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11 Day Mongol Horse Trail Riding Tour in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Horse Riding Holiday in Mongolia

This horseback journey offers close encounters with Mongolian horsemen, nomadic people who have thus far been able to withstand modern pressures and lifestyles. On this trip, you will explore two very different environments on horseback: First, you ride across the vast treeless steppe, summer pastureland of Mongolian herders. Gradually, you will come through the very scenic forest steppe and up into the southern taiga zone of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. You will experience steppes, wooded meadows, forests, and mountains, and enjoy camping along winding rivers. You will undertake this horse ride as a "nomadic journey", e.g. without vehicle support, in wild terrain. All of your luggage will be loaded onto yak carts; even a ger (Mongolian yurt) will be carried to serve as the mobile restaurant.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 100-130kg
  • Horse Height Range: 122 to 150 centimeters
  • Tack Type: Western-style leather horse saddle with seat saver
  • Horse Breed: Mongolian domesticated horse


  • Visit the Gandan Lamasery
  • Admire panoramic views across forested mountain area
  • Ride through steppes, wooded meadows, forests, and mountains
  • Experience a stay in Mongolian gers and tents
  • Meet local herdsmen during the journey
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Chinggis Khaan International Airport
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During the horse riding trip, you will stay in spacious tents/teepees with foldable bed-cots. Bring your own sleeping bag. The group takes along a Mongolian ger (yurt) to serve as your mobile restaurant, as well as showers and compost toilets housed in traditional Mongolian marquee style tents.

For two nights, you stay at Nomadic Journeys own low-impact ger camp at Jalman Meadows. Two nights in Ulaanbaatar at a centrally located hotel. All accommodation in double occupancy.


Day 1: Ulaanbaatar

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

Day 2: To the steppes

In the morning, you visit the Gandan Lamasery, the center for the Buddhist revival in Mongolia, possibly in time to see the prayers. Mongolians follow Lamaism (Tibetan Buddhism), with the Dalai Lama being the supreme theocratical leader.

You then drive out of the city, and gradually the wide open Mongolian landscape unfolds before your eyes. You have a picnic lunch on arrival, pitching camp near some nomadic families. Here, you will meet the local herders with the yak carts and the horses. You will get to know the horses and go on a short trial ride.

Day 3-4: Steppe ride

All of your provisions, camping equipment, and luggage will be loaded onto yak carts. Even a ger (yurt) will be brought, and you will learn how to set it up. You ride across open steppe, but also cover hilly terrain with occasional patches of birch forest.

Throughout the ride, you will have the chance to meet with local herdsmen, often relatives and friends of your local horse trail guides. On the second day, forests will suddenly start to appear and you are now riding towards the Khentii wilderness area, which includes the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

In Mongolia, the Siberian boreal forest meets the Central Asian desert and steppe and will be riding through the transitional zone between grasslands and northern Larch forests.

Day 5-6: To Sharbulag Valley

The horses will enable you to ride through the Larch forests, up the slopes of the mountains and to follow ridges that offer views of superb scenery, whilst the yak carts will follow the group along the broad river valleys. You will arrive and pitch camp at Sharbulag Valley. You will spend two nights here, which will allow for some flexibility in the middle of your ride.

Day 7: To Tuul River

Today, you cross a pass and ride into the upper part of the Tuul River Valley. You are now near the main ridge of the Khentii Mountains. The horses will allow you to go up onto the ridges where the panoramic views across this forested mountain area are extraordinary. The yak carts caravan will make its way in through the valleys on another route.

Day 8-9: To Jalman Meadows

You ride towards Jalman Meadows, famous for its wildflowers, and reach your semi-permanent ger camp, which is situated next to a beautiful, wooded meadow on the upper parts of Tuul River. Here, you say goodbye to the herders and their yak carts caravan. You will stay at Jalman Meadows Ger Camp for two nights, having a superb last day ride in the surrounding area.

Day 10: To Ulaanbaatar

You are picked up by a driver and return to Ulaanbaatar. Check into your hotel. See the capital city on your own. Distances are short and nearly all points of interest may be reached on foot. Your guide is standing by to assist you in your shopping or sightseeing activities. You will have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant as well as entertainment.

Day 11: Departure

Transfer out back home or on to your next destination.

About the journey

Nomadic Journeys emphasizes 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 yak carts in the great outdoors, choosing the life of the nomad.


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


A Mongolian English speaking guide will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow with the cart. 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 five riders or more, you will also have a Mongolian doctor come along as part of the crew. There are other language guides such as Russian, French, German, Italian, Korean, etc. available at additional cost, booked and confirmed ahead of time.

Riding ability

You should be a competent rider, fit and capable of riding a horse at all paces confidently. The ride will cover

varying terrain and you will be in the saddle for several hours on most days.

Reversal of trip

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


This horse riding holiday takes place in Mongolia. Starting from Ulaanbataar, you will visit Khentii wilderness area, Sharbulag Valley, Tuul River Valley, Jalman Meadows, and then return to Ulaanbaatar.


A cook will prepare the meals. Nomadic Journeys pride themselves in having excellent cooks adept at both Western and Mongolian cooking on their trips. The staff usually buys fresh milk and yogurt from local herdsmen. There is no problem accommodating vegetarians on the trips.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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 for MHT02. There will be horseraces with almost 1000 racehorses on the plains outside the city, as well as wrestling and archery. The cost is 720 USD per person.

What's included

  • English speaking guide
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast every day in Ulaanbaatar
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All meals outside Ulaanbaatar
  • Camping equipment and all local transport

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Lunch in Ulaanbaatar
  • Air or train tickets in and out of Mongolia
  • Sleeping bag, riding helmet and short chaps (please bring your own gear)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 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.
11 days / 10 nights
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Pricing information

Private trip supplement: 2/4 members 400 USD per trip and if there are more than 5 members no additional charge.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Friday June 25, 2021
(11 days / 10 nights)

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