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Ready to book a TCVC trip?
Have questions about the TCVC or about the Tsaatan community?
Want to get involved or make a donation to support the TCVC?
We’d love to hear from you!

Contact the TCVC:

Via TCVC Manager’s Mobile
(+976) 9552 3973
(Mongolian language only. Please contact a tour operator for assistance with bookings)
Via TCVC English Speaking Representative's Mobile
(+976) 9567 9908
Via e-mail

You may also wish to send a message via telegram to the TCVC to secure your reservation. This can be done from any post office in Mongolia with the help of a translator.

Contact The Itgel Foundation:

Itgel is the NGO that has worked with the Tsaatan community to establish the TCVC. Itgel has worked closely with the community since 2002 and is a valuable resource of information about the Tsaatan and the taiga. Please note that Itgel is NOT a tour operator and has NO authority over reservations, financial transactions, or logistics for trips to the TCVC. In some cases we serve as a liaison for communications between travelers and the TCVC, but it is important for visitors to remember that the TCVC is independently owned and operated by the Tsaatan community.

Via the web
Via e-mail

Other Sources of Information:

For general information, you may wish to send an e-mail to You will receive an auto reply with useful travel information.

TCVC strongly recommends that all visitors organize their trip with support from a travel company or tour operator. A list of TCVC endorsed tour operator partners can be found by clicking here. These companies can help you access the TCVC, provide translator and driver support, assist with border permits, and ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable.

The Lonely Planet Guidebook is also a great resource for helping plan your trip to the TCVC. See the section on Tsagaan Nuur, Hovsgol.

Interested in Volunteering?

The TCVC is often looking for qualified volunteers to work on-site at the Center. Volunteers are hosted in conjunction with the global volunteer organization VSO, in partnership with The Itgel Foundation. If you meet the criteria listed below, please contact to inquire about potential opportunities.

  • Professional or academic background in tourism, international development, business, accounting, carpentry, interior design, and/or natural resource management.
  • Ability to volunteer on-site at the TCVC for a minimum duration of 3 months, maximum of 2 years.
  • Willingness to live in rugged, cold weather conditions without access to electricity, running water, or internet.
  • Experience working overseas and/or prior work or travel experience in Mongolia.
  • 21 years or older and in good physical condition.
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of other languages, especially Mongolian, is a plus.

Want to support the TCVC?

Click here to donate online to The Itgel Foundation, and type “TCVC” in the comments section. Your gift will be used for direct TCVC project activities. In-kind contributions of goods or services are also appreciated.