Taiga Reindeer Trail
Visit the Dukha reindeer herders and explore Mongolia’s wild taiga.
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This experience is designed to give you an opportunity to visit the Dukha without imposing on their hospitality, and then to continue deeper into the taiga to explore this wild landscape on horseback.

Location:
Hovgsol
Duration:
14 days
Activity:
6 days riding
Cost:
From $3500
Season:
June - September
Dates:

The ride begins at a trailhead on the edge of the Taiga, reached by a long drive over two days across the steppes and through the Darhad Valley. Local herders then escort us up into the Taiga to the Dukha reindeer herder’s tipi camps. After visiting with the Dukha we continue deeper into the Taiga, over a mountain pass and onto Joshim Nuur, a remote alpine lake. The return route follows the Tengis river as it flows out of the Taiga.

Join our next group ride from 16th to 29th September 2021

This is a join in trip for 4 to 8 participants, see details below or get in touch to learn more. We can also run this ride as a private group trip during the June to September season.

Why choose this ride.

  • Meet the Dukha reindeer herders and learn about their way of life.
  • Explore Mongolia’s wild taiga on the border of Siberia.
  • Ride hardy Mongolian horses in the company of local horsemen.
  • Enjoy wild camping with campfire evenings and starry nights.
  • Visit Darhad herder families at their gers on the drive through the stunning Darhad Valley.
  • Be assured of joining a well organised trip, outfitted with top notch equipment.
  • All border permits and special protected area permits will be arranged.
  • This trip is rated “active and adventurous” for outdoors people with some horse riding experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2 Fly on a domestic flight form Ulaanbaatar to Muron in Hovsgol Aimag, and then begin the drive to the Darhad Valley. Camping overnight.

Day 3 Continue drive arriving at Tsagaan Nuur village on the edge of the taiga. Check in with the border guards and continue to the trail head to meet our horse team. Camping in tents.

Day 4 Riding towards the East Taiga reindeer herder camp. Depending on the seasonal location of the reindeer hereders we may arrive at their camp today, or next morning after camping en route.

Day 5 At the Tsataan Camp to learn about the Dukha life in the taiga.

Day 6-8 Riding deeper into the Taiga to the wild Tengis River valley and to a scenic alpine lake.

Day 9 Ride out to the confluence of the Shiskhiid and Tengis rivers where we'll meet the jeeps for the return drive to Muron.

Day 10 Drive through the Darhad Valley: we'll take the scenic route, visit a Darhad herder family, and then camp near the village of Ulaan Ul.

Day 11 Drive to Muron. Overnight at a ger camp on the outskirts of town.

Day 12 Return flights to Ulaanbataar.

Day 13 Sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar. This is a buffer day in case of flight delays or schedule changes returning from Hovsgol.

Day 14 Onward travel.

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Cost Details

2020 rates:

14 day itinerary: USD $3500 per person*
- based on join-in departure with group size 4-8 participants, please enquire for private trip pricing, including self-catering options.

plus Ulaanbaatar Hotels from $95 per room per night
- generally one night before and two nights after the ride required as per the itinerary.

What is Included +

  • All in-country ground transportation,
  • Round trip domestic airfare Ulaanbaatar > Muron rtn
  • Special protected area permits,
  • All camping equipment and trip support ,
  • Accommodation as per itinerary,
  • All meals outside of Ulaanbaatar

What is Not Included +

  • International airfare;
  • Personal laundry;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Travel insurance; medical evacuation costs;
  • Excess baggage charges;
  • Visa fees;
  • Gratuities;
  • Photography and video fees (e.g. at museums);
  • Any other item not mentioned as included

Notes +

We’ll add the hotel nights that you need to your invoice on a single or shared room basis as required. You are welcome to arrive earlier or depart later than the start/end dates in the itinerary, or change/upgrade Ulaanbaatar hotels

We also offer a self catering option for private group departures from $2550 per person based on a group of 4-6 participants. Please ask for more details.

Trip Details

Please note that this is a remote wilderness expedition: while we intend to follow this itinerary as outlined, conditions and circumstances may require some flexibility and changes at the discretion of the trip leader.

Trip Style

We’ll need to travel relatively fast and light, but take what camp comforts we can. The wranglers will have a string of packhorses to carry all the gear. We’ll sleep in mountain tents, couples can share and individuals will get their own tent. There will be a large tipi tent as a group shelter, this is heated with a stove for fall trips when the nights start getting cold. Food will be a combination of hearty western meals, like dutch oven cooked shepherd’s pie, and local dishes such as steamed dumplings.

The Saddles

Saddles we use on these rides are locally made saddles based on the historical cossack saddle. The saddle tree comprises two wooden boards connected with iron bars at cantle and pommel. This is then strung with raw hide over which is placed a leather cushion stuffed with wool. Over our years of riding in Mongolia we’ve found our own made-to-order saddles to be comfortable for both rider and horse, and suitable for the riding and terrain we cover.

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