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Pioneering in Khuvsgul Taiga Wilderness trekking tour

Ayan Travel - 14 days

  • Pioneering in Khuvsgul Taiga Wilderness trekking tour
  • 14 days / 13 nights
  • Max. group: 12 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
What's included
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> Discover the wild surroundings of Taiga
> Discover the Khoridol Saridag Mountain range and alpine forests
> Enjoy chilling rivers and lakes
> Meet the Darkhad & Shaman Peoples
> Cross high mountain passes

This trek requires a moderate level of trekking ability as it goes through wild areas of the remote Taiga region. The beauty and the wilderness of the environment are amazing. The area is not much visited by common visitors, only adventurous travelers go there. This trekking adventure starts from the minute you step into the legendary Khuvsgul lake. The taiga surrounding the lake is inhabited by moose, reindeer, argali, Siberian ibex, red deer, etc. As we head deeper into the forest, we will discover nature's amazing untouched beauty. Wildflowers are spread between the rocks. Meadow flowers such as edelweiss and many kind of herbs are used for medical purposes by the locals. Tsagaan nuur and Darkhad valley is a low lying area with more than 200 lakes, the largest is the Tsagaan nuur lake. The area is surrounded by extensive marshland, mountains, and forested hills, and it is the natural home of Tsaatan minority reindeer people.


What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Today you will enjoy a city tour including the Gandan Monastery and the Museum of National History and you will prepare for the exciting trip in the countryside.

Meals: L/D
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2: Flight to Murun town, Khovsgol province
Today we fly to Murun town, the center town of Khovsgol province, where you will meet your travel team at the airport. We will drive to Khovsgol Lake for 100 km. Stay overnight at ger camp by the shore of the lake.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Tourist ger camp

Days 3-4: Enjoy in Khovsgol Lake
Enjoy a full-day tour in Khovsgol Lake National Park. The Magnificent Khovsgol Lake is one of the natural wonders of the world, covering an area of 2.760 km2. This is the land of the taiga forest, crystal-clear lakes, icy streams, and lush grass. Magnificent surroundings will make our 2 nights stay enjoyable. Today you will be walking along the lakeshore and hiking in vicinity areas.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Tourist ger camp

Days 5-7: Trekking through Jigleg Mountain Pass - the Gate of Darkhad Valley
After breakfast we will leave the lake and head to the north, passing the Jigleg mountain pass, at an altitude of 1926m. During these days we will reload our luggage on horsebacks and will leave our vehicles, as the landscape becomes difficult to access with cars. Trekking sessions of 4-5 hours a day. Stay overnight at tent under the stars.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Tent

Day 8: Heading to Darkhad Valley
We will go down along the Arsain River and enter Darkhad valley. We will reach Renchinlkhumbe village, where we will have a leisure night in a local hostel in a Mongolian ger or wooden house. We will meet our vehicles and drivers here.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Ger or wooden house

Days 9-10: Drive to Tsagaan Lake
We will cross Darkhad Valley heading towards Tsagaan Nuur Lake. Trekking sessions. On our 10th day we will reach the lake - the northernmost point of our trip, where our trekking activity finishes. Stay overnight at local hostel.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Local Hostel

Days 11-12: Drive to Murun town via 13 ovoo- mountain pass
Today we head back to Murun. On the way we will cross “13 ovoo- mountain pass”, which is the sacred place for shamanism. We will spend the night at a tented camp near Khovsgol. On day 12 we will arrive in Murun town and will stay overnight at a local hotel. Take a rest at the hotel with modern facilities.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 13: Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
Fly back to Ulaanbaatar. Once there you will have time to relax at the hotel. In the evening you will enjoy a cultural performance. Tou conclude our journey we will have a farewell dinner.

Meals: B/L/D
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 14: Departure
Transfer to the Airport & Departure.

Meals: B

What's included


√ Domestic Flights
The return flight to Ulaanbaatar at the end of the trek is included in the price. The trekking company will take care of all the arrangements.

√ Transport
During the trek, all necessary transportation will be in a 4WD vehicle or in a minivan.

√ Guide
You will be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking guide at all times.

√ Meals
The trek includes full board meals during the trek. These will provide you with the energy necessary to complete each stage of this trek.

√ Fees
The admission fees to the national park and protected areas and all activity fees, such as museums and cultural activities, are included in the price.

√ Accommodation
Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. On your first and last 2 nights, you will spend the night in a 3/4-star hotel. The remaining nights you will spend in Ger or tented camping sites.

√ Camping gear
Dring your nights in camping sites, the trekking company will provide all the equipment necessary. Except for sleeping bags, all other trekking equipment is included. You can rent a sleeping bag at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

√ Luggage Transfer
During the trek, the trekking company will take care of your luggage (up to 85L). You will only have to carry a day bag with your personal items.

√Horse riding
Part of the trek will be done on horseback. Horse riding to Taiga is included in the price of the trek.


× International Airfare
Flights to and from Mongolia are not included. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN), have a look at their website.

× Visa application & fees
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Mongolia. This should be organized by yourself. You can find a list of visa-free countries here

× Tipping
The tip is not included in the price of the trek. Tipping is optional, but if you had a good time, try to be generous with those who made it happen.

× Single room supplement
During the trek you will share accommodation. If you want to stay in single rooms, you can request it at an extra cost.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.

× Personal Expenses
All personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, laundry, souvenir, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are not included, you will have to bring your own.

× Excess baggage charges
Your bag can be up to 85L. If you have extra luggage, it will have an extra cost.

× Optional activities
Optional activities that may be available during the trek are not included in the price.


Frequently Asked Questions

Best season

The weather in Mongolia is definitely one of its most curious features: it is so far inland that no sea tempers its climate. Moreover, Mongolia has 3 distinctive regions: the south, with the Gobi Desert, The North-west with its mountain ranges, and the center.

Mongolia is popularly known as “The Land of the Blue Sky”, because it has an average of 230-260 annual days of sunshine. Despite the sunshine, temperatures in Mongolia can get really low, especially in winter (December-February), with temperatures of -30° C.

When is the best time to visit Mongolia? Well, summer and beginning of autumn are the seasons most recommended, that is, between June and September. During these months, temperatures range between 15°C and 30°C. Spring and late Autumn are not bad options neither, but bring a thicker jacket, because temperatures at night get down to -8°C.

Despite the low temperatures, remember to bring with your sunglasses and sunscreen, it is not called “the land of the Blue Sky” for nothing.

What should I bring for my nomad family visit?

It is polite to leave some form of gift with the host to repay them for their hospitality. In general, money does not make a good gift, so leave something personal like postcards from your country, Polaroid photographs and sweets are all thoughtful tokens. It is, however, impolite to take photographs without asking. Many Mongolians dislike tourists taking photographs of them or their children without warning. However, they are usually delighted if you do take their photograph, provided you will then send copies back to them.

How do I get the visa for Mongolia?

You need a visa upon arrival if you are traveling to Mongolia from a country that has no Mongolian consulate or embassy, you can pick up a 30-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Ulaanbaatar. You’ll need 108,000 tugrugs (45 USD) and two passport photos – you should also have a pre-approval letter from an organization or company in Mongolia. In case of booking a tour with us, we will help you to get a visa support letter and further assistance.


Tipping is not that common in Mongolia. However, it is common to tip guides and drivers. How much to tip is never clear, but we advise to tip your guide and driver some 2-5 USD per day of trek. If you got a good service and had a good time thanks to their work, show them your gratitude. Be generous, it will be much appreciated.

Packing List

Packing List

When trekking, packing the right equipment is essential. You need to always be ready for the unexpected. We asked our trekking partners in Mongolia to see what they recommend you to pack for your adventure and these are their recommendations:

- Trekking shoes
- Warm clothing
- Windproof and waterproof Jacket
- Small towel
- Camera
- Hat or bandana
- Sunglasses
- Toiletries
- Sunblock/lotion
- Lip Balm
- Insect repellent
- Sandals (optional)
- Passport copies
- ATM/credit cards
- Emergency cash
- Pen



Accommodation during the trek is included in the price. Acommodation during the trek is included in the price. On your first and last 2 nights, you will spend the night in a 3/4-star hotel. The remaining nights you will spend in Ger or tented camping sites.

In Ulaanbaatar we provide accommodation in 3/4 star hotels on comfortable double rooms, with breakfast. While in the countryside, we arrange a tourist camp, tented camp, or herder- nomad family stay. Tourist camps offer hotel-style Mongolian gers for sharing 3-4, persons per ger.

Outside Ulaanbaatar the best comfortable option is to stay in tourist ger camps. These have been set up in the most popular places to cater for travelers. These traditional gers have brightly colored furniture and wood-burning stoves in the center. Usually, each ger has three or four beds, and the camp provides clean sheets and blankets. The Ger camps also have a separate washing block that contains western style flushing toilets and shower rooms. All camps have a restaurant where they serve Mongolian and European food. The gers are a really enjoyable and authentic form of accommodation, warm in the winter, and cool in summer.

We will provide you with all the camping equipment necessary during the days in the mountain. Sleeping bags are not included. You can rent a sleeping bag at our office for USD 6,-/ EUR 5.5,- per night.

Ayan Travel

Ayan Travel

Ayan Travel - the team of local travel experts organizing discovery & adventure-oriented tours for groups and individuals. We offer programs that take you to the best landscapes and must-see attractions of Mongolia and always try to provide a chance to get to know authentic nomadic life, meet real people and try the adventure activities that Mongolia has to offer proudly.

Adventure is in our spirit. We operate “Adventures in Mongolia”. Imagine immersing yourself, traveling through rugged mountains, feeling freedom on rolling steppes, wandering through wild Taiga forests, discovering dinosaur territory, the mysterious Gobi Desert, paddling on waters, encountering with wild mammals and facing one of the coldest winters on earth, with adventure guides who will enjoy with you. This is what we stand for and what we do for adventurers!



Safety is of the outmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

How To Book

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On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. At you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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