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Tsaatan people means reindeer herders. They live in northern Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. However, they don’t live with residents of Khovsgol Aimag. They prefer to live in a remote area or in the thick forest. In this horse riding holiday, you will get in touch with them by horse so you will not miss observing the way they're living. You will live in a teepee in the 21st century, make a tea with the clearest water, untouched nature, and every day your life will have full of joy with Christmas deer. Please get the rare chance to see reindeer people with Ub Guesthouse. Ub Guesthouse will give you unforgettable memory in your heart!
You will be accommodated in various accommodations provided by Ub Guesthouse. The accommodations will be in a mixed condition including a nomad family, tourist camp, guesthouse, and tent.
You will start the trip by overland, using 4x4-wd during off road trip. During the trip, you will stop to see most famous parks and landscapes. Once you reach to the Khovsgol region where reindeers live there, you will have to change our van into horse. The horse trip will continue two days and stay one night with them and return again for two days by horse. After the reindeer trip, you will drive to Moron town, the center of Khovsgol region and take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. The flight duration will be 1,5 hour but it will take three days by van.
Electricity, modern toilet and shower are not available. Camel riding is available for fun and for free. The overnight stay will be with a nomadic family’s ger.
You will have a visit to Erdenezuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It was founded in 1586. The place is surrounded by a quadratic wall (420-meter long on each side) with a total of 108 stupas. You will have a visit to see “Kharakhorum” Museum. Thereafter, you will continue the trip to “Tsenher” hot spring in Arkhangai Aimag (a 3-hour journey). Tsenher is a natural hot spring that flows the whole year from the ground at 85 degrees Celsius.
The spring comes out from far deep part of the ground and its water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. The water has high mineral content and contains everything from simple calcium, sodium, to sulphuric. The spring produces water that is good for health and the water is effective for joints, nervous system, and considered good for many other diseases. The surrounding area is home of medicinal herbs. There are separate pools for women and men. Only ger will be available as for accommodation in the tourist camp. Communal shower, modern toilet, electricity, and restaurants is available.
Sometimes called as Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, it is a dead volcano lake area. Rich with fish and different birds breed here, the beautiful lake is the most attractive place in Mongolia despite being frozen till June. The national park is attractive its lava fields, pine trees, natural fruits, bird life, mountains, and hidden caves and gaps underground. Electricity, modern toilet and shower are not available. Overnight stay will be with a nomadic family’s ger.
Today will be a hiking day in the same place as the previous day.
Moron Town is a center of Khovsgol Aimag / Province. It is an administrative center. Electricity, internet, supermarket, bank, and public shower are available. Your overnight stay will be in a guesthouse.
Via “Deer stone”, there is the most preserved rock paintings in the world. The Khovsgol Lake is also called also ‘Dark Blue Pearl’ of Mongolia. The place is untouched by industry and urban life. Electricity, little supermarket, and public shower are available. The overnight stay will be in a guesthouse’s ger.
You will start the trip to the Reindeer family by horse. You will go through forest with a local guide only. The driver will stay with the nomad family. Your overnight stay will be in a tent.
This will be the second day by horse. You will have a visit to see reindeer people. The overnight stay will be in a tent.
You will have a return way by horse. The overnight stay will be in a tent.
You will go back to the lake by horse. The overnight stay will be in a tourist camp.
You will take a flight to Ulaanbaatar which will take you for a three-hour journey. Thereafter, you will arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel.
This horse riding trip will cover several places in Mongolia such as Small Sand Dunes, Kharkorin, Great White Lake, Moron Town, Khovsgol Lake, and Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. The journey will be about 1,400 kilometers to the west north of Ulaanbaatar city. Mongolia is rich in minerals, famous for many hot and cold springs. Nomads are generally healthy people because they widely use minerals and spring water for their daily drinks with herbal plants.
Until you reach to the reindeer people, Ub Guesthouse will show you many different landscapes and national parks such as the longest stretched sand dunes, Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharakhorum the old capital, built up in 15th century, UNESCO protected area - the Orkhon Valley, hot spring, canyon, volcano lake and caves, lava rocks, and the most preserved deer stones.
As the reindeer populations shrink, only about 300 people continue the tradition today. Their tradition is very simple. Reindeers provide Tsaatan with milk, cheese, meat, and transportation. They also sew their clothes with reindeer hair. Reindeer dung fuels, their stoves, and antlers are used to make tools. They do not use their animals for meat.
All types of food will be available including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, please do not expect sea food during the trip. Mongolia has no sea or ocean. Ub Guesthouse does not provide a preserved sea food due to for your health safety. Please be responsible your own drinking water and snacks. The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for regular food (typically includes lamb, chicken and beef).
Chinggis Khaan International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ub Guesthouse will pick you up from the airport.
Domestic flight service is not depending on Ub Guesthouse company service. If you would like to take a flight back to UB, at the end of the trip, please book and confirm this trip at least 1 month before. Otherwise, Ub Guesthouse has no chance to buy flight ticket. In this case, you should come back by car, through overland. It takes another 2 nights & 3 days, minimum.
Ub Guesthouse recommends you the following options to reach Ulaanbaatar:
Ub Guesthouse provides free pick up and free drop off services from the train station. If you come from the following cities, you may arrive on the following days:
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