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Discover wildlifeHorse Riding

Riding in Khan Khentii mountain

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  • DURATION : 13 days
  • GROUP SIZE : 2-10
  • HIGHLIGHTS : Central Mongolia, Khan Khentii, Terelj NP, Chingis Khan Statue,
  • COVERED DISTANCE : Apx:250km
  • TRANSPORTATION : Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian mini Van 4x4 UAZ
  • HORSE RIDING : 9 days

 

 

Participant 2 3 4 5 - 7 8 - 10
Price per person 1495€ 1430€ 1365€ 1170€ 975€

 

The Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area is located in the Khentii Mountains and includes the sacred Burkhan Khaldun mountain. This is considered to be the birthplace of Genghis Khan, as well as one of the rumored locations of his tomb. This is at the end of the Siberian taiga forest to grass steppe. Khan Khentii Mountain National Park is one of the Mongolian natural and historical treasures, declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

 

 


It is :

  •  Rocky formations sculpted by erosion, 
  • mountains tree-filled with pines and larch
  • plains scattered with wildflowers and edelweisses, 
  • rivers and lakes… 
  • This is the perfect place to ride horses around the forest area and follow rivers.
  • Start your dream riding here

 

 


Tour Itinerary

day 1-day 6

Day 1

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

  • Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.
  • Appointment at 12;30pm meet at your hotel with your guide. He will take you to the restaurant of your choice for lunch
  • Then you and your team go to the Mongolian National Historic museum. From here you know about all Mongolian history
  • Walk in the center of Ulaanbaatar city. Discovery of Chingis Khaan square and the House of Parliament. 
  • After the history museum your team you will go to the biggest center of Mongolian Buddhism it is Gandantegchinlen Monastery every place you will walk with your team. 
  • After Monastery your team and you will go to your hotel. Here your guide leaves you and take a rest and prepare for tomorrow. Any place you can choose for your dinner by your choice. See you tomorrow 
Day 2

Ulaanbaatar to Terelj NP 85 km 

In the morning after breakfast, you must be ready for the next trip. You will meet with your guide and driver at your hotel then all of you drive to Terelj National park. It is 85 km from Ulaanbaatar city. You need just one-hour driving but you on the way you will stop at some places to take a photo and take a break

Journey to Terelj National park a real gorgeous green setting at the gates of the capital rocky formations sculpted by erosion, mountains tree-filled with pines, plains scattered with wildflowers and edelweiss, rivers and lakes.On the way, the first you will stop at a big supermarket. From here you can buy something for the next days. Ask your guide about what you need for the next days. Then you will drive to Turtle rock it is a very nice place. 

Turtle Rock  ”Melkhii Khad”, is a surprising granitic formation, 24 meters (79 feet) high, whose form reminds of a turtle. Its old name was Mungut Khad.

Located at the foothills of a mountain covered of pines, this rocky formation is incontestably a photo opportunity while you’re on the road for Terelj. After that Turtle rock, you will drive Ariyabal Meditation Temple It is not so far from this rock. 2 or 3 km if you want you to walk to this place. 

Ariyabal meditation temple is situated in the scenic area of Terelj National Park, 3 km from Turtle Rock. Buddhist Monks performs meditation ritual for many years amongst beautiful and tranquil mountains of Terelj National Park. Later the actual meditation temple was built for the comfort of the monks in the 1990s. Ariyabal meditation temple is surrounded by scenic mountains with interesting rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. The entrance of the gate is accessible by car, hiking or on horseback. The distance between the gate and the actual temple is about 1 km and it is only accessible by walking. To get to the top, you would cross the suspension bridge and climb up on 108 stairs, according to Buddhist prayer beads. This small hike is seen as a ritual to cleanse one’s sins. The temple, when observed from distance, can be seen as a beautiful white elephant and the staircase looks as if the dangling elephant’s trunk. From the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view overlooking the Terelj National Park. 

After that next to this temple in the forest area, you will have your lunch with your team. 

Your lunch will be already prepared by your chef. this is a great place having lunch here. 

After lunch, your team and you will drive to the nomad family. 

Here you will discover your first nomad ethnic style. From here our car will leave you at the nomad family for the next days you will ride an only horse. No more cars. We will have an extra horse to load your luggage and everything that we have. Tents, food, water, luggage, kitchen things, etc…

 

  • Breakfast-hotel
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-nomad family 
  • Accommodation-GER
Day 3

Start horse riding

Nomad to Har Usan tohoi 20 km
In the morning after breakfast, you will start your riding. Everything will be prepared by your horseman. We start our horse trek along the banks of the Terelj River to reach the Tuul River. We ride across a large zone of pastures where several breeders have settled with their herd. You may have the luck to share a cup of tea with milk with them. It's also the occasion to gallop for the first time in the Mongolian steppe.

Terelj national park - Terelj national park

Little by little, the steppe gives way to more mountainous landscapes. We still can gallop but soon, it won't be possible anymore. We leave the main path to go deeper in the Khan Khentii mountain area, a wild zone with very few inhabitants. It's getting longer and rarer to meet people, but some yurts can still be seen. We ride across the neighboring forests and cross some arms of the river. Mongolian horses being rather small, your boot may get soaked if the water level is high. On this day you will ride around 20 km. short riding day because always the first day is a training day. You will know about your horse and your horseman and your team. Also, you can control your speed. Your horseman will care for extra horses and the team. Somewhere on the way, your lunch will be prepared by your team and our chef. For the next days always our chef will cook for you. We will camp next to the Tuul River. 

  • Ride 20 km. 5-6 hours.
  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
Day 4

Har Usan Tohoi to Tuul River 25 km

The second day of riding. If you tired from the first riding you can sleep a little bit more than your normal time. In the peaceful, it is good to take rest. When you get up your team and your chef will be prepared everything for breakfast. Enjoy breakfast with fresh air and peace. 

After breakfast, you will start your riding deep and deeper to Khan Khentii. It will be the same as yesterday. Ride on the steppe around 25 km. if you are getting better than yesterday today you can do a little bit cantering. Follow the Tuul river. From today almost you will not see any nomad families and any cars on the way. All around you here is just a wild.it will be just you and your team. 

  • Ride 25-27 km 
  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
Day 5 

Follow Tuul river 27 km

This is a third of riding. We hope you already good friends with your horses. After breakfast, you will start your riding to the next place. From today you will go deeper to the mountain area of Khan Khentii. Before you were riding on the steppe and now you will cross rivers and some wet places for adventure. But not too difficult. Your horseman he will lead you to a good road. In the mountain area also you can see some snowy peaks of mountains. It will a little bit longer. Same as before you will have lunch with your team on the way. Also, we will camp next to the forest or next to the river. 

 25-30 km of riding. 

  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
Day 6

Tuul River to Hagiin Har lake 25 km

Today we ride towards lake Hagiin Har, the "black lake". First, we cross plains scattered with heathers and enjoy a beautiful view of the neighboring snow-covered peaks. Then we ride again among tall grass that sometimes hides the way. The grass is at the same time green and purple, which makes the plain seem two-colored. We reach the black lake in the early afternoon. 

The lake formed in a period of glaciation thousands of years ago. It's located at the hilltop and is surrounded with odoriferous herbs. Many perches live in its waters. You can fish and the bravest can swim. This is also a very good place fishing if you have a fishing rod you can fish here. Today you will camp next to lake Hagiin Har. Enjoy your stay here. As the same as before we will have lunch on the way. Our lunch will be at the sandy bank of the lake. Around the south of the lake, we will have lunch and after lunch, we will ride our riding all around the lake and north of the lake we will camp. 

Ride 25 km 

  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT

Day 7-day 13

day 7

Hagiin Har Lake to Hag River 20 km

This day is a good day to take a rest. before, we were starting our riding just after breakfast. And today we can take a rest for a bit. Until lunch take rest then you can go to the next place. Talk to your team about what you want.

Our team is very flexible on this day you will ride 15-20 km. we will camp next to the big river. It is called The Hag River. 

  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
Day 8 

Hag River to Hawirga Mountain 25 km

This is a long riding day. After breakfast, we start our ride across the mountains and encounter an important difference in height we must climb on stony, unstable ground. Today we will cross HAWIRGA mountain. After this, we stop a few moments in a pasture where multicolored flowers abound. We take advantage of the break to pray near the local OVOO. The slope is hard, so you can walk instead of riding, holding your horse with the lead. The path is in a shady forest and will be also very pleasant if crossed on foot. We have lunch in a clearing forest, where cool springs gush. Then we'll have only a little way left to ride before reaching the place of our camp, by the river. We get back to vast expanses where we can ride full tilt. 

  • Ride 20-25 km 
  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
day 9

Hawirga Mountain to Gunj Temple 26-28 km

Today, we ride towards the ruins of Gunj Temple. We get back to the steppe and discover strange rock formations. Some rocks seem to be in equilibrium on the hilltop. We can see winter houses of the Mongolian breeders, small wooden houses where they can spend winter and shelter herds and hay stocks. Then we arrive at the monastery.  This monastery is named temple of the Princess. Our camping will be next to the river or next forest.

Here is liitle bit of about this temple. During the 17th century, the Mongolian Khan Dondovdorj and a Manchu princess fell in love to each other and married. When the princess was killed, Khan Dondovdorj and the Manchus decide to build a temple and a marble funeral monument in her honour. The Mongolians sent 200 lamas to officiate in the temple. As the time goes by, the temple will host more and more pilgrims and will be extended. Unlike most monasteries in Mongolia, the temple of Gunj was not destroyed by Soviets, but fell in ruins because of negligence and vandalism. Today, there are only the main temple and a few walls left, and all is in a pitiful state.

 

  • Ride 26-28 km 
  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
day 10

Back to the steppe 25 km

Today we will go on the way to the back to the steppe. After breakfast, we will start our riding the same as previous days. Today, we reach the Baruunbayan River, that we ride along all day long, before setting up our camp by its banks. We will take a hard path between the mountains, then a stony slope where we'll walk. Little by little, the mountain landscapes give way to the steppe, and we can ride full tilt across these postcard landscapes. Most of the day we can have cantering on this day. We have a good road. the campsite will be next to the small river 

  • Ride 20-25 km of riding 
  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
day 11

Steppe to Nomad 15 km

This is the last riding day. Today we will ride back to our nomad family which is we started our riding. 

We follow the Terelj river for our riding. Most of the road it will be on the steppe. Somewhere you will have lunch with your team. After lunch, you will ride to the nomad family. When you come to the nomad family you can take a rest and take off your saddles. Here you will stay for one night. Tomorrow morning we will go to Ulaanbaatar. It is the same way as the first. After dinner, your horseman will release all of the horses and you can say goodbye and thank you. 

  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-your team
  • Dinner-cooking 
  • Accommodation-TENT
day 12

Terelj Village - Ulan Bator 85 km

This morning we will go to Ulaanbaatar. Early on the morning around breakfast our driver he will come to us. After breakfast, you can say goodbye and thank you to your horseman. Then we drive to Ulaanbaatar.

On the way, we will stop at the Statue of Chinggis Khaan. it is the biggest horse statue in the world. This place is called Tsonijn Boldog.

Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment. 

Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments. With our guide, you can go shopping in the center of the city. Some souvenir shop and you can go to then cashmere factory store. 

Also, you will watch Mongolian National folk art concert at 18 o' clock, Mongolian traditional show at Tumen Ekh: folkloric dances, contortion, and of course khoomi, the overtone singing.

Drive 85 km 1:30h   

  • Breakfast-your team
  • Lunch-last lunch with your team in the countryside 
  • Dinner---------------------- 
  • Accommodation-HOTEL
day 13

This day is your last day in Mongolia. Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport. Also the transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight. Thank you for you traveled with us /smile oruulah/

HAVE A GOOD JOURNEY AND SEE YOU SOON

What's included?

Included

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport
  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included
  • Full pension during the tour
  • Water
  • 2 nights in a nomad family, in guest yurt
  • Food during the trip
  • Chef for more than 3 travelers
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Horse riding
  • Local guides for the treks
  • Entrance fees for the parks and museums indicated in the program
  • City tour tickets
  • Equipments for meals (camping tents, tables and chairs)
  • Equipments for horse riding (saddles, bridles etc…)

Not included

  • International flight
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra drinks / alcohols/ some special coffee etc…
  • Meals in Ulan Bator
  • Phone calls
  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program

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