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Horseback Riding Vacations Mongolia

Join this horse riding holiday in Khuvsgul Lake, the blue pearl of Mongolia. You will ride a strong Mongolian horse and explore the Taiga region. While you ride, there are many chances to experience mountains, rivers, steppes, and forests. The trailfinder and guide will choose the perfect location for camping for you to rest in the beautiful wilderness of northern Mongolia.

Key information:

  • Rider weight limit: 100-130kg
  • Horse height range: 160-170cm
  • Horse breed: Mongolian Horse

Highlights

  • English-speaking guide
  • 5 days of horse riding sessions
  • For riders capable of riding at all paces confidently
  • Experience mountains, rivers, steppes, and forests
  • Camping equipment and all local transport
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian
Group size: 2-6 participants
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Accommodation

During this horse riding trip, you will stay in spacious tentipis with foldable bed-cots. Bring your own sleeping bag. You will take along a Mongolian tent to serve as your mobile restaurant, as well as showers and compost toilets housed in traditional Mongolian marquee style tents. For one night, you will stay at a ger camp. Two nights will be spent in Ulaanbaatar at a centrally located hotel. All accommodation will be in double occupancy.

  • 2 nights in hotels
  • 1 night in a ger
  • 6 nights in tents

Program

You will fly on a domestic flight to Murun, the aimag capital of Khuvsgul. Once getting in Murun, you will be transferred to the first field camp Khurkhuree Am which is located in the southeast edge of the Khuvsgul Lake and 125 kilometers from Murun. Picnic lunches will always be provided on the way. You will experience mountains, steppes, forests, camping along the rivers.

Practicalities

Nomadic Journeys emphasize the quality of human contacts and encounters with local people and respect for the horse and local equestrian traditions, from which many lessons can be learned. Traveling with Nomadic Journeys means a shared adventure with horses and camel carts in the great outdoors, choosing the life of the nomad.

Transport

On this tour, apart from the short drive to the starting point of your horse riding adventure and back to the city, you will not rely on any motor vehicle support. Instead, you will utilize traditional wooden carts, that Mongolian families still use moving from one pasture to another. Here, you will travel by camel cards and riding horses.

Staff

A Mongolian and English speaking guide will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow with the camel cart caravan. In addition, the services of local herdsmen will be employed along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where you will be riding.

If the group consists of four riders or more, you will also have a Mongolian doctor come along as part of the crew. There are other languages guides such as Russian, French, German, Italian, Korean, and more, available at additional cost, booked and confirmed ahead of time.

Minimum riding ability

You should be a competent rider, fit and capable of riding a horse at all paces confidently. You will cover varying terrains and will be in the saddle for several hours on most days.

Intermediate level

Riding hours not included lunch time. Between 13:00 and 14:00 picnic lunch. Approximately 5-6 hours riding time,20-25k.

Advanced level

Riding hours not included lunch time. Between 13:00 and 14:00 picnic lunch. Approximately 6-7 hours riding time, 25-30km.

Between 16:00 and 16:30 all guests should be at camp.

Reversal of trip

Riding tours may be done in the reverse for operational reasons.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

Upon your arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be met by your horse guide and transferred to your hotel. There will be a tour briefing and dinner.

Day 2: To Khurkheree Am

Transfer to the airport and fly on a domestic flight to Murun, a capital of Khuvsgul province. You will head out to Khurkheree Am tented camp via Hatgal town, that is 125 kilometers from Murun. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way. After the 5 o’clock tea at the camp, you will have a brief meeting to get some instruction regarding riding and meet your horse guide and other staff. Then you can make a short ride in order to become familiar with your horse. Dinner will be at the camp.

Day 3: To Nariin Davaa

You will ride across rather hilly terrain with occasional patches of Siberian larch forest. Throughout the ride, you will see the grandeur of nature and the edge of the lake and come across a couple of clean water rivers such as the Nariin, Halkh, Kheekhter rivers. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way. The camp support structure is free from vehicles. All your provisions, camping equipment, and luggage will be loaded onto a horse. You will arrive at the camp just before 5 o’clock tea. After the tea, relax and you can walk around the camp.

Day 4: To Wolves Pass

You will have another nice day of riding. At noon, you will visit a nomadic family from Uriankhai ethnic group, which is located nearby Khukhuu Tolgoi. Uriankhai (also written as “Uriyangkhai”, or Uryangkhai) is a Mongolian term applied to several neighboring “forest” ethnic groups such as the Altai Uriankhai, Tuvans, and Yakuts and is one of the 21 small ethnic groups that existed in Mongolia. You will learn their daily life and get some experience of nomadic lifestyle then continue riding. For landscape, you will ride over fewer trees and rather steppe area. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way.

Day 5: Hot spring of Bulnai Mountain

You will ride up-and-down and cross a couple of forested small and high mountain passes through thickly forested area. It means today’s riding is a little bit slower than the previous days. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way. After relaxing, you will reach to hot spring of Bulnai Mountain which is 40 kilometers in the north of Chandmani-Undur soum, elevated at 1600 meters and located among big mountains covered larch forested and granite cliffs.

There are many geysers, of which temperature is between 27 - 45 degrees centigrade. The springs are situated in little wooden huts and are basically just a triangular hole cut in the wooden floor containing very hot water. The sulfate, chloride, sodium, and calcium had been explored as the chemical composition of the spring was analyzed in 1971. This spring is widely used for healing the neurogenic and pituitous disorders. You will explore the spring area for a while.

Day 6: Camp Borsog

Today you will ride through again the thickly forested area and rather long and by the obstacle course. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way. However, you will have a little bit slower riding and might see some wild animals such as boar, roe deer, red deer, and moose.

Day 7: Camp Dalbaa

You will ride through the larch forests, up to the slopes of the mountains, and to follow ridges that have views of superb scenery. In some places, the forests will suddenly start to appear and disappear and you will be riding towards the Khuvsgul Lake. There, you will see the huge water of the lake and some sand dunes which means it is a fascinating combination of Khangai and Gobi zone. Also, you will have a great chance to see almost the whole lake. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way.

Day 8: Camp Alagtsar

In the morning, you can make a short hike or you can ride horses until lunch time. In the afternoon, after saying thanks and goodbye to the field camp staff and horse guides, you will get on a motorboat to head out to Alagtsar ger camp located at the northeast edge of the lake. Picnic lunch will be provided on the way.

While boating, you will stop by two small islands and see the lake from the middle of the lake. Generally, there are four islands on the lake: Khadan Khui, Modon Khui, Baga Khui, and Dalain Khui. Khadan Khui is a very high mountain cliff where many birds gather. Modon Khui is a beauty of nature, transparent to a depth of 24.5 meters. After arriving at the ger camp, you can have a hot shower, relax, and pack for the next day.

Day 9: To Ulaanbaatar via Murun

In the morning you will drive back to Murun and fly to Ulaanbaatar. Check into the hotel and see the capital city on your own. We will have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant and entertainment.

Day 10: Departure

Transfer out back home or on to your next destination.

Location

Mongolia is a country of growing visitor interest, with its unique cultural heritage, landscape, geographical situation, and natural ecosystem. It is in an ecological transition zone, where the flora and fauna of Siberia meet with the completely different species of the desert and steppes of Central Asia.

Food

Nomadic Journeys' cook will prepare the meals. They pride themselves in having excellent cooks, adepts of both western and Mongolian cooking on trips. There is no problem accommodating vegetarians on the trips. You can usually buy fresh milk and yogurt from local herdsmen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

Naadam Games

There is a Naadam Festival extension possible July 10 - 12. There will be horseraces with almost 1000 racehorses on the plains outside the city, as well as wrestling and archery. The cost is an additional 720 USD per person.

What's included

  • 5-day horse riding tour
  • English speaking guide
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • All local transport
  • All meals outside Ulaanbaatar
  • Breakfast every day in Ulaanbaatar
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Camping equipment

What's not included

  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Lunch in Ulaanbaatar
  • Air or train tickets in and out of Mongolia
  • Sleeping bag, riding helmet, and short chaps
  • Other languages guides (Russian, French, German, Italian, Korean, etc.)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Child discount

If traveling with 2 parents, 1 child is eligible for a special discount of 50%.

If traveling with 2 parents, 2 children are eligible for a special discount of 35%.

If traveling with 1 parent, 1 child is eligible for a special discount of 20%.

If traveling with 1 parent, 2 children are eligible for a special discount of 15%.

Availability

Program is available from mid June to mid August.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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