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HORSE TREKKING IN HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

Hustain Nuruu National Park (Mongolian: Хустайн нуруу, Birch Mountains), located in Tov Province (Aimag), is a national park of Mongolia. It is also known as Hustai National Park. The Tuul River runs through the park.
 
The Mongolian Government declared Hustai National Park as a Specially Protected Area in 1993, one year after the initiation of the reintroduction project of the Takhi (Przewalskii horse) to the Hustain Nuruu. The HNP extends through the Hentii Mountains and includes the western edge of the Mongolian steppe at the boundaries of Altanbulag, Argalant and Bayankhangai Soums of Tov province. The park is about 100km from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to the west.

The Hustai NP covers 50,600ha land which is home to 459 species of vascular plants, 85 species of lichens, 90 species of moss and 33 species of mushrooms. 44 species of mammals have been recorded, including Red deer, Mongolian gazelle, Roe deer, Wild boar, Wild sheep, Ibex, Mongolian marmots, Grey wolves, Lynx, Pallas cat, Red fox, Corsac fox and Eurasian badger. The 217 species of birds include Golden eagle, Lammergeier, Great bustard, Whooper swan, Black stork, Daurian partridge and Little owl. There are 16 species of fish, 2 species of amphibians, and 385 species of insects (including 21 species of ants, 55 species of butterflies, 10 species of bush crickets and 29 species of grasshoppers). A new species of soil insect has been found in the Hustai and given the scientific name of Epidamaeus khustaiensis.

In 2002, the Man and the Biosphere Reserves organization of UNESCO certified the HNP as a member of the world biosphere network of natural reserves. The Hustai NP Trust was enrolled as a member of IUCN in 2007. The Hustai NP is one of the best-managed Specially Protected Areas in Mongolia and was the first park to be managed by a Non-governmental Organization specializing in nature and environmental conservation. The park was managed by the Mongolian Association for the Conservation of Nature and the Environment during 1993-2003. A dedicated NGO, the Hustai National Park Trust (HNPT), was established in 2003 and signed a contract with the Mongolian Government which delegated the management of the HNP to the new NGO.
 
The Hustai NP Trust conducts operations in five main activity areas as follows:
1. Conservation and protection of ecosystems and historical sites in the park.
2. Reintroduction of the last species of wild horse – the Takhi - and building-up of a sustainable wild population.
3. Organization of international training courses and research.
4. Development of ecotourism.
5. Development of the buffer zone of the Hustai NP.

The Trust has around 60 employees, working in five units as follows:
1. Administration
2. Training and research
3. Protection
4. Tourism
5. Buffer zone development

Since 1993, the Hustai NP has implemented the following international projects, supported by the Dutch Government:
1. Hustain Nuruu nature reserves, 1993-1997
2. Conservation of the biodiversity of the Hustai NP, 1998-2003
3. Support to the management of the Hustai NP, 2004-2008
4. Development of sustainable livelihoods in the buffer zone of the Hustai NP, 2004-2008
5. Adaptation to changing conditions in the Hustai NP and its buffer zone, 2009-2012
 
   



 

HORSE TREKKING IN HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

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HORSE TREKKING IN HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

Duration: 2 days /1 night
Date: All year around
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1 
Ulaanbaatar - Hustai Nuruu National Park
We meet you at 9.00am and start driving to Hustain Nuruu national park. Check-in to Hustai ger camp. The Natural Preserve covers 506km2 and has been protected since 1993 to conserve biodiversity and facilitate the re-introduction to the wild of Takhi, Przewalski’s Wild Horse. We will introduce you the Park Information Center, Souvenir shop and watch a documentary film about this park. After lunch we start horse riding to view the Takhi wild horses and other wildlife. Return to the ger camp in the evening. Overnight stay at ger camp (L/D) 100km

Day 2  Hustai Nuruu National Park - Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we ride our horses again, this time to Moltsog sand dunes and nomadic families. Have lunch at a nomadic family. Return to the ger camp at 3pm and drive back to Ulaanbaatar. (B/L)

SERVICE INCLUDES
Accommodation in tourist ger camp 2pax sharing basis, 1 day of horse ride, nomad guide for every 2-4 riders, transfer to/from Ulaanbaatar with 4WD vehicle, meals as listed, drinking water.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
Travel insurance, beverages and personal expenses, gratuities.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

Note: These trail rides are organised in the very scenic Hustai Nuruu National Park, very close to Ulaanbaatar just 2 hours drive, therefore, suitable for people spending few days in Mongolia and wishing to enjoy riding the Mongolian sturdy steeds without travelling too far. An experienced local horse wrangler will accompany the riders, and English speaking assistance is available at Hustai ger camp. Each day there will be about 6 hour ride (full day) or 2-4 hour ride (half day) depending on the program. The horses are carefully selected and horse equipments are good. Therefore, even people with no previous horse riding experience are welcome to take our trail rides.

HORSE TREKKING IN HUSTAI NATIONAL PARK

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