Difficulty of trip: Easy going
Method of travel: Horseback and camel riding, trekking opportunities, and staying in nomadic families's extra gers.
Community Fee: 294USD 6 Days/ 5 nights per person - (optional 4 and 3 days available)
Community Fee: 199USD 4 Days/ 3 nights per person
Community Fee: 163USD 3 Days/ 2 nights per person
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses
Rural bus to nearby village: 14 USD
Rural mini bus to first ger and pickup (4-6 persons.): $40 USD
Rural small car to first ger and pickup (2-3 persons.): $35 USD
Note: Jeep cost can be divided by number of persons
Booking & travel orientation w/ handbook: $25 USD
On this historically rich adventure you will explore the homeland of Mongolia’s nomads and travel in XV century and participate in “Quest for the last Emperor”, bringing Batmunkh son to Queen Manduhai and the ceremony called, “Ascending Batmunkh Dayan Khan to the Throne”. You will visit herder families, and have the opportunity to ride by camel cart, ox cart, and horse with a herder guide in the Khogno Khaan National park.
Day 1 - Camel and horse riding to Local worshipped Khadagt khoshuu place: In the morning at 8am you will depart from UB by public bus for 280kms to Rashaant village and then take rural car to first family jeep and you will arrive at family ger of herder Mr. Byambatogtoh around 2pm. You will be served tea and lunch. Then Mr. Byambatogtoh and his sons will guide you to the locally worshipped site of Khadagt khoshuu for 10.5km. You will dismount from your camels or horses and participate in our herders’ worshipping activities according to custom. Then you will back to herder family’s ger. He will welcome you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day 2 - Traveling by ox cart to Human statuette of Ar Bulan: After breakfast, you will travel by camel and horse to Human statue of Ar Bulan for 9 kilometers. On the way you will be served by picnic lunch. Then you will back to herder family. He will welcome you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day 3 - Worshipping Bugdiin Ovoo: After breakfast, you will continue your trip by horse for 10kms to next family.When you arrive at Mr. Otgon he will served you a nomadic lunch and tea. Then he will guide you Bugdiin ovoo by ox cart. It will be about 12km round trip. Ovoo worship ceremony originates from Mongolian’s traditional respect and worship of nature. An ovoo is a pyramid shaped collection of stones, bones, woods and silk scarves, placed on the top of the hill or mountain. Ovoos are sacred and whenever you go by an ovoo you should walk around it three times to pray and make a wish. Then you will back to the family. He will invite you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day 4 - Horse riding to Mongol sand dune and Swan Lake: After breakfast, you will continue your trip by horse for 8kms to next family. When you arrive at Mr. Idertsogt he will served you a nomadic lunch and tea. Then he will guide you beautiful Swan Lake and Mongol sand dune by horse. It will be about 6km round trip and you will enjoy the beauty of this lake and sand dune. You might have an opportunity to see swan couples there. Then you will back to the family. He will invite you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day 5 - Horse riding to Khugnu Tarni Monastery: After breakfast, he will guide you Khugnu Tarni monastery by horse. It will be about 11km round trip. Zanabazar was established “Old” and ”Young” temples to his teacher in the beginning of XVII century. In 1688 revolutionary troops under the Galdan Boshigt destroyed monastery and killed to tie a rope round all monks’ necks which is called in Mongolian Khugnuh. Therefore this mountain was named Khugnu Khan Mountain and monastery was named Khugnu tarni. During that time around 200 monks run away to northern. On the way you will served a picnic lunch. You will continue your horse riding to local medicinal spring for eyes. Then you will back to the family. He will invite you to have dinner and to stay overnight at his ger.
Day 6 - Showing respect for the Queen Manduhai Monument: Before your breakfast you have opportunity to participate in milking animals. Mr. Idertsogt will guide you to Queen Manduhai Monument which was constructed for the movie about the wise Queen Manduhai. It will be 5km round trip. Then you will back to herder family’s ger. He will welcome you to have a farewell lunch and tea. Departure.
Bus Departure Times
From Ulaanbaatar to Rashaant Village - 8am
From Rashaant Village to Ulaanbaatar - between 10-11am and again between 430-5pm
|Mongolian Cultural Travel Tips & Information
Horseback Riding in Mongolia
Mongolia's Gobi Desert Camels
Mongolians and horses have historically co-exist since the early times and It’s impossible to imagine Mongolians without horses. There are many horse related folk legends, stories about horses, epic literature and songs written about horses. Mongolians prohibit the cursing of horses, beating horses and whipping of horses on their heads and chests. Mongolia’s horse culture according to their traditions teaches to show to respect to the horse during its life and honorifically place the horse’s head on an Ovoo or other sacred place to show their respect to the nobility of their horse’s life. The head of a horse is often decorated with white stones or horse dung. Heads of especially fast racing horses are usually wrapped in a blue scarf. The Mongolian traditional horse head fiddle further glorifies the station of the horse by its artistic design and traditional sounds. The culture of the Mongolian horse even spreads to embroidery, handicraft, wooden carving, metal and silver crafts – Mongolia’s respect of the horse can be found everywhere throughout the country.
The world’s rare two-humped Mongolian Bactrian Camel is considered to be the tolerant and noble animal among five animals (horse, cow, sheep, goat and camel) and is sand colored herbivores mainly found in the Gobi Desert region of Mongolia. Mongolia leads the number of Bactrian camels in the world and Mongolian camels were domesticated in olden days and are traditionally used as nomadic transport. When Mongolian camels are used for nomadic transportation their noses are pegged and they are outfitted with a leading rein, halter, saddle, saddle cloth and stairs. Mongolian camels weight is between 400-800kg and camel meat is low in fat and lean. Mongolian camel milk is a staple food for Gobi Desert nomads and is more rich in fat and protein than cow’s milk. A female camel produces about 3 to 4 liters of milk a day; camel milk can readily be made into airag (fermented beverage), hoormog (yogurt diluted with milk) and dried curds. Mongolian camel wool is produced as a natural insulation against the cold and easily sheds in the heat. Mongolian camel wool has unique characteristics of silky softness and strength.
Riding Mongolian Camels
Mongolian nomads say that it’s much closer to the sun from the top of the tallest animal of desert - so while you are riding a Mongolian camel you will always have a panoramic view of the Gobi Desert. Generally, Mongolia’s camel guides are Mongolian nomads that are born and live in the Gobi Desert. Mongolians often start to ride camels at a very early age and have plenty of experience to share with you about how to saddle, groom and command to lay down a camel to mount and dismount. During your camel trek, you can help the Mongolian nomad by looking after your camel; learn how to groom it, saddle and unsaddle it as well as bring water and feed it. Kind attention between the camel and the rider always contributes towards establishing a close. Almost any traveler can ride a camel (in reasonable physical condition) and learn how to control it quickly – though its highly recommended to review the camel riding tips that can be found in the Ger to Ger Travelers’ Handbook. Its good to apply your knowledge and practice on a camel with a Mongolian nomad around their Ger (traditional dwelling) before starting a long trek. A camel trek could cover between 5 to 25kms a day between nomadic families or even for a short roundtrip for sightseeing.