Community Fee: $324 USD for 7 days/ 6 nights ($221 for each additional week)
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses
Rural mini-bus to first ger and pickup (4-6 persons): Depends on Location
Rural small car to first ger and pickup (2-3 persons): Depends on Location
Booking & travel orientation w/ handbook: $25 USD
On this special program you will have an opportunity to live with nomadic family in their homes, and to help them in herding or handling animals such as horses, cows, goats or sheep, helping in the kitchen, collecting water or perhaps gathering fire fuel by ox cart in their daily routines.
Day One - Dung collecting challenge and milking cows: Arrive at herder family. You will be welcomed a nomadic lunch and tea. After lunch you will collect dung according to nomad ways using traditional equipments. The task will be completed when the one who first fills the wooden vessel (basket) to its brim. In the evening you can help women to milk cows and fence sheep, goats in sheep pen and calves in calf shed with children. Then you will have a dinner with family members.
Day Two - Herd & milk sheep and goats: Your next challenge is waiting you today. After breakfast you will herd sheep and goats to pasture with a kid. In the afternoon time you will herd back them to home and tie sheep and goats for milking. After milk sheep and goats you will have a lunch. Then you will continue to herd sheep and goats to pasture till evening. In the evening you will herd back and fence sheep, goats and offspring separately into pen.
Day Three - Collecting fallen trees and water by ox cart: After breakfast, you will travel by ox cart with a host to forest to collect fallen woods. In the afternoon you will be served a lunch. Then you will travel again by ox cart to fill and carry water jugs to River. Afterwards you will have a chance to cool down and swim in river with kids.
Day Four - Learn to make yogurt and dried curds: After breakfast, you will learn to make yogurt (tarag). Tarag is considered as the essence of food, but not a drink for its highly nutritious quality, hence Mongolians say ‘eat tarag’ but not drink. Tarag is usually, made of sheep and cow milk. Tarag of sheep milk becomes very thick like liver so it’s called as ‘elgen’ or ‘liver tarag’ and it’s very delicious. Then you will continue to learn making dried curds. Aaruul (dried curds) is made of curds by mixing it with sugar and wild berries and cutting the curd into different shapes and patterns. In the evening you will served a dinner.
Day Five - Look over horses on pasture and catch horse: Early morning you will have a breakfast. Then you will ride a horse and travel with a host to look over his horses on pasture. Your journey will be 20kms round trip. If he needs more horses you will help him to catch horses and herd them to home. Afterwards you will have free time and be served a dinner.
Day Six - Learn to make nomadic food: After your breakfast in the morning time you can help kids to herd cows and sheep to pasture. Then you will clean yard around closure and sheep pen. In the late afternoon you will help a hostess to distill vodka. To make distilled spirit, fermented yoghurt is put in a pot that is 16-18 litre on the fireplace.Before making a fire, you will prepare the utinsils for distilling. Then fill the pot with water and continue making fire. As soon as water in pot is heated, change the water with cold one twice. After this process, get the distilled spirit. In on distilling, 1-5 litre vodka is produced. It takes 2-4 hours.
Day Seven - Look over horses on pasture and catch horse: Early morning you can help to boil milk in a pot and make white butter by boiling milk. Boiling milk is stirred with a deeper until a thick layer of skin is formed. To make white butter, it takes one hour. Then you will have a breakfast. Afterwards you will have free time and can walk around. If you want you can travel by horse or ox cart surroundings. In the afternoon you will have a possibility to participate in making nomadic food with a hostess for your farewell lunch. Then you will depart to UB city.
Staying with nomadic family in their extra Ger
All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
Cultural activities (milking animals, making dairy products etc) as stated on itinerary
Boiled water on route
Reservation services for two ways bus tickets between UB and Rashaant village
Local jeep arrangement service by facilitator