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Itinerary (Ulaanbaatar - Steppes - Sharbulag Valley - Tuul River - Jalman Meadows - Ulaanbaatar)

This journey on horseback is a close encounter with Mongolian horsemen and their horses. A nomadic people who to date have survived the modern pressures and lifestyles. There is no other nation in the world that so much depends on horses. TheMongol horsemanship is famous, and strikingly different to anything else. The herders keep their horses in a semi-wild condition, allowing them to live freely in harem groups. During the harsh winter in subzero temperatures, the horses are able to fend for themselves and protect their foals against predators such as wolfs. There are no fences or any stables anywhere. You will ride in the steppe areas which are the summer pasture lands of Mongolian nomads. You will ride in two strikingly different areas. The first part of the journey will be at the treeless steppes and the latter part of ride through Khan Khentii Protected Area, being mountain forest taiga zones.

Itinerary

Brief Outline Itinerary
You will start this horse ride without vehicle support in wild terrain. Your luggage will be loaded on to yak carts; a ger will be carried to house our mobile restaurant unit. The beginning of the ride will be in the steppes and gradually it will become very scenic in the forest steppe mosaic and southern taiga life zone. Mountains, steppes, forests and wooded meadows. Camping along rivers.

Day 1 : Ulaanbaatar
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your hotel. Tour briefing after dinner.

Day 2 : To the Steppes
A.m. Visit the Gandan lamasery, possibly in time for the prayers, center for the Buddhist revival in Mongolia. The Mongols follow the Tibetan version of Lamaism, Dalai Lama being the supreme theocratical leader. Depart for towards the steppes and have a picnic lunch on arrival. Pitch camp nearby some nomadic families. Here will meet the yak carts and the horses.

Day 3-5 : Steppe ride
Ride over the treeless steppes. You will ride across rather hilly terrain with occasional patches of birch forest. Throughout the ride you will make contact with local herdsmen, often relatives and friends of our wranglers.Our support structure is free from vehicles. All our provisions, camping equipment, luggages will be loaded on to yak carts. Even a ger (yurt) will be brought, and we will learn how to use it. On the last day suddenly forests will start to appear, and we are now riding towards the Hentii wilderness area consisting of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area which is the interior parts of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. In Mongolia the Siberian forested nature meets the Central Asian deserts and steppes while all the time riding in this transition zone.

Day 6-7 : To Sharbulag Valley
The horses will now permit you riding through the larch forests, up the slopes of the mountains following the ridges with superb scenery whilst the yak carts will follow the broad river valleys. Arrive and pitch camp at the Sharbulag Valley. You will spend two nights here, and it will allow for some flexibility in the middle of our ride.

Day 8 : To Tuul River
Cross a pass and ride into the upper parts of the Tuul River Valley. You are now near the main ridge of the Hentii Mountains. The horses will help to get up on to the ridges where the panoramic views are extraordinary. It is a partly forested area.

Day 9-10 : To Jalman Meadows
You will ride towards the Jalman Meadows famous for its wildflowers and reach our semi-permanent ger camp. It is situated a next a beautiful wooded meadow on the upper parts of the Tuul River. Overnight for two nights at Jalman Meadows, making a superb last day ride in the area.

Day 11 : To Ulaanbaatar
A,m. Return to Ulaanbaatar and check into the hotel. See the capital city on your own. Distances are short. The local guide is standing by to assist where your points of interest are located.

Day 12 : Departure
Transfer out to your next destination

Cost ???

Cost included :
* Twin bedded rooms in a hotel***
* Shared accommodation in tourist ger camp
* Shared accommodation in tent (2pers/tent)
* Guiding and interpreting service
* All meals in countryside
* All meals in Ulaanbaatar
* Domestic flights
* Transfers by vehicle 4x4
* Local guide
* All entrance fees
* Horse, camel ride trial
* Boat rental

Cost not included :
* International airfare
* Alcoholic drinks
* International airport departure tax (US$13 per person).
* Travel Insurance
* Excess luggage (The local flights allowance to carry free luggage only 15 Kg)

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