We use a variety of saddles and tack...but all of it is made in Mongolia for Mongolian horses. We have found that even narrow backed saddles from overseas do not sit well on the triangular backs of Mongolian horses. To avoid damaging their backs, we stick with the local version of western saddles or russian saddles - both of which most people find comfortable. We also have break away stirrups and helmets available. If you need half chaps we have those too!
What about Insurance?
As you know, horseback riding, carries inherent dangers and while our horses are well trained, riding the open steppe anything can happen.To ensure your safety we provide helmets, break-away stirrups and carry a sattelite phone for use in an emergency. As a precaution for your own safety, however, we require that you carry your own insurance. Please check with your travel insurance company to ensure that horseback riding is not excluded from their coverage and that they will cover air medivacing out of Mongolia as, in the event of a serious injury, it may be required. You will be required to present proof of insuance and sign a liabilty waiver prior to the trip.
What if I need a break?
Some days we will have full car support while other days we will meet the car only at the end of the day. We have structured the trip so that the first few days are the easiest to allow you time to adjust to your horse and your new saddle. If this is not enough, we will do everyting in our power to make you comfortable and allow you to proceed at your own pace.
What are the bathroom facilities?
Ullanbaatar has modern facilities and Saraa's ger camp has an outhouse but for the rest of the time it will be wilderness camping and the facilities will be essentially non existant and standard wilderness camping techniques of burying your waste will be used.
How much will it cost?
Before you book, ask about "Ride for Free" programme.
On average each trek will cost $100.00 - $150.00 USD / person / day. Please contact us for pricing for your desired trek. Hotel stays extra.
The Naadam Trek: $1990.00 USD for your 10 night 11 day adventure with 9 days of riding includes:
Horse, tack, guides, safety equipment (helmet / chaps / break away stirrups / use of satellite phone for emergencies) Tents & sleeping mats ( sleeping bags NOT provided - please bring your own) All meals from dinner on July 1st to breakfast on July 11th - incl. catered dinner on the steppe & traditional Khorhog Tea, coffee & water *** note, soft drinks and alcohol extra*** Entrance to Tumen Enkh Cultural Show, Chinggis Khan Statue & museum, 13th Century Village ,Ariyabaliin Monastery and Terelj National Park Family ger stay Heinig cart nomadic ger moving experience On site cultural show Traditional Mongolain feast & bonfire
10 nights accomodation*:
2 nights in a mid-range hotel in the centre of Ulaanbaatar, 1 night family ger stay, 1 night ger on the bank of the Tuul, 3 nights in Saraa's ger camp 3 nights tenting
* all accomodation based on double occupancy except the ger stays. In this case as many as 8 people may share a ger. If you would like to stay on your own there will be a slight premium added.
Airport transfer, bus transportation to and from ride site and car support while on the ride.