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Dunes and Steppes of Mongolia - 13 days horse ride


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Dates and Rates


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4/05/2020 16/05/2020 1695 € available
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29/06/2020 11/07/2020 1695 € available
Naadam Festival option**    
6/07/2020 18/07/2020 1695 € available
13/07/2020 25/07/2020 1695 € available
Naadam Festival option**    
20/07/2020 1/08/2020 1695 € available
27/07/2020 8/08/2020 1695 € available
3/08/2020 15/08/2020 1695 € available
10/08/2020 22/08/2020 1695 € available
17/08/2020 29/08/2020 1695 € available
24/08/2020 5/09/2020 1695 € available
31/08/2020 12/09/2020 1695 € available
7/09/2020 19/09/2020 1695 € available
14/09/2020 26/09/2020 1695 € available

 

*What is a Guaranteed Departure?

After taking time off work, booking your flights and arranging for your neighbour to feed the cat, the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled because of a lack of people on your tour. Our guaranteed departures give you the peace of mind to book the tour that suits you.

A guaranteed departure means that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled for lack of participation. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control.

** NAADAM FESTIVAL (11/12 july) : stay 1 or 2 extra day(s) before or after your tour and visit the Naadam Festival, including 1 or 2 night(s) at Dream Hotel + a guide (non private) + grouped transfers (no lunch, no dinner, no entry fees included).

  • 130 €/person/night in double room
  • 170 €/person/night in single room

 

MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Grouped transfer from Ulan Bator Airport on arrival of Aeroflot flight n°SU330 (usually landing at 07:05 am).
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 14:00.
Day 13: Grouped transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 07:00am.


Please wait for our written agreement on your flight schedule before buying your tickets.

 

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT

Groups of 1, 2 or 3 riders: + 250 € / pers.
Applies to the 3 first riders booked. When the 4th rider is booked the supplement is refunded for all riders.


SINGLE ROOM

+ 80 € / pers. (2 nights in Ulan Bator only).
This single room supplement applies if you want a single room in Ulan Bator.
No single supplement is due if you are OK to share your room with another person (same gender) even if we do not find another person willing to share.

 

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, horseback rides as described, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 13 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, a cook per group, nomadic equestrian guide, financial guarantee of your deposits.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International flights, 1 dinner, drinks except water, tea and coffee, personal expenses, booking fee (15 €/person), travel insurance, visa if necessary.

Tour itinerary

This journey on horseback is a first in Mongolia: you don't have to choose between riding in the dunes or in the steppe!

Experience the contrasts of Mongolia in one trip, with this horseback trail that combines:

horse riding  in the dunes of the Bayan Gobi desert

horse riding in the green plains of the Orkhon Valley.

Day 1: Ulan Bator

Welcome to Mongolia!

Your English speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at the arrival of Aeroflot SU330 flight (usually at 07:05 am) for a grouped transfer. If you are already in Ulan Bator, you can join the group at 14:00 in the lobby of the hotel.

No lunch included.

Visit of Gandantegchinlin Monastery and the National Museum of Mongolian History.

Dinner downtown and overnight at Dream hotel or similar (2* - twin or triple room).

 

Day 2: Ulan Bator - Bayan Gobi Desert

Breakfast and departure with our 4x4 vehicle to the Bayan Gobi Desert, the "rich Gobi."

Lunch on the way.

We meet the nomadic herder who will be our equestrian guide for the next three days of horse riding in the wilderness of Bayan Gobi, between dunes and steppes.

We set up our first camp in the wilderness, in a sparsely populated area on the southern edge of the Bayan Gobi Desert.

Each rider sets up his/her own tent (single tent provided at no additional charge on request before departure). A shower tent and a large tent for the preparation of meals make our camp comfortable.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

Days 3, 4 and 5: Horseback Riding in the Bayan Gobi Desert

We leave for 3 days of horse riding adventure in the Bayan Gobi Desert.

This equestrian tour in the Bayan Gobi Desert is the only opportunity of riding a horse in a typical landscape of the Gobi Desert, as there are no horses deep in the southern Gobi, only camels.

This area is truly the heart of Mongolia.

It is indeed the Mongolia's geographical center.

It is also located at the junction of three major mongolian ecosystems: two of the main mountain ranges in the country - the Khangai and Khentii - and a northern edge of the Gobi Desert.

Mount Batkhan overlooks this area and gives rise to several rivers and springs which mix their waters with the sand dunes of Elsentasarkhai - the "sand break" - forming a changing and spectacular scenery.

Every night after riding between dunes, rivers and steppes, we set up the camp.

On day 4, you will have the opportunity to ride camels at the end of the riding day!

The afternoon of day 5 we reach the Khogno Khan cliffs, where we visit Ovgon Khiid monastery, set in a dramatic scenery.

Dinner and overnight in a yurt camp nestled at the foot of the cliffs (2-4 riders per yurt in individual beds, showers and toilets in a separate building).

Day 6 : Bayan Gobi Desert - Horse riding in the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, a 4-5 hours drive takes us to the Orkhon Valley, a famous World Heritage Site in Central Mongolia.

We meet the nomadic herders and horses who will be our companions during the next 8 days horse ride.

The change in environment is striking: after the desert and sandy expanses of Bayan Gobi, we are now in a mountainous area, a maze of green valleys with forested slopes.

After lunch, we start our first ride on horseback in the larch forests covering the first slopes of the Naiman Nuur Park, in the upstream part of the Orkhon Valley.

After the ride, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Days 7 to 11 : Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley

These 5 days on horseback are dedicated to explore the famous Orkhon Valley, starting from the upstream part close to Naiman Nuur Park, down to Karakorum, the former capital of the Mongol Empire.

During this ride, we will see the Orkhon Falls and visit Tovkhon Monastery, high in the Khangai Mountains bordering the northern part of the Valley!

We will end this ride in Karakorum where we will visit Erdene Zuu Monastery on the last day of our ride.

Accommodation

For 3 nights, we will set up camp and tents in the wilderness.

1 night will be spent in a guest yurt close to a nomadic family (up to 5 persons per yurt), and the last night will be spent in a touristic yurt camp in Karakorum (2 to 4 persons / yurt - showers in a separate building).

Day 12: Karakorum - Ulan Bator

Breakfast and early departure to Ulan Bator where we arrive in the afternoon.

Lunch en route.

The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to shopping in stores downtown, or at the Narantuul "black market" where you will find traditional clothing and objects of daily life.

In the late afternoon, you will attend a show with traditional dances, music and songs from Mongolia, especially the amazing Khoomei.

No dinner included, to let you choose among the varied dining opportunities offered by Ulan Bator.

Night at Dream hotel or similar (2* - twin or triple room).

Day 13: Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for flights departing after 07:00am.

Practical Information


MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Grouped transfer from Ulan Bator Airport on arrival of Aeroflot flight n°SU330 (usually landing at 07:05 am).
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 14:00.
Day 13: Grouped transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 07:00am.

 

Language: English speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


This tour has a very varied accommodation, with a nice balance between yurts and camping:

  • 7 nights camping
  • 2 nights in a yurt camp
  • 1 night in a yurt with a nomadic family
  • 2 nights in a 2* hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

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Horses and Equestrian Ability


This horse riding tour in Mongolia is for experienced riders only.

 

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Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Sabine

"It took us years to prepare this tour: we wanted to offer a horse riding tour including both steppe and dunes. You will love the diversity of landscapes, and also the fact that both parts of the ride are real itinerary ride, riding adventures from one point to another. You will cover almost 200 km on horseback."

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"A beautiful ride between the grasslands and the dunes of Bayan Gobi. Lots of beautiful pictures and beautiful moments shared with the nomads and our companions!
A special thank you to our cook Bagui who prepared for us delicious meals morning, noon and evening. He was always watching if it was OK for everyone. A vegetarian lady in the group appreciated all the efforts he made for her.

Camps were comfortable with a portable shower with heated water, a tent for 3 just for the 2 of us, a large tent for meals in case of rain (it just happened once in 13 days) and most of all amazing camping spots.

Not to mention the friendliness of joy of our Mongolian Companions, always wanting to communicate, making it possible to talk with nomadic families depsite the language difference.

We had the chance to take part in the daily tasks of the nomadic families (milking cows and yaks, catching the foals, fermented milk manufacturing and yak alcohol distillation ...).

Those small horses are ultra strong and brave. Once we agreed to drop our academic riding and follow the instructions of the nomadic breeders, all is so easy! Chu (the word to ask a Mongolian horse to canter) !!!!

This tour is perfectly balanced between the Bayan Gobi and the Orkhon Valley, with the visit of Karakorum to have a little rest, and we ended with Naadam festivities! Unforgettable! Thank you! " - Christine and Alexandre C. (July 2019)

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IMPORTANT - Flights in Mongolia


Be aware that very few airlines go to Mongolia, flights are therefore quickly fully booked, especially between June and September. Book at least 6 months in advance to have the best air fares.
If your luggage has been delayed, the airlines do NOT deliver it in Mongolia, they keep it available in Ulan Bator. If your tour has already started, and you are already in the Orkhon Valley for example, it can be very expensive to deliver it.
We can do it for you at extra cost:
- 50 € for a delivery inside Ulan Bator
- 100 € for a delivery in Hustai
- 200 € for a delivery in Khogno Khan
- 300 € for a delivery in Karakorum, the Orkhon Valley or Arkhangai
- 400 € for a delivery at Lake Khövsgöl or in the Gobi Desert
This cost includes the driver & the vehicle for 1 or 2 days depending on the distance + fuel for the vehicule for the round trip + meals and accommodation for the driver if the roundtrip is more than 1 day.
If your flight is late, the same rates apply if you need a private transfer.