HORSE RIDING IN MONGOLIAN STEPPE

5 day
from 503 USD
OVERVIEW

According to the Mongolian proverb “a Mongol man without a horse is like a bird without wings”. Mongolian nomadic culture is intensely linked to horses. Mongolian children grow up with horses, becoming skillful riders before they are five. The horse and a nomadic lifestyle of living enabled the Mongols led by Chinggis Khaan and his descendant to amass the largest empire to the world has ever known. The Mongol horse is small, being about the height of a double pony like 1.3 meters at the shoulder. Outside Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia has almost no roads and the territory is too vast to walk. The horse is the most practical form of transportation in Mongolia. The pleasure is to be unconstrained by roads or traffic lights, free to go in any direction! Fermented mare’s milk airag is a refreshing drink, Mongolia’s drink of choice. This mild beverage made of fermented mare’s milk has a slightly acid taste and great for treating thirst. The beverage makes one of main ingredients of the summer diet of Mongols and no festive is complete without it.

HIGHLIGHTS

Terelj National park exploration

Horseback riding

Turtle rock

Aryapala meditation temple visit

Zaan terelj area

Nomadic family visit

Activities in nomadic family

Genghis Khan grand statue visit

 

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar city, drive to Terelj National Park

Upon arrival Ulaanbaatar, you will meet our team at ‘Chinggis Khaan’ international airport and be transferred to your ger camp in Terelj National Park. Once we arrive in the national park, we will begin our journey on horseback to explore the national park. The Terelj area is protected as National Park since 1998 in order to conserve some rare species of both plants and animals. Mountains in the national park are averagely elevated at 2200 m above sea level, and contains granite stones formed into distinctive shapes as consequence of weathering. We will start our horse trekking along the valley to the Tuul River.  Overnight in a ger camp.

/Lunch/Dinner

Day 2: Turtle rock/Aryapala meditation center

Today we start our adventurous horseback riding day in the park. The riding distance will be 25-30km per day. In the course of horse trekking, we explore the magnificent alpine-like landscape of Terelj. Many people have called it “the Switzerland of Mongolia”; it is an excellent place for horse riding, hiking and river rafting. The most popular granite rock formation is called Turtle Rock – a gigantesque rock made and carved into a turtle by only weathering and wind erosion, across from the Turtle rock, there is a Buddhist meditation center called Aryapala temple just nestled in hills. From the front stairs of the temple, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Terelj National Park. We will ride around 25-30 km to the Khan Khentii mountain range passing beautiful Terelj River, lush green meadows and bushy steppes with willow. Terelj River is primarily midsize stream with many rapid flows. It starts at the Asralt Khairkhan mountain. Overnight in a tent.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 3: Horse riding/Zaan Terelj area

After breakfast in the amazing forest-steppe under the sunshine we continue second-day ride. Today we horse trek along the Terelj River to the remotest corner of the valley, the corner is called Ulyn bulan, a hidden place where is not many inhabitants. The distance of the ride will be approximately 25-35km. We enjoy some photo sessions of wildlife on the way including stopovers in the nomadic herdsmen’s encampment area. There we can experience the daily life of local herdsmen to explore how they herd and milk their animals such as cattle, yak, sheep, and horses. The most important practice would be tasting airag - Mongolia’s refreshing drink of choice. We’ll ride back to our base camp. Overnight in the camp.

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

 

 

Day 4: Drive back to Ulaanbaatar

Peaceful breakfast at the camp and throughout the morning we ride in the valley between the mountains. Our route takes us through the wide, open meadows, steppes that Mongolia is most renowned for – past grazing herds of sheep, horses, and nomadic gers. In the afternoon we drive back to Ulaanbaatar. En route to the capital, we will visit Chinggis Khaan statue. Overnight in a hotel. 

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 5: Departure

Today is the end of the horse riding tour. Our team will transfer you to the airport in time for your international flight. Have a nice trip back to your home and thank you for choosing ELT Mongolian tours.

Breakfast/-/-

PRICE

 

Group size

Price per person

2 pax

888 USD

3-5 pax

709 USD

6-9 pax

568 USD

10-15 pax

503 USD

 

INCLUSIONS

Accommodation (twin based): 1 night in a 4 – star hotel, 1 night in a ger camp, 2 nights in tents.

Guiding and interpreting service

Full board meals

Transportation: vehicle 4x4 or minivan

Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks

Museums and cultural performance

Sleeping bags, and matt

Tent

Pack animals, and gears per itinerary

EXCLUSIONS

International airfare

Personal equipment

Optional activity cost

Excess baggage charges

Alcoholic drinks

Travel insurance

1
Share :

Add New Comment

 Your Comment has been sent successfully. Thank you!   Refresh
Error: Please try again