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"Yurt comfort" Equestrian Trail in Mongolia


Why you'll love this tour ...

  • 100% accommodation in yurts, unique in Mongolia for a horse riding tour: comfort and nomadic shelter experience...
  • Horse riding in the Orkhon Valley - a World Heritage Site - cradle of the nomadic way of life in Mongolia.
  • 1,5 days on horseback in the Bayan Gobi Desert
  • A full day with a nomadic family to discover their unique way of life.
  • 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

No flag = the 1rst rider who books can chose the language.

Guide

From To  Rate /pers.  Status
2023
09/05/2023 21/05/2023 2490 € Available
16/05/2023 28/05/2023 2490 € Available
23/05/2023 04/06/2023 2490 € Available
30/05/2023 11/06/2023 2490 € Available
06/06/2023 18/06/2023 2490 € Available
13/06/2023 25/06/2023 2490 € Available
20/06/2023 02/07/2023 2490 € Available
27/06/2023 09/07/2023 2490 € Available
04/07/2023 16/07/2023 2490 € Available
11/07/2023 23/07/2023 2490 € Available
**A short visit of Naadam festival is included on day 1
18/07/2023 30/07/2023 2490 € Available
25/07/2023 06/08/2023 2490 € Available
01/08/2023 13/08/2023 2490 € Available
08/08/2023 20/08/2023 2490 € Available
15/08/2023 27/08/2023 2490 € Available
22/08/2023 03/09/2023 2490 € Available
29/08/2023 10/09/2023 2490 € Available
05/09/2023 17/09/2023 2490 € Available
12/09/2023 24/09/2023 2490 € 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: + 300 € / 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 dinner of day 1 to breakfast of day 13 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Russian 4x4 with driver, nomadic equestrian guide, 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

Mongolia is a paradise for trail riders.

However, you can enjoy the great outdoors as much as sleeping in a cozy bed, so Mongolia Travel & Tours decided to offer this "comfort" horseback tour with 100% accommodation in yurts!

This magnificent 13-day horse ride will allow you to enjoy the best of Mongolia in the best conditions with accommodation in yurts with traditional beds and showers every evening (except at the nomadic family's yurt).

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 - Khogno Khan Park (Bayan Gobi)

Breakfast and transfer to Hogno Han Park (5 hours drive - strongly depending on the condition of the roads).

Lunch on the way.

In the afternoon, short first horse ride in the Bayan Gobi, the "rich desert". We ride to the small Ovgon Khiid Monastery, set in a dramatic scenery.

Bayan Gobi region is the only opportunity to ride horses in typical Gobi desert landscape in Mongolia, as there are no horses further south in the Gobi Desert.

This evening, we spend our first night in a touristic yurt camp, the local typical accommodation we will use for all the nights during this tour.

Dinner and night in a guest yurt close to a nomadic family (up to 5 riders per yurt - light shower tent available).

This night, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...

Day 3: Khogno Khan (Bayan Gobi) - Full day on horseback

After breakfast, departure for a spectacular day on horseback.

We will ride through Bayan Gobi semi-desert steppes, in a dramatic scenery between Elsentasarhaï high dunes, black cliffs and a river bringing a touch of greenery.

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

In the afternoon, we keep on riding in these amazing landscapes. The contrast between the desert dunes and the marshland that borders them is spectacular! We pass suddenly from the desert to the Garden of Eden. Nomads often gather their herds in this vast wet plains, a wonderful vision...

We arrive on horseback at the yurt camp, located in a semi-desert environment.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 4: Khogno Khan - Orkhon Valley

After breakfast, we drive through the Orkhon Valley to meet the nomads who will guide us during this ride and who breed the horses we will ride (4-5 hours drive - strongly depending on the condition of the roads and tracks).

Late lunch, and it is time to choose our horse for the first ride in the Valley.

This short ride will be the opportunity to get acquainted to our horse. As we come back at the nomadic family yurts in the evening, it will be possible to try another horse if necessary.

The rest of the day is devoted to the discovery of the traditional lifestyle of the nomads of Mongolia.
We can participate in their daily activities, and become acquainted with the various family members.
You'll find simple tips to facilitate contact with your host family on the site by clicking here.

This night, we will sleep in a "guest-yurt" close to our nomad family's yurts.

The comfort is more simple than in the yurt camps as there are no showers, but you will experience the real nomadic way of life...

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

After breakfast with our nomadic family, we start our horse riding adventure in Mongolia.

We ride in the upstream part of the Valley where the landscape becomes wilder and wilder.

This volcanic region has black ancient lava flows which contrast with the white running water of the Orkhon River.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules.

On horseback, we reach the forest with the impressive Naiman Nuur mountains in front of us.

Dinner and night at a very remote yurt camp in the forest (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

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

After breakfast, we still ride in the upstream part of the Valley, returning towards the Orkhon Falls through another way.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules.

We arrive in the afternoon at our yurt camp, not far from the famous Orkhon Falls where we go on horseback.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 7: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Uurt)

Another beautiful day on horseback as we will ride to one of the most famous sites of the Orkhon Valley: Uurt Canyon.

Picnic lunch brought by our vehicules.

We are now in the downstream section of the Valley, the landscapes are more open, towered by two mountain ranges, and we meet lots of nomadic families with their herds, who take advantage of the rich grass of the valley.

The arrival at the yurt camp (gercamp) is a nice surprise as it is located in a superb site, bordering the canyon of the Orkhon River. We will spend 2 nights in this beautiful gercamp.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 8: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Around Uurt)

Today we ride in the surrounding mountains, to get a higher view on the Orkhon Valley.

We return to the same gercamp in the evening.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds).

Day 9: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Khujirt)

Today we continue our horse riding tour to the southern mountains bordering the Orkhon Valley, in Khujirt region.

Khujirt is famous for its water, which is bottled and sent all over Mongolia.

The view is spectacular on the river which is now mich wider and lazy among wavy grassy hills.

That's the Mongolia of your dreams ...

Picnic lunch.

We arrive in the afternoon at a unique environment friendly yurt camp. The view from the camp on the huge valley is incredible.

This camp is "eco-friendly", there is no "real" showers, but wet warm towels are brought to your yurt twice a day: quite surprising but efficient! You can also enjoy a very funny "yurt coiffeur" if you need your hair to be washed.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 3 riders per yurt, with single beds).

Day 10: Horse riding tour in the Orkhon Valley (Karakorum)

Today is our last day on horseback in the Orkhon Valley.

In the last miles before Karakorum - the former capital of Mongolian Empire - the Valley is narrower, offering wonderful views from the mountain slopes on the Orkhon river.

This part of the Orkhon Valley is one of the nicest, as the river is very calm, the water reflecting the sky as a mirror. The dark blue water contrasts with the lush green of the grass, and the white yurts around. Many herds roam in the steppe around, and you will take many pictures of the typical Mongolia today.

It is time to say good bye to our horses and to our wonderful nomadic friends.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 11: Karakorum - Hustai National Park

After breakfast, we visit Erdene Zuu Monastery.

After the visit, we drive to Hustai National Park, home of the wild Przewalski's horses also called Takhi (4 hours drive - strongly depending on the condition of the roads).

In the afternoon, we go on a drive in the Park to try and find the Takhi.

Dinner and night at the yurt camp (2 to 4 riders per yurt, with single beds, showers in a separate building).

Day 12: Hustai - Ulan Bator

Breakfast and early departure to Ulan Bator (2,5 hours drive - strongly depending on the condition of the roads).

Lunch and free time for shopping in stores downtown.

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*).

Day 13 - Ulan Bator

Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for flights departing after 07:00am.

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 speaking translator.

Group size: 2-10 persons.

Accommodation


This is a "comfort" tour: no nights in tents, you will enjoy the most comfortable accommodation available in Mongolia.

  • 8 nights in yurt camps
  • 2 nights in a yurt with a nomadic family
  • 2 nights in a 3* hotel 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

"An exclusive horse riding tour with the comfort of nights in yurts - which are also part of the experience ..."

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"Thank you very much for this brilliant holiday we had on the Yurt Comfort Horse riding Tour. We would like to thank especially our guide Ms Khandaa who did everything to make us happy and to explain the country and the people to us. Also the world-beating driver Muugii who always took care of us and our luggage, he is a very friendly person who tried to teach us some words in Mongolian language (more or less successfull) Данк Muugii
The horsemen Tuvaana and Taivnaa were very patient and friendly, they almost lifted us on the horse. The two horsemen we had the first two days were also very friendly. All of them contributed to a wonderful holiday." - Bärbel S. (August 2019)

"I do not think that anything will ever come close the experience of Mongolia.
The organisation, the itinerary, the people, the place, it was breath taking from start to finish.
Our Guide Khandaa, was the most amazingly warm and welcoming person, she really took us under her wing and showed us exactly what Mongolia is. She was organised and kept a close eye on all of us, she had fun with us, took time to translate for us with the horsemen, which just added such a dimension to the trip. It meant we could sit in the evening as one group and have a laugh over the days riding and talk about tomorrow. She is an amazing person and as tour guide I can only say that she brought so much to our trip I cannot recommend her enough.
Our Driver whom we called Chiggis Khan (original I know but he looked really like him) took his role at keeping us safe very seriously and he became a great friend with the group as the weeks passed. He told us of traditional Mongolian competitions, of how they train the horses & he even attempted to show us how to do Archery!!! His smiling face waiting on us for lunch or in the evening when we would return, and always an easy joke with us. He provided memories we will never forget.
The horsemen in both the Gobi & the Orkhan Valley were so special. They took the time to get to know each of us and our ability and they took such excellent care of us throughout the day and the interactions over dinner in the evening were always hilarious as we tried our best speak Mongolian and they English. We were so grateful to these men's families that they let us borrow them for days." - Aoife D. (Aug. 2018)

"Great trip, great horses: vivid, endurant and fast for unforgettable gallops!" Anne-Marie G. (August 2014)

"A trip made of encounters, sharing, fun and scenery. Never far from horses and always in the middle of nature ... Thirteen unforgettable days. A lot of encounters and a basket full of sparkling moments as keepsakes.
I booked this trip with Mongolia Travel & Tours alone, and it has been the opportunity to meet other adventurers.
This agency is a story of sharing and passions ... Thanks to Sabine (for her love of life and sharing) and Yeruult for his hospitality and patience. Thank you to Boogi (my guide) and Dembee (the breeder of some of our horses), without whom this trip would not have been as brilliant. I wish all those who will have the chance to go to Mongolia to cross paths with people as caring and vibrant as I myself met !! "- Laetitia (August 2013)

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Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA

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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.