Gun-Galuut nature reserve
The amazing Gun-Galuut nature reserve is 130 km (2 hour drive) from Ulaanbaatar in the east and is at the western banks of the legendary river Kherlen and the northernmost edge of the Great Mongolian Steppes. The reserve is home to numerous globally endangered wildlife such as the Argali wild mountain sheep, White Naped Crane, Hooded crane and Swan Goose and many more. Friendly nomads inhabit in the reserve herding their livestock and supporting the reserve nature conservation activities. The terrain of Gun-Galuut is vast hilly steppes and is very convenient for horse riding especially for beginners. Riders can ride to Mt. Baits to view the rare wildlife, visit nomadic families, view rare birds at the local small lakes and enjoy the fun experience of crossing the river Kherlen on horseback to visit the small Deer stone on the other side of the river. You can enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming and kayaking etc as well as the activities mentioned above.
Terelj National Park
Stunning Terelj National Park is only 70 km from Ulaanbaatar in the north east and is a small part of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. The beautiful national park is rich in historical sites such as the Temple of Ayurveda, Temple of Princess etc and also interesting natural formations such as the Turtle Rock etc. The terrain is granite rock mountains with dense forest, so it’s good for those who have been on horseback before. However, novices are welcome as your wranglers teach you how to ride Mongolian sturdy steeds so easily. Terelj also offer wonderful opportunities to hike and fish as well as viewing forest birds.
Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area
This picturesque strictly protected area is remote with not many people visiting the area, so it is rich in both wildlife and historical places, wildlife like deer, wolf, brown bear, fox, elk, wild boar, musk deer, roe deer and many more. The Khentii mountains are known as the birthplace of Great Genghis Khan and one of the 3 biggest mountain ranges in Mongolia. Our riders can visit the sacred Burkhan Khaldun mountain – first worshipped by Genghis Khan for saving his life thrice, sites mentioned in the Secret History of the Mongols such as Khar Zurkhen Khokh Lake – place Temuujin’s enthronement as Genghis Khan in 1189, Burgi Ereg and many more. The terrain here is mountainous with forest with some open steppes, pretty lakes and crystal clear rivers. Khan Khentii is a place for the adventurous, offering wilderness, stunning beautiful landscape and great opportunities to enjoy horse riding, trekking, fishing and relaxing in the wilderness.
The Orkhon River Valley
The legendary Orkhon river valley’s been a home to many cultures of Central Asia for 2 millenniums and most of the ancient empires emerged from Central Asian steppes established their capital cities in this beautiful vast valley including the Great Mongol Empire. The Orkhon River is the longest river of Mongolia and the most popular waterfall of Mongolia’s on the Orkhon. You will visit many historical sites such as the mysterious Tuvkhun monastery, fabled Erdene Zuu monastery (Karakorum) and so on. The terrain of the Orkhon River valley varies a lot from hilly steppes to mountains and forests and is suitable for all level riders including beginners. You also can enjoy fishing Taimen – the River King, hiking and visiting nomads while riding the Mongolian horses.