Tsaatan Dukha Reindeer Herders Tribe visit 2020 | Photography tour

from $2,200.00

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.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Camping, Children, Culture, Family, Trekking, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Moderate
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the Tsaatan Dukha Reindeer Herders Tribe visit 2020 | Photography tour.

    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.

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    My Favourite Tsaatan Reindeer Herders Tribe Tour Mongolia in 2018




    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • 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)


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    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    1. Day 1 UB

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

    2. Day 2 UB-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. Day 3 Murun-Ulaan 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 larch and pine tree Mountain Bayan. Dinner and overnight.

    4. Day 4 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.

    5. Day 5 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.

    6. Day 6 Taiga

      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.

    7. Day 7 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.

    8. Day 8 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.

    9. Day 9 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.

    10. Day 10 Beltes River -Murun Town

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

    11. Day 11 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.

    12. Day 12 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.

    13. Day 13 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.

    14. Day 14 Departure

      Transfer to airport

    Types of Accommodation

    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/

    Travel info hotel UB

         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.

    spiritual Tour

    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.

    Terelj Lodge

    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.

    Travel info local hotels

    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

    Travel Info Vehicle1

    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

    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.

    Taiga- Reindeer herders Place

    Taiga- Reindeer herders Place

    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

    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!

    Overall Rating
    Reviewed On 10/12/2019

    Reviewed September 18, 2018 A truly amazing experience! Three times I have been to Mongolia and three times I have travelled with the very professional team of Nomadic Trails. It was pure magic! Tulga, the gentle CEO, is very proud of his country and he showed us very nice sceneries, he took us to families living in gers where we shared songs and snacks! Other times whe were welcomed by a family and asked to share their meal and even their ger where we could spend the night. When crossing the country, we would always stop in the evening at the most wounderful places to spend the night. It's unbelievable how Tulga is able to find his way without Satnav!!!! So we could admire the marvellous landscapes, enjoy the absolute stillness, dream into the amazing sky covered with millions of stars. And in the morning we were welcomed by Pudge, a very good cook, whose meals are realy delicious and colorful. Nice table, nice chairs in an open air eating tent: *****. The careful drivers who took us through the country are very friendly and helpful. There was always one of them helping for the setup of my tent. I'm not fluent in Mongolian(!), but no words are needed with this friendly people! They always stay good tempered even when the roads are soaked and hard to cross. The complete team keeps joking and laughing. Thanks to the people of Nomadic TRails and their perfect organization I have had a wounderful experience and I still have enjoyable memories.... I'll go back!

    Emmy W
    Reviewed On 10/12/2019

    Couldn't imagine seeing Mongolia any other way. A HUGE thank you to Tulga and his team who lead our shamanic pilgrimage to the East Taiga. We were a larger group, so the logistics of traveling was already potentially more complex. Every day, Tulga and his team showed up with a smile, and was very knowledgeable and thoughtful in accommodating to our needs while showing us the most breath-taking scenery and local cultures. We're forever grateful for the Nomadic Trails team and our life-changing journey. Show less Date of experience: August 2018

    Reviewed On 10/12/2019

    A Journey of a Lifetime i went to Mongolia with a group of women this summer under the care of Nomadic Trails. we were on an unconventional journey, and Tulga and his team made sure to help us in a way that was aligned with our intentions for the trip. i felt very cared for and supported by the whole team. their flexibility and strong guidance were in perfect balance. and it was really fun! we danced and laughed enough memories to carry me through life. Nomadic Trails feels like family to me now. their connection to the local people and lands were inspiring and completely heartfelt. the food that was prepared in the wilds was exceptionally amazing. the places we went to were extraordinarily beautiful. i would not go on a spiritual journey to Northern Mongolia with anyone else!

    Angie N
    Reviewed On 10/12/2019

    Tulga is such a hard worker and is committed to bringing the best possible experience to his guests and no request is too big. His knowledge of his country is as vast as the country itself and he was able to provide a varied, personal, unique experience. I wanted to create my own personal itinerary and Tulga had the knowledge, contacts, experience and sense of adventure to make that happen. I’ll be returning in 2020 to travel with Nomadic Trails again. Can’t wait!

    Reviewed On 10/12/2019

    My friend and I live in different countries and managed to organise a custom itinerary over email which was completely tailored to our individual tastes. We left from Hong Kong, which was presented some difficulties as there was a typhoon which meant that we could have been delayed, as well as the fact that there was an issue with our code share flight which prevented us from checking in online. Termuulen was great as she called the airline for us to see what the issue was, and was messaging us to check whether we made our flight on time. When we arrived we were fetched without any hassle and were pleasantly surprised that the car we were in was a Land Cruiser, which proved to be very comfortable. On the first evening Termuulen told us that the route we had wanted to go on was washed away by unexpected rain, but said we could still go if we really wanted to. We really appreciated that as my friend had singled out one of the attractions on that route as the reason for the trip. Our driver, Bataar was excellent. The journey was comfortable and both Bataar and Termuulen ensured that every request we made was catered for. We even asked for a last minute change of itinerary on the last day we was accommodated even though it was an extra 3 hour drive. All in all we were really pleased with Nomdic Trails, the trip was a once in a life time experience and made better by Bataar and Termuulen.