Mongolia

A signature adventure with Suzanne AlHouby

Level

Moderate

Duration

13 days

Route

Arrival Ulaanbaatar – Murun, Huvsgul province – Ulaan Uul soum – Tsagaan Nuur village – Dukhan’s tribe – Tsagaan Nuur – Ulaan Uul- Murun – Ulaanbaatar -Ulgii-Ulaanbaatar – Departure Ulaanbaatar

Located in the landlocked plateau of Central Asia between China and Russia, Mongolia covers a territory larger than that of Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy combined. As the 19th largest country in the world, Mongolia’s considerable size includes a fabulous array of pristine landscapes and a nomadic people whose lives are in many ways unchanged from the days of Genghis Khan and his mighty Mongol Empire.

The country of glorious history, amazing culture and tradition, fascinating nature beauty and hospitable people, is wonderland in today’s world. This tour offers a comprehensive introduction to this varied, ancient and extraordinarily beautiful country, including visits to Mongolia`s off-the-beaten regions.

This trip takes you to natural and cultural wonders in the Northern and Western Mongolia. Our adventure begins once we land in Ulaanbaatar. We will fly north to Murun and then ride on a bumpy road till we reach Tsagaan Nuur and camp in what can be called close to heaven.  We will be close to our horse herders who will join us for the next epic part of our adventure where we will horse ride through the forest of Taiga till we reach the Tsaatan ; the reindeer tribe -we will live with this tribe who hasn’t changed their ways!! We will experience riding a reindeer as well as an ice age Shaman Ritual at night. Next we will go back and explore Ulaanbaatar before we fly west to explore the Kazakh – Eagle Hunters of Mongolia taking part in the eagle training and getting to know about the unique Kazakh culture.

Facts:

 

Activities: horse trekking; camping; cultural sightseeing, cultural interaction, Eagle hunter family experience

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity and understanding of the local culture and environment

Sustainability:   

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: 23rd Aug 18 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia you will be met at the airport after custom formalities from a Rahhalah representative and transfer to the hotel. The remaining of the day is for you to get over jet lag and take a good rest before your wonderful journey across Mongolia.

Holiday Inn hotel or similar.

Day 02: 24th Aug 18 UB - Murun, Huvsgul province – Ulaan Uul soum (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we take a flight to Murun town and upon arrival transfer to Ulaan uul soum. The road gets bumpier as it gets closer to Ulaan Uul and Tsagaan  Nuur. Break our journey on our way in the territory of Ulaan Uul and camping in a scenic spot.

Overnight Tent

Duration:  7-8 hr drive ~200 k

Day 03: 25th Aug 18 Ulaan Uul soum - Tsagaan Nuur village Tent (B, L, D)

Drive more to north and arrive in the village where we will 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. Stay overnight at tent.

Duration: 6-7 hr drive~200 km

Day 4: 26th Aug 18 Tsagaan Nuur village – Dukhan’s tribe (B, L, D)

Today we will start our horse trekking to Reindeer tribe. We pack everything on the horses for next few days. We ride following the train and our horse guides through muddy, and swampy wetland toward Taiga, where Tsaatan nomads or also called Reindeer people live. Arrive at the Dukhan’s tribe in the early evening.

Camping near the campsite of the tribe. 

Overnight Tent

Duration: 6-7 hr horse trekking ~20-25 km

Day 5: 27th Aug 18 Leisure day with the tribe (B, L, D)

Today is spent leisurely on your own observing and taking part in the reindeer people’s daily life. Try riding reindeer and try a tea and dairy made out of milk of Reindeer.

Optional: Shaman ritual in Taiga (Tsaatan shaman)

Visit tribe’s leaders Tippie in the evening and participate the shaman ritual tonight.

Tsaatan 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. Darkhad and Tuva people have coexisted peacefully with the Tsaatan reindeer herders sharing respect for Lake Huvsgul, The Dalai Eej or Mother Sea for sustaining their livelihoods for centuries. 

Overnight Tent

Day 6: 28th Aug 18 Horse trekking back to the village Tsagaan Nuur (B, L, D)

In the early morning, we will ride back to Tsagaan nuur where we meet our driver. Say good bye to our horse wranglers and we continue our drive to Ulaan Uul.  Camping at a scenic spot.

Overnight Tent

Duration: 6-7 hr horse trekking ~20-25 km

Day 7: 29th Aug 18 Tsagaan Nuur – Ulaan Uul (B, L, D)

Today we drive toward Lake Huvsgul through the Khangai region of Mongolia; here one will definitely admire the nature beauty. Khangai region is beautiful mountainous area that is rich in wood, wildlife and rivers. Lunch along the way. Arrive in Ulaan Uul and rest. 

Overnight Tent

Duration: 6-7 hr drive ~200 km

Day 8: 30th Aug 18 Ulaan Uul – Murun town (B, L, D)

We will travel back to Murun town this day, and stop at the Uushig Deer stone on the way.

Overnight at a local hotel.   

Day 9: 31st Aug 18 Murun – Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and say goodbye to our drivers and chief then take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival, we will start our city tour with Gandan Monastery, housing a 26-meter-high gilded statue of the Buddha, Chingghis Khan monument on the square and the National Museum, which has a number of fascinating displays of traditional Mongolian clothing and weaponry, as well as exhibits charting the course of Genghis Khan’s empire-building. If we have time, we will visit Narantuul Market, the biggest open-air market in Mongolia (PS: you need to be extremely careful with your belongings due to pickpocketing).

Dinner at a local restaurant. Transfer to the hotel after dinner.

Overnight: Holiday Inn hotel or similar

Duration: 1 hr drive + half day city tour ~50 km

Day 10: 1st Sep 18 Ulaanbaatar – Bayan Olgii, Kazakh Eagle Hunter family (B, L, D)

Take a local flight to Bayan Olgii province, and arrive in Olgii town. Visit the local bazaar and mosque, then transfer to your host family, eagle hunter family.

Overnight: Local family

Day 11: 2nd Sep 18 Eagle hunter family experience (B, L, D)

Spend a full day with your host family, learn about their lifestyle and eagle hunting practice (eagles hunt only in winter but the guests will learn how eagles are trained). Depending on the flight schedule back to UB, we will either stay with the family or transfer back to OIgii town.

Optional: Eagle trainers’ fee for photo session

Overnight : Local family or local hotel/ger camp

Day 12: 3rd Sep 18 Olgii – Ulaanbaatar (B, L, D)

Take a domestic flight back to UB. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to the hotel for check in. Optional shopping for souvenir or cashmere if you wish. Enjoy traditional folklore concert from magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Holiday Inn hotel or similar

Duration: 1 hr drive + half day city tour ~50 km

Day 13: 4th Sep 18 Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (B)

You are transferred to the airport after breakfast. End of service.

5,600 USD

per person in a group of  min 5, Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

23 August 2018

This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.

All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

This includes:

Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour + local guide in Olgii
Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
Private transfers (Korean van/County bus + Experienced driver) in Ulaanbaatar
Private transfers (4WD Russian vans + Experienced drivers) in Huvsgul and Olgii
Airport transfers
Cook for camping days
Twin/double share at centrally located 4* hotel in Ulaanbaatar
Twin/double share at good tourist camps
Twin/double share at local hotel in Murun
Twin/double share at local hostel in Olgii
Twin share tents during tent camping days
Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
Murun-Ulaanbaatar flight ticket RT + tax (15 kg luggage free including carry on)
Olgii-Ulaanbaatar flight ticket RT + tax (15 kg luggage free including carry on)
3-day Horse fees in Taiga + horse wranglers + porter horses
Camping equipment (Sleeping bag, mattress etc)
0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
Border area entrance permission (for Tsaatan nomad’s campsite)

This excludes:

International flights and  Tax
Visa fees
Travel Insurance ( compulsory)
Single supplement
Optional activities
Personal gear
Tips and gratuities
Personal expenses
Shaman ritual fee in Taiga (Tsaatan shaman)
Eagle trainers’ fee for photo session
5 % UAE VAT on the total cost

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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