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The Last Reindeer People of Northern Mongolia (June-July 2020)

This experience allows for ample time to connect with the Tsaatan people and experience first hand their life and history. You will learn about the generations of reindeer herders and how their practices help sustain them in this harsh environment. You will ride horse back across the taiga, rounding up stray reindeer and drinking in the wild landscape. The Tsaatan will welcome you into their homes and teach you about their way of life. Learn to cook traditional meals and dive deep into their spiritual connections with the land and ancestors.

There are so few places left in the world that are truly wild and remote. This is one of them. Prepare yourself to get lost in the far North of Mongolia.

per adult from

$1,669

AUD

Duration

14 days

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  • What's included :
    • 7x Breakfast
    • 8x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • See our website for full details
    What's excluded :
    • International flights, travel insurance, tips, alcohol, activities not in itinerary. More on website

  • Day 1: Arrival - Ulaanbaatar

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    Welcome to Mongolia! A great land of mountains, deserts, plains and home to beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming people. Visit our website for full itinerary details!

    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Take the rest of the day at your leisure to
    explore the city and its many bustling neighborhoods. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your hosts.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Into The Wild North

    Stop At: Khuvsgul Lake, Mongolia
    Now it is time to make your way to the wild land of northern Mongolia. You will have the opportunity to enjoy an evening hike around the Lake and learn about this amazing ecosystem. For dinner enjoy a traditional meal prepared by local chefs.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Khusvugul Guesthouse

    Day 3: Explore Khusvugul Lake

    Stop At: Khuvsgul Lake, Mongolia
    Rise early to catch the sunrise over the lake, a truly magical experience that can't be missed. After a hearty breakfast you will take a walk through the forest and mountains surrounding the lake. Learn about medicinal plants and the stories that shape the people's connection with the land.

    For the evening you will move to a traditional Ger camp where you will be treated to a meal prepared over the fire and good company of your guides. Take in the breathtaking stars and drift off to sleep in the silence of the taiga.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: Tsagaanurr Village

    Stop At: Gurvansaikhan, Mongolia
    The village of Tsagaanurr. Enjoy the mountains scenery and lush landscape as you make your way deeper into the wild land of the north. Once you have arrived enjoy a traditional welcome dinner prepared by your hosts. You will overnight in a guesthouse in the village.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 5: Tsaatan Community

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    In true nomadic fashion, the last leg of your journey to meet the Tsaatan people. You will be greeted with a special meal prepared in the traditional fashion. Meet your hosts and settle into your tipee for the night.

    Once you are settled explore the surroundings of the village, meet the reindeer, and shake more hands than you could ever count. As night falls you will be instructed on how to cook in the traditional Tsaatan style.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 6: Tsaatan Culture Immersion Experience

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Over the next three days you will engage in amazing adventures with a people who live in intimate relationship to the land. This is a chance to connect to something greater.

    It is in the intimate company of our fellow human beings that we find the most profound connections and meaningful experiences. This is especially true when we seek to connect with others whose life is much different than our own.

    During your time with the Tsaatan people you will have the opportunity to explore the land learn about the land and animals, but about the story of the taiga, and how the story of the people are interwoven together with the Earth.

    As each day passes and you become more connected to this place, your own story will begin to be woven into the history of this land. This is a rare opportunity and something that can manifest in experiences you will never forget.

    Ways To Connect

    For truly transformative experiences to take place it is important to be intentional about connecting with people and place. A few ways to open up that opportunity are:

    Dive In: Open yourself up to new experiences and always be ready to something new, even if it feels foreign or unfamiliar

    Be Open: Share your story with your hosts, be open about your life and share who you are with the people you meet.

    Listen And Ask: Travel experiences are best when they are reciprocal so make sure to leave room for your new friends to share their story as well.

    Reflect: Make time in your day to reflect on what you are seeing and doing, to make meaning from your experience. This is a chance for personal growth and transformation to take place.
    You will have the opportunity to experience a totally different way of life, to immerse yourself in a culture and a land that has so much to offer. All that is required is for you to be open to it.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 7: Tsaatan Culture Immersion Experience - Day 2

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Continue Tsaatan Culture Immersion Experience.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 8: Tsaatan Culture Immersion Experience - Day 3

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Continue Tsaatan Culture Immersion Experience.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 9: Leaving Behind a Piece of Your Soul

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Back to Tsagaanurr.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 10: Tultkin Ger Camp

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Take a short trip into the mountains to find some solitude among the high peaks and with open steppe. There is an ancient Mongolia proverb that says:

    "Man's happiness lies in vacant steppes."

    Spending the next two nights out under the stars, cooking under the night sky, listening to the sounds of the silent wide open, you will come to understand this concept intimately. Take in the natural surrounds as your local guide takes you on hikes to explore the landscape and stories that run through the veins of this place.

    You will have the chance to take in the scenery from the glassy surface of the still lakes. This is truly a magical place and one you won't soon forget.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 11: Tultkin Ger Camp - Day 2

    Stop At: Mongolia, Mongolia
    Continue Tultkin Ger Camp experience.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 12: Return to Ulaanbaatar

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    Back to Ulaanbaatar. Have a rest. Reflect on your journey. Find community in those your traveled with and take time to soak in the experience.

    The rest of today will be free for you to explore the city on your own, or just rest and reflect on what you have seen and done.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 13: Sites and Sounds of The City

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    Visit some amazing sites around Ulaanbaatar. Perhaps you would like to visit the National History Museum to learn about the complex and beautiful history of this region. Or maybe you are more of an arts type, where you can take in a ballet performance of symphony. Or for the foodie, visit some of the diverse and popular eating spots in the city.

    For the evening you will be treated to a special farewell dinner put on by your hosts. This is the time to give thanks, share in laughs and memories, and close the experience with bang! Tomorrow you will leave this place, but Mongolia will go with you forever.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 14: The Hero Returns Home

    Stop At: Ulaanbaatar, Ulaanbaatar
    Time to head home. For true transformation to take place our journey does not end once we return from the adventure, it is only the beginning.

    As you begin to look around you and see the world in a new way it is important to take time to process and make meaning from what you have experienced. Here are some steps to take in your return:

    1. Remain in contact with us for your post-trip process and support in coming home
    2. Take time to truly reflect and take stock of the experience, don't rush too quickly back into "normal life"
    3. Follow up with contacts you have made and keep in touch with those you met on the way
    4. Be patient with yourself and with those around you, it is possible you are not the same person who left home at the beginning.
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Travel Life Adventures

Activity ID: V-226411P8

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