www.equineadventures.co.uk Mongolia's pristine natural environment makes it one of the few places to experience real freedom amongst the great outdoors. Vast rolling grasslands, azure-blue lakes and snow-capped peaks combine to allow riders a rare chance to enter a nomadic world far removed from the strains of modern life. Equine Adventures offer three news 14-day small group horseback adventures in to one of the world's most spectacular regions including the opportunity to witness ancient Kazakh traditions at the spectacular annual Eagle Festival.
The Zavkhan Classic Ride is a ride across open steppe and through forested valleys to the west of Ulaan Baatar. At the end it is possible to relax in an abandoned mountain spa. The trip also includes an ascent of the mountains of Tarvagatai Uul National Park, and camping amongst sand dunes by the shores of Khar Nuur.
Equine Adventures hav also organised a visit to the annual Eagle Festival. Originally created in order to help preserve ancient Kazakh traditions such as archery, camel racing, tug-of-war with a dead goat, a horseback game of 'kukbar', and hunting with eagles, the festival is a fantastic two days where local people show their skills and dress in traditional costume.
Another trip through the Zavkhan Mountains takes riders high up above the tree line, past ancient volcanic crater lakes and south along the Arkhangai mountain range. The trip is scheduled for August to maximise the chances of fine weather.