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Wonders of Zavkhan

16 days / 10 days riding from £ 1,570

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 tents, outdoor dining

 

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MONGOLIA-Wonders of Zavkhan

16 days / 10 days riding from 1570£


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A riding holiday in Mongolia like none other. From snow-capped mountains to rolling hills and deep valleys, sand dunes and turquoise lakes: Zavkhan has no shortage of natural wonders. On horseback, explore this beautiful and remote region of Mongolia and experience the warm welcome of the nomads. Embark on an unforgettable cultural and equestrian adventure with Equus Journeys.

Strengths

- Ride across the Zavkhan region from North to South
- The region is very remote and still relatively unknown and untouched
- Explore an astounding variety of landscapes, perfect for riders looking for a truly scenic adventure
- The chance to meet with the locals and learn about their culture

Itinerary

Day 1: LONDON - ULAANBAATAR -

Flight from London to Ulaanbaatar - it is likely that you will have to change planes at least once. Flights are not included but can be booked upon request.

Day 2: ULAANBAATAR - No riding

You are met by our local team at the airport. Transfer to your hotel before the beginning of your trip and lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, venture into the wondrous and mysterious city, combining influences from the East and the West: Ulaan Baatar is a city in constant mutation, gradually switching from the nomadic life to a more sedentary lifestyle. Visit the National History Museum, followed by a tour of the Gandan Monastery that is still the biggest religious centre in Mongolia. This is your opportunity to learn about the history and the heritage of this fascinating country. In the evening, you will enjoy a show of traditional singing and dancing.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: ULAAN BATAAR - ULIASTAI - TELMEN LAKE - No riding

After a good night's sleep, you are taken to the airport on time for your domestic flight to Uliastai. You land into the Zavhkan region, still relatively unknown and blessed with an incredible variety of landscapes. You are then taken north to your camp situated on the shores of Telmen Lake (approx. 5 hours drive).

Night at camp.

Day 4: TELMEN LAKE - 4 – 5 hrs riding

Today marks the beginning of your riding adventure in Mongolia. Accompanied by your Mongol guides, you head out on the trail, deep into the fascinating Zakhvan region. You first ride north, across a vast steppe where many nomad families usually settle for the summer.
Telmen Lake is a sacred lake, where many families come to pray, and you might come across the sacred stone heaps used as altars, called "ovoo". This is a fantastic place to learn about shamanism and animism that are strong in the region.

You meet with nomad families in their yurt: now is your chance to try out the local “cuisine”: specialties include a dry cheese called “aaruul” and the traditional milk tea, the “suutei tsai”.

Night in a yurt.

Day 5: TELMEN LAKE - 2 BUKH - 4-5 hours riding

After your first night in the isolation of the steppe, you ride west, following a vast valley where the Takhilt river runs. The ground alternates between sandy stretches and grassland. Your camp tonight is in a beautiful place, a gorge situated between two rocky spurs called "2 bukh" (2 bulls), where a sand dune stands.

Night at camp.

Day 6: 2 BUKH - NURAMT CANYON - 5-6 hours riding

This morning you keep riding west across a sparsely populated land, although you might spot a few yurts. The area becomes more mountainous as you leave the steppe behind, and trees make their appearance. Dunes also start to appear. You set up your camp for the night in the Nuramt canyon.

Night at camp.

Day 7: NURAMT - GOL MOD - 4 - 6 hrs riding

The trail takes you to the Bor Khyar Erg, that stretches over a distance of 90 km. The Ulaagchin river runs through the dunes, creating beautiful green oases. Following the river, you turn south where sand, river and mountains come together in a flurry of colours and contrasts. The scenery is truly stunning! You make camp at the source of the Ulaagchin river amongst larch trees.

Night at camp.

Day 8: GOL MOD - UVUR ULAAGCHIN - 4 - 6 hrs riding

A large valley nestled between the dunes and the steppe is where you ride this morning. The dark mountains that you can see from afar make for an interesting contrast. The yurts start to reappear and dot the green grassland. You follow the river towards your camp for the night.
Night at camp.

Day 9: UVUR ULAAGCHIN - KHAR NUUR - 3 - 4 hrs riding

After crossing the Erg, you finally reach Khar Nuur lake, a beautiful lake famous for its deep blue waters. Nestled between the mountains and the sand dunes, it is a very scenic place, with an impressive display of contrasts. You ride along the shore to take in this stunning scenery before reaching your turistic camp, with lovely views over the lake. Tonight you will have the opportunity for a hot shower at the camp.

Day 10: KHAR NUUR - 3 - 4 hrs riding

The morning is dedicated to exploring the area around Khar Nuur. Many families and their livestock spend the summer here. Some in your group might also be brave enough to swim in the cold waters of the lake. In the afternoon, you ride to higher grounds to enjoy beautiful views over the lake.

Day 11: KHAR NUUR - SENJIT KHAD - 5 - 6 hrs riding

You leave the blue lake behind to reach the mountains and the Senjit rock. The geology and erosion in the area has given birth to strange, misshapen shapes. The area is also famous for its marmots and herds of semi-wild horses.

Day 12: SENJIT KHAD - MUKHART - 5 - 6 hrs riding

Riding back from the mountains, you reach the steppe and vast sandy stretches before you find the Mukhart oasis, a jewel nestled between the dunes. This is a stunning and fertile place, where you will encounter nomads and their herds.

Day 13: MUKHART - 3 - 4 hrs riding

Your day is spent around the source of the Mukhart river, in the Borkh Els dune. You will follow the river to its source, and enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds you.

Day 14: MUKHART - ULIASTAI - ULAANBAATAR - No riding

After saying goodbye to your team and horses, you are transferred to Uliastai airport. You arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon, that is spent at your leisure.

Day 15: ULAANBAATAR -

Today is a "buffer day": the domestic flights can be unreliable in Mongolia, and we have added this day to be sure you will be back in Ulaanbaatar on time for your flight tomorrow. If your flight from Uliastai was yesterday as planned, you will spend today in Ulaanbaatar. The morning is spent at your leisure. After lunch, you will be taken on a tour of the "Black Market", where you will find a variety of products. You will also stop by a factory that manufactures cashmere clothing. Back to the hotel for dinner and a good night's sleep.

Day 16: ULAANBAATAR - LONDON -

You will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport for your flight back to the UK. You may arrive home this evening, or early tomorrow, depending on your flight routing.


Price details

- International flights are not included but can be booked for you upon request.

- The group is composed of between 4 and 8 riders plus guides.

- Internal flights between Ulaanbaatar and Uliastai are included in the price. Please note that this flight has a luggage limit of 15kg in the hold plus 5kg of hand luggage so please bear this in mind when packing.

- You can arrive on day before in Ulaan Baator. We can organize for you transfer and accomodation in yurts for £135 per person.

- There is a rider weight limit of 90kg or 14st1lb.
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.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking interpreter
Local guide and team leader

Logistic

1 vehicle and driver
Cook and horsemen
1 horse per rider

Inland transports

Internal flights between Ulaanbaatar and Uliastai
Airport transfers

Accommodation

11 nights in yurts/camps/touristic camp
3 nights in a hotel in Ulaanbaatar

Meals

Full board from lunch D2 to breakfast D16

Extra

Museum and temple fees in Ulaanbataar
Traditional show in Ulaanbataar

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra

Transports

International flights bookable on request
Visa fees

Extra

Tips to local team around £25-35 at your discretion
Small group supplement

Insurance

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.

TIPS

If you are happy with the service you receive from your local guides and driver then you may wish to leave a tip. In order to remain consistent with their standard of living, we would recommend something in the region of £50-55.

HORSES

The Mongolian horse is legendary. They are small, energetic and tough but gentle and perfect for trail riding on all types of terrain. The horses are sociable and live happily in a herd. They are not difficult to ride but some will be more spirited than others.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be an experienced rider who is used to riding outdoors across varied terrain for several hours.

Weight limit: 90 kgs / 14st1lb

PACE

Whilst much of the ride is at a walk there are plenty of opportunities for long trots and canters across the immensity of the steppes.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Your horse will be tacked and untacked for you by your Mongolian team. You may be asked to assist with camp tasks such as erecting and dismantling tents.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

Previous experience of riding a trail for several days is an advantage but is not required. Riders who do not ride regularly are requested to get riding fit before the holiday.

Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life. Be prepared to adapt to a different style of riding and accept that Mongolians relate to their horses in a different way to us.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Kazakh and russian saddles.

Whilst the stirrup leathers are adjustable, riders who are tall may find that they are short in length and are recommended to take their own pair of leathers.

COMFORT

- In Ulaanbaatar you stay in a hotel with private bathrooms and wifi
- Nights in yurts with the nomads: 5-6 beds in a yurt, basic toilet facilities outside, bucket shower.
- Nights yurt camps: 5-6 beds in a yurt, bathroom facilities and hot water.
- Nights in camp: two-man tents. Mattresses are provided but you need to take your own sleeping bag.

CLIMAT

Mongolia has over 260 days of sunshine a year! Generally there is very little rain - the annual average in the north is 200-350mm and this decreases in the south. Mongolia is located in the heart of a high pressure system which leads to clear skies and Mongolia is sometimes known as the "Land of Blue Skies".
Winters are long and cold (October - April) and so rides run during the summers months of May - September. There is a short rainy season during mid-July - September but rainfall is usually short and scanty in the late afternoon. Temperatures are mild in the north and hotter in the south. Because of the altitude, nights can be cold even in summer.
Winds can be strong, particularly in spring and autumn and the weather can change quickly, so take layers and be prepared!

Meals

The food is simple, abundant and based on fresh products prepared by a local cook and adapted to western tastes. Meals are served on small camping tables with stools, except for some picnic lunches.
Breakfast is usually hearty.
Lunch is often hot when meeting the logistics truck, but sometimes a picnic.
Dinner is a full hot meal (soup, main course, dessert) and may well include lamb/mutton purchased from local nomads.

Water:
Take care not to drink water from unknown sources. The cook will boil water each day for you to fill up your water bottles. Alternatively you can use water-purification tablets such as Micropur, or buy mineral water.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will be accompanied by at least two local horse guides. There will also be a cook to prepare meals and a vehicle driver. An interpreter will accompany you during the ride.

Packing list

When packing please remember that the region can be cold and it would be wise to bring layers!

Head
- Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jacket - it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Thermals
- Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
- Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
- Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp in the evenings
- Several pairs of warm, thick socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
- Sleeping bag. You need at least a comfort factor down to minus 5 celsius, but would recommend at least minus 8 or 10 celsius.
- Sleeping bag liner - silk, cotton or fleece - adds an extra layer
- Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 60-80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar. The luggage limit on the ride is 15kg per person.
- 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, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Tall riders may benefit from taking a pair of long stirrup leathers with them (the local stirrups are adjustable but are sometimes limited in length)

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for swimming/bathing in rivers
- Towels - camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren't available)
- Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
- Small plastic bags for rubbish
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
- Spare batteries (there will be no electricity)

In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Micropur tabs
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- Please take your rubbish home with you. There are no recycling facilities in Mongolia, so take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling
- You may wish to take some photographs or postcards of your home with you to show your hosts. You may also wish to take some crayons, colouring books etc for the children

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

A riding holiday in Mongolia like none other. From snow-capped mountains to rolling hills and deep valleys, sand dunes and turquoise lakes: Zavkhan has no shortage of natural wonders. On horseback, explore this beautiful and remote region of Mongolia and experience the warm welcome of the nomads. Embark on an unforgettable cultural and equestrian adventure with Equus Journeys.

  • Mongolian horses in the wild
    Mongolian horses grazing wild in Mongolia
  • Discover the local culture and stay in yurts
    Yurts in the Zavkhan region, Mongolia
  • Discover the nomadic lifestyle on a trail ride in Mongolia
    Nomad and horses in Mongolia
  • The contrasted colours of the Zavkhan region
    Riding holiday in Mongolia, Zavkhan region
  • Little girl in Mongolia, with a traditional saddle
    Traditional saddle in Mongolia
  • Discover the stunning landscapes of Zavkhan on horseback
  • Herd of horses running wild in Mongolia
    Horses in Mongolia
  • Horses and foals in Mongolia
    Riding adventures in Mongolia
  • Sand dunes and blue lakes in Zavkhan
    Mongolia riding holiday with Equus Journeys
  • Explore stunning landscape on horseback
    Riding holiday in Asia

STRENGTHS

- Ride across the Zavkhan region from North to South
- The region is very remote and still relatively unknown and untouched
- Explore an astounding variety of landscapes, perfect for riders looking for a truly scenic adventure
- The chance to meet with the locals and learn about their culture

ITINERARY

Day 1: LONDON - ULAANBAATAR -

Flight from London to Ulaanbaatar - it is likely that you will have to change planes at least once. Flights are not included but can be booked upon request.

Day 2: ULAANBAATAR - No riding

You are met by our local team at the airport. Transfer to your hotel before the beginning of your trip and lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, venture into the wondrous and mysterious city, combining influences from the East and the West: Ulaan Baatar is a city in constant mutation, gradually switching from the nomadic life to a more sedentary lifestyle. Visit the National History Museum, followed by a tour of the Gandan Monastery that is still the biggest religious centre in Mongolia. This is your opportunity to learn about the history and the heritage of this fascinating country. In the evening, you will enjoy a show of traditional singing and dancing.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: ULAAN BATAAR - ULIASTAI - TELMEN LAKE - No riding

After a good night's sleep, you are taken to the airport on time for your domestic flight to Uliastai. You land into the Zavhkan region, still relatively unknown and blessed with an incredible variety of landscapes. You are then taken north to your camp situated on the shores of Telmen Lake (approx. 5 hours drive).

Night at camp.

Day 4: TELMEN LAKE - 4 – 5 hrs riding

Today marks the beginning of your riding adventure in Mongolia. Accompanied by your Mongol guides, you head out on the trail, deep into the fascinating Zakhvan region. You first ride north, across a vast steppe where many nomad families usually settle for the summer.
Telmen Lake is a sacred lake, where many families come to pray, and you might come across the sacred stone heaps used as altars, called "ovoo". This is a fantastic place to learn about shamanism and animism that are strong in the region.

You meet with nomad families in their yurt: now is your chance to try out the local “cuisine”: specialties include a dry cheese called “aaruul” and the traditional milk tea, the “suutei tsai”.

Night in a yurt.

Day 5: TELMEN LAKE - 2 BUKH - 4-5 hours riding

After your first night in the isolation of the steppe, you ride west, following a vast valley where the Takhilt river runs. The ground alternates between sandy stretches and grassland. Your camp tonight is in a beautiful place, a gorge situated between two rocky spurs called "2 bukh" (2 bulls), where a sand dune stands.

Night at camp.

Day 6: 2 BUKH - NURAMT CANYON - 5-6 hours riding

This morning you keep riding west across a sparsely populated land, although you might spot a few yurts. The area becomes more mountainous as you leave the steppe behind, and trees make their appearance. Dunes also start to appear. You set up your camp for the night in the Nuramt canyon.

Night at camp.

Day 7: NURAMT - GOL MOD - 4 - 6 hrs riding

The trail takes you to the Bor Khyar Erg, that stretches over a distance of 90 km. The Ulaagchin river runs through the dunes, creating beautiful green oases. Following the river, you turn south where sand, river and mountains come together in a flurry of colours and contrasts. The scenery is truly stunning! You make camp at the source of the Ulaagchin river amongst larch trees.

Night at camp.

Day 8: GOL MOD - UVUR ULAAGCHIN - 4 - 6 hrs riding

A large valley nestled between the dunes and the steppe is where you ride this morning. The dark mountains that you can see from afar make for an interesting contrast. The yurts start to reappear and dot the green grassland. You follow the river towards your camp for the night.
Night at camp.

Day 9: UVUR ULAAGCHIN - KHAR NUUR - 3 - 4 hrs riding

After crossing the Erg, you finally reach Khar Nuur lake, a beautiful lake famous for its deep blue waters. Nestled between the mountains and the sand dunes, it is a very scenic place, with an impressive display of contrasts. You ride along the shore to take in this stunning scenery before reaching your turistic camp, with lovely views over the lake. Tonight you will have the opportunity for a hot shower at the camp.

Day 10: KHAR NUUR - 3 - 4 hrs riding

The morning is dedicated to exploring the area around Khar Nuur. Many families and their livestock spend the summer here. Some in your group might also be brave enough to swim in the cold waters of the lake. In the afternoon, you ride to higher grounds to enjoy beautiful views over the lake.

Day 11: KHAR NUUR - SENJIT KHAD - 5 - 6 hrs riding

You leave the blue lake behind to reach the mountains and the Senjit rock. The geology and erosion in the area has given birth to strange, misshapen shapes. The area is also famous for its marmots and herds of semi-wild horses.

Day 12: SENJIT KHAD - MUKHART - 5 - 6 hrs riding

Riding back from the mountains, you reach the steppe and vast sandy stretches before you find the Mukhart oasis, a jewel nestled between the dunes. This is a stunning and fertile place, where you will encounter nomads and their herds.

Day 13: MUKHART - 3 - 4 hrs riding

Your day is spent around the source of the Mukhart river, in the Borkh Els dune. You will follow the river to its source, and enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds you.

Day 14: MUKHART - ULIASTAI - ULAANBAATAR - No riding

After saying goodbye to your team and horses, you are transferred to Uliastai airport. You arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon, that is spent at your leisure.

Day 15: ULAANBAATAR -

Today is a "buffer day": the domestic flights can be unreliable in Mongolia, and we have added this day to be sure you will be back in Ulaanbaatar on time for your flight tomorrow. If your flight from Uliastai was yesterday as planned, you will spend today in Ulaanbaatar. The morning is spent at your leisure. After lunch, you will be taken on a tour of the "Black Market", where you will find a variety of products. You will also stop by a factory that manufactures cashmere clothing. Back to the hotel for dinner and a good night's sleep.

Day 16: ULAANBAATAR - LONDON -

You will be transferred to Ulaanbaatar airport for your flight back to the UK. You may arrive home this evening, or early tomorrow, depending on your flight routing.

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