Exposure Downunder has teamed with Lisa Pagotto and her Crooked Compass Team to offer a unique, 9-night escorted small group tour – Reindeer Tribes of Mongolia, with Kiwi photographer, Chris Van Ryn – departing June 2018.
This specialist photography tour, with leading New Zealand photographer, Chris Van Ryn, is the perfect way to explore and mingle with the Tsaachin tribe, or Reindeer People, a diminishing nomadic tribe with an estimated 200-400 Tsaachin people remaining, spread across 100sqkm of northern Mongolia.
The Tsaachin’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, commonly associated with Mongolia, but live in yurts, 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. The reindeer are said to have been domesticated several thousands of years ago and play a key role in the spiritual, socio economic and linguistic traditional of the local community.
Visitors to the reindeer herding people play an important role in helping them and their culture survive.
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 and lush forests to the turquoise waters of Lake Khuvsgul.
For further information and bookings, contact Lisa & the team at Crooked-Compass – [email protected]