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!