The Mongol horse (Mongolian Адуу, aduu: “horse” or mori; or as a herd, ado, or in Northern Khalka, tabun) is the native horsebreed of Mongolia. The breed is purported to be largely unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan. Nomads living in the traditional Mongol fashion still hold more than 3 million animals, which outnumber the country’s human population. Despite their small size, they are horses, not ponies.
In Mongolia, the horses live outdoors all year, dealing with temperatures from 30 °C (86 °F) in summer down to −40 °C (−40 °F) in winter, and they graze and search for food on their own. The mare’s milk is processed into the national beverage airag. Some animals are slaughtered for meat. Other than that, they serve as riding and transport animals; they are used both for the daily work of the nomads and in horse racing.
Mongol horses were a key factor supporting the 13th-century conquests of the Mongol Empire.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Huvsgul Province, Mongolia|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothing, warm boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
|Destination||Darkhad valley, Khuvsgul Province, Murun, Taiga Reindeer|
Fly to Ulaan-Baatar, Capital of Mongolia.
- Arrive in Ulaan-Baatar at the Chingis Khaan International Airport.
- You will meet our guide and driver.
- Transfer to the hotel.
- Sightseeing with Mongolian’s largest Buddhist Monastery, listen to horns calling lamas to temple, rituals and observe the monks, after lunch visit Natural History museum.
Drive to Amarbaysgalant Monestery.
After you picked up from your hotel in Ulaanbaatar, we will drive to Amarbayasgalant monastery, which is the second largest monastery in Mongolia, is located in the beautiful Iven Gol river valley on the foot of Burenkhaan Mountain in Baruunburen town of Selenge province. This is one of the few monasteries in Mongolia, which survived mostly intact the purges of the 1930s. The beauty, decorations and construction of the monastery have made it one of the most magnificent architectural monuments in Mongolia. 1990 was the time when the circumstances came for Amarbayasgalant to be restored. Communism had fallen and the people were eager to revive their religious tradition. Amarbayasgalant was reestablished now and nowadays stands strong on its remarkable construction, as on its 300 years of history.
We will stay overnight with a Mongolian traditional accommodation ger for tonight. (Lunch and Dinner).
Visiting Amarbayasgalant Monastery.
After having breakfast, we will visit Amarbayasgalant Monastery for enjoying the chanting ceremony there. After visiting the monastery and having lunch, we will do a half day of horseback riding around the area. Hiking around would be the best choice to do here. We will stay with Mongolian family ger for tonight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
Drive to Murun.
After breakfast drive to Murun town, the capital of Huvsgul province. Take a city tour of Murun town and visit museum. Relax in local hotel.
To Tsagaannuur village, Darkhad valley.
On the way Tsagaannuur village , visit a fantastic historical area including 2-3m high deer stone, 3-4m high tombs, ruins of Munh Khaan’s palace and monuments for Kul Bilge Khaan in Uushgi uvur, spend one night In Ulaan-Uul, next day continue our journey, evening stay in tents near by the lake.
Visit Taiga Reindeer famiely.
During next lovely days, you will have opportunity to ride reindeer and Observe them. We will spend next day in walking, hiking horseback riding in the environs at the lake and the nearby mountains, visiting the local nomadic families. And visit Chamans to see their rituals. Stay in tent.