Explore the 90,000-hectare Khustain Nuruu National Park, set 60 miles southwest of Ulaanbaatar, is home to the World's only naturally surviving wild horse. The Przewalski horse (or takhi in Mongolian) has been successfully reintroduced into the wild and has a light yellow coat and a short, stiff black mane. Each horse is approximately 250cm long, 146cm tall, and weighs on average 300kg.
Przewalski horses are the only wild horse to survive in modern times. The species were returned to Mongolia from world zoos and reserves within Hustai National Park is 100 km west of Ulaanbaatar. Takhi, like zebra and the extinct tarpan, are a wild species and have never been domesticated or ridden. Hustain Nuruu has good vegetation, springs, birch forest, and rocks which are suitable for many wild animals including 46 species of mammals and 172 species of birds. The best time of the day for game viewing in the early morning and early evening.
- Khustai National Park
- Przewalski horses
- Wild Nature
- Visit a Nomad Family
At a pre-arranged time you will be met by your driver and guide and driven to the west. The drive will take about 2 hours until you reach Khustai National Park where the re-introduction of the wild Przewalski horses has taken place since 1992.
On arrival, you will have lunch at the camp. There is an interesting information center where you will be supplied with all the necessary facts and data. The afternoon will be spent at leisure hiking in the surrounding mountains with an evening visit to the wild horses while they come to drink in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the campsite. (L/D)
A full day of hiking along a prepared route accompanied by your guide. There will be plenty of wildlife to see, including vultures, deer, marmots, and of course the Przewalski horses. You will have lunch at Mount Khoshoot and descend into the North Bird Cherry Valley for dinner and overnight. You will be accommodated in charming wooden huts. (B/L/D)
This morning you will saddle up your horses and ride towards the ancient, so-called Turkic graves, which are the remains of an ancient tribe which existed in this area during the 6th-9th centuries. On the way we will visit a nomadic herders family and learn about their lifestyles. You will be accompanied by your guide and a horse wrangler to look after you. You will observe a piece of history while enjoying your packed lunch, before continuing to a a beautiful island on the Tuul River where you will spend your last night in a tent. (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. The drive will take two and a half hours. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel. (B/L/D)
Transfer to Chinggis Khaan International Airport or Train station and depart Mongolia. (B)
Prices & Inclusions
Accommodation: Hotel****,* ger camp, tented camp
Guiding and interpreting service
Full board meals
Transport: 4x4 vehicle or minivan
Entrance fees to protected areas and national parks
Museums and cultural performance
Optional activity cost
Excess baggage charges
Single room supplement
The extra cost for photography in museums
Tip for a tour guide, driver, etc