Mongolia horse riding vacation, Altai Taster

“A 17 day equestrian expedition into the Altai Mountains, a world of true wilderness and nomadic traditions. Wilderness camping along the way. A company with vast Mongolian trekking experience. ”

Highlights

Horse riding in Altai Mountains | Altai village | Altai Tavan Bogd National Park | Pass of Death 3000m | Shar Gol Valley | Ulaanbaatar | Wilderness camping | Meet nomadic herders | Eagle Festival in Ulgii or Sagsai in September treks | Open to experienced and less experienced riders

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17 Jun 2020
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Responsible tourism

Mongolia horse riding vacation, Altai Taster

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Zavkhkan Trekking's style of low-impact horse travel and wild-camping, or camping near nomad families, means that your time in Mongolia will be spent supporting and participating in a traditional lifestyle that has been low-carbon-emission for centuries. We also have shaped our company ethic to support and foster the local guides, trip-leaders, admin, and staff with whom it is our pleasure to work, long-term, rather than make a habit of flying staff from afar. In addition, our veg and meat are not just locally sourced, but grass-fed and grown within miles of where you'll be riding. We are also proud to work in a place where solar energy has been harnessed with panels, even in remote areas, so we use the same to chill our meat and for charging, when necessary. To further reduce your carbon footprint with ZT, opt for the train from Moscow or Beijing, and adventurous public transport instead of domestic flights, within Mongolia. We will help arrange it for you at no extra cost.

Environment

It's hard to avoid the fact that you are likely to arrive in Mongolia by plane. However once you are here we minimise further carbon emissions by traveling in the most sustainable way possible - by horse. Mind you, once the horses get a taste of the lush mountain pastures where we ride, their carbon emissions do tend to increase significantly!

By a happy coincidence riding is also the best way to experience Mongolia, traveling the way the locals do.

Clean water is thankfully not a scarce resource where we ride, and we want to keep it that way. This is about maintaining the purity of rivers and streams that we camp near. We ensure that our toilet is dug a suitable distance from the water course each evening. Dishes and clothes are washed away from the waters edge. We do encourage guests to swim and wash in rivers, but soap-free is the way to go.

Our drivers are banned from washing their vehicles in the rivers, an unfortunately common site near towns.

Nomadic herders have great respect for the rivers, and have their own prohibitions such as not letting blood or milk enter the water. We follow their lead when it comes to living sustainably on the steppe!

Community

Visiting Mongolia is as much about experiencing the local culture as it is about the beautiful scenery and fantastic riding. Over many years we have built up close relationships with our local staff and their families. We recognise that the best way to really get to know Mongolia is by drawing in close to the camp fire in the evening and getting to know the local people you are riding with.

All our staff come from the area where we ride. They are not tourism professionals from the city, rather they are 'real' Mongolians, a bit rough around the edges sometimes but with a strong desire to give you a wonderful and lasting impression of their country.

Bayan-Ulgii province is one of the least developed regions of Mongolia, due to its remoteness and the difficulty getting here. This is one of the reasons we decided to start running trips in the area, to provide local employment and help develop sustainable livelihoods.

Most tourism is concentrated around areas such as Lake Khovsgol and Terelj. By coming to the Altai Mountains you avoid the 'beaten track', experience the real Mongolia, and help families who do not otherwise benefit from the tourism industry.

We are developing a Community Garden Project in Altai Village, to help provide a source of fresh vegetables for the local people. When we asked what we could do to say thanks for hosting our trips, the people said 'teach us to grow vegetables'. A 5% contribution from your trip fee is used to fund the project. The short season makes vegetable growing a major challenge, but we are determined to see it succeed!

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


So many highlights - cantering across valley floors, playing traditional games on horseback, visiting local people, seeing petroglyphs from the Stone and
Bronze ages and of course, visiting the Eagle festival.

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


If booking the September trips, bring a lot of warm clothes. Double what you think you might need. Bring some small gifts for visiting local families.

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?


No word of a lie, one of the best trips I've ever been on - the organisation was top notch, our crew were so warm and welcoming , the scenery is spectacular and the horses were great to ride.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Valerie,

I'm so glad you had a great time in Mongolia. By late September/October it certainly does start to get cold, but it's worth it! If you survived these temperatures,
you will be fine for our new Siberia trek...We will keep in touch and hopefully see you on a another trek one day. John, company owner.

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