Horse Riding Adventure

An amazing horse riding adventure through the beautiful Orkhon Valley and the Eight Lake National Park in heart of Mongolia will experience the most outstanding landscapes of the country, embark an authentic nomadic culture and ride in a vast open space where is no fences. Enjoy an incredible sense of openness and freedom in Nomadland. For all wonderful women. 

Highlights

  • Przewalski's wild horses
  • Erdene Zuu Monastery
  • Riding through Orkhon Valley
  • Riding the Eight Lake National Park
  • Semi Gobi and Khugnukhan Mountain 
  • Stay with a nomad family
  • Horse culture in Mongolia
  • Healthy meals
  • Traditional perfprmance

Review of the Experience

ROBIN BAIRE

Seeing the Orkhon Valley, was an amazing experience. Horse guides were friendly, very helpful and careful with us. The horses are strong little animals. But what really made the trip for me and my travel companions, was our guide Dagva Jambatseren. Her knowledge of the history of Mongolia and her cultural guidance and gentle manner was wonderful. We felt very well taken care of while exploring a wild and beautiful place.

ROBIN BAIRE Clinical Herbalist/Landscaper

Day 1. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and visit the city

Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest. You will meet your guide at the hotel. Discover the Chingis Khaan Square. In the evening, we will enjoy Mongolian performances including folk dances, throat singing and contortion at Tumen Ekh. Experience Mongolian cuisine for dinner at the traditional restaurant.  

Dinner                          Modern Nomads restraunt
Location                      Ulaanbaatar
Accommodation         Holiday Inn Hotel

Day 2. Discover the Przewalski's horses in wild

We travel from Ulaanbaatar to Hustai National Park, visiting the Gandantegchilen Monastery at Mongolian Buddhist center on the way. The park is home to the world's only wild herd of Przewalski's horses, an ancient breed that was saved from extinction. Once we get there, we’ll hike in the Park to discover the Przewalski's horses, roe deer and marmots as well as other wild animals. Staying in a traditional yurt -ger under the stars.

Meal                              B, L & D
Driving                         130 km / 3 hours
Location                       Hustai National Park
Accommodation          Hustai ger camp

Day 3. Visit the former Mongolian capital, Kharkhorin

After a breakfast, we will head to Kharkhorin town, former capital of the Mongol Empire. The legendary city was founded by Chingis khan in 1220. One of the Mongolian oldest and attractive monasteries Erdene Zuu, was built in 1585 by Abtai Sain Khan, is located there.  At the Elsen Tasakhai sand dunes, take a short walkto stretch. Once we reach Kharkhorin, we will visit Erdene Zuu Monastery and the Museum of Kharkhorum then accommodate near from the town in a peaceful eco ger camp and relax. 

Meal                            B, L & D
Driving                       380 km / 5 hours
Location                     Kharkhorin
Accommodation        Anja eco ger camp

Day 4. Begin seven-day riding through Orkhon Valley

Begin the seven-day ride through the Orkhon Valley, is inscribed as a World Heritage by UNESCO that  reflects thousands of years of nomadic pastorism, and significant events in human history as the center of Mongolian Empire. We'll ride through large herds of horses, yaks, sheeps and goats, passing by nomadic camps. The vehicle will support us. this evening, settle tents set up on the oriental bank of the Orkhon River. Relax and enjoy the open space.

Meal                          B, L & D 
Riding                       40 km / 7 hours
Location                   Hujirt
Accommodation      Tent Camping

Day 5. Discover the prehistoric petroglyphs

We'll go on riding in the green steppe towards to Talbiun camp at the riverside of Orkhon River, and the foothills of the Khangai Mountains. We'll enjoy ultimate freedom of this open space with a picturesque scenes and nomadic way of life in all directions. After a rest in the camp, we'll walk around to discover the Bronze age petroglyphs of Orkhon River. Staying overnight in a ger camp.  

Meal                           B, L & D 
Riding                        25 km  /  3 hours 
Location                    Bend of Uurt                
Accommodation       Talbiun ger camp

Day 6. Riding through wil until Tuvkhun Monastery 

We ride through mountains and forest to Tovkhon Monastery, where Zanabazar, the first religious leader of Mongolia, created the soyombo alphabet. The Monastery is located 2312 m (1,44 m) above the sea level and from that place we'll have wonderful view on the whole Khangai range. Galloping can be enjoyed in the flat area of the Valley. Overnight in gers in the heart of Orkhon Valley at midway between Khujirt and Bat Olzii village.

Meal                           B, L & D
Riding                        50 km / 8 hours 
Location                    Bend of Uurt                 
Accommodation       Talbiun ger camp 

Day 7. Relax at the hot spring 

We'll leave the bend of Uurt to Mogoit hot spring, ride towards to the mountain range through the charming green steppes, and cross entire areas of black lava. The mineral hot springs are classified true mineral springs, having dissolved solids measuring 3840 mg/l ( PPM ) and flowing out of the ground with 33-78°C degrees from 16 resources. Enjoy the hot springs all evening in the two pools fed by the hot spring. Overnight in gers at the camp. 

Meal                           B, L & D 
Riding                        35 km / 5 hours       
Location                    Mogoit hot spring     
Accommodation       Mogoit ger camp

Day 8. The nomads at Orkhon waterfall 

We’ll ride down the Mogoit valley then up the Orkhon Valley to reach the camp of our homestay family. We'll meet the family of our horse guides and discover the Nomadic way of life. Nomads had been living in the valley since the prehistoric period. The picturesque landscapes, surrounded by the verdant Khangai Range, the rich fauna and flora, make this area the perfect place for a summer camp by nomads. You'll get a chance to experience their lifestyle such us milking a mare, or yak, playing anklebones with children. Also you can attend the preperation of Mongolian barbecue, khorkhog. 

Meal                          B, L & D   
Riding                       25 km /  4 hours 
Location                   Orkhon waterfall             
Accommodation      Ger for guest with family

Day 9. Entering the Eight Lake National Park 

We'll leave the family to Boorog camp, discovering the Orkhon Waterfall on the way. The waterfall is on the Ulaan River cascades from an impressive height of 20 metres (52.49 feet), formed 20 000 years ago, as a result of a unique combination of earthquakes and volcano eruptions. We'll ride to the entrance of Naiman Nuur National Park across the steppes with edelweisses and along the forest of larches and pines. Stay overnight in a gers at the family-run small camp, surrounded with forest of larch and overlooked Khangai Mountains. 

Meal                          B, L & D  
Riding                       35 km / 5 hours     
Location                   Boorogiin oroi             
Accommodation      Boorog ger camp

Day 10. Riding through Eight Lakes in Khangai Range 

We'll enter Naiman Nuur (Eight lakes) via Khangai range pass to reach Khuis lake. We ride through forest of larch and pines, diversity of wild flowers. The landscape changes and ride without support of van. Our laggages and other stuffs will be loaded by yakback with us for next two days. We'll enjoy stunning scenery of the area with sence of freedom. Spend the night in guest ger at the family's camp.

Meal                          B, L & D     
Riding                       15 km / 4 hours   
Location                   Khuis Lake   
Accommodation      Ger for guest with family

Day 11. Discover the beautiful alpine Lake Shireet 

Today is the last day of riding. We'll first go to Lake Bugat, then we'll ride across plains and forests to reach Lake Shireet, the largest lake of the park. We'll have a picnic lunch on the shore of the lake and relax then ride to reach the family camp, where we see our vehicles via Shuranga pass (2800 m) of Khangai range, the highest point of our riding adventure. Time to say goodbye your horse guides and horses. Staying overnight in guest ger of the family.

Meal                           B, L & D   
Riding                        15 km /  5 hours
Location                    Shuranga                  
Accommodation       Ger for guest with family

Day 12. Elsen Tasarkhai Sand dunes & Khugnukhan Mountain

We’ll depart family camp and take the road on towards granite Mountain Khugnu Khan and Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes which is a semi desert typed beautiful landscape. Today is one of long driving day. Enjoy a hot shower, relax and stay overnight in a ger at the comfortable camp in the bottom of the mountain.  

Meal                          B, L & D 
Driving                      200 km / 6 hours
Location                   Khugnukkhan Mountain
Accommodation      Bayan Gobi ger camp

Day 13. Hiking through Khugnukhan Mountain

After breakfast, we will take a short journey to the sand dunes then visit the Erdene Khamba’s temple, dates back to 17th century. From the first temple, we will start walk up to reach a ruin of Uvgun temple in Khugnukhan Mountain. This Mountain is a sacred Mountain with stunning rocky formations and the view of the surrounding area is great from the summits. The trail leads through rocky the valley with outstanding scenery. Stay overnight in a tents at the bottom of the mountain.  

Meal                          B, L & D 
Hiking                      15 km - 4 hours
Location                   Khugnukhan Mountain National Park
Accommodation      Tented Camping

Day 14. A journey back to Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to the city, possibly visit the factory store of cashmere and transfer to your hotel. With your guide you can go and shop in the center of the city. 

Meal                                B & L
Location                         Ulaanbaatar
Accommodation            Holiday In Hotel

Day 15. Departure

We will go with you to the international airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight. You will return home with a memory of your incredible adventure.

Breakfast                   Holiday Inn Hotel

 

July Climate & Weather averages in Gobi Desert

High Temp: 29 °C                              Precipitation: 32.1 mm                                   Wind: 12 km/h

Low Temp: 16 °C                               Humidity: 35 %                                              Pressure: 1000 mbar

Mean Temp: 23 °C                            Dew Point: 5 °C                                             Visibility: 47 km

Duration:

14 days

Group size

Deposit

US $ 800

Price

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

- Airport or train station pickup and drop off for arrival and departure 24/7

- 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, breakfast included

- All meals during the tour including water and snacks

- 7 nights in comfortable ger camp with warm showers

- 2 night in a local nomadic family, in guest ger

- 2 nights in a tent

- Ground travel in 4WD vehicle with air condition

- Vehicle supported 8- day horse riding trek

- English-speaking guide, local horse guides, drivers and cook

- Hire of the Mongolian horse and all equestrian equipment ( saddle, helmet, and tack etc.) 

- Entrance fees for the parks and museums, temples, monasteries and  the Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh, as indicated in the program

- Equipment for camping & meals ( camping tables and chairs) and travel shower, sleeping bag, mats, tents

- Naadam Festival Extension available July 11-12th, 2020, $ 600 USD

Enjoy riding among nomads through the Orkhon Valley

As the eighteenth largest country in the world, Mongolia is the vast expanses land with stunning valley, gorges, cliffs, forest, lakes sand dunes, plains, high summits and authentic nomadic culture. There are three million horses in the country. The nation born on the horse.

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