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Gobi Steppe Ride

Gobi Steppe Ride
Gobi Steppe Mongolia

A horseback journey across the Mongolian steppe lands is an experience incomparable to anywhere else on Earth! Steppe habitats once made up 25 percent of the global land area, but today the Pampas, the puszta, the Prairies and the Ukraine have largely been developed for agricultural output and no longer remain wild. Only the Mongolian steppes have survived! The high elevation of Mongolia creates unusually clear air - all the year round.  Mongolia is known as the "Land of the Blue Sky" and throughout the year there are 278 sunny days and 9-23 cloudy days!

It is an overwhelming visual experience of emptiness and vastness to ride across the completely silent and treeless horizon, completely devoid of any fences or constraint.  No trace of human activity except for the pastoralists and their herds wandering nomadically across the landscape.  We will ride through the transitional zone of the Gobi as well. True steppes, semi arid steppes, sand dunes and giant rock formations abound and we will visit the populated areas as well.

The human inhabitants of this unique landscape are perhaps the most interesting, since all families in the zone are nomads. In the summer they move with their herds in search of green pastures. Our hosts in the particular area are themselves keen horse-breeders, and compete in the different Naadam competitions. The Mongolian equestrian tradition is a living cultural heritage since the time of the Huns and Genghis Khan. Still today, the Mongols allow their horses to roam freely in a semi-wild condition, in harem groups with a stallion. There are no fences or any stables. They fend for themselves and forage what they can throughout the harsh winter period, and they also successfully defend their foals against the numerous wolves.

Mongolian families frequently move from one pasture to another using traditional wooden carts. These are hitched to the animals available in the region. Here we will use camels. The services of some herdsmen will be hired by the expedition and they will provide us with their animals for the transportation of our camp and luggage.

Truly a once and a life-time experience, complete with traditional camel caravan, hardy Mongolian bred mounts, and knowledgeable and experienced herdsmen sharing their remote and roaming culture with you!

Camping Ride with vehicle support
Camping Ride with pack horses

Meeting: Ulaanbaatar
Airport: Ulaanbaatar
Transfer: Ulaanbaatar
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 10 riders

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    Gobi Steppe Ride
    Tour Code: IT-MNRT10
    12 days / 11 nights ~$2,550.00
    Dates : June to Sept

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    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Tack: Mongolian Buryat Soldier Saddles
    Horses: Mongolian
    Pace: 5-8 hours - many fast pace stretches

    Airport: Ulaanbaatar
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