The Dukha, Dukhans or Duhalar (Mongolian: Цаатан, Tsaatan) are a small Tuvan (Tozhu Tuvans) Turkic community of reindeer herders living in northern Khuvsgul Aimag of Mongolia. Only 44 Dukha families remain, totaling somewhere between 200 and 400 people. They ride, breed, milk, and live off of reindeer, though the reindeer population has dropped to approximately 600 since the 1970s, when it was an estimated 2,000. Since the democratization of Mongolia, no governmental programs have been in place to replenish reindeer herds with animals from Siberia, direly endangering the Dukha way of life. Much of the Dukha income today comes from tourists who pay to buy their crafts and to ride their domesticated reindeer. The name “tsaatan” means “reindeer herder” as in “tsaa bug” (reindeer).A news report in 2009 put the Tsaatan population at 220.
Arrival at Murun. Pick up service.
When arrive at Murun airport, meet with driver (his name is Esee and he is very experienced and professional English and Japanese speaking tour guide at Khuvsgul Lake zone). Overnight at Ger Guest House, at subdestrict of Murun City, Khuvsgul province.
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to visit to Uushgiin uvriin bugan hushuu (Uushgiin Uvur Deer stone complex ) early and continue to Ulaan-Uul sum.
Overnight at Guest House Ulaan-Uul sum.
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Tsagaan Nuur sum early. Short visit and lunch at Tsagaan Nuur sum. After continue to visit to Taiga.
Overnight with Tsaatan family, at winter camp of Tsaatan nomadic families.
In the morning, after breakfast, drive to Khuvsgul Lake early. Today, we pass the Deglegiin Davaa Mountain and see the famous Month of Horidol Saridag.
Free at leisure. (visit to Khuvsgul lake and rent sledding horse)
Overnight at Guest House near the Khuvsgul Lake.
Trekking at Khuvsgul Lake. (Here you can rent sledding horse.) Continue to visit to Hatgal sum and here you can see or buy Khuvsgul lake fish at local shops and markets.
In the afternoon, drive to Murun city.
Overnight at Hotel at Murun.
Drive to the Tsetserleg village to see Terkhiin Tsagaan nuur or white lake and Khorgo togoo was formed by a unique combination of volcano eruptions and earthquakes
Ride a horse one hour.
Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp. Overnight at Maikhan Tolgoi tourist camp
After lunch we will drive to Tsenkher Hot spring 2nd hottest spa in the Mongolia. Rest well and enjoy having hot spring. Stay overnight in ger at tourist camp. Overnight at Duut Mankhan Tourist camp.
Drive to Ugii lake. On the road between Ulaanbaatar and Tsetserleg, near the border with Bulgan Aimag, the lake Ugii Nuur is a wonderful place for birdlife – cranes and ducks, to name just a few species, migrate to the area around late April. Ugii lake (Ogii lake) is also renowned for its fishing. Ugii lake is a lake, 1, 387 meters above sea level in Ugii Nuur Sium in Arkhangai Aimag. It covers 25 square kilometers, and is rich in Perch and Pike. The catch possible from the lake of Ugii Nuur is 50 tons a year. Swan Goose, White Spoonbill and Dalmatian Pelican have been recorded. Overnihgt at Khatan Ugii Tourist camp.
Drop off to the airport.
End of service.
Please contact us for prices of children (3-12 years old)
Package price includes:
Airport or train station transfer in Ulaanbaatar
Accommodation in Ger camp*- twin sharing
Domestic Flight /2 ways UB/
Private transfers and transports
English speaking guide
Meals as mentioned in itinerary
Sightseeing entrance fee
Entrance fee to National parks and protected areas
Tickets to museums and art performances
Two Bottles of 0,5 liter drinking water per day
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Packages price excludes:
Ger camp single supplement 25 USD per person/per night;
Visa application fee
International airfare or train cost
Optional excursions unless stated in the itinerary
If you are a citizen of one of the 46 countries that has been visa granted `visa-free access` to Mongolia, or 41 countries covered in a 30 day visa-free visit regime until 31st December 2016, you do not need to present a visa when entering Mongolia for tourism purposes. With exception of those, visitors are required to have a valid visa issue by Mongolian diplomatic missions or honorary consuls abroad. The following materials are required to obtain a visa under ground of tourism:
Passport, valid for at least six months from the end intended period of stay in Mongolia
One passport size photo
Completed and signed Visa Application Form for Tourists
Invitation from Mongolia (Either an invitation of the receiving entity, or an official request of the sending country and the organization).
Transit visa processing requires visa for next destination, and copy of onward tickets.
By airways: Providing you with comfort flights, Mongolia national flag carrier MIAT – Mongolian airlines operate scheduled and chartered flights to Ulaanbaatar from Berlin, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka and Beijing. The Chinggis Khaan international airport, conveniently located 18km southwest of the capital, hosts following carriers apart from MIAT:
We will always be happy to help arrange your international flight to Mongolia. By railways: if your holiday duration plan allows, another great way to get to Mongolia is via trans-Mongolian train. This is possible either fro Moscow of Beijing. Thw journey takes 4 nights and 5 days fro Moscow, and 1 night and 2 days from Beijing. It is a magical journey, which takes you from the heart of buzzing downtowns of metropolises into nomadic Mongolia, past the Great Wall of China through the Gobi desert, or Russian countryside villages through the Baikal Lake. Also trains to border cities run every day, as the cities of Ulaan-Ude (Russia) and Erlian (China) are both popular get-way destination for locals, for a little cultural sightseeing and a bit of shopping. You can let us handle your international railway tickets, to make your travel plan even smoother.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at commercial banks and Mongolian national currency “Tugrug“ are in notes of 1, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000, 10.000 and 20.000. The currency code for Tugriks is MNT, and the currency symbol is ₮
The US dollar is preferred currency. Credit cards are also accepted at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. UB and major cities have ATMs.
Mongolian nationwide electricity output is 220V/50HZ in a European style plug. Most likely all the sockets will feature 2 widely spaced round pins. Bit ni worries if your device is different, because universal plug converter is commonly found at relatively cheap price here in Mongolia.
Mongolians have several national holidays and celebrations, and when we talk about celebrating holidays, we means to do it nationwide. Believe us, celebrations take festival forms is most cases, and some certain are
We select restaurants based on our experiences, client satisfaction, location and cuisine. Normally we include three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day during the whole trip.
In Ulaanbaatar, you can expect a good variety of quality restaurants with international foods. Breakfasts usually are served in western style at the hotel where you stay in Ulaanbaatar. Mongolian and Western cuisines are both available throughout Mongolia.
We generally eat breakfast and dinner in tourist Ger camp and some day of longer trip take a packed lunch. Your packed lunch will be carried in appropriate containers to prevent spillage or spoiling. Ger camps serve both Mongolian and international foods, and there will usually be a choice of main dish.
According to the Mongolian rating system, 2- 5 star hotels are approved to receive foreign guests. Our accommodations are carefully chosen, based on our research, our experience, and feedback from clients, to provide the best combination of high-quality accommodations, affordability, and convenient location. We give clients the opportunity to stay in a wide range of accommodation, depending on tour from 3* to 5* hotels in cities and best tourist Ger camps in countryside trip.