Discovery tours

Snowy Taiga

  • DURATION 10 days
  • GROUP SIZE : 2-10
  • HIGHLIGHTS : Central Mongolia, Hovsgol lake, Horidol Saridag Mountains, Darkhad Valley, Tsaatan reindeer herders,
  • COVERED DISTANCE : Apx:2000km
  • TRANSPORTATION :  Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian mini Van 4x4 UAZ


Participant 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5-7 pax 8-10 pax
Price per person 1350€ 1250€ 1100€ 1000€ 600€


It is an interesting winter trip. We will travel to the north of Mongolia and discover the Tsaatan’s lifestyle. There are people herding reindeers in the mountain area and they called Tsaatans in Mongolian. From this trip, you will have many highlights, visiting Tsaatans, driving on the frozen lake, riding on the snow, and herd reindeers, etc...

Tour Itinerary

Day 1-5

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

At the airport you will meet with your guide. if you land early in Ulaanbaatar we will have a city tour on this day. On the way, you can change your money while you driving to the center of the city. The first you can drop your luggage at your guest house or hotel. Then you can have lunch and a city tour.

On the city tour, you will see the center square of Ulaanbaatar city it is called Chinggis khaan square. Then you go to the Mongolian national historical museum and Gandantegchinlen monastery of Mongolian Buddhist center. Then you will take a rest at your hotel and prepare for tomorrow for the next trip days

Day 2

Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet 435 km

This morning, breakfast will be served at your hotel, After breakfast, you will meet with your driver and guide just outside of your hotel. Then you will start your trip to the countryside. On the way, the first you will stop at a big supermarket from where you can buy anything that you wanted for the next days then your team drive for 400 km to Orkhon province. Here is an Erdenet city we will stay at the hotel for one night. It is around 5-6 hours of driving. On the way,we will go to Amarabaysgalan monastery. This is one of the oldest monastery in Mongolia and this is very beautiful place. your guide will give you all information about this place. After this monatery we will continue our driving to Erdenet city for take a rest beacuse we have long road on this trip. In winter 435 km of driving is enough for one day. Because we have 1100 km road to the tsaatan and north of Mongolia. And tomorrow we will continue our driving to the next place to Huwsgul lake. 

435 km of driving

  • Breakfast-hotel
  • Lunch-local restaurant
  • Dinner-restaurant
Day 3

Erdenet to Huwsgul lake 500 km

Today we will drive to the north of Mongolia. The first, we will cross Bulgan city and continue our driving to the Moton city. It is the capital of Khuvsgul province. Also, we will pass many big or small towns until Moron. When you reach the capital city of Huvsgul province first you can have lunch then your team goes to the local container market. From there you can buy anything that you need for the next days. After the container market, your team and you will go to Lake Huvsgul. 100 km of driving from Moron city. The first you will visit the village Hatgal. From here we will go to the tourist camp which is located next to the lake. when you come to the tourist camp you can take some photos. Tomorrow we will see more about this place and the lake. 

500 km of driving, 6-7 hours

  • Breakfast-hotel
  • Lunch-local restaurant
  • Dinner-tourist camp
  • Accommodation-GER
Day 4

Tourist camp to Nomad 30-40 km 

Today we will continue our driving among the Lake Huwsgul and the next place is nomad family who herd animals. We have short driving today. We will visit the Mongolian nomad family who lives next to the Lake. From this family, we will ride a horse for 2 hours. Before that nomad family, we will drive and walk on the frozen Huwsgul lake. on the frozen lake we can have our lunch. We will have lunch in the box from the tourist camp. It is already cooked lunch. Also, on the frozen lake, you can do skate. Very nice place to do this. Most of the guys like to come here for a skate. After that, we will continue our trip to the nomad family for horse riding. Today we will have Mongolian traditional food from nomad family. If we come early to the nomad family we can help to herd their animals. That will be interesting for you.

30-40km drive

  • Breakfast-tourist camp
  • Lunch-lunch box
  • Dinner-nomad family
  • Accommodation-GER
Day 5

Nomad family to Darkhad Valley 120 km

After the nomad family, we will drive to Darkhad valley. At this time it is a very nice place to travel here. You will pass the Horidol Saridag mountains and follow  frozen rivers. This day we will cross frozen river so many times. You will have lunch next to the big rock cliffs. It will be prepared by your team or from the nomad family in the box. 

After lunch, you will drive to the next village located in the Darkhad valley. From this village you will go to a very beautiful place which is named Jargant river. it is 10 km. Here is so snowy and the river is unfrozen. You will feel like autumn in the wintertime. After that river, you and your team drive to the next village Tsagaannuur, this is area of Tsaatans. it is 50 km from here. It takes 1 hour 40 min drive. Here you will take a rest for one night at a guest house or family. 

120 km of drive

  • Breakfast-by your team with nomad
  • Lunch-lunch box
  • Dinner-family or guesthouse

Day 6-10

Day 6

Tsagaannuur to Tsaatan 20 km 

In the morning you will drive to Taiga zone and tsaatan’s area. They live in the teepee and herd reindeers. From the village, you will drive on the frozen lake and going into the mountains. Around lunch, you will come to tsaatan. When we come to Tsaatan’s place everything will be ready. Lunch and our teepee etc… First, we can have lunch with tsaatan family in their traditional teepee. After lunch, we can take a photo and meet with the reindeers. They like to eat salt we can give them salt. We should buy salt from Ulaanbaatar.

TSAATAN NOMADS Dukha people. The Dukha, Dukhans or Duhalar ( Mongolian: цаатан, Tsaatan) are a small Tuvan ( Tozhu Tuvans) Turkic community of reindeer herders living in northern Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. The name Tsaatan, which means ‘those who have reindeer’ in the Mongolian language, were originally Tuvan reindeer herders

Here you will take a rest for two nights and discover their real lifestyle. You can ride reindeer for a moment and you will sleep in the Tsaatan’s traditional teepee in Siberian winter. It is a nice chance for adventure. All around it will be snow. From your guide, you will know everything about their lifestyle. 

20 km of driving

  • Breakfast-family or guesthouse 
  • Lunch-tsaatan family
  • Dinner-tsaatan family
  • Accommodation-teepee
Day 7

ride or hike

You will wake up in the teepee like a real Tsaatan reindeer herders. Breakfast will be prepared by your team with Tsaatan family. After breakfast, let’s hike and ride a bit today. Today we have two plans we will ride reindeer. Then we go to the top of the mountain or herd the reindeers. From the tsaatan family, we will ride a reindeer. This family will prepare everything for us to ride. Ride in the forest and if you want we can do hiking.

not drive this day

  • Breakfast-family or guesthouse 
  • Lunch-tsaatan family
  • Dinner-tsaatan family
  • Accommodation-teepee
Day 8

Tsaatan to Moron 310 km 

This is the last day of the trip to Darkhad valley. In the morning you must to get up early and prepare your luggage. After breakfast, you will drive to the village Tsagaannuur and continue to Moron city. Moron city, this is way back to Ulaanbaatar. It is 30 km from the first part of the day. 50 minutes of driving to Tsagaannuur. From Tsagaannuur we will drive for 280 km until Moron city. On the way, we will pass some villages and some nomad families. Our lunch will be already prepared in the box. We can eat somewhere on the road next to the forest. Just in the wild at the snowy place. The feeling is good you can feel the fresh air and take a photo. 

310 km of driving

  • Breakfast-family or guesthouse 
  • Lunch-in the box
  • Dinner-local restaurant
  • Accommodation-hotel
Day 9

Moron to Ulaanbaatar

Last day of your trip at this time. This morning we need to start early from Moron city. We have a long road today 670 km of driving. We will not pass Erdenet city we go on a different road. Around dinner, you will come to Ulaanbaatar. Our lunch will be from a local restaurant in Dashinchilen soum of Bulgan province. Then we continue our driving. This the longest driving day. 

670 km of driving

  • Breakfast-hotel
  • Lunch-local restaurant
  • Dinner------------------------
  • Accommodation-hotel
Day 10

This day is your last day in Mongolia. 

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Also, the transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight. Thank you traveled with us 


What's included?


  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 1 night in comfortable Tourist camp 
  • 3 nights in a nomad family, in guest yurt
  • 2 nights hotel, 1 night guest house during the trip
  • Food during the whole trip
  • Chef more than 4 travelers
  • Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian mini Van UAZ 4x4 with driver
  • Petrol
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Horse riding
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • City tour tickets
  • Equipments for meals (camping tables and chairs)
  • Equipments for horse riding (saddles, bridles etc…)

Not included

  • International flight
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra drinks / alcohols/ some special coffee etc…
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

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