SOLO TRAVEL

Solo Cross-Country Horse Trekking in Mongolia

Have you been dreaming about riding solo across Mongolia? To make this dream come true there’s a lot you need to know, and it can be hard to find others who’ve done it. We can teach you important things you need to know in a condensed time frame. Get no-nonsense, down-to-earth planning and advice including:

  • buying horses: where to buy, who to trust, how much to pay.  We will go with you to the horse dealer.
  • tack: saddles, bridles, etc. We will take you to Naraantuul Market and help you buy what you need.

route planning: 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 decide how many days you want to stay and which topics you need to cover. We charge $65 per person per day for solo training. 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

Gobi Desert & Horse Trekking to Orkhon Valley National Park.

Across sand dunes and grassland

This trek combines two beautiful universe: the rock formations and sand dunes of the Gobi desert, with the steppe and grassland of the Orkhon Valley.

Start with a jeep tour at the South of the country to see stunning natural formations. Clime the Khongoryn Els sand dunes, ride a camel and try to spot dinosaur fossils at BayanZag flaming cliffs. Experiment ice it the middle of the desert at the surprising Vulture Valley gorge. Plus visit the Tsagaan Suvarga, Baga Gazar and the Ongii Monstery. You will have the chance to camp in areas free of people, surrounded by beautiful landscape.

The second part of your trip will drive you to Central Mongolia in UNESCO’s World Heritage site, the Orkhon Valley. First of all you will stop to visit Khara Khorum, Genghis Khan’s famous capital and its Buddhist Monastery Erdene Zuu. Then you will meet your horses and start your 4 days horse trek across the Valley. Its vast grassland makes it the perfect place for some galloping. You will then visit the Tovkhon Monastery located at 2600m above see level. This monastery can only be reached by foot or on horseback. Finally you will see the famous Orkhon Waterfall and, if you feel adventurous, might climb down to the waterfall basin and have a swim.
Most of all, the Orkhon Valley is home to many nomadic families and herds of yaks, horses and sheep. Therefore don’t hesitate to stop to share some milk tea with a family who will be pleased to receive some visitors.

At the end of this trek you will stop in the Hustai National Park. There, you will have the chance to observe the Takhi, Mongolian Wild Horse, who is now the last wild horse species on Earth. This park is also the home of many other animals such as the red deer and grey wolf.

Dates: 13 days / 12 nights

Horse Riding to Hustai National Park.

Observe wild horses’ last species in Hustai National Park

Horseback riding is the best way to explore a place while being totally immersed in nature. You will be taken through Mongolia’s vast steppes, off the beaten trails, until you reach the famous Hustai National Park. On the way you will discover lands where nomadic families have been raising their horses, sheep and yaks for centuries. When in the need of a short break, you will stop to meet them and share some tea or fermented mare milk (airag). During this trip you will ride across rivers, green hills and grass land and camp on the river side.

Once you reach Hustai, you will explore the park to find the famous Takhi. It is the last species of true wild horses in the world who has never been domesticated. Saved from extinction and reintroduced in the wild in the late 80’s, the takhi is still an endangered species. It is only in Mongolia you’ll have the chance to observe them in the wild.
This park is also the home of red deers, wild boars, grey wolves, lynx and many more. If you look up the sky you might even see a golden eagle or one of the 200 species of birds sheltered by this park.

During this trek, we will ride about 40-45km per day and be supported by a logistic vehicle and cook.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

7 days / 6 nights also available – Extension of 2 days in the Bogd Khan Uul National Park