Pony trekking among the reindeer herders

A 17-day self-sufficient ride, from the banks of Lake Khovsgol to the taiga in the extreme North Mongolia, where Dukhans, traditional reindeer herders, live.

A ride for the skilled horsemen/women who want to live a wild, natural adventure in exceptional landscapes made of lakes, steppes, mountains and forests. You'll meet the last Dukhans, still so attached to traditions of shamanism.

Day 1. Arrival in Ulan Bator and visit of the city

  • Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
  • Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.
  • Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.
  • Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.
  • At 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh : folkloric dances, contorsion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Day 2. Flight towards the great blue lake of Mongolia

Ulan Bator - Moron
  • Flight to Mörön, the capital of the province of Khövsgöl, where our driver is waiting for us.
  • Visit of the site containing several deer stones at Uushigiin Övör.
  • We arrive at Lake Khövsgöl, one of the natural wonders of the world. This mountain covers an area of 2760 square kilometres, and its water is so pure that we can drink it ! It's surrounded with many peaks culminating at more than 2000 metres and covered with forests of pines and lush meadows where yaks and horses graze !
  • We go towards East and the green small valleys of Alag Sar, and spend the night in a small yurts camp.

Day 3. Saddle up ! Ride on the banks of the lake

Alag Tsar - Khatgal
  • After breakfast, we find our horses and finally leave for our pony trek. We ride along the Southern bank of the Lake Khovsgol, and admire its clearness and the different species living around the lake, such as the shelduck. If you feel like it, in the morning we can have our first gallop in the steppe. We ride across forests of larches and lakes. In the evening, we set up our camp in the neighbourings of Khatgal, picturesque small village located on the Southern bank of the lake, where we'll stop for a few moments. To liven up the evenings, don't forget to bring play cards in order to play mushik, Mongolian game to say the least lively.
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Day 4. In the flowered meadows South of the lake

Khatgal - Jankhay
  • Towards Jankhay. In the morning we'll stroll in the tall grass and colorful flowers, before walking into the forest of larshes, where we might see a herd of horses grazing in the shade. We then walk back down towards the lake. Finally, the camp can be seen in a little clearing, at the end of a rocky track.
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Day 5. Last camp on the banks of Lake Khovsgol

Jankhay - Khelt
  • Today, we enter in a marshy area. We also gallop and trot in the forest. We see our first ovoo, pile of stones and wood erected by the Mongolians in the passes of the mountains, in honour of the spirit of the mountains. We will walk around three times to show respect. In the evening, we reach Khelt and camp by the lake.
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Day 6. Jigleg pass

Khelt - Jigleg pass
  • In the morning, we leave for a marshy area and go on principally trotting and at a walking pace. For lunch, we'll stop by the falls near the lake. The waters of the falls are renowned for its curative waters and to drink it would be good for the eyes, the stomach, the kidneys... at the end, we'll walk around the ovoo. We reach Jigleg in the late afternoon and set up our camp for the night.
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Day 7. Horseback in the forest

Jigleg pass - Ult
  • Easy day, in forest and in plain, during which we'll have many occasions to gallop and trot in postcard neighbourings. We may hear a cuckoo and see susliks, small rodents looking like prairie dogs. In the evening, we camp in Eult.
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Day 8. Renchinlkhumbe's great steppes

Ult - Renchinlkhumbe
  • We start this day crossing a forest where we may have the good luck to see the herd of white horses livinbg here and to gallop with them. We pass through the village of Renchinlkhumbe, near which we'll see a névé.
  • Tonight we'll sleep in a yurts camp to rest before going towards taiga.
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Day 9. Area of thousand lakes

Renchinlkhumbe - Tsagaan nuur
  • We leave the majestic steppe of Renchinlkhumber to enter the "area of thousand lakes". Breathtaking landscapes, with steppes and small lakes, follow another. We cross the Khar Us River by Mongolian "ferry boat", before passing a pass where we'll stop near the ovoo in honour of the spirit of the mountain. We go on our way until the great Lake Tsagaan Nuur, where we set up our camp.
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Day 10. Ride in the taiga

Tsagaan nuur - Moorog Uul
  • We take on the most difficult part of our trek across taiga landscapes. Taiga is a transition change between boreal forest and and arctic tundra ; bushes, low conifers and birches make up its vegetation. Forming a kind of natural barrier protecting the camps of the Dukhans, in Summer the wild and uninhabited becones harsh : unfortunately, marshes, flies and mosquitos are present. In the late afternoon, we set up our camp by the Moorog River and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
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Day 11-12. Stays among reindeer breeders

Moorog Uul - Tsaatan camp
  • We still ride towards North across the mountainous taiga. Dukhans or Tsaatans live in tepees, and not in yurts, and they exclusivelyearn their living with reindeer traditional breeding, source of food, clothes and exchange money. There are only 44 families left, totalizing 200 to 400 persons. They have a social and material tradidition that remained unchanged for centuries. Shamanism and totamic rituals are in the centre of their social organization. In the early afternoon, we can see in the distance the first tepees. Reindeer eat lichens and mosses. High mountains surround us and leads us in the magic of a travel at the ends of the earth. Sit in the tepee, have a tea with reindeer milk... Here is the beginning of our encounter with this ancestral people.
Day 11
  • This day is dedicated to the discovery of the Tsaatan people. Traditionally, it is the traveller who comes and meets his/her host, so take the time to go into tepees, to share a moment with different families. Observe, participate in daily tasks, up the reindeer, listen to stories, myths and legends, and learn some games. A part of the day will be devoted to shamanism peculiar to the spirituality of the Tsaatans. After sharing your meal and evening with a family, you can fall asleep away from prying eyes in a tepee in reindeer skin in the camp of Tsaatans.
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Day 13-14. Back to the taiga in the South of Dukhan camps

Tsaatan camp - Tsagaan nuur
  • After a wonderful adventure among the Tsaatans, it's time to find back the horses. We resume our horseback ride towards South, back to Tsagaan Nuur. We continue our ride through the taiga and at the end of the second day, we reach the banks of the lake where we set up our camp.
Day 13
  • Let's meet the reindeers herders!
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Day 15. Gallops in the steppes

Tsagaan nuur - Renchinlkhumbe
  • After the harsh taiga, we find the steppes of Renchinlkhumbe, which allow us to gallop flat out if we feel like it.
  • Well-deserved rest in the small yurts camp of Renchinlkhumbe.
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1517-days self-sufficient pony trek in the area of Khovsgol, to meet Dukhans. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 16. The banks of the Arsain River

Renchinlkhumbe - Khoridol
  • We ride through a forest of larches where horseflies are sometimes intrusive. We pass a pass, then stop by the Arsain River where the bravest ones among you can swim. Then we reach a marshy area where we move slowlier. Reward of the day : a sunset on the banks of the Arsain River, surrounded by high mountains.
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1617-days self-sufficient pony trek in the area of Khovsgol, to meet Dukhans. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 17. In the mountains of Khoridol

Khoridol - Uvur Khoridol
  • Some delicate passages : we have to cross the dry river beds and move among the pebbles. Then, we'll find a hilly area surrounded by high peaks, where gallops will be possible. We go higher above the sea level and set up our camp on the slopes of Euveur Khoridol Mount, near the forest where wolves can sometimes be heard.
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1717-days self-sufficient pony trek in the area of Khovsgol, to meet Dukhans. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 18. Back to the steppe

Uvur Khoridol - Ulkhun
  • It's our last day in the mountains. In the morning, we cross the pass of Temeen Suult. The afternoon will be held in a landscape of steppes where we'll have the opportunity to make long gallops in these large areas.
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1817-days self-sufficient pony trek in the area of Khovsgol, to meet Dukhans. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 19. End of the horse ride

Ulkhun - Khatgal
  • Our tour is finishing and we find again the banks of Lake Khovsgol. We cross our last forest before reaching the village of Khatgal.
Khatgal - Alag Tsar
  • In the afternoon, we drive to the area of Alag Tsar by jeep and reach our camp, where we can rest.
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1917-days self-sufficient pony trek in the area of Khovsgol, to meet Dukhans. The equipment and your personal belongings will be carried by pack yaks.

Day 20. Return flight to Ulan Bator

Moron - Ulan Bator
  • We reach Mörön, the capital of province, and embark for our back flight to Ulan-Bator.
  • Arrival in town and transfer to your hotel where you can rest a few moments.
  • Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.

Day 21. Have a nice day and see you soon !

  • Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Departure dates - 2017

Start date End date Available Status Price
July 3 July 23 10 Available 2490€ Enquire

Individual price per person

23456-89-10
3900€3400€3000€2800€2600€2490€

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • Flight Ulan Bator / Moron / Ulan Bator
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 4 nights in comfortable yurts camp with warm showers
  • 2 nights with a Dukhan family, in guest tepee
  • 12 nights tent camping
  • Journeys in jeep or minibus + driver
  • Petrol
  • English-speaking guide
  • Cook for groups > 3 persons
  • Local equestrian guides
  • Grooms
  • Hire of the horses + 1 extra horse for 3 or 4 persons, in case of bad understanding with your horse or injury
  • Pack horses for the equipment
  • Equestrian equipment with Kazakh or English saddles
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • Traditional show
  • Satellite phone IRIDIUM
  • Equipment for meals (mess tent, camping tables and chairs) and nights (tent, sleeping bag, ground mattress), sanitary tent

Not included

  • International transport
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Repatriation insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks / alcohols extras
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program
  • Additional charges for luggage exceeding 15kg on the domestic flight

21 days from 2490€ per person. Flight not included.

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