GLOBETROTTING IN MONGOLIA
If you’re an intrepid traveller and thrive on a good adventure then Mongolia is the destination for you. It’s a country that’s still finding its feet in terms of tourism where itineraries don’t always go according to plan and spontaneity is the order of the day. That aside, horse enthusiasts will be swept up with the spirit of the wild-eyed Mongolian ponies, the far-reaching, infinite steppe and the thrill of roaming a country that is fence-free and horses are the main mode of transport.
Prepare to drink a lot of vodka, shout ‘Choo Choo’ to your dread-locked pony, stay in cozy, traditional Gers with your own fireplace and be swept off your feet with the hospitality of the Mongolian people.
Both the Khovsgol and Arhangay rides coincide with local Naadam Festivals, which is a must-see to truly appreciate the mind-blowing culture of the Mongolians. It’s a true highlight to watch child jockeys ride like centaurs across the steppe.
time in saddle: 6 – 8 hours in the saddle a day
breed of horses: local Mongolian working ponies between 13 to 14hh
pace: pace varies from a walk right through to a canter
riding ability: Beginner to Advanced. Beginner riders have to fit and have a lot of trail riding hours under their belt.
weight limit: maximum weight is 95kg
accommodation: The accommodation varies throughout the trip, with the majority of the nights spent camping in tents, but there will also be times you stay in Ger camps and hotels at the beginning and end of the ride. A Ger Camp is a Mongolian version of a motel with traditionally decorated gers for sleeping (usually shared rooms with 4 pax), separate dining hall and very basic facilities for shower and toilet.
seasons: June to July
group size: minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 12 guests
2018 departure dates:
19 Day Khovsgol Horseback Trek with Naadam Festival and Reindeer People:
June 28 to July 16, 2018 (summer Naadam) – THREE globetrotters booked
July 5 to 23, 2018 (summer Naadam) – TEN globetrotters booked
13 Day Arhangay Horseback Trek:
July 2 to 14, 2018 (includes Naadam) – TWO globetrotters booked
July 6 to 18, 2018 (includes Naadam) – TWO globetrotters booked
19 Day Khovsgol Horseback Trek:
$4050 USD per person for 2 people
$3550 USD per person for 3-5 people
$3350 USD per person for 6+ people
*Please note, there is also an internal flight price of $400 USD.
13 Day Arhangay Horseback Trek:
$2660 USD per person for 2-5 people
$2410 USD per person for 6+ people
*The price includes transfers to/from UB airport, meals, accommodation, riding and staff tips.
*The price does not include international or internal flights and travel insurance.
*Prices may be subject to change.
*Single supplement is available on request – $85 USD per hotel night and $15 USD per tent night.
**For our solo globetrotters, with your comfort and privacy in mind, we recommend you budget for the single supplement for the camping portion of your trip so you have your own tent.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in US dollars?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
Have some spare time on your hands when you arrive in Ulaanbaatar? Click here to discover our pick of things to see and do in this vibrant city.
Get to know, Gur, our globetrotters’ favourite guide in Mongolia by reading this Q & A.
If you’re still not convinced, watch this video aptly titled ‘5 reasons to ride Mongolia before you kick the bucket.’