Horse trekking in Eight lake & Orkhon valley


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  • 10 Days 9 Nights
  • 30/05/2024
  • Orkhon Valley
  • 8 People

Khuisiin Naiman Nuur – The Jewel of Central Mongolia

Nestled 520 km from Ulaanbaatar, within the Uvurkhangai province, Khuisiin Naiman Nuur, or the Eight Lakes, is a sanctuary of natural beauty. Surrounded by coniferous mountains and picturesque wildflower meadows, this hidden gem is a mere 35 km southwest of Ulaantsutgalan/Orkhon waterfall.

Volcanic Legacy Unveiled: Formed by ancient volcanic eruptions, the Eight Lakes, including Shireet, Mukhar, Khaliut, Bugat, Khaya, Duruu, Khuis, and Onon, are part of the 11500-hectare Khuisiin Naiman Nuur Nature Reserve. Positioned 500 m to 3 km apart, each lake narrates a unique tale.

Adventurous Trails Await: Accessible on horseback or by hiking from the northern side, the area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Shireet, the largest lake, is a crown jewel reachable by a sturdy 4WD from the southern side.

Seasonal Symphony: Cool summers, with daytime temperatures averaging +20°C and nighttime at +15°C, create an ideal escape. But beware, the lush grassy landscapes attract flies. Arm yourself with fly spray for an undisturbed exploration.

Unveil Nature’s Secrets: Unlock the wonders of Khuisiin Naiman Nuur, where tranquility and adventure intertwine. Your journey promises an odyssey of unparalleled beauty and discovery in the heart of Mongolia.

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
Day1: Khugnu Khaan Natural Reserve – Nature’s Masterpiece

Embark on a thrilling journey to the Khugnu Khaan Natural Reserve, a haven of mountains, forests, steppes, desert, and mineral water sources all nestled in one incredible location. Uncover the magic of three distinct natural zones as you hike and climb through this diverse landscape. Connect with local herders, experience nomadic hospitality, and add a touch of adventure with a camel ride to the mesmerizing sand dunes. Your night unfolds in a nomadic family’s traditional ger or a comfortable tourist ger camp.

Day2: Orkhon Valley – Majestic Waterfalls and Mongolian Majesty

Witness the majesty of the Orkhon Valley as you explore the Red Waterfall, a natural wonder sculpted by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes 20,000 years ago. Cascading from an impressive height of 20 meters and spanning 10 meters in width, this waterfall provides a stunning backdrop for photographing yak herds. Immerse yourself in the nomadic lifestyle with an overnight stay in a nomadic family’s ger.

Day3-5: Eight Lakes – Horse Trekking Through Untamed Beauty

Embark on a four-day trek through the Eight Lakes, leaving behind your 4x4s and loading luggage and food onto pack horses. Your expert guide will introduce you to the art of riding Mongolian horses before you traverse high mountainous terrain and lush pineapple tree forests. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the heart of nature and find the perfect spot to pitch your tents. Explore the captivating beauty and wildlife of this pristine landscape, contributing to the preservation of its natural charm.

Day6: Return to Orkhon Valley – Picnics, Waterfalls, and Nomadic Hospitality

Horseback trek back to Bodongiin Am with a picturesque picnic lunch on the way. Our vans await near the Buureg tourist camp, ready to transport you to a local waterfall family. Revel in a Mongolian traditional BBQ, culminating a day filled with adventure and cultural immersion.

Day7: Tsenkher Hot Spring – Soak and Rejuvenate

Indulge in the therapeutic waters of Tsenkher, one of Mongolia’s largest hot springs. With a temperature of 86 degrees, high alkalinity, and a touch of fluoride, these hot springs offer the perfect relaxation and health restoration. Retreat for the night in a comfortable tourist ger camp.

Day8: Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake – Tranquility by the White Lake

Arrive at Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake within the White Lake National Park. Stay on the picturesque banks of White Lake, exploring the ancient Khongor volcano crater and other natural wonders. Your overnight experience includes staying with a nomadic family or opting for the comforts of a tourist camp.

Day9: Kharkhorin – Journey Through Mongolian History

Embark on a morning drive to Kharkhorin, the capital of the Mongolian Empire in the 13th century. Explore the grandeur of the largest monastery, “Erdene Zuu,” and local museums unraveling the tales of the Great Mongol Empire, Stone Age, and Bronze Age. Marvel at the unique phallic and turtle rocks before spending the night in a cozy ger hostel.

Day10: Ulaanbaatar – Reflect on Unforgettable Adventures

Conclude your incredible journey with a scenic drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Share memories and reflections during a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, savoring the bonds forged and the extraordinary landscapes discovered on your unforgettable 4×4 horse trekking adventure in Mongolia.

(5 Review)
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    Anna E

    Horse trekking

    Traveling through Mongolia’s mountains on horseback was an incredible experience. Very grounding and kind of therapeutic for me. Bataa always made an effort to satisfy everyone’s wishes and helped us understand his county’s traditions. I felt very well taken care of and welcomed by his kindness and humor. I can only recommend traveling with Bataa, he was one of the reasons why that trip was so special.

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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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    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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