Orkhon Valley - Mongolia

Experience Level

Ger Trail

5 star rating   31 May 2018

As I anticipated, this was a life experience for the books. I needed something away from the maddening crowd, and a temporary return to my younger days of livestock and horses with a dawn to dusk lifestyle. I got all that, and a chance to enjoy one of the last societies to be true horse people. I appreciate the effort made by the Mongolians, and by In The Saddle. All was safe, as described - including the bits of uncertainty - the food quite good, fresh, and the gers with wood stoves kept the early spring chill at bay. While not what I was with horses at 20, my body adjusted, and I found myself grateful I could ask so much of it after so many years. You truly want to be healthy, fit, and a solid rider for this, but they choose horses well for your ability. I had more than one, but one was super nappy and until he had a few days of work to get tired, found crow hopping the best solution for flies. Like all nappy horses he was sure footed, knew the best places to cross rivers, and enjoyed attention unlike the others. Herders were great, our driver was a hoot, the other riders I met wonderful, and I am looking to do another with this company in the coming year, with some friends. In The Saddle will take care of you.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
4 star rating
How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
5 star rating
How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
5 star rating

The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
4 star rating
How would you rate the standard of the food?
5 star rating

Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

Well...it was expected that washrooms wouldn;t be great. Posh toilets in some camps, but the flow of water was less sure. You might have one shower that truly worked, in spite of the marble. Food was really good. Fresh.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
5 star rating
Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
4 star rating

How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

It seems like I got different information than the other guests. Camel rides came up, but was for them not me. It was all sorted, so no worries, but it's clear these local companies work with foregn ones and keeping them consistent is best. I am quite satisfied with you all.

How could we improve the way we handled your booking and payment?

Went very well.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

I have already recommended you, and might team up with some friends for another go!