Mongolian Tsaatan Reindeer Herders Camp Tour

9 days tour

Mongolian Tsaatan Reindeer Herders Camp Tour

  • Duration: 9 days tour
  • Availability: May to September
  • Begin and end: Ulaanbaatar city
  • Tour type: Tsaatan reindeer herders camp
  • Price: 2450$

Our highlights

  • Tsaatan Tribe: Learn about the unique traditions and lifestyle of the Tsaatan reindeer herders.
  • Reindeer Herding: Observe and participate in reindeer herding and milking activities.
  • Local Culture: Experience the hospitality and everyday life of the Tsaatan people.
  • Taiga Forests: Explore the pristine taiga forests of northern Mongolia.
  • Khuvsgul Lake: Visit the stunning Khuvsgul Lake, known as the “Blue Pearl” of Mongolia.
  • Darkhad Valley: Traverse the beautiful and rugged terrain of the Darkhad Valley.
  • Horseback Riding: Enjoy extensive horseback riding through some of Mongolia’s most scenic landscapes.
  • Camping: Experience camping in traditional Tsaatan tents and under the Mongolian stars.
  • Hiking: Discover the diverse flora and fauna of the East and West Taiga.


Introduction to the Tsaatan Reindeer Herders

The Tsaatan people, known as the Dukha, are one of the last remaining nomadic reindeer herders in the world. Living in the remote forests of northern Mongolia, the Tsaatan reindeer herders have maintained their traditional lifestyle for centuries.

This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich culture and nomadic life of the Tsaatan tribe, learning about their close relationship with reindeer and the natural environment.

Northern Mongolia: A Land of Unspoiled Beauty

Northern Mongolia, particularly the Darkhad Valley and the region surrounding Khuvsgul Lake, is renowned for its pristine landscapes, dense pine forests, and majestic mountains.

This area, near the Russian border, is home to the Tsaatan reindeer herders. The journey to visit the Tsaatan reindeer herders camp takes you through some of the most beautiful and rugged terrain in Mongolia.

Experience the Tsaatan Summer Camp

Visiting the Tsaatan summer camp is an extraordinary adventure. You will have the chance to see firsthand the daily life of the Tsaatan people, participate in their traditional activities, and explore the vast wilderness they call home.

From horseback riding to milking reindeer, this tour is a deep dive into the Tsaatan culture and their symbiotic relationship with nature.

Visiting the Mongolian Tsaatan reindeer herders camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique nomadic culture and explore the breathtaking landscapes of northern Mongolia. This tour offers a perfect blend of adventure, cultural exchange, and natural beauty, providing memories that will last a lifetime.


Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

  • Morning: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.
  • Afternoon: Meet your tour guide and group at Bata’s Guesthouse.
  • Evening: Welcome dinner and briefing about the tour.

Day 2: Flight to Murun and Drive to Tsagaan Nuur

  • Morning: Early flight to Murun town.
  • Afternoon: Drive to Tsagaan Nuur town, the gateway to the Tsaatan region.
  • Evening: Stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Tsagaan Nuur.

Day 3: Journey to the Tsaatan Camp

  • Morning: Begin the horse ride from Tsagaan Nuur to the Tsaatan reindeer herders camp.
  • Afternoon: Arrival at the Tsaatan summer camp, meet the Tsaatan families.
  • Evening: Camp setup and dinner with the Tsaatan tribe.

Day 4: Immersion in Tsaatan Culture

  • Morning: Participate in reindeer milking and learn about reindeer herding techniques.
  • Afternoon: Horseback riding through the pine forests and visit various Tsaatan camps.
  • Evening: Enjoy traditional reindeer milk tea and storytelling around the campfire.

Day 5: Exploring the Taiga

  • Morning: Hike through the East Taiga, observing the local flora and fauna.
  • Afternoon: Visit a winter camp site and learn about the Tsaatan’s seasonal movements.
  • Evening: Return to the Tsaatan camp for dinner and cultural exchange.

Day 6: Horse Trek to the West Taiga

  • Morning: Horse trek to the West Taiga, guided by local Tsaatan people.
  • Afternoon: Visit another Tsaatan reindeer herders camp and engage in everyday life activities.
  • Evening: Camp overnight in the West Taiga.

Day 7: Return to Tsagaan Nuur

  • Morning: Horse ride back to Tsagaan Nuur town.
  • Afternoon: Rest and reflect on the journey.
  • Evening: Farewell dinner with the whole group.

Day 8: Drive Back to Murun and Flight to Ulaanbaatar

  • Morning: Drive from Tsagaan Nuur to Murun town.
  • Afternoon: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar.
  • Evening: Free time for exploring Ulaanbaatar or shopping for souvenirs.

Day 9: Departure from Ulaanbaatar

  • Morning: Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.
  • Afternoon: End of the tour.

Important Information

  • Fitness Level: Moderate to high. The tour involves horseback riding, hiking, and camping in remote areas.
  • Weather: Northern Mongolia can have unpredictable weather. Be prepared for cold nights even in summer.
  • Travel Insurance: Highly recommended due to the remote and rugged nature of the trip.

Health and Safety

  • Vaccinations: Check with your healthcare provider for recommended vaccinations.
  • Water: Drink only bottled or boiled water.
  • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts provided by the tour operator.

Tour Price Includes

  • Accommodation: Guesthouses, camps, and tents.
  • Meals: Full board including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Transportation: Domestic flights, ground transport, and horse riding.
  • Guides: English-speaking guide and local Tsaatan guides.
  • Activities: All listed activities and cultural experiences.
  • Permits: All necessary permits and entrance fees.

Tour price excludes

  • International Flights: To and from Ulaanbaatar.
  • Travel Insurance: Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal Expenses: Souvenirs, additional snacks, and drinks.
  • Tips: Gratuities for guides and staff.

Tour details:

  • Clothing: Warm layers, waterproof jacket, sturdy boots, hat, and gloves.
  • Camping Gear: Sleeping bag, mat, and personal camping equipment.
  • Personal Items: Toiletries, first aid kit, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
  • Documents: Passport, visas, travel insurance details, and booking form.
  • Guesthouses: Basic but clean facilities.
  • Camps: Outdoor pit toilets.
  • Hygiene: Bring personal hygiene supplies and be prepared for rustic conditions.
  • Safety: Ensuring the safety and well-being of all participants.
  • Guiding: Providing experienced guides and local experts.
  • Logistics: Arranging all transportation, accommodation, and meals.
  • Cultural Respect: Facilitating respectful interactions with the Tsaatan community.
  • Respect: Showing respect for the Tsaatan culture and local customs.
  • Participation: Actively participating in activities and following guide instructions.
  • Preparation: Being physically prepared and bringing the necessary gear.
  • Environment: Minimizing environmental impact and leaving no trace.

Please check the weather forecast once you have chosen your tour date. And try to pack an extra jacket for the evenings.

Here is our cancellation policy that we recommend our clients follow.

Cancelling the tour within more than 2 months, 50% of your deposit payment will be reinbussed.

Cancelling the tour less than one month, the deposit payment will not be reinbussed.

  • Traditional Cuisine: Enjoy traditional Mongolian meals, including reindeer milk tea and homemade bread.
  • Special Diets: Inform the tour operator of any dietary requirements in advance.
  • Fresh Produce: Meals made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Guesthouses: Comfortable guesthouses in Murun and Tsagaan Nuur.
  • Camps: Traditional Tsaatan tents in the reindeer camp.
  • Facilities: Basic facilities including shared toilets and washing areas.

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