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14 Day Horse Riding Trip ATB Nat’l Park

Price $2590 15 Days
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14 Day Horse Riding Trip ATB Nat’l Park

$2590 per person

In this 13 day trip, enjoy an incredible horse riding journey – the only way to see the stunningly beautiful region of Western Mongolia. Travel to the Tavan Bogd National Park – a stunningly beautiful region of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, valleys, and large alpine lakes – all from the saddle of gentle Mongolian horses.

Experience the unique Mongolian culture: the nomadic life, eagle hunting, traditional cuisine (including, horse meat), horse trekking and hiking.

$2590 per person (1 – 4 people)
$2370 per person (5 – 8 people)
$2180 per person (9 – 12 people)

  • Destination
  • Departure Time
    Guests can request and confirm tour dates, at least one month before departure.
  • Included
    All Museum Tickets
    Horse Guide
    National Park Permits and Fees
    Personal Guide
    Typical Souvenir
Day 1: Flight to Bayan Ulgii, Drive to White River
From Ulaanbatar, take a 3 hour flight to Ulgii City in the Bayan-Ulgii province in Western Mongolia. Your English-speaking guide and driver will welcome you upon arrival and introduce you to Ulgii, with its unique Kazakh culture and language (you'll be surprised to know that little Mongolian is spoken in Ulgii). You'll visit the local museum and the open air market. After a delicious meal to prepare us for the road, the journey begins! We head to Tavan Bogd National Park, through its the stunning wilderness where expansive rocky plains give way to green valley, and the rugged peaks of the Altai. We will stop at Ulaan-khus to explore numerous petroglyphs and Turkic stone along the Sogoog River basin. It is surrounded by archaeological monuments constructed during the Bronze Age and the Hun and Turkic invasions. In the evening, we will arrive at the campsite on the edge of the National Park boundary. We shall meet the Tuvan people who will prepare pack camels to support our trek. Enjoy a rusting fare around a campfire on the banks of the glacier White River, Tsagaan Gol. (L/D/Tent)
Day 2 Trek to Base Camp
After breakfast, we set off on a 17km trek towards the base camp on the snow-capped Tavan Bogd Massif. You have the choice to walk or ride a horse to the impressive Potanin glacier - seeing both the Potanin and Alexander glaciers. The 20km long Potanin glacier runs down from the highest mountains in Mongolia and is an excellent base for trekking and climbing the surrounding peaks. We weill set up camp next to Potanin Glacier.
Day 3: Malchin Peak
Today we climb Malchin Peak, with an elevation of 4050 metres, it is the lowest of the Holy Five Saints on Mongolia. It sits on the Mongolian-Russian border of Tavan Bogd and is a non-technical climb. Your English speaking guide and the local Tuvan guides, will lead us on a climb, mostly over rocks. At the top, enjoy marvellous views of all the Peaks and Potanin Glacier.
Day 4 Trek down to the National Park gateway
Today, we trek downhill to the Tsagan Gol valley. After our long trek, we’ll be welcomed by a nomadic Tuvan family. We’ll sample their dairy products, their special milk vodka distilled from yak milk, and peruse their wonderful felt crafts.
Day 5 Shiveet Sacred Mountain
Today, we horse ride to the Shiveet Mountain with its stunningly beautiful blue lakes, 4000 m high snow-capped mountains, glaciers, and an area rich of archaeological sites. The best Petroglyphs can be found here, and it is home to a large number of ibex and wild goats. We will also see a a large Ovoo, a shaman shrine the local Tuvans and their shamanistic faith. Our luggage will be transported by camels and handled by the friendly and helpful local people.
Day 6 Khar Sala Valley
We head down hill and visit a local Tuvan family who follow Shamanism. We continue on to ascend up into the Khar Sala valley - a stunningly beautiful region of snow-capped peaks.
Day 7 Khar Airikh Valley
We horse ride to the Khara Airikh Valley, and over the 3100m mountain pass. (This part of the tour is conducted during post-June bookings. During the colder seasons, the pass is snow-covered and an alternative route will be planned.) After the pass, we will see waterfalls as we ride downhill to the bottom of Asku Valley.
Day 8 Bear Valley
We cross the Altais at an elevation of 3600m. Here, we’ll enjoy broad views across the mountain range, including the Tsaagan Hairhan Uul – the “Sacred White Mountain” (elevation: 3662m). We arrive at the scenic Bear Valley, home to glacier-fed streams and rivers, forested hills, and wooded meadows. We will spend two nights here.
Day 9 Akh Su River
We can either trek by horse, or take a short break from the horses and go hiking, through the forest to Akh Su Valley – a beautiful spot at the junction of Arshaani and Akh Su river. Continuing through the river valley, on horseback we cross rivers to follow the lakeshore of Hulindi. We set up camp by the banks of Hulinidi.
Day 10 Green Lake
We continue trekking down the valley through patches of larch forest. When we Green Lake, we will set up camp.
Day 11 Khoton lake
We go on a full-day trek to see the mesmerising Khoton, Khurgan and Dayan lakes. Untouched and pure, the mountain rivers gushing into the lakes, make for an impressive landscape and a fabulous place to catch a wide variety of fish. We continue down the dramatic, steep valley along the river that drains from the Altai Tavanbogd Massif, and set up camp on the shores of Khoton Lake, under the snow-caked Ikh Turgen Uul. Our camp site will be a mere 3km away from China and will have a back drop of the beautiful snowcapped mountain range - outlining the Mongolian-Chinese border. In the summer, the area is the pasture of Kazakh nomads, and In the evening, we will visit a local Kazakh family, observing their nomadic way of living.
Day 12 Baga Turgen valley and meet an Eagle Hunter
Enjoy a free morning on the shores and summer pastures of Khoton Lake. Learn more about the Kazakh culture, and find great fishing spots. We will trek to Baga Durgin waterfall and then visit an Eagle Hunting family, where you'll learn about the practice and skill of eagle hunting. Get the opportunity to take photos with an eagle perched on your arm. We camp near the Eagle Hunter's family home.
Day 13 Sumd-Airikh Valley
Today, we saddle up and horse ride for 18km along the Sumd-Airakh river. Cross small and large rivers on horse back, and ride through forests, before arriving at a camp set up by the team. Enjoy our last night camping in the National Park, facing the river and the Altai mountains. Enjoy the time spent with nomads who herd their cattle or milk their mares. Enjoy a traditional Kazakh meal, including: “Kaz” (horse sausage), the national dish of “Besbarmak” (a meat plate served with root vegetables and steamed flour), and “Koumiss” (fermented mare’s milk). OPTIONAL: Sleep in a Kazakh yurt.
Day 14 Drive back to Ulgii
We return to Ulgii following the Khovd River, stopping to see deer stones, balbals, and Turkic stone men. We take a pit stop at Tsengel Soum, a small village center. After a full day of driving, we arrive in Ulgii. Rest overnight at a guest house. OPTIONAL: Stay in a ger.
Day 15 Depature
We say farewell, as you fly back to Ulaanbaatar.

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  • Backpack or soft/duffel bag
  • Sleeping bag (appropriate for -5C -10C temperatures)
  • Waterproof bag cover
  • Head lamp/flashlight
  • Spare batteries
  • Personal medication
  • Towel
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof over pants
  • Fleece jacket or wool jumper
  • Cotton t-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Shorts
  • Warm hat/beanie
  • Long underwear/long johns/thermal underwear
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Gloves
  • Sandals
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun cream
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Resealing (ziploc) plastic bags
  • Water bottle
  • Camera/binoculars
  • Hiking stick
  • Tissues/toilet paper/wet wipes
  • Watch/alarm clock
  • Money belt/pouch
  • Copy of travel insurance
  • Emergency contact details
Note: The list above, whilst extensive, may not prepare guests for all situations experienced on the tour.
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa application fees
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses, i.e. items of personal nature, gratuity to local guides and drivers, airfare or bus tickets, airport taxes, excess baggage charges (over 33 pounds / 15 kilograms), fees for changes of arrival/departure flights, additional services, any charges of force majeure beyond our control (e.g. imposition of quarantine restrictions, etc.), optional excursions unless stated in your itinerary, etc.