Designed for the more experienced horseback rider, this eight-day horse trek passes through the mountains, taiga forests, and idyllic meadows of Mongolia’s northernmost province. Traveling through the beautiful Khoridal Saridag Mountains, this adventurous journey on horseback leads to Lake Hovsgol, the alpine lake known as Mongolia’s “dark blue pearl,” stopping along the way to visit Tsaatan families who herd domesticated reindeer.
This is a challenging horse trek, and riders should be comfortable traveling on horseback over difficult and steep terrain. We will ride Mongolian horses, legendary for their stamina, sturdy build, and ability to negotiate difficult terrain, and approximately six to eight hours (30 – 40 km) will be spent in the saddle each day. The crew will include a bilingual Nomadic Expeditions guide, a camp cook, and local horse wranglers.
Day 1-2 Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Mongolia’s capital and enjoy traditional dishes. Visit the National History Museum, Bogd Khan Winter Palace museum, home of Mongolia’s last theocrat, Bogd Jabzan Damba Hutagt VIII, and the Zanabazar Fine Arts Museum. In the evening, enjoy a performance featuring traditional Mongolian dancers and khoomi throat singers, followed by dinner at a fine local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3-4 Muron | Tsagaan Nuur Village
Begin the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia.
After lunch, fly north to Muron (1.5 hours), the capital of Hovsgol Province, and continue overland towards Renchinlhumbe Village. Camp near Ulaan-Uul sum. During the expedition our guides will set up camp with expedition-quality three-person tents for every two people, outfitted with sleeping bags and mats.
Spend the day driving north to the village of Tsagaan Nuur, named for the nearby White Lake, home to Pidschjan whitefish. Built especially for the Tsaatan community in the 1950s as a town center, Tsagaan Nuur had one of the country’s largest fish farms, as well as a reindeer-breeding farm, until the collapse of communism in 1990.
Day 5-6 Darkhadyn Khotgor | Har Davaa Pass
Start riding through the beautiful wilderness region of Darkhadyn Khotgor, crossing numerous rivers along the way. Ride past the west end of Targan Nuur Lake to reach the remote Tsaatan settlement.
Day 7-9 Tsaatan | Darkhadyn Khotgor | Arsai River
Spend a day experiencing the traditional nomadic lifestyle of the Tsaatan. Depart on horseback for Jigleg Pass the following morning.
Day 10-12 Jigleg Pass | Har-Us River
Spend these days horse trekking through Jigleg Pass and along the Har-Us River.
Day 13-14 Lake Hovsgol | Muron | Ulaanbaatar
Relax for a day at Lake Hovsgol. Drive to Muron and fly to Ulaanbaatar to conclude the tour of Mongolia.