Mongolia Homestay – Horse Trek Western Khuvsgul Lake and Live Like a Local Nomad
This Mongolia Homestay grants you Live Like a Local access to nomads in Khuvsgul Lake’s western region for some amazing horseback treks and trekking!
Community Fee: $205 USD for 7 days / 6 nights;
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses:
Rural Bus to Murun (1 way approx. 14 t0 15 hours): $14 USD;
Rural transport (approx.): $96 USD;
Note: Vehicle cost can be divided among number travelers (1-2 persons);
Booking, briefing, handbook, healthy/safety coordination: $25 USD
Khuvsgul Lake Region is one of Mongolia’s geographic gems and a highlight travel destination that should be visited. Sapphire freshwater lake, emerald forests and remarkably beautiful Mountain scenery dominate its picturesque landscapes. Ger to Ger is offering you a unique opportunity to explore nomadic lifestyle and participate within daily routines of nomadic families within the region. You will spend your days traveling by horseback, ox carts as well as some light trekking between nomadic camps. In your free time you will have plenty of time to prepare traditional foods and drinks, assist families in herding and milking of their animals. All these wonderful travel experiences will take place in a region with one of the most pristine ecological backdrops.
Mongolia Homestay Day One – Scenic Bus Ride to Murun (D – Overnight in Guesthouse): Prepare yourself for a long scenic bus ride across a diverse geographic landscapes i.e. steppes, mountains, rivers, etc. We recommend that you take the morning 0800 local bus (much like USA’s Greyhound Bus Line) from Ulaanbaatar to Murun – arrival in the evening at 2200ish – to which the rural facilitator and driver will pick you up and take you to a local guesthouse. You will have a late dinner before rest and relax.
Mongolia Homestay Day Two – Local Transfer to Lake Khuvsgul and Visit Reindeers (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After your breakfast at guesthouse, you will depart to the first nomadic family by Russian jeep for 110 kilometers. Upon arrival at Mr.Erdenesukh’s family, Mrs. Lhagvabayar will greet you with nomadic lunch and tea. After lunch, you will learn how to make a felt bag with hostess. From June 25th to August 25th Reindeer families live nearby the family, so you can visit to see reindeers guided by the host family. They are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world. Reindeer people live in a tepee in -30C to -50C in winter. Reindeers eat moss of trees and families have to move every month to find new pastures for their reindeers. Only over 2000 reindeers remain in Khuvsgul today. After dinner, you will play Mongolian traditional anklebone game with the family. You will stay overnight in family’s extra Ger.
Mongolia Homestay Day Three – Horseback Riding to Mogoi (snake) Tree (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After breakfast, you will take ox cart for 15 kilometers to see “Snake Tree” which looks like a tree wrapped by snake from bottom to the top, and will have picnic lunch there. After you return to your family, you will learn how to make homemade bread with your hostess. In the evening time, you will have a dinner and have an opportunity to play chess with family members before returning to your ger and enjoy a good rest.
Mongolia Homestay Day Four –Walking to Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After breakfast, you will begin 12 kilometers horseback riding through gorgeous, forested landscape. Upon arrival at Mr. Gansukh’s family, his wife Mrs. Davaajargal will serve you a nomadic lunch and tea. After spending some time with the family, you will begin your 7 kilometers hiking to see the most beautiful lake in Mongolia from a mountaintop. After the hiking, you will return to your ger for dinner and have good rest.
Mongolia Homestay Day Five –Horse-riding to Cave (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After breakfast, your hostess will show you how Mongolians make milk tea by using dried dungs as firewood. Then you will start your horse riding for 10 kilometers to see underground cave. Along the way you’ll have an enjoyable picnic lunch before returning to your host family. After having little bit rest, hostess will show you how to make dexterous knots and how to sew Mongolian Deel, which is our traditional dress that Mongolians still wear today. After dinner, you can learn playing the traditional game called Khorol with the family before returning to your ger for good rest.
Mongolia Homestay Day Six– Depart back to Murun (B, L, D – Overnight in local Guesthouse): After your morning breakfast with the family, the hostess can show you how to make Mongolian patterns for traditional garments. Then you will have a farewell lunch with her family. After your lunch, the rural driver will arrive and take you to Murun (125 kilometers) by Minivan. Today you can visit on your own to the Local Museum (open till 1900 – tickets are 4000 Tugrug), Chingunjav Main Square or public hot shower place. You will have a dinner and overnight at local guesthouse.
Day Seven – Depart back to Ulaanbaatar (B): Shortly after your morning breakfast, you will take the morning 08am bus journey back to Ulaanbaatar.
- 4 nights at nomadic families’ extra Ger
- 2 nights at rural guesthouse
- All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
- Herder guide service on route
- Horse riding according to itinerary
- Pack animals on route
- Cultural activities (making yogurt, playing ankle bone game etc)
- Boiled water on route
- Stay overnight at families’ extra Ger
- Two ways bus tickets reservation between UB and Murun
- Local jeep arrangement by facilitator
- Camping equipment /sleeping bag/
- Orientation lesson fee
- All transportation cost which stated on itinerary
- National park fee (3000 tugrug per person)
- Personal use
Important Notes for Mongolian Homestay Travel and Mongolia Homestay: These are “non-touristic” cultural adventures with nomadic families – please do refer to the ‘terms and conditions’ for further clarifications. Winter itineraries are provided for “reference” there will always be changes in activities, methods of travel, etc., to maintain the ‘health/safety’ of travelers and nomadic families. Please double confirm itineraries via email and/or upon arrival at our office during the “training workshop”. ONLINE Itineraries are ONLY meant to provide you a “general” comprehension of day to day experiences and prices (subject to changes), terrain, lifestyles, etc., distances will change in accordance with Nomadic pastures, weather, culture, lifestyles and other factors.