We start off riding across open steppe and into the forested foot-hills of Tarvagatai Uul National Park. At this point we have many options before us. Various routes head further in to the mountains, some we know well but others we are keen to try out. We are really only limited by the need to meet our support vehicle at the end of each day. We usually find our way to an old abandoned spa in the mountains, perfect for a day or two resting and soaking in the hot baths, before picking a route back down to the plains.
After riding, we drive south to a beautiful and remote desert lake fringed by sand dunes. Perfect for swimming, hiking or just relaxing. In a country full of beautiful places, this is our all time number one!
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar; you are free to explore this fascinating city before meeting for an evening meal.
Day 2: Fly to Moron, meet our drivers and head south to Zavkhan. The road is poor, but the scenery is great. The terrain is a mix of forest and steppe, becoming more arid as we reach Zavkhan.
Day 3: Meet the horses. We start with a safety briefing and pointers about the local riding style, and then begin matching you to your ideal horse. You can ride around the immediate area to familiarise yourself with riding Mongolia-style!
Day 4: A longer day ride around the area (a mix of forest and steppe) will allow you to decide if you and your horse have bonded. If not, there will be other horses for you to select. We also take along spare horses which are available when you would like to try something faster (or slower).
Days 5 to 13: For the next nine days we ride through steppe and forest and into the mountains of Tarvagatai Uul National Park. We do not follow a set route while riding. At the end of each day we meet the support vehicles with all luggage and camping equipment. By Day 13 we farewell the horses and wranglers and drive west to where we will stay the night in a simple ger camp on the steppe.
Day 14: Drive south-west through desert-steppe to a beautiful lake where desert sand dunes meet crystal clear water. Set up camp on the lake shore for two nights.
Day 15: This is the perfect place to relax after all that riding. Spend the day swimming, climbing the dunes or just reading a book.
Day 16: Drive to Uliastai, the capital of Zavkhan, and fly back to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon.
Day 17: If you have time you can see some more of the city. Finally we take you to the airport/train station and say farewell.
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