Reindeer herders tour Mongolia : In this itinerary you’ll visit the legendary Lake Khuvsgul and Great White Lake, take horse trekking to the real reindeer herders region surrounded by outstanding landscapes. The Reindeer /  Reindeer Herders Mongolia / represents one of the last truly reindeer life styles in very north of Mongolia with amazing scenery. We will visit central Mongolia and ancient capital, Kharkhorin.

Our main purpose of this trip is Reindeer people (Dukha people). We will do horse trekking or hiking to the Dukha people. It not possible to drive to there. They are living in the deep Taiga. It’s possible drive there only in the winter. Otherwise, We can do horse trekking or hiking there.

For thousands of year Reindeer people (Dukha people) have living in the Northern part of Mongolia, where breeding  Reindeer is a way of life. Today they are the last Nomadic Reindeer herders in the world. There are 400 Dukha people of 70-80 families in the Northern Mongolia. Reindeer People are in two main groups, the Western Taiga and the Eastern Taiga. Both are most readily reached from the town of Tsagaan Nuur (generally reached by car) or from Renchinlhumbe (generally reached from Lake Khuvsgul by horse or foot).

Accommodation:yes duration:15 days 14 nights tour distance:2700km Group size:1-12 tour operator:idre tour


Ulaanbaatar- Khustai-Khogno Khaan - Kharkhorin Erdene Zuu Monastery-Orkhon valley and Orkhon waterfall- Tsenkher Hot springs- Great White Lake- Murun-Tsagaannuur-Reindeer people- Lake Khuvsgul- Uran togoo- Ulaanbaatar


Camel riding, Hiking in Khuisiin Naiman Nuur, Horse trekking for 4 days, see wild horses, visit reindeer people, Visiting Monastery and Nomadic family

We’ll drive to the Hustai National Park, located on the north side of the Tuul River, about a two-hour drive west of Ulaanbaatar. Although located in the central grasslands, Khustai means “with birch” because birch trees and aspen groves are plentiful in the area. It is a hilly terrain, with the Tuul River forming the southern boundary. The national park was originally set up in 1993 as a nature reserve for the first reintroduction of the Przewalski’s Horse (Equus przewalskii) into Mongolia. Today the Hustai Trust runs the park, funded mainly by tourism funds. We'll drive to Mount Khogno Khan Nature Reserve in the afternoon. The mountain is home to hundreds of birds, deer, and gazelle. You'll be able to go hiking around the area or to the small sand dunes nearby called " Elsen tasarkhai".
We’ll drive to Mongolian ancient capital, Kharkhorin, Chinggis Khaan's fabled city, founded in 1220 in the Orkhon Valley, at the crossroads of the Silk Road. It was from there that the Mongol Empire was governed until Kubilai Khan moved it to Beijing. It served as the capital for 40 years. Following the move, and the subsequent collapse of the Mongolian empire, Karakorum was abandoned. Whatever was left was used to help build the glorious Erdene Zuu monastery in the 16th century. Nearby, Turkish monuments and rock inscriptions erected in the 8-9th centuries in memory of outstanding fighters for independence.
Day 3 Orkhon valley and Orkhon waterfall.
We will drive to Orkhon valley and Orkhon waterfall. The 121,967-ha Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape encompasses an extensive area of pastureland on both banks of the Orkhon River and includes numerous archaeological remains dating back to the 6th century. Orkhon Waterfall, which is great place for taking photos and go hiking through the gorge.
Day 4 Tsenkher Hot spring
We’ll drive to the Tsenkher hot spring. We’ll have a relaxed evening taking a hot bath in the hot spring water. We’ll spend the night in the Ger camp at Tsenkher hot spring.
Day 5 Great White lake ( Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur)
We’ll drive to Great White Lake and Khorgo Volcano. Khorgo-Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National park was established to protect the spectacular mountain scenery and endangered species of fauna and flora. The area has extinct volcanoes, many beautiful lakes, a great number of animals and birds, and is definitely one of the best natural tourist attractions. Khorgo is a unique natural complex (2240 m)National Park surrounded by the Khangai Mountains, which is 3000 meters above sea level. In the craters some of them are very tiny crystal- cleared lakes. The Khorgo crater, situated at an altitude of 2.210 meters with a diameter of 20 meters and depth of 70 to 80 meters, is the most stunning.
Day 6 Khorgo Volcano
We’ll go hiking around the area. Also, we’ll be able to go hiking from the lake to the volcano.
Day 7 Murun Province.
We’ll drive to Murun town, a capital of Khovsgol province. And we’ll get the border permit for visiting Reindeer tribe.
Day 8 Horse Herder family.
We’ll drive to Tsagaannuur. We’ll meet the Horse herder Family and get prepared for the horse trek to Reindeer people. The reindeer herders of northern Khuvsgul aimag, Mongolia are a small, tenacious group who strive to maintain their way of life and culture in the face of great challenges. They are called Tsaatan, tsachin or Dukha. The Reindeer People are in two main groups, the Western Taiga and the Eastern Taiga. Both are most readily reached from the town of Tsagaan Nuur (generally reached by car) or from Renchinlhumbe (generally reached from Lake Khuvsgul by horse or foot).
Day 9 Tsaatan people (Dukha people)- Reindeer people (Horse trekking to Reindeer herders).
We will explore Tsaatan people (Dukha people)- Reindeer people life style
Day 10 Reindeer herders family
We will horse terkking back to Horse herder Family. We will explore Tsaatan people (Dukha people)- Reindeer people life style
Day 11 Horse Trekking back to horse herder family.
We will horse terkking back to Horse herder Family
Day 12 Khuvsgul lake
We’ll drive to Lake Khuvsgul which is one of the most visited places for both locals and tourists. We’ll go hiking around Lake Khovsgol which is one of the country's largest and most spectacular protected areas. Lake Khovsgol's 380 cubic km of water make it the fourteenth largest freshwater lake in the world and second largest in Central Asia by volume, with over 1% of the world's fresh water. At its deepest, the lake dives 262 meters. Ninety-six rivers and streams empty into the lake, but only the Egiin River exits the lake. The Egiin flows southeast until it joins the Selenge River, which flows through one of Mongolia's most densely populated areas on its way to Lake Baikal. The Lake is 1645 meters above sea level and is generally frozen from January until April or May
Day 13 Hiking in the Khuvsgul lake
We’ll have a short drive to Toilogt go hiking around the lake Khuvsgul
day 14 Uran Togoo Mountain
We’ll drive to Uran Togoo near Bulgan province. Actually we're heading to Ulaanbaatar.
15 Ulaanbaatar
We will drive back to Ulaanbaatar


The difference between a comfortable tour and budget tour relates primarily to the accommodation type. Within a budget tour all accommodation will be with a nomadic family in their Ger, where they don't have running water. While a comfortable tour includes accommodation at Ger camps which are similar to a 3-4 star hotel standard. Finally the Mid-Range tour mixes Comfortable and Budget, where you will stay some nights in the traditional Ger with a nomadic family and others in a Ger camp.


Tour type/number of people 2 pax 3 pax 4-6 pax 6-8 pax 8-10 pax 10-12 pax
Budget $159 $119 $99 $99 $99 $99
Mid-range $191 $161 $141 $141 $141 $141
Comfortable $229 $196 $176 $166 $166 $166
  • Driver + 4WD vehicle + Gas
  • English speaking tour guide/cook
  • National park entrance fee
  • Camel riding for an hour
  • Horse trekking
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Accommodation in UB
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Personal items
  • Tips for the driver and the guide
  • Alcohol drinks