Trans-Siberian Railway Stopover – Herder Home Stay

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    Stone Horse Expeditions

    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.

    • 3 or 4 Day Trip
    • Group Size6 guests max
    • Mongolia

    This trans-Siberian Railway stopover trip is ideal for travelers who have a short stay in Ulaanbaatar and want to experience real Mongolian herder life in the countryside and see a bit of Ulaanbaatar, the capital city as well. This leg of the trans-Siberian Railway runs from Beijing, China to Irkutsk, Russia in Siberia and Lake Baikal. Stopping in Mongolia for a few days is a refreshing way to spend some time off the train and to see one of the most fascinating countries the trans-Siberian railway passes through. It’s a must see.

    Travel to Mongolian Countryside

    We’ll pick you up at the train station and take you directly out of the city to the Darkhid Valley where you’ll meet Yadmaa and Davasuren, your ger stay hosts. If you arrive in Ulaanbaatar late in the evening, there is the option to spend the first night in the guesthouse and go the ger stay the next morning. Let us know your arrival schedule.

    For airport pick up and drop off please add $40.00 USD to the prices for the trip you chose.

    Mongolian Herder Family Stay in Mongolia

    Here at their family ger stay, you’ll be able to relax in a comfortable ger with a cup of milk tea, ride horses, walk in the surrounding forested hills, taste traditional Mongolian food, try out Mongolian archery and take part in real herder life. This is not a commercial ger camp, but a real herder family experience.


    City Tour of Ulaanbaatar – Mongolia’s Capital

    After a night or two with Yadmaa and Davasuren, we’ll transport you back to the city and guest house where you can take a tour of Ulaanbaatar, taking in the National Museum, a traditional Mongolian music concert and visit a monastery. We then get you to the train station for your departure.

    We have options to arrange a first and last night’s city guesthouse stay for your arrival and departure, depending on your travel schedule. You may want to enjoy a shower and a wash of clothes, which you can do at the city guesthouse. Just let us know.


    Prices Includes

    Pick up and return to train, all countryside travel, city guest house stay with breakfast, countryside ger stay with all meals, entrance tickets to museum, concert and Monastery, city guide/interpreter


    Prices Excludes

    Horse ride at ger stay (15,000 MNT per hour to the herder)

    Lunch and dinner in the city

    Laundry charges

    Airport pick up and drop off is an additional $20.00 USD each way (airport if outside of city)


    For Train Travelers

    There are a number of food shops close by the city guesthouse for stocking up on any food and water items you might want to take with you for your onward train journey. Ask our driver or the guesthouse hosts about them.