10 Days Mongolia Horseriding Trek – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

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10 Days Mongolia Horseriding Trek – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Date: 15-24 Jun, 1-10 July, 16-25 July, 20-29 Aug, 23 Sep – 2 Oct 2018

10 Days / 9 Nights

Horseriding Trek in Mongolia – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trek (10 Days with 8 Day of Horse Trekking)

This tour takes a total of ten days from arrival in Mongolia to departure, with eight days of actual riding. We’ll have you in the saddle within 24 hours of entering the country. The GorkhiTerelj National Park lies northeast of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and within easy reach of the city. For those who have only a short time to visit but want to experience the real Mongolian countryside by horseback, this ride will cover some spectacular terrain, intriguing historical sites and exposure to traditional nomadic herd- ing culture.

This trip is limited to 6 trekkers – a minimum of 4 trekkers are needed before the trip will go. You can form your own group if you have 6 participants. Otherwise, you may need to join the trip with other guests from other countries.

The below itinerary is the basic route the treks will take, but can vary according to the time of season, rainfall, weather and ground conditions.

Itinerary

Day 1  Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Mongolia. We pick you up, see you checked in at the hotel where you can rest or freshen up after a long flight. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have time to check out some city sights or do some last minute shopping.

Day 2  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Travel to Darkhid Valley where our trip staging area is located and meet the herders with whom we work. Here you will be assigned your horse and equipment, given preliminary instructions, orientation about the trip and about the days’ travel. A ger or log cabin will be available to change clothes and pack personal equipment for your saddle bags, while the riding and packhorses are being prepared for the ad- venture. We then travel to the Terelj River in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

We pass a number of traditional gers and will see livestock along the way before climbing a pass and dropping down in the Terelj River valley for the night. We’ll cross the river and make our first night in a tented camp.

Day 3  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

We ride down the Terelj river valley crossing the river several times before we head up into a beautiful side valley, through forest and over two passes, then descend into a valley, where in late summer, hay makers, can be seen cutting hay by hand for winter fodder. We camp in an open meadow for the night.

Day 4  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

We continue down the valley and reach the lower Zuun Bayan gol valley where we’ll find a small river and often stop to let the horses drink. We travel up this wide open
valley where we see summer camps of herders and move through pastures with herds of sheep, yak, goats and horses. Our lunch stop is next to the Zuun Bayan river. Continuing up the valley we’ll begin to see the rock formations characteristic of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. We turn off into a side valley for our nights camp.

Day 5  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

This day is a bit more leisurely, we leave the pack horses and take a side trip to an historical site and ruin and a bit of off trail bush- whacking to gain some very fine views of the surrounding countryside. Return to our previous night’s camp for dinner.

Day 6  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

From camp we travel further up the Zuun Bayan Gol Valley, making our way into wild- er country. The upper valley is very scenic and leads into the more primitive Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. We’ll camp in grassy meadows surrounded by beautiful rock formations.

Day 7  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

From the upper Zuun Bayan gol val- ley we head up over a small pass then drop into the Baruun Bayan gol and head down this long valley to the Tuul river, where we’ll camp in a large riverside meadow for the night. This will be a longer day of riding and we’ll cover much more of the territory at a trot.

Day 8  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

We’ll travel along the Tuul river for some time before heading up and over two passes and down into the Terelj river valley to camp for the night. It’s around these areas we can hear wolves in the early morning hours.

Day 9  Gorkhi-Terelj National Park – Ulaanbaatar

On this last day of our riding, we’ll head back up the Terelj river over a pass and back to the Darkhid Valley where we arrive around mid to late afternoon. Here we’ll enjoy some afternoon refresh- ment while the horses are being unloaded and your personal gear repacked for your trip back to the hotel and a hot shower for the night.

Day 10  Departure

Transport to airport or train station.

The above itinerary is the basic route the treks will take, but can vary according to the time of season, rainfall, weather and ground conditions.

10 Days Mongolia Horse-riding Trek – Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Tour Code: MNG-HRGTNP08

LAND Cost per person in SGD : $ 4590

Based on 4-6 pax

Price Includes:

  • All in country travel, food and accommodation in tent/ger while in the back country
  • Park entrance fees & permits
  • 2 nights in the city hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Airport transport
  • Sleeping bags, air mats and tents during trek
  • Horse gear
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price does not include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Air tickets+ taxes
  • Personal belongings and expenses
  • All personal items, clothing and trekking equipment, (headlamps, camera’s, personal toiletries, etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in the city
  • Tipping to the guides

Our land operator is an authorized travel operator specializing in organizing horse-riding and hiking trips in the national parks of Mongolia. With 30+ years’ experience in wilderness guiding and look back on as many years of professional work in conservation, protected area management and tourism and living and working in Mongolia for over 15 years, he offers top quality expeditions – on horseback and trekking in Mongolia’s Northern forest steppe and mountains, and jeep supported in the Gobi Desert in the country’s South. We work with our local team to bring you authentic adventures. All our tours are for those truly interested in experiential travel.