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As inexperienced riders, we spent a couple of days on horses and the Ger stay. It was an excellent... read more

Reviewed November 28, 2018
bernie k
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London, United Kingdom
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The Gobi Crossing - 10 days (Late Oct to early Nov)

In the interests of full disclosure, I should say that this is my fifth time in Mongolia with Stone... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2018
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed July 5, 2018

My brother and I went on this expedition in June 2018. We were looking for Mongolian trips which would let us see and experience the wildlife there, and this seemed like a good place to start, except that we had no experience with horse riding. We eventually decided to go 3 days earlier to stay with a herder family and learn how to ride before the expedition, a decision I haven't regretted!

The stay at the ger was enjoyable. There wasn't really much to do when we weren't riding, but our hosts Yadmaa and Davasuren were very kind, and their food was really really good! Simple meals, but we enjoyed them all.

The expedition itself was wonderful too. Coming from a city, I seldom get to see so much land, or trees, or stars... The sun was hot, the rain was cold, and the night winds colder, but the sights, the company and the horses made it all worth it!

Special mention to the horses, amazing creatures! Tough, a little bit stubborn, but gentle and good-natured. They were well taken care of, and it was fun watching them interact with each other in the herd.

Sabine, Nyamaa and the Mongolian herders took very good care of us. Really grateful for the good food, and for all the help in handling the horses, especially for an inexperienced rider like myself. The long rides were a little tiring at first, but it got better after a few days. Walking became boring then.

I don't want to make this essay too long, so I'll end off with a big THANK YOU to Keith, Sabine and everyone else for the well-organised trip, and the wonderful experience. I won't forget it in a hurry!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Keith S, Owner at Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

For having no previous horse riding experience, both you and Daniel did really well. You're fast learners. Being in good shape and a bit athletic as you both are helps. It was great to have you along, glad you liked it, and nice photo's too.Thanks for sending us a bunch. Come on back some day and do one of the longer rides.

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Reviewed July 4, 2018

Last October, we embarked on a six day horse riding, camping trek, with "Stone Horse Expeditions". Even by Mongolian standards, October 2017, was unseasonably cold but despite the weather we so enjoyed the riding trek and had such confidence in Keith, Sabine and their Mongolian team, that we requested to do another trek with them this year.

They offered us a customised camel trek, for just the two of us, in the Gobi Desert. This was not one of their regular treks and it was our first experience with camels. We were certainly not disappointed with our new experience in the desert environment. Our guide, Sabine, ensured that we were safe, well fed and comfortable and we were very happy to find that the two camels, offered to us to ride, were calm and trustworthy. All told this was a magical adventure and one we will not forget.

Our thanks to Keith, Sabine and all the Stone Horse team, for providing us with two wonderful trips in Mongolia.

Neil and Helen (Australia)

Date of experience: May 2018
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Keith S, Owner at Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2018

You both did well riding camels for 6 days. Quite adventurous and hopefully good stories to tell when you got home. I could imagine we'll see you back again some day.

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Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

I had a very good Email contact to Sabine to organize our stay. We just stay 4 days in Mongolai and Sabine helps us to get the perfect stay. We get picked up at the airport very early in the morning. Dava our guide drove us to our hotel where we had a rest for a few hours. He picked us up in the morning and we had a great Day in Ulaanbaatar with amazing sightseeing. At the next Day, we visit the wild horses. We followed them by foot and had a great view. In the afternoon we arrive at the normadic family. Yadema and her husband were very nice and we had tasty dinner and breakfast. At the next two days we ride the horses in a amazing landscape. It was one of the best expirience I made. Keith (the owner) is very friendly and he prepared the lunch with much of love. We had Picknick next to the horses in this beautyful landscape. After the ride back at the ger camp, we had cold beer and relaxed. I can recommend stone horse to eberybody who wants to make a special holyday. They are perfect in Organisation, friendly and special. If you want to have quality, go with stone horse. Thank you Keith for everything, I will come again one day. Best regards to Sabine. Dear, Heike

Date of experience: May 2018
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Keith S, Owner at Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

It was nice to have you both visit and do the horse riding with us. Happy to hear you enjoyed your time here in Mongolia. You'll have to come back for a longer ride. I'll try to continue to make the picnic lunches with care.

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights in the ger and had one full day of horse ridning in the national park and one day of sightseeing to a monastery and the Djingis Kahn statue. Had a beautifull day of riding over a pass and into the national park, rode with the horses over the river and had lunch on the other side. Even though we had no previous experience of horse ridning we were galloping at the end of the day. A great way of seeing the Mongolian outdoors. Very friendly owner and straff!

Date of experience: May 2018
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Keith S, Owner at Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

It was nice having along for a ride and good conversation alongside the river where we stopped for lunch. You both did well for not having ridden too much before. Great company. Come back anytime.

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

I wanted to experience Mongolia in the winter and with a real family.

My stay with Yadmaa and Davasuren gave me valuable insights to the daily long and hard work it takes to care, manage and move different herds of animals.

The days are long -- I kept their schedule (6:30 am - 7 pm) and tried to help where I could (don't depend on me to milk a cow.. I was terrible at it!).

Took it as a complement when Yadmaa didn't have to come into my ger in the early mornings to help switch my coal fire to a wood one.

When they realized that I had a small sheet of Mongolian phrases (always attempt a new language wherever I go), Davasuren gave me a book to study with.

And that began my daily speaking lessons during meal times as they invited me to eat with them. They are great teachers. And I know I provided comic relief with my poor pronunciation!

Speaking of food, you will be far from starving there. Davasuren is a great cook and I loved everything she made. Found the meals to be so filling, I had to skip two dinners because I was so full from lunch.

Thanks to the Mongolian phrase book, I made sure she understood and not be offended by my not being able to eat.

My days flew. The scenery and strength of the sun spectacular. Spent time walking as well as sitting outside my ger and having the resident goats, dogs, cows and horses come by to hang out. Hard not to become as relaxed and calm as they are.

There is nothing soft about life as herders. Yadmaa and Davasuren's love for the animals are evident in their interactions. Was beautiful to witness.

Finally, special thanks to Ganchimeg and Keith for being so patient with my date changes over the last year. And to Davaa for the warm welcome and great conversations to and from the farm.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Keith S, Owner at Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2018

Thanks for your comments Veronica. I'll pass them along to everyone. As you saw, it is a real herder family ger (yurt) stay and not a commercial camp, and Yadmaa and Davasuren are genuine countryside hosts. So glad you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to having you back.

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