DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY
Day-1 ULAANBAATAR CITY
This day is the day you will arrive by your international transport to Mongolia. After lunch, we will explore the main square of Ulaanbaatar city
An authentic folk concert is available in the evening. So after a leisurely evening of traditional arts and performances, we will welcome you to Mongolia and have a Welcome dinner. Hotel /L,D/
Note: The schedule for this day is heavily dependent on your arrival time.
Day-2 ULAANBAATAR – MURUN TOWN – UJIG RIVER VALLEY
This morning we transfer you to the airport for your one-hour domestic flight from the capital to Murun town, located north of Ulaanbaatar city.
After landing, you will be welcomed by the Nomadic Trails team. After that, you will make a short visit to the town and its supermarket for some snacks and refreshments. It is also a good time to get offerings, such as rice or milk, for the “Ovoo” we will visit during our journey the next day. On this day we will also collect border permission, as we will be very close to the Mongolian and Russian borders.
Most importantly, this day will be your first day camping out in the wilderness. Our first camp will be in the area of the Ujig river valley, depending on insects closer or away from the river itself. Tented camping /B,L,D/
Day-3 UJIG RIVER VALLEY – ULAAN UUL TOWN
After an exciting first day in the wild, we continue driving off-road northward. These parts are endless mountainous areas and valleys, so you can drink in the stunning scenery while we pass by.
Our journey today leads you via two mountain passes and passed a local town called Ulaan Uul. At one of the passes, there are 13 “Ovoo”. At this shamanic offering place, we offer the offerings we have gotten from the previous day at Murun town and wish for a good journey.
Driving further we will be in the Darkhad Depression, rich with 300 lakes and big rivers. We set our mountain camping site for the night. Tented camping /B,L,D/
Day-4 ULAAN UUL TOWN – KHOGOROG RIVER VALLEY
Continuing through the beautiful Darkhad depression this day we will visit our shaman’s home in Hogorog River Valley a 4-5 hour drive away from our camping site. You get to meet face-to-face with the shaman and get to know him, enjoying his company and hospitality.
We will be staying overnight in a ger – traditional Mongolian dwelling, built by the shaman near his own home where he lives with his family and livestock. Guest ger. /B,L,D/
Day-5 KHOGOROG RIVER VALLEY – TAIGA / REINDEER TRIBE CAMP
After having a brief instruction on riding Mongolian horses, you will get acquainted with your own horse before it is time to set off. Start riding towards Taiga, the region where parts of the Tsaachin communities live. You will be introduced to the amazing world of the reindeer-herding people (Tsaachin).
Due to the road conditions, we cannot use vehicles to reach the area. We transport luggage and food supplies by separately prepared horses. Horse riding today is approx. 4-5 hours. Shamanic Ritual. Tee-pee /B,L,D/
Day-6 TAIGA / REINDEER TRIBE CAMP
Spend the next day staying amongst the Tsaachin people and experience their everyday life. Learn of their unique traditions such as milking reindeer and processing milk products like cheese.
Spend time talking with the local people and understanding their local culture and how they have managed to maintain such a traditional way of life for so long. Our shaman will take us to a special place to do a blessing for us. Take in the beauty of the larch forest and wildflower patches. Be inspired and gain power while meditating in the untouched wilderness. Tee-pee/B,L,D/
Day-7 TAIGA / REINDEER TRIBE CAMP – SHARGA RIVER VALLEY
After breakfast, we ride through the mountains and arrive back at the big river Khogorog. Your mind will be swirling with the incredibly rare experience you have just had over the past few days. We will drive out to a beautiful tented camping spot on the bank of the river. /B,L,D/
Day-8 SHARGA RIVER VALLEY – GUNIIN GOL RIVER VALLEY
After early morning breakfast, we part with the shaman and start our drive through the Darkhad Depression to Tsagaan Nuur town, the most northern town of Mongolia. Then we continue driving to the Guniin gol river valley. Basically, this day is concentrated on driving and enjoying the view. Tented camping /B,L,D/
Day-9 GUNIIN GOL RIVER VALLEY/UJIG RIVER VALLEY
Slow day to reach the Ujig River Valley for our offering ceremony, according to our shaman’s advice. Tented camping.
Day10. UJIG RIVER VALLEY- KHUVSGUL LAKE
On this beautiful day, we say goodbye to our cook and crew. Then we head to Khuvsgul, blue pearl lake and transfer to ger camp. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Mongolia called Blue Pearl by locals. Free time. Lunch and dinner at ger camp.
Day-11 KHUVSGUL LAKE – ULAANBAATAR
Early start with breakfast and drive to Murun town to take an internal flight to Ulaanbaatar. We transfer to the hotel and free afternoon with some souvenir shopping and more. With a farewell dinner, we conclude our journey to Mongolia. Hotel/B,L,D/
We will transfer you to your international departure.