GLOBETROTTING IN MONGOLIA
If you’re an intrepid traveller and thrive on a good adventure than 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: 4 -7 hours in the saddle a day (approximately 20 kilometres 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 from home stays, Ger camps, camping and hotels.
seasons: June to September
group size: minimum of 3 guests and a maximum of 12 guests
2017 departure dates and rates:
Golden Eagle Festival (custom itinerary): $2580 USD per person for 3-5 riders and $2190 USD per person for 6-12 riders.
*There is also an internal flight price of $520 USD per person.
**Possible trip extension costs $1350 USD per person.
September 26 to October 3, 2017, with possible extension of September 21 to 26, 2017 – ONE globetrotter booked
2018 departure dates and rates:
19 Day Khovsgol Horseback Trek with Naadam Festival and Reindeer People: $3380 USD per person for 3-5 riders and $3180 USD per person for 6-12 riders.
*There is also an internal flight price of approximately $400 USD per person.
June 28 to July 16, 2018 (summer Naadam) – ONE globetrotter booked
July 7 to 25, 2018 (summer Naadam) – ONE globetrotter booked
August 9 to 27, 2018 (no Naadam)
August 15 to September 2, 2018 (no Naadam)
13 Day Arhangay Horseback Trek: $2500 USD per person for 2-5 riders and $2250 USD per person for 6-12 riders.
July 2 to 14, 2018 (includes Naadam) – ONE globetrotter booked
July 6 to 18, 2018 (includes Naadam)
July 22 to August 3, 2018 (no Naadam)
August 5 to 17, 2018 (no Naadam)
*The price includes transfers to/from UB airport, meals, accommodation and riding.
*The price does not include international or internal flights and travel insurance.
*Prices may be subject to change.
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.’