Deb booked onto one of our small group trips. There were two travellers but we keep our maximum group size to six anyway. Why? To limit our impact but also it provides a more flexible and individual experience.
The 19-days experience included two separate horse treks both focusing on local life. Why two? Because then you experience two distinct ways of life and get a basic understanding as to the diversity of the way of life and landscapes in Mongolia. One took place in Khovsgol Nuur National Park (including the Khoridol Saridag Mountains) and the other in the Darkhad Depression.
As I’ve written before, our horse treks are different in that we leave the route entirely flexible and in the hands of the herder guide / horse wrangler as this leads to a more organic and Mongolian type of exploration.
By not pre-planning the route, it means there is flexibility to explore the hidden valley you just came across or even to spend half the day at the local kindergarten that you pass en-route.
There was even participation at the local Renchinlumbe Naadam. Our guests stayed for the two-day celebration – staying overnight in the local community. Deborah took third place in the archery competition. Yep, that’s right. Third place.
So what did our guests say?
‘The tour gave me very deep and authentic insight to the country and I loved every part of it.’
‘A wonderful and incredible trip. I’ve had the most amazing time, and I want to thank you and the team at eternal landscapes … for making this trip a time of my life I’ll never forget.’
Of course. It can’t always go to plan. This is Mongolia after all.