Have you ever thought of galloping on a Mongolian sturdy steed across the lush green valley under the cobalt blue skies? This epic horse trekking tour will take you to the Central Mongolia highlights on Mongolian horses, those once made Genghis Khan and his soldiers' world journey a possibility. The UNESCO world heritage site Orkhon river valley and Central Mongolia is a cradle for numerous nomadic empires through the centuries and one of the best places in Mongolia for horse riding. During the trek you will ride in various terrains from hilly steppes to mountains with the most spectacular views. You will start your horse trek at Lake Ogii and make your way to the Orkhon Waterfalls visiting some of the most important sites in Central Mongolia including the ancient capital Karakorum, Erdene Zuu monastery and some random nomadic families to witness the renowned Mongolian hospitality and generosity of nomads.
The horse trek is fully supported and suitable for all levels of riders from novices to advanced riders - our horses are energetic and not lazy, and our guides are experienced and effervescent! Let's ride in the beautiful steppes under the blue skies of Mongolia.
Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Private Transfer to the Hotel
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Private Transfer to the Hotel
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, meets at the airport after custom formalities and transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is for you to get over jet lag and take a good rest before your wonderful journey across Mongolia. Centrally located excellent hotel 3*
Ulaanbaatar – Ogii Lake
Today we drive to Lake Ogii, where we start our horse trek. Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to ger camp. Prepare for your horse ride and enjoy the wilderness. Horse riding practice around Lake Ogii. Ger camp B+L+D
Day 3 – 4:
Horse Riding Day around the Ogii Lake
Early rising to enjoy your breakfast over the admiring sunrise. As the terrain is hilly steppes, perfect for horseback riding, we will cover 35-40 km each day with great views and wilderness as well as lots of fun! Tent camping under the starry skies of Mongolia. Tent camping B+L+D
Arriving In Karakorum. 25-30 Km Ride
We continue the ride and arrive in Karakorum in the early evening, transfer to tourist ger camp. Take shower and enjoy the evening with good dinner and cold beers! Say farewell to your horses and horse keepers. Ger camp B+L+D
Karakorum – Hustai National Park
This morning we drive to Hustai national park, transfer to Hustai National Park, where the Takhi wild horses graze peacefully with other wild animals. View the gorgeous Takhi wild horses in the evening. Ger camp B+L+D
Hustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we drive back to Ulaanbaatar for 2 hours and transfer to hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy traditional folklore concert by the magical Tumen Ekh ensemble. Farewell dinner. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L+D
Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B
Ulaanbaatar: Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia has many hotels ranging from basic 1* to high-end 5*. Some international hotel chains have opened such as Kempinski, Ramada, and Best Western to name a few. Some of Selena Travel Mongolia tours do not include hotel accommodation in Ulaanbaatar, where clients are advised to take care of their own accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. Please refer to your tour program (Included services and Exclusions section) for more details. Your Selena Travel advisor is happy to assist you with hotel booking on your request. Below you will find some suggested hotels in Ulaanbaatar:
Springs hotel ***
Narantuul hotel ***
Ramada hotel ****
Kempinski Khan Palace ****
Best Western Premier *****
Outside Ulaanbaatar: Please take in mind that traveling in the countryside of Mongolia is often tough, a trip is conducted in remote areas where there’s no hotel and paved roads exist.
Outside of Ulaanbaatar, tourist Ger camps are the best accommodation for travelers. A Ger is Mongolian traditional dwelling made of felt layers and wooden construction, and the Mongols have lived in Gers since the time immemorial. Tourist Ger camps offer comfortable Gers with 1-4 beds with good bedding, and also have western style showers and WCs (mostly shared). A few Ger camps offer en-suite Gers at additional charge (please ask your Selena Travel advisor for this). Due to remoteness some tourist Ger camps may not excel in service, so travelers may not always expect high pressure showers, bubble baths or gourmet food etc.
Food on Selena Travel tours
During your tour in Mongolia you will be eating in good restaurants in Ulaanbaatar, we have a great variety in restaurants in the capital city. Once you are outside the capital, Ger restaurants in Ger camps and local cafes in the small towns and villages will be the places where you will be eating. Ger restaurants often have set menu, but their food is usually very good (Ger camps provide mostly continental breakfast, lunches consist of salad, soup, main course and dessert, whilst, dinners are usually salad, main course and dessert).
During your longer driving days you will take packed lunch from Ger camps (often vegetable salad, main course such as fried chicken/noodles/dumplings and a chocolate bar etc). Vegetarians are well taken care of both in Ulaanbaatar restaurants and tourist Ger camps.
Luggage allowance on Selena Travel tours
When you travelling overland in a vehicle (minivan & jeep), it would be suitable if you have 20kg luggage per person (max). However, please kindly note that domestic flight luggage allowance per person is 15 kg (10 kg for the check in luggage and 5 for the carry on luggage). For 1kg extra luggage you pay US$2 - 5.
MONGOLIA HORSE TREKKING - MONGOLIA HORSE TREK
Why go on Horse Trek in Mongolia?
Mongolian horse trek is famous, fantastic and really enjoyable travel experience. Because, Mongolia is a country of good horses and strong nomadic people. Thus, Mongolia horse trekking and horseback riding trek are challenging and fun. We invite you to some mervallous horse trekking in Mongolia in the most popular horse trekking trail in Mongolia.
More about our Horse Treks & Mongolian horses:
Mongolia is one of the greatest lands of horse trekking tours and horse treks. There are more than 2.5 million horses in Mongolia. The best way to discover any wonders is on horse trekking in Mongolia. Mongolian horses are ponies by European standards, with a shoulder height of less than 1.5 m. However, they are very strong, with amazing stamina. Mongolian horse riding utilities and decorations are very special in the world. So it becomes traditional wonderful heritage. Most people imagine Mongolia with skillful Mongolian horse riders and wonderful Mongolian horse. In countryside nomadic children learn to ride horse since 3 years old often and take part in horse race competition. Mongolians respect the horse very much and horse is one of the best symbols of good luck. All Mongolians like to ride horse and enjoy them very much. You can be one of us in Mongolia too.
Useful information for Horseback riding in Mongolia: Mongolia horseback riding is wonderful, words are not enough to explain this fantastic adventure of horseback trek, horseback ride and horseback trekking in Mongolia. The country is rich in excellent Mongolia horseback trails and people go for horseback riding treks a lot in Mongolia. Take part in our fantastic Mongolia horseback tours and trips.
Mongolian horses and Mongolian horse culture: Mongolia is one of the greatest lands of horse riding tours and horse trekking. There are more than 2.5 million horses in Mongolia. The best way to discover any wonders is on horseback riding in Mongolia. Mongolian horses are ponies by European standards, with a shoulder height of less than 1.5 m. However, they are very strong, with amazing stamina. Mongolian horse riding utilities and decorations are very special in the world. So it becomes traditional wonderful heritage. Most people imagine Mongolia with skillful Mongolian horse riders and wonderful Mongolian horse. In countryside nomadic children learn to ride horse since 3 years old often and take part in horse race competition. Mongolians respect the horse very much and horse is one of the best symbols of good luck. All Mongolians like to ride horse and enjoy them very much. You can be one of us in Mongolia too. Selena travel offers you the most wonderful adventure horseback trekking or horse riding tours. Horse riding tours will be organized in the Khentii mountain range, Vast steppe of Mongolia and Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve which is a land of Genghis Khan, legendary central Mongolia, forestry Northern Mongolia, and highlighted Western Mongolia or in all of the parts of Mongolia. You can visit the Mongolian wonderful heritages while do horseback riding tours. We can organize horseback riding tours in unforgettable level. Enjoy the Mongolian horseback trekking and horse riding tours.
Khangai Mountains introduction
The Khangai Mountain Range is Mongolia's watershed, the source of the mighty Selenge River that flows northwards into Lake Baikaal. Its picturesque alpine scenery rises swiftly from the surrounding pastureland, with the highest peak, Otgontenger (13,000 feet), under perpetual snow and glacial ice. The range is reputed to hold a wealth of undiscovered gems and minerals - let's hope that they, and the landscape, remain undisturbed by the western world.
Aug 10, 2012. Gobi & Karakorum Explorer tour
Our recent "The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer" tour with you was excellent, everything exceeded our expectations! It was a super trip in our lives and we loved our Mongolia holiday so much. Our guide Joe was kind, well organised, accurate and informative, polite and caring and always provided us with timely information. And our driver Jack is super, very friendly, professional and always on time.
We are wild travellers, having been to many places in the world - but Mongolia is still truly unspoiled and uncontaminated. Selena Travel's services were perfect right from the very first email. We would like to thank Selena Travel, our guide and our driver for having made this Mongolia experience a truly beautiful one with so many wonderful memories.
Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia
Sending you some of our nicer pictures. Some are chosen for their beautiful scenery while the rest are just us happily playing and goofing around. There are a couple of shots of us doing some Mongolian wrestling, as suggested by Oyuna since we missed out on the mini-Naadam festival. She said since we missed it, we might as well organise our own festival by playing some Mongolian games. Haha... We had so much fun playing those games!!! :)OK, I hope you like the pictures we send you. Best regards to everyone at Selena Travel and thank you once again for all your assistance.