Horse Trek To Genghis Khaan Birthplace
Mongolia remains one of the world’s last truly undiscovered adventure travel destinations; a land steeped in the legacy created by the warriors of Chinggis Khaan who created the largest ever Land Empire the world has seen. Mongolia is a land of dramatic contrasts from rich colours of the Gobi Desert; emerald green seas of rolling grasslands dotted with herds of horses and the snowy white dwellings of today’s nomadic herders.
Length: 10 days
Area: Gobi desert, Central and Northern Mongolia
Date: 13 Jul - 24 Jul
Difficulty: easier - moderate (No experience necessary. Trips suitable for most ages and abilities)
Distance: trekking: 110 km
Day1. Drive to East Mongolia.
After breakfast at the hotel we check out and start driving to Khaan Kherlen Ger camp via coal mining town of Baganuur. Baganuur is small but an important town that it has become one district of capital city as the coal mine near the town provides almost one third of the coal needed for the Capital city to get through the icy cold winters of Mongolia. After checking into our ger camp, we spend the afternoon relax or take an acclimatization hike along the Kherlen river area. Overnight in traditional Mongolian dwelling Ger. Drive 155 km
Day2. Khukh Lake
After breakfast we start trekking to Harzurhnii Hoh Nuur (Blue Lake of Black Heart Mountain) here in 1189, the warrior Temujin was chosen by his peers to become king of all Mongols and was given the title ‘Chinggis Khan’ ( Meaning ‘The King of the Universe’). History books say 100000 soldiers attended the ceremony. In the evening, we can take leisurely stroll to the small plaque marks the coronation spot, just over a hundred yards from our tents. Overnight in tents. (L, D) Approx 27 km.
Day3. Elgan River
Today, we ride from Blue Lake to Elgan River. We will cross the grasslands and hills of the Hentii range. We will have a picnic lunch and then stop for the night near the Elgan River. Approx. 22km riding today. Overnight in tents.
Day4. Baldan Bereeven Monastery
We ride to Baldan Bereeven Monastery via Hangal Lake which is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Hentii province and has a superb mountain backdrop. We ride through a changing landscape of forested hills and open steppe. Baldan Braibung was built in 1777 and at its peak had 8000 lamas resident, but was it demolished in the Stalinist purges of 1937. With international funding the main temple is currently being restored. Approx. 27km riding today. Overnight in tents. (B,L,D)
Rest day for exploring the area around the monastery hiking, riding or just relaxing. Overnight in tents. (B,L,D) 26 km.
Day6. Barkh Spring
Today we turn northwards. The terrain from the Monastery to the camp site by Barkh Spring is flat open big valleys, a real sense of being on the steppe. The area around the rivers is quite boggy and rocky. This is the furthest point on the route from which we turn left into densely forested valleys of Jinst and Delgerkhan Mountain Ranges. Overnight in tents. Approx. 26 km. (B, L, D) 26 km.
Day7. Tenuun River
We will ride to Tenuun river camp today having a picnic lunch on top of Barkh pass through the forested mountains of Khentii ranges known as the southern tip of Siberia. Many rivers come flowing down the mountains and locals here drink them straight from the river as it’s as fresh as it can be. Approx. 24 km. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)
Day8. Shireet Mountain
We continue along Tenuun river camp beneath Shreet Mountain having lunch at the banks of White Camel river. As we ride further down Tenuun river, valley broadens and we are out of Khentii province territory and into Central province. Approx 22 km. Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)
Day9. Zorgol River
We are at the upper reaches of Kherlen river after riding down along Zorgol river. Once again we are in the middle of open steppe. Now that we are well used to our horses and the trek near to its end we have the option of racing all the way to our camp. Approx. 24 km.Overnight in tents. (B, L, D)
Half day’s ride will take us back to the Ger camp and we say goodbye to our horses and relax in the afternoon in the comfort of our cosy gers.
Day10. Back to UB
Drive back to UB.
Please carefully check what is include and what is not include in these prices!
2310 US$ per person – group of 5 – 7
1980 US$ per person – group of 8-10
1840 US$ per person – group of 11-15
Single Supplement: 220 USD
Included: 16 nights in tourist ger camp, food service, land transportation, English speaking guide service, mineral water, all entrance fees and Government charges, all activities costs
Not included: gratuities for staffs, personal expenses, travel insurance
Child Policy: 0 - 3 years old baby free of charge, 4 - 12 years old child: 30% discount (counted as 1pax)
Trip summary and grading: This is a relatively low-level trek and no-one should have problem with the altitude. During this 9 day exploration of the fringes of Khentii Mountain ranges and valleys, we will generally follow good trails used by the local nomads and their livestock. This is excellent trekking country, combining open steppe, riverside walks, forested areas. We will be trekking for around 6 hours a day and some days will involve a reasonable amount of ascent (300 meters or so). This trek is given the MODERATE grade and is well within the capabilities of anyone who is regular hill walker.
Group size and trek staff: The maximum group size for this trip is 14. There will be our trek leader and a full Mongolian trek crew, including chef, driver and an assistant.
Accommodation: During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Ulaanbaatar at the comfortable and conveniently located tourist class hotel. Depending on the availability it may be possible to book a single room for the hotel nights in Ulaanbaatar. Please contact us for a quote. Whilst on trek there will a total of 12 nights camping. All accommodation is allocated on twin sharing basis. If you are traveling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost of 45 US $ (Please note single tent hire doesn’t include single rooms in hotels).
Meals: All meals while on trek and dinners when in Ulaanbaatar are included in the trip price.
Temperatures and weather: Mongolia is a land of extremes. Whilst winter temperatures can drop to minus 50 degrees centigrade, summer daytime temperature can rise to a pleasant 25 degrees centigrade. Weather conditions are similar to the European Alps, with long periods of high pressure and stable conditions, followed by relatively brief storms. July and August usually enjoy the warmest conditions, 25 degrees centigrade during the day, falling to 5 degrees centigrade at night. There may be frosty mornings at our highest camps. This period also corresponds with the highest rainfall levels in the country, although showers are usually short-lived and light.
The trekking day: A typical day starts with an early morning brew served in your tent at around 7 a.m. After hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the pack animals rounded up loaded, we start walking in the early morning. After 3-4 hours walking we stop for lunch, which usually takes an hour or two. After lunch, a further 2 hours walking is usual and we aim to pitch camp for the night well before dusk. During the day you are free to walk at your own pace, enjoying the scenery and taking as many photographs as you wish. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m and is a 3 course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature quickly and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
Equipment: A detailed list of equipment recommendations and what is available for hire will be sent to clients on receipt of their booking for and deposit. We provide everything except sleeping bag and therma-rest, plus your personal equipment and clothing. You will not need any specialist clothing for this trip, other that what you would routinely take on a winter walk in Hills and mountains in Northern Europe. However, you should make sure that you adequate warm clothing and that your water-proof outerwear is in good condition.