Witness the spectacle of the 2018 Khentii Horse Festival in November.
Young, as well as state honored horsemen accompanied with their 2,000 horses, will attend the festival. The Festival will take place on November 3 and 4 in Batnorov, Khentii Province. Mongolians take great pride in their unique horse culture that they have been honing for centuries, and there’s a saying among nomads: “a Mongol learns to ride a horse before he starts walking”. There are countless legends (including the two white horses of Chinggis Khan), stories, songs and poems about the remarkable Mongolian horses too.
This short, 5-day journey starts in Terelj National park and Chinggis Statue complex, before two days of festivities in Chinggis’ homeland. Stay overnight in ger accommodation and a hotel in Chinggis City, before returning to Ulaanbaatar via Gun Galuut nature reserve.
Ulaanbaatar – Terelj National Park – Chinggis Statue – Batnorov Village – Horse Festival – Chinggis City – Gun Galuut Nature Reserve – Ulaanbaatar
TERELJ NATIONAL PARK- ARYABAL TEMPLE – NOMADIC FAMILY VISIT You will be picked up from a pre-arranged Ulaanbaatar location at a time to suit you – we suggest leaving around 9:00am to make the most of the day. Jump in the vehicle with your guide and journey east to Terelj National Park, stopping quickly en route at the sacred Turtle Rock which you can climb up and hike to the nearby Aryabal Meditation Temple set on a hill. The National Park yields some great scenery which makes it a very popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists alike during summer. However, the there are no crowds this time of the year and you will be staying at a secluded camp situated among sparsely forested hills.
In the afternoon visit a nomadic family living across the Tuul river, enter their ger and enjoy the nomadic hospitality. Sample homemade produce and milk tea, find out about the lifestyle of herders and learn about traditions – all this while your horses are being prepared outside. Then saddle up for an hour of a horse ride in the surrounding countryside, or alternatively hike. Return to your ger camp in time for dinner and enjoy your first night sleeping in a ger.
After leisurely breakfast set of for some great off-road vehicle excursion to the remarkable Chinggis Statue complex near Erdene. Once you arrive, climb up inside until you reach the exterior staircase which runs up the mane of the horse to a viewpoint overlooking the Tuul River, Terelj & the hills of Khan Khentii – Chinggis’ homeland.
Then drive east to the capital city of Khentii province – Chinggis City, stopping for lunch at a Mongolian eatery, then off road again until you reach Batnorov Village in the Khan Khentii hills. Have a welcome dinner and enjoy a folklore concert in the evening, before settling into your gers for the night.
Over the next two days, you will witness the spectacle and atmosphere of the annual Khentii Horse Festival. Mongols take pride in their horse culture that they have been honing for millenniums, and even there’s this saying “a Mongol learns to ride a horse before he starts walking” among the nomads. There are countless legends (including the two white horses of Chinggis Khan), stories, songs and poems about the remarkable Mongolian horses too.
During the festival you will see:
• Introduction of famous racing horses
• Parade of unique and rare horses
• Competition among horsemen: lassoing and catching horses with uurga (Mongolian horse catching poles)
• Competition of breaking in horses (taming)
• Competition among hunter dogs
• Exhibition of horse equipment
• “Steppe Horse” photo exhibition
• Traditional dance and music concert
Stalls with hot food and beverages, souvenirs, winter & sports clothing will be available at the site. You will have the opportunity to take part in horse riding, try on traditional costumes for photos and visit the wintering palace of herders in the area.
After breakfast journey back to Ulaanbaatar. On the way stop at the Gun Galuut Nature Reserve and go for an exploratory walk – it’s a great place for walking at any time, but if you are interested in seeing and/or photographing animals, it’s a good idea to bring binoculars.
Then it’s back to Ulaanbaatar where you will be dropped at a location of your choice in the city center (we can do multiple drop-offs if required.
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