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19 Day Overland Tour with Horse Trekking in Khovsgol National Park, Mongolia

Flower Hotel, Zaluuchuud Avenue, 18, Bayanzurkh, 001334 Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Mongolia Horse Trekking Holiday

With this tour you are able to learn about Mongolia and its historical places and will have a chance to visit real nomads life and their lifestyles along the trip The National Parks such as Hustai, Terkhiyn Tsagaan Lake, Khovsgol Lake and other Natural Resources are included in the Northern Mongolia Tour itinerary. The route includes various types of roads such as dirt-road, paved road, high mountain passes and extreme off-road in some parts

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Ulamjargal
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Highlights

  • 8 horse riding days
  • 3 meals a day will be provided
  • Use of a horse, camping equipment, and all entry fees are included
  • Roundtrip airport transfers and one-way domestic flight are included
  • Services of a guide and driver
  • 18 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


15 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Mongolian
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Chinggis Khaan International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
08:00
Check-out Time:
20:00

During this holiday, you will spend two nights at a hotel in Ulaanbaatar, nine nights in ger tourist camp, and eight nights in a tent during the horse trekking.

Ger Camps

Ger camps are the most suitable and comfortable accommodation in Mongolia for travelers on tour, also, what tour operators usually recommend. Most of the ger camps are located nearby the natural sights or around it. The gers are specially decorated for tourists, so most tourists love to stay in gers. Each ger has two to four beds and other furniture. Showers and restrooms for ladies and gentlemen are in separate rooms.

The restaurants are usually in one big ger or a house which usually has a capacity to serve 40-100 people at once. The camps have different services such as a bar, laundry, sauna, shower, massage, little folk concert, and horse or camel riding, etc. Staff of the camps are very polite and helpful, you can just feel free to ask for help or advice. The high season of tourism in Mongolia is in July and during this period, camps are mostly full, so it’s better to book a ger before you arrive.

Tenting in Nature

It is almost possible to build a tent everywhere unless it’s on private property or a prohibited area. But in national parks, there are appointed zones for tenting. When you are tenting in the remote nature, you should remember these cautions:

  • Keep away from the roads, cars may be out of the road at night
  • Avoid places that may flood in the rain
  • Keep the campsite clean and do not litter
  • Do not urinate in the rivers or close to it
  • Ask owners or family when tenting nearby tourist camps or nomad families

Program

The trip will allow you to see the most unspoiled natures of northern Mongolia. If you want to be yourself and meditate, this trip will give you your own space. Riding a Mongolian horse will be a much different experience than any other horse. Hopefully, the friendly horse trekking guides will show their homelands the beautiful Darkhad Valley, Khoridol Saridag SPA, and Khovsgol Lake National Park. Even if it is hard, you will be fully energized and refreshed at the end of the trip.

Day 1: Arrival day - Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Travel to Terelj National Park which is 54 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar and one of the touristic places near the city. A large number of local and foreign tourists like to visit this sightseeing place. Here, you will see the incredible natural creations like the giant Turtle Rock, 100 monks cave, camel rock, lion rock, three friends cave, and the wonderful Ariyabal monastery. The national park is mostly surrounded by mountains with gigantic rocks and trees. Overnight in a camp.

Day 2: Hustai National Park

After breakfast in the morning, move to Hustay National Park which is famous for its wildlife such as elk, marmot wolf, different types of birds, and wild horses, the Takhi/Prezhewalski Horse, etc. Overnight in a camp.

Day 3: Kharkhorin

Today, move to an ancient Mongolian capital called Kharkhorum/Kharkhorin in modern language and see the Erdene-Zuu monastery, the famous one from the Middle Ages and Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape. Overnight in a camp.

Day 4: Tsenkher Hot Spa

Today, travel to one of the biggest natural hot springs called Tsenkher in Arkhangay province. This spring is with issuing at a scalding 65-90 degrees Celsius with the stench of hydrogen sulfide. Since early times, the spring has been for medical use and it contains sulfur acid and flint. Good influence for articulation, stomach, anemia, overfatigue, skin diseases, and diabetes. At the end of the long drive, you’ll love to sit in the hot spring. Tsenkher Hot Spring is surrounded by beautiful natural scenes and has comfortable weather conditions. Overnight in a camp.

Day 5: Terkhiyn Tsagaan Lake and Khorgo Extinct Volcano Natural Reserve

Drive to Tariat soum of Arkhangay province to see Terkhyn Tsagaan Lake National Park and Khorgo, one of the biggest burnt volcano craters in Mongolia. The volcano was active around 8000 years ago; the crater depth is about 100 and 400 meters wide and its surrounding areas are covered with up to 50 meters of lava. The sign of lava continues for around 100 kilometers through the valley of Chuluut river. Around the lake and volcano, you can hike, its surrounding environment is just incredible. Overnight in a camp.

Day 6: Jargalant Soum

Travel to Jargalant soum of Khovsgol Province. The Jargalant Soum has beautiful surroundings with high mountains with large forests. Overnight in a camp.

Day 7: Khovsgol Lake

Travel to Khovsgol Lake National park. The national park is well known for its crystal clear Khovsgol Lake. It is the second biggest freshwater lake in the world and it contains around 1 percent of the world's freshwater. The lake is 136 kilometers long and about 40 kilometers wide and surrounded by beautiful larch and pine trees. Only here can you take a picture with reindeers and yaks. There are many tourist camps and they run a lot of interesting activities for tourists. Overnight in a camp.

Day 8: Khovsgol Lake

Today, stay the whole day at the camp to prepare for the horse trekking in the next morning. Overnight in a camp.

Day 9 to 15: Horse Trekking Days

On the ninth day of the trip, start the horse trekking through the Khovsgol Lake National Park, Darkhad Valley, and Khoridol Saridag SPA. Along the trip, you’ll have a horse team to carry your luggage. Generally, you'll ride for 15-20 kilometers a day and sleep in tents all night. During the trip, the highly experienced team will take care of your convenience and the professional chef will serve you with all types of delicious meals, and of course, there will be a skillful guide.

During the first three days, you'll we ride along the lake and then the path goes west through the mountains. After a week, arrive in the village of Renchinlhumbe. The village is located in Darkhad Valley. Overnight in a tent.

Day 16: Khovsgol Lake - Return to Camp

This is the last day of the horse trekking tour and you will arrive back at the camp and have to say goodbye to the horse guides. In the evening, you can celebrate the end of the trip and make some bonfire and sit and sing around it. Overnight in a camp.

Day 17: Moron - Ulaanbaatar Flight

Today, you'll drive to Moron and catch your flight to Ulaanbaatar and arrive in the afternoon. After a few hours of rest in the hotel, have dinner at the restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 18: Ulaanbaatar City Tour

Transfer to a hotel and have a city tour in the afternoon including Sukhbaatar Square, National Historical Museum, Gandan Monastery, Zaisan hill, and a Traditional Cultural Show. Have dinner at a restaurant and overnight in a hotel.

Day 19: Departure Day

You will be driven to the airport where you'll take your international flight back to your home.

Included excursions

  • Enjoy the beauty of Khovsgol Lake-The Blue Pearl
  • Ride with local horse guides on beautiful Mongolian horses
  • Spend a full day visiting a local family
  • Witness the holy nature of Khoridol Saridag SPA and its wildlife
  • Professional chef's delicious meals
  • Mongolian vast land and its history
  • Overland drive adventures

Instructors

Ulamjargal Khenmedekh

Location

This holiday will start from Ulaanbaatar and drive through central and northern Mongolia and the horse trekking will take place in Khovsgol Lake, Alag-Erdene Soum, Khovsgol Province, Mongolia. Mongolia is located in central east Asia and has no ocean port. It borders Russia on the north and China on the east, south, and west. The population is about three million and the growth is 2.8%. Two-thirds of the population is below 30 years old and most of the citizens live in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.

Almost more than one million people are living in Ulaanbaatar and the city is still expanding every year. The average density of the population is 1.7 square kilometers and it’s just about 0.4 square kilometers in the Gobi desert. 76% of the population speaks Khalkh Mongolian, another 14% speaks different Mongolian languages such as Kazakh, Tuva, Uriankhai, and Khoton, the official language is Khalkh Mongolian.

There are 17 tribes in Mongolia and Most of them are native Mongolian Tribes and 7% are Kazakhs from the Turcik nation, 5% are Tungus Khamnigan, and 3% are others. Mongolia has around 1,564,200 square kilometers of land, which is located in the heart of Asia. It is 2,398 kilometers from west to the east and 1,258 kilometers from north to the south. The total length of the border is 8,160 kilometers.

Mongolia is mostly mountainous and about 1,500 meters elevated from the sea level and the lowest point in Blue Lake of eastern Mongolia is 557 meters and the highest point, Khuiten Peak in Altai Mountain range is 4,374 meters from the sea level. Mongolian landscape is divided into four types which are mountainous alpine region, mountainous steppe region, semi-desert region, and desert region.

Basically, there are three mountainous parts, Khan Khentii Mountain Range, Khangai Mountain Range, Mongol Altai Mountain Range, and the south part is Gobi desert, and the east part is steppe. The biggest lake is Uvs lake, 3,360 square kilometers wide, and another special lake is Khovsgol lake, 2,758 square kilometers and it is the biggest freshwater lake in Central Asia.

Food

During this holiday, all types of foods are available. You will be served sandwiches or different types of food in a lunch box. During the horse trekking, there'll be a private chef.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Boat tour on Khovsgol Lake
  • Khorkhog traditional food
  • Kayaking
  • Meeting with a shaman
  • Biking
  • Traditional food Khorkhog making

What's included

  • 8 horse riding days
  • 3 meals per day
  • 18 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • One way domestic flight
  • Services of a guide and driver
  • 4WD car with fuel
  • Use of horse
  • Use of camping equipment
  • All entry fees

What's not included

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Soda
  • Snacks
  • Tip
  • Any other personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Airport transfers are included in the package, as well as the one way domestic flight from Moron to Ulaanbaatar.

Airport: Chinggis Khaan International Airport Airport transfer included: Chinggis Khaan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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