Selena Travel

Sacred Rivers Horse Trek

8days/7nights

Tour grade: Medium

From: US$ 1,485

Style: Traveller

  • Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, sacred rivers – Tuul & Kherlen river, and Valley of Terelj National Park
  • Authentic culture experiencing by visiting real nomads and interacting with them
  • Ulaanbaatar sightseeing & the Giant Genghis Monument, The Gandan Monastery
  • Meet people and make friends! You will be part of a group of 4-8 people during the tour as it is a group departure.

Tour Overview

Mongolia lies at the heart of Asia, on the balance between the ‘East’ of China, and the vast wilderness of Siberian Russia. This huge, sparsely populated land encompasses a fabulous array of pristine landscapes and a nomadic people whose lives are in many ways unchanged from the days of Genghis Khan and the mighty Mongol Empire.

This wonderful horse trekking trip takes you to the Khan Khentii mountain range, one of the biggest and the most beautiful mountains of Mongolia, the sacred Tuul and the Herlen rivers, part of the Great Mongolian steppes and the Gun-Galuut nature reserve. While trekking you will have the opportunities to visit local families and taste their renowned milky tea. At the end of the trip you will enjoy a wonderful rest in the serene Gun-Galuut – heaven for wildlife lovers.

 

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Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
  • Day 2: Horse Trekking in the Terelj Mountains
  • Day 3: Horse Riding Day to the Tuul River Valley
  • Day 4: Horse Riding Day to the Ar Khust Mountains
  • Day 5: Arriving in Amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve
  • Day 6: Rest Day in Gun – Galuut
  • Day 7: Gun-Galuut to Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 8: Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Full Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrival in Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park

Your guide will meet with you at the airport and aid with welcome lunch at a fine Mongolian restaurant. Drive to the Terelj National Park, transfer to tourist camp. Visit to famous Meditation Temple in the depth of spectacular Terelj National Park Dinner and overnight there. Ger camp L+D

Day 2:

Horse Trekking in the Terelj Mountains

This morning we ride our horses to the southern part of Terelj National Park enjoying the stunning views of the Gorkhi-Terelj Mountains and visit the Turtle Rock. 25-30 km ride. Tent camping B+L+D

Day 3:

Horse Riding Day to the Tuul River Valley

Breakfast. Continue the ride to the south east to the sacred Tuul river valley crossing the Terelj mountain at Yoliin Pass. Today's most wonderful moment will be crossing the river Tuul on horseback. Riding and enjoying the nature beauty. We’ll visit to Giant Genghis Monument. Camping in tents under starry skies. Tent camping B+L+D

Day 4:

Horse Riding Day to the Ar Khust Mountains

We will ride our horses, visit the Giant Genghis monument complex and then through the valley of Ovor Janchivlin and reach the mountain in the evening. We will stop at a nomadic family and witness their hospitality. We will enjoy spending the night in tents under the starry skies. Tent camping B+L+D

Day 5:

Arriving in Amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve

We will ride our horses through the northernmost part of the great Mongolian steppes to the amazing Gun-Galuut nature reserve. On the way we will stop at the small lakes Ayaga and Ikh-gun to admire the rare birds such as the white cranes, whooper swans, hooded cranes and many more. Ger camp L+D

Day 6:

Rest Day in Gun – Galuut

The Reserve is a home for many endangered species including the Argali wild mountain sheep and many more. Hiking to Mt. Baits to view Argali wild sheep and other wild animals. Visit a nomadic family to get basic introduction about nomadic way of life. Ger camp L+D

Day 7:

Gun-Galuut to Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast we drive back to Ulaanbaatar for 2 hours on paved road and transfer to the hotel. Then we visit the Bogd Khaan’s Palace Museum – the residence of the last king of Mongolia and the Buddha Park. Enjoy a traditional folklore concert in the evening. Farewell dinner. Hotel overnight. Centrally located excellent hotel 3* B+L+D

Day 8:

Departure from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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

Date & Price

Single Supplement Charge US$230      

 


Included services

  • Full-time services of your English speaking local guide throughout the tour
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Ticket to the Giant Genghis Monument Complex
  • 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
  • 0.5 l x 3 bottled water per day
  • Visa support invitation letter where applicable
  • Exclusive Horse Trek between sacred rivers 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 equipment
     

 

DISCOUNT CONDITIONS:  
  • Children under 3 years old are allowed to stay in their parents room for free (not including an extra bed).
  • Children aged 4 to 11 years old receive a 40% discount on accommodation per night, inclusive of bed and breakfast.
  • Children 12 and above will be charged as adults.

 

Tour Background

Accommodation on Selena Travel tours 
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:  
  • Best Western Gobi Kelso ***
  • Springs 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. 
 

 

DESTINATION & ATTRACTIONS BRIEF INFO

Terelj National Park - is one of the most popular national parks in Mongolia. Terelj is just 60km from Ulaanbaatar in the east and features stunning granite mountains and flowery endless grassy green meadows. This picturesque NP is a part of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. It is a great place for hiking, trekking, even you can rock climb here at its natural steep granite walls.

Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve - is one of the most popular nature reserves of Mongolia. The Nature Reserve is truly the marvellous combination of high mountains, colourful flowers, pretty lakes, rivers and wetland waters with its famous rare species of wild sheep Argali the Big Horns, White crane, White napped crane, Whooper swan etc., You can hike, fish, kayak, trek, ride camels, horses in the Nature Reserve. The Nature Reserve also features the River Kherlen andthe pretty lakes of Ayaga and Ikh-Gun.

The River Tuul sacred valley - is one of the longest rivers of the country, flowing from the Khentii Mountain Range. The valley of the river has been called sacred for centuries by the nomads as they truly respect the nature expecially the rivers and the surface water. The beautiful valley in summer is often dotted with traditional Mongolian gers and offers picturesque sceneries.

Great Mongolian Steppes - is one of the biggest plateu in the Central Asia with its endless steppes. During the trip we will travel the western edge of the great steppes. White gazelles, marmot, fox, corsac fox, wolf, gerbils inhabit the steppes with livestock.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.  

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