(2 days) Horse trek: Khustai National Park

What is like horseback riding in Mongolia?

Traveling on a horseback is the best way to experience Mongolia, and appreciate its uniqueness. Mongolian people have been breeding horses for centuries. Mongolian horses are frugal, hardy, somewhat wily, and tread safely in rough terrain. They serve not only as mounts, but also a source of meat, milk, and hides. Their importance in nomadic life is reflected in art, music, and poetry. Horses played also a significant role in Mongolian history; it is unlikely that Chinggis Khaan would be able to create his empire without them. Traversing Mongolia on a horseback gives you a rare opportunity to see the country from the perspective of nomadic herders inhabiting the region, and explore their slowly despairing culture and traditions.

Where to ride? Khustai National Park

Khustai National Park is home of wild horses of the world. It where re-introduction of the wild takhi horses (Przhevalsky’s horses) has taken place since 1992. Takhi is last wild horse subspecies surviving in the 21st century. Przewalski’s horse has never been domesticated and remains the only truly wild horse in the world today. It was discovered in western Mongolia in the late 1870s by the Russian explorer N.M. Przhevalsky. Several expeditions since 1969 have failed to find this horse, which probably crossed with half-wild domesticated horses and lost its distinct features. Specimens have been kept and bred in zoos, and Mongolia in the late 20th century attempted to reintroduce them into the wild. The takhi wild horse has a light yellow coat and a short, stiff black mane. Each horse is approximately 250cm long, 146cm tall and weighs on average 300kg. The park is about 100 km (60 miles) from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west. This is a true ecotourism site- a heaven for wild life lovers.

Tour description:

This two day horse trek, while only a short drive away from Ulaanbaatar, will feel off the beaten track and is ideal for those with less time to spend. The tour will start and finish at a Mongolian herding family in the Khustai National Park, where we will collect the horses and horsemen. Riding approximately 30km a day, travelling by horseback is by far the best way to experience this beautiful part of Mongolia and will give you the best chance to spot a herd of the famous Mongolian wild horses and other wildlife.

– look wild horses from the horse back
– experience the simple life of steppe of Mongols
– a night in tent inside of the National Park under millions star

Length: 2 days
Trip date: from May to Sep. any date is possible
Place: Khustai National Park area
Difficulty: moderate
Total distance: driving: 180 km, riding: 60 km

Daily plan: Day1. Pick you up & drive to the nomadic family. Start horse trek.
Day2. finish horse trek in the nomadic family. Drive to Ulaanbaatar back & drop off you in your hotel.

Please let us know should you have further inquiries! We are looking forward to assist you with organizing your stay in Mongolia and answering any questions you might have about this tour. We want your holiday experience in Mongolia to be as amazing as it is possible.

Day1.

Our guide & driver team will pick you up at 09:00 o’clock & drive to Khustai National Park (90 km). The riding will take in the dramatic scenery of the Mongolian steppe and the hills and valleys of the Khustai Nuruu mountain range, both areas rich with life and full of diversity. We will camp next to the river, where you can feel connected with nature and reflect on the traditional Mongolian way of life and the incredible landscape. You can be sure to pass streams, rivers, valleys, and herds of livestock as we ride though the area that many nomadic families call home, living side by side with the natural world.

Day2.

Today we will hike through the mountain for looking wild horses takhi. You may even be able to spot the beautiful Takhi horses in herds and other wildlife like marmots, birds, and deer. You can also view the fantastic rolling hills of the steppe and enjoy a peaceful for a while. Then we will ride back to the nomadic family. We will enjoy riding beautiful valley and mountains. At the end of the horse trek of the day, you also will visit a nomad family and learn about their way of life. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar & drop off you in your hotel.

You can tailor the trip by extending the itinerary or changing days etc. Alpha Team Tours is open for any idea.

Trip date: Any date is possible for this tour. You can choose your own date. This is a private package tour.
Price: 150 usd p.p

Inclusion:

  • Tents
  • Three meals in a day and mineral water
  • Air conditioned off road vehicle
  • English speaking guide service
  • All entrance & activities costs
  • Horse hiring & horseman support
  • All camping gears (sleeping bag etc)

Exclusion:

  • Gratuity for staffs
Cancellation policy: If Alpha Team Tours is notified in writing:
60 days prior to departure: $50 administration fee per person is retained
30-59 days prior to trip departure: 25% of trip cost is retained
29 or fewer days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost is retained
How to book?

Trek grading
This 2 day long horse trekking route is graded as MODERATE. It is relatively easy and a person with a positive attitude and being physically fit should have no problems with getting used to the altitude changes.

Group size and trek crew
The maximum number of participants for this trip is 8. The participants will be accompanied by the Alpha Team Tours’ tour leader, a local guide and several members of a Mongolian trek crew, including camel handlers with their animals.

Accommodation
During this trip the group will spend 1 night camping in tents. The tent during the whole trip is allocated on twin sharing basis and if you join our tour by yourself you will be paired with another single participant of the same sex.

Meals
The Mongolian diet is based mainly on meat and dairy products, although vegetables are starting to gradually play more important role in the local diet.  The price of the trip includes all meals. Majority of your meals will be prepared by the guide. The meals will be a mix of Western and Mongolian dishes. Typical breakfast will consist of cereals, toast and a hot dish. Lunches, eaten majorly on the road, will include sandwiches and salads. Dinners will be a variety of vegetable, meat, potatoes and pasta dishes. Meals for participants with special dietary requirements can be arranged if requested in advance.

Drinks
During the trip you will be provided with purified drinking water, tea, coffee, and juices. The costs of those drinks will be included in the prices of the trip. Any additional drinks you will wish to buy during the trip, as well as, alcoholic beverages are NOT included in the tour price.

Safety
During the trip your support vehicles will be equipped with a comprehensive first aid kit and the two-way radio communication devices. Moreover, at least one member of the assisting personnel will be trained in first aid. During the trip you will have numerous opportunities to try a variety of dairy products available at local herders’ households. Please be aware that they may cause you some mild stomach aches, simply because Mongolian bacterial flora is completely different from what you are used to.

Travel insurance
You are required to provide us with a copy of your travel insurance certificate in order to prove you have sufficient protection during the trip.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will assist you the best we can, and make sure you will enjoy your experience with us. We can guarantee that with us your stay in Mongolia will become a lifetime of memories.

Here is some pictures from our previous trips.

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