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Base of operations: New Zealand
John is a member of The Long Riders' Guild, the world's first international association of equestrian explorers and long distance travelers. Sam is a very experienced horse rider, ecologist and a good organizer. She learn her riding skills at Kowhai Riding School, near Christchurch in New Zealand. Jenya has spent many years working in the developing Mongolian tourism industry, and was joined by Ogi more recently.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
John first rode across Mongolia in 2000, becoming a member of the Long Riders Guild. Along with partner Samantha, we started running treks in 2004, when we organised a group of friends and acquaintances to ride with us. They loved it and encouraged us to start running commercial trips.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is to provide adventurous travellers with a truly authentic experience of Mongolia, exploring culturally rich and environmentally pristine regions far off the beaten track.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We specialise in remote wilderness experiences, where there are no hot showers, soft beds, or other tourists, just stunning landscapes and fascinating culture.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
The company was founded by John Williamson and his partner Samantha Brown, along with their Mongolian friends Jenya and Ogi who live in Ulaanbaatar. John fell in love with Mongolia when he first rode through the country in 2000, returning with Sam in 2004. They have been leading riding and hiking trips in Mongolia ever since.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our most popular travel package is our Altai Mountains and Eagle Festival trek. We ride deep in to the Altai Mountains in an area closed to other foreigners, full of exotic wildlife and even more exotic local people. We then visit the spectacular annual Eagle Festival.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"The trip with M19124 changed my life". Immersing yourself in a culture and land that is so utterly different from what you are used to can be a risky thing - it challenges everything you take for granted and can lead you to make fundamental changes to your life.
Season: June - October
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