Horse Trails Mongolia - Day Treks

Horse Trails Mongolia - Day Treks

Horse Trails Mongolia - Day Treks
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DayTrip825151
Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
My friend David and I booked a private tour to Khagan Khaar Lake, rather late (about 3 weeks before departure) and had an absolutely phenomenal experience with Zaya, Ulan, and Tegan!

Although we experienced our fair share of rain and mud, the sights were unbelievable, and everyone kept a great attitude. The team was professional and fun, the pricing was fair, the cooking was tremendous, and the horses were well taken care of. Riding my horse bareback into the lake will forever rank as one of the most thrilling experiences of my life.

I would absolutely book a tour with Horse Trails Mongolia again, although with a few changes:

1) Bring bug spray, not just for myself, but also for the horses (they're fly magnets in the summer)

2) Bring a very durable, waterproof bag. Although nothing was damaged during the trek, there were quite a few river crossings where it would have been far too easy to ruin your passport because it wasn't packed properly

3) Learn a little more Mongolian before arriving

4) Book for at least two weeks

All in all, a fantastic trip. Highly recommended for anyone looking to experience an adventure off the beaten path
Written July 31, 2023
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ryan n
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile5 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Couples
Incredible trip, 10/10.
My wife and I spent 16 days in western Mongolia on Horseback with our guide, Amaraa.
The trip itinerary was well planned, included a wide range of different scenery and interesting cultural experiences.
Amaraa did a great job in catering to our requests for vegetarian meals and providing western saddles.
Amaraa’s knowledge of local history and geography was a huge asset to answer our hundreds of questions over the weeks.
I would highly recommend Horse Trails Mongolia.
Written August 13, 2023
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Alizee B
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Jul 2023 • Solo
Very good communication by email to help organise my trek. I changed my plans multiple times and Amaraa & Zaya have been very kind and accommodating with my dates.
They ran the tour for me, even though it was only me. Most companies would have a minimum of tourists to run a tour. They also offered a good rate per day.
I did a 5-day horseback trek in Terelj.
Meeting the nomadic family was very special and memorable.
My guide Ganaa was simply wonderful. He was friendly and speaks good enough English to have lots of conversations. He does everything, including setting up tents, packing luggage, and even cooking and cleaning ! The company (people) can make or break a tour, so I felt blessed to have him.
The ponies provided by our horseman were perfect. The horses are actually quite small and their gait is smooth so they are actually quite comfortable and I did not get sore. My pony was very smart about where to walk and I could just sit and trust him (I am an experienced rider).
Overall, you have to be resilient, flexible and open to adventure for this kind of tour. But it is well worth it and there is a lot to learn. I was very nervous, but the guides looked after me extremely well. I am very grateful and will remember this trip forever.
Written July 14, 2023
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David S
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Jul 2023 • Friends
My friend and I had a fantastic 9 day trip to Khagin Khar Lake. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable, the horseman was very organized and hard-working and the chef delivered 3 delicious cooked meals per day. We trekked through a variety of landscapes including mountain passes, woodland, river crossings and galloped across the grassy plains.

There was beautiful scenery everywhere we went, a lot of rare wildlife and the rare feeling of being totally separated from the rest of civilization.

Of course the experience was wonderful, however the biggest joy for me was the friendships that we were able to make with Zaya, Ulan, and Tsige. They were always positive, relaxed and full of laughter and it made our trip much easier and more enjoyable. We finished the week feeling like family and were very sad to say bye to them. We hope that we can visit again in the not too distant future! :D
Written August 23, 2023
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Charlotte K
Haren, The Netherlands2 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Solo
I just returned from my HTM Northern Mongolia trip last week and, before writing my own review, I re-read the four other reviews. Conclusion: All their words of praise are really true! It was a fantastic experience. Thank you, Amaraa and HTM!

No one I knew wanted to join me on this trip, so I went solo. It turned out that, in our group of 6, 4 were also solo and 2 were friends. The friends were doing a second trip with HTM (!!!). We were accompanied by Amaraa and three horsemen on our 2 week adventure. We all got along great. As others have said before – the horses were also amazing. I have ridden since I was a child in all terrains, but these are the most sure-footed mounts I have ever experienced. Just point them in the right direction and they maneuver bog, rocks, bumps and holes in the ground – at any speed. By the way, the saddles – Russian military (like small English saddles) – were not a real problem. The hours in the saddle might get to you (sometimes quite long!), but you get over that within a day or two. That said, this trip was a joy for (relatively) experienced riders, but I wouldn’t recommend it for real beginners.

What did we see? What did we do? The landscape was breath-taking and varied: from wide open steppes, to steep wooded mountain passes, to lakes and rivers, to snow levels and everything in between. The area is very remote (by our standards) and we usually camped wild, next to a river or a lake. But we also camped next to our horsemen’s houses and were welcomed into their homes for meals. They went about their own daily routines, with us sometimes tagging along and trying our hand (literally: yak-milking is not easy). We also “went shopping” in a town of about 2000-3000 people, got our border permits in another small town, got a quick look at Morun, the province capital, and visited the even remoter reindeer people in their teepees. So, even though most of our hours were spent in the saddle in wide-open spaces, we also got a good impression of how people live in that part of Mongolia. I could easily go on writing down experiences, but you should have a basic impression by now.

In summary: Go riding in Mongolia AND do it with Horse Trails Mongolia! It is a wonderful and unique experience.
Written July 17, 2014
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HI Charlotte, This is Amaraa, thanks for your feed back!, Amaraa
Written June 2, 2018
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Marie-Anne
Aarhus, Denmark9 contributions
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Aug 2015 • Solo
Imaging yourself sitting in front of your tent, watching a spectacular sunset which turns the lake gold and the mountains behind you green bluish. When you turn your head, the horses en camels are arriving. You’re going to spend six days on horseback in the most remote area in Western Mongolia.

For me it was not only imagination, but in 2015 it became real. I planned my trip to Mongolia from home and Amaraa was answering al my questions via email. So I came prepared with the right stuff and cloths. Amaraa is a wonderful guide!

Why you should go traveling with Amaraa in Mongolia (North, East, West or South Mongolia):

- He is not only a horseman but a real guide who is aware of the needs of you as a tourist. And I can tell you from my own experience, it makes a big difference!!
- Beside Amaraa as a guide, the trip is guided by local horseman. They plan the route, because these locals know the area the best and show you the most remote places and take you to their families.
- Good tents, materials for the horses and really nice food (with vegetables!)
- Small groups!
- Amaraa loves galloping, so you will be able to do a lot of galloping at the steppe!

Enjoy your trip :)!
Written June 18, 2016
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Thanks Marie, Very nice pictures! Amaraa
Written May 22, 2018
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Eddy G
Lutjebroek, The Netherlands116 contributions
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Sep 2013 • Solo
When I planned my Mongolian horse trekking experience as part of my RTW voyage about a year ago, I requested several companies in USA en The Netherlands for quotations with a starting date late September. None came with a suitable proposal. After searching the internet I came across horsetrailsmongolia.com. On my information request I received a prompt and affirmative answer from Amaaraa, stating they could tailor-made their Arkhangai trek with any starting date until it gets too cold.
I was very pleased with their answer, but could they deliver what they promised? Making arrangements for a trek one year ahead on the internet which should fit in a RTW voyage is not without risks.
About 9 months after making my reservation, exactly September 21, I arrived Ulaanbaatar airport and I was immediately welcomed by a sweet smiling young lady Puujee who, as it appeared to me later, would be my English speaking guide, travel companion when horse trekking and cook. Upon arrival I noticed that my suitcase with clothing for horse riding and cold weather conditions sent separately by courier was still in Mongolian customs. Thanks to Puujee's resolute performance we managed to have my horse riding suitcase released just 5 minutes before weekend closing time. Oh, how thankful was I that Puujee was there so that my trek could start as planned.

The next day I was picked up from my hotel by Puujee and the driver Baagii. Baagii was a very skilled driver who had done this tour many times. The roads -both paved and unpaved- are many times very bad. Baaggii knew all the stops, as he knew the area superbly. At night we slept in a Ger with family or under the sky in tents. When camping Baagii selected spots with unsurpassed views and natural beauty. The same had happened with the lunch breaks. He took also care of the horses with a calm posture as if they were his closest friends.

Puujee took charge of all the activities such as sight-seeing, the trek starting time and the preparation and serving of all meals ( friendly assisted by Baagii). She also was a marvellous travel companion, always cheerful, eager to learn about myself and my home country sharing her knowledge about Mongolia and her personal life style and her decisions she are about to take having achieved a university degree in IT. Many rides went very quietly enjoying intensely the beautiful views. The silence was sometimes broken by delightful and interesting conversations in English. Her English language skills -though not fluent- are more than sufficient to have a pleasant and humorous time. Furthermore I was amazed by Puujee's cooking skills which she had learned from her grandmother: on all occasions she managed with limited ingredients to prepare a different healthy and tasty meal.

Some remark about the climate conditions. Amaaraa from Horse Trails Mongolia provided a list of things to bring. And I found this list very helpful as nature camping requires, besides some experience, also the right equipment to have fun, even at night temperatures below freezing levels. During my 9 nights temperatures has ranged from an estimated minus 5 to 2 celsius. This hardship came with a bonus. Daily temperatures reached well over 20 celsius when the sun shined enjoying summer type conditions without flies. And this happened during all my 6 horse trekking days!

One minor point with Horse Trails Mongolia company is their invoicing and payment facilities. They were very late and not accurate in the amount invoiced. Payment is only possible by cash or bank transfer. They offer no credit card or Paypal options.

In conclusion, if you have a passion for horses and natural beauty, Mongolia is the country very much worth visiting. I had a once in a lifetime experience with genuine horse people, a skilled and charming staff and powerful smart Mongolian horses.
Written November 15, 2013
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Sally F
Beijing, China29 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Solo
This trekking company fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine, to travel cross-country on horseback. Amaraa provided every support and reassurance by email prior to arrival, helping me with visa requirements and hotel bookings, and keeping me briefed on all the details with his excellent English skills and local knowledge. Before the start of the trek, he was even able to organise horses for me and two others to ride at the Nadaam races in a small town near Ulanbator, a family event in which all the riders are boys, an exciting day and an awesome introduction to traditional Mongolian culture. We were invited to a yurt breakfast of milk and mutton and formally offered doses of snuff from small ornate jars by the men in their silk gowns, while all across the hillside boys rode around the camps singing to the horses to keep them calm.
The four day trek began with an overnight stay with the nomad family who provided the horses, and Zacmur, the horseman who was to lead our trek. I was humbled by the peaceful yet vibrant family, by their hospitality as they yarded the herds of sheep and cattle, then made dumplings for our meal before going out to milk in the dusk. Over the next three days we followed the pathway of the family’s seasonal shift along the river through fields of dazzling purple and blue wild flowers, visiting the romantic tomb of a Manchu Princess deep in a pine forest and up through the dramatic rocky outcrops to the autumn and winter camps. Bilguun, the English speaking guide looked after everything to make sure of a great experience and was still able to feed my interest in local culture and history. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, and much more than I could have ever dreamt of!
Written December 6, 2015
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Oli R
Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
I can highly recommend this experience for those who are looking for a fully immersive Mongolia expedition. That said, it is not for everyone, you will be sitting on a horse with only a soviet era saddle between you and the horse (pony…), you will be sharing a tent with the local family and you will be drinking fermented horse’s milk. If all of that sounds fun then these guys will seriously look after you and make the experience as tailored to you as they can.

I went with a friend and they were the only company that would allow us to go out for 5 days and with only 2 of us on the trip. I cant imagine what it would be like on one of the bigger tours and quite frankly in the area of Mongolia we were in, I don’t believe you would need more than 5-7 days, it’s the Steppe and while it is breath taking, stunning, amazing and awe-inspiring…it is not the most varied terrain.

We were picked up from UB and driven 5-6hrs by our very friendly and helpful guide Oyun-erdene (“Jessica”) and our driver/horse-man Gunna into the countryside to meet the family we were staying with. The setting was absolutely beautiful and the host family were very friendly without fussing over us, essentially they welcomed us and then got back to their day jobs of tending the animals. We had our first ride on the horses for about 3hrs where we rode to the top of a nearby hill to see the view which was spectacular. The horses are really ponies and were, in my experience, virtually bomb proof, if anything they were slightly on the lazy side as little ponies tend to be. Any vaguely competent rider would be fine on one, although padded cycling shorts were a god send for the very hard saddles. The first evening was spent playing cards and chatting (through Jessica – no one else spoke English) with people in the traditional Gir (sp) that we were all staying in. Sleeping bags were brought out later and we bedded down on the floor with Jessica and Gunna as the local families slept on the beds.

Day two we were up early for a walk under the clear blue sky, which never gets old, while Jessica made us tea and breakfast outside in the sunshine, it was totally blissful. After that we mounted up and rode for about six hours in total (stopping for a break for a delicious lunch in a meadow with not another human structure or person seen for at least three hours of riding…) into a beautiful open area that Gunna knew. Here we set up tents and relaxed in the evening sun. Jessica made another great meal for dinner and we sat around chatting, playing cards and signing songs. The fact that we had picked up a couple of bottles of wine in duty free didn’t hurt the vocal chords…

We woke up the next day to blizzard so it was a slow start while we put on every piece of clothing we owned (reckon it to have been about -10’C with windchill) before heading out on the horses back to camp. Goes without saying that we made it back to the host family in a far quicker time… Worth saying that Jessica and Gunna looked after us every step of this journey, occasionally pulling the support van that he drove up to allow us to get in and thaw out before getting back on the horses, and we certainly had the option to drive back in rather than ride. Once back in the camp it was an afternoon of warm tea and photo taking. The evening was spent meeting a few more of the local families and engaging in some cultural activities with them, yep that pesky Arrak again (fermented mare’s milk…its an ‘acquired’ taste but not the end of the world) and some snuff etc, all friendly and optional.

Final day we breakfasted in the sunshine again as the blizzard had passed and then spent the morning on horseback helping to muster the various animals and herd them across the plains. In the afternoon we drove back to UB having had a very unforgettable experience.

If you have made it this far, let’s face it I’m no Shakespeare, then you are clearly interested in a trip to Mongolia to stay with a family and I can honestly recommend Horse Trails Mongolia incredibly highly. They were a fantastic outfit and as long as you know what you are getting yourself in for (see above if you skipped it…) then it is an incredible experience. I am very keen to do a tour in the North of Mongolia next year and wouldn’t dream of doing it with any other company, they made it easy, safe, fun and enjoyable. Jessica was a phenomenal guide, utterly charming and fun as well as giving us insight into the Mongolian way of life and also a great cook. Gunna handled all the driving and horses immaculately and was always good company.

Things to note:
You will be sharing a Ger with up to 7 Mongolians
You probably won’t shower
Toilets are outside and are literally holes in the ground
The local food is very meat dependent (almost exclusively mutton), my friend is a vegetarian and Jessica handled that perfectly cooking up amazing veggie stews and pastas
It can get very cold but we went out of peak season
Written October 3, 2013
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Sabri B
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Aug 2017 • Friends
Went with my family and friends from the U.S., Europe and Asia on a 3-day excursion and had the time of a lifetime. Barbecue ("shashlik" and authentic "boodog"), trekking, horseriding and instruction, visiting nearby nomads, and visiting nearby historical sites...the works! Comfy accommodations and cozy meals. The team at HorseTrails is very experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable. The nice thing about this service (in comparison to others) is the level of customizability you have over the schedule, as well as the fact that it can be as authentic and rustic as you want without losing the comforts you want. Highly recommended all around.
Written May 29, 2018
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Thanks Sabri! Welcome back! Amaraa
Written June 2, 2018
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