From the ancient times, Mongolians have been migrating to their seasonal pastures throughout Mongolia. There is a tradition to decide on what day to move that usually coincides with a beautiful day. The migration is prepared the day before by cleaning the surrounding areas of where they lived. The housewife wakes up early on that day, prepares tea for the family and milks the animals. It is customary to bless nature with the first tea while chanting one’s thanks for the generous offers that nature has provide the family during their stay. After breakfast, the migration starts! Its the goal to completely settle down in the new location before sunset. This program gives you an opportunity not only to learn Mongolian migration customs, but also participate and help in migration preparation with nomadic herder families.
(Notes: 1. Distance may indeed vary, shorter on some days and longer on others 2. Travelers will pay directly on bus 3. Travelers will pay for local park fees when required 4. the number of families are limited so we’ll need to check, dates, time, etc., in advance if you are interested.)
Day One – Preparation for Nomadic migration (L, D – Overnight in Ger): Our local guide will receive you at last bus stop of Terelj Protected Area. Then you will travel by ox cart or horseback to his home that is located 13 kilometers to the south of Terelj River. Upon arrival you will have a nomadic lunch and tea at with the family. This day you will participate in their preparation to pack and clean pan etc., for migration. The migration is prepared the day before by cleaning the surrounding areas of where they lived. The housewife wakes up early on that day, prepares tea for the family and milks the animals. It is customary to bless nature with the first tea while chanting one’s thanks for the generous offers that nature has provide the family during their stay.
Day Two – Nomadic Migration (B, L, D – Overnight in Ger): After an early breakfast, you will experience/learn how to move a nomadic ger – bring the ger down, ger poles, etc., will be loaded on the oxcart. After cleaning surrounding area where they lived, everybody will have lunch and then everyone will begin the journey to new area. There is a Mongolian traditional custom – on the way if migrating people encounter with another family, the family will come to them and serve with tea and foods. After reaching new location, they will put the ger up and replace all their belonging within the ger and then have dinner together.
Day Three – Departure: After breakfast you will an opportunity to a ride horse before your afternoon farewell lunch to which the family will guide you 11 kilometers by ox cart or horse back to Terelj area for the bus back to UB.