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

MONGOLIA


August 24th to September 11th, 2019.
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!

SHEDULE AND COST:

I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

Dates: August 24 to September 4, 2019

Duration
: 12 days/11 nights

Cost per person: USD 2750 subject to 12 participants, USD 2950 subject to 10 participants, USD 3150 subject to 8 participants.
Everything is included (incl. 3 domestic flights) except for:
- international flight to Ulaanbaatar,
- international medical insurance,
- visa of Mongolia (if needed depending on the citizenship),
- the hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night after expedition (if needed depending on the departure flight)
Estimated cost of international flight Moscow - Ulaanbaatar - Moscow: USD 500 – 600 (to be purchased by your own).

Additional payment for single accommodation in hotels
: USD 300

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II. Tsaatan reindeer herders

Dates: September 3 to 11, 2019

Duration
: 9 days/8 nights

Cost per person: USD 1750 subject to 12 participants, USD 1950 subject to 10 participants, USD 2150 subject to 8 participants.
Everything is included (incl. 2 domestic flights) except for:
- international flight to Ulaanbaatar,
- international medical insurance,
- visa of Mongolia (if needed depending on the citizenship),
- the hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night before expedition (if needed depending on the arrival flight)
- the hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night after expedition (if needed depending on the departure flight)
Estimated cost of international flight Moscow - Ulaanbaatar - Moscow: USD 500 – 600 (to be purchased by your own).

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TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO MONGOLIA


I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters


Day 0. August 24, 2019

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar by air by international flight. Accommodation in the hotel.
The remainder of the day is for you to get over jet lag and take a good rest before your wonderful journey across Mongolia. You also can make a walk around Ulaanbaatar.
In the evening we have dinner together.
Meals: dinner
Accommodation: Bayangol hotel, Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace or similar



Day 1. August 25, 2019

Very early in the morning transfer to the airport of Ulaanbaatar (UB). Today starts our expedition, we take a flight (at 6:20 am) to south Gobi province (600 km).
When we land in Dalanzadgad city, we drive to tourist camp to check in. Depending on a time of landing, we drive to wild bird valley.
Stay in the tourist camp. Some of you can try to ride a horse (optional).
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp



Days 2 – 3. August 26 – 27, 2019

We have a breakfast at the camp and depart to next destination (200 km). We accommodate nearby 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 colorful 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.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp or family ger



Day 4. August 28, 2019

After breakfast, we drive to Flaming cliffs (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. People watch sunset or sunrise at Flaming Cliffs.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp



Day 5. August 29, 2019

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.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp



Day 6. August 30, 2019

Today we drive back to UB city. It is long distance drive and almost whole day drive. 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 province center. In the evening we get back to the capital Ulaanbaatar to stay in a hotel to get prepared for next loop of our trip to western part of the country, to Altay Mountains.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: hotel Bayangol hotel, Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace or similar



Days 7 – 9. August 31 – September 2, 2019

We take a domestic flight from UB to Bayan-Ulgii province, on 7th day. 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 in Bayan-Ulgii province, 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 in a distance of 45 km away from the city to meet a Kazakh family to stay for three 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: family ger



Day 10. September 3, 2019

After lunch in the family we depart to the city. Back to the 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 small hotel and get ready for departure next morning back to Ulaanbaatar or, for those who travels to Tsaatan, to Murun.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: hotel in Ulgii



Day 11. September 4, 2019

After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
We take a flight back to Ulaanbaatar city or, for those who travels to Tsaatan – flight to Murun.
International flight back home.
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no




II. Tsaatan reindeer herders


Day 0. September 3, 2019

Arrival to Ulaanbaatar by air by international flight. Accommodation in the hotel booked by yourself.
Meals: no
Accommodation: excluded



Day 1. September 4, 2019

Arrival to Murun city, Khuvsgul province center, taking a flight from Ulaanbaatar (UB) at 10:40 am.
When we land in Murun city airport, drivers and a cook greet us. We drive 20 km to a tourist camp to check in and back to the city going to local open market to buy foodstuff for the next 5 days.
Meals: lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp

* Depending on a summer timetable of domestic airlines, we need to stay at a tourist camp instead of taking a land transfer to the village.


Day 2. September 5, 2019

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. September 6, 2019

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. September 7, 2019

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. September 8, 2019

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. September 9, 2019

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. September 10, 2019

In the morning, we drive to Murun city and we stay for one more night at the same camp.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: tourist camp



Day 8. September 11, 2019

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. We take an afternoon flight back to Ulaanbaatar city (at 12:40 pm).
International flight back home.
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no

Cost includes:

Part I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

  • Domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to South Gobi province (one way)
  • Domestic flight Ulaanbaatar – Ulgii – Ulaanbaatar (roundtrip)
  • Accommodation: twin share hotel room, tent, family ger
  • 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 or similar)
  • Airport transfers
  • Camping equipment and cutlery
  • Entrance fee to protected areas and national parks
  • Special Permission fee to state reservation
  • Nomad family visit

Part II. Tsaatan
reindeer herders

  • Domestic flight Ulaanbaatar – Murun – Ulaanbaatar (roundtrip)
  • Accommodation: twin share hotel room, tent, family ger
  • 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 or similar)
  • Airport transfers
  • Camping equipment and cutlery
  • Entrance fee to protected areas and national parks
  • Special Permission fee to state reservation
  • Nomad family visit


To be addidionally (personally) paid:

Part I. Gobi & Kazakh eagle hunters

  • International flights
  • Medical travel insurance
  • hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night after expedition (if needed depending on the departure flight)
  • Optional activity cost
  • Meals that specified in the program as excluded
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expense and equipment
  • Alcohol and drinks
  • Gratitude tip for guide, drivers and cook
  • Single room supplement

Part II. Tsaatan
reindeer herders

  • International flights
  • Medical travel insurance
  • hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night before expedition (if needed depending on the arrival flight)
  • hotel in Ulaanbaatar for the night after expedition (if needed depending on the departure flight)
  • Optional activity cost
  • Meals that specified in the program as excluded
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expense and equipment
  • Alcohol and drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tip 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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