Mongolia - Mongol Horse Trail

  • Open Jun-Sep
  • Set arrivals
  • 10 nights / 8 days of riding | 4 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Ulaanbaatar
  • Weight limit: 14st (89 kg) (196 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

Mongolia riding steppes

On the Mongol Horse Trail you experience two different areas. Heading north-east from Ulaanbaatar towards the northern wilderness, the first part of the journey heads out over the treeless steppes. Continuing north you ride into the taiga of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and Khan Khenti Special Protected Area.

You pass over mountains, across steppes and forests and camp alongside rivers. The support crew use yak carts and follow river valleys while you ride up onto the ridges, with views of the surrounding country.

On the trail you camp, and most rides use a traditional ger for evening meals. The trail also includes two nights at the semi-permanent ger camp at Jalman Meadows.

You should be a fit and competent rider capable of riding spirited, forward going horses over varying terrain for up to seven hours a day. The riding includes long trots and fast canters on the open steppes.

Horse in MongoliaThe Mongolian horses are small in stature from 12hh - 14hh, but strong in character, sure-footed and willing. There is a rider weight limit of 90kg.

Mongolians generally stand in the stirrups at all paces and you too may find this a more comfortable way to ride these short striding horses. You should be fit enough to stand in the stirrups at trot and canter for periods of up to twenty minutes.

The saddles used are a Russian type, similar to a stock or military saddle. Most of the horses are ridden in a snaffle bridle, but you will not find them schooled to Western standards. However, they are responsive and fun to ride.

Hard hats are mandatory.

When in Ulaanbaatar (on the first and last nights of the ride) you will stay centrally in a modern hotel of reasonable standard with ensuite bathrooms.

On six nights you will stay in six-person teepees (two people sharing). You will be provided with a sleeping cot and blankets, but you will need to take your own sleeping bag.

At the end of your trail you will have two nights in a semi-permanent ger camp, Jalman Meadows.

Washing facilities are limited and you are asked to bring only biodegradable toiletries. There is also a toilet tent erected in camp.

A central ger functions as the kitchen and dining room as well as a place to relax after the day's ride. As is traditional, there is a stove is in the middle of the ger which is particularly welcome on cold mornings and chilly evenings.

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Upcoming Dates

For the Mongol Horse Trail from 30th June to 10th July it is possible to add on a two day extension (10th to 12th July) to visit the Naadam Games in Ulaanbaatar.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Mongol Horse Trail 15 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $2,200.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail 30 Jun 2022 - 10 Jul 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $2,200.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail 21 Jul 2022 - 31 Jul 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $2,200.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail 17 Aug 2022 - 27 Aug 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $2,200.00 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail 1 Sep 2022 - 11 Sep 2022 10 nights 10 ngts $2,200.00 View (.pdf) Book


INCLUDES Interpreter; horses and all riding; full board (except lunches in Ulaanbaatar); accommodation in twin rooms in hotels, gers and tents; camping equipment (except sleeping bags); local transport; transfers to and from airport.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if you are prepared to share. Otherwise $40.00 per night. It is possible to request a single tent on the trail but be willing to share in the hotel and gers.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Wine, beer and canned drinks; lunches in Ulaanbaatar; tips.


TRANSFERS Return airport transfers are included.

Getting There

Return airport transfers are included.

Ideally, flights should be booked to arrive in Ulaanbaatar before 16:00, to allow time to transfer to the hotel and settle into your room before meeting your guide and the rest of the group for the ride briefing over dinner. However, if any flights arrive later than this, the ride briefing will take place the next morning.

Flights can depart at any time on your day of departure.

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In the Khan Khentii Special Protected Area north-east of Ulaanbaatar.

Weather & Climate

Clear, bright days in the summer. Late June, July and August can see short, but heavy, rain showers. The weather is variable with hot days and nights that can be very cold.

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Guest Review

Way exceeded any expectations I had. Everything was spot on. No complaints at all. I just loved every moment of it.

Clare ,Malvern

In The Saddle says

Not for the fainthearted, these rides are demanding but rewarding and offer a real insight into the nomadic way of life.

Our Top Tip

Be prepared to 'go with the flow'. Your hosts and guides are delightful but can be shy so you may have to be the one asking all the questions.


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