ALTAI MOUNTAINS – HORSEBACK ADVENTURE

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  • 10 Days
  • 30/06/2024
  • 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.

What’s included:

  • 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
Day1: Arrival and Mongolian Welcome

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.

Day2: Horse Riding Essentials

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.

Day3: Conquer the Erees Pass

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.

Day4: Kharkhiraa Turgen Peaks and Blue Lake

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.

Day5: Reach New Heights at Bor Nuur

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.

Day6: Traverse to Nariin Kherts

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.

Day7: Confront the Khargait White Water River

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.

Day8: Explore the Rocky Valleys of Khag

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.

Day9: Journey to Boom Khaliun Bulag Boom

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.

Day10: Open Spaces and Khovd River

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.

 

(5 Review)
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    Kathi Schnatti

    Horse trekking
    05/08/2023 Helpful

    If you were always dreaming of an amazing, unforgettable, very special and very intense journey – Bataa from Taiga Nomadic Travel is your man to help you out!!
    Why? Because he is responsible for a super well organized trip with:
    x landscapes that let you feel being directly in the scenario of “lord of the rings”
    x top powerful and brave horses, that will steal your heart forever
    x super friendly, generous and diligent team members of horse-men and eagle-hunters, who are making you feel like a champion on the horse and survive every challenge on the way
    x excellent talented cooks, letting you discover the varied culinary of Mongolian food
    x a loooot of fun and laughing, after you probably could have belly soreness
    x huge adventures, which you will tell your grandchildren for sure

    And probably many many many things more!
    I am so thankful for every second during this time and so happy about experienced this with this people!

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    Stephanie D

    Horse trekking
    18/10/2023 Helpful

    Bataa is an amazing Guide. You feel safe at every time. He takes care of his clients and make them always feel very comfortable. I can recommend him without exception. When you’re looking for a great time in Mongolia, Bataa should be your Guide. Thanks for everything! See you next year.

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    Meli

    Short tour
    20/10/2023 Helpful

    It was a dream for me to discover Mongolia on horseback. The experience was even more incredible than I had hoped, and one thing’s for sure, Bataa had a lot to do with it. Thanks to him, we got to know the traditions and people of Mongolia. He was available 24 hours a day to help us communicate with our guides and helped us, explaining what we should and shouldn’t do. He was there for the laughing, the good times but also when we were having a hard time. Perfect guy-de😃 ! I’ll definetely do my next trip with him again !

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    Alessandro C

    Horse trekking
    28/11/2023 Helpful

    That was the most exciting experience of my life. Our guide Bata was always very helpful and helped us with every problem imaginable.
    I will never forget this trip.
    Thank you for everything.

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    Leonie M

    Events & Festivals
    19/10/2023 Helpful

    Where should I start – I had an an indescribable and amazing experience from the beginning until the end and further.

    I was on a very well-organized nine-day riding tour with a small group of people. Bataa from Taiga Nomadic Travel accompanied our group and did incredible work to provide us with unforgettable experiences (for example feeding eagles, eating traditional Mongolian food, galloping bareback through the Mongolian steppe and heading camels).
    Always helpful and friendly, he enabled communication with the Mongolian horsemen, took us to Gers and introduced us to nomadic families and their way of living. Further, he spontaneously organized an additional three-day stay with a family of Kazakh Eagle Hunters – another once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    Bataa was always available, helping with several issues and did his very best to fulfill all desires. My expectations were more than satisfied and for certain it wasn’t my last tour with Taiga Nomadic Travel.

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