Mongolia is probably the only place where horses outnumber the human population. They were and are the very center of all nomadic existence and have been instrumental in the history and culture of the Mongols. It is thanks to these strong, yet undemanding horses, the armies of Chinggis Khaan conquered half of the known world in the 13th century, and, thanks to them, mongols are still able to roam vast steppes of Inner Asia practically the same way their ancestors lived for millennia. Join us on this trek and find yourself living and riding with the sons of Chinggis khan himself. There are many horseback riding opportunities in Mongolia. What makes this adventure unique is it cuts down the driving time and takes places in an unusually pristine ecosystem just north east of Ulaanbaatar, an area neighboring the birthplace of Genghis Khan. It was most likely one of the hunting grounds of the early 13th century.

Brief Daily Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival at the airport, meet your guide and transfer to a centrally located hotel. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner in one of the fine restaurants of Ulaanbaatar. Overnight at the hotel. (Hotel Blue Sky or similar; D)

Day 2. Gandan Monastery / Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Begin the day with a visit to Gandan Monastery, the seat of Buddhism in Mongolia. Woven through Mongolia’s nomadic culture is a rich Tibetan-Buddhist tradition with ancient Shamanist practices still evident. Although Buddhist monasteries were either destroyed or converted into museums during the Stalinist purges of the 1930s, Gandan Monastery continued to operate as a “showpiece” for government officials. However, in spite of the government’s efforts to suppress Buddhism and other religious beliefs, Mongolia’s spirituality persisted and significant resurgence of Buddhism began in 1990 when Mongolia became a democracy. Monasteries across the country are again opening their doors to worshippers and the few lamas who survived the purges are training a new generation. Massive reconstruction and renovation projects are underway and priceless artifacts that were hidden for safekeeping by nomadic families are now being returned to monasteries.

Experience these exciting developments first-hand at Gandan Monastery. Strolling through the monastery grounds, you will hear the low tones of the horns used to call the lamas to the temple and can observe their daily rituals, including the reading of sutras (teachings of the Buddha). Also visit the reconstruction and renovation projects of the Chenrezi and Kalachakra Temples, as well as the magnificent statue of Migjid Janraisig (“the lord who looks in every direction”). This 82-foot high statue, gilded in pure gold and clothed with silk and precious stones, completely fills one of Gandan’s temples.

Next, drive through downtown Ulaanbaatar to the National History Museum for an excellent overview of Mongolia’s history and culture. The newly remodeled museum displays traditional implements of daily nomadic life including Stone and Bronze Age artifacts, historical costumes of Mongolia’s minority tribes, sacred religious relics, and agricultural, fishing and hunting equipment.

After lunch, drive to nearby Gorkhi-Terelj National Park (1 hour). Comprised of the southern Khentii mountain range, this mountain forest steppe region offers beautiful landscapes including unique geological formations and provides habitat for a variety of birds and plant-life. Also sheltered in this protected area are endangered musk deer and moose, brown bear, roe, elk, wolf, fox and badger. Spend your time exploring the surrounding area on foot or on horseback. Overnight in tents. (Tent Camp; B, L, D)

Day 3.  Zuun Bayan / Zuugiin Spring

After familiarizing yourself with your horses, begin trekking along the Zuun Bayan valley towards Zuugiin Spring, a natural spring used by locals for healing internal problems. Such springs are plentiful and popular in Mongolia; nomads use hundreds of them to cure various ailments. Continue on to our camp site, overnight in tents. (Approximately 6 hours riding; Tent camp; B, L, D)

Day 4. Baruun Bayan

This morning, we will start trekking to Baruun Bayan Mountain. We will cross the mountain pass and continue trekking through the Baruun Bayan river. The rich, grassy bank of Baruun Bayan is picturesque with nomadic gers and free ranging cattle. After a picnic lunch, we will arrive at tour base camp. Overnight tonight in tents in this beautiful valley. (Approx. 5 hours riding; Tent Camp; B, L, D)

Day 5. Terelj Valley

After breakfast, continue riding through a pictures Terelj Valley, crossing over mountain streams and passes. Overnight in tents. (Approx. 5-6 hours riding; Tent Camp; B, L, D)

Day 6. Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, begin the drive back to Ulaanbaatar, passing through the Han Hentii strictly protected area with its idyllic scenery of wilderness and remote nomadic ger camps. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to your hotel and then enjoy dinner at a fine local restaurant. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Mongolian performance followed by a farewell diner at a fine local restaurant. (Approx. 6 hours driving; Hotel Blue Sky or similar; B, L, D)

Day 7. Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure. (B)

Trip Highlights:

  • This trip will take place in north eastern part of Mongolia, which has a Siberian type of ecosystems and mountains blanketed with boreal forest.
  • Experience riding Mongolian horses which has a smaller body but much sturdier than their cousins elsewhere.
  • Gorkhi Terelj National Park is a beautiful national park covered with larch forest, granite rock hills and criss crossing rivers.
  • Witness Mongolia’s diverse and rich flora and fauna while riding through the wilderness area
  • Meet Mongolian nomads and explore their living style.


Trip Date:

June 20-26, July 20 – 26; Aug 20 – 26, 2024

2 participants:

$2,700 per person, twin occupancy

3-5 participants:

$2,455 per person, twin occupancy

6-9 participants:

$1,750 per person, twin occupancy

10-12 participants:

$1,560 per person, twin occupancy

Optional single supplement:

$270 per person



Hotel Ulaanbaatar

Hotel Ulaanbaatar is conveniently located in downtown Ulaanbaatar and is a well established accommodation with its 20th century characte-ristics and friendly staff. All major attractions of UB are located within walking distance from the hotel.

Wilderness Mongolia summer

Tent camp

During the most part of our quest, we will be staying in an expedition style tents with the sleeping bags and mats provided by us. Our chef will prepare hearty meals each evening by a bong fire under the sky full of dazzling stars.