ALTAI MOUNTAINS – HORSEBACK ADVENTURE
/ per person
- 10 Days
- Kharkhiraa Turgen, Altai Mountains
- 15 People
Nestled in the western part of Mongolia, the Altai Mountains unfold as a stunning testament to the country’s untamed beauty. Towering peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and sweeping meadows define this remote corner of Mongolia, creating an idyllic setting for those seeking a true wilderness adventure. Horseback riding through the Altai Mountains is a time-honored tradition, allowing travelers to forge a deep connection with the land and its nomadic heritage. As you traverse the rugged terrain, you’ll encounter nomadic herder communities, ancient petroglyphs, and perhaps catch a glimpse of elusive wildlife, making the journey through Mongolia’s Altai Mountains an unforgettable exploration into the heart of a pristine and culturally rich landscape.
- Accommodation: Ger camps and tented camps
- Guiding: Expert interpretation and navigation
- Meals: Full board with local and international cuisine
- Transport: 4×4 vehicles or minivans
- Entrance Fees: To protected areas and national parks
- Horse Guide and Horses: For an authentic horse trekking experience
- Camping Equipment: Provided for a comfortable outdoor stay
What’s not included:
- International Airfare: Arrange separately
- Personal Equipment: Bring your own gear
- Optional Activities: Additional costs outlined
- Excess Baggage Charges: Check airline policies
- Single Room Supplement: Available for an extra fee
- Alcoholic Drinks: Not included
- Travel Insurance: Highly recommended
Your journey begins with a warm pick-up in Ulaangom, where a hearty breakfast awaits in our traditional Mongolian yurt. As you embark on this adventure, our skilled driver, a gracious Mongolian host, welcomes you. The road beckons as we set forth towards the enchanting Yamaat Valley in the Kharkhiraa Turgen Mountains, where your wilderness camp awaits.
Immerse yourself in the art of horse riding with a day dedicated to mastering the basics. Learn the intricacies of saddling, safety protocols, and the art of guiding your majestic steed. Spend 2-3 hours on horseback, building a bond with your equine companion, setting the stage for the exhilarating days ahead.
Embark on an awe-inspiring journey to conquer the challenging Erees Pass or Tuleechin Am. This high mountain pass, with its 13 zigzag turns, promises a thrilling adventure. Last year’s icy conditions posed a challenge even for camels, highlighting the rugged beauty of this terrain. Camp beneath the stars, surrounded by rocks and canyons, as you prepare for the next leg of your expedition.
Ascend to Minjuurin Davaa pass, where the Kharkhiraa Turgen Mountains reveal their towering peaks. Camp near the enchanting Khokh Nuur, known as the Blue Lake, offering a picturesque backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Embark on a breathtaking ride to Bor Nuur, the pinnacle of your journey. This glacier lake, nestled amidst snow-capped peaks, marks the highest point of your horse trekking adventure. Camp by its shores, surrounded by pristine wilderness.
Descend from the mountains, cycling around the Kharkhiraa range, and camp in the serene valley of Nariin Kherts. Revel in the untouched beauty of the Altai Mountains as you wind your way through the landscape.
Embark on an exhilarating ride to the Khargait River, a mighty white-water torrent cutting through a narrow valley. Camp by its shores, surrounded by the rugged grandeur of the Altai, as you reflect on the challenges overcome.
Descend into another captivating valley, navigating through rocky, sandy landscapes. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of Khag, a testament to the diverse beauty of the Altai Mountains.
Wind your way down to the foothills of Kharkhiraa Turgen Mountains, traversing through grasslands and desert landscapes. Experience the shifting landscapes as you approach Khaliun Bulag Boom, a captivating destination capturing the essence of the Altai.
Your grand finale unfolds as you ride through open spaces adorned with desert vistas and sprawling grasslands. The final destination is Khovd Gol, a perfect crescendo to your Altai Mountains horse trekking odyssey. Relish the triumph of your adventure in the heart of Mongolia’s breathtaking wilderness.