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11 Days Amazing Horse Riding Trip in Mongolia with a Visit to Reindeer People

Semi-Gobi Desert, Mongolia

Memorable Horse Riding Trip Mongolia

Tsaatan people means reindeer herders. They live in northern Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. However, they don’t live with residents of Khovsgol Aimag. They prefer to live in a remote area or in the thick forest. In this horse riding holiday, you will get in touch with them by horse so you will not miss observing the way they're living. You will live in a teepee in the 21st century, make a tea with the clearest water, untouched nature, and every day your life will have full of joy with Christmas deer. Please get the rare chance to see reindeer people with Ub Guesthouse. Ub Guesthouse will give you unforgettable memory in your heart!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 95 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Handmade saddle
  • Horse Breed: Mongolian horses

Highlights

  • 4-days of horse riding
  • Trips to the reindeer family and 1-hour camel riding
  • Small Sand Dune, Moron Town, and Khovsgol Lake tours
  • Erdenezuu Monastery and “Kharakhorum” Museum visits
  • “Tsenher” hot spring visit and Great White Lake tour and hike
  • Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) transfers
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 10 nights' accommodation

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer included: Chinggis Khaan International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
10:30
Check-out Time:
10:00

You will be accommodated in various accommodations provided by Ub Guesthouse. The accommodations will be in a mixed condition including a nomad family, tourist camp, guesthouse, and tent.

Program

You will start the trip by overland, using 4x4-wd during off road trip. During the trip, you will stop to see most famous parks and landscapes. Once you reach to the Khovsgol region where reindeers live there, you will have to change our van into horse. The horse trip will continue two days and stay one night with them and return again for two days by horse. After the reindeer trip, you will drive to Moron town, the center of Khovsgol region and take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. The flight duration will be 1,5 hour but it will take three days by van.

Itinerary

Day 1: Small Sand Dune (semi-Gobi), a 5-hour journey

Electricity, modern toilet and shower are not available. Camel riding is available for fun and for free. The overnight stay will be with a nomadic family’s ger.

Day 2: Visit to Kharkhorin (the ancient capital), a 2-hour journey

You will have a visit to Erdenezuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It was founded in 1586. The place is surrounded by a quadratic wall (420-meter long on each side) with a total of 108 stupas. You will have a visit to see “Kharakhorum” Museum. Thereafter, you will continue the trip to “Tsenher” hot spring in Arkhangai Aimag (a 3-hour journey). Tsenher is a natural hot spring that flows the whole year from the ground at 85 degrees Celsius.

The spring comes out from far deep part of the ground and its water is not mixed with soil waters because it is hot. The water has high mineral content and contains everything from simple calcium, sodium, to sulphuric. The spring produces water that is good for health and the water is effective for joints, nervous system, and considered good for many other diseases. The surrounding area is home of medicinal herbs. There are separate pools for women and men. Only ger will be available as for accommodation in the tourist camp. Communal shower, modern toilet, electricity, and restaurants is available.

Day 3: Great White Lake (Khorgo Volcano Lake), a 5-hour journey

Sometimes called as Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, it is a dead volcano lake area. Rich with fish and different birds breed here, the beautiful lake is the most attractive place in Mongolia despite being frozen till June. The national park is attractive its lava fields, pine trees, natural fruits, bird life, mountains, and hidden caves and gaps underground. Electricity, modern toilet and shower are not available. Overnight stay will be with a nomadic family’s ger.

Day 4: Same place with a hiking day

Today will be a hiking day in the same place as the previous day.

Day 5: Drive to Moron Town, an 8-hour journey

Moron Town is a center of Khovsgol Aimag / Province. It is an administrative center. Electricity, internet, supermarket, bank, and public shower are available. Your overnight stay will be in a guesthouse.

Day 6: Khovsgol Lake, a 3-hour journey

Via “Deer stone”, there is the most preserved rock paintings in the world. The Khovsgol Lake is also called also ‘Dark Blue Pearl’ of Mongolia. The place is untouched by industry and urban life. Electricity, little supermarket, and public shower are available. The overnight stay will be in a guesthouse’s ger.

Day 7: Trip to the Reindeer family by horse

You will start the trip to the Reindeer family by horse. You will go through forest with a local guide only. The driver will stay with the nomad family. Your overnight stay will be in a tent.

Day 8: Visit to see Reindeer people

This will be the second day by horse. You will have a visit to see reindeer people. The overnight stay will be in a tent.

Day 9: Return way by horse

You will have a return way by horse. The overnight stay will be in a tent.

Day 10: Back to the lake by horse

You will go back to the lake by horse. The overnight stay will be in a tourist camp.

Day 11: Drive to Moron, a 3-hour journey

You will take a flight to Ulaanbaatar which will take you for a three-hour journey. Thereafter, you will arrive in Ulaanbaatar and transfer to the hotel.

Included excursions

  • Erdenezuu Monastery visit
  • Great White Lake tour and hike
  • “Kharakhorum” Museum visit
  • Khovsgol Lake visit
  • Moron Town visit
  • Small Sand dune tour
  • Trips to the reindeer family by horse
  • “Tsenher” hot spring tour

Location

This horse riding trip will cover several places in Mongolia such as Small Sand Dunes, Kharkorin, Great White Lake, Moron Town, Khovsgol Lake, and Khövsgöl Aimag of Mongolia. The journey will be about 1,400 kilometers to the west north of Ulaanbaatar city. Mongolia is rich in minerals, famous for many hot and cold springs. Nomads are generally healthy people because they widely use minerals and spring water for their daily drinks with herbal plants.

Until you reach to the reindeer people, Ub Guesthouse will show you many different landscapes and national parks such as the longest stretched sand dunes, Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharakhorum the old capital, built up in 15th century, UNESCO protected area - the Orkhon Valley, hot spring, canyon, volcano lake and caves, lava rocks, and the most preserved deer stones.

As the reindeer populations shrink, only about 300 people continue the tradition today. Their tradition is very simple. Reindeers provide Tsaatan with milk, cheese, meat, and transportation. They also sew their clothes with reindeer hair. Reindeer dung fuels, their stoves, and antlers are used to make tools. They do not use their animals for meat.

Food

All types of food will be available including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, please do not expect sea food during the trip. Mongolia has no sea or ocean. Ub Guesthouse does not provide a preserved sea food due to for your health safety. Please be responsible your own drinking water and snacks. The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for regular food (typically includes lamb, chicken and beef).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

  • Beautiful star watching at night.
  • Canyon visit
  • Hot spring visit
  • UNESCO protected area - the Orkhon Valley tour

What's included

  • 4-day horse riding sessions
  • Horse trips to the reindeer family
  • 1-hour camel riding
  • Small Sand dune tour
  • Erdenezuu Monastery visit
  • “Kharakhorum” Museum visit
  • “Tsenher” hot spring tour
  • Great White Lake tour and hike
  • Moron Town visit
  • Khovsgol Lake visit
  • Horse guide and pack horses
  • Car, driver, and petrol
  • Return domestic flight ticket and pick up and drop off services
  • Transfer from and to Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN)
  • Pick up and drop off services at the train station
  • Road tax and national park entrance fees
  • Sevice of a translator
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 10 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Special clothes and helmets
  • Drinking water, toilet papers, and favorite snacks (your own responsibility)
  • Shower during the trip (must be paid by tourists)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ub Guesthouse will pick you up from the airport.

Domestic flight service is not depending on Ub Guesthouse company service. If you would like to take a flight back to UB, at the end of the trip, please book and confirm this trip at least 1 month before. Otherwise, Ub Guesthouse has no chance to buy flight ticket. In this case, you should come back by car, through overland. It takes another 2 nights & 3 days, minimum.

Ub Guesthouse recommends you the following options to reach Ulaanbaatar:

  • The flight between Seoul to Ulaanbaatar is available every day operated by both Mongolian Airlines and Korean Air.
  • The flight between Beijing to Ulaanbaatar is available every day operated by both Mongolian Airlines and Air China.
  • The flight between Tokyo to Ulaanbaatar is available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • The flight between Hongkong to Ulaanbaatar is available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • The flight between Berlin / Moscow to Ulaanbaatar is available on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
  • The flight between Frankfurt to Ulaanbaatar is available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Arrival by train

Ub Guesthouse provides free pick up and free drop off services from the train station. If you come from the following cities, you may arrive on the following days:

  • Train from Moscow arrives in Ulaanbaatar on Sunday and Monday,
  • Train from Irkutsk arrives in Ulaanbaatar on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • Train from Beijing arrives Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
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 on arrival.
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Availability

This horse riding trip is available all year round from June 1 to September 30. Please select an arrival date below.

 

Pricing information

If you want to come with a larger group more than seven persons, the price is 900 EUR per person.

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