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HORSE TREKKING TO KARAKORUM

In 1218/19, Chinggis Khan rallied his troops for the campaign against the Khwarezm Empire in a place called Karakorum, but the actual foundation of a city is usually said to have only occurred in 1220. Until 1235, Karakorum seems to have been little more than a yurt town; only then, after the defeat of the Jin empire, did Chinggis' successor Ögedei erect walls around the place and build a fixed palace.

On first day we drive to Hustai Nuruu National Park. 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.

Today we start by horse in the Hogno Han Mountains and continue through the endless grassland to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khan, Karakorum. Discover the heartland of Mongolia from the back of a horse as Mongols have done for thousands of years. Still today the horse is the most important mode of transport in the countryside.
After visiting the small Ovgoni Temple at the foot of the Hogno Han Mountains, we continue our horse trek crossing the sand dunes of Mongol Els before you reach the grasslands.

The next day you continue through the vast grassland towards the historical center of the country. An experienced guide and a horseman will assist you with caring for the horses. Horses have a prominent position in Mongolia’s culture. Allowing Chinggis Khan in the 12th century to conquer most of the known world, the horses are still today the most important mode of transport in the steppes.

In the afternoon of the third day you reach Karakorum, the ancient capital of Chinggis Khan. The stones of Karakorum have been used to build Mongolia’s most impressive monastery, Erdenezuu. Of more than 60 buildings only 3 were not destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the 1930’s. The next morning you will visit a Buddhist ceremony held in the main prayer hall. Just outside the monastery walls you will find a stone turtle, which used to mark the boundaries of ancient Karakorum. A 5-6 hours drive on a paved road brings you back to Ulaanbaatar.
 



 

HORSE TREKKING TO KARAKORUM

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HORSE TREKKING TO KARAKORUM

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 - Bayangobi
Today we drive towards Bayangobi and arrive at nomad family by lunch time. After lunch have a close look to daily life of nomads and test traditional dairy products, participate in their daily life. In the evening we start preparation for horse trekking to Karakorum. Also 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. O/n stay in a ger next to nomad family. (B/L/D)

Day 3      Horse trek to Karakorum
Today we start by horse in the Hogno Han Mountains and continue through the endless grassland to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khan, Karakorum. Discover the heartland of Mongolia from the back of a horse as Mongols have done for thousands of years. After visiting the small Ovgoni Temple at the foot of the Hogno Han Mountains, we continue our horse trek crossing the sand dunes of Mongol Els before you reach the grasslands. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 4      Continue trek to Karakorum
Today we continue through the vast grassland towards the historical center of the country. An experienced guide and a horseman will assist you with caring for the horses. Horses have a prominent position in Mongolia’s culture. Allowing Chinggis Khan in the 12th century to conquer most of the known world, the horses are still today the most important mode of transport in the steppes. Overnight stay in tent (B/L/D)

Day 5      Karakorum
In the afternoon of the third day we reach Karakorum, the ancient capital of Chinggis Khan. The stones of Karakorum have been used to build Mongolia’s most impressive monastery, Erdenezuu. Of more than 60 buildings only 3 were not destroyed during the Cultural Revolution in the 1930’s. The next morning you will visit a Buddhist ceremony held in the main prayer hall. Just outside the monastery walls you will find a stone turtle, which used to mark the boundaries of ancient Karakorum. End of trek and overnight stay in ger camp (B/L/D)

Day 6      Karakorum – 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/L/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, guide/translator, cook during horse trek, meals as listed, support vehicle during horse trekking, drinking water.

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

Total Cost:
Individual: US$

Small Group: US$

HORSE TREKKING TO KARAKORUM

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HORSE TREKKING TO KARAKORUM

HORSE TREKKING TO KARAKORUM

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