Mongolian Classic with Naadam Festival

  • Trip Duration
  • 13
  • 12
  • Riding Time
  • 4
    days riding
  • 6
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 6 - 12
    Guests per group
Classic horse riding trek in Mongolia

Mongolian Classic with Naadam Festival

Ride Overview

This horse riding trek in Mongolia combines the lush beauty of the Blue Khentii Mountain, the austere landscape of the Gobi Desert, and the colorful Naadam Festival. The mountains of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park are breathtaking; lush green forests, crystal-clear lakes, mountain streams, waterfalls and spectacular mountain scenery. The wild flowers, which carpet the meadows and hillsides in profusion are quite beautiful and occasionally one glimpses elusive wildlife including mountain elk, wildcat, bears, Argali sheep, foxes and wolves. After several days of riding and hiking at the mountain camp, drive back to Ulaanbaatar for Naadam Festival, the most colorful and enjoyable of all Mongolian celebrations. It is a time when all the country celebrates the three national sports of horse racing, archery and wrestling. Then fly south to explore the historical, cultural and natural sights of the Gobi Desert which are enthralling but rarely visited. This dramatic and varied landscape has attracted several generations of explorers and adventurers from around the world. Mongolian Classic Treks are scheduled at times other than in conjunction with the Naadam Festival. The itinerary is the same at the mountain camp and in the Gobi Desert, but does not include the festival.


Accommodations range from a 4 star hotel in the city, standard twin-share ger accommodations in countryside, tented accommodation while on riding.

Meals & Drink

In general, the food will be simple and healthy to ensure a balanced diet. Most of the provisions will be locally produced and the menus will be based on the best possible harvest available.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses used are supplied by local nomad horseman, and although small are tough and responsive. They are adept at negotiating sand dunes, open steppes and rocky mountains. Their owners have no objection to impromptu races, and you will be surprised at the speed and agility of these tough little horses. Mongolian horses are usually unshod except in very rocky areas of the country. Mongolian tack generally comprises a head collar (halter) and lead rope, which is never removed from the horse, a bridle with a simple steel snaffle, hobbles and either a Russian steel- framed or an Australian Stock saddle.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Mongolian horses
  • Trip Pace:
  • Tack:
    English, Mongolian, Russian
  • Weight limit:
    200 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

Non-riders can be accommodated, typically more successfully on bespoke trekking, walking, fishing and camping holidays, which we can arrange on request.

Travel Options Summary

Quick Reference for Naadam festival itinerary: Day 1 Arrive Ulaanbaatar, sightseeing. Day 2-6 Camping in the Khentii Mountains. Day 7-8 Naadam Festival in UB. Day 9 Fly to Gobi and visit Eagle Valley. Day 10 Drive to Khongoriin Els. Day 11 Drive back to Dalanzadgad. Day 12 Fly to Ulaanbaatar, sightseeing and shopping. Day 13 Depart Mongolia.

Meeting Point


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