We offer guided horseback riding expeditions through the cultural and wilderness landscapes of two of Mongolia’s premier parks, Gobi desert tours, hiking trips and herder family ger (yurt) stays. Our team of experienced trip leaders and guides is made up of Mongolian and international personnel who have worked in conservation, tourism and wilderness travel.
Experience Horseback Riding in Mongolia through an Ancient Cultural Landscape
Gorkhi Terelj National Park Horse Riding
If you are in-country and interested in a horse trek of any length for the current season, please get in touch!
We are running unscheduled and customized treks, and one day trail rides this season!
Gorkhi Terelj National Park is great country for horseback riding and exploring. Ride through wide open valleys and rolling hills. Follow trails along rivers and over forested passes. Rest below rock formations arising from the steppe.
Experience true hospitality and the ambiance of a Mongolian Ger (more known as Yurt in the West). Live the local culture, and be at ease with your horse – be at ease with nature.
Aug 19 – 28, 2020, open for in-country guests
Sept 21 – 30, 2020, open for in-country guests
June 15 – 24, 2021, 5 places open
July 01 – 10, 2021 with Naadam Special, 1 place open
July 15 – 24, 202, 3 places open
August 19 – 28, 2021, contact us
September 21 – 30, 2021, join wait list
June 15 – 24, 2022, open
July 1 – 10, 2022, with Naadam Special, 2 places open
July 16 – 25, 2022, open
August 19 – 28, 2022, contact us
September 21 – 30, 2022, open
For those who have only a short time to visit but want to experience the real Mongolian countryside by horseback, this ride will cover some spectacular terrain, intriguing historical sites and exposure to traditional nomadic herding culture. The Gorkhi Terelj National Park Horse Riding tour takes a total of ten days from arrival in Mongolia to departure, with eight days of actual riding. We’ll have you in the saddle within 24 hours of entering the country. The Gorkhi-Terelj National Park lies northeast of the capital city of Ulaanbaatar and within easy reach of the city. If you are already in the country, we can pick you up at your hotel on the scheduled ‘Day One’ of the trip.
Price includes all in-country ground transportation, hotel accommodation with breakfast, permits, all camping equipment, horse gear, food and accommodation (tent/ger) while in the back country. No Single Supplement Requirement for Individual Riders.
Small Groups only – 6 Guests per Expedition for a High-Quality, Low Impact Riding Adventure.
Include the Naadam Special with your July 1-10 Horse Ride !
For an additional $ 200 ($ 100/day) we get you around to the Naadam Festival events – the grand opening ceremony, horse races, archery and wrestling competitions of this colorful summer festival. This includes entrance fees to Naadam activities, museums, concerts, lunches for two days, all transportation and English speaking guides. It does not include extra nights hotel accommodation for the 11. – 13. July (Naadam days), but we can arrange accommodation for you when we book your horse trip. Ask us about the Naadam Special.
Learn more about the Mongolian Naadam Festival.
14 Day Horseback Expeditions
Not finding a ride that fits your schedule, but you still want to experience Gorkhi Terelj National Park on horseback?
Challenge Yourself to a great adventure of 12 days riding! Consider joining a longer ride into the inspiring wilderness of the Khentii Mountains ! These horseback wilderness expeditions travel through Gorkhi Terelj National Park, and into the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area.
Khentii Mountains Horse Riding Expedition September 3 – 16
Wilderness Conservation Adventure July 31 – August 13
Arrive in Mongolia. We pick you up, see you checked in at the hotel where you can rest or freshen up after a long flight. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have time to check out some city sights or do some last minute shopping.
Travel to Darkhid Valley where our trip staging area is located and meet the herders with whom we work. Here you will be assigned your horse and equipment, given preliminary instructions, orientation about the trip and about the days’ travel. A ger or log cabin will be available to change clothes and pack personal equipment for your saddle bags, while the riding and packhorses are being prepared for the adventure. We then travel to the Terelj River in the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. We pass a number of traditional gers and will see livestock along the way before climbing a pass and dropping down in the Terelj River valley for the night. We’ll cross the river and make our first night in a tented camp.
We ride down the Terelj river valley crossing the river several times before we head up into a beautiful side valley, through forest and over two passes, then descend into a valley, where in late summer, hay makers, can be seen cutting hay by hand for winter fodder. We camp in an open meadow for the night.
We continue down the valley and reach the lower Zuun Bayan gol valley where we’ll find a small river and often stop to let the horses drink. We travel up this wide open valley where we see summer camps of herders and move through pastures with herds of sheep, yak, goats and horses. Our lunch stop is next to the Zuun Bayan river. Continuing up the valley we’ll begin to see the rock formations characteristic of the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. We turn off into a side valley for our nights camp.
This day is a bit more leisurely, we leave the pack horses and take a side trip to an historical site and ruin and a bit of off trail bushwhacking to gain some very fine views of the surrounding countryside. Return to our previous night’s camp for dinner.
From camp we travel further up the Zuun Bayan Gol Valley, making our way into wilder country. The upper valley is very scenic and leads into the more primitive Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. We’ll camp in grassy meadows surrounded by beautiful rock formations.
From the upper Zuun Bayan gol valley we head up over a small pass then drop into the Baruun Bayan gol and head down this long valley to the Tuul river, where we’ll camp in a large riverside meadow for the night. This will be a longer day of riding and we’ll cover much more of the territory at a trot.
We’ll travel along the Tuul river for some time before heading up and over two passes and down into the Terelj river valley to camp for the night. It’s around these areas we can hear wolves in the early morning hours.
On this last day of our riding, we’ll head back up the Terelj river over a pass and back to the Darkhid Valley where we arrive around mid to late afternoon. Here we’ll enjoy some afternoon refreshment while the horses are being unloaded and your personal gear repacked for your trip back to the hotel and a hot shower for the night.
Transport to airport or train station.