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Mongolia: Mountains, Lakes & Shaman Horse Trek

Overview:

Mongolia, with its vast steppes and open skies, its magnificent mountains and equine tradition, really is the quintessential land of the horse trek. On this tour we will visit the cultural city of Ulaanbaatar before being whisked away to the majestic north of the country and the southern fringes of the Siberian Taiga; a land of mountains, lakes and shamans.

Having saddled up onto our Mongolian steeds, we will ride off into the mountains and lush green meadows, passing through nomadic Mongol family encampments where we shall stop and enjoy their local hospitality. This is a region of dramatic landscapes, of snow-capped mountains, turquoise rivers, beautiful lakes in the great meadow of Darkhad Valley, where few foreigners venture.

We plan to visit with a famed local shaman - who will be known to anyone who has read 'The Horse Boy' by Rupert Isaacson - in his tee-pee (similar to the Indian tee-pees) and witness him at work conjuring up the spirits before then returning to Ulaanbaatar. A trip that will inspire and open your eyes to the uninterrupted wilderness of a beautiful country dotted with beautiful and generous people.

Highlights:

  • Explore the uninterrupted Mongolian landscape on horseback, as Genghis Khan once did
  • Stay with Tsaatan reindeer herders to witness a Shaman ritual and try reindeer milking
  • Wild camp in the Mongolian wilderness and witness spectacular night skies
  • Enjoy an evening of traditional folk music and dance in Ulaanbaatar
  • Sleep in traditional ger camps and meet with semi-nomadic families
  • Ride along the shores of Lake Khuvsgul, the largest lake in Mongolia

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners (typically in local restaurants but while on the ride, we will have a camp cook)
  • All transport (4WD, domestic flights and horses)
  • 14 nights' accommodation (3 in hotels, 8 in tents, 2 in ger camps and 1 in a communal teepee)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)

ALL OUR SMALL GROUP TOURS HAVE NO LOCAL PAYMENTS, HIDDEN EXTRAS OR COMPULSORY SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS.

Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 8

Tours that fall into this category will often involve remote, unpredictable and long journeys in emerging destinations. They can be incredibly rewarding but are definitely best suited to experienced travellers.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 6

You can typically expect a mixture of accommodation with some nights being spent in comfortable and characterful places, and some in more basic places, homestays or camping, especially where choices are limited.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 6

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 6

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a good balance between exploring cultural sights (such as museums and historical buildings) on some days and experiencing the wonders of the great outdoors on other days.

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