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

HORSE TREKKING IN ARKHANGAI

Arkhangai has astounding scenery: wide rivers full of fish, several volcanoes and volcanic lakes, extensive forests, and pastures where yak thrive. It also boasts the stunning lake Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, the ruins of several ancient kingdoms and probably the nicest aimag capital in the country. The ethnic groups are the Khaikh and the Oold.

Arkhangai aimag is situated in the central part of the Khangai mountain range and its territory comprises mountains, steppe and plains. The average altitude of the aimag is 7,920 feet (2,414m) above sea level. The highest point is Kharalagtai peak clad in eternal snow at 11,611 feet (3,539m) above sea level, while the lowest point is the area of the confluence of the Orkhon and the Tamir rivers at 4,232 feet (1,290m) above sea level. Soil is mainly scattered grey and black soil of mountain meadows and forests. Over 70 percent of the territory of the aimag is pasture land, almost 2% with hay fields, about 1% with sown area, and 15% of the territory is covered with deciduous and coniferous forest. There are ibex, wild sheep, snow leopards, lynx, musk stags, bears in the mountains, and marmots, susliks, foxes in the steppe. Several peaks rest under eternal snow throughout the four seasons such as Suvraga, Noyon, and Khan-Undur, Khanui, Khunui. Orkhon, Chuluut, South and North Tamir rivers gush from high Khangai mountain range and the Ugii, and Terkh fresh water lakes. These rivers and lakes teem with taimen, grayling, scale, and perch. There are many springs such as the Khadat, Mukhar Khujirt, Bora tal, Tsagaan somon, Beikh, and many beautiful places like Khorgo and Taikhar Chuluu Rock. Around 1,700 species of flora can be found in the territory of the province of which 20% are medical herbs. Rare species include roseroot, pheasant eye, and sausserea involucrata. Arkhangai aimag is rich in historic places. There have been many finds from the Old Stone Age in the basin of Orkhon, Tamir, Chuluut rivers, inscriptions of the Bilge Khan and Kul-Tegena at Tsaidam monuments in the Taikhar Chuluu and the Khashaat somon. Impressive are the ruins of the ancient capital city of the Uighur Khanate in Khotont somon. The agriculture sector dominates the economic activities of the aimag. There are about 45 square miles of arable land, used for growing cereal, potatoes, and other kinds of vegetables. Local farmers harvest over 20,000 tons of grain annually.

Much of Arkhangai, which means 'north Khangai', is on the northern slope of the spectacular Khangai Nuruu mountain range. These are the second highest mountains in Mongolia and are protected by the Khangai Nuruu, Noyon Khangai and Tarvagatain Nuruu national parks. The range is well watered, so expect lovely forests, meadows and plenty of streams to quench your thirst, but it also floods, so expect muddy roads and even snowfalls in the summer.
Another drawback is that the aimag, particularly along the road between Tsetserleg and Ulaanbaatar, is notoriously bad for flies in summer - take repellent or you will live to regret it. If the flies make your life a misery, you can always indulge in fermented mare's milk, airag (Arkhangai is renowned for the quality of it's airag).
One jeep road runs in an east-west direction through the aimag between Ulaanbaatar and Tosontsengel in Zavkhan aimag via Tsetserleg; another from Karakorum joins at Tsenkher. From the roads in Arkhangai look out for small rock formations. These are ancient gravesites, which may even predate Chinggis Khan.
This horse trek passes through spectacular forest, beautiful mountains, the wide valley of the Tamir River and the Tsagaan Davaa mountain pass.
Highlights of this trek include visiting a nomadic family where we will receive their legendry hospitality and they will teach us their secrets of survival. They will show us how they manage their herds, how to make dairy products, fermented mare's milk and other produce and visit to Hustai National Park where we can see Mongolia wild horses known as Prezawlski horses as well.
We will see eagles, wild flowers, horses, yaks and local horsemen in the river valley. We may also see mountain fox, wild boars and red deer. We will camp under the clear starry sky and have dinner prepared for us on an open fire.
 



 

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Duration: 6 days /5 nights
Date: June-September
Transport: 4WD Jeep/Van
Individual: 1-3 pax
Small group: 4-6 pax


Day-by-day Itinerary

Day 1      Ulaanbaatar – Hustai National Park

After breakfast we drive to the Hustai Nuruu National Park. Hustai Nuruu is famous for the re-introduction of Mongolia's wild horse. The Takhi Horse or Przewalski's horse was once native to Mongolia and almost became extinct earlier this century. Through the efforts of several Mongolian and international organizations, these magnificent wild horses now roam in the steppes once again in Hustai Nuruu National Park. We will visit the Project Information Center and take a guided hike to see the wild horses in the evening. Overnight at Hustai ger camp. (L/D)

Day 2        Hustai National Park – Tsenkher Soum
Today we will drive to Tsenkher Soum of Arkhangai province and reach our nomadic family in the Tsenkher River valley, surrounded by mountains and hills. We will take part in the nomadic family's daily life, a great way to experience Mongolia in first-hand.  In the evening we will meet the horses and ride for a short distance in order to prepare the horse for the long-distance trek and for you to get used to each other. Overnight in ger next to nomad. (B/L/D)

Day 3        Riding along the Tsenkher River to Hot Spa
Today we will begin our horse trek. We will ride along Tsenkher River towards Tsenkher Hot Spa. After lunch in ger camp of Tsenkher Hot Spa we continue our trek and and set up our camp in the valley. Overnight in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 4        Taikhar Chuluu
Today we will trek to Taikhar Rock and on the way stop in Tsetserleg – capital of Arkhangai Province for lunch and visit Zaya Gegeenii Museum. After lunch continue trekking and pass Tsagaan Davaa Mountain. Camp near Tamir river. Overnight in tent. (B/L/D)

Day 5        Tsenkher Soum
Today we will ride full day to the nomadic family where we started our trek. Overnight in ger next to nomad. (B/L/D)

Day 6        Ulaanbaatar
After breakfast we drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Lunch is in Lun County of Central Province on the way. Then we go for optional souvenir and cashmere shopping. Enjoy evening cultural show – Tumen Ekh National Folklore group. Farewell dinner. (B/D).

SERVICE INCLUDES
Accommodation in ger (3-4pax sharing basis), western standard tents for 2pax with mattresses and sleeping bags, camping equipment - table & chairs, excursions as per itinerary and entrance fees, local taxes and admission fees, a local horse guide, English speaking guide/translator, cook during horse trek, meals as listed, drinking water, support vehicle during horse trekking.

SERVICE EXCLUDES
Service in Ulaanbaatar as well as accommodation, alchogol beverages, Mongolian visa, travel insurance.

Riding ability level: Confident beginner to intermediate.

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

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