Khovsgol & Arhangay Rides, Mongolia

12-18 NightsBeginner to AdvancedFrom $2,660 USD?Tour costs $2,660 USD which is approximately $3,769 AUD

If you’re an intrepid traveller and thrive on a good adventure then Mongolia is the destination for you.

Mongolia is 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 Mongolia ponies, the far-reaching, infinite steppe and to roam a country that is fence-free and horses are an integral part of everyday life.

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 sincere hospitality of the Mongolian people. Both the 19-day Khovsgol and 13-day 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 of the itinerary to watch child jockeys ride like centaurs across the steppe.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:Mongolian working ponies between 13 to 14 hands in height
  • Pace:The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter
  • Weight Limit:Maximum of 95kg / 210lbs.
  • Type of tack:Russian army saddles - we recommend bringing your own seat saver
  • Seasons:June to July
  • Group size:Minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 guests
  • Time in Saddle:Between 6 to 8 hours in the saddle a day
    *Saddle fitness is a MUST!
  • Riding Ability:Beginner to advanced. Beginners riders have to be fit and have a lot of trail riding hours under their belt.
  • 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.
    Single supplement is available on request - $85 USD per hotel night and $15 USD per tent night (NB: No single ger is 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.
  • Ride Length:Khovsgol Ride: 19 days, 18 nights; Arhangay Ride: 13 days, 12 nights
  • Inclusions:The price includes transfers to/from Ulaanbaatar airport, meals, accommodation, riding and staff tips.
  • Exclusions:The price does not include international or internal flights or travel insurance.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

Departing AvailabilityTotal

19-day Khovsgol ride with Naadam Festival and Reindeer People

June 28 to July 16, 2019, which includes summer Naadam.

$4050 USD per person for minimum 2 people

$3350 USD per person for 6+ people

*Please note, there is also an internal flight price of $400 USD per person.

4 spots left
$4,050 USD ?Tour costs $4,050 USD which is approximately $5,739 AUD - Twin Share ?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender.Book

13-day Arhangay ride with Naadam Festival

July 2 to 14, 2019, which includes summer Naadam.

$2660 USD per person for minimum 2 people

$2410 USD per person for 6+ people

12 spots left
$2,660 USD ?Tour costs $2,660 USD which is approximately $3,769 AUD - Twin Share ?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender.Book

19-day Khovsgol ride with Naadam Festival and Reindeer People

June 28 to July 16, 2020, which includes summer Naadam.

$4050 USD per person for minimum 2 people

$3350 USD per person for 6+ people

*Please note, there is also an internal flight price of $400 USD per person.

8 spots left
$4,050 USD ?Tour costs $4,050 USD which is approximately $5,739 AUD - Twin Share ?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender.Book

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
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.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The prices include transfers to/from Ulaanbaatar airport, meals, accommodation, riding and staff tips.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
The price does not include international or internal flights or travel insurance. Please note that for the 19-day Khovsgol itinerary there is an internal flight price of $400 USD.

Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments.

Why is the price quoted in USD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 1

    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia (called “UB” by locals and visitors alike). After immigration and customs, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Referred to as “The City of Contrasts”, where modern constructions stand beside traditional dwellings and ancient monasteries, UB is a rapidly growing and developing city with a population of nearly a million people. Conveniently located in downtown UB, your hotel is within walking distance from Sukhbaatar Square, museums, theatres, and shops. Depending on an arrival time, you may enjoy a short city orientation tour before dinner. Overnight in hotel.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 2

    Full day of guided sightseeing in UB. Visit Sukhbaatar Square and Zaisan Memorial. Zaisan including a couple of museums if time permtis. Memorial is a landmark of UB built on the Bogd Khan Mountain, and is the best place to view the whole city. Overnight in hotel.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 3

    Airport transfer for your flight to Muren. Drive to Khatgal, the gateway to Khovsgol National Park. Lake Khovsgol is 100 miles long and the deepest in Central Asia. The lake holds 2% of the world’s fresh water resources. Overnight at a ger camp on Lake Khovsgol.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 4

    Today you will have a boat ride on Lake Khovsgol to the base of Jigleg Pass located halfway up the western shore of the lake. Local guides will welcome you at Jigleg Camp Shakedown ride, meet horses and wranglers. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 5

    This will be the first day of the horseback riding adventure through Darhat Valley. Ride towards Renchinlhumbe. The area forms part of the Darkhad valley (Darkhadyn Khotgor) and is considered remote and relatively inaccessible even for Mongolian standards. The local Darkhad are known for their practice of Shamanism. Vehicle supported. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 6

    Continue riding to the town of Renchinlhumbe in the Darhat Valley. Vehicle supported. Overnight in ger or tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 7

    Ride through the Darhat Valley towards Hogrog and Zuun taiga. East (“Zuun”) Taiga is situated northeast of Tsagaan Nuur beyond a steppe valley called “Hogrog.” Vehicle supported. Overnight in tents near Sharga river.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 8

    Arrive at Hogrogo, jumping off point to visit the Reindeer People in East Taiga. There are roughly 18 families who live in East Taiga. They move and camp in two groups (13 families and 5 families, respectively). Much of the terrain in East Taiga is open valleys, wetlands, and forests. Vehicle supported. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 9

    Pack trip into the northern mountains to the summer camp of the Tsaatan (Reindeer people). Average camp distances from the edge of the Taiga in Hogrogo range from 6-40 km. The Tsaatan are a community of nomadic reindeer herders, originally from Tuva in Siberia, who have historically inhabited the border region of Russia and Mongolia. Ethnically, the community identifies as Dukha and Uighar, but their lifestyle as reindeer herders earned them the Mongolian name Tsaatan, which means roughly “with reindeer.” Camp out in tents with packhorse support.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 10

    Day at the Tsaatan summer camp. Exploring the area on foot or horseback. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 11

    Ride back to Hogrog. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 12

    Ride half way to Renchinlhumbe. Vehicle supported. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 13

    Short ride to Renchinlhumbe and arrive in late afternoon. Overnight in ger.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 14

    Observe Naadam festivities. Naadam or ‘Festival’ has occurred for centuries in Mongolia as an exhibition of horse racing (racers are generally ages 7-11 and race 15-30 kilometres), wrestling (men only) and archery (women and men). July 11, 2011 is the official date of Naadam established by the Mongolian government. Stay overnight in ger.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 15

    After lunch ride towards the Jigleg pass. Vehicle supported. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 16

    Arrive at Jigleg and say goodbye to wranglers and horses. Vehicle supported. Overnight in tents.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 17

    Today you will have boat ride on Lake Khovsgol from the base of Jigleg Pass located halfway up the western shore of the lake, to the Naranzangilaa ger camp. Overnight in ger camp.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 18

    Catch your return flight to UB. Enjoy a folk concert. Farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel.

  • 19-day Khovsgol Ride - Day 19

    Airport transfer for your return flight home.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 1

    Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, also called “UB” by visitors. Upon arrival at the UB airport, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Referred to as “The City of Contrasts”, where modern constructions stand beside traditional dwellings and ancient monasteries, UB is a very rapidly growing city with a population of nearly a million people. Conveniently located in downtown, your hotel is in walking distance of Sukhbaatar Square, museums, theatres, and shops. Depending on an arrival time, enjoy a short city orientation tour before dinner. Overnight in hotel.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 2

    Depart UB in the morning. Drive to Kharhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire, located 400km (6-8 hours with breaks) southwest of UB. There are presently efforts to reestablish Kharhorin as the capital of Mongolia as it was centuries ago. Explore the restored Erdenzuu Monastery (Hundred Treasures) originally built in 1586. Stop for a packed lunch near Elsen Tasarhai sand dunes. Stay overnight in a ger camp. (Ger Camp is a Mongolian version of motel with traditionally decorated gers for sleeping, separate dining hall and basic facilities for shower and toilet. Normally 2-4 people share the same ger.)

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 3

    Drive to Tsetserleg, the capital of Arhangay. Located in west-central Mongolia, Arhangay
    is called the ‘Switzerland of Mongolia’ for its beautiful scenery: forests, rivers and mountains. After lunch, continue on to camp in the valley of the Ikh Tamir River. Meet horses and wranglers. On the horseback trek we cover anywhere from 15 to 50km per day and meet our support vehicle each night at a new campsite. Personal luggage and the supplies for the ‘catered camping’ are transported in the support vehicle making for light, fast travel on horseback. Camp out each night with our mobile “American ger” and spacious two-person tents. During each day’s ride we’ll visit the gers of local herders and have a chance to experience nomadic life on the Central Asian steppe.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 4

    Experience Naadam in Tsetserleg by horseback. Observe Mongolian traditional sports called the ‘Three manly games’. Naadam has occurred for centuries in Mongolia as an exhibition of horse racing (racers are generally ages 7-11 and race 15- 30 kilometres), wrestling (men only) and archery (women and men). July 11, 2011 is the official date of Naadam established by the Mongolian government. Stay overnight in ger camp.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Days 5 to 9

    Ride and camp through the valleys and mountains of Arhangay. A support vehicle will carry all camping goods and food. Local wranglers take care of the horses. You’ll visit many families along the way and taste the local foods of summer; yogurt, cheese and the infamous airag (fermented horse milk). Even though we recommend a riding background for this trip, the support vehicle always has room for anyone who is ready for a break from the saddle. Camp out in tents overnight. Finish last day of riding at Tsenkher hot springs.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 10

    Drive to Khogno Khan Nature Reserve. Relax and hike in the rock formations of the Reserve. The ruins of the Uvgun Temple first built in 1660 lie at the base of the mountain of Khogno Khan, a nice place to begin a short hike. Meet local herders and experience the hospitality of the Nomads.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 11

    Return drive to UB. In the evening, watch Tumen Ekh folk theater perform throat singing, traditional dances, contortion and more. Farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 12

    Enjoy a breakfast buffet at your hotel before a full day of guided sightseeing in UB. Begin the tour at Zaisan Memorial, a prominent landmark looking over the city of UB built on Bogd Khan Mountain. Walk Sukhbaatar Square, named after the Mongolian National Hero of People’s Revolution in 1921. Sukhbaatar Square is surrounded by Parliament, the Stock Market, cultural sites, the Palace Royal Opera House and the main post office. Visit Gandan Hiid (monastery), the largest Buddhist Temple in Mongolia. Take in the Museum of National History and the Fine Art Museum of Zanabazar to acquaint yourself with Mongolian history, traditional culture and arts. Overnight in hotel.

  • 13-day Arhangay Ride - Day 13

    Your guide and driver will take you to the airport for departure home.

  • Transfer Information

    Please note that for the 19-day Khovsgol itinerary there is an internal flight price of $400 USD.

    Complimentary airport transfers are included upon arrival and departure in Ulaanbaatar. Please ensure you inform Globetrotting of your flight itinerary prior to departure so that these can be arranged.

Beth Geraldene

‘From riding through beautiful fields of wild flowers to sitting among a herd of reindeer to watching traditional wrestling ring-side to sleeping in gurs, I found my happy place in Mongolia.’

Bernie Irwin

‘My ride in Mongolia was a chance to have my childhood dream come true. I loved being able to ride like a 16 year old, standing up with your arms out, going for miles.’

Sally Boardman

‘What a trip! Completely immersed in Mongolian culture, incredible landscapes, beautiful, friendly people and magnificent horses.’

Angela Gazey

‘The Mongolia ride was amazing! Every second was incredible!’

Miranda McCarthy

“The entire Golden Eagle Festival was a spectacle to behold.”

Jenny Grimshaw

“The joy was the entire journey, everything was amazing. I liked to think it was the perfect triple ‘P’ – the People, the Places and the Ponies.”

Rebecca Howell

“An amazing journey across the steppe where I just was totally relaxed and stress free. I would go back in a heartbeat.”

Katie Bradford

“Our epic Mongolian adventure lived up to all my dreams and then some.”

Irene Wynne

“Truly a remarkable journey and one I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to experience.”

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