Tsaatan Dukha Reindeer Herders Tribe visit 2020 | Photography tour
14 days/13 nights
This truly nomadic Tsaatan or Reindeer Tribe people move to different pastures 6 times in a year, and as a participant on this photography workshop, you’ll be part of the horse trek to vehicle support depending on season. You’ll immerse yourself in the Reindeer tribe’s lifestyle and traditions, and you’ll follow the herds of reindeer. An incredible experience would be in a stunning winter landscape. It is unique and varied trip as both photographer and traveller. You will enjoy cultural, wildlife, and landscape photography during our trips. We have professional team who will help you sharpen your skills and create many possibilities.
Create your amazing trails with us!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Extraordinary trip to Tsaatan Dukha or Reindeer herders, visit in Mongolia for our photography tour will take a place in closest to the nature is them. There are many advantages for us to organizing this tour but among all of that, we still respect local community and support them so well since 2007 and keep staying with a community.
It has been so many trips, since we have been visiting this special tribe, we get to know each other so well. It is one of our biggest advantages for this area and local tribe people trust us in there. We even established foundation to support this tribe people 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 always use their horses and horse guides, tee-pees to stay as accommodation to our all trips to increase their income. Find more at FAQ tab please.
This trip is one of Nomadic Trails signature tours since 2007.
Create Your Own Trails to one of the most attractive places of Mongolia.
To make booking, please send email to:
- +976 99040894
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- Chingletei District 1 Khoroo Peace Avenue, Practical Daatgal Building 7th floor 701
- Full services of a Nomadic Trails Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
- Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with drinking water as required with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary.
- Internal flights
- Airport transfers
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
- Border permission, which essentially needed (We visit to a place near to Mongolia and Russian border)
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
In this tour, we would be using following hotels and ger camps or tented camping:
1. Ulaanbaatar city:
Khuvsgul Lake Hotel which located in the heart of Ulaanbaatar city, next to Chinggiss Khaan square. http://www.khuvsgullakehotel.mn/
Bayangol hotel, good location near to main square Chinggiss Khaan https://bayangolhotel.mn/
2.Twin shared Ger Stay
It is locally prepared simple, twin beds and stove placed which make ourselves comfortable in cozy in side. It is one of the unique experienced of tour. We have one ger is dining, another ger for cooking and sleeping ger of course.
We have long drop seated toilet outside of our ger.
3. Terelj National Park- Proper tourist ger camp
https://www.tereljlodge.com/ It is proper ger camp for tourist with a fixed toilet blocks, restaurants and bar, sleeping ger.
4. Local hotel stay.
There are some nights we stay in local hotels, which are around 1-2 star, or similar. These hotels are simple, hot showers available.
5. Home Stay
One of our unique experiences, with so many happy clients who stayed with local families. We carefully select families who have more children, women who are willing to share experiences which makes our trip fantastic.
If we stay in a ger with them, we share same space in a ger. If they moved into a small houses we use one of the rooms of them. There will be sleeping mats or beds available. We use locals outside toilet and washing facilities.
6.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 4×4 wheel drive vehicles, such as Russian mini vans and Toyota Land Cruisers
Depending on weather in Mongolia, summer period ; June to September is good. Please advice with Mr. Tulga who is expert on this trip on email@example.com. 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://www.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!