Cross frozen lakes by dog sled, use horses and reindeers to transport supplies across mountain passes and use skis and snowshoes to traverse snowy terrain on this expedition. This adventure is not for the faint-hearted, Mongolia in winter is cold, and the northern Taiga is even colder with temperatures of -30°C and below. Arrive to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital city and a true melting pot of cultures placing luxury shopping outlets alongside Irish pubs, all shrouded in Mongol overtones.
After a night here, charter a private plane and head to the very north of the country, to the remote village of Khatgal. Here your adventure truly begins. Meet your dog and horse sleds and travel across the frozen fringes of the enormous Lake Khovsgol that holds 70 per cent of Mongolia’s fresh water. As you journey across the lake watch the surrounding wild Taiga forest, populated only by wolverines, eagles, wolves, bears, and, of course, reindeer. Spend the evening camping at the foot of the mountains with unparalleled views over the snowy taiga.
Having reached the edge of the lake, swap your horses for reindeer for the remainder of your journey. Load them up with your own supplies and the salt and trek or ski across the 10,000 ft high Jigleg pass in the Saridag Mountains. Witness uninterrupted views like no other in one of the last remaining untouched landscapes on earth. Unload the reindeer and set up camp on the trail for a rewarding and invigorating deep night’s sleep.
Continue your trekking along the trail with your guides as the only human interaction you are likely to experience. Keep a look out for wolverine tracks and feed back the information to the conservation teams who are trying to protect these endangered animals.