Horse Back Riding in Mongolia

If you crave for adventure and love being around animals, then you might want to see Mongolia on horseback. In Gorkhi Terelj National Park located in Mongolia, you can sign up for a three-day riding camp.

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Mongolia is one of the best places for horseback riding. Most of the country’s landscapes are practically made for horse riding. In the northern regions, the hills are framed with lush greens and pine forests, giving off the scent of Christmas in the fall.

The Gobi desert has an endless stretch of fine powdery sand while in the far west of the country, the Altai Nuruu mountains rises up to 4,300m above sea level. Closer to Ulaanbaatar, there’s a variety of grasslands, pine forests and beautiful panorama of greens.

The Gorkhi Terelj has enough land to cover a 10-day riding trip. It’s not everyday that you get to ride a horse and race through miles without seeing a single fence or barrier. Being able to saddle up and race freely along the lush landscapes to places as far as the eyes can see, it will truly make your heart swell with joy and liberty. This is as close as you can get to nature.

 

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Though the thought of having to be saddled up on a horse that’s allowed to to run free may result in a few concerns, you’d be safe with the right operators. There are a few horse riding operators in Mongolia and Stone Horse is one of the few that is reputable. Stone Horses takes good care of their horses and also take the time to get to know them.

One does not have to be a champion rider to be able to go on these horseback trips, but it is advisable for complete fledglings to get some riding experience or at least know the basics prior to the tour. Besides the fact that the rider needs to be physically fit and be prepared for the severity of outdoor camping, one also needs to be comfortable to be on a horse.

The horses have a mind of their own and may not necessarily follow the riders’ bidding all the time. Coming unprepared or lacking the basics of horse riding may result in riders being fearful and antsy which eventually cause discomfort to both the rider and the steed.

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