Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia

Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia

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Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia

10 Days Starting and ending in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Visiting: Ulaanbaatar, Tugul, Gurvansaikhan, Taiga Tourist camp, Jiglegiin Davaa, Toilogt tourist camp, Khuvsgul Lake, Murun

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Crooked Compass

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Fully Guided

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2 - 12

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Tour Overview

Camp in the wilderness amongst wildflowersTravel by horse into the remote location where the Tsaachin tribe liveLive with the Tsaachin Tribe in their teepees and slip into their daily lifeMeet a Tsaachin ShamanEnjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Lake KhuvsgalMongolia - one of Asia's last frontiers and one of the world’s last unspoilt destinations. Travel by horse to the nomadic Tsaachin tribe who have a spiritual connection the reindeer herds that they live with.

Once a thriving community, the Tsaachin tribe has dwindled in recent years leaving only 200-400 members left in northern Mongolia. This is the perfect way to explore and mingle with this shrinking tribe in the spectacular landscapes of Mongolia. Return from your journey with spectacular images, memories and new found knowledge. Mingle with friendly nomads as you learn their way of life. Ride through lush meadows, wooded hills and ruins from the ancient Mongolian Empire before reaching the magnificent turquoise Lake Khuvsgul, known in Mongolia as ‘Blue Pearl’.

The Tsaachin or Tsaatan’s entire existence is based on their reindeer herds which provide them with milk for producing cheese, antlers for carving and medicinal purposes, transportation and on the odd occasion, meat. Part of the Tuvan ethnic group, this small tribe is truly nomadic, regularly moving in search for a rare type of lichen and grass for their reindeer. The Tsaachin people do not stay in the traditional Mongolian gers we commonly recognise as a symbol on the country, but live in urts, similar to the Native American teepees which were traditionally made from birch bark.

A culture rich in Shamanism, these spiritual healers play an important role to the community providing traditional remedies for injury and illness. Previously a self sufficient tribe with only their reindeers, the Tsaachin now have to forage for berries, wild potato and pine nuts in the Autumn as well as occasionally fish or hunt to simply survive. The reindeer are said to have been domesticated several thousands of years ago and play a key role in the spiritual, socio economic and linguistic traditional of the local community.

Your visit to the reindeer herding people plays an important role to help them and their culture survive. Although very few travellers venture into this realm, our tourism initiative provides them with a supplemental income and cultural exchange education for both our travellers and local Tsaachin people. To spend time with these tribes people is truly remarkable and brimming with cultural practices that provide a deep insight into this fascinating way of life.

Travelling on horseback is the best way to reach the remote settlement with a full support crew of guides, cooks and horse tenders there to assist. Sleep in teepees like the locals and after visiting this isolated land, continue on through the spectacular scenery of rolling mountains, lush forests before venturing the turquoise waters of Lake Khuvsgul.


  • Camp in the wilderness amongst wildflowers

  • Travel by horse into the remote location where the Tsaachin tribe live

  • Live with the Tsaachin Tribe in their teepees and slip into their daily life

  • Meet a Tsaachin Shaman

  • Enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful Lake Khuvsgal


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Day 1 : Arrive In Ulaanbaatar

Location: Ulaanbaatar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bayangol Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Welcome to Mongolia! Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon following lunch, you will set out to explore the city. Visit the Gandan Monastery which is home to a huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival. You will also visit the National Museum of Mongolia where you can learn about the history of this fascinating country through their collection of artefacts from Mongolia and Central Asia dating from the Stone Age to the present day. This evening, enjoy a traditional art performance and welcome dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers.

Day 2 : Ulaan Uul

Location: Tugul

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Khuvsgul province (1.5hrs). On arrival at local airport of Murun, the centre of the Khuvsgul, you will meet your driver and for an hour before stopping for a picnic lunch. Continue for another 5-6 hours before you reach Ulaan Uul town. You will cross rivers and passes and take in the scenic view over the mountain ranges. Breathe the fresh mountain air as you explore this spectacular scenery. Here you will be surrounded by stunning towering rocky mountains. The view from our camp ground is spectacular. This evening we will be camping in tents. A shower tent, toilet and kitchen tent are also provided.

Day 3 : Ulaan Uul Town - Tsagaan Nuur Town - Horse Ride To Orten Khyarkh

Location: Tugul, Gurvansaikhan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Local Tsaachin teepee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you will drive to Tsagaan nuur town (approx. 2-3hrs) before continuing beyond the town another 40 mins to meet with your local horse specialist guides and trail finders and of course, your horses. After having a brief instruction on riding Mongolian horses, you will get acquainted with your own horse before it is time to set off. Start riding towards Taiga, the region where part of the Tsaachin communities live. You will be introduced to the amazing but sadly dwindling world of the reindeer-herding people (Tsaachin). Due to the marshy road conditions, we will not use vehicles to reach the area, entire our luggage and food supply will be transported by horses. Horse riding today is approx. 8-9 hours. We may break this up over two days depending on the groups ability and weather.

Day 4 : Tsaachin Community & Shaman Experience

Location: Gurvansaikhan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Local Tsaachin teepee

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the next day staying amongst the Tsaachin people and experience their everyday life. Learn of their unique traditions such as milking reindeer and processing milk products like cheese. Spend time talking with the local people and understanding their local culture and how they have managed to maintain such a traditional way of life for so long. You will have the opportunity to ride into the Taiga forest where the area is so energetic and mysterious. Explore Bor Khuyag river valley, which is rich in crystals and other minerals. Take in the beauty of the larch forest and wildflower patches. Be inspired and gain power while meditating in untouched wilderness.

You will witness a traditional shaman ritual and meet a shaman custodian of a hidden realm. Shamanism is a traditional spiritual belief system based on worshipping nature. Shamanism plays an important part in Tsaachin; the shaman also acts as a healer, providing traditional remedies for ailments to the local people. They also perform many mystical holy rituals and use many different magic charms in their daily life, for hunting, calling, and preventing the rain.

Day 5 : Taiga To Hogorog

Location: Taiga Tourist camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Tented camp near the Shaman’s home

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning is a free morning at the reindeer herder’s camp before you ride back to your vehicle. Today, say farewell to your new nomadic friends as you horse ride back to Tsagaannuur soum.

Your mind will be swirling with the incredibly rare experience you have just had over the past few days. When you arrive in Hogorog, you will meet with another shaman and go with him to his holy tree area and witness another shamanic ceremony. (The Shaman in the reindeer camp only perform their ceremony in the dark, so it is challenging to shoot any photos or movies). Stay in the tented camp near his home and his farm animals.

Day 6 : Hogorog - Jigleg Valley

Location: Jiglegiin Davaa

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Tented camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, drive further into the mountains. It will take us whole day driving. Upon arrival, set up camp and enjoy the natural world and clear night skies.

Day 7 : Jigleg Valley - Toilogt, Khuvsgul Lake

Location: Toilogt tourist camp, Khuvsgul Lake

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tented camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you drive to Jigleg Pass and make your way to your camp on the shore of blue pearl Lake Khuvsgul. The Lake is sacred and is known as the ‘Mother Lake’ to Mongolians and holds 2% of the worlds fresh water. Khuvsgul Lake is surrounded by beautiful high mountains of the Khoridol Saridag and Bayan Mountain Ranges, along the west shore. Even though it is summer, some parts of the lake will be icy. Enjoy walking around the lake – this area is often referred to as Mongolia’s most scenic region and you will certainly see why.

Day 8 : Hiking

Location: Khuvsgul Lake

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Ger camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you will be met by boat. Enjoy a boat ride of just under 2 hours which will take you to your ger camp. The scenery as you cruise across the lake is spectacular and the air so fresh. Your vehicle will meet you on the other side with your luggage. Enjoy walking along the lake shore or hike through the surrounding mountains to take in the panoramic view over the lake. There is an optional boat trip on the lake this afternoon for those who are interested in getting a different perspective from the water of the spectacular surrounds. There is also the option to go for a short horse ride (payable locally). This evening, build up your appetite for an authentic Mongolian barbeque! This will be prepared in the traditional way with the meat grilled with hot stones which gives it a unique taste.

Day 9 : Fly To Ulaanbaatar

Location: Murun, Ulaanbaatar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bayangol Hotel or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, drive back to Murun town. Transfer to the domestic airport for your flight back to Ulaanbaatar. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 10 : Departure

Location: Ulaanbaatar

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning is at leisure until it is time to transfer to airport for your onwards departure.

What's Included

  • Return airport transfers

  • 9 nights accommodation

  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners

  • English speaking Guide

  • Local Mountain Guide and pack horses

  • Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar/Murun/Ulaanbaatar in economy class

  • Entrance fees and National Park fees and permits to protected areas

  • Bottled water

  • Private transportation

  • Horses

What's Not Included

  • International and domestic flights not mentioned above

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Entrance fees and National Park fees and permits to protected areas are included.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Domestic flights Ulaanbaatar/Murun/Ulaanbaatar in economy class

  • What is the minimum group size?

    The min group size is 2 people.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, Single Supplement will be chargeable at AUD$ 868.00.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, The local guides on the tour is English speaking

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, arrival and return airport transfers are included.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes. Focusing on providing authentic experiences where ever you are in the world, Crooked Compass has access to a vast array of accommodation styles. From boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages. Crooked Compass ensures that local authenticity flows through your accommodation throughout your tour without compromising standard.

  • What sort of transportation is used for your tours?

    Transportation utilised on a Crooked Compass escorted small group tour is a combination of a private air conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of the cities metro system, a domestic flight to another city or overnight train ride.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Crooked Compass strives to be a leader in sustainable tourism. Crooked Compass is firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions. Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of sustainable tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to: Use locally owned hotels Use locally owned ground agents Use local guides and drivers Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to Carbon offset our travels

  • Who runs your tours and are they experts in their fields?

    Crooked Compass works with the worlds best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities providing you with in depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures that money stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

  • What can I expect from a Crooked Compass tour that I wouldn't get from travelling with an alternative company?

    Crooked Compass provides a sensory way to understand the world – we help you live like a local, eat like a local, do what the locals do and seek the faces behind the places whilst discovering untouched lands and natural beauty. Crooked Compass tours delve deep into the heart and soul of a destination ensuring you get out of your journey all you intended and much, much more. Our intriguing itineraries have been created by travellers for travellers. Steering travellers to follow a different path, Crooked Compass’ itineraries allow you to experience the world’s most fascinating destinations in ways you never dreamed possible. It brings to life those ‘bucket list’ experiences you have yearned to do and separates the travellers from the tourists. Crooked Compass tours are culturally rich, reward travellers with unexpected encounters and uncommon rendezvous, creating truly unique, authentic travel experiences.

  • Who do your tours cater for?

    Crooked Compass escorted small group tours cater for those who are well travelled seeking the what’s next and what’s new. Our travellers are curious minded soft adventurers who want to uncover something more than the mainstream tourist trail. Crooked Compass tours draw travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A Crooked Compass traveller is someone who is seeking something fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, with an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world. We call them Cultural Purists.

  • I am concerned about my impact on travelling through untouched regions. Can I offset?

    Yes. All travellers on Crooked Compass tours have the option to offset their part of their tour’s carbon footprint by donating $4AUD (tax-deductible) at time of booking. 100% of these funds are donated to Greenfleet, an environmental non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting our climate by restoring our forests. By partnering with Greenfleet, we are confident that our carbon offset program provides genuine and lasting environmental benefits. Your offset donation funds plant trees and restore permanent native forests in Australia and New Zealand. As they grow, these forests provide many community and environmental benefits by absorbing carbon emissions, protecting our unique biodiversity, restoring habitat for native wildlife, preventing soil salinity and erosion, improving water quality and much more. If you’d like to find out more and offset the rest of your carbon emissions, visit

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