In the very north of Mongolia, there will be ”2000 Reindeer Festival” held on August 16-17th this summer. To discover a wonderland of Mongolian Tsaatan tribe by going on a trip to this part of the world – You will definitely make good memories of this unique festival which will be held just one time.
Water adventures in The Lake Khovsgol NP
Learn ancient but living culture
Riding through Taiga wildness
Stay with reindeer breeder in a traditional urts/teepee
Meet shamans and see outdoor rituals
The journey starts from Ulaanbaatar and catch internal flight from Ulaanbaatar to Murun town it takes one and a half hour. After landing, we will drive to Lake Khovsgol, the deepest and freshest lake in Mongolia, locates in Khatgal village. Set in local tourist ger/yurt camp, hike around the shore of Lake Khovsgol, may have water activities if you like, enjoy your day and relax in the camp. Prepare your luggage for the next days for the wild adventures, your guide will help you with this. Have welcome dinner the camp restaurant and nice talk about our adventure. Stay overnight in the camp.
In the early morning, after having nice breakfast, we will leave the tourist camp for the next destination where the Tsaatan people are settled. We will drive through scenic northern landscape, stop for photograph, visit Mongolian nomadic family and enjoy our overland adventure while we are heading to the north. Have picnic lunch on the road or in the small local café. On arrival in the village, let’s settle in guest house and relax.
One of our most adventurous day starts. Let’s have short drive to the base location for leaving our car and saddling on horse/reindeer back. We will ride to magnificent the Khar Lake, which locates in the heart of Taiga mountains, where the Festival will take place. After arrival, let’s settle in the teepee/tent and enjoy your evening the wild nature of northernmost part of Mongolia. Sleep in the teepee/tent.
The festival days begins where all the Tsaatan people and their two thousand reindeer are gather from the east and the west Taiga mountains. Also some dukha people come to the festival from Russia. Let’s enjoy traditional performances, participate or see some interesting traditional competitions, try tribal costumes for photograph, experienced reindeer herder will teach you how to use a lasso for catching reindeer and will show you how to drive a team of reindeer, enjoy traditional dishes, visit teepee of the reindeer breeders, meet shamans, visit festive fair, chance to purchase handmade souvenirs, traditional costumes, shaman drums and ritual stuffs made by locals, listen to mysterious tales from the Tsaatan elders, play with small Tsaatan kids, sit around open fire enjoy traditional songs by locals, photograph night images with reindeer, teepee, shaman under the millions of stars. If you are a photographer we will arrange special, private photographic sessions as we are the specialist in photographic adventure travel in Mongolia.
Ride back to the Tsagaannuur village.
Drive to Murun town.
Today after having breakfast we leave the hotel and go to the airport. Transfer to the hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Have dinner and stay in hotel.
Prices & Inclusions
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Full board of meals
Photo guide/for photographers/
Extra expenses not mentioned in the program