Feel awesome Nomadic horse culture & enjoy your dream ride with the legendary Mongolian horses. Horseback riding is the best way to know a place and explore the natural beauties. We ride on vast steppe and it is off beaten trails from tourists. This wonderful trip takes you to huge steppe, land of nomadic family with growing their horses, sheep and cows. We ride across the stream, sand dune, green hills and grass land in the countryside, camping on river side makes you to love nature and respect the horses. Guests on an Eco Camp Horse riding Paradise can choose between easy and active options each day and enjoy a 3 level of Horse riding course with full program of Mongolian horse riding manual.
Length: 9nights / 10days
Tour starting: 01st of June
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Day 1 Welcoming day
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar the capital city of Mongolia. Transfer to your hotel. In the evening enjoy a traditional art performance and Welcome dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. D
Day 2 Drive to Khustai National Park.
We ride to visit at national park and see the Mongolian wild horses Takhi or ancestor’s of modern Mongolian horses. Late afternoon drive through the park to see wild horses. On the way we will see Ungut, ancient grave site. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD
Day 3 Travel to Gurvanbulag eco camp
Travel to Gurvanbulag soum (a local administration unit) in Bulgan province for 200kms. Gurvanbulag is a glamping camp initiated by few local families who live in the beautiful natural reserve of Khognokhaan Mountain. On the way we will visit to Khar Bukhiin Balgas, an interesting remain of ancient town of nomad tribes dated back to 10th century. After some rest and refreshment at Gurvanbulag eco camp enjoy walking to the nearest hillside. For dinner you will enjoy “Khorkhog”, is real Mongolian barbeque, grilled with hot stones. Stay overnight in a ger at Gurvanbulag eco camp. BLD
Day 4 Feel the unique nomadic life & challenge to riding horse
In the morning visit nomad family & explore a way of living as nomads. Enjoy making and tasting traditional dairy products like aaruul-dried curds, Mongolian salty milk tea-Suutei tsai, Mongolian biscuit-Boortsog and so on. Afternoon, you will attend to a lesson for an hour about Mongolian horse and instruction about riding a Mongolian horse. Then first ride experience to small sand dune In the evening you can see our special movies about Mongolian Horseracing & horse training. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD
Day 5 Horse riding & Nomad horse culture
In the morning, we will ride to enjoy horse riding trip to a beautiful spot of steppe. Afternoon, we will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” – traditional wooden lasso and training an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. In the evening, enjoy movie time about “Mongolian wrestler”. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD
Day 6 Feeling nomad heritage
In the morning, we will attend to set up a nomadic Ger dwelling. Optional horse riding is available. After traditional food at camp, enjoy Mongolian traditional costume show and dance with locals & taking photo with traditional costumes. In the afternoon you can try to learn Mongolian archery & see our famous movie about Mongolian archery. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD
Day7 Travel to Kharakhorum & visit Erdene Zuu Monastery
Travel to Kharakhorum for 100kms. We will visit Erdene Zuu monastery, the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex built on the remains of ancient Mongolian capital Kharakhorum city. Visit a local cooperative to attend a workshop for making small felt products. Stay overnight in Ger camp. BLD
Day 8 Travel to sacred mountain Khognokhaan
Travel to Khognokhaan Natural Reserve about 100kms for 2 hours, the unique combination where mountains, forest and Gobi-type landscapes are all combined in one location. Trek to local Buddhist temple Erdenekhamba and ruin of 16th century Uvgun Monastery. Afternoon we will visit a nomad family who breed camels. Optional camel riding is available. Everybody can have an opportunity to take a photo while riding this giant, but very mild animal. Move back to Ger camp and stay overnight. BLD
Day 9 Travel back to Ulaanbaatar
Travel back to Ulaanbaatar as driving 5hours for 280kms. Transfer to your hotel. Shopping and Farewell dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel. BD
Day 10 Departure
After breakfast transfer to airport for departure. B
• Category: Horse riding tours Mongolia
• Travel places: Ulaanbaatar – khustai National Park – Gurvanbulag Eco Camp – Kharakhorum – Khognokhaan Natural Reserve – Ulaanbaatar
• Activities: Learning nomadic life, sharing experience with herders, horse riding and camel riding
• Duration: 9nights / 10days
• Number of participants: Min-2, max-12
• Season: June – September
• Date of departures 2017 (start in Ulaanbaatar):
CBH01 01 Jun
CBH02 07 Jun
CBH03 12 Jun
CBH04 20 Jun
CBH05 30 Jun
CBH06 28 Jul
CBH07 11 Aug
CBH08 24 Aug
CBH09 02 Sep
CBH10 16 Sep
Included: All activities described in the itinerary, twin/double basis hotel accommodation (2 nights) in Ulaanbaatar, Ger camp stay (7 nights) in the countryside. English speaking guide service, entrance fees to Protected Areas and sightseeing costs, all transfers by bus/minibus in the city and by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside. Meals of breakfast, lunch /picnic/ and dinner as mentioned per day itinerary.
Excluded: International transportation to and from Mongolia, travel insurance, mineral (bottled) water and alcoholic drinks, tips and gratuities, laundry and items of a personal nature.
Our riding trails
Few countries have such a strong historical link with the horses as Mongolia – the first domesticated horses are thought to have emerged on the Euroasian steppes between 4500 and 2000BCE. The Mongolian nomadic culture is only remaining horse-based culture in the world. Here horses and people depend on each other, so there is a mutual respect between them that runs deep and long in the civilization. The horse is still the main form of transport, especially for nomadic families, whose horses are methods of transport and status symbols. Nomadic people extremely proud of their horse riding skills, and children begin riding as young as three years old. Mongolian horses possess remarkable working ability. For carting, one horse, with a load of 450-500kg, can walk 50-60 km a day. During the grass-growing season, mares are milked 8-10 times a day, producing 0.5-1.0 liter of milk each time. Traditionally, Airag (koumiss), fermented mare’s milk is the famous drink of the nomads.
We offer great opportunities to those wishing to experience the riding in the country of nomads. A variety of rides are possible, from crossing mountain passes to pack-trips across the vast steppes that make up much of the country. You will have the chance to ride one of the oldest breeds of the horse, the indigenous Mongolian Pony, which is built for fortitude and endurance. Traditional Mongolian tack includes wooden saddles decorated with large silver studs, but most visitors will use more conventional English or Russian tack.
Essential Information on riding:
Horses – Mongolian Ponies (average standing height is less than 14hands 2inches – 1.47m)
Tack – Russian (and or locally made English-style)
Riding ability – Strong novice upwards
Accommodation – Hotel, Ger camp, Ger-(home) stay with local nomads & tent camping
Terrain – Varied: mountains, steppes, and grasslands
Best time of riding – July, August
We provide our clients best suitable horses according to their riding skills, either competent riders or beginners. Our local grooms and horse professionals will take best care for every client. Before starting a trip they will usually instruct rules about riding in Mongolia. In our riding tours we use mostly Russian (cavalry) saddles, which are more convenient for “western bottoms” than the Mongolian equivalent. We recommend our clients bring their own riding helmet/hard hat. And riding boots or chaps are essential. A saddle bag is provided to every client, so bottle of water and necessary personal items can be carried in.
Our programs include many of different trails in different destinations of the country and our clients are recommended to choose best suitable riding holiday according to their fit and capabilities.
We mostly evaluate ability of our clients as like:
Beginner: A rider, who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice: A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate: A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
Strong Intermediate: An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
Advanced or competent: All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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