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Mongolia Horseback Riding Holiday

This listing has one of the 10 most popular offers available in Mongolia

If you are in Mongolia and would like to take a short horse riding trip, this holiday definitely will suit you. It will cover one of the most visited national parks in Mongolia and experiencing local culture along with natural beauties. Apart from enjoying Terelj national park's splendid sceneries and seeing the last truly Wild Horse Takhi, you will visit a nomadic family and learn a lot from their unique culture and lifestyle.

Key information

  • Rider weight:up to 100 kg
  • Tack type: Western tack
  • Horse height range: 130 - 150cm/ 12-14 hands
  • Horse breed: Mongolian horse

Highlights

  • 3 days of activities
  • 2 days of horse riding in national parks
  • Visits to Ungut complex and Ariyabal meditation temple
  • Explore Genghis Khan statue complex and Zaisan Memorial Hill
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Ground transfers
  • Daily lunch

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Laundry

During this program, you will sleep two nights in a twin or double share room in Terelj Lodge. Terelj Lodge is situated in a prime sight of Gorkhi Terelj National Park offering a stunning view of the picturesque valley and convenient access to attractions within the national park. All facilities and services of Terelj Lodge are designed to meet your needs to indulge in the comfort of the luxurious resort and at the same time experience the unique lifestyles of Mongolian nomads.

Except for the cultural experiences and activities you enjoy, facilities and services that are superior in standards compared to other camps in the area make your stay comfortable and relaxing. All facilities are designed to provide you the highest comfort in the beautiful natural settings. Anyone can be thrilled to eat in the spacious heritage and modern ger restaurants that serve the most delicious Mongolian, European, and Asian cuisines. Besides delicacy Fresh drinks, Mongolian barbeque and a stunning view of the picturesque Terelj valley are all combined to enhance your enjoyment.

Facilities

  • Ger Museum
  • Sports field or basketball, sand volleyball, football, and archery
  • Children’s playground
  • Open-air garden
  • Cultural activities
  • Laundry service
  • 24-hour security
  • Free parking

Yurt

  • Under-floor heating system
  • Terrace
  • Water boiler, tea bags, and coffee
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • Slippers
  • Non-smoking

Heritage restaurant

Heritage restaurant is famous for its delicious meals made by some of the best chefs in the area. The kitchen is equipped with high-standard equipment to provide healthy and fresh food. Vegetables, some of the main ingredients of the restaurant such as cucumber, tomato, salad leaves, broccoli, green onion, parsley, spinach, and lettuce are grown in their own greenhouse to provide healthy and organic food.

  • Seating capacity: 70 to 80 guests
  • Nonsmoking
  • Buffet breakfast
  • International buffet
  • European cuisine
  • Asian cuisine
  • Mongolian cuisine

Ger museum

Furnished with a set of Mongolian antique furniture in a traditional style, this mini-museum gives a good understanding of the centuries-old lifestyles and traditions of nomads from the steppes. Every single piece of its furniture, clothes, dairy product utensil, and traditional animal husbandry equipment bears a piece of history.

Open-air garden

In a warm summer’s night, sitting in the open-air beer garden gives you a feeling of paradise. Fresh drinks, Mongolian barbeque, and a stunning view of the picturesque Terelj valley are all combined to enhance your enjoyment.

Shower and toilet facilities

The cleanest and most modern shower and toilet facilities at Terelj Lodge are designed to enhance your comfort. You can have hot showers anytime you want.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Visit a nomad family - Hustai National Park trip (Wild Horse Park), 100 kilometers / 63 miles

This morning, you will meet with your guide and driver at your hotel at 9:00 a.m. and depart to the Hustai National Park, where the world’s last wild horse (never domesticated), Takhi inhabit, lives. Upon arrival, you will visit the Nomad family near the Tuul River and explore their unique nomadic lifestyle.

Then, you will start your riding adventure to the southern valley of Ungut Mountain in the national park and to see Ungut, man stone complex, dates back to the sixth to eighth centuries AD. Also, you will see the wild horses in their natural habitat. There is a great opportunity to take photos of these endangered horses. Dinner and overnight in tourist yurt camp.

Day 2: Horse riding at Terelj National Park, 70 kilometers / 44 miles

At 8:00 a.m., after breakfast, you will depart for Terelj National Park, the nearest and the most breathtaking sightseeing from the capital Ulaanbaatar. Once arrive, you will start exploring the national park and see Turtle Rock - the symbol of the National Park. You can climb on the rock if you want and visit the Ariyabal meditation temple. Once you reach the temple and stand on the top of the hill, you will be amused by the whole park view.

After lunch, head to the horse riding point. Terelj National Park is the best destination for horse riding trips. The horse-riding will continue for three hours and you will be transferred to a tourist yurt camp for dinner and overnight. The yurt camp is located in the most spectacular spot in the national park.

Day 3: Terelj National Park trip - Genghis Khan’s statue complex - Ulaanbaatar, 70 kilometers / 44 miles

After relaxing lunch, you will return to Ulaanbaatar. On the way, you will visit Genghis Khan statue complex which is currently the biggest (40-meter high) equestrian statue in the world. You can go inside and enjoy museums and souvenir shops. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, visit Zaisan Memorial Hill which is a popular tourist attraction and one of the highlights of Ulan Baatar because of the fantastic views it offers over the city. You will be transferred to the hotel at around 6:00 p.m.

Horses

Summer from June to September is the ideal season for horse trekking in Mongolia when they are strong enough to pack and load heavy loads. The character and taming ways of Mongolian horses are totally different from horses of other countries and the following things should be kept in special attention.

  • Stay away from a horse’s back (hind legs). Make noise, cough, or say something when approaching a horse from the horse’s back, if not, horses may kick back
  • Do not pat horses, especially, the horse’s back
  • Coming close to the horse, mounting, dismounting, and other actions should be completed only from the left side of the horse
  • Grab onto the front grip of the saddle (i.e. a pommel on a Western saddle) before putting the front of your left foot in the stirrup. Put the weight on your left leg as much as you can, swing up, and take your foot over into the right stirrup.
  • Do not put your feet too deep into the stirrups. You do not have to post when the horse is jogging. (This will prevent your foot from being caught in case of a falling)
  • Do not roll the rein around your hand or legs while riding (it will also prevent from being dragged in case of falling)
  • The word "choo!" is the one thing every tourist learns, it means 'get going', or 'faster'. The horse will start walking if stationary, from there you keep saying it when you want to 'shift up a gear' to jog, lope, or gallop.
  • On sunny days, horses get distracted by mosquitos and move their heads wildly which could hit you
  • Stay away from trash, bright-colored pieces on the ground, or pieces stuck on the trees or bushes. The horse might get frightened from hiding rabbits, marmots, or some shiny items and could suddenly run wildly. Reign should be folded in hands in short at all times.
  • Do not change your clothes, take off clothes, or let things hang off the horse while riding. Also, do not wear clothes that make sounds. There is a risk that loose ends start flapping in the wind, clothing items fall off the horse- all of which might startle a horse, yours, or of the fellow riders.
  • Keep in mind that the horse could slide on rainy, snowy, and wet days
  • Have your guide hold the horse still if you are not confident
  • Do not use an umbrella during horse riding. Do not open an umbrella close to a horse.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use drugs while riding or working around horses

Interesting facts about Mongolian horse

  • Mongolians do not name their horses. Horses are named after their color.
  • Mongolia has a lot of songs and poems dedicated to horses. Plus, songs about horses tend to become hit.
  • Mongolian nomad’s children learn to ride horses when they reach three years old.

Location

The holiday will take place in Terelj, Mongolia. It takes one and a half hours drive from Ulaanbaatar to Terelj Lodge, located 55 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar to the east in the beautiful settings of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. The famous Turtle Rock stands in a valley next to Ongotstiin Am valley, where there Terelj Lodge is.

Distances

  • Ulaanbaatar, 55 kilometers - 1.5 hours

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant

Services

  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry

Food

During this tour, you will be served two breakfasts, three lunches, two dinners, and drinking water included in the price.

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

  • 2 days of horse riding
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Drink water during the tour
  • All transfer and transports and experienced drivers
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Entrance fees to all attractions on the itinerary
  • Visa invitation letter, if required

What's not included

  • Visa to Mongolia
  • International flights
  • Travels insurance
  • Tipping and other personal expenses
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

How to get there

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Arrival by train

You can opt Trans-Siberian Railway to reach Mongolia. There are several branches on Trans-Siberian Railway. One branch goes through Mongolia and is called The Trans-Mongolian Railway which connects Moscow and Beijing passes through Ulaanbaatar. From Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, it runs once a week, crossing five time zone and it takes five days in a distance of 6304 kilometers and a once in a lifetime amazing experience. From Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, the train runs twice a week and takes about 30 hours in a distance of 1356 kilometers.

When you arrive at the train station, the driver will be holding a card (a banner) with the company logo and your lead passenger’s name printed on it. Additionally, you should pay for petrol in Ulaanbaatar. In the countryside, you should pay for petrol, driver's meals, and accommodation during your trip. There is no daily kilometer limitation, but the driver's maximum driving duration is eight to 10 hours a day. Car rental discounts are available depending on the length of your trip, the number of days, and seasons. Contact them for any inquiry related.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 4 days before arrival.
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