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This ride takes you over the southern fringes of the Khan Khentii, the scenic mountain forest taiga of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. The trail is supported throughout by yak carts which take your luggage and the gers from camp to camp. On most of our Mongolian rides the overnights are at fairly basic camps, but on the Big Skies Horse Trail you have more comfortable accommodation.
This trail offers the opportunity to explore the great expanse of the country on horseback and meet the nomadic people who live there, but you stay in a spacious ger with made up beds and, on cold nights, a stove for extra warmth. You normally stay two nights at each ger camp, some of which are set up as private camps and others are semi-permanent ger camps. Other benefits are a more varied menu, drinks provided and a smaller group size.
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.
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 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.
On this trail you stay in a spacious ger, on a made up bed with a stove for warmth on cold nights. Most camps will be by the side of a river or water source with hot showers available every night.
Additional dates for private groups are available on request. These private trails would also be suitable for families or groups of mixed abilities.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Big Skies Horse Trail||2 Jun 2024 - 12 Jun 2024||10 nights 10 ngts||$3,950.00||Book|
|Big Skies Horse Trail with Naadam Games||9 Jul 2024 - 21 Jul 2024||12 nights 12 ngts||$4,850.00||Book|
|Big Skies Horse Trail||9 Jul 2024 - 19 Jul 2024||10 nights 10 ngts||$3,950.00||Book|
|Big Skies Horse Trail||1 Aug 2024 - 11 Aug 2024||10 nights 10 ngts||$3,950.00||Book|
INCLUDES Interpreter; horses and all riding; full board (except lunches in Ulaanbaatar); accommodation in twin rooms in hotels and gers; drinks; camping equipment; local transport; transfers to and from airport.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if you are prepared to share on the 10 night itinerary. If you are on the 12 night itinerary including Nadaam Games then a single supplement of $160.00 is charged for the two nights over Nadaam until a sharer is found.
The supplement to guarantee a single room and ger throughout is $1,960.00 (10 nights) or $2,200.00 (12 nights). It is possible to request a single room in the hotels and a single ger at Jalman Meadows but be willing to share a ger for the six nights on the trail and this is a supplement of $160.00 (10 night itinerary) or $320.00 (12 night itinerary).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Lunches in Ulaanbaatar; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Ulaanbaatar.
TRANSFERS Return airport transfers are included.
Return airport transfers are included.
Fights should arrive into 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.
Flights can depart at any time on your day of departure.
In the Khan Khentii Special Protected Area north-east of Ulaanbaatar.
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.
The riding was above our expections: beautifull scenery, strong horses, kind people, our horseman guided us over hidden trails in woods, steppe, valleys, mountain tops, hidden temples.