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Winter horse riding tour in Mongolia


Why you'll love this tour ...

 

  • Ride in the famous Orkhon Valley (World Heritage) magnified by the winter and deserted by tourists...
  • Discover the traditional life of Mongolian nomads in wintertime, a wonderful human experience.
  • Ride in the sand dunes of Bayan Gobi Desert, an exclusive "premiere".
  • Horseback rides in Hustai National Park to discover the wild Przewalski horses.
  • The unique experience of traveling on horseback in wintertime in Mongolia, a personal challenge you will be proud of.
  • The safety of an experienced team who organizes winter horse riding tours each year (see our photo-album)
  • 100% financial guarantee for your tour in Mongolia.

Dates and Rates


CONFIRMED DATES

  • April 29 to May 9, 2017
    Confirmed with 2 riders booked.

 

OTHER DATES

  • From mid-September 2016 to mid-May 2017 (à la carte - min. 2 pers.)

 

RATES

1495 € / person excluding small group supplement if applies.

 

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT

Groups of 2 or 3 riders: + 200 € / pers.

Applies to the 3 first riders booked. When the 4th rider is booked the supplement is refunded for all riders.

SINGLE ROOM

+ 60 € / 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.

 

MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Meeting at the arrival lobby of Ulan Bator Airport at 11:30 (please book a flight arriving before 11:05am).
Day 13: Transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 08:00am.


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

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, horseback rides as described, full board from dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 11 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, a cook per group > 3 persons, 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

EXCLUSIVE! This winter horseback ride in Mongolia is not for the faint-hearted!
The weather in Mongolia from November to March is very cold, but also very dry, so you will enjoy the wonder of infinite steppe glittering under a forever blue sky.

Our experienced team will lead you safely through a unique personal, equestrian and human experience ...

Discover on horseback the magic landscape of Orkhon Valley, the dunes of Bayan Gobi desert and the wild Przewalski horses in Khustai National Park.

The frozen Orkhon Falls, the dunes and the encounter with Przewalski wild horses under the clear blue sky will be a lifetime experience...

 

Day 1 - Ulan Bator

Your English speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at 11:30 (arrival of Turkish Airlines flight).

No lunch included.

Visit of the Gandantegchinlin Monastery.

Shopping at Naran Tuul market to buy the equipment you might need for this winter horse ride (especially fur hats).

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

 

 

Day 2 - Ulan Bator - Hustai National Park (Przewalski wild horses)

Breakfast, then drive to the Hustai National Park.

Lunch at Hustai yurt camp.

After lunch, we prepare for our first ride on horseback.

This first horse ride is an opportunity to test your own equipment before longer rides in the Orkhon Valley.

After the ride, if we did note see the Przewalski horses, we can try and find them with our vehicle.

The rest of the afternoon is devoted to a good warm shower.

The Hustai yurt (ger) camp has quite modern showers compared to the rest of the country, and even in the heart of winter, you can normally have a hot shower, you should take advantage!

In the late afternoon, we go into the Park with the car in search of the famous Przewalski wild horses.

Dinner and overnight at ger (yurt) camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt).

Day 3 - Horse riding tour at Hustai National Park

Breakfast at the yurt camp.

We spend the whole day on horseback in Hustai steppe landscapes. We ride in vast white undulating spaces, then in a valley in the middle of which a river is frozen by the cold. Fascinating visions...

Lunch at the yurt camp between the two horseback rides in the morning and the afternoon, allowing you to adapt your equipment depending on how warm you were in the morning...

Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt).

Day 4 - Hustai Park - Karakorum

Breakfast at the yurt camp, then drive to Karakorum (Kharkhorin).

Lunch at Kharkhorin.

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery.

Dinner and overnight at a yurt camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt), or with a nomadic family, or in a guesthouse in Kharkhorin depending on the availability (most gercamps / hotels are closed in winter).

 

Day 5 - Karakorum - Orkhon Valley (nomads)

Breakfast, then drive through the Orkhon Valley.

We are progressing slowly on tracks surrounded by the famous landscape of the Orkhon Valley.

In winter, the nomads move their yurts and herds to their wintering sites, a location protected from the winds, the hollow of a valley or near the forest. An enclosure is often arranged to gather the herd and allow the animals to keep warm.

We arrive at the yurts of the nomadic family where we will spend 4 nights on time for lunch.

First horse ride in the Orkhon Valley with our nomadic friends.

Dinner and overnight in a guest yurt installed alongside that of our host family (up to 5 persons / yurt).

Days 6, 7 and 8 - Orkhon Valley winter horseback ride and Nomadic life

During these 3 days, we discover the wonderful Orkhon Valley on horseback.

Every day, we ride to a different part of the Valley: the famous Orkhon Falls, frozen by the cold, or a pass from where we enjoy a fantastic view over the valley ....

The precise itinerary depends on the weather, as the climate can be very challenging in winter. We always keep your safety first.

As it is impossible to stop for a picnic lunch because of the cold, we do not stop during the day, and we have a late lunch in the yurt when we come back to the camp.

Those days are also a wonderful opportunity to discover the traditional way of life of Mongolian nomads: how the whole family cope with winter extreme cold, how babies and children are protected, how they take care of the yaks, horses and sheep herds ...

The nomadic family will take great care of you, as they are very proud to welcome foreign visitors in wintertime. They will keep a fire burning in the stove at night.

Dinners and overnights in a guest yurt installed alongside that of our host family (up to 5 persons / yurt).

 

Day 9 - Orkhon Valley last horse ride - Khogno Khan / Bayan Gobi Park

Breakfast.

In the morning, we enjoy our last horse ride through the beautiful landscapes of the Orkhon Valley.

Lunch with our hosts, and we have to say goodbye to this so nice nomadic family, to drive through the Orkhon valley towards Khogno Khan / Bayan Gobi Park.

Visit of the Ovgon Khiid Monastery, set in a dramatic scenery.

Dinner and overnight at a ger camp (2 to 4 persons / yurt), or with a nomadic family, or in a guesthouse depending on the availability (most gercamps / hotels are closed in winter).

Day 10 - Horse riding tour in Bayan Gobi - Road to Ulan Bator

In the morning, short horseback ride in the dunes of the Bayan Gobi Desert (2 hours).

We will ride through semi-desert steppes until we reach an area of ​​ golden sand dunes called Elsentasarhaï.

The contrast between the desert dunes and the frozen marshland that borders them is spectacular!

Difficult to imagine that in summertime, this area is a Garden of Eden where nomads often gather their herds in this vast wet plain.

This horse ride can be turned into a camel ride depending on the way the horses managed to cope with winter weather.

On the road again to Ulan Bator, through the spectacular landscapes of frozen steppe.

Lunch at a restaurant in Ulan Bator.

Arrival in Ulan Bator then visit of the National Museum of Mongolian History.

No dinner included.

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 08:00am.

Practical Information


MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Meeting at the arrival lobby of Ulan Bator Airport at 11:30 (please book a flight arriving before 11:05am).
Day 13: Transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for flights departing after 08:00am.

 

Language: English speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


Due to the winter climate in Mongolia, you will sleep in heated yurts or guesthouses, and in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar.

With a good personnal equipment, especially a warm down sleeping bag and warm clothes, you will enjoy fully your winter trip in Mongolia.

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

Horses and Equestrian Ability


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

Physical fitness is required as the average temperatures during the day can go as low as:
-20°C (December / January),
-10° (February)
or -5°C (November / March).
About climate in Mongolia
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Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Sabine

"This tour is each year more popular, as travellers who know Mongolia in summertime are curious to discover it in wintertime. It is a fascinating experience, both for the magic of the glittering landscape, and the incredible life of the nomadic families."

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"I've just got back from the Mongolia winter ride, coinsiding with Tsagaan Sar and although i havent yet had chance to upload all my photos and fully explain it all i have to say it was THE MOST INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!
I have travelled to quite a lot of countries and been horse riding for 24 years, but i have never expereinced anything like it.
Such amazing hospitality and kindness from the Nomadic people we stayed with, and an amazing insight into how they live and work through some of the most extreme conditions in the world, and all the time whilst riding the most wonderfull horses who despite having lived out in a heard all winter still looked after us riders and demostrated a whole new way of riding.
And topping it off, we got to see the rare Przewalski horses in the wild too!! I have learnt so much and feel truly lucky to have gone on this ride and i cannot recommend it enough. I wanted to say a HUUUGE thank you for making this dream possible." - Natalie - Feb. 2017

"The cold, snow and blue skies add a magical touch to this horse riding tour at the end of the world. The beauty of landscapes frozen in ice, the Mongolian kindness and hospitality, and a flawless organization have made this trip an extraordinary experience. I have only one desire: to travel there again!" Elisabeth V. - Feb. 14

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