Horse Riding Tours in Mongolia

What better way to see Mongolia than as the locals do, by horse ? Genghis Khan's army crossed the world by horse, and to this day it remains the most common and reliable form of transport. Horses can go where roads and petrol do not exist, and where walkers would be exhausted by the rough terrain. Most nomadic families have a herd of horses, the size of the herd being a status symbol. In the summer months mare's milk is fermented to make "airag", a drink which is much loved by all Mongolians and drunk in huge quantities.

We organise horse riding tours for charities, groups of friends and individuals

We will arrange horses to suit your riding experience as well as local guides, support vehicles, food and accommodation for your horse riding trek in Mongolia.



Mongolian Horses

The Mongol horse (Mongolian Адуу, aduu: "horse") in Northern Khalka, is the native horse breed of Mongolia. The breed is purported to be largely unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan. Nomads living in the traditional Mongol fashion still hold more than 3 million animals, which outnumber the country's human population. The horses live outdoors all year at +30 °C (86 °F) in summer down to −40 °C (−40 °F) in winter, and search for food on their own.

Go To Orkhon Horse Trek  

Styles of Horse Trek

It is such a wonderful experience to ride a horse in Mongolia, especially to trek a long distance over several days. In this way, one can truly experience Mongolia as the local people do - enjoying the sights, sounds, smells and the weather in all their raw beauty. Most areas of Mongolia are suitable for riding, but we have chosen the province of Arkhangai where we have worked with some families for many years and know them to be reliable, providing healthy and good-tempered horses and friendly, hard working horsemen.


Scheduled Group Horse Riding Tour

We have planned a horse trek which individuals and groups of friends are welcome to join. It is in the area of the Orkhon river valley in Central Mongolia and the route finishes at Kharkhorin which was once the capital of the Mongol Empire.

Tailor-Made Horse Riding Tour

Our recommended itinerary for a tailor-made horse riding tour is set in Arkhangai province, travelling by jeep from one beautiful place to another and doing day-rides in the area. Stay in traditional ger camps in some amazing locations.

'Help For Heroes' Horse Riding Charity Challenge Mongolia

'Help for Heroes' support to the wounded, injured and service personnel of United Kingdom. Ride horses over one of the few fenceless countries in the world.


Accommodation & Daily Riding

Authentic traditional gers and wild camping.

Some of our tailor-made horse riding tours are based at the ger camps and we take day rides in the area around the camp. On continuous horse treks like our scheduled group tour, we are riding in such remote places that there are no facilities and we camp in tents. This is a really wild experience, with the lack of luxuries such as a flush toilet or hot running water, being as much part of the adventure as the horse riding itself.

Every morning the cooks will serve a hearty breakfast to prepare you for the day ahead. Whilst we are packing up, the local horsemen will be saddling up the horses. Start riding at approximately 9 o'clock, keeping to a pace which is comfortable for everyone. If the standard of riding varies greatly between members of the group, we can divide into smaller groups, each with their own local horseman in charge. We stop at mid morning for a snack, then for an hour at lunch time. The cooks will have travelled ahead by jeep to prepare the meals. Continue riding in the afternoon for a further 2 or 3 hours before arriving at camp.


Insurance and Safety Issues

Important to consider

It is important to read the information below and understand, before booking your horse riding tour in Mongolia.

  • Emergency Rescue

    In the case of a serious medical emergency, we may have to call the helicopter rescue service to take the injured person to hospital in Ulaanbaatar.

  • Paramedic Equipment

    We carry with us a good supply of medicine and 'paramedic equipment' which is used in emergency medical situations.

  • Protective Kit

    Everyone must wear a helmet and suitable riding boots.

  • Personal Safety for Travellers in the City

    Ulaanbaatar is not a particularly dangerous city at all, but you should exercise the same caution here as you would in any other large city.

Read the details...

We want everyone to finish the tour safely and without injury.

In the case of a serious medical emergency, we may have to call the helicopter rescue service to take the injured person to hospital in Ulaanbaatar. We have a contract with "Central Mongolian Airways" who are on standby 24 hours a day, but before being mobilised, the rescue should be authorised by the patient's travel insurance company.

Check the conditions of your insurance provider so you will know what to do if a situation arises. When purchasing travel insurance, make sure that the company knows that you will be riding a horse and that it is included in their cover.

We carry with us a good supply of medicine and 'paramedic equipment' which is used in emergency medical situations. If you are not a good and experienced rider, you should train well before you come to Mongolia. The riding is in a remote part of the country and far from good medical facilities, so we hope there will be no accidents.

Everyone must wear a helmet and suitable riding boots. You can rent one of our helmets if you wish. Additionally, wear comfortable clothes and have the right gear for any kind of weather conditions. The warm summer months are likely to be the wettest and at higher altitudes the temperature can get cool in the evenings, so come prepared.

Ulaanbaatar is not a particularly dangerous city at all, but you should exercise the same caution here as you would in any other large city. Pickpockets and bag/ jacket snatchers are disappointingly common in crowded areas. Pickpockets tend to work in groups of three and are usually easy to spot if you keep your eyes open; they soon disperse when they realise they have been sprung and are easily embarrassed if you make a fuss. Be particularly careful in the Narantuul (Black) Market, in the Central Post Office, in the Mercury Market, and around Gandan Monastery.

It is safer to keep your money on your person in a hidden pocket, not in a separate bag or rucksack, and definitely not in the back pocket of your trousers !

After dark it is not advisable to walk alone and if visiting night clubs or bars always be on your guard. This is where most tourists get tricked.

2017 Summer Group Tours

We organize several fixed date group trips to Mongolia including mountain biking, motorcycling, horse riding, trekking and cultural trips. You are welcome to join as an individual or if there are several friends together. This is a good way to travel in Mongolia if you want the companionship of others and to meet some interesting people.

What Our Customers Think

  • "We were very impressed with the organisation, variety of terrain and scenery, the food - delicious ! We think this just might be the best catered trip we have been on - the support, the bikes and their maintenance and the team in general. We will certainly be telling all our friends about how professional this trip was. We had a great time"

    Huw Williams (Wales)
  • We wish that we had more time to spend in Mongolia. What a fascinating place. Not only the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaatar, but the many mini - Naadam Festivals we encountered in the countryside as well as the people and scenery were fantastic...

    Steve Sidebotham (Delaware, USA)
  • "We really enjoyed our time in Mongolia with the off-road experience and closeness to nature. The experience at the family ger was an emotional one. It struck a chord with me, somewhere deep inside. I could see the sense in their simple way of life, which I have not really been able to see in ours in the west"

    Joakim Hansson (Sweden)
  • "We really enjoyed all aspects of our trip. The itinerary was well organized. We felt like we had a good taste of the country. We especially liked meeting the nomadic family. The accommodations and food were all satisfying as well"

    Hans Schnegluth (Germany)
  • Many thanks for a great holiday in Mongolia it was amazing ! My dad finally managed to visit the place he had been speaking about for 30 years and it was everything and a lot more he ever imagined it to be, so thanks again for looking after us so well...

    Lisa Brydon (Scotland)
  • "Thanks very much for looking after us and our arrangements in Mongolia. We enjoyed the tour immensely and loved the sites, scenery and sense of solitude this country gives you. It was a lovely adventure, thanks again"

    Clare Elsdon (England)
  • The staff was extremely dedicated” and the bike route took us to places of extraordinary beauty and diverse landscape of Mongolia. This mountain biking trip certainly was the most challenging and memorable one so far...

    SJi-Eun Kim (Seoul, South Korea)

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