REINDEER TRIBE MONGOLIA
Reindeer Tribe Mongolia-known as Tsaatan-tsaachin; Dukha or Reindeer herders are all meaning same tribe.
It said there are 320 reindeer tribe people left in Mongolia (2019), considering Tuva origin living East & West Taiga (thick forest with boggy terrain) in Mongolia. These Reindeer tribe people have been freely travelling both Mongolia and Russian territory until mid 1950’s. Since Mongolia has tightened it’s border by the time, these Dukha people had to choose either to stay in Mongolia or Russian side. In such a movements, many of these relatives were left either sides of border. There are more Tuva origin reindeer tribe people in Russia nowadays. We run this special trip all year around.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCamping, Children, Culture, Discovery, Family, Ger Camping, Guided Tours, History, Trekking, Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
up to 12
The Tsaachin / Tsaatan or Dukha (Tuva) Tribe’s entire existence is based on their reindeer herds which provide them with milk for producing cheese, antlers for carving and medicinal purposes, transportation and on the odd occasion, meat. Part of the Tuvan ethnic group, this small tribe is truly nomadic, regularly moving in search for a rare type of lichen and grass for their reindeer. The Tsaachin people do not stay in the traditional Mongolian gers we commonly recognize as a symbol on the country, but live in urts, similar to the Native American teepees which were traditionally made from birch bark.
This trip allows you more comfortable riding and more connect to the local herds people…
Your visit to the reindeer herding people plays an important role to help them and their culture survive. Although very few travellers venture into this realm, our tourism initiative provides them with a supplemental income and cultural exchange education for both our travellers and local Tsaachin people. To spend time with these tribes people is truly remarkable and brimming with cultural practices that provide a deep insight into this fascinating way of life.
We have been running this tour since 2007. All our trips to here based on our much of local knowledge and special beautiful communication with these tribe people.
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.
Chingeltei District, 1 khoroo, Express Tower 701
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 8016 1210
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 6 -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.
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.
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.
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.
Beltes River / Murun town
After breakfast pack everything and start driving back to Moron town. We transfer to ger camp and refresh ourselves.
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Avoiding tourism peak season is good option which are in June and August I would say.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Book your “Reindeer herders visit tour” with Tulga, English speaking tour leader
Bayangol District, 6r khoroo, Aminii Oron suuts 11 7B
Ulaanbaatar 44 P.O. Box 793 Mongolia
Mobile: +976 8016 1210
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
Melbourne the photographer,
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!
It 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.
Thanks for everything!
See you in next year
The 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.
Mongolia 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
The perfect night in Mongolia.