Welcome to Darkhad Valley


The difficulty in reaching the region ensures the unique Tsaatan people are able to continue their traditional lifestyle here. The area is also one of Mongolia’s strongest centres of shamanism – the genuine kind, not the let's-pose-for-tourists kind.

The entrance to the region is most dramatic, marked with a gate and a number of large ovoos (shamanistic collections of stones, wood or other offerings to the gods) sprinkled with food.

The valley is also known as the Darkhad Depression (Дархадын Хотгор).


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$2450 Outdoor Activities

KHUVSGUL LAKE & THE TSAATANS OF TAIGA ADVENTURE & PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Day 1 Arrival in Ulaanbaatar city: Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), a guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to a hotel. After refreshment and short rest, the tour program starts with city tour to the Museum of National History with displays related with Mongolian history and its splendid collection of Mongolian traditional costumes exhibits. Possible evening tour around UB with beautiful sunset view of the city. Welcoming dinner at a local restaurant. Stay overnight at hotel. (D)Day 2 Ulaan Uul, Khuvsgul province: Early morning fly to Murun, Khuvsgul province (2,5hrs). Arrive in Murun town and drive to Ulaan uul village (220 km’s). Stay overnights in a tourist Ger camp. (B, L, D) Day 3-5 Tsagaan Nuur (White Lake) Tsaatan base Yurt (Tipi) camp, Khuvsgul province:Drive to Tsagaan Nuur village (The White Lake lies in Darkhad valley, northernmost region of Mongolia, 220km). From the village we drive around 30km to the Taiga and camp near a Tsaatan family with more than 30 reindeers. For 3 days we will stay with a Tsaatan family to experience and photograph the daily life, tradition and culture of Tsaatan people. Stay for 3 overnights in a Tsaatan Yurt (Tipi) camp especially prepared for our customers. (B, L, D)Day 6 Khuvsgul Lake (Khatgal town), Khuvsgul province: Drive to Khatgal town (250km) Khuvsgul Province. Photography of ancient deer stones and petroglyphs. The deer stone is originated during the late period of the Bronze Age. The deer stone is believed to provide an over-whelming feeling of relaxation and peace when comes in contact with stone. Believing that Deer stone has great mystic power the ancient warriors sacrificed to Deer stone before long journey and great hunting for receiving favor.  Stay overnight in a Ger camp. (B, L, D) Day 7 Ulaanbaatar:Drive to Murun city and fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Accommodate in Hotel. Afternoon city touring. (B, L, D) Day 8 Ulaanbaatar/Tsonjin Boldog:Morning visit Gandan Monastery and after continue drive to Tsonjon boldog to see Chinggis Khaan statue. Lunch at Tsonjin Boldog. Chinggis Khaan statue complex, the world’s largest statue of a rider on a horse. Mongolian “XIII Century Theme Park”, the old micro kingdom tour to 13th century life atmosphere will leave you unforgettable Mongolian remembrance. The statue of Chinggis Khaan (1162-1227) with a golden whip in his right hand has an indoor museum inside and it is the right spot for selfie and photos. Return to UB late afternoon. Overnight in hotel. (B/L/D)Day 9 DEPARTURE

$3290 Outdoor Activities

Taimen Fishing Tour in Mongolia

TOURDuration: 7 daysTravel type: horse, car, boatTravel place: Darkhad valley, Shishged , Hog, Sharga and Tengis rivers.Activities: Taimen fishing. Enjoying Mongolian beautiful Wild nature with wild animals in amazing nature of Darkhad valley, its lakes and rivers.ITINERARY:1. Arrival-Hotel in Ulaanbaatar, can arrange city tour depends on arrival time2. Fly to Murun city, travel to Shishged Ger camp by car, on the bank of Shishged& Hog rivers junction /Light meal on the way;3. Stay Shishged ger camp, fishing on the river Shishged, Hog, Sharga and Tengis rivers. (5-days)4. Go to Murun city by car and fly to Ulaanbaatar5. Hotel in Ulaanbaatar (can arrange shopping)6. DeparturePrice from -2700$ per/personIncluded;Pick up service from/to Airport , accommodation, three meals per day, all transportation between destinations within Mongolia, all tickets, fees, travel equipments, driver and tour guide fees, bottled water supplies.DETAILS:• Distance from Ulaanbaatar to Murun 676km.• Flight to Murun by Hunnu Air-domestic airline, Fligh time: from UB to Murun 10:20-11:40am, from Murun to UB 12:00-13:20.• Can arrange a charter plane with 9 seats from Ulaanbaatar to camp area, 20 km from Shishged ger camp. Flight 3 hours for round trip. Fly in the early morning to camp area, from camp area to Ulaanbaatar around 17 PM.• Diistance from Murun to Shishged ger camp 250 km, Travel 250 km by 4x4 SUV from Murun to Shishged camp (drive around 7 hours), The Shishged ger camp located on the junction of Shishged& Hog rivers, to Sharga river 35km, to Tengis river 50km. Shishged camp has 3 Mongolian national gers with 3-4 beds.Also has dinning house. Shower is available.Travelers can have flexible tours designed only for them and choose their own length of tour and activities.We have professional friendly tour guides and drivers who are happy to show travelers our beautiful Mongolia.