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Nomad Homestay

Nomad homestay in Hovd

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  • DURATION : 19 days
  • GROUP SIZE : 2-4
  • HIGHLIGHTS : West of Mongolia, Nomad family, Herd animals
  • COVERED DISTANC : Apx:2500km
  • TRANSPORTATION : 4WD Japanese jeep, Russian mini Van or Local Bus

 

 

 

Participant 1 pax 2 pax
Price per person 1000€ 800€

 

 

In the west part of Mongolia there are many ethnic groups of people who have lived there for a very long time . During this trip you will have the amazing opportunity to stay with Zakhchin families, which are located  1300 km from Ulaanbaatar. Zakhchin families are  Mongolian’s nomads and they traditionally herd horses, sheep, goat, cow, yak, and camel. They speak their own dialect of Zakhchin which is little bit different from the main Khalkh dialect of Mongolia. Zakhchin families usually herd their animals in the big mountain area and most of the time of the year they live up there too. Since western Mongolia is very high from the  sea level, you can see snow there in July too!

 

In this trip, you will get to know  the famous Mongolian nomads, and learn about the Zakhchin people. You will have the wonderful opportunity of living with two different nomad families for two weeks and get a first hand insight into their lifestyles. Both of the families are Zakhchin families who herd their own animals; this will provide you with  many highlights, herding animals and helping the nomad families with their everyday life. Also, this is an astonishing area where you can hike around the mountain area and befriend all the baby animals you meet around the place! 

 


Tour Itinerary

Day 1-9

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

You will land in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. At the airport, you will meet with your translator who will take you  to the city center, and on the way there you will be shown where to change currency if you wish to. If your flight arrives early, you will be taken for a city tour on this day. Your luggage will be dropped at your hotel before you enjoy the city tour.

 

During the city tour you will see the central square of Ulaanbaatar city, called Chinggis Khaan square. Then you will visit the Mongolian national historical museum and the Gandantegchinlen Monastery, the center of Mongolian Buddhism. After that, you will have the  chance to watch a Mongolian traditional concert, dancing, throat singing, and religious culture, original from the Tumen ekh ensemble (band of folk singers and dancers/).  All day our driver will accompany you and show you these places. After the show, the driver will bring you back to your guest house.

 

Day 2

From Ulaanbaatar to Zereg sum by local bus

On this day you will start your wonderful  Mongolian trip. At 11 am, our driver will take you from your guest house to the  local bus terminal. At 1 pm you will board in the local bus for the long drive to the west of Mongolia. This is almost a 24 hour drive  of 1300 km to the  Zereg town of Hovd aimag. Before you leave Ulaanbaatar you can have lunch and dinner which will be  from a local restaurant and the bus will stop at a restaurant area on the way, all your meals for the journey will also be provided by a local restaurant.

 

Day 3

From Zereg to the Nomad family

You will arrive in Zereg town in the afternoon. A member of the nomad family you will be staying with will pick you up there. You will have lunch together and travel to the mountain to meet his family. To get there, you will travel by car or motorcycle to the skirts of the mountain and then hike the rest of the way to where the family lives, about 6 kilometers away. You are going to live with this nomad family for a week. In this area most of the families are living high up in the mountain since  the lower area is too warm for the animals.

Day 4-9

Staying with the family

You will stay with this wonderful nomad family for a week and get familiar with them and their way of life. The husband of the family is Munkhbaatar BATKHUYAG, he lives with his wife and 2 children. You will be given the chance to participate in a lot of the nomadic activities such as milking cows and goats, making dairy products and fetching water and looking after the cattle where you will go out to the cattle pasture with the  children to monitor and count the herd. All of the meals will be prepared by the family and you will eat with them.

Day 10

Nomad to nomad change

On this day you will depart from Munkhbaatar’s family and travel to meet the next family. After having breakfast, the husband of the family will accompany you to your destination where you will spend another week. There will be a 10km hike from mountain to mountain and will arrive at Bayanmunkh's home after lunch. He lives with his wife and 4 children. Bayanmunkh  is one of the best breeders in the village and he keeps race horses which are known to often win the horse racing of the Mongolian traditional festival, Naadam.

Day 10-18

Day 11-16

Living with the second nomadic family

During these days you will submerge into the nomadic life with them, participating in nomadic activities such as milking cows and goats, looking after cattle, making dairy products. The nomads do a lot of activities without predicting the date, they follow the climate and the Buddhist calendar. You could also assist shearing sheep, training horses, making yurts and tanning lamb skins. You will have the opportunity to visit places around this wonderful place. Around this area, between the mountains, lay not to be missed lakes which you can access with a hike. Everyday you will have food with the nomad family and enjoy their company.

Day 17

From Nomad to-Zereg-Ulaanbaatar

This day is your last day with your nomadic family and you will  probably raise  early in the morning and prepare your luggage and have a last look at the amazing scenery. After breakfast and after saying goodbye to the family you will go to the Zereg town, about 15km from  their home. The husband of the family will accompany you to the center of the village around lunch time . You will take the bus in the afternoon at around 4 pm from Zereg town and set off for the long drive back to Ulaanbaatar for next 24 hours.

Day 18

Ulaanbaatar

You arrive in Ulaanbaatar after lunch, there will be a driver ready to pick you up and take you to your guest house. If you still have the energy to go shopping for souvenirs this is an option and our driver will gladly go with you.

Day 19

This day is your last day in Mongolia. Breakfast at your guest house and the transfer to the airport, which can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight. Thank you for travelling with us, creating an experience you will never forget!

What's included?

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • 2 nights hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Bus tickets /round trip/
  • Water
  • two weeks with nomad families
  • Food from nomads
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • City tour tickets
  • Equipments for horse riding (saddles, bridles etc…)

Not included

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

Are you interested ?