Horse Trekking Tour in Central Mongolia- 8 days
Day 1: Kharkhorin
Kharkhorin is located in distance of 360 km away in the west of Ulaanbaatar, the ancient capital city of Mongol Empire founded by Ugudei Khaan who was successor of Chinggis Khaan in 1235. It had been political, economical and religious center of nomadic empire for decades until it was totally destroyed by Ming troops. In present day, there is modern town on the ruin of it. Only some part of destroyed city has been excavated and findings have been placed in the Kharkhorin museum. There is another attraction in that town for the visitors is Erdene zuu monastery. This is considered to be the oldest buddhist monastery in Mongolia established in 1586 by Avtai Sain khan.
Day 2 and 6:Orkhon Valley
Orkhon Valley is very important spot for Mongolians as its historical sites and fertility. Orkhon Valley sprawls along the banks of Orkhon River in Central Mongolia, 320km west from Ulaanbaatar.It was inscribed by UNESCO in the World Heritage List as representing the evolution of nomadic pastoral traditions spanning more than two millennia. For many centuries, the Orkhon Valley was viewed as the seat of imperial power of the steppes. All of the nomadic empires which had been dominating over Mongolian land tried to center in Orkhon Valley because of its fertility and location. This is the perfect place for herding many kind of cattles.
Orkhon Waterfall, also called Ulaan Tsutgalan is one of the best sights in Central Mongolia. Approximately 20 000 years ago, the waterfall was formed due to earthquake and volcanic eruptions. About 25m downstream from the waterfall you can climb down to the bottom of the gorge, 22m deep and ted with pine trees. Orkhon river itself is the longest river in Mongolia with length of 1124km. It originates in Khangai Mountain Range and flows all the way to Lake Baikal in Russia. It’s a beautiful spot for camping, horse riding, hiking, cycling, photography and fishing.
Day 3: Buurug
This is a place where horseback riders can stay one night over at the nomadic family. That staying gives you a wonderful experience with daily activities of their own cattles such as, mare or yak milking, managing flock of sheep and goats. Also you get a chance to taste various dairies and to live as a real nomad.
Day 4-5:Khuisiin Naiman Nuur /The Eight Lakes/
The area of Naiman Nuur “Eight Lakes” formed behind the volcanic eruptions that occurred all along the centuries. The lakes are located about 35km southeast of Orkhon waterfall but the track is impassable.It has been a part of Orkhon Valley National Park since 2006. It is only accessible for hikers or horsemen/women, there is a detour way for vehicles. The lakes are named Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khuis, Khaya, Shanaa, Duruu and Bayan, and said to be connected beneath. All the lakes are located in different sub valleys which have alpine scenery with high mountains and forest of conifers.
Day 7: Khugnu Khan Natural Reserve
This is a perfect place for having different feelings because there are various scenery in one place, such as, grassland where horseman herding flock of sheep, strip of sand dune where you can ride a camel over, and big mountains which have beautiful granite rock formations where you can do some hiking and climbing. You will get real interactions with true nomads.
Elsen Tasarkhai /The Semi Gobi/
Elsen tasarkhai is a part of the Mongol Els sand dunes, which stretchs along the Tuv, Uvurkhangai and Bulgan provinces. The area is surrounded by sand dunes, hills covered with rare bushes and a small forest near a river.
Together this presents a unique combination of Mongolian mountains, forests and Gobi-type landscape in one location. The area is populated by the Maral stag (elk), wolves, deer and fox. The Elsen Tasarhai literally means "an isolated torn-off piece of sand" and it is a small sequence of real desert in the midst of green steppes. It feels like in the Gobi Desert, and visitors can hike in the sand dunes.
Day 8: Khustai National Park & back to UB
Khustai National Park is located 80 km, west of the capital. It's known as a wild horse, also named Przewalsky horse. Khustai is most famous one of three national parks where wild horses have been reintroduced after they were completely extinct in the wild. It has been protected area since the first 15 horses were reintroduced in 1. Today, there are about 350 horses in 19 herds. If you get there, you'll be able to see not only the horses but also, some wildlife such as, wolves, red foxes, deers and marmots. Some bird species can be spotted too.
- No matter how good you ride or not, open for anyone who wants.
- About 5 hrs of horseback riding each day
- Full instruction by professional horse guide who come with
- Luggages are carried by pack horses
Accommodations: Guest Gers by nomadic families, Ger camps
Activities: Hiking, Horse & Camel riding, Visiting musuems & attractions
Transpotations: SUV 4x4, Mini Van, Vehicle depending on number of travelers
The Price for 2pax- $80 per person/day
The Price is flexible for number of travelers
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.