"I could never resist the call of the trail" - Buffalo Bill

HORSE TREKKING TO TSAATAN TRIBE

Hovsgol province, northernmost in Mongolia, is centered its most distinguishing feature, the pristine Lake Hovsgol, worthy of many words of its own. The province is also remarkable, however, in that it represents one of the most direct and contemporary convergences of the ancient shamanic and relatively modern (12th century) Buddhist cultures of Mongolia. Here in Hovsgol can still be found large populations of people from the old tribes – Buryat, Uriankhai and Darkhad, as well as Tsaatan, the reindeer people. They have lived here since pre-history, their traditional ranges extending northwards into Siberia. The Tsaatan way of life shares much in common with that of the American Indians, who made the crossing to America from these parts across the Bering Strait whilst it was frozen under the last Ice Age. The Tsaatan prefer to live in deer hide tepees rather than ger tents, and their totemic ‘deer stones’, carved with the deer that are said to guide the dead into the underworld, still dot the Hovsgol landscape. Deer stones aside, the landscape are joy – deep green forests of pine and larch intermitted with forest steppe, and many northern animal, bird and fish species.

During the trip you will also meet another interesting ethnic group, the Darkhad. The Darkhad are famous for their good shamans and hard works. The other parts of Mongolia don’t understand Darkhad dialect as it’s very melodically like other Mongolian ethnics the Darkhad are very friendly and you will enjoy their hospitality in their small wooden houses.

Now there are only 400 Tsaatan people in Mongolia and they inhabit the remotest but amazing beautiful mountain taigas. The Tsaatan love their nomadic lifestyle of “breeding reindeer and sleeping in huts”. This tour offers an outstanding introduction to this diverse, ancient and extraordinarily beautiful country, visiting areas and sites that many other tours do not visit and a rare chance to visit the Tsaatans. You will travel to the most picturesque place in Mongolia the “Darkhad Valley” and have the chance to visit families of nomads, remote Buddhist monasteries and traditional events, and to take part in horse-riding or guided walking.

Shamanistic rituals of healing rely on rare medicinal plants and animals unique to this landscape. The Tsaatan are an archaic and ethnographically interesting nomadic groups to be found on the Eurasian continent their lifestyles are both ancestral to all the nomadic herding cultures of Central Asia and are reminiscent of a way of life which was widespread across Europe, Asia and North America 10,000 years ago.
 



 

HORSE TREKKING TO TSAATAN TRIBE

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Duration: 9 days /8 nights
Date: July - August
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1
Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at Chinggis Khan International Airport of Ulaanbaatar; Our guide and driver will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Trip briefing at the hotel by our guide. Afternoon city tour – The Zaisan memorial was constructed in memory of fallen soldiers and makes an ideal point to start our tour with its panoramic views of the city. Next stop is Sukhbaatar Square, the town's central square named after the people's revolutionary hero. Last sightseen is National History Museum. No tour of Ulaanbaatar is complete without a visit to the landmark State Department Store Ikh Delguur - or Great Shop - here we can stock up on last minute provisions before starting the next day's journey. Overnight at guesthouse. (L)

Day 2  Ulaanbaatar - Murun
This morning we take flight from Ulaanbaatar to Murun; Our local driver and guide will meet you at the airport and start driving to Hatgal via reindeer stone monuments. Enjoy scenery of Lake Hovsgol. Overnight in ger camp (B/L/D)

Day 3  Murun – Tsagaan Nuur
Drive to Tsagaan Nuur village via Ulaan Uul. Overnight in local ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 4  Tsagaan Nuur – Tsaatan Tribe
Drive to Taiga and arrive at nomads ger from where we start horse trekking to Tsaatan people. Overnight in tent close to Tsaatan people. (B/L/D)

Day 5  Tsaatan Tribe (Rest Day)
Full day rest and observe lifestyle of Tsaatan people and see Shaman rituals. After lunch start horse ride back to nomads and drive to Tsagaan Nuur village. Overnight in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 6  Tsaatan Tribe - Tsagaan Nuur
After breakfast start horse ride back to nomads and drive to Tsagaan Nuur village. Overnight at local ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7  Tsagaan Nuur - Murun
Today we drive from Tsagaan Nuur village back to capital of Hovsgol Murun town and stay there in local hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 8   Ulaanbaatar
Flight from Murun to Ulaanbaatar. This afternoon we go for last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping - cashmere, leather goods and traditional handicrafts are all good options. This evening we will enjoy a performance of traditional Mongolian song and dance performed by the world famous Tumen Ekh dance Ensemble. Farewell dinner. Overnight at guesthouse. (B/D)

Day 9  Departure
This morning check out from hotel and transfer to Chinggis Khan International Airport/Departure. (B)

Services included: Meals as listed, local English speaking guide/translator, private Russian 4WD Van with driver, pick up/transfer to/from Airport in Murun, flight ticket to/from Murun, accommodation in ger (2pax sharing basis) countryside, drinking water, horseback riding to/from Tsaatan people, excursions as per Itinerary and entrance fees, local taxes and admission fees, a local nomad horse guide, Cultural performance ticket in Ulaanbaatar.

Services excluded: Meals and accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, travel insurance, International air ticket, Mongolian visa, alcoholic beverages, photo and video charges in museums and monasteries, expenses of private nature.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

HORSE TREKKING TO TSAATAN TRIBE

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HORSE TREKKING TO TSAATAN TRIBE

HORSE TREKKING TO TSAATAN TRIBE

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