Horse Trekking in Mongolia: The New Adventure on the Block
Bored of the usual beach holiday, city break, or cruise combo?
Fancy trying something completely different?
How does Mongolia grab you? On horseback.
Horse trekking in Mongolia is becoming very popular, and is a fantastic way to experience and view the wonderful landscapes of this landlocked country. Mongolia is often named The Land of the Blue Sky, because it’s often so sunny, sandwiched between Russia and China.
A country of soaring mountains and beautiful lush countryside, Mongolia is truly one to take the breath away, relatively untouched by the hustle and bustle of daily life. Much of the population remains nomadic, living in the wilderness, and by their ancient traditions and customs. Riding through the various landscapes will give you the opportunity to really feel this magical way of life, so steeped in history.
Of course, Mongolia is also home to the famous Gobi desert, which shows the diverse nature of the landscapes in this country, with miles of nothingness, to huge snow-capped mountain ranges, immense lakes and roaring canyons. You will feel your size in Mongolia – a blip on the landscape of nature.
Visa requirements differ from country of origin to country of origin, so be sure to check with the Embassy of Mongolia in your particular country well ahead of time, to ensure all your paperwork is sorted out in good time. You should also check with your doctor regarding any immunisations you need, and ensure a good standard of fitness and health – any worries, speak to your medical practitioner before embarking on this kind of adventure.
You will generally enter Mongolia via Ulaanbaatar International Airport, which is also the capital city, and you may choose to spend a few days here to explore the capital before meeting your tour.
A tour really is the best way to view the differing parts of the country, and to enable you to meet nomadic people and learn about their culture in a safe and enriching way. You’ll find countless tours on offer with reputable companies, so do your research before you pick your particular one.
The best tours will take you through the most famous national parks, such as Bogd Khan Uul National Park, where you will meet nomadic people who are completely untouched by the stresses of daily work life, or trek to Hagiin Har Lake and experience true peace and quiet. The Arkhangai Province will show you forests, mountains, the Tamir River and Tsagaan Davaa Mountains. Alternatively, Northern Mongolia will take you to Lake Hovsgol National Park, with Lake Hovsgol. You could also find tours that take in Kharkhorin, the former capital, and Erdene Zuu Monastery for a spot of history.
Throughout your trek, your trust steed will steadily weave through stunning flora and fauna. You will come into contact with numerous species of wildlife, which may include wild boar, brown bears, mousse and lynx. If you’re lucky, you may see the extremely rare and beautifully majestic snow leopard. Of course, such wildlife are predators, so heed warnings from your tour guide if you do come into contact with any variety of wildlife, and respect any instructions given to you.
A trek through Mongolia will leave you with a true sense of peace, on horseback with such beautiful scenery, truly showing you wilderness in its most purest sense. Too often these days we’re stressed out with work and the daily hum-drum world we live in, why not escape to a place where you can hear your own thoughts, cast them away and listen to just … nothing.
Now that sounds like my kind of relaxation.