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Horse Riding Holidays Mongolia – Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley

PRICES & DATES top

Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley: Prices 2024

Suitable for intermediate plus fit riders. Rates are quoted per person sharing. Our Mongolia trips are set departure riding holidays.

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  • 12 nights – $2,160
    • GBP: 1,700
    • EUR: 1,982
    per person sharing
  • Small Group Supplement – The rate is based on 4 persons. Groups of 2 or 3 riders: $305
    • GBP: 240
    • EUR: 280
    per person. Applies to the 3 first riders booked. When the 4th rider is booked the supplement is refunded for all riders.
  • Single Supplement$165
    • GBP: 130
    • EUR: 151
    (2 nights in Ulan Bator only). This single room supplement applies if you want a single room in Ulan Bator. No single supplement is due if you are OK to share your room with another person (same gender) even if we do not find another person willing to share.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Includes – All the riding, accommodation, full board from lunch of day 1 to breakfast of day 13 except 1 dinner, English speaking translator, Tour and visits

Excludes – Flights, drinks (except water, tea & coffee), 1 dinner and tips

Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley: Dates 2024

14 – 26 May, 28 May – 9 June
11 – 23 June, 25 June – 7 July
9 – 21 July, 23 July – 4 August
6 –  18 August, 20 August – 1 September
3 – 15 September

Getting There
International flight to Ulaanbaatar Airport

Transfer
Short transfer to a local hotel.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Brand new ride for 2023 where you will have the opportunity to experience the green plains of the Orkhon Valley, riding with pack yaks in Naiman Nuur Park, an incredibly remote area and cross the dunes of the Bayan Goby Desert. This is the only horse riding adventure that combines these areas and an experience to remember for those looking for a truly off the beaten track trip. Combining riding through some of the most remote areas on Earth whilst discovering the incredible history and culture of Mongolia including riding with the nomadic herders and staying with nomadic families in their traditional guest yurts.

The beauty of Mongolia is the limitless, vast and intact nature, punctuated by white yurts and Buddhist temples. If you have no fear of rough tracks and wilderness, Mongolia is for you!
Due to the terrain and very low population density, the routes can be long and tiring with bumps along the way, however, this is all part of the adventure. This is a landscape barely touched by tourism (there are no hotels outside of Ulaanbataar).

THE RIDING top

Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley: Horses – Local Mongolian horses, 13 – 14hh, very hardy, very strong and very fast.

Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley: Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to advanced

Tack – Western style.

Weight Restriction – 15 stone / 210lbs / 100kg.

Gobi Desert & Orkhon Valley: Group Size – Maximum 10.

ACCOMMODATION top

The accommodation is varied with a nice balance between yurts and camping: 6 nights camping, 4 nights in a yurt with a nomadic family, 2 nights in 3 and 4* hotels in Ulaanbaatar.
Guest yurt accommodation is a unique opportunity to share and discover the traditional way of life of the nomadic herders in Mongolia.
2 or 3 guest-yurts are set close to the family’s yurt, surrounded by the free roaming horses, yacks, sheep and goats.
You will sleep in guest-yurts with 4 or 5 single beds, heated with a traditional stove.
Meals are served either in the family’s yurt or outside, weather permitting.
Your host will prepare traditional Mongolian dishes and it can be interesting to see how they cook with only the central stove of the yurt.
A shower tent is provided close to the yurts, water is heated on the stove & dry toilets are available.

Mongolia is one of the last countries where you can camp wherever you want. All the camping gear is carefully maintained and checked after each trip, and renewed as necessary. They have French Decathlon tents for 1 or 2 persons with self-inflating mattress which are  especially thick for comfort. A large tent hosts table and chairs for meals together. A “shower tent” is also provided. The shower water can be heated on demand on the campfire.

Horse Riding Holidays in the Altai Mountains are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Mongolia.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Day 1
Your English-speaking translator is waiting for you at Ulan Bator airport at the arrival of Turkish Airlines flight for a group transfer. If you are already in Ulan Bator, you can join the group at 2pm in the lobby of the hotel.
Lunch in Ulan Bator and a short walk through the surprising yurt (ger) district takes you to Ganddantegchinlin Monastery.
Back to the hotel you can relax in your room or enjoy the swimming pool, spa and gym at the hotel (extra fee to be paid locally).
Dinner and overnight at a 4* hotel (twin room).

Day 2
Breakfast and drive to Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital. Picnic lunch en route.
This is a long day on the road (6-7 hour’s drive – depending on the condition of the roads), but this evening, you will be in the Orkhan Valley World Heritage Site, ready to start your horseriding adventure tomorrow!
Visit to Erdene Zu Monastery.
After the visit, we set up camp in the wilderness at the entrance of the Orkhon Valley for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
After breakfast, meet the nomadic herders and horses who will be your companions during this horseback ride in Central Mongolia.
Begin your equestrian adventure in the northern mountains of the famous Orkhon Valley.
Picnic lunch brought by our support vehicles, nothing to carry on the horses, so you can enjoy lots of long canters!
After the ride, we set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
After breakfast, continue riding in the Khangai Mountains.
Picnic lunch brought by our support vehicles.
After the ride, set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
After breakfast, ride to Tovkhon Monastery, one of the major Buddhist sites in Mongolia. Reach the monastery with the horses at 2400m.
Picnic lunch then ride down the mountains to the Orkhon Valley. The views are astonishing of the large valley with wooden mountains in the background. This region is known as the cradle of the nomadic way of life in Mongolia.
After the ride, set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
After breakfast, ride to the famous Orkhon Falls. Continue to the upstream part of the Valley where the landscape becomes wilder and wilder.
This region has ancient black lava flows which contrast with the white running water of the Orkhon River and remind us of Mongolia’s volcanic past.
Picnic lunch. Reach the larch forests with the impressive Naiman Nuur mountains in front of you.
After the ride, set up camp in the wilderness for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
For the next 3 days, the ride will have a totally different pace – after the wide open spaces, you will now ride in very wild and remote landscapes of the Naiman Nuur Natural Park, which means “the 8 Lakes Park”.
Pack yacks carry the equipment and your personal belongings for these three days as this beautiful and isolated area is not accessible to vehicles.
Pack the luggage and camping equipment on the yacks and start our steep ride to the mountains.
Picnic lunch.
Stay for 2 nights in guest yurts (up to 5 persons per yurt) with a nomadic family living in this very remote park. They are yack breeders.

Day 8
Today, ride in beautiful forested mountains, discovering the wonderful scenic lakes of the Naiman Nuur Park, one of the most beautiful sites in Mongolia.
Dinner and overnight at the guest yurts.

Day 9
Today, you leave the Naiman Nuur Park with the pack yaks, to go back to the Orkhon Valley.
Ride through steep mountains and appreciate the sure footed horses and the ability of our yak drivers!
Dinner and night in a guest yurt close to a nomadic family.

Day 10
Breakfast and departure with our 4×4 vehicle to the Bayan Gobi Desert.
Meet the nomadic herder who will be your equestrian guide for the next two days of horse riding in the wilderness of Bayan Gobi, between dunes and steppes.
After a first afternoon ride, set up the first camp in the desert, in a sparsely populated area on the southern edge of the Bayan Gobi Desert.
Dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 11
Full day on horseback in the Bayan Gobi Desert. This area is truly the heart of Mongolia, and it is indeed Mongolia’s geographical centre. It is also located at the junction of three major Mongolian ecosystems: two of the main mountain ranges in the country – the Khangai and Khentii – and a northern edge of the Gobi Desert.
Mount Batkhan overlooks this area and gives rise to several rivers and springs which mix their waters with the sand dunes of Elsentasarkhai – the “sand break” – forming a changing and spectacular scenery.
In the afternoon, reach the Khogno Khan Cliffs and visit Ovgon Khiid monastery, set in dramatic scenery.
Dinner and night in a guest yurt.

Day 12
Breakfast and early departure to Ulan Bator where we arrive in the afternoon.
Lunch en route.
The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to shopping in stores downtown where you will find traditional clothing and other momentos.
In the late afternoon, you will attend a show with traditional dancing, music and songs from Mongolia and the amazing Khoomei.
No dinner included, so you can choose among the varied dining opportunities offered by Ulan Bator.
Night at Nine hotel or similar (3*twin room).

Day 13
Breakfast and transfer to airport on time for Turkish Airlines flights.

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Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

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