements the required deposit may be different to these amounts. If it is we will advise you accordingly at the time of booking) must be paid at the time of booking. In addition some tours may require further interim payments.

2.2 The balance of the tour cost must be received by us not less than 70 days prior to departure and in some cases significantly earlier. This exact date will be shown on your confirmation invoice. Reminders are not necessarily sent. If we do not receive all payments due (including any surcharge where applicable) in full and on time, we are entitled to assume that you wish to cancel your booking. In this case, we will be entitled to keep all monies paid or due at that date. If we do not cancel straight away because you have promised to make payment, you must pay the cancellation charges shown in clause 5 depending on the date we reasonably treat your booking as cancelled.

2.3 In the case of international payments you should ensure that the full invoice amount, is received by us after all bank charges have been levied.

3. Your Contract:

A binding contract between us comes into existence when we despatch our booking receipt to the party leader. We both agree that English law (and no other) will apply to your contract and to any dispute, claim or other matter of any description which arises between us (“claim”) except as set out below.

4. Passports, Visas and Health Matters:

4.1 General passport and visa requirements applicable at the time of printing are shown on our customer documentation.

However requirements may change and you must check passport and visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of the country(ies) to or through which you are intending to travel.

4.2 Details of any compulsory health requirements for your holiday are shown on our customer documentation. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your doctor and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org. Information on health abroad is also available on www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Travelhealth. For holidays in the EU/EEA, EU citizens should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) prior to departure from www.ehic.org.uk. An EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. Vaccination and other health requirements/recommendations are subject to change at any time for any destination. Please therefore check with a doctor or clinic not less than six weeks prior to departure to ensure that you have met the necessary requirements and have the applicable information. 

4.3 It is the party leader’s responsibility to ensure that all members of the party are in possession of all necessary travel and health documents before departure. All costs incurred in obtaining such documentation must be paid by you. We regret we cannot accept any liability if you are refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your part to carry all required documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty, costs or expenses being imposed on or incurred by us, you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.

4.4. If you are unable for whatever reason to obtain a visa or the authorisation required for a visa and are thus unable to travel we will seek to be as flexible as the situation allows but ultimately reserve the right to consider this as a cancellation under the terms set out in 5.1 below.

5. Cancellation By You:

5.1 Should you or any member of your party need to cancel your holiday once it has been confirmed, the party leader must immediately advise us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only be effective when it is received in writing by us at our offices. As we incur costs from the time we confirm your booking, the following cancellation charges will be payable. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling excluding amendment charges. Amendment charges are not refundable in the event of cancellation.

Period before departure within which written notification of cancellation is received by us and cancellation charge per person cancelling.

71 days or more prior to departure - loss of deposit 
70-51 days before departure - 30% of tour cost
50-31 days before departure - 60% of tour cost
Less than 30 days - 100% of tour cost

5.2 Any payments for flights are non-refundable.

5.3 Depending on the reason for cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these cancellation charges (less any applicable excess) under the terms of your insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned.

5.4 On private bookings where any cancellation reduces the number of full paying party members below the number on which the price, number of free places and/ or any concessions agreed for your booking were based, we will recalculate these items and re-invoice you accordingly.

5.5. There are a certain destinations or trip components, such as cruises, that require payment up to 120 days before the departure date and may result in 100% loss upon cancellation. If applicable, this will be specified on your invoice and quotation.

5.6 See clause 9 “Changes by you” if any member(s) of your party are prevented from travelling.

6. Changes and Cancellation By Us:

6.1 We start planning the tours we offer many months in advance. Occasionally, we have to make changes to and correct errors in brochure and other details both before and after bookings have been confirmed and cancel confirmed bookings. Whilst we always endeavour to avoid changes and cancellations, we reserve the right to cancel or make changes to a trip under any circumstances. Please note, our escorted group holidays require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If the minimum number of bookings required for a particular holiday have not been received, we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you of cancellation for this reason at least 45 days prior to your departure.

6.2 Most changes are minor. Occasionally, we have to make a “significant change”. A significant change is a change made before departure which, taking account of the information you give us at the time of booking and which we can reasonably be expected to know as a tour operator, we can reasonably expect to have a major effect on your holiday. Significant changes are likely to include the following changes when made before departure; a change of accommodation to that of a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of accommodation area for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of outward departure time of 12 or more hours, a change of UK departure point to one which is more inconvenient for you and, in the case of tours, a significant change of itinerary missing out one or more major destination substantially or altogether.

6.3 If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:-
(a) (for significant changes) accepting the changed arrangements or
(b) purchasing an alternative holiday from us, of a similar standard to that originally booked if available. We will offer you at least one alternative holiday of equivalent or higher standard for which you will not be asked to pay any more than the price of the original holiday. If this holiday is in fact cheaper than the original one, we will refund the price difference. If you do not wish to accept the holiday we specifically offer you, you may choose any of our other then available holidays. You must pay the applicable price of any such holiday. This will mean your paying more if it is more expensive or receiving a refund if it is cheaper or
(c) cancelling or accepting the cancellation in which case you will receive a full and quick refund of all monies you have paid to us. Please be aware that this clause does not apply to any flights which are itemised separately on your invoice and which does not form part of a land only tour package bought from us.

6.4 If we have to make a significant change or cancel we will, where compensation is appropriate, pay compensation depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you subject to the following exceptions. Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where (1) we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate your holiday has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one. Please also see clause 20 “Delay and Denied Boarding Regulations”.

6.5 Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see clause 13) to change or terminate your holiday after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result.

6.6. We reserve the right to cancel any booking if we reasonably feel that the physical condition or behaviour of a client may affect their own well-being, that of any members of our local crew, that of any other members of an escorted group tour, or the enjoyment of other members of the group while on a tour.

6.7 If you have chosen to pay an optional single supplement and we are for whatever reason unable to provide you with a single room for any advertised nights then we reserve the right to room you with a fellow traveller of the same sex and to reimburse you accordingly on a pro-rata basis.

7. Governmental Travel Advice:

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes regularly updated travel information on its website www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice which UK citizens are recommended to consult before booking and in good time before departure. US citizens are advised to check State Department advice on www. travel.state.gov/destination. Citizens of other countries should check their government’s relevant advice.

8. Surcharges:

8.1 The price of your holiday is subject to surcharges in the event of any change in our transportation costs or in dues, taxes or fees payable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports or in the exchange rates which have been used to calculate the cost of your holiday. Even in these cases, we will absorb an amount equivalent to 2% of the holiday price, excluding any amendment charges. Only amounts in excess of this 2% will be surcharged. If this means paying more than 8% on the tour price you will be entitled to cancel your tour and receive a full refund with the exception of any amendment charges or alternatively purchase another tour from us as referred to in clause 6 “Changes and Cancellation by us”.

8.2 We promise not to levy a surcharge within 30 days of departure. No refund will be payable during this period either.

9. Changes by You:

9.1 Should you wish to make any changes to your confirmed holiday, you must notify us in writing as soon as possible. Whilst we will endeavour to assist, we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet any such requests. Where we can, an amendment fee of USD 50.00 (or equivalent) per person will be payable together with any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. A change of holiday dates will normally be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and rebooking in which case cancellation charges will apply. Changes may result in the recalculation of the holiday price where, for example, the basis on which the price of the original holiday was calculated has changed.

9.2 If any member of your party is prevented from travelling, the person(s) concerned may usually be able to transfer their place to someone else (introduced by you) providing we are notified not less than two weeks before departure. Where a transfer to a person of your choice can be made, all costs and charges incurred by us and/or incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers as a result together with an amendment fee of USD50.00 (or equivalent) must be paid before the transfer can be effected. Any overdue balance payment must also be received. For flight inclusive bookings, you must pay the charges levied by the airline concerned. As most airlines do not permit name changes after tickets have been issued for any reason, these charges are likely to be the full cost of the flight.

10. Special Requests and Medical Conditions/Disabilities:

10.1 If you have any special request, you must advise us at the time of booking. Although we will endeavour to pass any reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier, we regret we cannot guarantee any request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability. For your own protection, you should obtain confirmation in writing that a special request will be complied (where it is possible to give this) where it is important to you.

10.2 We regret we cannot accept any conditional bookings, i.e. any booking which is specified to be conditional on the fulfilment of a particular request. All such bookings will be treated as “standard” bookings subject to the above provisions on special requests.

10.3 If you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. If we reasonably feel unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person concerned, we must reserve the right to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking or the condition / disability develops after booking, cancel when we become aware of these details.

10.4 The Company reserves the right at any time to require the Client to produce a doctor’s certificate certifying that the Client is fit to participate in the tour. Travel, horse-riding and trekking questionnaires might also be required.

10.5 By booking you acknowledge that you understand the potential risks and hazards that can be involved in tours of this kind to often remote and inhospitable locations. Such risks may increase the risk of injury or illness, loss or damage to property, discomfort and inconvenience.

11. Liability:

11.1 We promise to make sure that the holiday arrangements we have agreed to make, perform or provide as applicable as part of our contract with you are made, performed or provided with reasonable skill and care. This means that, subject to these booking conditions, we will accept responsibility if, for example, you suffer death or personal injury or your contracted holiday arrangements are not provided as promised or prove deficient as a result of the failure of ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers to use reasonable skill and care in making, performing or providing, as applicable, your contracted holiday arrangements. Please note, it is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us. In addition, we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers).

11.2 We will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from any of the following: - the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘force majeure’ as defined in clause 13 below

11.3 Please note, we cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of our contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your hotel or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised by us and we have not agreed to arrange them as part of our contract and any excursion you purchase whilst on holiday. In addition, regardless of any wording used by us on our website, in any advertising material or elsewhere, we only promise to use reasonable skill and care as set out above and we do not have any greater or different liability to you.

11.4 The promises we make to you about the services we have agreed to provide or arrange as part of our contract - and the laws and regulations of the country in which your claim or complaint occurred - will be used as the basis for deciding whether the services in question had been properly provided. If the particular services which gave rise to the claim or complaint complied with local laws and regulations applicable to those services at the time, the services will be treated as having been properly provided. This will be the case even if the services did not comply with the laws and regulations of the UK which would have applied had those services been provided in the UK. The exception to this is where the claim or complaint concerns the absence of a safety feature which might lead a reasonable holiday maker to refuse to take the holiday in question. Please note, however, our obligation is to exercise reasonable skill and care as referred to in clause 11.1. We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we have not exercised reasonable skill and care.

11.5 Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money), the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £500 (or equivalent) per person affected unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under this clause or clause 11.6 below. You must ensure you have appropriate travel insurance to protect your personal belongings. For all other claims which do not involve death or personal injury, if we are found liable to you on any basis the maximum amount we will have to pay you is twice the price (excluding amendment charges) paid by or on behalf of the person(s) affected in total unless a lower limitation applies to your claim under clause 11.6 below. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you have not received any benefit at all from your holiday.

11.6 Where any claim or part of a claim (including those involving death or personal injury) concerns or is based on any travel arrangements (including the process of getting on and/or off the transport concerned) provided by any air, sea or rail carrier to which any international convention or EU regulation applies, our liability (including the maximum amount of compensation we will have to pay you, the types of claim and the circumstances in which compensation will be payable) will be limited as if we were the carrier in question as referred to below. The most we will have to pay you for that claim or that part of a claim if we are found liable to you on any basis is the most the carrier concerned would have to pay under the international convention or regulation which applies to the travel arrangements in question (for example, the Warsaw Convention as amended or unamended and the Montreal Convention for international travel by air and/or for airlines with an operating licence granted by an EU country, the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability No 889/2002 for national and international travel by air, the Athens Convention for international travel by sea (as amended by the 2002 Protocol where applicable) and COTIF, the Convention on International Travel by Rail). Where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the complaint or claim in question. Copies of the applicable international conventions and regulations are available from us on request.

11.7 Please note, we cannot accept any liability for any damage, loss, expense or other sum(s) of any description (1) which on the basis of the information given to us by you concerning your booking prior to our accepting it, we could not have foreseen you would suffer or incur if we breached our contract with you or (2) which did not result from any breach of contract or other fault by ourselves or our employees o,r where we are responsible for them, our suppliers. Additionally we cannot accept liability for any business losses (including without limitation, self employed loss of earnings).

12. Travel Insurance and emergency contact (next of kin):

12.1. We consider adequate travel insurance to be essential. You must give details in writing of your insurance policy (insurer, policy number, 24 hour emergency assistance contact details).

12.2 Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on tour. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. We do not check insurance policies. Tours can be hazardous by nature and you should ensure that such insurance fully covers all personal requirements including medical expenses, repatriation, helicopter rescue and air ambulance in the event of accident or illness.

12.3. You must give to us the name, address and telephone numbers of your emergency contact (next of kin) or persons to be notified in the event of an emergency.

13. Force Majeure:

Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.

14. Our Tour Leader:

On our escorted group tours we will appoint a Tour Leader who will represent the company and assist with the proper and safe running of you and your fellow participants’ tour. You must accept the decisions of the Tour Leader who shall have the discretion to make decisions and take action which may impact on your tour. If your physical condition or behaviour is such as to affect the well-being of yourself or other members of the group or the enjoyment of other members of the group, you may be asked to leave the tour without any right to refund. If you wish to leave the group temporarily, you will be asked to sign a release form.

15. Safety Standards:

Please note, it is the requirements and standards of the country in which any services which make up your holiday are provided which apply to those services and not those of the UK. As a general rule, these requirements and standards will not be the same as the UK and may often be lower.

16. Complaints:

16.1. In the unlikely event that you have any reason to complain or experience any problems with your holiday whilst away, you must immediately inform our local representative or agent (if we have one) and the supplier of the service(s) in question. Any verbal notification must be put in writing and given to our Tour Leader/representative/agent and the supplier concerned (as applicable) as soon as possible. If we do not have or you cannot contact our Tour Leader or local representative or agent and any complaint or problem is not resolved to your satisfaction, you must contact us using the contact details we have provided you with during your trip, giving us full details and a contact number. Until we know about a complaint or problem, we cannot begin to resolve it. Most problems can be dealt with quickly. If you remain dissatisfied, however, you must write to us within 7 days of the tour end date giving your booking reference and full details of your complaint. Only the party leader should write to us. For all complaints and claims which do not involve death, personal injury or illness, we regret we cannot accept liability if you fail to notify the complaint or claim entirely in accordance with this clause.

17. Suppliers:

Many of the services which make up your holiday are provided by independent suppliers. Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier’s liability to you, usually in accordance with applicable international conventions (see clause 11.6). Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions and of the international conventions are available on request from ourselves or the supplier concerned.

18. Financial Protection:

18.1 We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 5975). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be reassigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. Please note: Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme *The air inclusive holidays and flights we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.

18.2 The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Nomadic Trails, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages and

2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EEA, which are sold to customers outside of the EEA.

ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad.

Please note that bookings made outside the EEA are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Nomadic Trails.

In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on +44 (0) 1702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.

19. Flights


19.1 In accordance with EU Regulation No 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a “Community list” which contains details of air carriers who are subject to an operating ban within the EU. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm

19.2 We are also required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we will inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible.

19.3 If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of clause 9 “Changes and cancellation by us” will apply. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. The flight timings shown in our brochure, on our website and/or detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. Flight timings are outside our control. They are set by airlines and are subject to various factors including air traffic control restrictions, weather conditions, potential technical problems and the ability of passengers to check in on time.

19.4 Specific instructions relating to departure and travel arrangements will be sent with your air or other travel tickets approximately 2 weeks before departure. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been despatched - we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs.

19.5 Any change in the identity of the carrier, flight timings, and/or aircraft type (if advised) will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges except where specified in these conditions.

20. Delay and Denied Boarding Regulations:

20.1 In the event of any flight delay or cancellation at your UK or overseas point of departure, the airline is responsible for providing such assistance as is legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations (see below). The ferry, tunnel or rail operator is similarly responsible in relation to any delayed or cancelled sea crossing or international rail departure. Except where otherwise stated in our brochure or on our website, we regret we cannot provide any assistance in such circumstances other than information and advice to the extent we are in a position to do so.

20.2 We regret we are not in a position to offer you any assistance in the event of delay at your outward or homeward point of departure. Any airline concerned may however provide refreshments etc. We cannot accept liability for any delay which is due to any of the reasons set out in clause 11.2 of these Booking Conditions (which includes the behaviour of any passenger(s) on the flight who, for example, fails to check in or board on time.

20.3 If your flight is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline, depending on the circumstances, the airline may be required to pay you compensation, refund the cost of your flight and/or provide you with accommodation and/or refreshments under EC Regulation No 261/2004 - the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004. Where applicable, you must pursue the airline for the compensation or other payment due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. This includes any disappointment, distress, inconvenience or effect on any other arrangements. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If, for any reason, we make any payment to you or a third party which the airline is responsible for in accordance with the Denied Boarding Regulations, you must, when requested, assign to us the rights you have or had to claim the payment in question from the airline. If your airline does not comply with these rules you may complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on +44 (0) 20 743 6888 or by e-mail to passengercomplaints@caa.co.uk or see www.caa.co.uk – Referring Your Complaint to the CAA .

21. Excursions/Activities:

21.1 We may provide you with information (before departure and/or when you are on tour) about activities and excursions which are available in the area you are visiting. We have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are neither run, supervised, controlled nor endorsed in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other third parties who are entirely independent of us. We cannot accept any liability on any basis in relation to such activities or excursions and the acceptance of liability contained in clause 11.1 of our booking conditions will not apply to them.

21.2 We cannot guarantee accuracy of information given in relation to such activities or excursions as these services are not under our control.

22. Brochure/Website/advertising material:

The information contained in our brochure, on our website, in our detailed itineraries, travel essentials guides, pre-departure information, suggested packing lists, travel wallets and in our other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However, errors may occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen holiday (including the price) with us [or your travel agent] at the time of booking and where practical to do so we advise you to independently verify information which is provided for guidance only.

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REINDEER HERDERS VISIT

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Reindeer Tribe herders, Tsaatan Dukha visit in Mongolia

Reindeer herders, known as Tsaatan or Dukha tribe

Extraordinary trip to Reindeer herders, Tsaatan Dukha visit in Mongolia or one of last forgotten people in a Asian continent. We proudly say these people is closest to the nature by living on Siberian edge, north Mongolia.

This trip is one of our signature tours since 2007.  In this special 2 week expedition is based on jeep supported, tented camping and horse or reindeer riding by visiting people to people, tribe to tribe in the some of the beautiful scenery.  Create Your Own Trails to one of the most attractive places of Mongolia.

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Spiritual tour MapThis Extraordinary Reindeer Herders visiting tour more suitable in summer period

mainly according to pleasant weather in north  Mongolia

This trip allows you more comfortable riding and more connect to the local herds people…

 

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Itinerary to Reindeer herder’s camp

Day1: Ulaanbaatar

We meet you upon arrival and transfer to hotel.  Dinner and hotel overnight.

Day2: Ulaanbaatar/ Murun

After breakfast, we transfer to airport to take a midday flight to Murun, north most getaway town and transfer to our ger camp. Then we prepare our trip to north. Load our food supply here.

3: Murun- Ulaan uul Village- Bayan  uul

This morning we drive to Ulaan Uul village for 170 km. There are several rivers and 2 other mountain passes we will pass. We visit to small glacier after a lunch.  We continue drive to Bagtag River. We set up our camping in the pine tree Mountain Bayan. Dinner and overnight.

Day4: Bagtag River Valley / Tsagaan Nuur village/ Khogorog

After a breakfast, we drive to Tsagaan Nuur village, smallest village in Mongolia. Lunch at Tsagaan Nuur Village.

Day5: Khogorog- Taiga           

After breakfast, we start riding to East Taiga (South Edge of Siberia). We need to ride for 7 hours including lunch break. There is a high pass with ice and snow but terrain is amazing and peaceful. Taiga riding is a bit difficult comparing to steppe or somewhere else. Because it involves some obstacles like bogs, pine trees, lot of small streams, bushes and some steep riding.

When we get close to reindeer herders, you will start seeing Indian looking Tee-Pees with chimney with smoke, rein deer herds are just walking next to you and hearing mixed sound of dogs barking, kids playing and women making tea valley and food in the pine tree mountain just like in the movies. We have a lunch and dinner with rein deer herders. Overnight.

Day6-7: Taiga, magical place

Full day of rest. We experiencing local herder’s everyday life and a chat with rein deer herders and discuss with them medical herbs and flowers. Rein deer herders so eager to explain you what flower is good for which part of your organs and so on. In addition, they are great at healing with nature. You can see some rare flowers and wild animals in this region.

Day8: Taiga/Khogorog River Valley                                      

We have a breakfast and leave rein deer herder’s camp. We ride through Taiga and arrive to Khogorog river valley.

Day9:  Khogorog River Valley/Sharga River                                                     

This morning we drive to Sharga River, in the great meadow. Good walking involved here too. There are over 200 lakes in this great Meadow. We set up our camping on the bank of the one of the lakes. Good swimming lake where we can have a sandy bank.

Day10: Sharga River/ Beltes River                                         

After breakfast, we drive to Beltes River on the way back to Murun town. There are numerous rivers to cross and 2 high pass to do. It is driving day. We set up our camping in the pine tree mountain in the wilderness.

 Day11: Beltes River / Murun town

After breakfast pack everything and start driving back to Moron town.  We transfer to ger camp and refresh ourselves.

Day12: Moron/Khutag under- Selenge River

After breakfast, we drive to Selenge, biggest river in Mongolia with beautiful mountains scenery. We put up our tents and dinner.

Day13: Selenge River / Amarbayasgalant Monastery Complex

This beautiful morning, we drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery, one of the main important monastery complex in Mongolia. Located in beautiful river valley in the Mountain scenery. There are tall golden Buddha with steps in the valley, big stupa next to it make stunning scenery in the nature.

Day14: Amarbayasgalant Monastery Complex /Ulaanbaatar

This morning we pack and load our car and head to Ulaanbaatar city. We have picnic lunch and arrive in Ulaanbaatar transfer to Hotel.

Day15: Departure

Transfer to airport

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Please take a look at these pictures taken during the trip. Enjoy watching!

 

Book your “Reindeer herders visit tour” and ask question from mr. Tulga, Expert of Taiga or reindeer herders visit tour leader

or you ask us tailor make your tour.

 

Tulga Mongolian Tour Leader

 

Chingeltei District, 1 khoroo, Express Tower 701
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 8016 1210

info@nomadictrails.com

 

When to go Reindeer Herders Place

Depending on weather in Mongolia, summer period ; June to September is good. Please advice with Mr. Tulga who is expert on this trip on tulga@nomadictrails.com. Avoiding tourism peak season is good option which are in June and August I would say.

Reindeer Herders place -Taiga

Reindeer Herders place -Taiga

Where does this trip take in Mongolia?

This tour starts in Ulaanbaatar city and head to north Mongolia covering Tov, Bulgan Khuvsgul provinces and not a small distance you will cover, about 2500 km/ 1500 mile. Airplane ride helps to cover some distances so well.

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Is it dangerous to travel to Mongolia?

Basically, anywhere you travel there is risks and hazards. Avoiding hazards with your local tour leader reduces the any risks to much more low level. According to statistic Mongolia was chosen one of the safety destinations in the world. Even we have impressive statistics, please follow your local travel agency advice.

I can’t ride what can I do or how many hours to ride a horse?

Some people who never ridden before took this trip and ended up so happy with their riding experiences.  It is all about using your basic instinct and follow the instructions of your tour leader. It makes everyone’s life much easier and you will start enjoying the horse ride.

Horse riding hours depend on which month of the year you are coming to visit the region, basically in between 3-8 hour is norm. Of course there are breaks and lunches during your ride. Horses we use, quite and calm used or experienced horses and our guides, cooks and horse guides are all experienced and trained well.

It would be good to read horse riding tips: https://www.nomadictrails.com/mongolia-travel-blog/

Here is the movie of Horse Riding to Taiga, North Mongolia;

 

How long the trips are?

This trip is basically for 2 weeks, if you wish to extend it with Gobi or western Mongolia is still open! There are some distances needed to cover by jeeps and small amount by horses.

Taiga- Reindeer herders Place

Taiga- Reindeer herders Place

Where do we sleep during the trip

This trip basically designed to use tented camping mainly. 2 man tents and single tents are available. Tented camping based on those sleeping, cooking and restaurant, toilet plus shower tents.  If we needed we will put up luggage tents too. After taking a shower you will feel great in the nature! Nothing compares with this feeling ?

Adding to this we planned to stay in Ger (Nomadic style of dwelling with stove to heat the ger, makes it cozy and comfortable).  One night in a Hut styled cottage is another comfy. Staying in the Tee-pee will be one of the top experiences of all too. You wake up with reindeer in the morning! They can come into your tee-pee, nice!

Bringing your own sleeping bag will be good Idea! Ask your tour leader list of equipment they can provide.

Tent-sleeping in Taiga

Mutton noodles? I am vegetarian will I ever survive in Mongolia?

Mongolian food- Mutton and noodles- this gone so far away now. Ulaanbaatar city has extended it’s territory and it’s food source too. Bigger the town or city more choice you will see. Good news is vegetarian and Vegans survive these days in Mongolia!

Beside mutton, beef, chicken, pork and fish can be found in Mongolia.  All those ingredients will make your journey more tasty and delicious. Bon Appetite!

Dinner in Taiga-rein deer herders place


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Book your “Reindeer herders visit tour” with Tulga, English speaking tour leader

 

 

Tulga Mongolian Tour Leader

 

Bayangol District, 6r khoroo, Aminii Oron suuts 11 7B
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 8016 1210

info@nomadictrails.com

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Nomadic Trails: Best tour company in Mongolia I say

I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime in Mongolia. It was my third visit (first with top notch tour company, second independent with guide/driver – budget version) and it was my best. Mainly due to the tour company – Nomadic Trails (www.nomadictrails.com). Cannot recommend them enough – professional – with the perfect mix of adventure and comfort. They will take you out to off-beaten (even in Mongolian terms) places but with brilliant support staff (yes, we even got a shower tent most nights – which is total luxury!). I did the Northern Mongolian horseriding trip which includes visiting reindeer herders (spending a night in a tee-pee lent by a lovely lady was a highlight). I’m sure they aren’t the cheapest but they are certainly the best (I’ve done cheap – and let me tell you – having a guide fluent in English, great food, equipment, horses staff etc is worth the extra). So if you are looking for a great company go here – five stars plus  Maybe I’ll see you – as I’ll be returning with them next year

Fiona, 

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We are now  more or less been back to our normal life.
Thanks again for arranging a memorable
tour in your beautiful country.
We will be back for more!

 

More…

 

 

amanda-with-horseIt took me 2 weeks to physically recover from our trip, the memories will stay for ever.

Thank you so much for looking after us and showing us your amazing country, thank you for always doing it with a smile and bringing much laughter.

 

 

It was a very special trip that will have always have it’s own place in my memory and my heart.

 

Amanda Kenny

michealThanks for everything!

Wonderful experience!

See you in next year

 

 

 

Michael Hudson

mountain-lakes-and-shaman11The recce to Mongolia was an unforgettable experience.

The vast open Steppe, the friendly local people, the history, the horse race, the tiny, tough ponies and the food – especially the authentic fare we were able to sample like goat, curd cakes and airac!

An ideal trip for those wanting their first taste of a horse trekking adventure.

Didi Goodenough

nicoletteMongolia is for those who really want to get away from it all rather than just talking about it…..we covered mile upon mile of the most stunning wilderness scenery, with strictly no mobile phone or email reception to interrupt the reverie for the best part of two weeks.

Bliss. We hardly stuck to the itinerary, but it didn’t matter one jot in a place like Mongolia.

The highlights? Camping at some or other place, the land underfoot was carpetted with edelweiss, with a stunning sunset, campfire….and a

bush shower!!!

The perfect night in Mongolia.

Nicolette Krajewski

Book your “Spiritual Tour” with Tulga, tour leader

Tulga Mongolian Tour LeaderBayangol District, 6r khoroo, Aminii Oron suuts 11 7B
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 9904 0894

info@nomadictrails.com

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