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Horse Riding in Mongolia

Mongolia Horse Riding & Horse Trekking

Mongolia is a riding Shangri-la – wild landscapes & endless horizons stretch before the hooves of your trusty steed in this sparsely populated nomadic land without boundaries. Discover for yourself on one of our comprehensively researched and expertly crafted Mongolia horse treks.

Our Mongolia horse treks explore spectacular and diverse scenery – classic routes combine with hidden trails through remote wilderness terrain. Some trips are short, some longer, some are full-on riding trips, whilst some combine a bit of horse riding within a cultural overland journey.

Horses & Riding Terelj & Khentii Arkhangai Khovsgol Altai, Uvs, Zavkhan

Horse Riding Mongolia

Mongolian horses are of a stocky build, with relatively short but strong legs and a large head. They range in size from 12 to 14 hands high. Despite their small size, they are horses, not ponies! Mongolian horses have great stamina, although they have smaller body they can gallop for 10 km without break.

The hooves are very robust, and very few animals are fitted with horseshoes. On our Mongolia horse treks we source horses and wranglers from local nomadic herdsmen – selected carefully by us to ensure the quality and range of horses available (size, stamina, speed, temperament), and the skill of the wranglers in every aspect (horsemanship, knowledge of the area, animal welfare, client care/instruction, professionalism & enthusiasm).

The saddles are equipped with adjustable strirrup straps with protective covering providing comfort for rider and animal; wide girth straps; and local stylised stirrups that add character but also safety with their wide step. Underneath the saddle are locally-made felt saddle pads providing support and comfort.Many of our Mongolia horse treks do not have vehicle support, due to the remote expeditionary nature of our riding trips, so we provide pack horses which carry equipment and provisions.

There is usually 1 pack horse for every 2 guest riders. Robust saddle bags are provided, plus extra waterproof duffle-style bags are provided within to ensure certain things – rest mats, sleeping bags – remain dry under all circumstances. Plastic sheeting is also available to cover packhorses whilst on the move and to shelter saddles and equipment at camp in times of inclement weather.

Eating & Sleeping

We provide high-quality tents & rest mats, plus a dining tent when horse riding in Mongolia. A cook accompanies all trips, who dishes up 3 top quality hearty meals a day. A typical breakfast may include pancakes, porridge, bacon, bread & jam, juice, and tea and coffee. Lunches are packed and may include a sandwich, salad, cold noodle or rice dish, plus fruit, snacks and chocolate. Dinner is often a hearty meaty/noodle broth, a stew, stir-fry, barbecue or similar. Drinking water is provided by using a Katadyn water filter and/or boiling water from nearby fresh water streams, rivers and/or lakes. Sleeping bags are not provided, but can be hired for a small extra charge (including fresh linen liners).

Communications, Orientation & Safety

On any Mongolia horse trek where mobile communication and vehicle access is compromised, we provide a satellite phone for use in emergencies. Your guide will carry this and will be fully briefed on its usage. We also provide topographic maps of the area for reference and review purposes, and there may also be a GPS handset as well. For medical emergencies that do not require evacuation, we provide a fully-equipped Life Systems First Aid kit suitable to the trip type and group size.

An overview selection of our Mongolia horse riding trips can be seen on the following pages, according to your itinerary preference: Group Tours AdventurePrivate Tours WeekendersPrivate Tours Short BreaksPrivate Tours Longer Journeys

Terelj & Khan Khentii National Park, Eastern Mongolia

Conveniently located 60-100km from Ulaanbaatar (depending on start point), the lesser-visited areas of Terelj - and beyond to the more remote hills of Khan Khentii - offer a conveniently accessible wilderness escape for anything from 2 days to 2 weeks.

Scenery highlights - Mesozoic rock formations, undulating hills, nomadic families, lush wide valleys, rivers & streams, Khagiin Khar Lake, Burkhan Khaldun (sacred mountain of Chinggis Khaan - on bespoke longer treks only)

Trip suggestions – Trails of Terelj (short) or Eastern Explorer (longer)

TRAILS OF TERELJ
Terelj National Park - Horse Trek - Wild Camping - Ar Khurkh Valley - Khotol Pass - Altan Ulgii Mountain - Baruun Bayan Hills - Tuul River - Kayaking (optional) - Chinggis Statue

The lesser-visited areas of Terelj National Park offer an accessible wilderness escape on horseback. Saddle up for 5 days riding through undulating hills, valleys, along rivers and through larch forests. Overnight camping during your trek combines with a ger camp and authentic family homestay near the Tuul River, optional kayaking, and visiting at the Chinggis Statue before returning to Ulaanbaatar.

EASTERN EXPLORER
Terelj National Park - Khan-Khentii - Trekking - Camping - Nomadic Family Visits - Kayaking on Tuul River - Chinggis Statue​

Explore the trails of Terelj and Khan-Khentii on foot – this wilderness trek combines stunning countryside with ease of accessibility from Ulaanbaatar. After crossing the Terelj River, head up the wide Tuul Valley, dotted with nomadic families, dog-leg to the hilltop Gunjin Temple, and then on towards Altan Ulgii Mountain, before reaching the sacred Black Lake. Return on the east side of the Tuul River and visit the remarkable Chinggis Statue at Erdene and relax at Gun Galuut Nature Reserve before heading back to UB.

An overview selection of our Mongolia horse riding trips can be seen on the following pages, according to your itinerary preference: Group Tours AdventurePrivate Tours WeekendersPrivate Tours Short BreaksPrivate Tours Longer Journeys

Arkhangai Province, Central Mongolia

The nomadic heartland of Mongolia, with a range of classic routes and lesser-known trails through steppe, desert, hills, meadows, rivers and lakes. Ideal for longer treks to combine with overland cultural highlights by jeep on the 2 day outward and return journey to/from Ulaanbaatar.

Scenery highlights - Open steppe, dune outcrops, rolling hills, yak herding nomadic families, forested hills, hot springs, Tovkhon Khiid hilltop monastery, Orkhon Waterfall, Naiman Nuur (8 Lakes)

Trip suggestions – "Among Nomads" (short) or Orkhon Valley Ride or "Heart of Mongolia" (both longer)

AMONG NOMADS – HEARTLAND
Nomadic Homestays - Khustai National Park - Khogno Khan - Elsen Tasarkhai​ - Archery - Cooking Lesson - Orkhon Valley - Tovkhon Khiid - Horse Riding - Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu

Immerse yourself in the culture of Mongolia’s nomadic heartland, with diverse landscapes and homestays in guest gers next to local families. Spend time with your hosts and also use these fabulous wilderness locations as a base to explore the surrounding area on foot, by horse, camel and by vehicle. You will experience a range of cultural traditions – music, cookery, ankle-bone games, archery, felt-making, ger building may all feature at some stage along your way. You will also take in the historical and architectural highlights of Uvguun Khiid, Erdene Zuu Monastery and Tovkhon Khiid.

ORKHON VALLEY RIDE
Khustai National Park - Elsen Tasarkhai Dunes - Khogno Khaan - Tsenkher Hot Springs - Nomadic Homestay - 8 Day Horse Trek - Tovkhon Monastery - Orkhon Waterfall - Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu Monastery

A cultural overland adventure combines with an 8-day ride in the Khangai hills and Orkhon Valley in Central Mongolia. Head west from UB, seeing the Przewalski horses at Khustai National Park, the dunes at Elsen Tasarkhai, and hiking around Khogno Khaan Mountain. Relax at Tsenkher Hot Springs before saddling up for a horse trek – wild camping combines with homestays and visits to the hilltop Tovkhon Khiid and the Orkhon Waterfall before returning to UB via Kharkhorin and Erdene Zuu Monastery.

HEART OF MONGOLIA
Khustai - Khogno Khaan - Bayangobi - Tsenkher - White Lake - Khangai Mountains - Shargaljuut Springs - 8 Lakes - Riding/Walking - Orkhon Valley & Waterfall - Tovkhon Khiid -Kharkhorin - Erdene Zuu​

A foray into the nomadic heartland of Mongolia – from steppe and desert to lush rolling hills, meadows, rivers and lakes. Visit Khustai National Park to see the takhi horses, the dunes at Bayangobi before heading for White Lake via the hot springs at Tsenkher. Return through the remote southern Khangai hills including Shargaljuut Springs, Naiman Nuur (8 Lakes), Tovkhon Monastery plus Kharkhorin.

An overview selection of our Mongolia horse riding trips can be seen on the following pages, according to your itinerary preference: Group Tours AdventurePrivate Tours WeekendersPrivate Tours Short BreaksPrivate Tours Longer Journeys

Khovsgol Province, Northern Mongolia

Mongolia’s northernmost province contains some of the country’s most inaccessible but stunning scenery and riding trails, as well as being home to the remote ethnic group of reindeer herders – the Tsaatan. Domestic flights between Ulaanbaatar and Muron, the provincial capital, cut down on travel time so you can spend more time in the saddle (as well as bumpy rides in the vehicles to get to trek start points!)

Scenery highlights - Larch forests, rocky mountains, Siberian taiga, reindeer herders, Lake Khovsgol

Trip suggestions – "Northern Shores Mini" (short) or "Reindeer Trails" (longer)

NORTHERN SHORES
Lake Khovsgol - Boat Trip​ - 3 Day Horse Trek - Wild Camping - Eastern Shoreline - Chonot Forest - Ushigiin Uver Deestones - Delger River - Kayaking

An abridged version of one of our longer journeys. Discover the wild side of Lake Khovsgol with a 3 day horse trek up the eastern side of the lake, topped and tailed with a stay in a small eco-camp on the shores of this crystal clear ‘blue pearl’ of Mongolia, and kayaking on the Delger River west of Muron. The rustic comfort of small, characterful ger camps combines with traditional camping in the remote wilderness.

REINDEER TRAILS
Muron - Tsagaannuur - East Taiga - Horse Trek - Teepee Homestay Reindeer Herders - Shaman Visit - Lake Khovsgol​

A remote adventure to the Siberian taiga near the border with Russia, home to the last few remaining families of teepee-dwelling reindeer herders – the Tsaatan. Ride on horseback to visit their camps and explore the pristine nature of their wild surroundings. This wilderness expedition culminates with a 3 day stay on the shores of Lake Khovsgol at a secluded eco-camp on the East side of the lake.

An overview selection of our Mongolia horse riding trips can be seen on the following pages, according to your itinerary preference: Group Tours AdventurePrivate Tours WeekendersPrivate Tours Short BreaksPrivate Tours Longer Journeys

Altai Region, Western Mongolia

Mongolia’s western provinces boasts the snow-capped peaks of the Altai Mountains, and is infused with rich cultural diversity including the famed Kazakh eagle hunters and khoomi (throat singing). If Mongolia seems remote in itself, how about a 3 hour internal flight, followed by a scenery-packed 8 hour drive – just to get to your Mongolia horse trek start point. Now that is adventure!

Scenery highlights - Altai Mountains, glaciers, petroglyphs, Kazakh culture, eagle hunters, Lake Khoton, Hovd River

Trip suggestions – "Eagles of the Altai" (short) or "Wild West" (longer)

EAGLES OF THE ALTAI
Ulgii - Eagle Hunter Homestays - Horse Riding - Training & Hunting with Eagles - Shaman Visit​

A unique opportunity to stay alongside eagle hunters in Western Mongolia in the Turgen valley near Sagsai – ride with them, learn how they train their birds, and experience the way of life of these Kazakh nomads. You will also have an opportunity to meet a local shaman.

 

WILD WEST
Ulgii - Tavanbogd National Park - Horse Trekking - Potanii Glacier - Mount Malchin Climb - Shiveet Khairkhan Petroglyphs - Lake Khoton - Hovd River - Eagle Hunters - Audience with a Shaman​

An exhilarating trekking and riding expedition in Western Mongolia. Fly to Bayan Ulgii province where you will experience Kazakh culture – wild camping and homestays alongside eagle hunters; trekking on foot and on horseback through Tavanbogd National Park – including a non-technical climb/hike of Mt. Malchin, Potanii Glacier, Shiveet Khairkhan petroglyphs and Lake Khoton.​

An overview selection of our Mongolia horse riding trips can be seen on the following pages, according to your itinerary preference: Group Tours AdventurePrivate Tours WeekendersPrivate Tours Short BreaksPrivate Tours Longer Journeys