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Horseback Riding in Hovsgol

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Mongolia  
Specialty Categories: Horse Riding  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1290 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1290 Euro (EUR)

Live Mongolia the way the locals do! By exploring Mongolia on horseback, enjoy not only the sport of trekking on Mongolian horses, but experience a unique sense of unity with local herders and the surrounding nature. On horseback discover unexplored paths, follow rivers, cross forests and mountain passes and live nature’s greatness. Visit the many herders' families on the way and experience their hospitality. Drink a milk tea with them, try the local barbecue and get a glimpse of the traditional way of living of remote families. Those unbelievable journeys on Mongolian horses offer the riders unique contacts with the local people who will honour foreigners exploring their country the way they live it. Well-organised logistical supports make our horseback expeditions accessible to most but a basic knowledge of horseback riding is preferable.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by your guide. He will bring us to our comfortable, centrally located hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Gandantegchinlen Monastery. It is the largest and most important monastery of Mongolia. We will scroll through the different monasteries, observe the daily rituals of the lamas and see the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig, a 82-food high statue gilded in gold and covered with silk cloths. In the evening enjoy a welcome diner in a local restaurants. (Hotel, L, D)

Day 2: After a good breakfast at our hotel restaurant we will depart for Hovsgol aimag (province). During this two-days trip by mini-van we will cover a total distance of 800 km through the central region of Mongolia. We will drive through the magnificent landscape of green grasslands and rolling hills of central Mongolia. On the road we will see many herds of horses, cows, yaks, sheep and goats. In the evening we will set up our camp on a nice spot along the road to the North. (Camping, B, L, D)

Day 3: After a second day of driving we will arrive at the wranglers' family. We will put up our camp next to the gers of the family. (Camping, B, L, D)

Day 4: Today we will meet our Mongolian horses. Being 1.40 meter high they are often taken by Europeans as ponies. Their height is deceiving; they are renowned for their strength, speed and dexterity. We will take a day trip to get customised to our horses. We will ride along the Egiin River. After our first ride, we will have the time to go fishing or hiking in the area. Please bring you fishing equipment. (Camping, B, L, D)

Days 5 - 10: In the morning of the 5th day, we will leave the wranglers' family for our horse trip to the north. During the whole trip we will be supported by horsemen and packhorses. The horsemen will be responsible for the horses and, being from the region, they will be our guides. On the way we will visit many gers and experience the nomadic life of Central Asia. Our translator will help us to forge contact with the local population. We will cover about 25 to 30 km a day. During the first four days we will follow the Egiin River, which flows out of Hovsgol Lake. Then, for two more days, we will ride along the western shore of the lake enjoying the view over the Mongolian blue pearl.

Hovsgol Lake is a huge 2760 square km alpine lake (130 km in length and 30 km in width), surrounded by mountain chains of more than 2000 meters high, thick pine forests and lush meadow with grazing yaks and horses. More than 100 small rivers and streams feed the lake with crystal clear water. Water exits the lake through only one river, the Egiin, whose waters eventually reach the Baikal Lake. The lake contains about 1.5% of the world's fresh water (excluding water contained in the icecaps). The lake and rivers are full of fish. Around a dozen species of fish inhabit the lake and rivers. The most well known are the sturgeon, grayling, lennok, salmon, taimon, etc. As our horsemen are fishing fans, you will have many opportunities to go fishing. Please bring your fishing equipment or buy it in Ulaanbaatar. (Camping, B, L, D)

Day 11: We will have a full day rest at the lake. (Hotel, B, L, D)

Day 12: After breakfast we will drive to Murun, capital city of Hovsgol province. (Hotel, B, L, D)

Day 13: We will fly back to Ulaanbaatar. (Hotel, B, L, D)

Day 14: Today we will have a full free day to stroll around in Ulaanbaatar, to visit some museums or to buy some souvenirs before heading back home. In the evening we will have a far well dinner in one of Ulaanbaatar's best restaurant. (Hotel, B, D)

Day 15: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- From 2 to 3 people: 1560 EURO per person
- From 4 to 6 people: 1420 EURO per person
- From 7 to 12 people: 1290 EURO per person

Package includes:
- Transport within Mongolia (Russian jeep or 4 wheel drive mini-van, local flight)
- Transfer between the airport and the hotel
- Half pension in Ulaanbaatar
- Full pension in the countryside
- Hotel in Ulaanbaatar
- Tents in the countryside
- Horses and equipment
- All support staff including driver, translator, camp assistants
- All excursions, entrance fees as described in the itinerary

Not included:
- International transport
- Passport and visa costs
- Medical and trip insurance
- Airport taxes, excess baggage charges, evacuation costs
- Extra drinks
- Laundry
- Telephone calls
- Items of personal nature
- Other items not specifically mentioned as included
- Sleeping bag, inflatable mattress
- Fishing equipment

About This Supplier
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Location: Mongolia
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M10055 invites you to discover the natural and cultural wonders of Mongolia, one of the last remaining seldom-explored countries. The traveler will discover this untouched country and marvel at its unique combination of ancient Buddhist tradition with a nomadic horse-based culture. He will revel in her natural beauties...

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