boundless Mongolia


Expedition to Tsaatans (reindeer people)
Mongolia is amazing.
The Mongols retain their identity in spite satellites flying over them. But you can not say that the locals are far from the achievements of modern technological progress. For example, they love motorbikes, but the bike does not displace the horse. On the contrary, it helps: shepherds drive herds, following them on an iron horse, so as not to tire his faithful four-legged friend. Mobile phone is not an obstacle even for lassoing a horse if you handle your cellphone with your left hand and throw lasso with a right one. Such a scene you can often observe in boundless Mongolian steppes.
And do not be surprised when in Mongolian cities you will see yurts in every yard. After all, you can live in a panel house, but in a yurt you feel much better, freer. The main impression you get from the trip to Mongolia is a real feeling of freedom.

2 weeks (15 days/14 nights)
2450 $
4 people minimum

Main program:
October 4 - 18, 2020

Main program

Day 1
Day 1
Arrival to Ulaanbaatar
Meeting at the airport of Ulaanbaatar
Visit Sukhbaatar square and the Palace of the 8th Bogd Khan.
Lunch, dinner traditional dishes
Accommodation in a hotel in the city.
Day 2
Day 2
Flight to Moron
Flight to Moron (1.5 hours).
Lunch in UB or in Morón, in accordance with the schedule of the flight.
Visiting the public market in Moron in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Moron
Day 3
Day 3
Moron, Khatgal, Hovsgol
Breakfast at hotel
Visiting the local museum in Moron in the morning, city walk
Lunch in the city restaurant
Drive to Khatgal by minibus (village located on the South side of lake Hovsgol, 100 km by road)
Afternoon walk along the lake.
Dinner and overnight in yurt camp in Khatgal
Day 4
Day 4
Ride to Tsaaganuur
Transfer to Tsagaanuur (about 180 km off-road)
Stop for lunch on the way to Ulaan Uul village.
Dinner at Tsagaanuur. Khorkhog - the ancient food of the nomads
Night in the local house.
Day 5
Day 5
Tsaatans
Visit the Tsaatans, a small people, lost in the deep forest
2 hours drive through the forest by car to the meeting point with the equestrian group.
Riding on horseback to the very North of Mongolia, where the nomads live (about 5 hours, picnic on road). About 200 Tsaatans live in two districts of the taiga zone.
Tea and conversation with the inhabitants of the tepee
Dinner and overnight in the Tsaatan family
Buying handmade products supporting traditional crafts
Day 6
Day 6
Returning
Breakfast and farewell at the Tsaatans
Returning to the cars by horses
Returning to Tsagaanuur.
Overnight in the same camp in Tsagaanuur.
Day 7
Day 7
Returning to Moron
Returning to Moron,
Travel to Central Mongolia (about 280 km on roads of different coverage)
Lunch on the way.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel
Day 8
Day 8
Night in the tent
Travel South by highway through the picturesque landscapes of Central Mongolia (about 230 km)
Lunch on the way at "guanz" a typical Mongolian canteen
Dinner and overnight in a tent on the banks of the river Ider near the village Jargalant

Day 9
Day 9
National park and volcano
Drive to Terhiin Tsagaan Nuur Khorgo national Park (canyon, volcano and lake surrounded by volcanic rocks), about 170 km
Picnic
Walk along The white lake beach.
Dinner and overnight in Yurt camp
Day 10
Day 10
Tsetserleg
Hiking to Horgo volcano in the morning.
Moving to Tsetserleg through the canyon Chuluut (120 km).
Lunch on the way to guanze
Visiting the provincial Museum in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Tsetserleg.


Day 11
Day 11
Kharkhorin is acapital of Genghis Khan
Transfer to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of The Mongol Empire of the XIII century (130km)
Lunch on the way to guangze
Visit the monastery of Erdene-Zuu and the local market.
Sightseeing of the monument in the second half of the day in Kharkhorin.
Dinner and overnight in the Yurt camp.
Night excursion to the famous stone turtle
Day 12
Day 12
Returning to the capital
Returning to Ulanbaatar (360 km)
Picnic on the road near mini Gobi.
Camel riding.
Arrival to the capital.
A visit to the Zaisan monument.
Buying Souvenirs and cashmere products.
Accommodation in SPA-center of "Gobi".
Day 13
Day 13
"Great Mongol"
Trip to the monument of Genghis Khan - "the Great Mongol" (90 km)
Archery
Visiting a nomadic family 20 km from the monument
Riding around. Observation of the way of life of nomads and their daily work.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in the Yurt with a family
Day 14
Day 14
Farewell dinner
Return to Ulanbaatar
Visit to the Museum of history and the state University of Mongolia
Lunch at a restaurant in the city center
Visiting the folklore performance in the evening
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 15
Day 15
Returning home
Breakfast
Transfer to the airport
3 reasons to go
Reason 1:
Untouched nature of Mongolia is incredibly beautiful and diverse: endless steppes alternate with steep mountains, sandy deserts and dense taiga. No roads, but a lot of crystal clear rivers full of fish.
Reason 2:
The ancient history of Mongolia is amazing. The Empire of Genghis Khan in the 13th century was the largest in terms of territory and population in history. Mongolia holds many mysteries: who were these people who conquered half of the world, where did they come from and where did they disappear? Why do the Mongols keep their traditions so strongly?
Reason 3:
The cultural diversity of this country attracts travelers from all over the world, which is still relatively few. Mongolia is a home to many different peoples and tribes. There is a small group of the southernmost reindeer herders-Tsaatan. Their language and origin are close to the Tuvans. There are only a few hundred of them left, and we are going to visit them.
Details
Accommodation
City hotels, as well as in traditional dwellings: yurts, chums, huts. A sleeping bag is needed.
Age and skills
Horse riding is not very long and exhausting. No special training is required
What else?
Reservations cannot be cancelled from two months prior to travel.
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INCLUDED/EXTRAS
Included:
transfers, accommodation, meals, entrance tickets to museums and parks, support, guides, interpreter.
Extras:
international flights, insurance, alcohol, souvenirs
Sain baina uu, I'm your guide Michael Rezyapkin
Anthropologist, traveler, author of scientific articles about the nomads of Central and North-East Asia. I organize scientific expeditions to various ethnic groups of the world, including the Tsaatans of Mongolia, work with National Geographic photographers and film crews from different countries and bring travelers to see interesting places.
I love to travel and spin tales near a campfire or at a table - no matter if the company is good.
We will go together from the beginning to the end of the route, will see how modern nomads live and how they integrate into post-industrial society, which helps them to preserve their authentic culture.
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