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Tour 9: Horse Riding

Map with tour itinerary

This tour doesn't require sophisticated riding skills. We still don't recommend it for absolute beginners (and being only because their behinds aren't used to hours in the saddle). The daily distances are chosen to take about 4 hours on average. This means they are easy to master, and we have sufficient time to enjoy the scenery and to take a rest now and then.

Please ask us for your preferred time period!

Tour Itinerary

1. Day

Departure of your Flight

In Berlin when travelling from Europe
2. Day

Welcome to Mongolia!

On arrival, we get acquainted with the capital of Mongolia, which combines old traditions with the modern civilisation of today. The connection to prehistoric times is made by the dinosaur skeletons in the Museum of National History. The museum of mongolian history presents the development of the mongolian culture.
  • Arrival and transer to hotel
  • Cultural program
  • Stay the night in a hotel
3. Day

Sand Dunes in the Green

On the way west, we stop at the sand dunes of Mongol Els. Those are a small "mountain range" made out of sand, which is surrounded by green landscape and looks like it doesn't really belong there.
  • Transport by off-road vehicle (paved roads)
  • Arrival at Mongol Els.
  • Stay the night in a tent.
4. Day

The Old Capital

In Kharkhorin, Genghis Khan ordered to erect the capital of his mongolian empire at the time. The most visible sign of those times is the Erdene-Zuu monastery. Near the Village Bat-Ulzii we meet with a nomads family and get aquainted with our horses.
  • Transport by off-road vehicle.
  • Visit of Erdene-Zuu
  • Arrival in Bat-Ulzii.
  • Stay the night in a tent.
5. Day

Fresh Spring Water

Our first ride brings us over the mountains to a place with both hot and cold mineral springs.
6. +7. +8. Day

Eight Lakes

The name "Naimen Nuur" means "eight lakes". This is a mountainous area with several lakes, which we ride through over several days. We stay at three of the lakes, starting with Khuis-Nuur, the "Bellybutton Lake". The name comes from a small round island in the center of the lake.
  • Travelling on horse back.
  • Arrival at Khuis-Nuur / Shireet-Nuur / Bugat-Nuur
  • Stay the night in a tent.
9. Day


The river Uliastai runs in the next valley, which means we need to cross another ridge, until we can descend to the riverbed.
  • Travelling on horse back.
  • Arrival at Uliastai-Fluss.
  • Stay the night in a tent.
10. Day

Big Waterfall

We continue our trip along the Orkhon river, to the largest waterfall in Mongolia (unless the weather has been dry).
11. Day


Now we return to the nomads who let us use their horses. Saying goodbye will most likely be hard, but the traditional hospitality will compensate for the sadness at least a little bit.
  • Travelling on horse back.
  • Arrival at Bat Ulzii.
  • Stay the night in a tent or a yurt
12. Day

Khogno-Khan Uul

The Khogno-Khan Uul is a mountain of almost 2000 m elevation, located near our route. It is the center of a protected area that is home to ibex, wolves and various pretador birds, among others. There is a small monastery at the foot of the mountain. The ruins of another historic monastery can be reached by foot in less than an hour on a nice and easy path.
  • Transport by off-road vehicle. (partly paved road)
  • Arrival at Khogno-Khan Uul
  • Stay the night in a tent.
13. Day

Wild Horses

In the Khustain Nuruu national park, a project has been running for several years to reestablish the original wild horses (Takhi) again in Mongolia. There are several places near the river where the beautiful and normally very shy animals gather for drinking every morning and evening. This offers a great opportunity to watch them and take pictures.
14. Day

Cultural Program

The last day is fully dedicated to culture. Several museums and the famous Gandan Monastery offer an informative and relaxed finale to our trip. In the evening we meet for a farewell dinner, and afterwards there's an opportunity to party mongolian style.
There's also a big exhibition "Great Mongolia 800" this year, as well as many other related events.
  • Museums
  • Gandan monastery
  • "Great Mongolia 800" exhibition
  • Fare well-dinner and evening program.
  • stay the night in a Hotel
15. Day

Return flight

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All information subject to change without notice.