Events & Naadam
Unforgettable tour to the pristine lake Khuvsgul. The lake holds the 2% of the world’s fresh water reserve. On this tour you will also visit extinct volcano and natural hot spring.
Ulaanbaatar-Hustain Nuruu-Fly to Murun-Ulaanbaatar
12 nights / 13 days
Northern Mongolia, Central Mongolia
Hustain Nuruu, Lake Khuvsgul, Taiga, Tsaatan family, Reindeer people, Tsagaan Nuur
19th of July – 31st of July / 2018
- Day 1. Ulaanbaatar.
- Day 2. Hustain Natioanl Park (L/D)
- Day 3. Fly to Murun.Khuvsgul Lake (B/L/D)
- Day 4. Huin River. (B/L/D)
- Day 5. Tsagaan Nuur. (B/L/D)
- Day 6. Horse Riding to Taiga. (B/L/D)
- Day 7-8. TAIGA. (B/L/D)
- Day 9. Riding out of Taiga. (B/L/D)
- Day 10. Khuvsgul Lake. (B/L/D)
- Day 11. Khuvsgul Lake. (B/L/D)
- Day 12. Fly to Ulaanbaatar. (B)
- Day 13. Departure. (B)
Day 1/ July 19 (Thu) Arrival
Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be greeted by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Optional half- or all-day city tours are available.
Day 2/ July 20 (Fri) Hustain Nuruu National Park
Drive to Hustain Nuruu National Park. Drive deep into the National Park in search of Przewalski horses (takhi), ancestor of all modern-day horses in the world. If you have binoculars, please bring them. View a short documentary and visit the museum. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar for overnight stay in a hotel (L).
Day 3/ July 21 (Sat) Murun/ Khuvsgul Lake
Drive to airport for a domestic flight to Murun. Upon arrival in Murun, visit a local market and drive to Khuvsgul Lake. Visit Deer Stones on the way. Arrive at the ger camp at lunch time and check in. (If the flight is delayed, we will have lunch in Murun). Visit a local herding family. Dinner and overnight stay in a Ger camp (L/D).
Day 4/ July 22 (Sun) Huin River
Drive to Huin River for around eight hours. Packed lunch on the way. The camp is very basic and is located next to Huin River – the river has variety of fish. The group can bring fishing equipment and pay for the fishing permit to go fishing (Catching / releasing of fish is very common). Overnight stay in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 5/ July 23 (Mon) Tsagaan Nuur
Morning drive to Tsagaan Nuur soum. Here we get introduced to the Tsaatan Community Visitor Center (TCVC), a one-of-a-kind facility owned and operated by the reindeer herding community. Its services are modestly priced and tourism incomes are fairly distributed and dedicated to the sustainability of this small community as a whole. This ethnic group is called Dukha. Overnight stay in a local ger camp called Tsagaan Nuur Resort. Optional kayaking and boating is available (B/L/D).
Day 6/ July 24 (Tue) Horse riding to Taiga
After an early breakfast, drive to Khogorgo River, the drop off point at the edge of the taiga where our local horse guides with their horses will meet the group. Here, the group will start the horse riding into the taiga. The riding will take place in open and wooded terrain with lots of mud, puddles, almost entirely at a walking pace. Luggage and camping equipments of the group will be carried by pack horses led by local herders. As you ride accompanied by the guides, you will pass from a steppe (grassland) into a taiga (dense forest). In the evening, arrive at Dukha community encampment. Overnight stay in a tent next to a reindeer herding family (B/L/D).
Day 7 – 8/ July 25-26 (Wed, Thu) Taiga
Full day to enjoy your stay in a taiga forest. There is a chance to meet with reindeer herding families and explore their unique way of life, play with children and learn how they make dairy products out of reindeer milk. You will have plenty of opportunities to discuss with and ask questions from Dukha families. Overnight stay in a Tent next to the reindeer herding family (B/L/D).
Day 9/ July 27 (Fri) Riding out of the Taiga
On this day the group will bid farewell to the reindeer herding families and ride back to Tsagaan Nuur village. Full day horse riding to Taiga Tour camp. Overnight stay in a Ger and cabin camp. Opportunity to enjoy a nice hot shower (B/L/D).
Day 10/ July 28 (Sat) Khuvsgul Lake
After early breakfast, drive to Khuvsgul lake. Stay overnight in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 11/ July 29 (Sun) Khuvsgul Lake
Relaxing day on the shore of Lake Khuvsgul. Optional boating and horse riding is available. Stay overnight in a Ger camp (B/L/D).
Day 12/ July 30 (Mon) Ulaanbaatar
After the early breakfast, drive to Murun and catch a domestic flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Stay overnight in a hotel (B).
Day 13/ July 31 (Tue) Departure
Transfer to the railway station or airport for international departure (B).
TOUR AVAILABLE DATES:
- GROUP 1: 19th of July – 31st of July / 2018
- Transfers upon arrival and departure
- English-speaking guide at all times
- In the countryside all lodging will be in ger camps and tents
- All meals are provided as stated in the itinerary
- Ground transportation: in the countryside by a chauffeured 4WD jeep, minivan or bus in the city area
- Park entrance fees
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- 1 liter of drinking water per day per person
Package price DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Accommodation in a hotel or hostel in Ulaanbaatar, hotel extras, such as telephone calls, bar bills and laundry services, travel insurance, medical insurance, visa application fees, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses such as items of personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or train tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.
Since the trip will be in the mountainous, high-altitude region of Mongolia, and the weather can be very unpredictable and you might even experience snow, we kindly suggest you to bring the following:
- Warm coat
- Woolen hat
- Long underwear / long johns
- Woolen jumper
- Woolen socks
- Sleeping bag (rated for -10°C to -15°C)
Please bring the above in addition to your usual gear and items for such a trip.