I initially found it hard to see any reviews on ger to ger before booking and doing a trip with them, so thought that I should write some information on the 12 day ger to ger horse treking trip that my partner and I did in August 2011.
In a nut shell:
- it was by far the best trip we have EVER done!
- it was difficult and managing the horse took time and patience (this was aided by a Canadian couple we went with who had previous experience of riding - invaluable on this kind of trip)
- our guides did not speak english (as warned by ger to ger) however we communicated everything that was needed in signs, through our language book, and by straight up learning mongolian for, spoon, fire, wood, horse, water, camp....etc etc. They were very good guides, caring and fun to spend time with.
-Learned quickly to"let go" of western standards - times of camp (we get there when we get there), worries about food, and so on. You have to just go with the flow.
- Yes the sales patter was good and the staff (prior to sale!) were much more friendly and welcoming than on our return (only complaint - was that we werent asked upon return to ger to ger when we collected our bagage - even a simple "so how did you enjoy the trip" - a small niggle i know but feedback is feedback.)
- Our trip was modified due to the weather...having already gone across one bog which nearly swallowed our pack horse the guides used their experience to take us a different route. Much prefered to loosing our belongings, and sensible.
A few points if you consider doing this trip or one similar:
- horses are big animals and take time to ride well, so read up before you go it will help.
- wear boots or buy some (in UB) shin protectors - our guides lent us some but this is not always available.
- take plently of snacks (helps when inbetween camps)
- take a trowl - digging your own pit toilet is necessary when miles from anyone or anything
- leave your expectations at home and have a big sense of adventure...your going to need it.
oh. also if you do the horse trip to the lake, take some fishing wire/ hook. You'll appreciate it when your eating fried freshly caught fish rather than fatty meat (a mongolian speciality!! hehe)
sarah and craig