Horse herding

Across the steppe as a true Mongolian horseman

This adventure will offer you the opportunity to experience horseman’s life for the time of a trek. Indeed you will join horsemen to help them herding Stepperiders horses. There are over 200 horses that have to be herd from Stepperiders’ camp to winter camp. This journey will take them one month, but you will join them for 5 days.

Horse herding has been done for centuries and is necessary to provide enough grass to the horses to survive the tough winter. The summer camp hills have been grazed and it is time for this area to rest and re-grow until next summer. The winter camp will ensure good conditions to the horses who will experience temperatures going below -40C.

If you like adventure and horses and are not afraid from the cold, this trek is perfect for you! It will be a total immersion in a life far from the ordinary! You will end with the visit of Terelj National park, celebrating the end of your trek in a warm ger with the other participants.

The weather can be tough in October, this is why you will be followed by a support vehicle, to allow you to rest and warm up when it becomes too difficult.

 

Gobi & Kara Korum Express

Express tour through the beautiful Gobi

This tour will take you to the Mongolian Gobi desert known as second largest desert in the World. Home of the historical remains of Genghis Khan and ancient nomad’s culture – UNESCO world heritage sites. First you will travel to vast Gobi desert to visit Khongoryn Els sand dunes – climbing and camel riding, Flaming Cliffs – cradle of dinosaurs, Vulture Valley – admire wildlife, and nature formations. Than we are heading to central Mongolia, visiting at Kara Korum – Ancient capital, first Mongolian Buddhist monastery – Erdene Zuu and enjoy watching wildlife and landscape. We will drive on nature road and our driving distance would be about 250km for per day. On the way, we will visit at nomadic families and get introduction of their unique lifestyle. Every day, we set up our tents nearby beautiful camping spots based on our scheduled distances and sleep under starry nights.

Dates:  7 days / 6 nights

SOLO TRAVEL

Solo Horse Trekking in Mongolia

Have you ever been dreaming about riding solo across Mongolia? To make this dream come true there’s a lot you need to know. At Stepperiders we will teach you everything you need to know in a condensed time frame. Get no-nonsense, down-to-earth planning and advice including:

  • buying horses: Stepperiders sells reliable horses for solo-trek
  • tack: saddles, bridles, etc. We will take you to Naraantuul Market and help you buy what you need or you can directly rent the equipment from us.
  • route planning: available grass and water, sites to see, navigation technique.
  • accommodation: how to ask for lodging in a family ger, how much to pay.
  • provisions: what to take, what to buy a long the way, managing pack horses.
  • culture: customs, taboos, dos and don’ts.
  • language: essential Mongolian language phrases.
  • when you need help: how to get it when you need it.
  • health and safety: first aid for you and your horse, plus dangers and annoyances, horse thieves.
  • behind those big brown eyes: understanding the Mongolian horse.

You will decide how many days you want to stay and which topics you need to cover. Usually people train for 5 to 7 days before to start their solo trek.

We charge $65 per person per day for solo training, this includes the meals and accommodation in a ger. You will be training with the experienced guides of the company, so please decide on your dates as soon as possible, then contact us to get your deposit in to lock in those dates.

Testimonials:

Tuomas (Finland),

“I first made contact with Stepperiders nearly 3 months ago. I came to them with dozens of questions about how to do a solo horse trip through Mongolia. They were extremely informative and invited me to stay at Stepperiders while I became accustomed to Mongolia. After spending a week with Stepperiders, I felt very comfortable setting off on my own. I have been introduced to customs and ways of life I would have otherwise stumbled over throughout my trip. Thank you very much Stepperiders.”

Joshua (USA),

“I wanted to try independent travelling by horse in Mongolia… and I discovered Stepperiders! I thought that meeting them would be a good preparation for getting out there on my own… Err, I was wrong: It was AWESOME !!! Definitely stay a couple of days with them, and they will let you know all that you need about preparing a trip, buying horses, choosing your equipment, behaving with the Mongolians…Cheers all, Stepperiders is bound to succeed!!!”

Adrien (France),

“I really recommend Stepperiders if you are planning to do solo horse trekking. Unless you speak Mongolian, it`s going to be very hard to buy the horses and tack etc. without someone helping you ( or you will end up paying much more.)  Before my trek I stayed few days with Stepperiders and we covered all the things I needed to know when I was riding alone. They really worked a lot to find good horses for me that would be able to do the job. I also stayed there few days after the trek and I felt more like a family member than a customer.”

TERELJ & HUSTAI NATIONAL PARKS & GENGHIS KHAN EQUESTRIAN STATUE

Mongolian symbols

If you have a short time in Mongolia we are offering you to meet two Mongolian symbols: Genghis Khan on his horse and the Takhi Wild Horses.

Head first to the famous Hustai National Park who has re-introduced in the wild the Takhi. The Takhi is the last species of wild horses in the world. This park is also home to more wildlife such as the red deer, grey wolves and more. Enjoy a hike in the park to see how many animals you are able to spot.

Next day we will drive you to the Terelj National Park. This beautiful area contains many rock formations such as the famous Turtle Rock. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and visit a meditation temple.
Then meet with the famous Genghis Khan! The park hosts a 40m tall statue of this Mongolian legend on horseback. The statue is located where Genghis Khan found his golden whip and it is facing his birthplace. Enter the statue to visit its inside museum and have a walk on its horse head to enjoy the view.

Horse Trekking To Lake Huvsgul

Trek to Mongolia’s most voluminous lake, transition between steppe and taiga

This horse trek will take you to the most pristine nature and glacier lakes. Located in the northern part of Mongolia, Lake Huvsgul marks the boarder between two worlds: the steppe and the taiga. Another particularity of this region is that very special people live there. Indeed, it is the home of the reindeer herders, also called Tsaatan, from the Darkhad ethnic group. Those people live of reindeer herding and they can even ride them like horses. Plus, contrarily to other Mongolian nomads who live in gers, the Tsaatan live in tipis.

The Huvsgul Nuur national park is one of Mongolia’s top scenic attractions consisting of high mountains, known as Khordil saridag, thick pine forests, lush meadows, and of course the beautiful lake Huvsgul.You will ride in hidden trails in the mountains and across the valleys of the national parks. During summer you will have the chance to see many colorful flowers along the way. And you will often come across grazing yacks and horses.

You will reach this beautiful national park by car and start you horse adventure there. 6 days of horse riding are awaiting you, covering about 25 to 30km of trail each day. Some of the route might be difficult with muddy meadows and streams to cross on horseback. But this is worth the stunning landscape and total immersion in nature you will experience. And don’t worry it is only a small part of the trek.

This trek is supported by camping equipment and a cook. Each night will be spent in a different beautiful and peaceful camping spot.

Come and ride with us.

Dates: 10 days / 9 nights

Bogd Khan Uul National Park

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bogd Khan Uul National Park.

Established in 1778, Bogd Khaan Uul National Park is one of the world’s oldest national parks. In fact, the park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in the Culture category.
It is the home of diverse wildlife lives such as wolves, foxes, and endangered hare and deer. Some of which you may be able to spot in your time there. Bogd Khan Uul was the home of Mongolia’s largest Buddhist monastery before its destruction during the socialist regime. The Manzushir ruins are now home to only a few monks of which you might catch a glimpse.

This trek proposes various activities based on your interests and skills. First of all, discover the ruins of the Manzushir monastery and its museum. If you wish, hike to the summit of the park’s highest peak,Tsetseegun Uul at 2256m. Finally, explore Zuun Mod city, the capital of the Tuv province.
An overnight stay with a local nomadic family is included during which you will discover Mongolian culture.

Join us on this 3 days horse trek to discover Bogd Khan Uul!

Ulaanbaatar City Tour.

Highlights of Day Trip: National Museum of Mongolian History, Gandan Khiid Buddhist Monastery, Sukhbaatar Square,  Bogd Khan Palace Museum, Zaisan Hill Memorial Statue and Mongolian Folklore Performance with Tumen Ekh.

 

Open Steppe Biking to Hustai National Park.

Three days bike adventure

Biking is a good way the explore a place and its natural beauty. You will ride off beaten trails on natural terrain. This 3 days biking tour will take you in the open steppes, land of nomadic family with grazing horses, sheep and cattle. You will cross the small rivers, green hills and grassland in the beautiful countryside. The last day will be spent in Hustai National Park where we will observe  camping on river side and visiting at nomadic family gives you more taste of Mongolian lifestyle and adventures. We ride to visit at national park and see the Mongolian wild horses on bike. You may feel that you are from nature on this trip. We ride about 50-60km per day and each day we are supported by vehicle and cook. This trip brings you to adventures and riding experiences.

Dates: 2nights / 3days

 

Biking in the National Parks – Terelj & Bogd Khan Uul.

During our biking, we will ride in the famous Bogd Khan mountain and Terelj national parks to enjoy riding from scenery, landscape, visiting at historical sites and jump out to ride on open steppes again and visit at Genghis Khan statue complex – tallest horseback monument in the World now, brings you to little back of ancient history and we will get very closer to livestock as yaks, horses, sheep and meet with nomadic families. We ride 50-60km per day and road condition will be on nature road and off road. Also this biking tour brings you to close at the nature and locals.

Dates: 2 nights/3 days.

Central Mongolia Tour.

Express Central Mongolia Highlights

This trip will give you the opportunity to discover the best Mongolian highlights in only 6 days.

Start with the visit of the Hustai National Park to meet with the famous Takhi, also called Przewalski, the last wild horse species in the world. It has been reintroduced in the wild in Hustai in the 90’s. Continue your way towards Orkhon and stop in Genghis Khan’s famous capital Kara Khorum. There you will visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery and its local museum. Then pursue your trip to the Orkhon Valley and stop at the beautiful Orkhon River Waterfall. Enjoy taking photo or, if you feel adventurous, climb down to the waterfall basin.
Later, hike to the Tovkhon Monastery and visit this exceptional Buddhist area. Finally, end your trip on the shore of relaxing Lake Ugii where you can go for a hike or horse riding.
Every night, we will set up our tents in beautiful places bringing you closer to nature and nomadic culture.

Join us on this trip to explore untouched landscapes, natural wonders, legendary monasteries, historical ancient cities, grazing livestock and nomadic families.

Dates: 6 days / 5 nights