Perfect for those that don’t enjoy a rigorous hike or trek, a yak cart trek in Mongolia gives you the option to slow right down. It’s also a consideration for those with accessibility issues – maybe travellers with limited mobility.
Unlike most companies, our yak cart treks are not tests of endurance where you hike for 20 km a day with the yak cart taking the equipment. Instead, we slow everything right down with the yaks determining the pace of your journey. Why? Well, you combine a mixture of sitting on the yak cart with walking alongside it and as yaks have a slow and steady pace so will you. Exploring in this way means you slow down and start to observe what’s around you – from the wildflowers to the daily way of life being carried out around you.
Two types of yak can be distinguished in Mongolia, according to the area where they are raised – the Khangai and the Altai mountain yak. The large-framed Khangai yak stem from the traditional yak-keeping provinces of Arkhangai, Ovorkhangai, and Khovsgol and rural families in the mountain forest-steppe of the Khangai regions still use carts when collecting water, during their migration and also for other tasks such as collecting wood. And these regions are the areas where we offer our yak cart treks – in partnership with local herding families.
But, there are no highlights or must-see locations. Instead, the natural habitat of the domestic yaks – rolling slopes, river valleys and woodland pastures – form the backdrop. One of our yak cart treks is at the Orkhon Waterfall – also known as Ulaan Tstugalan – in the Orkhon River Valley. Arranged through the Tomorbat family. These images are from one of our Orkhon yak cart treks.
Following the peaceful tempo of the yak cart, you discover the region that your herder host calls home – in the area where the family grazes their livestock. That means there’s time for popping in to a friend’s house for tea, or for taking a little time out by the river or learning how to shear sheep – the Mongolian way.
Learn more about how else we work in partnership with Tomorbat and his family in the Orkhon Waterfall region as part of our local travel experiences in Mongolia and his family. Alternatively, take a look at the Mongolia tours and experiences that we offer.
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes