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Mongolian Reindeer People Visit 26 September to 11 October 2020

This is an escorted adventure trip to visit the Dukhas, or Reindeer People who live in remote northern Mongolia running during the WA Autumn School Holidays.

The Dukhas live differently from most other people in the world with their life structured around the reindeer.  Some Dukha say that if the reindeer disappear, so too will their culture.  The reindeer are domesticated and belong to the household and are semi domesticated. In many ways they are treated like family members and shown respect. The community’s chores and activities are centred around the care and feeding of their reindeer and we will be able to get involved with these very gentle animals in a truly magical setting.

Herding tasks are shared amongst the camp with children at a young age learning to care for the reindeer and keeping them safe.

We will camp alongside the Dukhas learning about their culture and helping them care for their reindeer.

It will be autumn in Mongolia and the first snows usually will have fallen with cool nights as low as minus 15 degrees with beautiful clear days with temperatures above freezing.

Our trip starts in Perth on Saturday 26th September and we all travel together via Hong Kong arriving in Mongolia in the early evening on Sunday.

We will travel with our own guide and cook and camp in remote wilderness locations as we head north towards the mountainous region near the Russian border.

We will experience fabulous scenery and wildlife on our journey and we will meet local families to learn about the life of the nomadic herders of the Steppe and the history of the home of Genghis Khan.

Saturday 26 September Depart Perth

Everyone meets at the departure desk for Cathay Pacific Airways at Perth International Airport Terminal 1 at 9.45pm to depart for Hong Kong at 11.55pm. 

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar Sunday 27 September

After arriving in Hong Kong at 7.45am we transfer for our flight to Mongolia departing at just after 12 noon and arriving at 4.45pm.  Our guide Turuu will meet us at the airport for the transfer to the Springs Hotel in the centre of Ulaanbaatar.  After freshening up we will have dinner and a walk around the City.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 2. Ulaanbaatar Monday 28 September

After breakfast we will travel to the Museum at Tuul River which overlooks a spectacular valley and is the home to the fabulous monument to Chinggis Khan, (as Ghengis Khan is referred to in Mongolia).   We join our privately chartered sleeper coach for the overnight journey to Murun.

Day 3. Murun Tuesday 29 September

We arrive in Murun at about 9am and we will transfer into Russian Uaz 4 wheel drives, (pictured above), to travel to a Ger Village for our overnight accommodation.  The Ger Village is located on the banks of a beautiful river overlooking a mountain range.  We will have time for a walk and visit to the local black market.
Overnight in ger.  

Day 4. Travel to Ulaan Uul Wednesday 30 September

Today we will drive through the Darkhad Valley and travel next to the Beltes River.  The Valley is situated between two beautiful mountain ranges of Ulaan Taiga and Khoridol Saridag and are over 40km wide, 160km long and contain a lot of lakes, rivers and are surrounded by forest.  We can expect to see snow on these mountains.  During our time here we will hike through some spectacular country and visit a local family.  
Overnight in tents.

 

Day 5. Travel to Tsagaannuur Village Thursday 1 October

After breakfast we will continue our journey to Tsagaannuur Village. This settlement is the nearest village to the Reindeer People and was established in 1985 for the Reindeer People.

Overnight in tents.

Day 6/7. Reindeer camp Friday 2 & Saturday 3 October

Today we continue our journey to the Reindeer People’s camp.  There are no roads or vehicular access into the Reindeer Peoples Autumn camp and we will prepare our essential luggage for loading onto horses and then hike approximately 7 kilometres through the Taiga Forest for our final part of our journey.  We will stay with the Dukha people and learn about their life in the high country.  At this time of the year visitor numbers are very low and we are usually the only people visiting the group of families we will stay with.  The camp is usually incredibly quiet and the cold weather usually very dry with no insects and comfortable daytime temperatures, but very cool nights.  We have travelled into the camp several times before and we have suitable equipment, including portable temporary toilets to make your stay as comfortable as possible.  Our cook Tolga who will have travelled with us from Ulaanbaatar will continue to prepare our western style meals for us to eat around the portable fireplace in our large meal tent.
Overnight in tents. 

Day 8. Back to Tsagaannuur Village Sunday 4 October

Today we will say goodbye to the Reindeer People and head south via Tsagaannuur village. Our last day in the East Taiga.
Overnight in tents.

Day 9/10. Travel to Ulaan Uul Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 October

Reverse our journey back via Ulaan Uul.
Overnight in tents. 

Day 11. Murun Wednesday 7 October

We will return to Murun and have time to visit and explore the town and local school before preparing for our return to Ulaanbaatar tomorrow.


Overnight in ger.

Day 12. Return to Ulaanbaatar Thursday 8 October

Today we will return to Ulaanbaatar on the night coach arriving at about 9am Friday morning.

Day 13/14. Ulaanbaatar Friday 9 & Saturday 10 October

We spend two nights at the Springs Hotel and have some time for sightseeing and shopping.  On Saturday we attend a cultural concert in the evening.

 

Day 15. Return to Perth Sunday 11 October

Our guide will pick us up from the hotel early in the morning and take us to the International airport to depart for Perth via Hong Kong arriving home late evening just prior to midnight.

Trip Details

Accommodation ranges from a 4 star hotel with a room to yourself to staying in traditional gers with shared facilities and camping in very remote locations.

This trip will run with a maximum of 12 people. 

You are escorted from Perth with your trip organiser who has travelled to Mongolia using the same guides and drivers for several years.

All arrangements are made on your behalf.

Travel within Mongolia to remote locations can sometimes be challenging and the itinerary remains flexible to ensure comfortable and safe travel.

Includes:

  • Return economy flight with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong and Ulaanbaatar with MIAT.  This is the most direct route with the minimum number of transfers.
  • All travel within Mongolia to Murun and to the Reindeer People.
  • 3 nights hotel single room accommodation at the Springs Hotel Ulaanbaatar. 
  • Mongolian guide/translator.
  • 3 meals a day while in Mongolia.
  • A cook and her support staff to cater for us while we are travelling.
  • Support vehicles.
  • All camping equipment, including tents, mattresses and sleeping bags.
  • Visas.
  • All transfers after leaving Perth.

 

Not included:

  • Travel Insurance.
  • Alcohol.

 

Passports

You require a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your arrival back in Australia.  A copy of your passport photo page will be required when booking.

 

Cost

$7,500 with an initial $1,000 deposit when booking.

 

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