Bordering the forests of Siberia, these northern aimags of abundant taiga intersperse with rugged steppe and clumps of pine and larch trees. The most famous body of water here is Lake Khövsgöl, which is perfect for some breezy kayaking, fishing or hiking; particularly in its surrounding valleys and meadows of wildflowers.

You can also visit a Dukha community and observe how the people, also known as Tsaatans, live as reindeer herders. Seize the rare opportunity to learn more about their way of life and traditions, interact with the families and explore the unique landscape.

Key Activities: Horse-Trekking, Hiking, Fishing, Kayaking, Swimming, Family Stays

Key Highlights

  • Lake Khövsgöl
    As the largest freshwater lake in Mongolia and the second largest by size of 2,760-sq-km, it's known as the "Blue Pearl of Mongolia". Stretching 136km deep into the taiga, you can hire a motorboat to explore remote corners and reach eco-ger camps featuring composting loos and lakeside saunas. The area surrounding it make up the Khövsgöl Nuur National Park - perhaps comparable to the Alps (but with yaks!) - and is home to animals like the Argali (wild sheep) and over 200 bird species.
  • Tsaatan Reindeer Tribe
    Known as the Dukha, the name "Tsaatan" also means 'reindeer people'. Made up of some 44 families and dwindling, they are the last people on Earth who herd reindeer. Living in remote camps in the taiga which are only accessible by horseback, they move five to 10 times a year in search for food for their animals. Though the journey to them is arduous, travellers will be able to learn about their way of life, traditions and interdependent relationship with the creatures they care for.

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