Orkhon Valley and Eight Lakes Area

5.0 (7)
10 days 9 nights
Mongolia
Difficulty
Challenging
Comfort
Basic
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

This journey will lead you to the renowned Orkhon Valley National Park in Central Mongolia. Its expansive grasslands and fertile plains provide an ideal setting for leisurely riding and observing animals grazing near nomadic gers. This region has successfully preserved its Mongolian nomadic customs and archaeological sites for centuries, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

You'll also have the opportunity to spend three days fully immersed in the 8 Lakes protected area, accompanied by pack-yaks carrying your gear. Here, you'll encounter a variety of plant and animal species in a remote, people-free environment, camping by the lakes each night for a peaceful experience.

During the trip, you'll have the chance to enjoy milk tea and dried cheese. The trek includes camping gear and a cook, ensuring that you can camp each night in this beautiful valley under the starry sky.

The price displayed is for groups 7-8 people. 4-6 people: $2500, 2-3 people: $2650, 1 person: $2800.

from US$ 2 350
per tourist for 10 days
Departing from
Ulaanbaatar
Tour starts
Available dates
Number of individuals
up to 10 tourists over 16 years old
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Photo Anujin M.
Anujin M. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
My journey began with a dream to explore the world, starting with my beloved Mongolia. Having almost completed this adventure, I transitioned into the role of a social media marketer at our company in 2019. It's been a thrilling experience to witness the joy and excitement in the eyes of my guests as they discover the pristine landscapes and immerse themselves in our captivating history. At our company, trust and reliability are our cornerstones. We strive to provide an experience that's not just about visiting places, but about forging connections with the heart of Mongolia. It's an honor to introduce travelers to the raw beauty and rich heritage of my native land. Welcome to Mongolia, a land where ancient history meets untouched wilderness. As the proud owner of a family travel tourism company, my love for exploration and showcasing the beauty of my homeland runs deep. Having traversed the vast landscapes and absorbed the rich history myself, I understand the yearning for authentic, secure travel experiences.

Tour highlights

Camp in the Nature
Overnight under the starry skies of Mongolia
Hot Springs
Don't forget your swimwear
Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls
Mongolia is not only about steppes and Gobi desert!

Route details

Day 1
Mini-Gobi and Kara Khorum

You will leave our camp in the morning and drive towards Central Mongolia to your destination Kara Khorum. On the way you will stop at the Elsen Tasarkhai Sand Dunes, where you will see many camels. Those dunes are located in the middle of the steppe and we call this area the mini-Gobi. 

If you wish you will have the possibility to rent camels to go on a short camel ride. You will then continue to Kara Khorum,Chinggis Khan’s Ancient Mongolian Capital city where you will camp for the night.

Day 2
Erdene Zuu Monastery and Orkhon Valley
Day 3
8 Lakes: Shireet Lake
Day 4
8 Lakes: Other Lakes
Day 5
Shavart Mountain
Day 6
Orkhon Waterfall
Day 7
Hot Spring
Day 8
Orkhon Valley
Day 9
Tovkhon Monastery
Day 10
Back to Ulaanbaatar
Difficulty
Challenging
Tour provider's comments

4-6 hr ride daily. The route will be very gentle constituted of open steppe and small hills allowing a lot of galloping.

Tack: A mix between Western and Mongolian.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Tent
9 nights
7 nights
Tents
2 nights
Ger

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Ulaanbaatar
preload map

Tour conditions

Included

  • English speaking tour guide;
  • horse fees and horse keeper;
  • all meals;
  • accommodation in tent;
  • helmets;
  • saddles;
  • entrance fees for national parks and museums;
  • transportation.

Extras

  • personal equipment;
  • optional activity cost;
  • excess baggage charges;
  • alcoholic drinks;
  • travel insurance;
  • health insurance;
  • flights.

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

10 days
9 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

To help you prepare your trip to Mongolia we have summarized “the must” of what you should carry with you: 

  • Warm and thin cloth. Air temperature can change very quickly in Mongolia 
  • Raincoat  
  • Polar jacket – warm jumper  
  • Horse riding pants or any other comfortable pants such as hiking pants or jogging. Avoid pants with seams at the crotch, this could lead to skin irritation when riding 
  • Underwear: if possible avoid synthetic underwear, the saddle rub can lead to skin irritation 
  • Hiking/riding shoes if possible waterproof. We have chaps at the camp that you are welcome to use. 
  • Drap sac for the inside of the sleeping bag 
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun screen 
  • Head lamp 
  • Towel 
  • Small medical kit: plasters, painkillers, stomach/diarrhea/constipation drugs, broad-spectrum antibiotics, disinfectant, eye drops, insect bite cream.

Optional: 

  • Horse riding gloves 
  • Warm socks, thermic tights 
  • Wool cap, scarf, gloves for cold nights 
  • Swimsuit 
  • Biodegradable soap/shampoo 
  • Wipes to clean off the dust 
  • Antibacterial gel 
  • Mosquito repellent spray, tick repellent spray (April – May, all summer for Lake Huvsgul) 
  • Small gifts for nomadic families. Hospitality is very important in Mongolian culture and families will welcome you in their ger with tea and sometimes food. Giving small gifts as a way of thanking them is part of the culture. Gift ideas: small toys, pencils, notebooks, samples of perfume, make-up, cream, small gadgets like flashlights, candy etc. 

People going on treks, not solo-trekkers, will be provided with: 

  • Helmet 
  • Half-chaps 
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Sleeping pad 
  • Tent 

We highly recommend that you bring waterproof bags for all your belongings, as the tents and packing bags provided are not waterproof. It's important to be prepared for rain and riding through rivers and deep mud. Additionally, it's advisable to bring your own sleeping bag and insulation mat. Lastly, don't forget to bring a water filter for your trip.

BE AWARE: it happens that luggage is delayed when flying to Mongolia. If possible carry a change of clothes in your hand luggage. 

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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 7 reviews
  • TL
    tom linnington
    29 Oct, 2023
    about provider
    Well what a surprise, I had a wonderful time too, despite the short duration of my stay! It provided me with a good glimpse into the life of Mongol/nomads. The team was well organized; the family team was hospitable, and I was impressed by the thoroughness and attention to detail of the business.It was the perfect introduction to Mongolia and horseback riding! All the best.
    29 Oct, 2023
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    Luke
    7 Sep, 2023
    about provider
    Thank you so much for your excellent organisation and assistance with us novice riders. I also want to express my gratitude to Mendee for maintaining the camp and Baynaa for her fantastic cooking and lovely smiles. This experience has been a major highlight of my journey and a significant moment in my life. I look forward to the possibility of seeing all of you again in the near future.
    7 Sep, 2023
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    Emurph4
    22 Jun, 2023
    about provider
    My wife and I had an incredible experience, one of the best we've ever had. It was a bit challenging for me, riding 30-40 km daily, and my wife is more experienced than me. Despite that, I enjoy challenges and this was just what I needed after two years of city life in Korea. Under the guidance of Rinston, our three-person team took care of all the arrangements and constantly checked in with us to ensure we were comfortable with the tasks. We are already thinking about returning to ride with this team again in the future.
    22 Jun, 2023

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