On this Crooked Compass tour in June 2019, spend 9 unforgettable nights immersed in Mongolian culture including an intimate experience with the Reindeer Tribes. On this specialist photography tour with leading photographer Chris Van Ryn, capture spectacular images and discover diminishing tribes.
This inspiring journey offers a unique opportunity to travel with leading photographer Chris Van Ryn, meaning you'll be able to capture incredible images of your journey.
Mongolia - one of Asia's last frontiers and one of the world’s last unspoilt destinations. Travel by horse to the nomadic Tsaachin tribe who have a spiritual connection the reindeer herds that they live with. Once a thriving community, the Tsaachin tribe has dwindled in recent years leaving only 200-400 members left in northern Mongolia. This specialist photography tour with leading photographer Chris Van Ryn is the perfect way to explore and mingle with this shrinking tribe in the spectacular landscapes of Mongolia whilst improving your photography skills. Become more confident with your equipment and return from your journey with spectacular images, memories and new found knowledge. Mingle with friendly nomads as you learn their way of life. Ride through lush meadows, wooded hills and ruins from the ancient Mongolian Empire before reaching the magnificent turquoise Lake Khuvsgul, known in Mongolia as ‘Blue Pearl’.
The Tsaachin or Tsaatan’s entire existence is based on their reindeer herds which provide them with milk for producing cheese, antlers for carving and medicinal purposes, transportation and on the odd occasion, meat. Part of the Tuvan ethnic group, this small tribe is truly nomadic, regularly moving in search for a rare type of lichen and grass for their reindeer. The Tsaachin people do not stay in the traditional Mongolian gers we commonly recognise as a symbol on the country, but live in urts, similar to the Native American teepees which were traditionally made from birch bark. A culture rich in Shamanism, these spiritual healers play an important role to the community providing traditional remedies for injury and illness. Previously a self sufficient tribe with only their reindeers, the Tsaachin now have to forage for berries, wild potato and pine nuts in the Autumn as well as occasionally fish or hunt to simply survive.
Your visit to the reindeer herding people plays an important role to help them and their culture survive. Although very few travellers venture into this realm, our tourism initiative provides them with a supplemental income and cultural exchange education for both our travellers and local Tsaachin people. To spend time with these tribes people is truly remarkable and brimming with cultural practices that provide a deep insight into this fascinating way of life. Travelling on horseback is the best way to reach the remote settlement with a full support crew of guides, cooks and horse tenders there to assist. Sleep in teepees like the locals and after visiting this isolated land, continue on through the spectacular scenery of rolling mountains, lush forests before venturing the turquoise waters of Lake Khuvsgul.
Please note, international flights, visas and travel insurance are not included in this package and must be arranged separately by the guest.
This package does not include flights.
All cancellations must be received in writing and will be subject to the following cancellation charges from the date the written cancellation is received:
Tour runs with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 14.
Trekking shoes are recommended. Lightweight, quick dry clothes and a warm jacket for the evenings are suggested. Backpacks are recommended.
YOU MUST BOOK YOUR OWN FLIGHTS. THIS TOUR DOES NOT TAKE PLACE IN AUSTRALIA.
This experience begins in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia.