The Tsaatan people( also called Dukha) domesticate reindeer, riding them, breeding them and using them for milk, cheese and fur, their home region of Darkhad valley, Hovsgol province, Mongolia. The area inhabited by the Tsaatan is known as the “taiga,” who live in conical tents similar to the North American teepee. The area is home to some of the most powerful Shamans in Mongolia.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Darkhad valley, Hovsgol province, Mongolia|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothing, warm boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Flight to Ulaan-Baatar.
Arrive in Ulaan-Baatar at the airport Chingiskhaan and transfer to Hotel, sightseeing with Mongolian’s largest Buddhist Monastery, listen to horns calling lamas to temple, rituals and observe the monks, after lunch visit Natural History museum.
Drive to Amarbaysgalant Monestery.
After you picked up from your hotel in Ulaanbaatar, we will drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery, which is the second largest monastery in Mongolia, is located in the beautiful Iven Gol river valley on the foot of Burenkhaan Mountain in Baruunburen town of Selenge province. This is one of the few monasteries in Mongolia, which survived mostly intact the purges of the 1930s. The beauty, decorations and construction of the monastery have made it one of the most magnificent architectural monuments in Mongolia. 1990 was the time when the circumstances came for Amarbayasgalant to be restored. Communism had fallen and the people were eager to revive their religious tradition. Amarbayasgalant was reestablished now and nowadays stands strong on its remarkable construction, as on its 300 years of history.
We will stay overnight with a Mongolian traditional accommodation ger for tonight. (Lunch and Dinner).
Visiting Amarbayasgalant Monastery.
After having breakfast, we will visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery for enjoying the chanting ceremony there. After visiting the monastery and having lunch, we will do a half day of horseback riding around the area. Hiking around would be the best choice to do here. We will stay with Mongolian family ger for tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Drive to Murun.
After breakfast drive to Murun town, the capital of Huvsgul province. Take a city tour of Murun town and visit museum. Relax in local hotel.
To Tsagaannuur village, Darkhad valley.
On the way Tsagaannuur village , visit a fantastic historical area including 2-3m high deer stone, 3-4m high tombs, ruins of Munh Khaan’s palace and monuments for Kul Bilge Khaan in Uushgi uvur, spend one night In Ulaan-Uul, next day continue our journey, evening stay in tents near by the lake.
Visit Taiga Reindeer famiely.
During next lovely days, you will have opportunity to ride reindeer and Observe them. We will spend next day in walking, hiking horseback riding in the environs at the lake and the nearby mountains, visiting the local nomadic families. And visit Chamans to see their rituals. Stay in tent.