Expedition with Mzungu to Gobi desert, Altay eagle hunters
and Tsaatan forest reindeer herders

MONGOLIA


July 17 - July 28 (August 4), 2022
Tour Mongolia

tour to Mongolia expedition to Tsaatan Dukhan reindeer herders nomads Kazakh eagle hunters tour travel to Gobi desert Taiga trip

To find yourself in the very center of Asia, where Bactrian camels meet reindeer, where the harsh Siberian taiga adjoins 200-meters-long dunes of Gobi Desert, to learn the secrets of Kazakh eagle hunters and see the shamanic ceremony of the last forest reindeer herders Dukhan...

Our ethnographic expedition to Mongolia is a unique opportunity to discover an enigmatic country of nomads!


Tour to Mongolia. To find yourself in the very center of Asia, where Bactrian camels meet reindeers, where the harsh Siberian taiga adjoins 200-meters-long dunes of Gobi Desert, to learn the secrets of Kazakh eagle hunters and see the shamanic ceremony of the last forest reindeer herders Dukhan...

Our ethnographic expedition to Mongolia is a unique opportunity to discover an enigmatic country of nomads!

SCHEDULE AND COST:

I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

Dates: July 17 - 28, 2022

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Number of participants: 7 – 11

Cost per person:
  • USD 2 990 subject to 11 participants
  • USD 3 190 subject to 9 – 10 participants
  • USD 3 390 subject to 7 – 8 participants

Everything is included (incl. 2 domestic flights) except for:
  • international flight to Ulaanbaatar roundtrip
  • international medical insurance
  • visa of Mongolia (if needed depending on the citizenship)
Estimated cost of international flight Moscow – Ulaanbaatar – Moscow: USD 1500 (to be purchased by your own).

Single supplement in hotels: USD 300 (provided ONLY in hotels)


*You can choose 1 or 2 segments



II. Tsaatan reindeer herders

Dates: July 28 - August 4, 2022

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Number of participants: 3 - 5

Cost per person: USD 1490

Everything is included except for:
  • international flight to Ulaanbaatar roundtrip
  • international medical insurance



TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO MONGOLIA
I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

Day 1. July 17, 2022 (Sunday). ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR – CHINGIS STATUE – NP GORKHI-TERELJ

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar, by air by international flight.
Meet the guide in the airport. By 4WD Land Cruiser 200 we drive some 70 km eastward, to the big statue of Chingis Khan. Visiting of impressive monument, which with 40 meters height appears the world's highest equestrian statue.
Short transfer (30 km) to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, beautiful place among the green alpine meadows on the hill slopes and bizarre cliff formations. We visit famous Turtle rock, discover some other beautiful places and take a good rest after flight and before out adventures in Altai Mountains.

Dinner in the vicinity of the park, among quirky cliffs. Overnight in tourist yurts at Terelj Star Resort.

* Recommended arrival:
- by Turkish Airlines, arriving in Ulaanbaatar on July 17 at 7:20 am, flight number TC-236 from Istanbul,
- or any other flight with arrival in Ulaanbaatar on July 17 no later than 8 am or on July 16 any time (extra night in the hotel in Ulaanbaatarwill be paid additionally
- or by S7 Airlines, from Moscow to Ulan-Ude on the 14th of July at 21:35 by flight S7-3033, arrival in Ulan-Ude on the 15th of July at 08:20 and further by train. Train from Ulan-Ude departs on July 15 at 15:42 (local time) with arrival in Ulan-Bator on July 16 at 6:38 am (additional night at hotel in Ulan-Bator is extra cost),
- or by Smartavia Airlines, flight from Moscow to Ulan-Ude on the 14th of July at 19:55 by flight 5N-561, arrival to Ulan-Ude on the 15th of July at 06:45 and further by train. Train from Ulan-Ude departs on July 15 at 15:42 (local time) with arrival to Ulan-Bator on July 16 at 6:38 am (extra night at hotel in Ulan-Bator will be paid additionally),
- or by train from Irkutsk (Russia), departure from Irkutsk at 7:57 on July 15, arrival to Ulan Bator at 06:38 on July 16 (extra night at hotel in Ulan Bator will be paid additionally).


Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist yurts at Terelj Star Resort, DBL/TWIN



Days 2 – 3. July 18 – 19, 2022. Monday – Tuesday. NP TERELJ – ULAANBAATAR – ULGII – ALTAI MOUNTAINS

Very early departure to the airport of Ulaanbaatar to catch the flight to the extreme west of Mongolia.
At 7 am domestic flight to Ulgii, Bayan-Ulgii province.
The western province is elevated at least 2500 meters above sea level. Mountain range and landscape is picturesque even with its naked (no tree and wood) cliffs and mountains.

When we land in Ulgii city, by Land Cruisers (100 or 200) we drive to local open market to buy food supply for next few days (due to some people's food difference like vegan or vegetarian, allergy type).
We drive to a village at the foothills of Altai Mountains in a distance of 45 km away from the city to meet a Kazakh family to stay for 2 nights.

The village is famous and rich with its eagle hunters and history. Explore the real way of living of regular nomadic family. To personally experience their friendliness and hospitality. The eagle hunters will show us their training methods and you will be introduced to the art of eagle hunting and can talk with the hunters (Through an interpreter) about how he trains and hunts with his eagle. The tradition of hunting with Eagles goes back thousands of years in central Asia. We watch hunters to train their eagle for hunting, ride horse, try eagle hunters' outfit, take photos, participate in meal with housewives, play children with their traditional games, walk and hike.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: traditional ger with Kazakhi family



Day 4. July 20, 2022. Wednesday. ALTAI MOUNTAINS – ULGII

Breakfast. First half of the day we spend with eagle hunters.
After lunch in the family we depart to Ulgii town to visit different Kazakh family to share their story without eagle. We may visit the local bazaar to where you can find traditional souvenirs and handcrafts.
Stay in Bayan Tsambagarav hotel and get ready for departure early next morning back to Ulaanbaatar.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Bayan Tsambagarav
hotel in Ulgii, DBL/TWIN rooms


Day 5
. July 21, 2022. Thursday. ULGII – ULAANBAATAR

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
At 8:30 am we take flight back to Ulaanbaatar city, the capital of Mongolia.
Transfer to the new Chinggis Khan hotel 4*. Check-in at the hotel.
We walk to the market and do some shopping.
Visit to the Choijin Lama Museum, Bogd Khaan Palace and Gobi cashmere factory store.
Evening time to have a good rest before wonderful journey to South Gobi.
Dinner together and overnight in UB at hotel Chinggis Khan hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Chinggis Khan hotel 4*, DBL/TWIN rooms



Day 6. July 22, 2022. Friday. ULAANBAATAR – DALANZADGAD – SOUTH GOBI

Early in the morning by Land Cruisers 200 we start driving to the south Gobi province (580 km). It is long distance, but the road is good and paved, we can do it for some 6 hours.
Upon arrival in Dalanzadgad city, we head to Three Camel Lodge to check in. Depending on a time of arrival, we may have time to also drive to wild bird valley.

Stay in the DBL/TWIN rooms. Some of you can try to ride a horse (optional).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Three Camel Lodge, DBL/TWIN



Days 7 – 8. July 23 – 24, 2022. Saturday – Sunday. SOUTH GOBI – KHONGOR SAND DUNES

We have a breakfast at the camp and depart to next destination (200 km). We accommodate nearby Khongor sand dunes and stay for two nights.

Lone gers and nomads on camelback hang suspended in the mirages, whilst the desert floor is strewn with a range of colourful rocks and unusual minerals. This is the Gobi at its stark best – there are many opportunities to stop and take photographs of the landscapes and people.

We climb up to the peak of sand dunes, which sings sometimes when people slide down to the base. Here we visit Gobi nomad families and try to ride camels (optional). Southern Gobi province we get experienced of hospitality of genuine nomad herdsmen's life such as meal, milking goat or camel, dairy products, riding camel, watching people how to make rope around ger and string with camel wool etc.
Stay 2 nights at Gobi Erdene Camp in South Gobi.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Gobi Erdene Camp, DBL/TWIN


Day 9. July 25, 2022. Monday. KHONGOR SAND DUNES – BAYANZAG

After breakfast, we drive to Flaming cliffs of Bayanzag, where first dinosaur egg set was ever found in human history. Explore around for dinosaur remains and walking in the rich saxaul forest. You can even find real dinosaur bones and eggs yourself!

We stay at tourist camp. During daytime, we can play with anklebone (knucklebone) following nomad ethnic group people's way. Enjoy the wilderness and unique nature formations, walking and jogging is pleasant here to make. Watching sunset or sunrise at Flaming Cliffs.
Stay overnight at Bayanzag Camp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Bayanzag Camp, DBL/TWIN



Day 10. July 26, 2022. Tuesday. BAYANZAG – TSAGAAN SUVARGA

After breakfast, we depart from the camp heading to beautiful mountain Tsagaan Suvarga, which is a copper ore deposit. People can take amazing photos during sunset and enjoy the nature. Quietness and wilderness people amaze very much. Some wild animals like white tailed gazelle or black tailed one too we can watch if we are lucky. People feel like to be on Mars, when they get here.
Stay overnight at Caravan Serai Camp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Caravan Serai Camp, DBL/TWIN



Day 11. July 27, 2022. Wednesday. TSAGAAN SUVARGA – ULAANBAATAR

Today we say goodbye to Gobi and after breakfast we drive back to UB city (420 km). It is rather long distance, the road runs alongside the Khongor dunes for some time before the dunes disappear into a massive desert steppe, bounded by the last of the Altai Mountain Range. On our way, stopping for photography and having a lunch either in a village or district center. In the evening we get back to the capital Ulaanbaatar to stay in a hotel Bayangol 4*. Farewell dinner in the restaurant in Ulaanbaatar with traditional dances.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Bayangol 4*, DBL/TWIN rooms



Day 12. July 28, 2022. Thursday. ULAANBAATAR – INTERNATIONAL RETURN FLIGHT

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. International return flight.
Or, for those who travels to Tsaatan (Segment 2) – this day we have flight or driving to Murun, north of Mongolia.

* Recommended departure:
- by Turkish Airlines, departing from Ulaanbaatar on July 28 at 8:50 a.m. on flight TK-237 to Istanbul,
- or any other flight leaving from Ulaanbaatar at any time on July 28, or even at night from July 27 to 28, or
- train from Ulan-Bator on Saturday 30th July at 20:55 (extra nights at hotel in Ulan-Bator are paid additionally) with arrival to Ulan-Ude at 6:40 am, or arrival to Irkutsk at 15:15, then by plane to Moscow or other city by any convenient flight.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no



II. Tsaatan reindeer herders

Day 0. July 27, 2022

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar by air by international flight. Accommodation in the hotel booked by yourself.

* Recommended arrival:
- by any flight with arrival in Ulan-Bator on July 28th not later than 7 am or at any time on July 27th (extra night in a hotel in Ulan-Bator is paid additionally if you arrive on July 27th),
- or departure from Moscow to Ulan-Ude by S7 Airlines at 21:35 on 25 July by flight S7-3033, arrival in Ulan-Ude at 08:20 on 26 July and further by train. Train from Ulan-Ude departs July 26 at 15:42 (local time) with the arrival to Ulan-Bator July 27 at 6:38 am (extra night in the hotel in Ulan-Bator is paid additionally),
- Or by train from Irkutsk (Russia), departure from Irkutsk at 7:57 on 26 July, arrival to Ulan Bator at 06:38 on 27 July (extra night at hotel in Ulan-Bator is paid additionally).

Meals: no
Accommodation: no



Day 1. July 28, 2022

After early breakfast, no later than at 8 am departure by 4x4 off road SUVs Land Cruiser 200 for Murun city, Khuvsgul province center (650 km).
Upon arrival in Murun, we drive 20 km to a tourist camp to check in and rest.

Meals: lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp



Day 2. July 29, 2022

We drive to a village, after having a breakfast at the camp. Distance between the tourist camp and the village is 300 km and on our way we have a lunch in a wilderness. When we get the village, we stay in a tent nearby a local family. If it rains, we need to rent a ger – traditional dwelling made of wooden frame and felt layers.
Here we meet our local horse wrangler who will be also our guide in that deep forest Taiga. In the evening discuss the route and next day plan.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tent or ger



Days 3. July 30, 2022

Today we will start our horse trekking to Reindeer tribe. We pack everything on the horses for next few days. On a horseback, we ride through muddy and swampy wetland toward Taiga, where Tsaatan (Dukhan) nomads live, to the reindeer people's summer camping.
Stay in a tent on our way. We make our own food together.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tent



Day 4. July 31, 2022

After breakfast, we jump on a horseback again and ride to the reindeer people village. Once we get Dukhan's tribe, we set the tents up and visit to shaman family.
Depending on a distance of reindeer people place (summer camping area), it can be one day transfer or 4-6 hour ride to Taiga. If we get the place earlier, we can visit to a shaman family to watch rituals.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tent or ger



Day 5. August 1, 2022

Stay in a tent in Taiga nearby reindeer families observing and taking part in the reindeer people's daily life and visit to Shaman family participating in their session in the morning and rituals in the evening. Shaman ritual can last for all night long.
Tsaatan (Dukhan) Reindeer People are a branch of the Turkic-speaking Tuvinian or Dukha ethnic group. This small group possesses a social and material culture which has remained unchanged since the Ice Age. Shamanistic or totemic rituals and symbolism are central to the social organization of the Tsaatan. Shamanistic rituals of healing rely on rare medicinal plants and animals unique to this landscape. The Tsaatan are an archaic and ethnographically interesting nomadic group 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.
Originally from across the border in what is now Tuva Republic of Russia, the Dukhan are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world. But as the reindeer populations shrink, only about 40 families continue the tradition today. Their language, the Dukhan language, is an endangered Turkic variety spoken by approximately five hundred people in the Tsagaan-Nuur county of the Khövsgöl region of northern Mongolia.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tent



Day 6. August 2, 2022

We depart from reindeer people camping area heading back to the village, where we leave our cars behind. Stay in a tent nearby local family or in ger, if it rains. 8 hour ride on a horseback at least.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tent or ger



Day 7. August 3, 2022

In the morning we will move to the eastern shore of Lake Khovsgol, spend the evening on the lake and stay overnight at the campsite.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp



Day 8. August 4, 2022

After breakfast, transfer by our cars to Irkutsk, Russia (approximately 10 hours). With the border crossing, the road could take all day. Arrival in Irkutsk very late in the evening.

*There is an option (paid extra) to drive to Ulan-Bator. It will take the whole day on August 4.

Departure recommendations:
- Aeroflot Airlines, with departure from Irkutsk on August 5 by flight SU-1447 at 9:55 am, arrival in Moscow on August 5 at 11:10,
- or by any other flight with departure from Irkutsk on August 5 at any time,
- or by any flight departing from Ulan Bator on August 5 at any time
.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no

Cost includes:

Part I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

  • Domestic flight Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar (roundtrip)
  • Transport: 4x4 off road SUVs Land Cruiser 200 as per the whole itinerary (in Ulgii area can be either Land Cruiser 200 or Land Cruiser 100)
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels, tourist camps, gers as per the program (TWIN/DBL accommodation (and family accommodation for family) for all days, except for accommodation in ger with Kazakh eagle hunters
  • Full board meal (3 meals a day)
  • Water on daily basis 1.5 liter per person per day
  • Full time guiding service in English
  • Team leader Mzungu, translation into Russian
  • Entrance fee to protected areas and national parks
  • Special Permission fee to state reservation
  • Nomad family visits, all visits as per the program

Part II. Tsaatan
reindeer herders

  • Accommodation in tourist camp, tent, ger, family chum
  • Full board meal (3 meals a day)
  • Water on daily basis 1.5 liter per person per day
  • Full time guiding service in English
  • Team leader Mzungu, translation into Russian
  • Transport: 4x4 off road SUV (Land Cruiser 200 or similar)
  • Transfer back to Irkutsk (Russia)
  • Camping equipment and cutlery
  • Entrance fee to protected areas and national parks
  • Special Permission fee to state reservation
  • Nomad family visit



Cost excludes (additionally paid) :

Part I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

  • International flight to Ulaanbaatar roundtrip
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Optional activity cost
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcohol and drinks
  • Gratitude tips for guide, drivers and cook
  • Single room supplement

Part II. Tsaatan
reindeer herders

  • International flight (or train) to Ulaanbaatar
  • Medical travel insurance
  • hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night before expedition (if needed depending on the arrival flight)
  • Optional activity cost
  • Meals that specified in the program as excluded
  • Personal expense and equipment
  • Alcohol and drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips for guide, drivers and cook
  • Single room supplement



To take with:

- wear sets fitting weather conditions (fleece jacket or wool jumper, cotton t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, lightweight trousers, shorts, warm hat)
- warm and wind stop clothes, thermal underwear
- forehead torch
- raincoat
- set of long sleeve clothes
- anti mosquito net
- comfortable closed trekking footwear
- sun and wind protection means (cream, sunglasses, sun hat)
- insect repellents
- sleeping bag for 0 degrees
- personal hygiene means
- personal medical kit (analgetic, antiseptic, antibiotic, your personal medications)
- wet tissues
- backpack
- small backpack for radial walks
- photo and video camera
- spare batteries/bulb
- insurance confirmation copy
KEY FEATURES:
TOUR TO MONGOLIA
Mongolia

Best season: May - October



Kazakh nomads in the Mongolian Altai, famous for their hunting with golden eagle

The last traditional reindeer herders Tsaatan (Dukhan), practicing shamanism and living deep in the Taiga, where you can get only on horseback

Stunning barchans and Martian rock landscapes of Gobi Desert, where the remains of dinosaurs are still preserved

Jeeps, horses, reindeers and camels on the vast expanses of Mongolia



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