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Mongolia - Gobi Steppe Ride

The vast, treeless steppes of Mongolia were the homeland of the largest herds of horses the world has ever seen. In the early days of mankind, somewhere in these steppes, nomads invented riding and opened up vast new horizons.

Joining a Mongolian ride means choosing to experience the life of the nomad and glimpsing a way of life so different from our own. The Mongolian people are famous for their hospitality and to spend some time with them is a privilege.

You ride through the homelands of your horse guides. There are many areas in Mongolia where there are no fences, no tracks and no telegraph poles, the only signs of life the nomadic herders you meet along the way, but progress comes to every country and the roads and communication networks are improving.

The Gobi Steppe ride takes you south of the capital Ulaanbaatar beyond the Bogdkhan mountains, through grassland steppes, sand dune areas and the giant rock formations of Zorgol Hairhan Uul. There are no rivers or forests in these semi-arid areas, although you may be lucky enough to see a variety of birdlife and animals. This is the area of the best horse trainers in Mongolia.

On the trail you camp (two people sharing) and most rides use a traditional ger for evening meals. The ride is supported by camel carts and all trips include two nights at the Arburd Sands ger camp.

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Mongolian Riding Specialist  Chris Day

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.

Call: 01299 272 237 | email: chris@inthesaddle.com
 

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