2 independent reviews for Horse trekking vacation in Mongolia

Reviews for Horse trekking vacation in Mongolia

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review 28 Jun 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Everything! It was a marvelous adventure with a good mix of environments. The views across the plains were spectacular. So was riding along the rivers and lake-side. Visiting the reindeer people and shaman was very special. And the flowers, many many flowers. And nature (like the dancing cranes we saw).

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

It's a long ride (we calculated 310 km) on sometimes challenging terrain, but despite that there is no need to be super-competent as a rider. Just believe in yourself, wear adequate butt-protection (I can recommend padded cycling shorts under good jodhpurs!) and the powerhouse horses and skilled horse wranglers will do the rest! Oh, and forget anything about UK-style rising trot techniques. These horse trot, slowly, quickly, and fast (little tendency to canter!) and all the while you sit in the saddle or a little raised. The sometimes bumpy ride takes getting used to but it's how they ride over there! Be sure to have truly waterproof gear. We rode in one storm and I was grateful to have taken my riding coat, but wished I had taken some waterproof over-trousers too.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The reindeer people's camp was the only place we stopped to purchase artifacts. In general these were of an "OK" level of quality for groups like ours. However I felt that there was an opportunity to in certain ways improve the quality of the items. There is a balance between authenticity and "sellability". I think that there is room for giving guidance on enhancing certain aspects of product quality (e.g. by "knowing your customer") while still retaining authenticity. In UB we visited the Winter Palace. The charge of 50,000 (over 25 dollars!) for taking photos was absurdly high and I didn't buy that option. I would recommend that the guardians should be advised to significantly reduce this charge (absolute maximum 20,000, but better 10,000) on the basis that lots of small amounts builds up to significantly more than NO high amounts!! I.e. they would get some income rather than none! More money would contribute to conservation efforts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An intense and highly enjoyable experience. Yes, it was tough at times, but no tougher than I had envisaged as an adventure-style vacation (I didn't select the tour to be taken around in luxurious comfort!). It was like nothing I had done or seen before, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone with an adventurous spirit and no need for luxury!

review 20 Jul 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

On the day that we rode to the reindeer people, we went up, and down, a mountain covered with the most delicate pine trees, and the forest floor was carpeted with flowers. The silence was absolute, the ground muddy and boggy, with tree roots and loose stones everywhere. The horses didn't put a foot wrong, and the wonderful pack horses amazingly wound their way between the trees without once bumping their enormous packs. It was like being in Fairyland.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take your own water bottle holders.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

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