"I could never resist the call of the trail" - Buffalo Bill

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Hentii aimag accommodates part of the giant Khan Khentii Protected Area covering over 1.2 million hectares of the rugged Hentii mountains, being bordered with Terelj National Park to west. There are several peaks that rise over 2000m above sea level, with the highest one being Asralt Khaikhan (2,800m).

Khan Khentii mountain range has preserved its original features, and is located between Eurasian coniferous forest taiga and Central Asian arid steppe. There are over 70 rivers of a various size, including the three large ones the Tuul, Onon and Kherlen that have their sources from numerous springs at Hentii range, where lies the world watershed of three huge drainage basins: the Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Inland Basin of Central Asia. The Tuul flows northward across the Russian border and into Lake Baikal and on to the Arctic Ocean, the Onon and Kerulen both flow eastward to join Amur before emptying into Pacific Ocean.

The climate, soil and landscape change as one goes from the West to East, The annual perception is about 8-12 inches (200-300mm).

The aimag land exhibits the richest diversity of plant and animal life. It is rich in wild berries, such as red and black current, strawberry, blue berry as well as different kinds of medical herbs. Hentii is home to endangered musk dear and moose, brown bear, wolf, lynx, badger, wolverine, weasel, sable, roe-deer, elk and squirrels. White gazelle, fox, steppe fox, marmots and hares come across in plenty in the steppe and grasslands.

There are many species of birds, including whooper swans, spoonbills, and great white egrets and raptors are found here. The land contains mineral resources such as gold, silver, smoky quartz, asbestos, tungsten, flour spar, coal, and iron ore, tin and copper.

Nowadays, Hentii aimag represents one of the tourist attractions. It has many historical places, especially related to the life of Chinggis Khaan as he was born, grew up, raised to power, was crowned, and considered to be buried here. These attractions include Khokh Nuur (Blue Lake)--place where Temujin was crowned as Chinggis Khaan in 1206, Ikh Aureg (Palace) of Chinggis Khan--the site closely connected with the historical work "The Secret History of the Mongols" written in 1240, Doloon Boldog in Kherlen Khuduu Aral, often mentioned in this masterpiece, Gundgavirlan monastery built in 1660 and reopened in 1990s, an impressive Chinggis Khaan Statue in the Gurvan Nuur, built in 1962 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of his birth, the Galtai Agui (a 80m deep cave), and others.

In addition, there are other places of interest such as stone pictures, ruins of 13th and 14th century towns, Stone Walls of the Kidan Dynasty, Hajuu balug and Oglogch walls, Hermen-zam. Baldan Breiven, a Buddhist Monastery rebuilt in the 1990s, which is very similar to the famous Utai Gumban in Tibet.

This 7 full day horse trek features the best of Khan Khentii mountains - a sacred place for all Mongols, because if it's historical significance related to Genghis Khan and also the stunning nature beauty and unusual rock formations throughout the national park. You will begin your Mongolia horse treks from the spectacular Terelj National Park and will cover approximately 30-35km each day on horseback. The tour is not supported by vehicles but with pack horses due to the remoteness of the several sites such as the pristine Khagiin Khar Lake etc.

You will not only ride horses and admire the nature scenery, but also the tour gives you an endless opportunity of photography as well as visits to real nomadic families along the way - who will happily invite you to their Gers and treat you with famous Mongolian milky tea, cookies and cow butter.

Tour note: All rider levels including beginners.

   



 

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Duration: 10 days /9 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1       
Ulaanbaatar
Meet at the Chinggis Khan International Airport/Train station and transfer to 3-star hotel in downtown. Half day city tour - visit the Gandan monastery, Museum of National History and the Sukhbaatar Square. Overnight stay in hotel. (L)

Day 2        Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park
This morning we drive to Terelj National Park. On the way we stop at cave of 100 monks, visit Trutle Rock and the Aryapala Temple of Meditation. Then arrive at the local nomad family and have lunch. Afternoon is horse riding practice around the area. Overnight stay in a ger next to nomadic family. (B/L/D)

Day 3-6     Horse riding in Khan Khentii mountains: Princess Temple, Khagiin Khar Lake and the Jalman Mountains.
Early rising to enjoy your breakfast over the inspiring sunset. Ride on your horses and trek to the north east towards the legendary Princess Temple ruins, Khagiin Khar Lake and eventually reaching the Jalman Mountain. We stop at nomadic families along the way to witness their renowned hospitality and see their lifestyle. The view and wilderness will be awesome all the way! Tent camping under the starry skies. Overnight stay in tent camp. (B/L/D)

Day 7        Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve
This morning we drive to amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve in Great Mongolian Steppes for 2 hrs and transfer to friendly Steppe Nomads camp. Ride horses to Mt. Baits to view the rare wildlife such as the Argali big horned sheep and several other species. Overnight stay in ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 8        Rest day in Gun-Galuut
A day of rest and relaxing in amazing Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, activities such as archery, kayaking, fishing, swimming, yak cart ride etc available at small amount of charges that go to the local community. Meals and overnight at the ger camp. (B/L/D)

Day 9        Ulaanbaatar
Drive back to Ulaanbaatar with a stop at Giant Chinggis Khan Monument and transfer to the hotel. Half day city tour - Bogd Khan’s Winter Palace Museum, Buddha Park and Zaisan Memorial. In the evening Folklore concert and farewell dinner. Overnight stay in 3-star hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 10      Departure
Transfer to the airport/train station after breakfast. (B)

Riding grade: Moderate (can be adjusted)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Twin share accommodation in 3-star hotel in Ulaanbaatar, tourist ger camps and tents, English speaking tour guide, 4 full days of horse trek, nomad guide, pack horses, private transfers with 4WD vehicle, museum and sightseeing admissions (camera fees not included), visa support invitation letter where applicable, cook for the tented camping days, meals as indicated, daily supply of bottled water.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
Flight/train tickets to/from Mongolia, travel insurances, visa fees, gratuities, personal spending.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

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