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Mongolia - Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley Horse Ride


Why you'll love this tour ...

 

  • The only horse riding tour that combines the dunes of Bayan Gobi Desert, the Orkhon Valley and Naiman Nuur Park.
  • A real adventure: 3 days with pack yacks in Naiman Nuur Park, a very remote area.
  • Our own saddles, studied to suit both the Mongolian horse and the Western rider.
  • 100% financial guarantee for your tour in Mongolia.

Dates and Rates


Each tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Dates with an ENGLISH speaking guide
Dates with a FRENCH speaking guide
Guide From To  Rate /pers.  Status
09/05/2023 21/05/2023 1950 € Available
16/05/2023 28/05/2023 1950 € Available
23/05/2023 04/06/2023 1950 € Guaranteed*
30/05/2023 11/06/2023 1950 € Available
06/06/2023 18/06/2023 1950 € Available
13/06/2023 25/06/2023 1950 € Available
20/06/2023 02/07/2023 1950 € Available
27/06/2023 09/07/2023 1950 € Available
04/07/2023 16/07/2023 1950 € Available
11/07/2023 23/07/2023 1950 € Available
**A short visit of Naadam festival is included on day 1
18/07/2023 30/07/2023 1950 € Available
25/07/2023 06/08/2023 1950 € Available
01/08/2023 13/08/2023 1950 € Guaranteed*
08/08/2023 20/08/2023 1950 € Available
15/08/2023 27/08/2023 1950 € Available
22/08/2023 03/09/2023 1950 € Available
29/08/2023 10/09/2023 1950 € Available
05/09/2023 17/09/2023 1950 € Available
12/09/2023 24/09/2023 1950 € Available

 

*What is a Guaranteed Departure?

After taking time off work, booking your flights and arranging for your neighbour to feed the cat, the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled because of a lack of people on your tour. Our guaranteed departures give you the peace of mind to book the tour that suits you.

A guaranteed departure means that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be cancelled for lack of participation. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control.

 

** NAADAM FESTIVAL (11/12 july) : This date includes a short visit of Naadam festivities (no entry fee included).

 

MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Grouped transfer from Ulan Bator Airport on arrival of Turkish Airlines flight (usually around 09:00 am depending on the season). You can book any flight landing before Turkish Airlines flight.
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 12:00.
Day 13: Grouped transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for Turkish Airlines flights.


Please wait for our written agreement on your flight schedule before buying your tickets.

 

SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT

The rate is based on 4 persons.
Groups of 2 or 3 riders: + 280 € / pers.
Applies to the 3 first riders booked. When the 4th rider is booked the supplement is refunded for all riders.


SINGLE ROOM

+ 150 € / pers. (2 nights in Ulan Bator only).
This single room supplement applies if you want a single room in Ulan Bator.
No single supplement is due if you are OK to share your room with another person (same gender) even if we do not find another person willing to share.

 

INCLUDED

Tour and visits as described, horseback rides as described, full board from lunch of day 1 to breakfast of day 13 except 1 dinner, English or French speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, a cook per group of 3 persons and more, nomadic equestrian guides, financial guarantee of your deposits.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International flights, 1 dinner, drinks except water, tea and coffee, personal expenses, booking fee (15 €/person), travel insurance, visa if necessary.

Tour itinerary

NEW FOR 2023!

This journey on horseback is a first in Mongolia: you don't have to choose between riding in the Gobi dunes, the steppes of the Orkhon Valley and with the yacks of Naiman Nuur Park!

Experience the contrasts of Mongolia in one trip, with this horseback trail that combines:

horse riding in the green plains of the Orkhon Valley

horse riding with pack yaks in Naiman Nuur Park

horse riding  in the dunes of the Bayan Gobi desert

Day 1: Ulan Bator

Welcome to Mongolia!

Your English or French speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at the arrival of Turkish Airlines flight for a grouped transfer. You can book any flight landing before Turkish Airlines flight. If you are already in Ulan Bator, you can join the group at 14:00 in the lobby of the hotel.

Lunch in Ulan Bator.

A short walk through the surprising yurt (ger) district takes you to Gandantegchinlin Monastery.

Back to the hotel after admiring the impressive golden Buddha Statue, you can relax in your room or enjoy the swimming pool, spa and gym at the hotel (extra fee to be paid locally).

Dinner and overnight at a 4* hotel (twin room).

 

Day 2: Ulan Bator - Kharkhorin (Karakorum)

Breakfast and drive to Karakorum, Mongolia'ancient capital. Picnic lunch en route.

This is a long day on the road (6-7 hours drive - depending on the condition of the roads), but this evening, you will already be in the Orkhon Valley World Heritage Site, ready to start your horse riding tour tomorrow!

Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery.

After the visit, we set up camp in the wilderness at the entrance of the Orkhon Valley for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, meet the nomadic herders and horses who will be your companions during this horseback ride in Central Mongolia.

We begin our equestrian adventure in the northern mountains of the famous Orkhon Valley.

Picnic lunch brought by our support vehicules, nothing to carry on the horses, so we can enjoy many canters!

After the ride, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, we continue our horse ride in the Khangai Mountains.

Picnic lunch brought by our support vehicules.

After the ride, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Tovkhon Monastery)

After breakfast, we ride to Tovkhon Monastery, one of the major Buddhist sites in Mongolia. We reach the monastery with our horses at 2400m.

Picnic lunch.

We ride down the mountains to the Orkhon Valley. The views are astonishing ont the large valley with wooden mountains in the background. This regions is known as the cradle of the nomadic way of life in Mongolia.

After the ride, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Orkhon Falls)

After breakfast, we ride to the famous Orkhon Falls.

We continue our horse riding tour in the upstream part of the Valley where the landscape becomes wilder and wilder.

This region has black ancient lava flows which contrast with the white running water of the Orkhon River and remind us Mongolia's volcanic past.

Picnic lunch.

We reach on horseback the larch forests with the impressive Naiman Nuur mountains in front of us.

After the ride, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Horseback adventure in Naiman Nuur Park (with pack yaks)

For the next 3 days, our horse ride will have a totally different pace: after the wide open spaces, we now ride in very wild and remote landscapes: the Naiman Nuur Natural Park, which means "the 8 Lakes Park".

Pack yacks carry the equipment and your personal belongings for these three days as this beautiful and isolated area is not accessible to vehicles.

We pack the luggage and camping equipment on the yacks and start our steep ride to the mountains.

Picnic lunch.

We will stay for 2 nights in guest yurts (up to 5 persons per yurt) with a nomadic family living in this very remote park. They are yack breeders.

Day 8: Horseback ride in Naiman Nuur Park

Today, we ride in beautiful forested mountains, discovering the wonderful scenic lakes of the Naiman Nuur Park, one of the most beautiful sites in Mongolia.

Dinner and overnight at the guest yurts.

 

Day 9: Horse riding tour in Naiman Nuur Park towards Orkhon Valley (with pack yaks)

Today, we leave the Naiman Nuur Park with our pack yaks, to go back to the Orkhon Valley.

We ride through steep mountains, and will appreciate our sure footed horses and the ability of our yak drivers!

Dinner and night in a "guest-yurt" close to a nomadic family.

 

Day 10: Orkhon Valley - Bayan Gobi Desert

Breakfast and departure with our 4x4 vehicle to the Bayan Gobi Desert, the "rich Gobi."

We meet the nomadic herder who will be our equestrian guide for the next two days of horse riding in the wilderness of Bayan Gobi, between dunes and steppes.

After a first afternoon ride, we set up our first camp in the desert, in a sparsely populated area on the southern edge of the Bayan Gobi Desert.

Dinner and overnight in tents.

 

Day 11: Horseback Riding in the Bayan Gobi Desert

Full day on horseback in the Bayan Gobi Desert.

This equestrian tour in the Bayan Gobi Desert is the only opportunity of riding a horse in a typical landscape of the Gobi Desert, as there are no horses deep in the southern Gobi, only camels.

This area is truly the heart of Mongolia.

It is indeed the Mongolia's geographical center.

It is also located at the junction of three major mongolian ecosystems: two of the main mountain ranges in the country - the Khangai and Khentii - and a northern edge of the Gobi Desert.

Mount Batkhan overlooks this area and gives rise to several rivers and springs which mix their waters with the sand dunes of Elsentasarkhai - the "sand break" - forming a changing and spectacular scenery.

In the afternoon we reach the Khogno Khan cliffs, where we visit Ovgon Khiid monastery, set in a dramatic scenery.

Dinner and night in a "guest-yurt" close to a nomadic family.

 

Day 12: Bayan Gobi - Ulan Bator

Breakfast and early departure to Ulan Bator where we arrive in the afternoon.

Lunch en route.

The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to shopping in stores downtown where you will find traditional clothing and objects of daily life.

In the late afternoon, you will attend a show with traditional dances, music and songs from Mongolia, especially the amazing Khoomei.

No dinner included, to let you choose among the varied dining opportunities offered by Ulan Bator.

Night at Nine hotel or similar (3* - twin room).

Day 13: Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for Turkish Airlines flights.

Practical Information


MEETING POINT / TRANSFERS

Day 1: Grouped transfer from Ulan Bator Airport on arrival of Turkish Airlines flight (usually around 09:00am depending on the season).
If you are already in Ulan Bator, the meeting point is in the lobby of the hotel at 12:00.
Day 13: Grouped transfer to Ulan Bator airport on time for Turkish Airlines flights.

 

Language:English or French speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


This tour has a very varied accommodation, with a nice balance between yurts and camping:

  • 6 nights camping
  • 4 nights in a yurt with a nomadic family
  • 2 nights in 3 and 4* hotels in Ulaanbaatar.

More information about accommodation during our tours in Mongolia ...

Horses and Equestrian Ability


This horse riding tour in Mongolia is for experienced riders only.

 

> More about required equestrian ability

Tour Reviews


Your travel expert - Sabine

"It took us years to prepare this tour: we wanted to offer a horse riding tour including both steppe and dunes. You will love the diversity of landscapes, and also the fact that both parts of the ride are real itinerary ride, riding adventures from one point to another. You will cover almost 200 km on horseback."

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"A beautiful ride between the grasslands and the dunes of Bayan Gobi. Lots of beautiful pictures and beautiful moments shared with the nomads and our companions!
A special thank you to our cook Bagui who prepared for us delicious meals morning, noon and evening. He was always watching if it was OK for everyone. A vegetarian lady in the group appreciated all the efforts he made for her.

Camps were comfortable with a portable shower with heated water, a tent for 3 just for the 2 of us, a large tent for meals in case of rain (it just happened once in 13 days) and most of all amazing camping spots.

Not to mention the friendliness of joy of our Mongolian Companions, always wanting to communicate, making it possible to talk with nomadic families depsite the language difference.

We had the chance to take part in the daily tasks of the nomadic families (milking cows and yaks, catching the foals, fermented milk manufacturing and yak alcohol distillation ...).

Those small horses are ultra strong and brave. Once we agreed to drop our academic riding and follow the instructions of the nomadic breeders, all is so easy! Chu (the word to ask a Mongolian horse to canter) !!!!

This tour is perfectly balanced between the Bayan Gobi and the Orkhon Valley, with the visit of Karakorum to have a little rest, and we ended with Naadam festivities! Unforgettable! Thank you! " - Christine and Alexandre C. (July 2019)

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IMPORTANT - Flights in Mongolia


Be aware that very few airlines go to Mongolia, flights are therefore quickly fully booked, especially between June and September. Book at least 6 months in advance to have the best air fares.
If your luggage has been delayed, the airlines do NOT deliver it in Mongolia, they keep it available in Ulan Bator. If your tour has already started, and you are already in the Orkhon Valley for example, it can be very expensive to deliver it.
We can do it for you at extra cost:
- 50 € for a delivery inside Ulan Bator
- 100 € for a delivery in Hustai
- 200 € for a delivery in Khogno Khan
- 300 € for a delivery in Karakorum, the Orkhon Valley or Arkhangai
- 400 € for a delivery at Lake Khövsgöl or in the Gobi Desert
This cost includes the driver & the vehicle for 1 or 2 days depending on the distance + fuel for the vehicule for the round trip + meals and accommodation for the driver if the roundtrip is more than 1 day.
If your flight is late, the same rates apply if you need a private transfer.