General information about trips
We offer you a distinctive range of tours and expeditions in all corners of Mongolia. Join one of our scheduled group tours or ask us for a customized tour especially designed for your private group. Our trips are designed to accommodate two general levels of comfort and activities. To help you make the right choice please read the following descriptions.
Tours with “G” code
For those wishing more comfortable lodging, we have trips offering ger camp accommodation. Gers, the traditional felt structures of nomads are spacious, very comfortable, beautifully decorated and with beds and bedding provided. In addition to offering washrooms with showers and flush toilets, these camps also have a dining Ger, a perfect way to gather and socialize while enjoying fine dining. “G” trips are appropriate for any age or level of fitness. We may suggest a day hike or offer an opportunity to ride horses or camels as part of the trip. These activities are not arduous or demanding.
Expeditions with “E” code
Expedition tours travel to the remote corners of Mongolia where there aren’t many tourist facilities. On expedition tours, we offer camping in tents for some of the nights. Mats and blankets are provided for extra warmth; participants bring their own sleeping bags. We also set up a dining tent with tables and chairs. A toilet tent is also set up and a shower tent when possible.
Adventure activities offered on expeditions are of moderate to advanced level of difficulty. Mongolian horses are small but with good stamina, well tempered and relatively easy to handle. If you have a reasonable level of fitness and have ridden a few times before, you are eligible for a horseback-riding trip. We provide Australian saddles for riding. The two-humped Bactrian camels in Mongolia are extremely comfortable to ride. No prior experience is necessary.
Making a Booking
When you have decided on the trip that is right for you, simply submit a booking form
online. As soon as we receive your booking form and your deposit, you will receive a letter of confirmation. Further important advice and information about your visit will be sent in due course.
Making a Payment
A non-refundable deposit of USD200 will secure your place on the tour. The balance should be paid no later than 2 months prior to your arrival in Mongolia.
Payments can be made by wire transfer to our bank account in Mongolia, or by credit card. We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card, and JCB.
All our trips include a travel medical insurance for the scheduled duration of your trip, from the date of your arrival until the day of your departure. This insurance has a value up to USD30.000 to cover the cost of medical services taken in Mongolia including air evacuation within the territory of Mongolia. However, we encourage all clients to make their own travel insurance as well.
- Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to cancel trips when there are less than 3 bookings. Trip members will be given a choice between paying a surcharge to run the trip with less than 3 people, selecting another trip or cancelling their trip. Should cancellation be necessary the client's payment will be 100% refunded or used to build another trip's price.
- Mongol Khan Expeditions reserves the right to change the date or itinerary of trips without a prior notice to clients.
- Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for the misoperation of the trip caused by factors beyond the control of Mongol Khan Expeditions.
- Mongol Khan Expeditions will not be responsible for any medical expenses incurred outside of Mongolia as well as for evacuation out of Mongolia. It’s a client’s responsibility to be covered from those potential expenses by his or her own insurance.
If you cancel no later than 6 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, no cancellation fee will be charged. All monies will be refunded except for your non-refundable deposit of USD200.
If you cancel between 6 to 3 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 30% of the total cost of the trip will be charged. The remaining 70% will be refunded to the client.
If you cancel between 3 to 1 weeks prior to the scheduled start of your trip, a cancellation fee of 50% of the total cost of the trip will be charged.
If you cancel less than a week prior to the scheduled start of your trip, the cancellation fee will be 100% of the total cost of the trip. There is no refund.
Refund payments will be sent back to the client’s bank account within a week of the cancellation date. For each refund payment a bank transfer charge will be deducted from the refundable amount.
Riding in Search of Shamans - 19 days
Trip code Trip date
E15-01 July 9 – July 27
This is an unforgettable journey of spectacular scenery and irreplaceable ancient world cultures for the true adventurer at heart. Northern Mongolia is a vast untamed wilderness of natural wonders. On horseback, we will ride over high mountain passes with breathtaking views; through valleys lush and green; along narrow paths boarded by thick, taiga forest; and past fast flowing rivers of pure mountain water teaming with fish. Our final destination is the ‘mother’ of all lakes in Mongolia and a treasure of fresh water to the world, Khovsgol Lake. The lake is a true gem for its vast store of water and its surrounds of pristine wilderness.
Within the bounds of the Khuvsgul area live some indigenous people maintaining a lifestyle of tranquillity and peace. They worship the nature with their ancient traditions and shaman practices and spend their time herding reindeer, from which they obtain food, clothing and shelter. We will visit the Tsaatan people of Northern Mongolia and learn about their unique lifestyle.
On this tour we will witness the National Naadam Festival. The Festival consists of the three national sports of horse racing, wrestling and archery. Naadam has been held for centuries as a form of memorial celebration, as an annual sacrificial ritual honoring various mountain gods or to celebrate a community endeavor. It’s believed that in old times, Naadam has also served as a contest to choose the best horses and warriors for the battles.
Today you will arrive in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. On arrival you will be transferred to the Bayan Gol Hotel to check-in and freshen up. In the afternoon we will have a leisurely program of sightseeing including the National History Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. Both museums house impressive displays of Mongolian National and Religious history.
Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)
Today we will fly to Moron, the capital of Khuvsgul Aimag. On arrival you will be taken to a ger camp where we will stay for 2 nights. In the afternoon we will visit an ancient burial ground with an ensemble of reindeer stones. The earliest stone monuments found in Mongolia date from the Bronze Age. The nomadic herdsmen of those times constructed stone mounds and stone-flagged graves of great size, and used great skill in the beautiful execution of carved 'reindeer stones'. Stone monuments were placed either singly or in groups of up to twenty stones, either as graves or markers of dedicatory sites, and some of them still remain in their original positions. All around the stone in the upper section are images of the sun and moon, and in the middle section are many deer, leaping and flying. The lower section is decorated with carvings of knives, swords, bows and quivers, battle axes, whetstones, hooks, mirrors and so on.
Ger camp (B, L, D)Day 3
Today we will join the local people to enjoy the National Naadam Festivals. The Festival consists of the three national sports of horse racing, wrestling and archery. It is an exciting time with horses racing long distances, by jockeys as young as 10 years old, racing across the dusty countryside, bareback. The wrestling takes place in the main stadium with, amongst the tall grass and relaxed atmosphere. Traditional Mongolian wrestling has its unique clothes and interesting rules.
Ger camp (B, L, D)Day 4
Today we drive towards Darkhad valley. In the early afternoon we will stop at Beltes River to make camp for overnight. Explore the surrounding on foot.
Tented camp (B, L, D)Day 5
Today we drive over the mountainous range of Khoridol Saridag and descend into Darkhad Valley. While driving we will be passing through the taiga forest, flower filled meadows and rivers. Our destination is the campsite by Khogiin Gol River. Today our horsemen and horses for the trekking will come to join us.
Tented camp (B, L, D)
Today is the first day of our linear horse riding. As the terrain doesn’t allow the vehicles to drive we will have the support of packhorses to transport all the trekking equipment and food for the next three days. Today we will ride for about 6 hours on an easy terrain of grassland. We will stop at the forested foothills of Tsagaan Chuluut Mountain, where we will stop for the next two nights.
Tented camp (B, L, D)
Today is a long day of travel for a very special occasion of meeting Tsaatans, the Reindeer people. We will start early in the morning and return to the campsite in the evening. The terrain today is quite challenging, first we ride up the mountain through tick taiga forest, then through marshland onto a Mountainous plateau to reach the camp of the Tsaatan people. Tsaatans are very unique to Mongolia and are a special group of people to be treasured by all. They are a minority group of Mongolia and live by herding Reindeer in the high mountains. They live in tepee style tents and have very few possessions. Visiting these people, sharing their hospitality and learning about their unique way of life is a treasured, once-in-a-lifetime memory and a real blessing. The Tsaatan people also practice the ancient traditions of Shamanism and believe in the worshipping of the nature.
We will spend a few hours with these wonderful people and ride back to the previous camp.
Tented camp (B, L, D)Day 8
Morning at rest at the camp, after lunch we ride back Khogiin river camp trotting and galloping across the grassland. Here we meet our kitchen vehicle again.
Tented camp (B, L, D)Day 9
Today we spend the day relaxing by Khogiin River. A short day ride can be arranged in the area. For those interested, there is a fishing opportunity on the River.
Tented camp (B, L, D)Day 10-11
For the next two days we will continue our horse trekking deep into the Darkhad Valley and across it. The terrain is miles of open grassland perfect for riding. The support kitchen vehicle will be with us for those two days, so we don’t pack the horses. We will ride pass the Renchinlhumbe village into a mountainous valley.
Darkhad Valley is a depression between Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range and Ulaan Taiga Forest. In the valley there are many small lakes such as Deed White Lake, Dood White Lake, Targa and Harmai. In the rivers and lakes of the area there are different species of fish such as Taimen, Lenok, Siberian White Fish, Grayling, Freshwater Cod and others.
Tented camp (B, L, D)
Over the next two days we will ride, slowly ascending the Khoridol Saridag Mountains. The terrain for riding will be a mixture of mountainous valleys, meadows and forests. Wild flowers will be abundant. The kitchen vehicle will leave us again, we will have a support of packhorses meanwhile.
Tented camp (B, L, D)Day 14
Today we will ride over the highest point of the Khoridol Saridag Mountains at Jiglegiin pass. From here we see a glorious view of Khovsgol Lake. High mountains with sharp, snow-capped peaks and taiga forest surround the lake making a picturesque setting. After a break at the peak we will descend the Mountain, riding along a narrow path and reach the Lake’s edge for our evening camp.
Khovsgol Lake is a fresh water lake at an altitude of 1624m. The lake stretches for 134km in length and 39km at widest. It is 262m deep and is considered the second largest lake in the Central Asia. The lake contains 1% of the fresh water reserve on the earth.
Tented camp (B, L, D)Day 15
Today will be our last day of riding along the lakeshore. We will reach a ger camp at Toilogt in the afternoon. Here we will reunite with our drivers and have a farewell dinner for our horsemen. Overnight at the ger camp by the edge of the lake. You will sleep in Gers, the traditional Mongolian dwelling of round shaped felt tent.
Ger camp (B, L, D)
A day of well-earned rest by the Lakeshore. Mongolians name the lake as “Mother sea”. The water is crystal clear, the nature pristine and the setting truly idyllic. Some kayaking and fishing are offered at the lake. It’s a perfect place for a day hike.
Ger camp (B, L, D)Day 17
Today we will drive back to Moron and fly to Ulaanbaatar.
Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)Day 18
A day trip to Khustain Nuruu National Park, where Takhi, the wild horses are being bred and reintroduced back to the wild nature. Visit the information center to learn more about the Prejewalski wild horse Project. After lunch we’ll make a tour in the National Park, either on foot or in a vehicle. Those interested can explore the Park on horseback too. The Khustain Nuruu National Park is rich with wildlife, including the wild horse, red deer, marmot, fox, wolf and different species of birds. Return to Ulaanbaatar in the afternoon. There will be some time for shopping before a farewell dinner.
Bayangol hotel (B, L, D)
You will be taken to the airport for your departure flight.
Quick Reference Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive and sightseeing, o/n Bayangol Hotel;
Day 2 Fly to Moron, visit Reindeer stones monuments, o/n Ger camp;
Day 3 Naadam Festival in Moron, o/n Ger camp;
Day 4 Drive to Beltes River, o/n Tented camp;
Day 5 Drive into Darkhad valley to Khogiin river, o/n Tented camp;
Day 6 Ride to Tsagaan Chuluut Mountain, o/n Tented camp;
Day 7 Ride into taiga onto Reindeer People’s camp and back, o/n Tented camp;
Day 8 Ride back to Khogiin river, o/n Tented camp;
Day 9 A day of rest at Khogiin river, o/n Tented camp;
Day 10-11 Ride across Darkhad Valley, o/n Tented camp;
Day 12-13 Ride ascending Khoridol Saridag Mountain, o/n Tented camp;
Day 14 Ride over Jiglegiin pass and descend to Khuvsgul Lake, o/n Tented camp;
Day 15 Ride along the lakeshore, o/n Ger camp
Day 16 A day of rest at Khovsgol Lake, o/n Ger camp
Day 17 Drive to Moron and fly back to Ulaanbaatar, o/n Bayangol Hotel;
Day 18 A day trip to Khustain Nuruu NP, o/n Bayangol Hotel;
Day 19 Departure.
Price per person:
USD4430 for group of 3-7 people
USD3960 for group of 8-11 people
USD3830 for group of 12-16 people
Single accommodation available at USD200
All transfers and ground transportation
Twin share stay at Bayangol hotel while in Ulaanbaatar
Twin share accommodation at Ger camp
All camping equipment except sleeping bags
All entrance fees to museums and monasteries
National park fees
Fees for horses and pack animals
Local wranglers and other support staff
English speaking guide throughout the trip
Travel medical insurance
The price does not include:
Items of a personal nature