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Gobi Desert and Steppes of Mongolia - 20 days horse ride


Why you'll love this tour ...

 

  • A journey on horseback in Mongolia with very diverse experiences: 10 days on horseback (3 with pack yaks) and a half-day camel ride in the Gobi Desert!
  • Combine horse riding in the dunes and in the steppes for the first time in Mongolia.
  • Very balanced accommodation with 6 nights in yurts (gers), 10 nights in tents and 3 nights at a 2* hotel.
  • Our own saddles, studied to suit both the Mongolian horse and the Western rider.
  • 100% financial guarantee for your tour in Mongolia.

This ride is also offered in 13 days version.

Dates and Rates


Private groups only from May to September (3 persons minimum).

- Group of 3 persons: 3125 €/person

- Group of 4 persons: 2665 €/person

- Group over 5 persons: 2385 €/person


SINGLE ROOM

+ 90 € / pers. (3 nights in Ulan Bator only).
This single room supplement applies for any single person of the group.

 

MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Meeting at the arrival lobby of Ulan Bator Airport at 10:30 (please book a flight arriving before 10:05am).
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 14:00.
Day 20: Transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 07:10am.

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, 1 domestic flight, horseback rides as described, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 20 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

Experience the contrasts of Mongolia on horseback in one trip, riding in the dunes of the Gobi Desert and the steppes of Central Mongolia .

In addition to a unique diversity of landscapes, dive into the nomadic lifestyle, combining all the traditional means of transport of Mongolian nomads:

horseback riding  in the dunes of the Bayan Gobi desert,

horseback riding with pack yaks in the steppes of the Orkhon Valley,

a journey through the Gobi desert with a camel ride in the Khongor Els sand dunes...

Day 1: Ulan Bator

Welcome to Mongolia!

Your English speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at 10:30 (arrival of Turkish Airlines flight).

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 horseback 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 horseback riding 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 first of all the geographical center of Mongolia.

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 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.

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 ger 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 2 hours drive takes us to the Orkhon Valley.

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

We start our first day on horseback in the mountains bordering northern Orkhon Valley.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules, nothing to carry on the horses, so we can enjoy many canters!

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

Day 7: Horseback riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Tovkhon Monastery)

After breakfast, we ride another day in the Khangai Mountains.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules, nothing to carry on the horses, so we can enjoy many canters!

In the afternoon, we climb to Tovkhon Monastery (or the next morning of we arrive too late at the monastery).

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

Day 8: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Orkhon Falls)

After breakfast, we ride down the mountains to the Orkhon Valley. The views are astonishing ont the large valley with wooden mountains in the background.

Picnic lunch.

We ride to the famous Orkhon Falls.

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

Day 9: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, we continue our horse riding trail in the upstream part of the Valley where the landscape becomes wilder and wilder.

This volcanic region has black ancient lava flows which contrast with the white running water of the Orkhon River.

Picnic lunch.

On horseback, we reach the forest with the impressive Naiman Nuur mountains in front of us.

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

Day 10: Horseback adventure in Naiman Nuur Park (with pack yaks)

For the next 3 days, our equestrian adventure will have a totally different pace. After the wide open spaces, we now ride in very wil and remote landscapes: the Naiman Nuur Natural Park, which means "the 8 Lakes Park".

Pack yacks carry the equipment and your personal belongings for these three days as this beautiful and isolated area is not accessible to vehicles.

We pack the luggage and camping equipment on the yacks and start our steep ride to the mountains.

Picnic lunch enroute.

After the ride, we set up camp on a lake shore for dinner and overnight.

We will stay 2 nights at this camping site, to avoid having to ride with the pack yacks tomorrow, and therefore enjoy a quicker horse riding pace.

Day 11: Horseback ride in Naiman Nuur Park

Today, we ride in beautiful forested mountains, discovering the wonderful scenic lakes of the Park.

Dinner and overnight at the same camping site.

Day 12: Horse riding tour in Naiman Nuur Park towards Orkhon Valley (with pack yaks)

Today, we leave the Naiman Nuur Park with our pack yaks, to go back to the Orkhon Valley.

We ride through steep mountains, and will appreciate our sure footed horses and the ability of our yak drivers!

We set up camp close to the yak breeder's yurt.

Dinner and night under tents.

Day 13: Full day with a nomad family

We spend this last day in the Orkhon Valley with the family of the nomads who guided us during this ride.

They became our friends as we shared so intense equestrian - and human - emotions, and it is always a wonderful experience to discover their wives and children, and the way they live in their yurts with their herds.

The day is devoted to the discovery of the traditional lifestyle of the nomads of Mongolia.
We can participate in these activities, and become acquainted with the various family members.
You'll find simple tips to facilitate contact with your host family on the site by clicking here.

During the day, we can still spend a few hours in the saddle, helping them to round up the herds, or just going for a ride to explore the region.

In the evening, our hosts will prepare a traditional specialty, the Khorkhog, the "Mongolian barbecue".

This night, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...

Day 14: Orkhon Valley - Ongi Monastery

After the breakfast, we start our journey to the southern part of the Gobi desert. It will take 2 days until we reach the heart of the Gobi. Picnic lunch en route.

We stop at the Ongii Monastery for the night.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 15: Ongi Monastery - Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs (Southern Gobi Desert)

After breakfast, we drive to the south and the Bayanzag "Flaming Cliffs", one of the most famous sites of the Southern Gobi Desert.

Picnic lunch en route.

Short hike to the cliffs.

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 16: Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs - Camel ride in Khongor Els singing dunes (Southern Gobi Desert)

Breakfast and drive to the Khongor Els sand dunes.

Picnic lunch en route.

Camel ride in the "singing dunes". There are no horses in the southern Gobi Desert, that's why we have to experience another kind of ride: camel ride!

Dinner and overnight at the Khongor Els gercamp (2 to 4 persons per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 17: Khongor Els singing dunes - Yoliin Am canyon (Southern Gobi Desert)

We continue our journey, heading East.

We stop at the Yoliin Am canyon (40 km) for a hike through the gorge.

Picnic lunch en route.

Dinner and overnight at Yolii Am yurt camp (2 to 4 persons per yurt/ger, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 18: Gobi Desert - Dalanzadgad - Flight to Ulan Bator

After breakfast we drive to Dalanzadgad airport for our return flight to Ulan Bator.

Lunch according to flight schedule.

On arrival, transfer to our 2* hotel in the city center.

This hotel is perfectly located 200 m from Peace Avenue between Sukhbaatar Square and the State Department Store, which gives you a large choice of restaurants and the opportunity of last minute shopping at the department store which remains open late.

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

Day 19: Ulan Bator

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit of the Choijin Lama Temple and Museum, whose traditional architecture offers a surprising contrast with the Blue Skye glass tower.
Visit the Bogd Jhan Winter Palace. The Bogd Khan had several palaces but the other ones have been destroyed by Russians.
Consisting of 6 traditionnal buildings, you will also see many objects that reflect the magnificence of court life at that time.

Lunch downtown.

The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to shopping in stores downtown, 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 20: Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for flights departing after 07:10am.

Practical Information


MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Meeting at the arrival lobby of Ulan Bator Airport at 10:30 (please book a flight arriving before 10:05am).
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 14:00.
Day 20: Transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 07:10am.

 

Language: English speaking translator.

Group size: 3-10 persons.

Accommodation


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

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

More information about accommodation during our tours in Mongolia ...

Horses and Equestrian Ability


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

 

> More about required equestrian ability

Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Sabine

"This tour is one of my favourite: lots of fun with unique experiences including horse riding with pack yacks! And you visit both the Orkhon Valley and the Gobi Desert, the major touristic sites in Mongolia."

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