Mongolia - Mongol Horse Trail

Experience Level
  • Open Jun-Aug
  • Set arrivals
  • 10 nights / 7 to 8 days of riding
  • Weight limit: 14st (89 kg) (196 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

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 canters. The 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 stand in the stirrups at all paces so the horses are not used to riders sitting in the saddle. You should be fit enough to stand in the stirrups at trot and canter for periods of up to twenty minutes.

Hard hats are mandatory.

Overnight is in tents. Camp beds are provided but you should bring your own sleeping bag.

Washing facilities are limited and you are asked to bring only biodegradable toiletries. There is also a toilet tent at the 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 2019 - 25 Jun 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £1,744.83 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail
30 Jun 2019 - 10 Jul 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £1,744.83 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail
21 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £1,744.83 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail
17 Aug 2019 - 27 Aug 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £1,744.83 View (.pdf) Book
Mongol Horse Trail
31 Aug 2019 - 10 Sep 2019 10 nights 10 ngts £1,744.83 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

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 £31.72 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.

NEAREST AIRPORT Ulaanbaatar.

TRANSFERS Return airport transfers are included.

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Location

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


Mongol Horse Trail Riding Specialist

Chris says

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

My 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.

Email: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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