Hagiin Har Lake lies hidden within one of the most scenic and unexplored areas of Central Mongolia. Accessible only by foot, horse, or helicopter, and until recently known only to local hunters, this pristine lake remains one of Mongolia’s best-kept secrets that you will be able to enjoy on your Mongolian trek.
Travel on horseback north from Ulaanbaatar, through river valleys and mountain passes, stopping along the way to explore the atmospheric Gunjin Temple ruins. A horse trek designed for experienced riders, the dramatic journey to Hagiin Har passes through coniferous forests, marshlands, and grassy hills to reach this extraordinary crystal-clear lake.
Surrounded by the wild crags of the Han Hentii Mountains, and free of any human settlement, Hagiin Har Lake is an ideal place for fishing, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and relaxing. The horses used on the trek are generally smaller and leaner than those riders may be used to, but this is characteristic of this sturdy Mongolian breed. Approximately four to six hours will be spent in the saddle each day, and traditional Russian cavalry-style saddles will be provided for each participant. In addition to the Nomadic Expeditions guide, the crew will include a camp cook and local horse wranglers.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar | Gorkhi Terelj National Park
Upon arrival in Mongolia’s capital, enjoy the view from Zaisan Memorial Hill, followed by a meal of traditional Mongolian foods. The following day, visit Mongolia’s largest monastery before driving to Gorkhi Terelj National Park.
Day 3-5 Horse Trek | Jivkheest River
Spend these days trekking Mongolia on small but sturdy horses, crossing the Terelj River on the way to the Baruun and Dund Bayan Mountains. Stop to explore the atmospheric Gunjin Temple ruins. Continue on horseback touring Mongolia’s dramatic forest and mountain scenery, spending a night beside the Jivkheest River.
Day 6-7 Hagiin Har Lake
Spend these days relaxing and exploring the area surrounding Hagiin Har, a peaceful lake accessible only by foot, horse or helicopter.
Day 8-9 Havirgyn Davaa Pass | Zuugiin Spring
Pass through breathtaking scenery and you tour Mongolia on the ride back to Gorkhi Terelj National Park, stopping to spend the night at Havirgyn Davaa Pass and Zuugiin Spring.
Day 10-11 Han Hentii Mountains | Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar, passing through the Han Hentii Strictly Protected Area. Enjoy the final day in Ulaanbaatar with a trip to the Natural History and Fine Arts Museums, as well as a throat singing performance.