Journey beginning and ending at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Available: 2018-06-15 to 2018-06-25 starting from $2895 AUD
Limited availability: 2018-06-30 to 2018-07-10 starting from $2895 AUD
This journey on horseback is a close encounter with Mongolian horsemen and their horses, nomadic people who have thus far survived modern pressure and lifestyles. There is no other nation in the world that so much depends on horses. Mongol horsemanship is famous and strikingly different than anywhere else. The herders keep their horses in a semi-wild condition, allowing them to live freely in harem groups.
During the harsh winter of subzero temperatures, the horses fend for themselves and protect their foals against predators such as wolves. There are no fences or any stables anywhere. We will ride out on the steppe, which is the summer pastureland of Mongolian nomads. We will ride in two strikingly different areas; first, the treeless steppe and then through the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, which is in the mountain and forest taiga zone.
This ride is yak supported.
Day 1 – Arrive Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. Tour briefing after dinner.
Day 2 – The Steppes
A.m. Visit the Gandan lamasery, possibly in time for the prayers, the center for the Buddhist revival in Mongolia. The Mongols follow the Tibetan version of Lamaism, the Dalai Lama being the supreme theocratical leader. We depart for the steppe and have a picnic lunch on arrival, pitching camp near some nomadic families. Here we will meet the yak carts and our horses.
Days 3 – 5 – Steppe ride
All our provisions, camping equipment and luggage will be loaded onto yak carts. Even a ger (yurt) will be brought, and we will learn how to set it up. We ride across open steppe, but also cover hilly terrain with occasional patches of birch forest. Throughout the ride we will have the chance to meet with local herdsmen, often relatives and friends of our local horsetrail guides. On the second day, forests will suddenly start to appear and we are now riding towards the Khentii wilderness area, which includes the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and Gorkhi Terelj National Park. In Mongolia the Siberian boreal forest meets the Central Asian desert and steppe and we will be riding through the transitional zone between grasslands and northern Larch forests.
Days 6 – 7 – Sharbulag Valley
The horses will enable us to ride through the Larch forests, up the slopes of the mountains and to follow ridges that offer views of superb scenery, whilst the yak carts will follow along the broad river valleys. We will arrive and pitch camp at Sharbulag Valley. We will spend two nights here, which will allow for some flexibility in the middle of our ride.
Day 8 – To Jalman Meadows
We ride towards Jalman Meadows, famous for its wildflowers, and reach our semi-permanent ger camp, which is situated next to a beautiful wooded meadow on the upper parts of the Tuul River. Here we say good bye to the herders and their yak carts caravan. We will stay at Jalman Meadows Ger Camp for two nights, having a superb last day ride in the surrounding area.
Days 9 – 10 – Jalman Meadows
We will ride towards Jalman Meadows, famous for its wildflowers, and reach our semi-permanent ger camp, which is situated a next to a beautiful wooded meadow on the upper parts of the Tuul River. We will overnight for two nights at Jalman Meadows, making a superb last day ride in the area.
Day 11 – Return to Ulaanbaatar and finish tour.
Return to Ulaanbaatar in the morning and check into your hotel or transfer to airport. See the capital city on your own. Distances are short. The local guide is standing by to assist finding out where your points of interest are located.
Leadership, breakfast every day, and all meals outside Ulaanbaatar. Two dinners (Welcome and Farewell Dinners) with tour guide in Ulaanbaatar. All overnights in hotels (2n.) in shared double, gers (2n.) and tents (6n.), camping equipment and all local transport.
Local Medevac Coverage.
Drinks, laundry, lunch in Ulaanbaatar. Air or train tickets in and out of Mongolia. Visa fee. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
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