Trekking in Darkhad Valley with Tsaatan People

Individual tours



Mongolian Airlines 2

Day 1: Flight to Murun

By plane from Ulaanbaatar we will reach Murun, capital city of Khuvsgul province. Depending on the arrival time we will stay here for the night or we will go on driving North to Hatgal village. On the way we will visit the Uushig Deer Stone complex. The Mongolian blue pearl, the Khuvsgul Lake is a huge 2.760 square km alpine lake (130 km in length and 40 km in width), surrounded by mountain chains of more than 2.000 meters high, thick pine forests and lush meadow with grazing yaks and horses. More than 100 small rivers and streams feed the lake with crystal clear water. Water exits the lake through only one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach the Baikal Lake. The lake contains about 1.5% of the world’s fresh water (excluding water contained in the icecaps). The lake and rivers are full of fish. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake and rivers. The most well-known are the sturgeon, grayling, lennok, salmon, taimon, etc.
(Ger Camp, B, L, D)

Khovsgol Lake Shore

Day 2: Khuvsgul Lake

After breakfast we will start out trek. We will load all our gears on packhorses. For our first day trekking we will hike along the shores of Khuvsgul Lake. We will enjoy the unique views the lake offers.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

North Mongolia

Day 3: Jiglegiin Davaa

Today we will start hiking up to the Darkhad valley. We will trek up the Khoridol Saridag Mountain to cross the Jiglegiin Davaa pass. The pass offers us a beautiful view of the lake. There is also an Ovoo at the pass where locals worship the spirits of the nature. During heavy rains, transport to and from that area can be hard, sometimes even impossible.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Khoridol saridag Mountains

Day 4 – 5: Khoridol and Saridag Mountain

For the next two days we will trek through the Khoridol Saridag valley. On your right you will see Delger Khan and Nart Mountain peaks, with sharp, snow-capped peaks. The landscape is clear evidence of glaciations, with steep sided valleys, cirques and moraines.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Countryside village

Day 6: Renchinlhumbe Village

Today we will trek towards Arsain Sair. We will cross the Arsain Gol River and reach later Renchinlhumbe village. The village is located in the Darhad Depression. The region is the strongest center of Shamanism.We will re-supply our foods. Darkhadiin Khotgor Depression originally formed as a glacial lake, is surrounded by several high mountains. Their peaks reach a height of almost 3.000 meters. The depression is home to over 150 alpine lakes.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

River crossing duting trek

Day 7 – 8: Shishged and Khogiin River

The next two days we will trek through open valleys and plains. The steppe area is surrounded on both sides by the forests of the Taiga. We will cross the Shishegt River and come to the Khogiin River. The Shishid River is one of the most beautiful angling grounds of Mongolia. It flows through mountainous woodland and forms numerous islets. Its waters are the home of abundant lenok, grayling and trophy-sized taimen.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Trekking in a forest

Day 9 – 10: Darkhad Valley

For two more days we will trek through the Darkhad Valley. The Darkhad Valley, located northwest of Khuvsgul Lake is situated between the Ulaan Taiga and Khoridol Saridag mountain ranges. It is at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level and covers an area of 4300 km². The valley is rich in lakes and rivers, the biggest of which are Tsagaan Lake and Shishged River, respectively. The area is famous for its natural beauty, but relatively remote and inaccessible even by Mongolian standards.
The depression is dotted by many small lakes in which different species of fish such as Taimen, Lenok, Siberian White Fish, Grayling, Freshwater Cod and others live.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)

Offroad driving

Day 11: Drive to Murun

We will have a very long driving day to reach Murun. Enjoy your evening in the comfort of hotel.
(Hotel B, L, D)

Hotels in Ulaanbaatar

Day 12: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar

Flight back to Ulaanbaatar. We will drive back to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city. Our team will take you directly to your hotel. You may enjoy the free afternoon to catch up all the places you haven’t visited yet. Opt to see the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing and admire the contortionists.
(B, L)

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  • Airport transfers
  • Land transportation
  • Domestic flight
  • Tented camp stay
  • Ger camp stay
  • Meals 11B, 12L, 11D
  • Tour guides
  • Camping and kitchen equipment
  • National park entrance fees/Museum and Monasteries entrance tickets

not included

  • Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
  • City touring
  • International transport
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Medical, trip insurance and evacuation costs
  • International airport taxes, excess baggage charges. Local flights are limited to 10 kg.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Items of personal nature
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included

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