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Horse Riding Holiday in Mongolia

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Danista Nomad Tours offers you an opportunity to have one of the best moments of your life! This trip will provide you with an experience at the cultural tastes, natural sights, and nomadic adventures in exotic natural beauty under the deep blue sky of the beautiful Mongolia. Apart from enjoyable horse trekking through beautiful landscape, you will experience a stay with some members of the reindeer tribe and a visit to a museum and a monastery.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 120 kilogram / 264 pounds
  • Tack type: normal seat not a Mongolian

Highlights

  • Exciting horse riding sessions
  • Meet locals with astonishing nomadic lifestyle
  • Learn rich and profound history and culture of Mongolia
  • Spend unforgettable moments with beautiful nature and wildlife of Mongolia
  • Explore Uran Togoo mountain, known for its beautiful nature
  • Visit Khuvsgul Lake, one of the largest lakes in Mongolia
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • 12 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


9 days with instruction
Airport transfer included: Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will spend the nights in hostel, tents, and stay with local family. If you wish to choose to stay in tourist camps instead of tents or local family, the tour price will change slightly but it will provide more comfort.

Program

Day 1 - Uran Togoo Volcano Mountain

You will drive to the mountain called Uran Togoo, an extinct volcano which is another attractive destination of Northern Mongolia, located about 60 kilometers from Bulgan city. The area is situated in the Khutag-Undur district of Bulgan province. This area is a beautiful place for hiking and discovering wilderness.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Local family

Day 2 - Khuvsgul Lake

Enjoy another highlight of this tour. Today you will finally reach Khuvsgul Lake after a long day of driving. This is one of the largest lakes in Mongolia, known as "the dark blue pearl." Located in the most northern province (Khuvsgul Aimag), it is the largest tributary stream of Lake Baikal in Russia.

Khuvsgol is 1645 meters above sea level and is frozen from January until April or May. Try to imagine a 2760 square kilometers Alpine lake, with water so pure you can drink it. Then add dozens of mountains 2000 meters high or more, thick pine forests, and lush meadows with grazing yaks and horses. Here you can swim and ride a horse trial among others.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Hostel

Day 3 - Tsaatan Reindeer tribe

Drive to Tsagaan Uul province, which is the main area where "tsaatan" or reindeer tribe live. Today you will meet with a horseman who will be with you for the next seven days. Make a small horse riding trail and prepare for the next adventure.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Hostel

Days 4 and 5 - Horse trekking

Today, enjoy a horse trekking through the wonderful nature of Khuvsgul province.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Tent

Day 6 - Reindeer tribe

After two days of unforgettable horse riding experience, you will meet a Tsaatan or reindeer tribe. Over the next two days, you will experience local life and culture. You will ride a reindeer and discover a real wilderness nature. Also, the tribe members will show you how to milk reindeer and make milk products.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Local family

Day 7 - Reindeer tribe

Experience local life and culture. Also, you will ride a reindeer and discover a real wilderness nature.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Tent

Day 8 - Horse trekking

Start a horse trekking back to a town where a driver is waiting for you.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Tent

Day 9 - Horse trekking

You will continue horse trekking back to a town where a driver is waiting.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Tent

Day 10 - Olon Goliin Belchir

Drive to Olon Goliin Belchir which is a combination of several great rivers.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Tent

Day 11 - Terkh White Lake

Drive to Terkh White Lake, one of the highlights of this tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Tent

Day 12 - Kharkhorin, Erdenezuu Monastery

Visit Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharkhorin Museum, and join a mini performance.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Stays in: Guesthouse

Day 13 - Ulaanbaatar

Go back to Ulaanbaatar city.

  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in North and Central Mongolia. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a stay with a reindeer tribe and visit fascinating places such as Uran Togoo, Khuvsgul Lake, a monastery, and a museum.

Food

Meals as outlined on the itinerary are included in the package.

Mongolian food

The foundation of traditional Mongolian food is based on the products of the animal nomadic herders raised in the Mongolian steppes – meat and milk. Those simple materials are processed with a variety of methods, and combined with vegetables and flour.

The most common rural dish is cooked mutton, often without any other ingredients. In the city, every other local displays a sign saying "buuz". Those are dumplings filled with meat, which are cooked in steam. Other types of dumplings are boiled in water (Bansh, Mant), or deep fried in mutton fat (Khuushuur). Other dishes combine the meat with rice or fresh noodles made into various stews(tsuivan, budaatai huurga) or noodle soup (guriltai shol).

The most surprising cooking method is only used on special occasions. In this case, the meat (often together with vegetables) gets cooked with the help of stones, which have been preheated in a fire. This either happens with chunks of mutton in a sealed milk can (Khorkhog), or within the abdominal cavity of a deboned goat or marmot (Boodog).

Milk is boiled to separate the cream (öröm, clotted cream). The remaining skimmed milk is processed into cheese (byaslag), dried curds (aaruul), yogurt, kefir, and a light milk liquor (Shimiin Arkhi). The most prominent national beverage is airag, which is fermented mare‘s milk. A popular cereal is barley, which is fried and malted. The resulting flour (arvain guril) is eaten as a porridge in milk fat and sugar or drunk mixed in milky tea. The everyday beverage is salted milk tea (Suutei Tsai), which may turn into a robust soup by adding rice, meat, or bansh. Horse meat is eaten in Mongolia and can be found in most grocery stores. Mongolian sweets include boortsog, a type of biscuit or cookie eaten on special occasions.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • 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

What's included

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • 4WD vehicle plus driver and petrol
  • English-speaking guide / cook
  • All meals as displayed in the itinerary
  • Bottled pure water every day (1.5 liters)
  • Entrance fees for national parks and museums
  • Visa support and invitation letter if needed
  • Camping equipment
  • Horse, camel riding
  • Pick up from ULN airport or your hotel in Ulaanbaatar

What's not included

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Personal items
  • Optional activity costs
  • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Service tip

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Danista Nomad Tours will also pick the guests up from their hotel and drop them back at the train station or airport as the customer requested.

Airport: Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport Airport transfer included: Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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The program is available from May –  October 2024. Please select the arrival date below.

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