Best time to visit Mongolia

Horseback Riding in Mongolia

Horses are inseparable from the nomadic lifestyle, and a must-do experience for whoever wants to feel the local mode of life

Best time: mid-June–mid-August

Horseback Riding
Horseback Riding

Locals love saying: ''We are nothing without our horses" And this is true even in the present day. The nomadic lifestyle is largely horse-based and horse-dependant, particularly for those nomads who live outside of Mongolia's capital city Ulaanbaatar, as the rest country's area is mainly pristine wilderness composed of steppes, river valleys, forests, and highlands—best crossable atop a hardy Mongolian ​horse. Thus, for a true impression of the Mongolian way of life one must definitely try horseback riding usually available between mid-June and mid-August.

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When is the best time to experience horseback riding in Mongolia?

The ideal time to go horseback riding in Mongolia is from mid-June to mid-August when mild, dry and comfortable weather is complemented with green pastures, and blooming wildflowers. Early July, coinciding with Naadam Festival, the largest event in Mongolia, presents unique opportunities for a horseback ride tour. Show more

Where can I go horseback riding in Mongolia besides Ulaanbaatar?

To have an authentic horseback riding experience in Mongolia, exploring places other than Ulaanbaatar is recommended. Khogno Khan National Park, Orkhon Valley, Khustain Nuruu National Park, and Gorkhi-Terelj National Park are famous destinations with picturesque landscapes offering insights into nomadic lifestyles. Show more

What is the typical length of a horseback riding tour in Mongolia?

Horseback riding tours in Mongolia usually range from one day to two weeks, depending on the traveler’s preference and destination. Tour operators can customize the tours to match travelers' specific interests. To ensure a satisfying experience, it is essential to engage a reputable operator that provides quality horses and professional guides. Show more

What safety precautions should I take before going horseback riding in Mongolia?

Horseback riding can be exhilarating, but adequate preparation and precaution are necessary when enjoying Mongolia’s scenery. Wearing a helmet, gloves and cover shoes with a firm grip is recommended. Booking an introductory tour for beginners is crucial. Travelers must obey the instructions of the guides, carry necessary medications, and protect themselves from insects and the sun. Show more

What type of horse will I be riding in Mongolia and how are they trained?

The “heavenly horse” known as the Mongolian horse is smaller than many breeds but highly intelligent, sure-footed, with high stamina and a calm temperament. Mongolian horses receive unique training through voice commands, use of reins, body pressure, and a distinctive whistle. They are adaptable to subsist on minimal resources, including grass, shrubs, and wildflowers, and can survive without water for several days. Show more

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