Activities in Mongolia
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One of the most time-honored things to do in Mongolia, horseback
riding is and always has been central to life on the steppes.
Horses and stirrups enabled the Mongols to invade China around
200 BC, which caused the emperor Qin Shi Huangdi to unite the walls
and create the Great Wall of China. Since the time of the Huns in
200 BC Mongolian life and horsemanship has not changed much,
however life in China has. The Great Wall of China remains a
monument to the incompatibility of two peoples, but the Mongols
remain on horseback, using the same training techniques today that
enabled their armies to invade Europe. This is a living cultural
heritage, not an historical artifact or display of ancient ways for
It's nearly impossible to picture Mongolia without a horse and
rider somewhere in the mental image, so defining is the horse to
Mongolian culture. When in Rome, drink some wine; when in Mongolia,
ride a horse. Horseback riding in Mongolia is an amazing adventure
through which it's possible to join in this ancient and vibrant
tradition of the steppes, as well as experience something of
Mongolian daily life.
Experience the country's sweeping, starkly beautiful landscape
with a half- or full-day horseback ride in Mongolia. Horseback
excursions can easily be arranged from a number of locations,
particularly the Arburd Sands area. Longer treks, from one
overnight to a week or more, may be arranged. These are strictly
camping excursions, and you may rest assured you'll find yourself
far from the madding crowds.
The Arhangai, known as the "Switzerland" of Mongolia, is a
beautiful ride. Your guide will know the most scenic trails through
this lushly forested region. Stop for tea and a snack at a family's
ger, then camp along the river at night. More experienced riders
will savor the remote and challenging terrain in the northern
Mongolian province of Khovsgol.
(Note: Please consider that Mongolian horses are very
demanding mounts and may not be suitable for the