Off across the steppe

From € 2,800 plus flights
14 days
  • Tour group size: 4-14
  • Booking by appointment for tours between May and September 2020

Discovery Tour – Reindeer

From the seemingly endless expanse of the grassy steppe across the wooded hills of the Taiga to the snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountains, this tour departs from Ulaanbaatar northwards and offers new and surprising impressions of the landscape every day, changing gradually along the route.

Encounters with the people who live here and who make this tour unforgettable are a wonderful experience. The Tsaatan are among the last nomadic reindeer herders in the world. With their herds, they move through the pathless, almost impenetrable forests of the north, near Lake Khuvsgul.

Finally, but equally importantly, the tour also offers cultural highlights, whether a Buddhist monastery, early art or a folk concert. In other words, there is lots to discover in the north. Let's go!

Well suited for

Everyone who already knows the south

Nature lovers

Animal lovers

Mountain lovers

Itinerary

Day 1-3
Individual flights and arrival at Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar. Welcome by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. After arrival you can enjoy a city tour with a visit to the Mongolian Natural History Museum, the imperial temple palace and the Gandan Monastery. Enjoy a typical welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight in the hotel.

The following day the tour beings with a northward journey. After around 350 km through the vastness of the Mongolian steppe, we arrive at the picturesque yurt camp, Amarbayasgalant. We spend our first night in a typical Mongolian yurt camp, accommodation that is traditional and comfortable at the same time.
Day 4-6
We first visit the Amarbayasgalant Monastery and then continue on through Erdenet to the Uran Togoo National Park. We overnight in a yurt camp near the extinct volcanic crater Uran Uul.

The next nature experience awaits us in the mountains to Murun. The picturesque landscape is rightly nicknamed “Mongolian Switzerland”. Overnight in a yurt camp.

After breakfast, we visit the so-called deer stones. These ancient stones owe their name to the depictions of flying deer. After this, we continue to Lake Khuvsgul.
Day 7-9
We visit a Tsaatan family, the nomadic reindeer herders who live in the area around Lake Khuvsgul. We then have the opportunity to explore the landscape on foot or on horseback. Sturgeon and trout live in the crystal-clear, deep blue water of the lake, while bears, sable and moose, as well as numerous bird species, are found in the area. Overnight in a yurt camp.

We then continue to the thermal baths in Jargalan sum (district) where you can end the day enjoying a warm thermal water bath. Overnight in a yurt camp.

After this we travel to “White Lake”, Terkhiin Zagaan Nuur. This lake was created after the eruptions of the Khorgo volcano and is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Mongolia. Here we have the opportunity to swim or horse ride. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 10-12
On the way to Zezerleg we visit the extinct volcanic crater Khorgo and the “Cave of the Yellow Dog”. Overnight in a yurt camp in Zezerleg.

From here we travel into the valley of the Orkhon, home of the legendary old capital Karakorum. We visit the Buddhist Erdene Zuu Monastery. Overnight in a yurt camp.

After breakfast, we continue to the holy mountain Khogno Khan and the monastery ruins of Ovgon Hiid where we have an opportunity to hike the area around the monastery. Overnight in a yurt camp.
Day 13-15
We return to Ulaanbaatar stopping along the way to enjoy the vast steppe landscape. Overnight in a hotel.

In the capital we visit the imperial temple palace of the last emperor and visit a cashmere factory, and in the evening we attend a folk concert and enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel.

The following morning after breakfast we transfer to the airport.

All our tours include:

  • English-speaking tour guides from arrival in Ulaanbaatar
  • All transfers within Ulaanbaatar in a minibus or across the steppe in a robust off-road bus or car, each with experienced, local drivers
  • All meals (cooking service if you are staying in a tent) and mineral water
  • Entrance fees to sights, concerts and other performances
  • Conservation fees
  • Equipment and support for camel rides and fishing trips (horseback rides are charged extra)
  • Travel security certificate according to § 651 k BGB

Flights are usually not included, except for tours with the option “incl. scheduled flight”.
Travel insurance is not included.

Our tip: book scheduled flights with the Mongolian airline MIAT and take out Travelsafe travel cancellation insurance.​

„Since I already know the Gobi Desert, I wanted to go to the north of Mongolia this time. A completely different experience! Steppes, mountains, lakes, forests, everything is much greener than in the south. I would recommend this tour to everyone, including those traveling to Mongolia for the first time.“
Sven (33)
Berlin

Ulan Bator

Amarbayasgalant Kloster

Uran-Uul Vulkankrater

Murun

Khuvsgul See

Jargalan Sum

Terkhiin Zagaan See und Khorgo-Vulkan

Zezerleg

Kharakhorum und Erdene Zuu

Klosterruinen von Uwgun-Hiid

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