Discover the Heart of Mongolia’s Wilderness

At Stone Horse, we have 30+ years’ experience in wilderness guiding and conservation, our own back country horses, and close ties to local communities in Mongolia.

Our small group expeditions are unique, low impact back country adventures. They combine cultural and wilderness experiences in some of the most outstanding scenery in the country.

As our guest, you enjoy fully supported horseback riding in Mongolia – scenic campsites, good food, quality expedition gear, and your horse matched to your riding level. What this means and why it matters..

Discover the Heart of Mongolia's Wilderness

 

 

 

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They made camel riding look very easy!
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These two herders in Mongolia's South Gobi were rounding up their camel herd as we met them along the track.  They were definitely very much at ease on camelback when they stopped for a little chat, handling their big riding animals very casually and seeming very comfortable  up there!
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It was a beautiful winter day in the Gobi, and great weather for camel riding.
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Bactrian camels are an important livestock for the herders of the Gobi, providing transport for moving camp, wool for making yarn and ropes, and milk to process into various camel dairy products. Camel milk makes beautifully creamy dishes, and it is also used for its medicinal properties.
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For our camel treks in the Gobi, our local staff works with herder families to prepare camels for riding and packing. Camel trekking season starts in autumn and, except for the coldest time of the year, runs through springtime.
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It is in the colder time of the year that the camels have a nice thick coat, and it is cozy between the humps!
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Definitely a different mode of riding compared to horseback, but the elevated viewpoint is great for desert travel and the pace seems right too - to take in the vastness and solitude of these arid landscapes.
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They made camel riding look very easy! . These two herders in Mongolia's South Gobi were rounding up their camel herd as we met them along the track. They were definitely very much at ease on camelback when they stopped for a little chat, handling their big riding animals very casually and seeming very comfortable up there! . It was a beautiful winter day in the Gobi, and great weather for camel riding. . Bactrian camels are an important livestock for the herders of the Gobi, providing transport for moving camp, wool for making yarn and ropes, and milk to process into various camel dairy products. Camel milk makes beautifully creamy dishes, and it is also used for its medicinal properties. . For our camel treks in the Gobi, our local staff works with herder families to prepare camels for riding and packing. Camel trekking season starts in autumn and, except for the coldest time of the year, runs through springtime. . It is in the colder time of the year that the camels have a nice thick coat, and it is cozy between the humps! . Definitely a different mode of riding compared to horseback, but the elevated viewpoint is great for desert travel and the pace seems right too - to take in the vastness and solitude of these arid landscapes. . . . #camels #bactriancamels #mongolia #camelriding #cameltrekking #deserttravel #adventuretravel #desertadventures #desertcultures #camelmilk #camelwool #herders #livestock #nomads #trekking #welivetoexplore #ridingadventures #rudingholiday #ridingvacation #expedition #gobi #gobidesert #gobiplateau #alashanplateau
It has been a stormy week, and snowdrifts have formed around the cabins. Shapes with elegant lines. Along the front porch, at the weather side, a walkway is bordered by a steep wall of snow,  with a fine, sharp edge.
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The relentless winds lasting for days packed the snow firmly, good material if you wanted to cut building blocks of snow.
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However, there hasn't been very much winter precipitation, and some springtime snowfall will be good to provide moisture for this season's grass to grow.
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The horses are out every day, pawing in the snow to get to last year's freeze dried grasses below. A lot of work to get calories. Knowing that hay will be in their corral, they head home early on days like today.
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It is likely to get warmer soon, after Lunar New Year - or the
It has been a stormy week, and snowdrifts have formed around the cabins. Shapes with elegant lines. Along the front porch, at the weather side, a walkway is bordered by a steep wall of snow, with a fine, sharp edge. ▪ The relentless winds lasting for days packed the snow firmly, good material if you wanted to cut building blocks of snow. ▪ However, there hasn't been very much winter precipitation, and some springtime snowfall will be good to provide moisture for this season's grass to grow. ▪ The horses are out every day, pawing in the snow to get to last year's freeze dried grasses below. A lot of work to get calories. Knowing that hay will be in their corral, they head home early on days like today. ▪ It is likely to get warmer soon, after Lunar New Year - or the "White Moon", Tsagaan Sar, as it is named in Mongolia. But this is the hardest time now to come for livestock in Mongolia. ▪ Even with daily winter feed, animals lose weight, and it is still about three months to go before the new grass comes, and severe spring storms can occur between now and then. ▪ Springtime is therefore the most worrisome time for herders in Mongolia, with the risk of storms, with livestock weakened from the winter - and young livestock arriving that need good conditions to survive, and tending to. ▪ #cabin #logcabin #cabinlove #snowstorm #snowdrift #snowpack #snow #winter #livestock #mongolia #horses #pawinginthesnow #survival #younganimals #springtime #spring #storm #wind #winteradventures #wilderness #adventuretravel #wintertravel #nature #lunar #lunarnewyear #tsagaansar #whitemoon
Looking upward inside a Mongolian traditional dwelling.
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Looking upward inside a Mongolian traditional dwelling. ▪ The "toon" is the wheel-like wooden structure that is the centerpiece both of the ingenious concept of the construction as well as of spiritual significance. It is the opening to the sky through which the sunlight enters the ger. ▪ The wooden poles, "uni" in Mongolian language, sit like spokes of a wheel and extend to the lattice framework that forms the walls of the ger. Attaching the poles to the top of the walls creates the tension which makes the ger an extremely strong structure that withstands high winds. ▪ Covered with felt and canvas, it is warm in winter and cool in summer. And a Mongolian herder family will take little more than an hour perhaps to set up and take down their mobile home, developed by the nomadic peoples of the central and east asian steppes in ancient times. ▪ The image here also shows a blue "khadag" a ceremonial silk scarf tied to the toon. GER is the proper word for this dwelling in Mongolia. In the cold time of the year, when families are settled into their winter camps, the visitor is likely to see the ger at its best - neatly with all the traditional furniture, rugs on the wooden floor and the central stove making it very cozy inside. ▪ In the summer time one might see gers that are less well furnished. But make no mistake - it may be a well-off herder who is following good practices - moving several times throughout the summer to let pastures rest and bring livestock to good grass. Or making a long migration in autumn to fatten the livestock before winter. During such times it is more practical to "travel light." ▪ #ger #mongolia #traditions #centralasia #nomadic #herders #nomads #khadag #silk #pastures #grasslands #livestock #nomadiccivilisation #culturalheritage #worldculturalheritage #steppes #seasons #mobile #nomadicpeoples #yurt #felt #tent #camping #glamping #canvas #livestock #sky #wheel #woodenframes #architecture #tension