(2 days) Horse trek: Khuvsgul Lake 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?

Taiga, where Tsaatan people live, lies in the area of the Khuvsgul Lake, one of the biggest lakes in Mongolia, and the twin sister of the Baikal Lake. Our visit with Tsaatan people will give us an opportunity to explore the shores of this rare gem of nature, often called the Blue Pearl of Mongolia. The Lake is located in the Lake Khuvsgul National Park, and surrounded by lofty peaks, fertile meadows, taiga forest, and crystal-clear mountain streams.

Tour description:

Along this trip you will visit Khuvsgul Lake which is one of Mongolia’s geographic gems and a highlight travel destination that should be visited; horseback riding, trekking. Sapphire freshwater lake, emerald forests and remarkably beautiful Mountain scenery dominate its picturesque landscapes. The horseback riding enthusiast will experience an unforgettable excursion through timbered ridges and mountain meadows. This horse pack trips allow you to reach deep into the southern Siberian wilderness. Horses are also the only mean of transportation that will allow you to reach the most remote and wild areas of the country where motor vehicles have no access. We offer horse pack trips suited for all ages and abilities with rides varying in length.  Horseback riding and fun are the main objectives on horse pack trips combined with good nomad’s Mongolian hospitality. Saddle up the whole family for an unforgettable horseback riding adventure.

– Wild nature of northern Mongolia
– Visit at Tsaatan reindeer herders
– An exploration of the Khuvsgul Lake National Park

Length: 2 days
Trip date: from Jun to Sep. any date is possible
Place: Khuvsgul Lake National Park
Difficulty: easier moderate
Total distance: riding: 60 km

Daily plan: Day1. Pick you up from your accommodation at Khuvsgul Lake National Park & start horse trek.
Day2. Finish horse trek in your accommodation.

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 trip will start in Khuvsgul Lake. Early in the morning you will start preparations for the horse trek. You will help loading baggage on pack animals and choose your own mount. Please remember to pack lightly. It will help to lessen the horses’ burden. Upon finishing the preparations you will leave the base camp and start your ride into the wilderness. Be ready for a spectacular scenery! We would recommend taking some waterproof clothes with you in case of rain. Pack horses will carry all food, equipment, and personal baggage. Overnight in tents.

Day2.

Set off on horseback again, this time on a linear route to the lake. The ride will take you over varied terrain from gentle river valleys to rocky mountain slopes, and finally down a forested mountain path to the shores of the lake.  The second day of the ride will be along the shores of Khuvsgul, between the forested hills and the crystal blue expanse of water.

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: 170 usd p.p

Inclusion:

  • Tents
  • Meal service: B-1, L-2, D-2 + mineral water
  • English speaking guide service
  • Horse hiring & horseman support
  • All camping gears (sleeping bag, mattress 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.

Here is some pictures from our previous trips.

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