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Introduction

Horse riding tour in Khangai Mountain

Tour information: Usually 6 to 8 hours of riding. This equestrian trek is intended for persons
practicing regularly riding and with similar practice at a level Galop 3-4 or riders with a mastery
of 3 gaits (walk, trot, canter) varied terrain and completely autonomous horse.
The best time to make this trip:
May to September is the best season, with the peak season in July for the Naadam Festival and in
22th July Felt Festival, in 23th July Yak Festival in Orkhon Valley. July and August are also the
wettest months of the year, but be assured, our climate is such that you will still have many sunny
days at this time.

About the Orkhon Valley
Classified in 2004 as World Heritage Site by UNESCO as the cradle of nomadic Mongolia, the
“cultural landscape of the Orkhon Valley”. Located in the Khangai mountain range, more than
360 km away from the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, and spanning on more than 120,000
hectares, the Orkhon Valley contains the largest density of natural and cultural resources of
Mongolia. For centuries, it was the spiritual center of the ancient nomads who worshiped Tenger,
the eternal blue sky. Several nomadic nations successively established their capitals in the valley
and left valuable archeological remains such as the Orkhon Inscriptions, Khar Balgas or
Karakorum. When Buddhism became the dominant religion in Mongolia, several monasteries
were erected in this region of great spiritual value. In addition to these cultural resources, the
Orkhon Valley boasts extraordinary natural sites and landscapes such as the area of the 8 lakes or
its numerous hot springs.

We offering camel riding, horse trekking and hiking tour based on local community. Nomadic
families live in the area are main parts of the tours. They will supply camels, horses, meals, and
accommodation for tourists.

 

DETAILED TOUR ITINERARY:
In this tour, you will discover Khogno Khan park, Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongolian
Empire. Explore the landscapes and all the landmarks of the Orkhon Valley. Experience nomadic
lifestyle by riding through the breathtaking Naiman Nuur National Park on a 5-day horse riding
trip.
Naiman Nuur National Park is exceptional combination fresh water lash green forest picturesque
mountains and many natural resources where animals and people leisurely live in the summer time.
These lakes with fresh water and interconnected by ground water channels located 5-30km
distance from each other such as Shireet, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Khuis, Onon, Doroo, Bayan-Uul
are called Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes).
All luggage and equipment for this tour will be loaded onto pick yaks or horses, which are provided
by the local herders and local nomads who will lead us on this journey the heart of the Khangai
Mountain. No support vehicle will follow in this rugged and roadless territory on our trek in the
Naiman Nuur area located in the Khangai Mountain.

Destination

Mongolia

Departure

Departure Time

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Tour Brief
 Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
 Activities: Visiting cultural heritage sites, experiencing nomad culture, exploring varied
natural landscapes, hiking, camel riding, horse riding.
 Distance: 1210kms
 Group: Min 4 – Max 15
 Season: May –September

Itinerary

1
1

Visit in Ulaanbaatar

Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver and guide. Transfer to your hotel, settling in and
rest. We will take you in the restaurant mongol. Let’s immerse ourselves in the heart of the
Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Walk in the centre of Ulaanbaatar.
Discovery of Gengghis Khaan Square and the House of Parliament. Mongolian traditional show
at Tumen Ekh theatr: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.
Welcome dinner in Mongolian style restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

2
2

Ulaanbaatar-Ugii lake

Today we will drive to long distance for 5 hours about 370 kms Ugii lake. The lake is located in
the centre of Mongolia, and in the territory of Arkhangai province is one of the biggest lakes of
Mongolia and has 27 km squire area. Ugii lake abounds in various types of fish and birds, which
creates an incredible natural beauty. On the way we will visit to Khar Balgas ruins, was the capital
of the first Uyghur Khaganate, built on the site of the former Göktürk imperial capital. Overnight
in the ger camp by lake. B/D/L

3
3

Ugii lake-Kharkhorin

After breakfast we will drive to Kharkhorin for 2 hours about 80 kms. Journey to Kharkhorin, the former
capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the
stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city, until Kubilai Khan set
up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-
inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin.

We’ll be staying overnight in ger camp. B/D/L

4
4

Kharkhorin-Orkhon Valley

Today we will drive to the Orkhon Valley (136kms about 4 hours). Inscribed on the UNESCO
World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadism and many breeders set their summer camp
there. On the way, we will see Uurtin Tokhoi Canyon scenic spot.

Afternoon begin the horseback riding trip to Ulaan Tsutgalan, white flood flowing on the black
stone, transformed in rainbow by a short sunray and the largest waterfall of Mongolia, 7 km away
from the camp. We will meet our horse keeper and get prepared for the trip. Relax in ger camp by
Orkhon river. B/L/D

5
5

Orkhon Waterfall-Naiman Nuur (Eighth lakes)

Horse riding until the entrance of Naiman Nuur National Park. We’ll follow our path across the
steppes scattered with edelweiss, then we’ll ride along the forests of larches and pines, before
stopping for the night at Buurgiin Oroi, on the edge of a small wood, in front of the mountains of
Naiman Nuur Park. Tented camping near nomad family. B/L/D

6
6

Buurug Valley-Naiman nuur

We enter Naiman Nuur Park via Khangai Mountain pass and the landscape completely changes.
The green infinite steppes give way too much more diversified landscapes: forests of larches and
pines, wild roses and wild flowers, junipers, gooseberries, and wild onions. We passing serval
lakes before stopping for the night at Khuis lake. Tented camping near nomad family by lake.
B/L/D

7
7

Lake Shireet

We will ride across plains and forests then we arrived at the lake Shireet. The largest lake of the
park (10 square kilometres, 3,86 square miles) and the highest (2366 meters, 1,47 mile). The
landscape is of volcanic origins here and extinct invisible volcanoes are dotted in the landscape.
Early summer, lot of wildflowers grow on the meadows. Tented camping near nomad family.
B/L/D

8
8

Lake Shireet-Orkhon valley

In the morning, you will leave lake Shireet on the other side and start your way back to the Orkhon
Waterfall. You will stop by the river Tsagaan gol to take your lunch, then we’ll retrace our steps
to find again the green steppes dappled here and there by white yurts. You will reach the camp at
dusk and enjoy a good supper and rest in comfortable beds. Dinner is real authentic Mongolian
barbecue, prepared in the traditional style with hot stones. Overnight in the ger camp by river.
B/L/D

9
9

Journey in Mogot Spa

On day 9, we will relax in the hot springs of Mogoit Spa. But before that, we will ride through the
forest to the sacred mountain of Tsagaan Khairkhan (the white rock). The hot springs of Mogoit
Spa are said to have been discovered by Zanabazar. They contain sulphur and have therapeutic
virtues. You can come back to the camp with our driver or ride to the camp. Once at the camp,
you can do some rafting, fishing, play archery, volleyball, pétanque, or just relax. In the evening,
farewell bonfire party and share your feedback of the tour with your group members. B/L/D

10
10

Okhon Valley-Khogno Khan

After breakfast we separate from our horses and guides and then start with a 4×4 drive to long
distance of Khogno Khan National park. Discovery of the park: semi desert steppes, taiga, stunning

rocky formations, 80km long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed “Mini-
Gobi”. Visiting a local nomad family conversing about their unique lifestyle of the local area.

They’re very hospitable friendly hosts which they will offer a traditional delicacy made of camel’s
milk. Camel-back trek along the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai. Overnight in the ger with a local
family. B/L/D

11
11

Khogno Khan-Ulaanbaatar

Back to Ulaanbaatar (250kms about 4 hours). Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside
our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last
moment. Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments. Rest of
the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the center of the city. /B/L/D Optional:
Ulaanbaatar by night (night club or pub)

12
12

Have a nice journey

Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulaanbaatar. The transfer can
be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Details

activities

PRICE Included
 Transfers airport / hotel / airport
 2 nights in 3* or 4* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
 Full pension during the tour
 Water
 4 nights in comfortable yurts camps with warm shower
 3 nights’ intent with a host family
 2 nights in the ger with a local family
 Journeys in Japanese or Russian 4WD jeep or minibus with Air con + Driver
 Petrol
 English-speaking guide
 Camel and Horse trek
 Local guides for the treks
 Entrance fees for parks and museum indicated in the program
 Traditional show

PRICE Not included
 International transport
 Passport and visa fees
 Repatriation insurance
 Travel insurance
 Drinks / alcohols extras
 Any excursion that is not indicated in the program
 Single room supplement: Single supplement is available at 50 euros in the hotel (for 1
nights) Single ger supplement: Single supplement is available at 20 euros per night at
ger camps.

Payment

For your journey in Mongolia, it is possible joining a fixed departure tour with a group,
which has the advantage of providing a friendly atmosphere and to let you benefit from the
best price. Our groups are composed of an average of 3 to 12 participants.

Price:

2 participants -£1999 p/p

3-5 participants-£1899 p/p

6-9 participants £1799 p/p

10 more participants £1699 p/p