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Eleven to 13 days
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
To the north of Mongolia
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 15
Cultural Discovery on our Taiga Trekking Tour

One of our more unique adventures, this Taiga trekking tour takes you to the northern Khövsgöl Aimag region in Mongolia, where you will ride on horseback towards the Mongolian-Russian border to where the Tsaatan people live.

Tsaatan- The Dukha, Dukhans or Duhalar are a small Tozhu Tuvan Turkic community of reindeer herders living in northern Mongolia. The name Tsaatan, which means ‘those who have reindeer’ in the Mongolian language, were originally Tuvinian reindeer herders.

Their Dukhan language is an endangered Turkic variety spoken by approximately five hundred people in the Tsagaan-Nuur county of the Khövsgöl region of northern Mongolia. Dukhan belongs to the Taiga subgroup of Sayan Turkic (Tuvan, Tofa).
Originally from across the border in what is now the Tuva Republic in Russia, the Dukha are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world. But as the reindeer populations shrink, only about 40 families continue the tradition today.

By joining this Taiga trekking tour you can witness this unique but dwindling culture first-hand. Take this opportunity to experience life in the Taiga from up close and book with us!

Extend your adventure by going on a quest for the elusive snow leopard or join our 10-day Gobi Desert tour for some sun-soaked fun!

Tour Details

Be ready to ride on our Taiga trekking tour to the discovery of the Tsaatan. This mythical ethnic group will welcome you in their home in the mystical Taiga region. It’s on horseback that you will reach their remote camp. You will spend days in their tribe, learning their everyday life and traditions while enjoying the breathtaking natural surroundings. Join in this trip to meet a unique shamanistic culture in a hidden realm.

Departure & Return Location


Departure Time

in the morning 8-9 am

Price Includes

  • Hotel stay before and after the trip
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Any Private Expenses


  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Sleeping bag
What to Expect

We have excellent expertise in guiding tours to the remote Taiga region of Mongolia. This area is north of Khövsgöl lake right on the Russian border, so we need to make special arrangements with the border patrols to take travellers here. This Taiga trekking tour takes in an amazing stay with a Tsaatan family in their summer village.

We offer great opportunities to those wishing to experience horse riding on their way to visit the Taiga nomads. You will have the chance to ride one of the oldest breeds of the horse, the indigenous Mongolian Pony, which is built for fortitude and endurance. Traditional Mongolian tack includes wooden saddles decorated with large silver studs, but most visitors will use more conventional English or Russian tack.

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Day 1Depart Ulaanbataar

Depart Ulaanbataar in the morning by jeep/van and continue straight to Mörön (Murun), arriving at Khövsgöl province in the evening. First night accommodation is in a hotel and typically includes hot showers, WiFi and restaurant dining.

Day 2Depart Mörön

After breakfast, depart Mörön and arrive at Ulaan-Uul, a region of Khövsgöl populated by the ethnic Mongolian group of nomads known as Darkhad. A nomadic family will welcome you as their guest and lodging will be provided in a family ger (yurt) or tent. Meals will be prepared by the Darkhad and will consist of traditional dishes (usually not vegetarian).

Day 3Horderide to tsaatan

After breakfast you continue north on horseback to meet the shamanic Turkic group of Dukhans known as Tsaatan (or the “reindeer people”). The Tsaatan of Mongolia is one of the few reindeer herder groups in world, comprising of only about 40 families. Despite the decline of reindeer populations, the Tsaatan continue preserving their way of life and ethnic Turkic dialect (which Is spoken by only about 500 people around the world). You will have a rare opportunity to stay with a Tsaatan family in their family tent or teepee and partake in a daily nomadic activities.

Day 4In Tsaatan

These next few days will present opportunities for photography, hiking and reindeer rides. Meals will be prepared by the Tsaatan in their traditional way and after breakfast, your group will venture out to sightsee around the Tsaatan area. Nomadic lodging will continue in a Tsaatan family tent or teepee.

Day 5Experience tsaatan life style

More opportunities for sightseeing, reindeer rides and individuals will be free to relax or partake in special nomadic activities with the Tsaatan such as food preparation (milking reindeer, cooking, etc.) and other chores.

Day 6Ride a reindeer, hiking

Individual downtime to relax and enjoy the scenery and nomadic lifestyle. Opportunities for sightseeing, reindeer rides and individuals are free to partake in special activities with the Tsaatan, including horseback riding (no experience necessary).

Day 7Activity with the tsaatan family

This is the last full day with the Tsaatan and guests can choose from sightseeing, reindeer rides and other nomadic activities.

Day 8Back to nomad family on a horseback

After breakfast, the group departs back to Ulaan Uul and on to the world famous Lake Khövsgöl. Nicknamed as the “sister” of Lake Baikal in Russia, Khövsgöl is the second largest lake in Asia and holds 70% of Mongolia’s fresh water. Lodging will be in a tourist ger camp with wood-fire heating and traditional Mongolian family meals.

Day 9on the way to Khuvsgul lake

Continue stay at Khuvsgul Lake. Sightseeing, hiking and downtime throughout the day. Lodging and meals continued at a traditional Mongolian ger camp.

Day 10Back to Murun

Day trip from Khövsgöl Lake back to Murun. Lodging in a Murun hotel with normal amenities such as hot showers, internet and restaurant dining.

Day 11Back to Ulaanbaatar

Direct ride from Murun to Ulaanbaatar, with rest stops along the way. Arriving in Ulaanbaatar by night time.

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