Photo Tour to Tsaatan Dukha Reindeer Herders Tribe Mongolia 2020
This two-week trip will give you opportunities to witness the everyday life of a nomad Reindeer herder Tribe and capture intimately these amazing moments with the wonders such as the Blue Pearl of Mongolia and the Taiga through your camera lens.
Nomadic Tsaatan or Reindeer Tribe people move to different pastures 6 times in a year, so each season of the year will bring unique experiences and stunning visuals, be it winter or summer. You’ll immerse yourself in the Reindeer tribe’s lifestyle and traditions, like making dairy products or simple bread, and you’ll also follow the herds of reindeer. For a photo concentrated trip, you get a priceless opportunity to also capture the life of nomads as well as their culture, Mongolian wildlife, and stunning landscape during our trips.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
This extraordinary 13 night/ 14 day trip to Tsaatan Dukha or Reindeer herders has been one of Nomadic Trails’ signature tours since 2007. For organizing this special tour, we respect the local community and we still support them since our first trip to the Taiga. This is one of many advantages of Nomadic Trails, having the trust and keeping this trust of the local people.
It has been many trips since we have started visiting this special tribe more than a decade ago, and since then we got to know each other very well. We even established a foundation to support these tribe people with also involving some of them to make a decision. We are happy to announce 5% of your payment for this tour goes to this fund to support this local community by health, education, and reindeer. We also always support them by employing local horse guides with their horses, utilize the tee-pees as an accommodation to our all trips to increase their income. Find more at the FAQ tab, please.
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We meet you upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Dinner and hotel overnight.
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.
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 larch and pine tree Mountain Bayan. Dinner and overnight.
Ulaan Uul- Khogorog River valley
After a breakfast, we drive to Tsagaan Nuur village, smallest village in Mongolia. Lunch at Tsagaan Nuur Village. We continue driving to Khogorog River valley.
Khogorog River Valley - Taiga
After breakfast, we start riding to East Taiga (South Edge of Siberia). We need to ride for 3-7 hours including lunch break depending on different seasons. 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 so on.
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 in tee-pee in Reindeer Tribe Camp.
Full day of rest in Reindeer Tribe Camp. 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.
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. Take a good rest in here.
Khogorog River valley -Sharga River Valley
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.
Sharga River Valley - 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.
Beltes River -Murun Town
After breakfast pack everything and start driving back to Murun town. We transfer to ger camp and refresh ourselves.
Murun Town - Selenge River
After breakfast, we drive to Selenge, biggest river in Mongolia with beautiful mountains scenery. We put up our tents and dinner.
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.
Amarbayasgalant Monastery Complex - Ulaanbaatar City
This morning we pack and load our car and head to Ulaanbaatar city. We have picnic lunch and arrive in Ulaanbaatar transfer to Hotel.
Transfer to airport
- There are different locations in this itineraries with Northern Mongolia and Ulaanbaatar city.
- Horse riding
- Light trekking
- You must be able to walk 3.5-7 km unassisted and participate in 5 – 8 hours of physical activities each day.
- You must be able to ride a horse 4-7 hours to reach a reindeer herder tribe camp.
- You need to provide your medical and physical ability to our booking department.
- Onward travel arrangements will be at the omitted travellers expense.
Terrain & Transportation
- Frequent travel in 4×4 Russian or Japanese vehicles over poorly maintained and occasionally nonexistent country roads. There may be no seat belts or simple lap belts
- During transfers, western style toilet facilities may not be available; however, drivers will make every effort to find suitable rest area stops
- City travel by air-conditioned vehicle
- Country travel in Russian or Japanese vans (without air conditioning)
- 2 internal flights of approx. 1 hour each flight, with luggage restrictions (15kg including hand luggage).
Many of our tours run without changes but please be advised that due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances domestic internal flights may not always run to schedule or on time. Your trip leader will keep you informed of any schedule changes as they happen.
Accommodation & Facilities
There are more options in Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia for better hotel, that we put effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation. It will be clean, comfortable, of a high standard and conveniently located where possible. If you would like accommodation for additional nights, we will be happy to arrange this as well. In most of the hotels you may be required to deposit your passport at reception. This is a perfectly normal practice and nothing to be concerned about. Be sure to retrieve it when checking out.
We stay in traditional ger tents, with bath facilities that may or may not be western style as well as shared facilities in the countryside. There will be Tee-pee stay in Taiga-Reindeer herder’s camp.
Please ask, detailed information of Ger camp.
Food and Drinks
There are many choices of cuisines are available in Ulaanbaatar city from Mongolian BBQ to Chinese, Korean, Indian, Mexican, Italian and French. There will be pretty simple eastern European type of meals provided such as Gulash, Meatball and more meat dishes. Even, there will be salads available in this tour but less green vegetables. Vegetarians, needed to specify our own meal preferences.
We have excellent chefs who will cook you fantastic food.
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In the Taiga-Reindeer Tribe Camp
Riding horse is one of the activities
Reindeer Herders move at least 6 times in a year.
Driving through dirt road is expected.
There are 2 other local air companies
Staying in tee-pee in Taiga is fantastic.
Riding reindeer is another experience you would like to.
There are excellent chefs we have.
We use tented camp on the way with shower and toilet tents!
Depending on weather in Mongolia, summer period ; June to September is good. Please advice with Mr. Tulga who is expert on this trip on firstname.lastname@example.org. Avoiding tourism peak season is good option which are in June and August I would say.
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.
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.
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://nomadictrails.com/mongolia-travel-blog/
Here is the movie of Horse Riding to Taiga, North Mongolia;
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.
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.
r 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!