Darkhad-The Reindeer people
The beautiful, mountainous Darkhad Valley, watered by countless rivers and containing 300 lakes, is located in the Far North of Mongolia next to the border with Tuva in Siberia and a four day drive along a dirt track from the capital Ulaanbaatar. It is home to the Darkhad minority people who, like 50% of Mongolians, like in felt tents called gers or yurts and, in the very Far North, the Dukha or Tsaatan reindeer herders who live in conical tents similar to the North American teepee. The area is home to some of the most powerful shamans in Mongolia.
To get to the Darkhad Valley, sometimes known as the Darkhad Depression, you must first get to the town of Murun, Khuvsgul province.(Flights are avialable all year around)
This is a two day drive from Ulaanbaatar along a road that is just a pair or wheel ruts cutting across the steppe.
Moron to the last village in the north of Mongolia, Tsagaan nuur, it is another day and a half or two day drive along an even worse, in fact almost non-existent, “road”.
From Tsagaannuur it is possible to drive through country dotted with the gers of the Darkhad minority people to within a half-day walk of the first encampments of the reindeer herders. It’s beautiful scenery though and the locals are very friendly so it’s well worth walking all the way instead if you have a few spare days. From the first encampments of the reindeer herders to the last it’s about a day’s walk.
The Darkhad Valley can also be accessed on a long trek from Lake Khuvsgul.
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