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Memorable Horse Riding Trip Mongolia

Near the northernmost border of Mongolia, the Tsaatan - nomadic reindeer herders - thrive in the country’s remote taiga. Mongolian Reindeer People or Tsaatan, a diminishing nomadic tribe who live in the depths of the Taiga in northern Mongolia are one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders in the world.

At the end of the 20th-century Mongolian reindeer number decreased drastically from 2280 to 616. Their life is completely dependent on the reindeer they herd, often move 5-10 times a year in search of suitable weather and moss for the reindeer. Thanks to the number of organizations, individuals, foundations, as well as Mongolian government contributed the Tsaatan tribe to keep their traditional way of life and increase the reindeer head. UB Guesthouse will give you unforgettable memory in your heart!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 95 kilograms / 209 pounds
  • Tack type: Handmade saddle
  • Horse breed: Mongolian horses

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Camel riding for short time
  • Small Sand dune tour
  • Great White Lake tour and hike
  • Visit to Erdenezuu Monastery, Moron Town, Khovsgol Lake, and more
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Pick up service from domestic airport to your hotel
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


10 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
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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

Overview

You will ride a Russian-made 4x4 van during the trip and horse when we reach to reindeer people. The horse trip continues for 2 days, then stay with reindeer family in a teepee, and takes another 2 days when return.

After the Reindeer trip, you will back to Moron town and take a flight to Ulaanbaatar. The flight duration is 1.5 hours.

PS: Please book your flight ticket at least 1 month ahead to prevent any overbooking.

Day 1: Small sand dune (semi Gobi)

The journey takes 5 hours. Electricity, modern toilet, and shower are not available. Camel riding is available for fun, for short time, for free. Overnight stay in a tent.

Day 2: Visit Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharakhorum Museum and Tsenher hotspring

Temporary stop in Kharkhorin, the ancient capital - 2 hours' journey. Visit Erdenezuu Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. It was founded in 1586. Surrounded by a quadratic wall (420 meters long on each side) with a total of 108 stupas. Visit to see Kharakhorum Museum.

Continue the trip to Tsenher hot spring, in Arkhangaiaimag, which takes 3 hours' journey. Tsenher is a natural hot spring that flows the whole year from the ground at 85 Celsius degrees. The spring comes out from the 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 is considered good for many other diseases. The surrounding area is home to medicinal herbs. There are separate pools for women and men.

Sleep in a traditional ger, in the tourist camp. Communal shower, modern toilet, electricity, and restaurants are available.

Day 3: Great White lake (Khorgo Volcano lake)

The journey takes 5 hours. Sometimes called as TerkhiinTsagaanNuur, it is a dead volcano and a 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, birdlife, mountains and hidden caves and gaps underground. Electricity, modern toilet and shower are not available. Overnight stay in a nomadic family’s ger.

Day 4: Drive to Moron town

The journey takes 8 hours as the road condition is not good. It is an administrative center of Khovsgolaimag Province. Electricity, internet, supermarket, bank, and public shower are available. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 5: Khovsgollake

The journey takes 3 hours via “Deer stone”, the most preserved rock paintings in the world. The Khovsgollake is called also the “Dark Blue Pearl” of Mongolia. Untouched by industry and urban life. Electricity, mini supermarket and public shower are available. Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 6: Horse riding to the Reindeer family

Start the trip to the Reindeer family by horse (and possibly mix with a car ride, depends on the road and weather condition). You will go through a forest with your translator and a local guide, only. The driver will stay at the guesthouse. Overnights stay in a tent/or nomadic family (depending on how far you could go).

Day 7: This is the second day for the Reindeers

Overnights stay in a tent/or nomadic family (depending on how far you could go).

Day 8:This is the third day trip to Reindeer people

Arrive in the late evening to the Reindeers. Actually, the horse trip depends on how well the tourist can ride the horse. Overnights stay in a tent (or maybe you will be offered to stay in a tipi)

Day 9: Return to the Khovsgol lake

Overnights stay in a tent / or nomadic family’s ger.

Day 10. Back to the lake late evening

Overnight stay in the guesthouse.

Day 11: Drive to Moron, take a flight to Ulaanbaatar

The journey takes 1.5 hours. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to the hotel. Your driver and translator will return to Ulaanbaatar by overland, it takes 2 days.

Included excursions

Until you reach the Reindeer people, you will be seen many different landscapes and national parks:

  • The longest stretched sand dunes
  • Ride a camel for fun
  • Ride a horse during the trip
  • Visit Erdenezuu Monastery, Kharakhorum the old capital, built up in the 15th century
  • Visit UNESCO protected area - the Orkhon Valley (to see on the way)
  • Stay at a natural hot spring
  • Stay at a natural cold spring
  • Visit the biggest canyon in Mongolia
  • Visit volcano lake and caves, lava rocks, rivers, wild animals, forest and wildflowers
  • See the most preserved deer stones in the world
  • Enjoy millions of stars watching at night

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 meals provided. Seafood is not provided during the trip.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

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
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Car, driver, and petrol
  • Road tax
  • National park entrance fees
  • Border permit
  • 1-way flight ticket from Moron to Ulaanbaatar (flight booking is necessary to be confirmed in 1-month advance)
  • Pick up service from domestic airport to your hotel
  • A translator
  • Horse, horse guide, and pack horses (to carry your camping and cooking equipment)
  • Use of handmade saddle
  • Drinking water
  • Sleeping bags and camping gears
  • Pick up from Chinggis Khaan International Airport (UBN), the domestic airport or international train station at the beginning of the tour

What's not included

  • Special riding clothes and helmets
  • Toilet papers and favorite snacks
  • Shower payments during the trip

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

UB Guesthouse charges 40 USD for the international and domestic airport pick up service / between the group of people.

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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This horse riding trip is available from June 1 to September 10. Please select arrival date below.

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