East (“Zuun”) Taiga is situated northeast of TsagaanNuur beyond a steppe valley called “Hogruk.” The East Taiga can be reached by driving or riding approximately 30 km from the TCVC towards Hogruk, crossing over the Shishged River. Alternatively, the East Taiga can be accessed from the village of Renchinlhumbe, TsagaanNuur’s neighboring administrative unit that includes portions of the East Taiga.
When accessing the East Taiga via TsagaanNuur, it is important to note that the Shishged River can only be crossed by ferry. The ferry is a simple log raft that can accommodate vehicles, horses, and pedestrians, and is operated on a fee-for-service basis by a private family in the area. In winter and early spring, the Shishged River and/or TsagaanNuur Lake are frozen, and it is possible to travel across the ice from TsagaanNuur to reach the Hogruk valley and the East Taiga. Ice conditions can be very dangerous, and all visitors to the area should consult with their TCVC guide prior to traversing the ice.
The East Taiga straddles the Mongolian-Russian border and contains diverse terrain and landscapes, from steppe-taiga valleys, to rugged peaks, to dense forest. Some East Taiga camps are accessible by vehicle during the cold months when mud conditions are mild or absent, though most camps, like the West Taiga, are accessible only by horse. Many routes into the East Taiga are muddy in the warmer months, which can affect accessibility and travel time significantly. Average camp distances from the edge of the taiga in Hogruk range from 6-40 km.
The East Taiga is home to more than 18 Tsaatan households, who typically move in two family groups.