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, where horses are the main mode of transport.
Prepare to drink a lot of vodka, shout ‘Choo Choo!’ to your dreadlocked pony, stay in cozy, traditional gers with your own fireplace and be swept off your feet by the hospitality of the Mongolian people.
Both the Khovsgol and Arhangay rides coincide with local Naadam festivals, which are 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 *saddle fitness is a MUST
breed of horses: local Mongolian working horses between 13 and 14 hands high
pace: pace varies from a walk through to a canter
riding ability: beginner to advanced. Beginner riders have to be fit and have a lot of trail riding hours under their belt. If you are a beginner you’re also expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting/rising to the trot and be willing to try cantering.
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 when 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), a separate dining hall and very basic shower and toilet facilities.
seasons: June to July
group size: minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 12 guests
2019 departure dates:
19 Day Khovsgol Horseback Trek with Naadam Festival and Reindeer People:
June 28 to July 16, 2019 (summer Naadam) – EIGHT globetrotters booked
13 Day Arhangay Horseback Trek with Naadam Festival
July 2 to 14, 2019 (summer Naadam)
19 Day Khovsgol Horseback Trek:
$4050 USD per person for 2-5 people
$3350 USD per person for 6+ people
*Please note, there is also an internal flight price of $400 USD.
13 Day Arhangay Horseback Treck
$2660 USD per person for a minimum 2 people
$2410 USD per person for 6+ people
*The prices include transfers to/from Ulaanbaatar airport, meals, accommodation, riding and staff tips.
*The prices do not include international or internal flights or 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 (no single ger available).
**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.’