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BETWEEN FRESH RIVERS AND FORESTS, A RIDING ADVENTURE UNVEILS THE EXPERIENCE OF THE TRUE NOMADS

  



RIVER VALLEY NOMAD FAMILY
 
LIVING TOGETHER WITH NOMAD FAMILY BY THE MOUNTAIN RIVER

Meet Baldan, his wife Urnaa, and their beautiful children, a family of nomads living alongside the Hojuul River, located on the north of the Khangai mountain range, only kilometers from the Tosontengel village.  This part of Zavkhan province is considered the coldest of the country, with temperatures regularly going down to -53C in winter. It is also the birthplace of many streams and rivers that will nourish the Selenge river (the longest river in the country, that goes itself into the lake Baikal in Russia), and is therefore at the origin of many ecosystems and life in Asia. The entire volcanic region is also known for its ancient civilizations and some of the earliest men of Asia, with open-air tombs and tumulus still visible today. The couple over 50 years old have 4 children, with 2 of them already a student and graduated from university. Their older son is currently working as a high school teacher in Tosontsengel, while their only daughter studies medicine. Their two younger boys are living with them around the nomadic campsite, and represent the next generation of herders in the region. 

Baldan takes pride to raise his grandchildren in the countryside through the summer holidays, teaching them to love their land, and their horses. One day he will be happy to let them free to herd the horses just like him beforehand. The family is owning a large number of horses, divided into 2 herds (each with its own stallion) totaling 20 mares for each group plus other males and calves. But despite the large herd to take care of, Baldan explains with pride that he tries to keep this number as controlled as possible, with the stallions and the other males needing to protect the mares and calves from wolves populating the region, especially during winter.

The specificity of the Mongolian horses is that they are not bred the same way as Western countries, with farms and inseminations. They do live freely as wild horses on their own, traveling together as a pack, through forests, steppes, and mountains, protecting each other from predators, in search of the best pastures and with the least amount of snow to feed everyone during the winters.
The herders call them “wind horses” being “free” animals: as soon as released, the horses will gallop freely to their own future. The work of herders is to find and gather them back to the camp after some days out in the wild.

 
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OUTPOST
OVERVIEW 

LOCATED BY RIVERSIDE IN THE LOWER VALLEY OF VERDANT HIGH MOUNTAINS 

From Uliastai town 3 hours drive / 196 km   
From High Mountain Nomad Camp 4 hours drive / 170km 
From Lake Valley Horse Riding Camp 3 hours drive / 160km 

BASE CAMP STYLE

Luxury Equipped Ger / 2 people sharing
In 200 meters of distance from the nomad camp
Comfortable western beds including warm sleeping bags, fleece liner, pillow

MORE NOMADS & OUTPOSTS

YAK HERDERS OF THE LAKE VALLEY
 
THE NOMAD FAMILY SETTLED IN THE VALLEY OF LAKES

Meet Baldan, his wife Urnaa, and their beautiful children, a family of nomads living alongside the Hojuul River, located on the north of the Khangai mountain range, only kilometers from the Tosontengel village.  This part of Zavkhan province is considered the coldest of the country, with temperatures regularly going down to -53C in winter. It is also the birthplace of many streams and rivers that will nourish the Selenge river (the longest river in the country, that goes itself into the lake Baikal in Russia), and is therefore at the origin of many ecosystems and life in Asia. The entire volcanic region is also known for its ancient civilizations and some of the earliest men of Asia, with open-air tombs and tumulus still visible today. The couple over 50 years old have 4 children, with 2 of them already a student and graduated from university. Their older son is currently working as a high school teacher in Tosontsengel, while their only daughter studies medicine. Their two younger boys are living with them around the nomadic campsite, and represent the next generation of herders in the region. 

Baldan takes pride to raise his grandchildren in the countryside through the summer holidays, teaching them to love their land, and their horses. One day he will be happy to let them free to herd the horses just like him beforehand. The family is owning a large number of horses, divided into 2 herds (each with its own stallion) totaling 20 mares for each group plus other males and calves. But despite the large herd to take care of, Baldan explains with pride that he tries to keep this number as controlled as possible, with the stallions and the other males needing to protect the mares and calves from wolves populating the region, especially during winter.

The specificity of the Mongolian horses is that they are not bred the same way as Western countries, with farms and inseminations. They do live freely as wild horses on their own, traveling together as a pack, through forests, steppes, and mountains, protecting each other from predators, in search of the best pastures and with the least amount of snow to feed everyone during the winters.
The herders call them “wind horses” being “free” animals: as soon as released, the horses will gallop freely to their own future. The work of herders is to find and gather them back to the camp after some days out in the wild.

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OUTPOST OVERVIEW


LOCATED BY RIVERSIDE IN THE LOWER VALLEY OF VERDANT HIGH MOUNTAINS 

From Uliastai town 3 hours drive / 196 km   
From High Mountain Nomad Camp 4 hours drive / 170km 
From Lake Valley Horse Riding Camp 3 hours drive / 160km 

BASE CAMP STYLE

Luxury Equipped Ger / 2 people sharing
In 200 meters of distance from the nomad camp
Comfortable western beds including warm sleeping bags, fleece liner, pillow

RIVER VALLEY NOMAD FAMILY
 
LIVING TOGETHER WITH NOMAD FAMILY BY THE MOUNTAIN RIVER

Meet Baldan, his wife Urnaa, and their beautiful children, a family of nomads living alongside the Hojuul River, located on the north of the Khangai mountain range, only kilometers from the Tosontengel village.  This part of Zavkhan province is considered the coldest of the country, with temperatures regularly going down to -53C in winter. It is also the birthplace of many streams and rivers that will nourish the Selenge river (the longest river in the country, that goes itself into the lake Baikal in Russia), and is therefore at the origin of many ecosystems and life in Asia. The entire volcanic region is also known for its ancient civilizations and some of the earliest men of Asia, with open-air tombs and tumulus still visible today. The couple over 50 years old have 4 children, with 2 of them already a student and graduated from university. Their older son is currently working as a high school teacher in Tosontsengel, while their only daughter studies medicine. Their two younger boys are living with them around the nomadic campsite, and represent the next generation of herders in the region. 

Baldan takes pride to raise his grandchildren in the countryside through the summer holidays, teaching them to love their land, and their horses. One day he will be happy to let them free to herd the horses just like him beforehand. The family is owning a large number of horses, divided into 2 herds (each with its own stallion) totaling 20 mares for each group plus other males and calves. But despite the large herd to take care of, Baldan explains with pride that he tries to keep this number as controlled as possible, with the stallions and the other males needing to protect the mares and calves from wolves populating the region, especially during winter.

The specificity of the Mongolian horses is that they are not bred the same way as Western countries, with farms and inseminations. They do live freely as wild horses on their own, traveling together as a pack, through forests, steppes, and mountains, protecting each other from predators, in search of the best pastures and with the least amount of snow to feed everyone during the winters.
The herders call them “wind horses” being “free” animals: as soon as released, the horses will gallop freely to their own future. The work of herders is to find and gather them back to the camp after some days out in the wild.

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OUTPOST OVERVIEW

LOCATED BY RIVERSIDE IN THE LOWER VALLEY OF VERDANT HIGH MOUNTAINS 

From Uliastai town 3 hours drive / 196 km   
From High Mountain Nomad Camp 4 hours drive / 170km 
From Lake Valley Horse Riding Camp 3 hours drive / 160km 

BASE CAMP STYLE

Luxury Equipped Ger / 2 people sharing
In 200 meters of distance from the nomad camp
Comfortable western beds including warm sleeping bags, fleece liner, pillow

MEET WITH THEM

ABOUT THE LOCATION

Another truly magical place: very close to the emotions provided by the "Shire" described in the book series the Lord Of The Rings. This green little gem is sitting right on the slopes of the Tarbagatai Mountains and provides a really peaceful feeling. It is actually one of the greenest places of the whole country, featuring beautiful larch forests, rivers, mountains around, and small valleys hosting nomadic life. 

DISCOVER THIS DESTINATION

ABOUT THE OUTPOST

It is our privilege to discover 4 different riding paradises with different ways of tackling it, along with visiting and learning about the families that your journey will support. All of this made possible with the comfort of our own private Gers welcoming you every evening for a well-deserved rest. 

UNCOVER THE GATEWAY TO THE

SACRED MOUNTAINS & MYSTERIOUS GOBI

Your first treks and rides in Mongolia start here
A very good warm-up, making you familiar with the nomads, landscapes,
and a good slow adaptation for the Mongolian altitude and terrain to come

EXPERIENCE RIDING LIKE NOWHERE ELSE, TO THE COUNTRY OF HORSES