Mongolia Homestay – Live Like a Local via Eastern Khuvsgul Horseback Trek
This Mongolia Homestay grants you Live Like a Local access to nomadic families in eastern Khuvsgul Region for some amazing horseback riding and trekking!
Community Fee: $312 USD for 9 days / 8 nights;
Additional In-Country Travel Expenses:
Rural Bus to Murun (1 way approx. 14 t0 15 hours): $14 USD;
Rural transport (approx.): $146 USD;
Note: Jeep cost can be divided among number travelers (1-4 persons);
Booking, briefing, handbook, healthy/safety coordination: $25 USD
You will not regret booking this pristine horse trekking trip at the renowned Khuvsgul Lake Region – one of Mongolia’s geographic gems and a highlight travel destination that should be visited. Sapphire freshwater lake, emerald forests and remarkably beautiful Mountain scenery dominate its picturesque landscapes. Ger to Ger is offering you a unique opportunity to explore the area by horseback and experience Mongolian nomadic lifestyle by participating within daily routines of nomadic families within the region. You will spend your days traveling by horseback, ox carts as well as some light trekking between nomadic camps. In your free time you will have plenty of time to prepare traditional foods and drinks, assist families in herding and milking of their animals. All these wonderful travel experiences will take place in a region with one of the most pristine ecological backdrops.
Mongolia Homestay Day One– Scenic Bus Ride to Murun (D – Overnight in guest house): Prepare yourself for a long scenic bus ride across a diverse geographic landscapes i.e. steppes, mountains, rivers, etc. We recommend that you take the morning 0800 local bus (much like USA’s Greyhound Bus Line) from Ulaanbaatar to Murun – arrival in the evening at 2200ish – to which the rural facilitator and driver will pick you up and take you to a local guesthouse. You will have a late dinner before rest and relax.
Mongolia Homestay Day Two –Local Transfer to Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D – Overnight in Nomadic Ger): After your breakfast at guesthouse, you will depart to the first nomadic family by Russian jeep for 130 kilometers. Upon arrival, Mr. Enkhbayar and his family will prepare and serve you a nomadic lunch and hot tea. Then host will guide to the Khuvsgul Lake for 3-4 kms walk. Enjoy the picturesque Mother Lake view. Lake Khuvsgul is recorded as the deepest lake in Central Asia with a maximum depth reaching 262 meters. Khuvsgul Lake is crystal clear and the reflections of larch forests and majestic Mountains are amazing. Keep in mind that stargazing in Khuvsgul region is brilliant – depending on the weather, you may just want to go out and enjoy this opportunity. In the evening time, you will have a dinner and stay overnight in family’s extra Ger.
Mongolia Homestay Day Three – Horseback riding to Reindeer Herders (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After breakfast, you ‘may’ have a chance to learn a little about the local culinary practices. Afterwich you will start your 10 kilometer horseback riding trip (round trip) to Shar Tsaram where you will have an opportunity to meet a Reindeer family. You will enjoy in the breath-taking landscapes of Khuvsgul Province, which is already renown both domestically and internationally for its pristine natural beauty. You will greatly enjoy trekking along the beautiful shoreline and a picnic lunch surrounded by picturesque landscapes. In the evening time, you will return to the host family for a hot nomadic dinner and tea to be followed by a deep and relaxing sleep in the extra nomadic Ger.
Mongolia Homestay Day Four – Horseback riding to Santiin Ovoo (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After your breakfast, you will start your journey by horse to “Santiin Ovoo” for 15kms round trip. On the way, you will be served a picnic lunch. In the late afternoon, you will return to the nomad family and enjoy a homely dinner with the family.
Mongolia Homestay Day Five – Horseback riding to next nomadic family (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): After breakfast, you will start a 15-kilometer journey by horseback riding trip to the next nomad family. As you make your way to Mr. Hadbaatar’s family you will over the Sun Pass; from this vista you will have a pristine view of the Lake Khuvsgul Region. Upon arrival at Mr. Hadbaatar’s family, you will be served a lunch and traditional milk tea. This is a great opportunity for you to pull our your camera and take shots of the picturesque landscapes and scenery.
Mongolia Homestay Day Six – Experience the nomadic lifestyle (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): Today you will have a great opportunity to spend quality time with the nomadic family that includes assisting with livestock herding, making nomadic dairy products, collecting water by ox cart as well as collecting fallen timber with assistant from the herder family that is used for cooking. In the evening time you can enjoy the freshly made yogurt, have an enjoyable dinner followed by an evening of learning how to play the traditional game called “Khorol” with the family before retiring for the night (or you can always opt out for a good nights rest).
Mongolia Homestay Day Seven – Trek to Lake Khuvsgul (B, L, D – Overnight in a Genuine Nomadic Ger): Today after breakfast you will have a wonderful opportunity to pull out the camera during along a 10 kilometer (approx.) round-trip trek to Lake Khuvsgul with your nomad guide before returning in the evening for dinner with the family and overnighting in their extra nomadic Ger.
Day Eight– Depart back to Murun (B, L, D-Overnight in local guest house): After your morning breakfast with the family, the hostess can show you how she hand puns soft and luxurious yak wool or sheep wool. These 100% natural wool can be used as woolen ropes for Ger component. She uses no dyes or other chemical treatments. All natural however the wool needs to be washed and dehaired before yarn. Most of the time wool is not truly from babies, but rather from one and two year old yaks or sheep. Then you will have a farewell lunch with her family. After your lunch, the rural driver will arrive and take you to Murun (125 kilometers) by Minivan. Today you can visit on your own to the Local Museum (open till 7pm and ticket is 4000tugrug), Chingunjav Main Square or public hot shower place. You will have a dinner and overnight at local guesthouse.
Day Nine – Depart back to Ulaanbaatar (B): Shortly after your morning breakfast, you will take the morning 08am bus journey back to Ulaanbaatar.
- 6 nights at nomadic families’ extra Ger
- 2 nights at rural guesthouse
- All nomadic breakfast, lunch and dinner which are stated on itinerary
- Herder guide service on route
- Horse riding according to itinerary
- Pack animals on route
- Cultural activities (making yogurt, playing ankle bone game etc)
- Boiled water on route
- Stay overnight at families’ extra Ger
- Two ways bus tickets reservation between UB and Murun
- Local jeep arrangement by facilitator
- Camping equipments /sleeping bag/
- Orientation lesson fee
- All transportation cost which stated on itinerary
- National park fee (3000 tugrug per person)
- Personal use
Important Notes for Mongolian Homestay Travel and Mongolia Homestay: These are “non-touristic” cultural adventures with nomadic families – please do refer to the ‘terms and conditions’ for further clarifications. Winter itineraries are provided for “reference” there will always be changes in activities, methods of travel, etc., to maintain the ‘health/safety’ of travelers and nomadic families. Please double confirm itineraries via email and/or upon arrival at our office during the “training workshop”. ONLINE Itineraries are ONLY meant to provide you a “general” comprehension of day to day experiences and prices (subject to changes), terrain, lifestyles, etc., distances will change in accordance with Nomadic pastures, weather, culture, lifestyles and other factors.