Enjoy the beautiful scenery in this protected park. It's one of the world's oldest National Parks dating back to 1778 and is home to wildlife such as wolves, foxes, and endangered species of hare and deer. Possible options for this trek are to ride to the summit of Tsetseegun Uul, the park's highest peak at 2256m, or to visit the impressive (some would say over the top) Chinggis Khaan ger camp where camel riding is available.
Day 1: Ride from the Stepperiders camp to Bogd Kahn Uul. Camp overnight.
Day 2: Tour the beautiful forested National Park on horseback and return to Stepperiders.
IF YOU WANT TO RIDE FOR 3 DAYS (2 nights of camping)
Do all of the riding in the Bogd Khan Uul trip (above), plus visit Manzushir Monastery. Set in the beautiful tree-lined valleys of the Bogdkhan Uul National Park, this monastery, first established in 1733, once boasted 20 temples and over 300 monks. The monastery was a center of learning in Mongolia, including schools of medicine, astrology and philosophy. Like most monasteries in Mongolia it was destroyed in the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. The only remaining temple has been restored and made into a museum. The museum includes religious paintings (“tanka”), Buddhist relics, and musical instruments. Also on the grounds are a bronze cauldron dating back to 1726, ruins of the original monastery, and some Buddhist paintings above the temple. It’s worth the climb up just for the view down the gorgeous valley.
Day 1: Ride through the beautiful forested areas of Bogd Khan Uul National Park and camp overnight.
Day 2: Explore the monastery at leisure. Have lunch. Ride out of the park to the open steppes where you can gallop across the vast plains of Mongolia. Camping with open fire and stars above.
Day 3: Ride back to Stepperiders over mountain and valley.
IF YOU WANT TO RIDE FOR 4-7 DAYS
If you have the time and an adventurous spirit, we can design a custom trek for you up to 7 days on horseback. About 50% of our customers design their own custom treks. They tell us what their interests are and we map out a route that matches their desires. Depending on the route, the weather, your experience level, time of year, and happenstance, you might get any of the following:
Hours of riding across the great wide open steppes that makes Mongolia famous, with no fences to hinder your progress.
Beautiful views from mountain tops with no sign of the modern world in sight.
Ride to the peak of Bogd Khan Uul, a sacred mountain of over 2200 meters.
Invitations by passing herders to stop in for tea and a chat. This is almost inevitable and can be one of your most memorable experiences.
Catch a glimpse of wildlife such as wild sheep and goats. Above your head watch for many different kinds of birds -- kite, eagle, and vulture.
Pass large herds of animals tended by one or two people, often children on horseback.
Stop by our friend's ranch about 2 days ride south of Stepperiders. You can pitch your tent on their property and stay as long as you like. You can help make cheese, yoghurt, and cream, round up the animals and milk them, or comb cashmere from the goats
IF YOU WANT TO RIDE FOR 8-10 DAYS
The Arhangai Province & The Ancient Capital of Karkhorum
Kharkhorum is located in the open steppe on the banks of the Orkhon River in central Mongolia. It was founded in 1220 by Genghis Khan as a military center. The name means black stones or black walls. Here you can explore the ruins of an ancient kingdom's capital which included an artist quarter, a market and a palace.
Arhangai Province is one of the most beautiful provinces in Mongolia with mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers, and forests. You will set out from a rural ger camp. This is an opportunity to see Mongolian countryside life up close. You will see how Mongolians manage large herds and how they depend on their animals and animal products for every facet of their lives.
Day 1: (optional) Drive to Khustai National Park where you will see wild horses ("takhi") and camp for the night. In the morning tour Kharkhorum.
Day 2: Arrive in Arhangai province. Spend the day with Stepperiders' Mongolian family and their animals. Stay the night in a ger.
Day 3: Head out on a 4-6 day trek customized to your schedule and interests through steppe, mountains, and forest. Camp under the stars. Your trek through stunning Arhangai province will be designed for your schedule and desires. Just let us know what you want and we will do our best to make it happen! Last day: We will drive you back to either the Stepperiders camp or Ulaanbataar.
If you want to ride 8 - 10 days
Terelj National Park
Terelj National park is part of the huge Khan Khentii reserve and was established as a Protected Area in 1992. It is in the Hentii mountain range and is famous for its beautiful natural scenery. Terelj offers fascinating rock formations against a background of pine covered mountains. The park is rich in flora and fauna and reminiscent of beautiful Alpine valley -- its green meadows carpeted with Edelweiss and a dazzling variety of other wild flowers. It is a wonderful horse riding area.
Terelj National park is about 60km from Ulaanbaatar. The average elevation is about 1600 meters, with peaks reaching 2900 meters.
On your way to Terelj you will ride through Bogd Kahn Uul National Park (see 1st trek above).
Day 1: Ride through the beautiful forested areas of Bogd Khan Uul National Park. Camp overnight..
Day 2: Explore the Manzushir monastery and museum. Ride up the Bogdkhan Uul Mountain (2212m) and camp for the night.
Day 3: Ride to Tuul River and follow it toward Terelj. Camp by the river.
Day 4: Arrive in Terelj National Park and continue on a 2-3 day trek through the beautiful park. Then take 2 days to ride back to the Stepperiders camp.
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