Taster Horse Trek

Mongolia short and sweet

The Kharkhorin area, a day's drive west of Ulaanbaatar, might not be remote in the way our other riding areas are, but you can still experience nomadic culture here as it has been practiced for millennia.

Trip Length:
Trip Length:
6 days

Daily plan

$1,350 NZD

What's included?

Time in the Saddle:
Time in the Saddle:
4 days

Scheduled Departures

Including current availability

18th June - 23rd June 2021
18th July - 24th July 2021
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Forest and steppe of Kharkhorin awaits

We understand that sometimes you don't have the time (or budget) to get all the way to our remote trekking destinations in Zavkhan and Altai. Or perhaps two weeks on a horse sounds a little too daunting. This trip is the perfect way to experience Mongolia's nomadic herding culture on horse back without needing to drive or fly half-way across the country (and without needing to be an experienced rider).

Be warned - after four full days of riding, amongst Mongolia's iconic landscapes, this 'taste' of the country will leave you wanting to come back for more.

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Why Kharkhorin?

We recommend the Kharkhorin area (also known as Karakorum), to the west of Ulaanbaatar, for the following reasons:

  • We know the area well and have excellent contacts amongst the local nomadic people
  • Diversity of terrain, including steppe, forest and rivers, with great riding country
  • The surrounding area is rich in history stretching back to the days of Genghis Khan (the Orkhon Valley is a Unesco World Heritage Site, in recognition of its cultural values)
  • Only one day from Ulaanbaatar, but still allowing a truly authentic experience of Mongolia

Taster Trek 2018

A quick look at what a Taster trek looks like, from our June 2018 trip.

Trip Plan

As with all our treks, the exact route taken will be weather dependent.

Day Activities
Day 1 Drive west to Kharkhorin (365km, 7hrs). Watch the daily life of Mongolia unfold as you head out across the steppe. Visit Erdene Zuu Monastery, before continuing on to meet the horses.
Day 2 Day ride and preparation for multi-day trek. Learn the finer points of Mongolian horsemanship, and get matched to the ideal horse for your riding experience.
Days 3 to 5 Multi-day trek. Explore the region's beautiful forested hills and valleys. Perfect riding country, with fast open meadows, and slower forest trails. Return to the start point by end of Day 5.
Day 6 Return to Ulaanbaatar.

The area where we ride

This map shows the area west of Kharkhorin where we ride.

What you need to know about riding on our Taster Trek

For more information about a trip with Zavkhan Trekking, please see our FAQs, or simply send us a message.

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Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Short on time but keen to ride?

Ask for more information about our Taster Trek, our team is ready to chat.