Selena Travel

Orkhon Valley Horse riding tour

10days/9nights

Tour grade: Medium

From: US$ 2,000

Style: Traveller

  • Orkhon Valley UNESCO heritages sites – Karakorum, Tuvkhun Monastery, burial sites in the Valley, Orkhon Waterfall
  • Horse riding in the land of blue sky and vast steppe!
  • You can tailor or customize the tour to fit your clients

Tour Overview

Have you ever dreamed 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 heritae site Orkhon river valley and Central Mongolia is a cradle for numerous nomadic empires throug 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 Ugii 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, Tuvkhun and Shankh monasteries, and some random nomadic families to witness the renowned Mongolian hospitality and generousity 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.

Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing
  • Day 2 – 3: Ulaanbaatar to Karakorum, start the epic Mongolia horse trek
  • Day 4 – 6: Horse trekking in the Orkhon river valley
  • Day 7: Leisure day in the Orkhon valley
  • Day 8 – 9: Return to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 10: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Ulaanbaatar, city sightseeing

Transfer to centrally located hotel. Visit the Gandan Monastery housing a 26m gilded Buddha, and discover the treasures of the National museum of Mongolia. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L+D

Day 2 – 3:

Ulaanbaatar to Karakorum, start the epic Mongolia horse trek

Drive to Mongolia’s ancient capital at Karakorum to start the horse trek, visit the legendary Erdene Zuu monastery and the surroundings. Start the horse trek to the Orkhon river valley. Tent camping B+L+D

Day 4 – 6:

Horse trekking in the Orkhon river valley

Enjoy the 3 day horse trek to the Orkhon river valley and the verdant Khangai Mountains; explore the pretty Tuvkhun monastery set in the mountains overlooking the famous valley and visit nomadic families to enjoy their hospitality. Tent camping under the starry skies. Tent camping B+L+D

Day 7:

Leisure day in the Orkhon valley

A leisure day in the UNESCO world heritage site, visit the Orkhon Waterfalls and take some swimming and fishing time in the famous valley. Ger camp B+L+D

Day 8 – 9:

Return to Ulaanbaatar

Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, break your journey at the beautiful sand dunes and rocky mountains of the Khogno Khan National park where one can visit lovely monasteries and enjoy hiking and camel riding. See a traditional folk concert and have farewell Mongolian Barbeque dinner in Ulaanbaatar.Ger camp & Hotel 3* B+L+D

Day 10:

Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

You are transferred to the airport/train station after breakfast. End of service. B

Date & Price

Single Supplement Charge US$400

 


Included services

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Private transfers and transports
  • Support vehicle during the horse trek
  • Cook for the camping days
  • Twin/double share at accommodation: 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, twin/triple sharing at best possible tourist camp and tent
  • Meals as listed (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Horse fees with horse keeper for every 3-4 PAX
  • 9 full days of horse riding
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Orkhon Valley River horse riding souvenir!
 
Not Included in the price
 
  • International Airfare/train ticket
  • Travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, camera or video fees at any sites etc.
  • Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
  • Optional activities such as camel riding, archery, fishing etc
  • Sleeping bags and mat, and camping equipments

 

Tour Background

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.

The city of Karakorum: In 1220 great Chinggis Khaan declared it as the capital city of his vast Empire. Today there are many interesting sites left to visit; the legendary turtle rock sculptures, Buddhist stupas and the ruins of this once great city to name a few. Erdenezuu - the 1st Buddhist monastery in Mongolia was established in 1586. Today Erdenezuu monastery still shows its glory with collections of many priceless religious objects and incredibly beautiful Mongolian arts. It has a massive square wall, 420 meters in length each side, 108 Stupas & 17 temples. 

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.

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Tour Reviews

Jun 15, 2024.  The Gobi & Karakorum Explorer

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 travelers, 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.

by Rafaella, Benedetta, Lidia

Aug 08, 2012.  Gobi & Karakorum customized 11 days tour

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.

by Margaret Suganda

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