Highlights of Horse Riding Adventure into the Heart of Mongolia


The best Mongolian horse riding trip to Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake allows you to explore various landscapes, hidden paths of ancient nomads cradle and more of sightseeing throughout this complex horse riding journey.

12 days
  • Driving
  • Horseback
  • Flight
  • Family_stay
  • Ger_camp
  • Tented_camping

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White Lake Region

Day 1:
Karakorum
In the morning we will drive to Karakorum (also called Karakorin), site of the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khan. Today, very little is left from this legendary city. In the 16th century, Mongolia's biggest Monastery was built from the ruins of Karakorum. Now Erdene Zuu Monastery is all that remains of what once was a huge monastery of 100 temples and about 1.000 lamas residencing there.
We will explore the grounds of Erdene Zuu Monastery. We will be guided around the 3 remaining temples: Dalai Lama, Zuu of Buddha and Lavrin Temple. We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock.
Another place we will visit will be Karakorum's New Archaeological Museum. It is a small museum but housed in a modern well-run building with good lighting and display cases with clear English labels. The exhibits include dozens of artefacts dating from the 13th and 14th centuries which were recovered from the immediate area, plus others that were found from archaeological sites in other parts of the provinces, including prehistoric stone tools. You'll see pottery, bronzes, coins, religious statues and stone inscriptions. There's also a half-excavated kiln sunk into the museum floor. Perhaps most interesting is the scale model of ancient Karakorum, which aims to represent the city as it may have looked in the 1250s, and is based on descriptions written by the French missionary William of Rubruck. Another chamber exhibits a Turkic noble tomb with wall paintings and artefacts, including gold items and jewellery. There is a short video of actual burial site.
We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock, visit little market behind walls exposing local arts by locals.
(Ger Camp, L, D)
Day 2:
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake
Today we will get up early for another driving day. We will pass through Tsetserleg, capital city of Arkhangai province, and reach end of the afternoon the region of the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (the White Lake).
We will meet our wrangler family.
(Family Stay, B, L, D)
Day 3:
Horseback Riding
Arkhangai Province in Central Mongolia is a beautiful part of the country and has some exciting geographical features and a lot of nomadic families living the traditional lifestyle. It is an area suitable for easy to moderate hiking and riding. There are few steep slopes to ascend and for the most part we will follow an easy track.
Hot mineral springs, used by the local people as health spas, are quite common in Mongolia, and the first part of our ride takes us to a small resort in the wooded hills of the Khangai Mountains. Further north, the White Lake and its surrounding area were influenced by volcanic activity thousands of years ago creating some dramatic sights.
This morning we start a six-day ride. Our first day will be a ride through beautiful forest and canyon.
(Tented camping, B, L, D)
Day 4:
Horseback Riding
Today we will reach Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The White Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of the country. It is surrounded by extinct and craterous volcanoes, and was formed by lava flows from a volcanic eruption many millennia ago. As a result of the volcano eruptions the landscape is covered with black volcanic rocks.
(Tented camping, B, L, D)
Day 5:
Trekking
We will climb the Khorgo Uul Volcano (2960 meters) and discover the area around the volcano and we will pass the gorges that lead from Tariat to the volcano. The volcano crater is 200 m wide and 100 m deep and is covered with trees at the back and around the opening of the crater. To the south of Khorgo there are numerous basaltic "gers" formed during the cooling of lava; some of the gers have gates and upper holes and reach 1.7 m high.
(Ger Camp, B, L, D)
Day 6:
Rest Day
Spend a day at the lake, relaxing and swimming. For those who would like to ride there is plenty opportunities as well.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day
7 - 8:
Horseback Riding
We will have 2 more riding days to reach the ancient Man-Stone.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 9:
Horseback Riding
Today we will visit a cave in the Darkhan Mountain.
In the evening we will stop at a nomad family and experience their warm hospitality. For dinner we will be offered a typical Mongolian barbeque that will be prepared by them. Those who want will have the opportunity to try the "airag" or fermented horse milk. Our guide - translator will help us to forge contact with the local population.
Tonight we will share the Gers with host family. This is where we will say good bye to our horses and horseman.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 10:
Drive to Tosontsengel
After breakfast we will continue our trip on jeeps crossing Solongotiin pass and head for Tosontsengel. Tosontsengel is second largest city in Zavkhan province.
(Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 11:
Drive to Uliastai
Today we will arrive at Uliastai to catch our flight. Uliastai is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is one of the remote aimag of the country. Quiet and pleasant town.
(Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 12:
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
It is time for us to leave the beautiful place and take a flight back to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Afternoon is free to catch all activities you haven’t completed yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.
(B, L)
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White Lake Region

Day 1:
Karakorum
In the morning we will drive to Karakorum (also called Karakorin), site of the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khan. Today, very little is left from this legendary city. In the 16th century, Mongolia's biggest Monastery was built from the ruins of Karakorum. Now Erdene Zuu Monastery is all that remains of what once was a huge monastery of 100 temples and about 1.000 lamas residencing there.
We will explore the grounds of Erdene Zuu Monastery. We will be guided around the 3 remaining temples: Dalai Lama, Zuu of Buddha and Lavrin Temple. We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock.
Another place we will visit will be Karakorum's New Archaeological Museum. It is a small museum but housed in a modern well-run building with good lighting and display cases with clear English labels. The exhibits include dozens of artefacts dating from the 13th and 14th centuries which were recovered from the immediate area, plus others that were found from archaeological sites in other parts of the provinces, including prehistoric stone tools. You'll see pottery, bronzes, coins, religious statues and stone inscriptions. There's also a half-excavated kiln sunk into the museum floor. Perhaps most interesting is the scale model of ancient Karakorum, which aims to represent the city as it may have looked in the 1250s, and is based on descriptions written by the French missionary William of Rubruck. Another chamber exhibits a Turkic noble tomb with wall paintings and artefacts, including gold items and jewellery. There is a short video of actual burial site.
We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock, visit little market behind walls exposing local arts by locals.
(Ger Camp, L, D)
Day 2:
Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake
Today we will get up early for another driving day. We will pass through Tsetserleg, capital city of Arkhangai province, and reach end of the afternoon the region of the Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (the White Lake).
We will meet our wrangler family.
(Family Stay, B, L, D)
Day 3:
Horseback Riding
Arkhangai Province in Central Mongolia is a beautiful part of the country and has some exciting geographical features and a lot of nomadic families living the traditional lifestyle. It is an area suitable for easy to moderate hiking and riding. There are few steep slopes to ascend and for the most part we will follow an easy track.
Hot mineral springs, used by the local people as health spas, are quite common in Mongolia, and the first part of our ride takes us to a small resort in the wooded hills of the Khangai Mountains. Further north, the White Lake and its surrounding area were influenced by volcanic activity thousands of years ago creating some dramatic sights.
This morning we start a six-day ride. Our first day will be a ride through beautiful forest and canyon.
(Tented camping, B, L, D)
Day 4:
Horseback Riding
Today we will reach Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake. The White Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of the country. It is surrounded by extinct and craterous volcanoes, and was formed by lava flows from a volcanic eruption many millennia ago. As a result of the volcano eruptions the landscape is covered with black volcanic rocks.
(Tented camping, B, L, D)
Day 5:
Trekking
We will climb the Khorgo Uul Volcano (2960 meters) and discover the area around the volcano and we will pass the gorges that lead from Tariat to the volcano. The volcano crater is 200 m wide and 100 m deep and is covered with trees at the back and around the opening of the crater. To the south of Khorgo there are numerous basaltic "gers" formed during the cooling of lava; some of the gers have gates and upper holes and reach 1.7 m high.
(Ger Camp, B, L, D)
Day 6:
Rest Day
Spend a day at the lake, relaxing and swimming. For those who would like to ride there is plenty opportunities as well.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day
7 - 8:
Horseback Riding
We will have 2 more riding days to reach the ancient Man-Stone.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 9:
Horseback Riding
Today we will visit a cave in the Darkhan Mountain.
In the evening we will stop at a nomad family and experience their warm hospitality. For dinner we will be offered a typical Mongolian barbeque that will be prepared by them. Those who want will have the opportunity to try the "airag" or fermented horse milk. Our guide - translator will help us to forge contact with the local population.
Tonight we will share the Gers with host family. This is where we will say good bye to our horses and horseman.
(Tented Camp, B, L, D)
Day 10:
Drive to Tosontsengel
After breakfast we will continue our trip on jeeps crossing Solongotiin pass and head for Tosontsengel. Tosontsengel is second largest city in Zavkhan province.
(Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 11:
Drive to Uliastai
Today we will arrive at Uliastai to catch our flight. Uliastai is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is one of the remote aimag of the country. Quiet and pleasant town.
(Hotel, B, L, D)
Day 12:
Flight back to Ulaanbaatar
It is time for us to leave the beautiful place and take a flight back to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Afternoon is free to catch all activities you haven’t completed yet. You might as well check the beautiful cultural show enjoy the colourful and rhythmic Mongolian dance, throat singing & admire the contortionists.
(B, L)

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