Khan Khentii horse riding tourLength: 13days/12nights
Tour grade: Active- demanding
Group size: 2-15people
Potential period: June-September
Highlights: Terelj National Park, beautiful mountain rivers – Tuul, Terelj, Hagiin gol and Hagiin Har Nuur, the Black Pearl of Hentii Range, fishing and swimming at the lake, other smaller lakes, chance to confront wildlife and numerous birds.
Khan Khentii horse riding tour
Day 1. Ulaanbaatar city tour
After arriving in Ulaanbaatar you will have a half-day city tour with an excursion to Sukhbaatar square and Zaisan memorial hill and visits to some of the fine museums in the city (the choice of museums is subject to your preferences), which will be followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2. Terelj National Park
Transfer to Terelj National Park. Upon arrival at Terelj Lodge, you will be given time to settle into your ger and freshen up prior to a short 30 minute lecture about traditional Mongolian nomadic life. Special attention will be paid to the different saddles and bridles so unique to Mongol horse riding culture and history. Following lunch, clients will be given a demonstration and training class for the traditional Mongolian sport of archery. Trails and a competition will be held. Then you will meet you horsemen. Overnight in ger camp.
Day 3. The confluence of Terelj and Tuul rivers
After breakfast, the riders are matched to their horses, saddles selected and the horse tour begins. Today we are riding along the picturesque valley of Terelj National Park heading towards east to Khan Hentii Strictly Protected Area. After riding three hours and crossing the Terelj River you will arrive in Dugana Tsagaan steppe, where you will be served picnic lunch. After another three hours of ride in the afternoon we are arriving at the confluence of Tuul and Terelj rivers. This beautiful area is our campsite for the night.
Day 4. Bulganii Bulag Mountain Spring
As we continue our journey we will ride into the Tuul river valley along the base of mountain ranges. You will soon realize that you are slowly leaving civilization behind, entering the wilderness - birds, marmots and other ground squirrels nestle in the surrounding area. After five - six hours of riding with, we will reach our campsite for the night in Bulganii Bulan.
Day 5. Hagiin river
Today, as we follow the Tuul River, we enter dense pine forest, at the southern tip of Siberian Taiga. Throughout the three-and-a-half hour ride, we will see Golden eagles, woodpeckers, and other birds. We will arrive at the confluence of the Tuul and Hagiin rivers, where we will camp for the night.
Day 6. Arrive at beautiful Hagiin Har Nuur Lake
Leaving the Tuul valley behind us, we will enter tundra forests. After an hour of riding, we start to ascend a mountain through deep forest noted for its abundance of wolves, bears, deer, roebuck and moose. Reaching its top, we overlook and descend to the breathtaking Black Lake. We will set up camp on the yellow sandy beach of the Lake.
Day 7. Fishing and swimming at the Hagiin Har Nuur Lake
After four days of riding we will enjoy a deserved rest at the lake and let our horses rest. There will be ample time to swim, fish, hike and explore the abundant wildlife of the area.
Day 8. Three pearls lakes
We will saddle our horses and ride to 3 wonderful smaller lakes further on in the valley, the ‘three pearls’. The most adventurous of you can climb the surrounding mountains and admire the superb panorama. We will spend the night in a valley nearby.
Day 9. Khongoriin river valley
After breakfast we will ride through Khongoriin River valley. Riding down the stream for four hours, we will ford the river. After a couple more hours, we will come across a mountainous forest of birch, pine and age-old cedar. We will spend the night camping in the forest, close to a stream.
Day 10. Altan Ulgii peak
We will make a steep ascent, and an even steeper descent across the Khaviragiin Pass, which lies at the eastern shoulder of Altan Olgii peak. Translated as ‘Golden Cradle,’ this 2646m mountain is one of the highest peaks of the Hentii range. We will continue riding towards Terelj through the Dund Bayan Gol valley. As before, luggage, food and equipment will be carried by packhorses. Towards the end of day, we will meet up with the support vehicles, and set up camp for the night.
Day 11. Terelj Lodge
We will drive back to Terelj Lodge. Traditional Mongolian meal of “horhog” will be served for dinner, which will be followed by firework. Overnight in gers.
Day 12. Relaxing day in Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we will return to UB and check into the hotel. You will have free afternoon today, after long horse riding tour. In the evening after dinner you will be transferred to an oriental foot reflexology centre that relieves the stress of your body.
Day 13. Gandan Monastery in the morning and departure
In the morning, you will visit Gandan, the largest functioning monastery in the country, and there will be time for shopping before lunch. Then transfer to the airport for your international departure.