White ride, a winter in Mongolia

Days:
12
Price:
1100 EUR
International flight not included
Comfort:
Difficult:
Winter trip Horse riding Sport & Active tour Must see Off the beaten track

The country of blue sky meets at best its reputation as well in winter when the azure sky seems eternal. The sceneries are still magnified in a country deserted by travelers.

In winter, a cold and dry climate strikes Mongolians steppes with a thin layer of snow. Yet life continues here, and the heat is deep inside a yurt among a nomadic family inhabiting the steppes. The season is then ideal for exploring the traditional lifestyle of Mongolian nomads: an extraordinary human experience that Horseback Adventure offers you to live on horseback.

Would you dare this adventure?

Ulan Bator
  • Arrival at the airport, meeting with our driver. Transfer to your hotel, settling in, and rest.

  • Appointment at 12 o'clock at your hotel with your guide. He will take you in the restaurant of your choice.

  • Walk in the centre of Ulan-Bator. Discovery of Gengis Khan Square and the House of Parliament.

  • Let’s go to the well-known Naran tuul market, called also « black market », place where anything can be found such as traditional winter mongolian clothing protecting from the cold at best: lined boots, chapkas made from animal skin and long warm coats.

Accommodation
Hotel Nine
Ulan Bator
130km - 2h 30m
Khustai national park

Ulan Bator - Khustai national park

  • Visit of Gandantegchinlen Monastery. In the morning, lamas get together to pray. They will answer your questions at the Mongolian Buddhist Centre.

Day 2

  • Journey to Khustai Reserve that houses the Przewalski horses (takh). Twilight is the best moment to observe them. We'll walk until the river where they drink, and observe them with no fear to bother.

  • Pony trek. We notably discover the sand dunes of Moltsog.

Day 3

  • Let’s hit the road for a longer ride today, which will take us on the banks of the Tuul river. A warm meal will be awaiting for us in a familiy of farmers settled in there. After the lunch time we’ll head back to our ger camp for the night.

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We will spend 2 nights in a ger camp (heated!), offering warm showers. Take good advantage of it!

Breakfast
2 Hotel Nine
3 Khustai camp
Lunch
2 Local restaurant
3 made by the family
Dinner
Khustai camp
Accommodation
Khustai camp
Khustai national park
270km - 4h 30m
Kharkhorin

Khustai national park - Kharkhorin

  • Journey to Kharkhorin, the former capital of Mongolia. The legendary city of Genghis Khan was founded in 1220 and was one of the stages of the silk road. The Mongolian Empire was governed from this city, until Kubilai Khan set up the capital in Beijing. Today, there are only a few vestiges left of the former capital.

  • Visit of Erdene Zuu Monastery, built in 1586 by a nomad prince. The Chinese and Tibetan-inspired buildings are surrounded with 108 sacred stupas. Visit of the Museum of Kharkhorin.

  • Overstay in a family of the village, who would have beforehand prepared and heated up a ger for you.

Breakfast
Khustai camp
Lunch
Local restaurant
Dinner
made by the family
Accommodation
Yurt for guests with a family
Kharkhorin
130km - 3h 30m
Orkhon valley

Kharkhorin - Orkhon valley

  • Journey to Orkhon Valley. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the valley is a land of nomadism and many breeders set their summer camp there.

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Stay at herders' from the valley. During your stay, you will discover their way of life and you will be proposed many activities, such as milking, making traditional dairy products, or rounding up the animals with a horse.

You will also attend the preparation of a Mongolian barbecue that you will enjoy with yours hosts.

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During our stay in the breeders family, horses will be at our disposal to go discovering the different sites of Orkhon Valley : Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfalls, Mogoit hot springs or even Tovkhon Monastery. The rides will be organised according to the weather conditions. We will spend mornings with the family to get to know more about their life style, and get lunch with them before leaving for a ride in the afternoon.

Breakfast
Made by your team
Lunch
Made by your team
Dinner
made by the family
Accommodation
Yurt for guests with a family
Orkhon valley
240km - 4h 30m
Khogno Khan

Day 9

  • We arrive at the splendid rocky formations of Khogno Khan. Discovery of the park : semidesert steppes, taiga, stunning rocky formations, 80-kilometre (49,71 miles) long sand dunes, are characteristic of this arid area nicknamed "Mini-Gobi".

  • Pony trek until Erdene Khambiin Monastery. "Monk Erdene's Monastery" dates from 17th century and was built in the mountain. Zanabazar built it in honour of his teacher, monk Erdene.

Day 10

  • Total change of scenery for this last horseback riding, since it is in an arid landscape along the sand dunes of Elsen Tasarkhai, which also can be snow-covered, that you will ride.

Breakfast
Made by your team
Lunch
9 Local restaurant
10 Made by your team
Dinner
Yurt for guests with a family
Accommodation
Yurt for guests with a family
Khogno Khan
280km - 4h 30m
Ulan Bator

Khogno Khan - Ulan Bator

  • Back to Ulan-Bator. Last herds of wild horses crossing the road outside our dumbfounded eyes, last yurts smoking far away, the steppe will be with us until the last moment.

    Arrival in town and settling in at your hotel, where you can rest a few moments.

  • Let's immerse ourselves in the heart of the Mongolian history, in the wonderful National History Museum. Three floors of a rich, glorious, violent and noble past, from prehistory to Soviet period, including the creation of the great Mongolian Empire by Genghis Khan.

  • Rest of the day free. With our guide, you can go and shop in the centre of the city.

Breakfast
Made by your team
Lunch
Local restaurant
Accommodation
Hotel Nine
Flight back
  • Breakfast at the hotel. We go with you to the international airport of Ulan Bator. The transfer can be organized at the time you want, according to the schedule of your flight.

Breakfast
Hotel Nine
Start date End date Available Status Price
2018/12/24 2019/01/04 10 Not confirmed 1100 EUR
2019/01/14 2019/01/25 10 Not confirmed 1100 EUR
2019/02/04 2019/02/15 10 Not confirmed 1100 EUR
2019/03/04 2019/03/15 10 Not confirmed 1100 EUR
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  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport

  • 2 nights in 3* hotel in Ulan Bator, breakfast included

  • Full pension during the tour

  • Water

  • 2 nights in comfortable yurts camp with warm showers

  • 7 night in guest house, in a host yurt

  • Journeys in Japanese 4WD jeep or Russian 4x4 UAZ + driver

  • Presence of the vehicle during the trek

  • Petrol

  • English-speaking guide

  • Assistant guide for groups > 8 persons

  • Local equestrian guides

  • Hire of the horses + 1 extra horse pour 3 or 4 persons in case of bad understanding with the horse or injury

  • Equestrian equipment with Kazakh or English saddles

  • Entrance fees for parks and museums indicated in the program

  • Equipment for meals (camping tables and chairs) and nights (sleeping bags)

  • International transport

  • Passport and visa fees

  • Repatriation insurance

  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks / alcohols extras

  • Meals in Ulan Bator

  • Phone calls

  • Any excursion that is not indicated in the program