Mongolia Trekking Tours 2019

Every year we put together Mongolia trekking tour itineraries where we discover areas new to us and regions loved by us that we wish to explore further.

The style of our Mongolia trekking tours / journeys influence our accommodation choices and therefore the amenities available. But a hot power shower couldn’t compete with the beauty and immensity of the landscapes through which you will trek.

Our Mongolia trekking tours are not tests of endurance or competitive races. Naturally, there will be some challenges but they’re mainly about seeing the world from a different perspective, new horizons and the joy of the great outdoors.

All treks are arranged through the families we work with – rural families who herd their livestock in the region and know their home area like the back of their hands. Our treks are different in that we leave the route entirely flexible and in the hands of your herder guide / horse wrangler as this leads to a more organic and Mongolian type of exploration. So many trekking experiences offered in Mongolia have rigid routes and itineraries and that just seems wrong in a country of such freedom. Instead, the focus becomes getting to meet and know the Mongolian herder guide / horse wrangler in the areas where they consider home. 

We can also offer tailor-made treks – just choose your location and your transport – foot, camel, horse or yak cart. See below for ideas.

Mongolia Tailor Made Trekking Ideas

Tsaantan/Dukha Horse Trek

Reindeer belonging to the Tsaatan reindeer herders of Mongolia. Next to them is a Tsaatan ortz - a canvas teepee used as a family home. This image was taken during one of our Mongolia trekking tours.

The Tsaatan are a community of nomadic reindeer herders, originally from Tuva in Siberia, who have historically inhabited the border region of Russia and Mongolia. Ethnically, the community identifies as Dukha, but their lifestyle as reindeer herders earned them the Mongolian name Tsaatan, which means roughly ‘with reindeer’.  

They make their home in one of the most remote landscapes in Mongolia and as a result this trip is also tough. However, Narankhuu and his son are the kindest of hosts and will take care of you as they introduce you to their homeland and the families who live here. Due to the fragility of the natural environment and the Tsaatan culture I recommend small groups of a maximum of four and a minimum of five days for the horse trek itself.

Khovsgol Nuur National Park Trekking

The panoramic view from horseback during our Khoridol Saridag horse trek in Mongolia's Khovsgol Nuur National Park. Taken during one of our Mongolia trekking tours

Khovsgol Nuur is known as Dalai Ej in Mongolian – Mother Sea. Khovsgol is famous for its lake (and rightly so as it is glorious) however,  the Khoridol Saridag Mountain Range forms part of the national park and are a stunning region of limestone peaks topping 3000m.

Treks here can include exploring the Khoridol Saridag Mountains and into the Darkhad Depression, up the west shoreline of Khovsgol to the border community of Khankh and the eastern flank of the lake including hot springs. All are areas that Bambakh, our herder trek guide, knows like the back of his hand. 

Explore our example 13 -day Khovsgol Trails trekking experience.

Khangai Mountains Trekking

Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur National Park in Mongolia's Khangai Mountains - taken during one of our Mongolia trekking tours.

The Khangai often get by-passed as a trekking destination but they form an incredible backdrop to any trek and form a region of remote natural beauty. The whole area is dominated by wilderness – rugged mountains, alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, river valleys and the southern-forested fringes of the Siberian Taiga. 

No formal trekking routes really exist here and that’s what makes trekking in the Khangai such a glorious experience – it’s just you, your trek guide and your choice of which horizon to explore and discover.

Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes

Jumping on top of the Khongoryn Els sand dunes in Mongolia's southern Gobi during one of our Mongolia trekking tours

Khongoryn Els are known locally as Duut Mankhan – the Singing Sands. These are the largest sand dunes in the Gobi Desert although they represent only 3-5% of the entire landmass of the Gobi Desert (500,000 square miles). They form part of the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park.

The dune landscapes are extraordinary – sandwiched between the Bayan Tsagaan Mountains to the north and the Zoolon and Sevrey Mountains on the southern side. Don’t be put off at the thought of having to trek by camel – one of our guests on our Wild Gobi research trip likened it to ‘mind meditation’.

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Trekking

The landscapes of Gorkhi Terelj National Park during one of our Mongolia trekking tours

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park is contiguous with the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. These two protected areas form a region of great natural beauty lying between the Daurian steppes and the Siberian taiga. Altitudinal variation at the site is significant, leading to the development of different habitats, including boreal forest (taiga), forest-steppe, steppe and tundra (on mountain peaks). The area is rich in rivers and streams.

Naraa and Bujee are herders and our hosts for all treks in the Terelj/ Khentii region. The Terelj and Tuul rivers form a horse shoe shape around the mountains in which they live. This geographical barrier and the protected area status make their homeland an inhabited wilderness just perfect for exploration on foot or by horse.

Explore our  7-day wild Terelj Trails Mongolia trekking experience.

Altai Tavan Bogd National Park Trekking

As the sun dips ever lower during the shorter days of winter, the landscapes of Mongolia seem to stretch further than ever. Such as the immensity of the Altai Nuruu Mountains seen here that stretch across western Mongolia. Taken during one of our Mongolia trekking tours.

Altai Tavan Bogd is home to the highest mountains in Mongolia. The national park can be divided into 2 regions, the Tavan Bogd Mountains in the northwest (Five Holy Peaks) and the Lakes Region to the southeast. Both locations make a remarkable back-drop for both extended foot and horse treks.

The Tsagaan Gol trek connecting the lakes to the region of the Five Holy Peaks is popular. If you want to experience a more hidden side to the Altai consider Tsambagarav Uul National Park on the border of Khovd and Bayan Ulgii Aimag. Another option is the region of Tsengel Khairkhan close to the district of Sagsai in Bayan Ulgii.  Both offer an Altai that few others get to see.


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