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Asia-Planet  >  Mongolia  >  Mongolia Tours  >  12 days Horse Ride steppes and Khan Khentii

12 days Horse Ride steppes and Khan Khentii
Itinerary (Ulaanbaatar - Steppes - Steppe ride - Sharbulag Valley - Sharbulag Valley - Tuul River - Khan Khentii - Jalman Meadows - Ulaanbaatar)

This journey on horseback is a close encounter with Mongolian horsemen and their horses.A nomadic people who to date have survived the modern pressures and lifestyles. There is no other nation in the world that so much depends on horses. The Mongol horsemanship is famous, and strikingly different to anything else.The herders keep their horses in a semi-wild condition, allowing them to live freely in harem groups. During the harsh winter in subzero temperatures, the horses are able to fend for themselves and protect their foals against predators such as wolfs.There are no fences or any stables anywhere.

We will start this horse ride as a nomadic journey, without vehicle support in wild terrain. Our luggage will be loaded on to yak carts; a ger will be carried to house our mobile restaurant unit.The beginning of the ride will be in the steppes and gradually it will become very scenic in the forest steppe mosaic and southern taiga lifezone. Mountains, steppes, forests and wooded meadows. Camping along rivers.

Joint tour : Departure from Ulaanbaatar

Day  1
Ulaanbaatar (-/-/Diner)
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. Tour briefing after dinner

Day  2
Ulaanbaatar - Steppes (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
A.m. Visit the Gandan lamasery, possibly in time for the prayers, center for the Buddhist revival in Mongolia. The Mongols follow the Tibetan version of Lamaism, Dalai Lama being the supreme theocratical leader.

We depart towards the steppes and have a picnic lunch on arrival. Pitch camp nearby some nomadic families. Here will meet the yak carts and the horses.

Day  3
Steppes - Steppe ride (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
Ride over the treeless steppes. We will ride across rather hilly terrain with occasional patches of birch forest. Throughout the ride we will make contact with local herdsmen, often relatives and friends of our wranglers.

Our support structure is free from vehicles. All our provisions, camping equipment, luggages will be loaded on to yak carts. Even a ger (yurt) will be brought, and we will learn how to use it.

Day  4
Steppe ride (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
Ride over the treeless steppes.

Day  5
Steppe ride (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
This last day suddenly forests will start to appear, and we are now riding towards the Hentii wilderness area consisting of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area which is the interior parts of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. In Mongolia the Siberian forested nature meets the Central Asian deserts and steppes while all the time riding in this transition zone.

Day  6
Steppe ride - Sharbulag Valley (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
The horses will now permit us riding through the larch forests, up the slopes of the mountains following the ridges with superb scenery whilst the yak carts will follow the broad river valleys.We will arrive and pitch camp at the Sharbulag Valley. Overnight.

Day  7
Sharbulag Valley (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
Another day at the Sharbulag Valley. It will allow for some flexibility in the middle of our ride. Overnight at camp at the Sharbulag Valley

Day  8
Sharbulag Valley - Tuul River (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
Cross a pass and ride into the upper parts of the Tuul River Valley. We are now near the main ridge of the Hentii Mountains.The horses will help to get up on to the ridges where the panoramic views are extraordinary. It is a partly forested area.

Day  9
Tuul River - Khan Khentii - Jalman Meadows (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
We will ride towards the Jalman Meadows famous for its wildflowers and reach our semi-permanentger camp. It is situated a next a beautiful wooded meadow on the upper parts of the Tuul River. Overnight Jalman Meadows camp.

Day 10
Jalman Meadows (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
Superb last day ride in the area. Overnight Jalman Meadows camp.

Day 11
Jalman Meadows - Ulaanbaatar (Breakfast/Lunch/Diner)
A,m. Return to Ulaanbaatar and check into the hotel. See the capital city on your own.Distances are short. The local guide is standing by to assist where your points of interest are located.

Day 12
Ulaanbaatar (Breakfast/-/-)
Transfer out to your next destination


JOINT TOUR (Minimum 2 persons. Price per person in sharing twin / double room)

Standard / First - -
Validity: Our package tour rates are valid from June 1st 2016 to August 31st 2016 Contact us to get more info about this tour Book now !
Leadership, breakfast every day, and all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. All overnights in hotels (2n.) in shared double, gers (2n.) and tents (7n.), camping equipment and all local transport.
Drinks, laundry, Lunch and dinner in Ulaanbaatar. Air or train tickets in and out of Mongolia. Visa fee. Single room/tent/ger supplement is USD 20 per night.
Note :
Price ( 2/10 members )

Reversal of trip: Trips may be done in the reverse for operational reasons.
Single room/tent/ger supplement : USD 40 per night
Additional night in Ulaanbaatar: USD 140 per single room, USD 174 / double room
Private trip supplement: USD 400 per person

DATES ex Ulaanbaatar: 2013
MHT01: 11-21Jun (Sa-Tu)
MHT02: 30Jun-10Jul (Th-Su) possiblity Naadam extention
MHT03: 20-30Jul (We-Sa)
MHT04: 17-27Aug (We-Sa)
MHT05: 24Aug-03Sep (We-Sa)
MHT06: 01-11Sep (Th-Su)
MHT07: 08-18Sep (Th-Su)
MHT01: 08-18Jun (Sa/Tu)
MHT03: 20-30Jul (Sa/Tu)
MHT04: 08-18Aug (Th/Su)
MHT05: 21-31Aug (We/Sa)
Naadam: There is a Naadam Festival extension possibility following MHT02 for Ulaanbaatar Naadam Games July 10th-12th.
Note : We have introduced a concept of practical and desirable ways of travel in Mongolia, which is the synergy of Western and Mongolian ideas brought about after many years experience of travel all across Mongolia. We emphasize the quality of human contacts and encounters with local people. Respect for the horse and local equestrian traditions, from which many lessons can be learnt. Shared adventures, living with horses, yaks and camels in the great outdoors, choosing the life of the nomad. An active holiday calling for some effort but with moments of complete relaxation and pleasure.

Transport: Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to the other using traditional wooden carts.These are tied to the animals available in the region.Here we will use yaks, or rather yak-cow crossbreeds here called "hainag". The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition, and they will provide us with their animals.

Staff : A local guide who speaks English and Mongolian will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant.In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals.The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.

Meals: Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and Mongolian cooking on our trips.There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips.For breakfast we can usually buy fresh yogurt from the herdsmen in the local area.

Minimum riding ability: Competent rider. Fit and capable of riding at all paces confidently.Varying terrain, in the saddle for several hours.
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