Mongolia horse riding vacation, Zavkhan Classic

“A 17 day horse riding adventure and expedition through the stunning and wild Zavkhan province of Mongolia. Experienced and less experienced riders welcome. Wilderness camping.”

Highlights

Ulaanbaatar | Karakorum | Erdene Zuu monastery | Terekhiin Tsagaan Nuur, the Great White Lake | Horse riding in Tarvagatai Uul National Park | Khar Nuur | Gandan Nuur | Eagle Festival in Ulgii for September departures

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25 Jun 2019
NZ $ 4290
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17 Jul 2019
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05 Aug 2019
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24 Aug 2019
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17 Sep 2019
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Responsible tourism: Mongolia horse riding vacation, Zavkhan Classic

Environment

It's hard to avoid the fact that you are likely to arrive in Mongolia by plane - although we do recommend the train for those with plenty of time! Once you are here, however, we minimise further carbon emissions by traveling in the most sustainable way possible - by horse. Mind you, once the horses get a taste of the lush mountain pastures where we ride, their carbon emissions do tend to increase significantly!

Happily, riding is also the best and most traditional way to experience Mongolia, traveling the way the locals still do.

Clean water is thankfully not a scarce resource where we ride, and we want to keep it that way. This is about maintaining the purity of rivers and streams that we camp near. We ensure that our toilet is dug a suitable distance from the water course each evening. Dishes and clothes are washed away from the waters edge. We do encourage guests to swim and wash in rivers, but soap-free is the way to go.

Our drivers are banned from washing their vehicles in the rivers, an unfortunately common sight near towns.

Nomadic herders have great respect for the rivers, and they have their own prohibitions such as not letting blood or milk enter the water. We follow their lead when it comes to living sustainably on the steppe!

Community

Visiting Mongolia is as much about experiencing the local culture as it is about the beautiful scenery and fantastic riding. Over many years we have built up close relationships with our local staff and their families. We recognise that the best way to really get to know Mongolia is by drawing in close to the camp fire in the evening and getting to know the local people you are riding with.

All our staff come from the area where we ride. They are not tourism professionals from the city, rather they are 'real' Mongolians, a bit rough around the edges sometimes but with a strong desire to give you a wonderful and lasting impression of their country.

Zavkhan province is known as one of the least developed regions of Mongolia, due to its remoteness and the difficulty getting here. This is one of the reasons we decided to start running trips in the area, to provide local employment and help develop sustainable livelihoods.

Most tourism is concentrated around areas such as Lake Khovsgol and Terelj. By coming to Zavkhan you avoid the 'beaten track', experience the real Mongolia, and help families who do not otherwise benefit from the tourism industry.

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Reviewed on 11 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We had an incredible trip. The horses were so strong and tough! We had them gallop over sand-dunes and climb rocky cliffs. I cannot imagine that anyone would let you do the things on horseback that we did!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Mongolia in the begining of September can be very cold and wet. Bring enough warm clothes! Try to enjoy the trip as much as you can, do not just trot in line behind the wrangler's horse, stop whereever you want, gallop and explore the surrounding!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We did visit many local families, slept in their yurts during bad weather and bought their food. I had the feeling that a large part of my money went to local people!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We stayed in untouched nature, saw the most amazing stars at night, and had great and freshly cooked food! It was probably one of the best trips I ever made!

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


All of my vacation was exciting to first boarding the flight to Ullaanbaatar and arriving via Moscow into the land of Ghenkis Khann - that's what brought me here, so much history

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


This trip is for the ultimate adventurer - camping in the wild with great people looking after you. Research carefully if it's what you really want - I'm two months off my 70th birthday and i loved it but I'm a tom boy and it's what I always wanted. Zavkhaan will look after you well.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely all 3

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Awesome trip - first class, great food and well looked after - no faults - GREAT.

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