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Riding and yurts in Mongolia

12 days / 7 days riding from £ 2,700

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in yurts, the traditional housing in Central Asia, with beds and sometimes stoves for heating.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS THE THRESHING BARN - HOMME CASTLE BARNS
SHELSLEY WALSH
WORCESTERSHIRE, WR6 6RR. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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MONGOLIA-Riding and yurts in Mongolia

12 days / 7 days riding from 2700£


Activity :

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Comfort :

Experience a nomadic horse riding expedition in Mongolia. Stay in comfortable and traditional yurts, transported by a caravan of yaks, as you ride deeper into the grassland wilderness of the plateaus in the Khentij massif. As you explore Mongolia on horseback, enjoy the vast beautiful prairies, larch taigi, river swims and stunning panoramas from the high ridge trails. By visiting national museums, Buddhist monasteries and meeting local communities, you will immerse yourself in a country with a rich cultural heritage and strong equestrian traditions.

Strengths

- Explore this spectacular region in small groups of only 2 to 6 riders with a local guide and a Mongolian interpreter
- Discover the immense steppes and plateaus of the Khentij massif by riding along ridges overlooking sweeping valley floors and through larch wood forests home to rare wildlife
- Spend 2 days at a camping ground offering whitewater rafting, a library full of books on Mongolian culture and a sauna
- Delve further into this wild region with a change of camp every 2 days and sleep in comfortable yurts warmed every evening by wood-burning stoves
- Experience the nomadic lifestyle led by the people in the region by travelling with a caravan of yaks transporting your camp from site to site
- Visit the country's capital city, monasteries and museums and learn about Mongolia's cultural heritage and the history of Genghis Khan
- Enjoy traditional and hearty Mongolian cuisine

Itinerary

Day 1 : UK - ULAANBAATAR -

Fly out from the UK to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia; most flights go via Istanbul or Moscow.

Day 2 : ULAANBAATAR -

You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar early in the morning and get settled in to your hotel - a 3* hotel with a double room and private bathroom. For your first lunch, you will be able to go out and explore Mongolia's capital and try one of the local cafés or restaurants. With its Soviet style architecture, atmosphere and wide main roads, Ulaanbaatar, once Urga, hides numerous cultural riches and exceptional museums. We recommend taking the time to visit the museum of national history which will allow you an insight into the rich and, oft, violent past of this fascinating, proud and strong country; the museum covers the prehistoric era of this Soviet region, including the exploits and conquests of Genghis Khan.

In the evening, you will have dinner at your hotel and receive a briefing from your interpreter on how your expedition will unfold.

Day 3 : ULAANBAATAR - TUUL RIVÈR - BOSOG PRAIRIE -

Your day will begin with a visit to the Buddhist monastery of Gandan where the monks come together to pray every morning - it is one of the largest active monasteries in Mongolia. Mongolians primarily practise Tibetan Buddhism with the Dalai Lama as the spiritual head of their religion.

You will then head out for the steppes, a high plateau grassland plains, and the start point of your ride. The last vestiges of civiliastion will recede, little by little, as you delve into the vast untouched countryside, home only to nomadic families and their livestock. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the Hadan Hoshuu plain and have a chance to pause and absorb the wild empty beauty of the scrublands. The path you take will wind its way through the forest pass of Zamtiin in the high valley of the Tuul River.

On your arrival on the Bosog prairie, you will meet your team, the yaks and the horses you will be riding throughout your trip; it is here, on the banks of a bubbling and rushing stream, that you will spend your next 2 nights. Your yurts will have already been set up and warmed - each yurt sleeps 2 to 4 people and comes equipped with camp beds and a central wood-burning stove for the cool nights on the plains.

Day 4 : BOSOG PRAIRIE - BARUUNBAYAN STREAM - BOSOG PRAIRIE - 5-6 hours riding

After a comfortable night spent in your yurt, the Mongolian team will then attribute the horses and you will prepare to set off on your adventure through the sacred region of Khan Khentii. The Mongolian guide accompanying you is both warm and knowledgeable and, with the aid of your Anglophone interpreter, will introduce you to the nomadic families you meet along the route.

Setting out on horseback, you will ride out beyond the Bosog prairie, towards the south of the Tuul River, there, where the Siberian forest marks the transition into the lush grasslands. Riding through the undulating valleys and forests up to high ridges where the landscape will open out before you, you will enjoy stunning panoramas. You will ride on to meet up with the yak caravan and continue downstream along the Baruunbayan until you reach a wide prairie close to the River Tuul. In the afternoon, you will ford the river on horseback and explore the area whilst the yak and logistics team continue onwards towards the Bosog meadows and your camping ground. You will enjoy a traditional Mongolian dinner in the mess yurt and then head back to your comfortable yurt for the night.

Day 5 : BOSOG PRAIRIE - BARUUNBAYAN VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

The yurt camps will be displaced in its entirety today, and thus begins your first taste of the true nomadic lifestyle lived throughout the Khan Khentii massif. The yurts will be dismantled, folded and loaded onto the carts which in turn are yoked to the yaks. After a breakfast out in the fresh plateau air, you will add your baggage and provisions to the carts and head off for the day's ride.

Riding out north towards the mountain chain of Khentii across a ridge covered with scattered forests, you will break away from the caravan in order to make the most of the fantastic views and glorious atmosphere on the plains. The logistics team and yaks will head to the camping ground in the Barrunbayan Valley where they will set up your camp for the next 2 nights.

Day 6 : BARUUNBAYAN VALLEY - GUNJIN SUM MONASTERY - BARUUNBAYAN - 5-6 hours riding

The morning's ride will take you up to the Gunjin Sum monastery, a temple built for a Manchu princess, the ruins of which are hidden within the forest. At the end of the afternoon, you will make your way back down to the yurts next to the Baruunbayan Valley where you will enjoy more traditional Mongolian cuisine and retire to your cosy yurt!

Day 7 : BARUUNBAYAN VALLEY - ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

Once more the camp will be packed up and loaded on the carts to be relocated further into the grassy scrublands. While the caravan heads through the valley, riders will head out on one of the most beautiful routes of the expedition; the trail will take you along the wooded crests and ridges looking out over the valley floor. The larch forests, with the occasional pine making itself seen, which pervade in the region are the refuge of rare species of birds, most commonly the black grouse and the black-billed grouse.

Your camp for the evening will have been set up close to the Zunnbayan River, a tributary of the Tuul River, where you will spend the following 2 nights.

Day 8 : ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - KHENTII MOUNTAINS - ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

You will spend the day on horseback exploring the wooded Khentii mountains up to the sparse upper forest limits with backdrops and views that, wherever you look, will take your breath away. You will spend your last evening in the camp by the river enjoying a beautiful sunset with the horses grazing behind you and, if you wish, taking a refreshing dip in the river!

Day 9 : ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - JALMAN PRAIRIE - 5-6 hours riding

As the horsemen load the carts and direct the caravan of yaks off towards your next stop for the night, you will ride out to explore. You will set out, on horseback, in the direction of the Sharbulag Valley, crossing the source of the river Tuul and enjoying the tranquil and immense wilderness. Mid-afternoon, you will ride to the yurt community of Jalman Meadows.

Set amongst a scenic backdrop of flowered grasslands and wooded hills, this eco-camp for yurts is entirely dismantled at the end of the tourist season and completely embodies the ideas of sustainable and fair-trade tourism championed in Mongolia.

Day 10 : JALMAN PRAIRIE -

The day's programme will be of your making, you will spend the day in and around the Jalman Meadows' ground with a variety of activities to choose from.

You may decide to explore the countryside surrounding the camp on either a full-day or half-day ride, or relax around the yurts and, from the camp's yurt-library, borrow one of the fascinating books on topics such as the epic reign of Genghis Khan, contemporary Mongolian culture or equestrian culture in Mongolia. You may be tempted to head down to the river and try your hand at whitewater rafting (tyres are loaded onto the carts for you and are taken to the river by yaks), whilst others may prefer to unwind in the sauna before plunging into the cooling river.

Whatever you choose, you will head back in the evening to the mess-yurt and enjoy your final alfresco dinner high up on the plains before retiring to your comfortable yurt for the night.

Day 11 : JALMAN MEADOWS - ULAANBAATAR -

After breakfast, you will say your goodbyes to your team and the horses and be driven to Ulaanbaatar (around a 4 hour drive). Your interpreter will accompany you as you take a walking tour around the main sites of interest in the town centre. For your evening meal, you will be able to choose a local restaurant and enjoy a different style of local cuisine. You will spend the night in a 3* hotel in the centre of Mongolia's capital.

Day 12 : ULAANBAATAR - UK -

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK, usually via Moscow or Istanbul. If you wish to fly via Seoul, the flight leaves the evening of the day before or the end of day 12 - in this case lunch and dinner on this day will not be included in the trip price and there may be a supplementary charge for you to have access to your hotel room throughout the day.


Price details

- Groups are made up of between 2-6 international riders and an English-speaking guide

- If you are travelling alone and there are no other riders likely to share your room, a supplementary charge of £40 will be charged for the 2 nights that you will spend in the hotel in Ulaanbaatar, as well as an additional supplement of £1120 for an individual yurt throughout the ride and £300 for the 2 nights spent in a yurt at the Jalman Meadows camping ground. It is possible to request single rooms in Ulaanbaatar and Jalman Meadows but choose to share a yurt during the ride.

- For this ride, there is a maximum rider weight of 90kg/ 14st 2lbs/ 198 lbs. If you weigh more than this and wish to ride, please contact us and we will advise on a case-by-case basis.

NAADAM FESTIVAL EXTENSION
For the trip leaving on 08/07/2018, the extension is mandatory and you will experience the festival of Nadaam at Oulan Bator - a festival which includes horses racing, archery competitions and Mongolian fighting. This is already calculated in cost the holiday as outlined above.

TRAVEL IN A PRIVATE GROUP
If you wish to travel as a couple or with a group of friends and wish to do so without other riders, you can pay a supplement of £430, per person, to privatise your experience. For groups of over 5 riders no supplement will be charged.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

OPTION

Accommodation

Individual yurt throughout the ride (6 nights) - this supplementary charge includes the transportation and set-up/ dismantling costs incurred by an additoinal yurt
Individual hotel room at the hotel in Ulaanbaatar (2 nights)
Individual yurt at Jalman Meadows (2 nights)

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Lunches in Ulaanbaatar on day 2 and day 11 are not included in the price (expect to spend around £8 per meal)
Beverages and personal extra (bottled water provided throughout the ride IS included in the price)

International transport

Visa fees (approx. £47 and susceptible to change)
International flights

Extras

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tipping is always welcome if you are happy with the services provided to you by the local guides and drivers. Any tip given should be in line with the cost of living in the country. For Mongolia, you could factor in a tip of around £30 - 40. Tipping remains completely at your discretion.

HORSES

Horses of legend and victors in battle, the Mongolian horse is small, forward going, hardy and docile and is perfectly adapted to horse riding expeditions across all types of terrain. These horses have a rare gentleness and sociability and they represent no particular technical riding challenges. Certain horses are more lively than others, however, the team will select, with great care and attention, the horse with the temperament best suited to you and your riding style.

You will ride with a caravan that includes horses in reserve so that you can change mount during the long days of riding.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

This horse riding holiday is best suited to experienced riders who are confident riding outdoors across a variety of terrain for several hours at a time.

There is a weight limit of 90kg. Heavier riders - please contact us.

PACE

The pace of the ride will alternate between a walk and a trot with occasions for unforgettable gallops across the immense Mongolian plains. The ride will frequently unfold at a brisk, plenty of trots and gallops, and often sustained pace.

The horses will not provide any particular challenges, although certain are more energetic than others. You must pay close attention to how you use your saddlebags and change into your waterproofs - never getting dressed in the saddle, as the horses are not used to it and may be spooked.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Each horse is tacked and untacked by a member of the Mongolian team. Every rider is welcome to participate in the setting up of the camp if they wish (pitching and taking down the yurts).

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You must have a good level of fitness to take part in this trip due to the varied terrain you will be riding across and the long days in the saddle. You will be riding trails where the altitude fluctuates between 1400 and 2500 m.

You must also be aware that you will be riding in isolated areas of the country, the nearest medical centre will be at least a 1/2 day journey by car.

Previous experience of a horse riding trip over several days is undoubtedly a plus; however, it is not obligatory. Riders who do not mount regularly must get riding fit before the trip's departure.

You must be ready and open to a different style of riding and to understand that Mongolians have a very different relationship with their horses than we do in the UK. Travelling to a country where you will encounter a completely different culture and mentality means agreeing to accept these difference and also to respect them.

Arriving for the ride in good physical condition is the first step in ensuring a respectful exchange with the local population: your well-being speaks volumes, and much like a smile, can break down barriers right from the word go!

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

For riders measuring over 1m 90 (6ft 2in) we recommend that you bring your own pair of adjustable stirrups as the local stirrups, while adjustable, are often limited in terms of length.

COMFORT

Whilst riding the route on horseback, you will stay in 2-3 person yurts with individual camp beds and mattresses. Your camp each night will also include: a mess yurt with wood-burning stove, table and chairs - a WC tent - a shower tent (hot water available).

While at the Jalman Meadows camping ground, you will stay in 2-4 person yurts equipped with individual camp beds, mattresses and a wood-burning stove. You will share a bathroom/ shower room - hot water is usually available. You will have your meals in a mess yurt on the campground. The camp also has a large library of books on Mongolian culture available to all visitors.

In Oulan Bator, you will stay in a 3* standard hotel in a double room with a private bathroom.

CLIMAT

Mongolia enjoys around 260 days of sun per year!! The majority of the country receives very little rainfall, a yearly average being around 200 - 350 mm in the north, an amount which decreases as you head further south. The country is located in the heart of a system of high pressure fronts (anticyclone) which means that the skies are often completely clear of clouds. In fact, there is only significant cloud cover during the summer which has led to the Mongolia sometimes being referred to as 'blue sky country'.

On the other hand, the country also plays host to a continental climate of extremes due to the country's geographical profile: vast semi-desert plateaus at an average altitude of over 1500 metres.

Winters are harsh and long (from October to April), with temperatures dropping to - 30° or -40°C in January and February. In the Gobi desert, it is not unusual to see snowfall up until April, and certain lakes remain frozen up until June; you will start to see the first signs of winter at around the end of September.

Summers in Mongolia are marked by a short rainy season, from mid-July to September, characterised by rain spells that are light and brief and generally take place at the end of the day. Temperatures are mild in the north of the country and extremely hot in the Gobi desert in the south. Due to the high altitude, the evenings are cool, even in the summer months.

Winds are often strong, especially during the short spring, where they also bring with them sand storms. On top of this, the changes in weather can be vast and sudden. The temperature differences between day and night are often significant; it is not unheard of, in spring and autumn, to pass from - 5°C at the beginning of the day to + 30°C at noon.

The country also experiences dzud or zud, a Mongolian term for a severe winter; a white dzud signals heavy snowfall which impedes access to the grazing pastures for the livestock and a black dzud means that a lack of snowfall and freezing temperatures create a drought and the livestock suffer from dehydration.

Depending on the region of Mongolia you are choosing to visit, the best time to travel there is between May and the end of September.

Meals

The food is simple, hearty and is usually made up of fresh local produce prepared by a cook who travels with you and will adapt the recipes to a more western palate. Evening meals (soup, main, dessert) are usually served around small camping tables with stools. At midday, you will have picnic lunches. Often the team will buy a sheep at some point throughout the ride to provide fresh meat for your meals. For breakfast, you will usually have fresh yoghurt bought from the herdsmen in the area.

IMPORTANT
Make sure that during the ride you drink no water of which you are not sure of the source. Drinking mineral water is still the only way to ensure against contracting turista or other infections. Bottled water will be provided throughout the trip.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide for the expedition will be a local English speaker. The rest of the team is usually made up of a minimum of 2 local nomadic herdsmen who will ride with you throughout the length of your ride as well as a cook who will prepare delicious and hearty meals. The horsemen come from Batbadrakh families and they live in a style traditional to the areas in which you will be riding. When there are six or more riders in the group, a Mongolian doctor will also ride along.

Packing list

- A riding helmet is compulsory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmet makers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun, wind or rain
- Warm hat for cold evenings/days
- Waterproof hood or cagoul

Upper body
- Thermals in case of cold weather
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun or extra warmth
- Down jacket or gilet for cold evenings
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent (plus a spare in case one gets wet)
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared. In the mountains the weather can change quickly

Legs
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermal trousers for cold days or for sleeping in
- A swimming costume may be useful for impromptu dips in the lake and washing in the river
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- One pair of waterproof shoes or boots (in case of rain and also for around the camp in the morning when the ground can often be damp)
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of warm socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Horse riding extras
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not permitted whilst riding
- For riders measuring over 1m 90 (6ft 2in) we recommend that you bring your own pair of adjustable stirrups as the local stirrups, while adjustable, are often limited in terms of length

Night
- Sleeping bag with a comfort level of -5° min, even better one with a rating of -8° or -10°. We also recommend you bring with you a sleeping bag liner for extra warmth.

Other useful items
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Head torch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries
- Protein or cereal bars for the longer stretches of riding
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it after use
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Small plastic bags for you rubbish
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- A pair of binoculars

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhea medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Hand wash gel

General information
- The airline allows only one bag to be checked in per passenger. Make sure it weighs no more than the stated limit; if it exceeds this weight, you will have to pay excess luggage fees at check-in
- Hand luggage is limited to 7kg (measuring 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm), it mustn't contain any sharp objects (knives, scissors, nail file or nail scissors, etc.) and the quantity of liquid allowed per passenger is limited to 100ml per container. However, we recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage
- Throughout the ride, we ask you not to exceed 15kg of luggage per person so as not to over charge the yaks and logistics team responsible for carrying your luggage throughout the trip
- Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- If, in wishing to 'travel light', you plan to wash your clothes throughout the trip, please ensure you bring biodegradable laundry products with which to do your washing
- Ensure you bring something for your chemical waste (batteries, aerosol cans, cream tubes, plastic wrapping), in order to take it back to the UK where recycling and waste disposal is done well and effectively. We advise to, wherever possible, avoid altogether bringing wrapped products to Mongolia. If you do, ensure you take them back to the UK with you

Equipment provided
- Medical kit
- 1 pair of medium saddlebags
- Yurt for 2 or 3 people with individual beds
- Mattress
- Yurt mess tent
- Bathroom tent with a WC and a shower with hot water
- Bottled water

Suggestions
- We suggest taking with you some postcards of your hometown or photos of your family to show to your guides and team. You may also like to take out a present/ token for your hosts, Mongolians enjoy playing UNO, with foam balls, skipping ropes, pencil crayons, colouring books for the children and sample tubes of different creams.

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To travel to Mongolia, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals of Australia, Canada, USA, UK and other EU countries.

Visas:

To visit Mongolia, you will need to organise a visa. A Mongolian visit visa is usually valid for a stay of up to 30 days within six months from the date of issue. You can find more information by following the link below.
www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mongolia/entry-requirements.

Nationals of the USA do not require a visa if entering Mongolia as a tourist for stays of up to 90 days.

When travelling to Russia or China from Mongolia, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises you to get visas before travelling - seek advice from the Chinese and Russian Embassies in London BEFORE travelling. There have been issues with getting Russian visas in Ulaanbaatar.

Types and cost:
Single-entry transit visa: £35; double-entry transit visa: £55; single-entry tourist/business visa: £40;
double-entry visa: £55;
multiple-entry visa: £70.

Validity:
Single-entry visa: 30 days within three months of issue;
double-entry visa: 30 days within three months of issue;
multiple-entry visa: six or 12 months.


Addresses of consulates

  • Agence de l'immigration, de la naturalisation et des etrangers
    Buyant Ukhaa
    Khan Uul District
    Oulan-Bator
    Tél. : +1900-18-82 / +976-7
    Fax :
    http://www.immigration.gov.mn/
  • Ambassade de France en Mongolie
    3, avenue de la Paix
    quartier 1 - district de Chingeltei PO Box 687
    Oulan Bator
    Tél. : +976 (11) 32 45 19
    Fax :
    contact@ambafrance-mn.org
  • Ambassade de Mongolie en France
    5, avenue Robert-Schuman
    92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
    Tél. : 01.46.05.28.12
    Fax : 01 46 05 30 16
    info@ambassademongolie.fr
  • Ambassade de Mongolie en Belgique
    Avenue Besme 18
    Foret
    1190 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 344 69 74
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 344 32 15
    brussels@embmongolie.be

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Mongolia. It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Mongolia. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a hepatitis A vaccination is recommended and when travelling longer than 2 weeks also typhoid.
If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk (travelling by bike, handling of animals and visits to caves) you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as hepatitis B is also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months. It is also recommended to have a vaccination against tick borne encephalitis when you go hiking and/or camping for several days or more in the north of the country in the period of March to November. A vaccination against meningitis is recommended when travelling for more than 6 months, in combination with close contact with the local people.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Our recommendation:
Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Mongolia Country Code 976

Central and Eastern Standard Time +0800 GMT
Western Standard Time + 0700 GMT

BUDGET AND MONEY

Tugrik (MNT; symbol ₮). Notes are in denominations of ₮20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of ₮500, 200, 100, 50 and 20, but are not widely used.
Credit cards:
Accepted by main commercial banks, large hotels and a few shops and restaurants in Ulaanbaatar. ATMs are available in Ulaanbaatar and most Mongolian province (aimag) capitals. Both Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted.
ATM:
ATMs are available in Ulaanbaatar and most Mongolian province (aimag) capitals.

VOLTAGE

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Experience a nomadic horse riding expedition in Mongolia. Stay in comfortable and traditional yurts, transported by a caravan of yaks, as you ride deeper into the grassland wilderness of the plateaus in the Khentij massif. As you explore Mongolia on horseback, enjoy the vast beautiful prairies, larch taigi, river swims and stunning panoramas from the high ridge trails. By visiting national museums, Buddhist monasteries and meeting local communities, you will immerse yourself in a country with a rich cultural heritage and strong equestrian traditions.

  • Rider and horses in Mongolia
    horseback in Mongolia
  • After a long day riding in Mongolia
    horseback in Mongolia in the Khentii
  • Share incredible memories with the nomadic people of the Khentii
    horseback in Mongolia
  • Rising a yurt in Mongolia
    Yurt accommodation in Mongolia
  • Horse riding trail deep into authentic Mongolia
    Immersion in the mongolian nomads life
  • Trail riding in The Khentii Steppes
    Riding trails across The Kentii Steppes in Mongolia
  • Discover the traditions and culture of Mongolia
    Mongolia and horses
  • Farmer in Mongolia
    horseback in Mongolia
  • Trail riding off the beaten track
    Horse riding trails in The Kentii Steppes region Mongolia
  • Mongolian horse bits and tack
    horseback in Mongolia and traditional riding gear

STRENGTHS

- Explore this spectacular region in small groups of only 2 to 6 riders with a local guide and a Mongolian interpreter
- Discover the immense steppes and plateaus of the Khentij massif by riding along ridges overlooking sweeping valley floors and through larch wood forests home to rare wildlife
- Spend 2 days at a camping ground offering whitewater rafting, a library full of books on Mongolian culture and a sauna
- Delve further into this wild region with a change of camp every 2 days and sleep in comfortable yurts warmed every evening by wood-burning stoves
- Experience the nomadic lifestyle led by the people in the region by travelling with a caravan of yaks transporting your camp from site to site
- Visit the country's capital city, monasteries and museums and learn about Mongolia's cultural heritage and the history of Genghis Khan
- Enjoy traditional and hearty Mongolian cuisine

ITINERARY

Day 1 : UK - ULAANBAATAR -

Fly out from the UK to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia; most flights go via Istanbul or Moscow.

Day 2 : ULAANBAATAR -

You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar early in the morning and get settled in to your hotel - a 3* hotel with a double room and private bathroom. For your first lunch, you will be able to go out and explore Mongolia's capital and try one of the local cafés or restaurants. With its Soviet style architecture, atmosphere and wide main roads, Ulaanbaatar, once Urga, hides numerous cultural riches and exceptional museums. We recommend taking the time to visit the museum of national history which will allow you an insight into the rich and, oft, violent past of this fascinating, proud and strong country; the museum covers the prehistoric era of this Soviet region, including the exploits and conquests of Genghis Khan.

In the evening, you will have dinner at your hotel and receive a briefing from your interpreter on how your expedition will unfold.

Day 3 : ULAANBAATAR - TUUL RIVÈR - BOSOG PRAIRIE -

Your day will begin with a visit to the Buddhist monastery of Gandan where the monks come together to pray every morning - it is one of the largest active monasteries in Mongolia. Mongolians primarily practise Tibetan Buddhism with the Dalai Lama as the spiritual head of their religion.

You will then head out for the steppes, a high plateau grassland plains, and the start point of your ride. The last vestiges of civiliastion will recede, little by little, as you delve into the vast untouched countryside, home only to nomadic families and their livestock. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the Hadan Hoshuu plain and have a chance to pause and absorb the wild empty beauty of the scrublands. The path you take will wind its way through the forest pass of Zamtiin in the high valley of the Tuul River.

On your arrival on the Bosog prairie, you will meet your team, the yaks and the horses you will be riding throughout your trip; it is here, on the banks of a bubbling and rushing stream, that you will spend your next 2 nights. Your yurts will have already been set up and warmed - each yurt sleeps 2 to 4 people and comes equipped with camp beds and a central wood-burning stove for the cool nights on the plains.

Day 4 : BOSOG PRAIRIE - BARUUNBAYAN STREAM - BOSOG PRAIRIE - 5-6 hours riding

After a comfortable night spent in your yurt, the Mongolian team will then attribute the horses and you will prepare to set off on your adventure through the sacred region of Khan Khentii. The Mongolian guide accompanying you is both warm and knowledgeable and, with the aid of your Anglophone interpreter, will introduce you to the nomadic families you meet along the route.

Setting out on horseback, you will ride out beyond the Bosog prairie, towards the south of the Tuul River, there, where the Siberian forest marks the transition into the lush grasslands. Riding through the undulating valleys and forests up to high ridges where the landscape will open out before you, you will enjoy stunning panoramas. You will ride on to meet up with the yak caravan and continue downstream along the Baruunbayan until you reach a wide prairie close to the River Tuul. In the afternoon, you will ford the river on horseback and explore the area whilst the yak and logistics team continue onwards towards the Bosog meadows and your camping ground. You will enjoy a traditional Mongolian dinner in the mess yurt and then head back to your comfortable yurt for the night.

Day 5 : BOSOG PRAIRIE - BARUUNBAYAN VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

The yurt camps will be displaced in its entirety today, and thus begins your first taste of the true nomadic lifestyle lived throughout the Khan Khentii massif. The yurts will be dismantled, folded and loaded onto the carts which in turn are yoked to the yaks. After a breakfast out in the fresh plateau air, you will add your baggage and provisions to the carts and head off for the day's ride.

Riding out north towards the mountain chain of Khentii across a ridge covered with scattered forests, you will break away from the caravan in order to make the most of the fantastic views and glorious atmosphere on the plains. The logistics team and yaks will head to the camping ground in the Barrunbayan Valley where they will set up your camp for the next 2 nights.

Day 6 : BARUUNBAYAN VALLEY - GUNJIN SUM MONASTERY - BARUUNBAYAN - 5-6 hours riding

The morning's ride will take you up to the Gunjin Sum monastery, a temple built for a Manchu princess, the ruins of which are hidden within the forest. At the end of the afternoon, you will make your way back down to the yurts next to the Baruunbayan Valley where you will enjoy more traditional Mongolian cuisine and retire to your cosy yurt!

Day 7 : BARUUNBAYAN VALLEY - ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

Once more the camp will be packed up and loaded on the carts to be relocated further into the grassy scrublands. While the caravan heads through the valley, riders will head out on one of the most beautiful routes of the expedition; the trail will take you along the wooded crests and ridges looking out over the valley floor. The larch forests, with the occasional pine making itself seen, which pervade in the region are the refuge of rare species of birds, most commonly the black grouse and the black-billed grouse.

Your camp for the evening will have been set up close to the Zunnbayan River, a tributary of the Tuul River, where you will spend the following 2 nights.

Day 8 : ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - KHENTII MOUNTAINS - ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - 5-6 hours riding

You will spend the day on horseback exploring the wooded Khentii mountains up to the sparse upper forest limits with backdrops and views that, wherever you look, will take your breath away. You will spend your last evening in the camp by the river enjoying a beautiful sunset with the horses grazing behind you and, if you wish, taking a refreshing dip in the river!

Day 9 : ZUUNBAYAN VALLEY - JALMAN PRAIRIE - 5-6 hours riding

As the horsemen load the carts and direct the caravan of yaks off towards your next stop for the night, you will ride out to explore. You will set out, on horseback, in the direction of the Sharbulag Valley, crossing the source of the river Tuul and enjoying the tranquil and immense wilderness. Mid-afternoon, you will ride to the yurt community of Jalman Meadows.

Set amongst a scenic backdrop of flowered grasslands and wooded hills, this eco-camp for yurts is entirely dismantled at the end of the tourist season and completely embodies the ideas of sustainable and fair-trade tourism championed in Mongolia.

Day 10 : JALMAN PRAIRIE -

The day's programme will be of your making, you will spend the day in and around the Jalman Meadows' ground with a variety of activities to choose from.

You may decide to explore the countryside surrounding the camp on either a full-day or half-day ride, or relax around the yurts and, from the camp's yurt-library, borrow one of the fascinating books on topics such as the epic reign of Genghis Khan, contemporary Mongolian culture or equestrian culture in Mongolia. You may be tempted to head down to the river and try your hand at whitewater rafting (tyres are loaded onto the carts for you and are taken to the river by yaks), whilst others may prefer to unwind in the sauna before plunging into the cooling river.

Whatever you choose, you will head back in the evening to the mess-yurt and enjoy your final alfresco dinner high up on the plains before retiring to your comfortable yurt for the night.

Day 11 : JALMAN MEADOWS - ULAANBAATAR -

After breakfast, you will say your goodbyes to your team and the horses and be driven to Ulaanbaatar (around a 4 hour drive). Your interpreter will accompany you as you take a walking tour around the main sites of interest in the town centre. For your evening meal, you will be able to choose a local restaurant and enjoy a different style of local cuisine. You will spend the night in a 3* hotel in the centre of Mongolia's capital.

Day 12 : ULAANBAATAR - UK -

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK, usually via Moscow or Istanbul. If you wish to fly via Seoul, the flight leaves the evening of the day before or the end of day 12 - in this case lunch and dinner on this day will not be included in the trip price and there may be a supplementary charge for you to have access to your hotel room throughout the day.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know ? 

The yurt

The yurt is a traditional type of accommodation in Mongolia. Nomadic Mongolian people have been living in yurts for more than 5,000 years, and that is also where you will be living during your horse trek.

Yurts are easily set up and taken down. They are extremely light and can easily be moved from one camp to another, transported by camels or yaks, still a very common mode of transportation to this day.

The size depends on the number of walls, on average 4 or 5, for a diameter that can reach 5 to 7 m and a height of 2.5 m on average.

At the center of the circle, two masts support a round armature called a toono, from which spread several wooden beams. The entrance always face the south, while the walls and the roof are made of several layers of felts and solid white canvas.

The masters and the men usually stay on the western side of the yurt, while women occupy the eastern side. Guests sit according to their ages, the eldest at the back and the young generation closer to the entrance.