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Naiman Lake Horse Riding and Karakorum

Trek through Mongolia and the Remains of the Mongol Empire - On this two-week adventure, you can experience the nomadic life.  Ride through valleys and mountains to reach a beautiful monastery and natural reserve; then ride to the archaeological ruins of Karakorum, the capital of 13th century Genghis Khan's Great Mongol Empire. 

After that you can attend a local festival with activities such as archery and enjoy an authentic Mongolian barbecue. Horseback riding is a way of life in Mongolia and one of the most popular outdoor pursuits for visitors. Come visit us and see just how much fun a person can have on horseback!

Brief Itinerary

Day 1

July 01. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and city tour

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. You'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to 4* hotel. After lunch take a city tour to Gandan Monastery where you will see a huge gold plated Buddha, a symbol of Mongolian national pride and cultural revival, Ulaanbaatar city museum, Central Square, and National Museum of Mongolia  where you will see artifacts from Mongolia and Central Asia from the Stone Age to present time. Overnight in the hotel. (L+D) (Approx. paved road 50 km)

Day 2

July 02. Shuranga river  

Today's destination is Shuranga river. You will meet your horse keeper and get prepared for the trip. Stay in ”Naiman Lake” eco camp. Meet local people and your horse guide will accompany you to give you the chance to discover the life and food of the nomads. Real authentic Mongolian Barbecue is made the traditional way! Stay overnights in local Ger camp. (B+L+D) (Approx. dirt & paved road 190 km, 4 hours)

Day 3

July 03. Horse trek to Lake Shireet & Lake Haliut
Begin the horseback riding trip in the territory of Naiman Lake. Yak ride trial and support. The lakes located in a high mountain area with sub alpine mountain meadows and coniferous forests of Siberian Pine and Siberian Larch; flat valley areas with lava stone fields in the north of the protected area and barren mountain tops, and the lakes.  Stay overnights in tent. (B+L+D) (Approx. horse ride 20-24 km).

Day 4

July 04. Horse trek to Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes)
Horseback riding trip to Naiman Nuur. The area of Naiman Nuur (Eight Lakes), which was created by volcanic eruptions centuries ago and 3,163 metres above sea level Khuisiin Naiman Nuur (Navel Eight Lakes) is located on over 2,400 meter above sea level. Stay overnights in tent. (B+L+D) (Approx. horse ride 22 km)

Day 5

July 05. Horse trek to Buurug valley
Horseback riding trip to Buurug valley. Visit the family of a horseman. You are free to taste the favorite beverage of the nomads - airag, fermented mare’s milk. Stay overnights in tent. (B+L+D) (Approx. horse ride 16 km)

Day 6

July 06.  Horse trek to Orkhon waterfall
Continue on the trip to Orkhon waterfall. In the beginning, the terrain will be wide open valleys to mountain, rivers and then changing to Forest Mountain and 20m wonderful waterfall.  End of horse trek. Overnights in tourist camp. (B+L+D) (Approx. horse ride 22 km)

Day 7

July 07. Karakorum with Local Naadam festival
In the morning, drive to Karakorum. Today is attended of Naadam festival. There will be held wrestling, horse racing and archery tournaments. Naadam festival continues to tournaments of wrestling, horse racing, archery and other traditional games. A real chance for you to experience the tradition and culture of the people of this unique country. A chance to try the local foods and beverages. Today we will enjoy Local Naadam Festival including wrestling, horse racing, archery and traditional games. Overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D) (Approx. dirt & paved road 120 km, 3 hours)

Day 8

July 08. See Takhi, the Asian wild horse & horse ride

Early morning visit Erdene-Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586. Drive to Hustai National Park. See Takhi, the Asian wild horse. If you have a chance, see wolf, argali sheep and deer. Enjoy small hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Horse ride for half day. Visit Takhi's information center and overnight in tourist camp. (B+L+D) (Approx. paved road 260 km, 4 hours)

Day 9

July 09. Chinggis Khaan Horse Statue & Ulaanbaatar city tour

After breakfast, drive to Giant Chinggis Khaan statue. The statues in total is 40m high and see as far sighted Chinggis Khaan holds a golden whip in his right hand. Drive back to Ulaanbaatar. A chance to enjoy main Naadam festival Preview. In the afternoon, you may wish to do some shopping for souvenirs and cashmeres before attending the evening concert of National Folklore. A farewell dinner and overnight in the hotel. (B+L+D) (Approx. paved road 180 km, 2.5 hours)  

Day 10

July 10. Departure Mongolia

After breakfast, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport. (Approx. paved road 25 km, 20 min) (B)   

B - Breakfast        L - Lunch       D - Dinner

AvailableJul 01-10
Activity level3

Tour Highlights:

Elsen Tasarkhai sand dune
Naiman Lake
Mongolian horse ride experience
Local Naadam festival
Orkhon Waterfall
Erdenezuu monastery
Hustai National Park

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Have you ever been inside of real nomadic lifestyle and culture? Do you want to discover and stay with people whose ancestors made the biggest empire in the world during medieval period? This trip gives you only one great chance to visit real Mongolian nomadic families and experience their everyday life, custom and tradition.

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