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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Home Stay with a Herder Family in Mongolia.
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Warm in winter, cool in summer - that's one aspect of the ingenious felt tent that nomadic herders in Mongolia have used as mobile homes for millenia.
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With a self-supporting wooden framework of lattice walls, a circular top piece and connecting poles, and a covering of felt and canvas, the ger was developed to be easy to dismantle, and erect at a new campsite.
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Staying in a herder family's guest ger is a great experience all year round. In the colder season, you will often be very warm when your well meaning hosts stoke the fire! Also the interior furnishings make for a very cozy feeling.
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Add to this tasty Mongolian food, hot milk tea, hearty soups, and of course traditional meat dishes if you like, and you are sure to be well taken care of to venture out into the winter landscape, take part in chores of livestock husbandry, or go for a horse ride.
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While herder families practice old traditions in herding, they are also very well accustomed and take advantage of modern technologies. Today, solar panels and lights, satellite TV, and other appliances run by wind and solar, are common in rural Mongolia.
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And herder families hosting guests have gained a lot of experience, ready to serve vegetarian meals for those who prefer, and understanding that visitors come wanting to learn about their life, culture and natural environment.
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Home Stay with a Herder Family in Mongolia. . Warm in winter, cool in summer - that's one aspect of the ingenious felt tent that nomadic herders in Mongolia have used as mobile homes for millenia. . With a self-supporting wooden framework of lattice walls, a circular top piece and connecting poles, and a covering of felt and canvas, the ger was developed to be easy to dismantle, and erect at a new campsite. . Staying in a herder family's guest ger is a great experience all year round. In the colder season, you will often be very warm when your well meaning hosts stoke the fire! Also the interior furnishings make for a very cozy feeling. . Add to this tasty Mongolian food, hot milk tea, hearty soups, and of course traditional meat dishes if you like, and you are sure to be well taken care of to venture out into the winter landscape, take part in chores of livestock husbandry, or go for a horse ride. . While herder families practice old traditions in herding, they are also very well accustomed and take advantage of modern technologies. Today, solar panels and lights, satellite TV, and other appliances run by wind and solar, are common in rural Mongolia. . And herder families hosting guests have gained a lot of experience, ready to serve vegetarian meals for those who prefer, and understanding that visitors come wanting to learn about their life, culture and natural environment. . #homestay #gerstay #mongolia #herderhomestay #farmstay #slowtravel #nomadicherders #traveltomongolia #transsiberianrailway #winteradventure #ruralmongolia #experiencemongolia #mongoliahorseriding #mongolianger #yurt #experientialtravel #responsibletravel #ecotourism #instatravel #rural #accomodation #tent #campsite
A trail through alder brush.
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The horses don't mind at all going through brushland, even when it is much higher than this. In fact, they quite like it, as it gives them a good brushing off as they push through the thickets.
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The alder brush covering the valley bottoms is a typical feature throughout Gorkhi Terelj National Park and in the Khentii mountains. Deep green in summer, the alder turns brown-red and violet in autumn, adding to the great displays of color during that time.
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A few years ago we began diverting from the main track here and made our way through the alder brush along the hillsides. A bog down below had gotten worse every season.
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Water holes between boulders and mounds of bunchgrass were getting ever deeper, and horses and dismounted riders had struggled to make their way across. This was more than a matter of getting wet and muddy. This was getting risky, especially for packhorses.
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We have seen these changes over the last fifteen years or so in the Khentii mountains, with bogs expanding and deepening, the ground getting wetter and the growth of willow increasing.
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In other parts of Northern Mongolia the loss of permafrost through climate change is being recorded, and this is likely the same process here.
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The seasonal weather patterns are changing too. Summer rains are later and rains last now well into fall. This past season, it still rained in September and rivers were running high still.
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Mongolia is experiencing pronounced changes in climate. Average temperatures have increased by 2 degrees centigrade over the last 70 years, which is three times faster than the global average increase.
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A trail through alder brush. . The horses don't mind at all going through brushland, even when it is much higher than this. In fact, they quite like it, as it gives them a good brushing off as they push through the thickets. . The alder brush covering the valley bottoms is a typical feature throughout Gorkhi Terelj National Park and in the Khentii mountains. Deep green in summer, the alder turns brown-red and violet in autumn, adding to the great displays of color during that time. . A few years ago we began diverting from the main track here and made our way through the alder brush along the hillsides. A bog down below had gotten worse every season. . Water holes between boulders and mounds of bunchgrass were getting ever deeper, and horses and dismounted riders had struggled to make their way across. This was more than a matter of getting wet and muddy. This was getting risky, especially for packhorses. . We have seen these changes over the last fifteen years or so in the Khentii mountains, with bogs expanding and deepening, the ground getting wetter and the growth of willow increasing. . In other parts of Northern Mongolia the loss of permafrost through climate change is being recorded, and this is likely the same process here. . The seasonal weather patterns are changing too. Summer rains are later and rains last now well into fall. This past season, it still rained in September and rivers were running high still. . Mongolia is experiencing pronounced changes in climate. Average temperatures have increased by 2 degrees centigrade over the last 70 years, which is three times faster than the global average increase. . #trailriding #trailhorses #wearetrailriders #ridingadventures #travelmongolia #horsebackriding #horseriding #packtrips #mongolian horses #nationalparks #alder #bushes #brushland #climatechange #permafrost #khentii #mountains #naturelovers #travelmore #ridingmongolia #stonehorseexpeditions #gopro #mongolia #horsetrekking #mongolianhorses #bushwacking #bogs #forest #mountains #equitourism
Meet Pabi, the desert dog..
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Pabi lives way South in Mongolia's Gobi. He moves around with his camel herder  family as they make their seasonal camps in this remote area in the southernmost reaches of the country.
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Sometimes camp is in the vast open plains with the silhouette of a rugged mountain range in the distance to the North.
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For the winter, they move to the shelter of sand dunes and saxaul forest, close to a watering point to sustain livestock and people.
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We meet Pabi when we spend nights at his camp before we set out on a camel trek through the desert landscape the next morning.
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Pabi is very friendly and curious. Still young, he is learning fast and doing his job already well. Guarding the ger, greeting guests and showing them around. He is known to go for a sunrise run in the desert with some..@tintinnabulations.
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He will watch to make sure everybody gets on their camel alright and is ok. Then, when the camel trek leaves, he signs off, handing over duties to the camel guide's dog who will trot along with our little caravan.
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Whether its horse or camel trekking, there is always a canine, or two..., to make the journey complete. After all, canines and humans go way back, much further back than any relationship of humans with other animals.
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Meet Pabi, the desert dog.. . Pabi lives way South in Mongolia's Gobi. He moves around with his camel herder family as they make their seasonal camps in this remote area in the southernmost reaches of the country. . Sometimes camp is in the vast open plains with the silhouette of a rugged mountain range in the distance to the North. . For the winter, they move to the shelter of sand dunes and saxaul forest, close to a watering point to sustain livestock and people. . We meet Pabi when we spend nights at his camp before we set out on a camel trek through the desert landscape the next morning. . Pabi is very friendly and curious. Still young, he is learning fast and doing his job already well. Guarding the ger, greeting guests and showing them around. He is known to go for a sunrise run in the desert with [email protected] . He will watch to make sure everybody gets on their camel alright and is ok. Then, when the camel trek leaves, he signs off, handing over duties to the camel guide's dog who will trot along with our little caravan. . Whether its horse or camel trekking, there is always a canine, or two..., to make the journey complete. After all, canines and humans go way back, much further back than any relationship of humans with other animals. . #dogs #dogswithajob #pabithedesertdog #gobi #mongolia #nomadic #herders #trekking #camelriding #deserttravel #welivetoexplore #adventuretravel #running #dogsthatrun #marathon #gobidesert #travelmore #dogsofinstagram #camels #bactriancamels
Siberian Ibex in Mongolia's Gobi.
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We were very lucky during our recent travels in Mongolia's Gobi. Among other adventures, we had a day of amazing wildlife sightings in Gobi  Gurvan Saikhan National Park.
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This is Mongolia's largest national park. Its rugged mountain ranges are habitat of mountain ungulates - argali and ibex, and of their predator, the snowleopard.
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While argali habitat is more in the lower hills and grassy slopes of the ranges, ibex are typically spotted high in the rocky cliffs or on the rugged tops. Ibex are goats, and good climbers like all their relatives, wild and domesticated..
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We usually see ibex during our Gobi trips, and after many years in the park we have a good idea where to look for wildlife. This last trip's sightings of ibex were extraordinary for recent years though.
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There were numerous herds of ibex in the valley we traveled through. Some were coming down to the creek for drinking, others were making their way along the rocky slopes or over the ridges.
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Right in front of us we even witnessed two males fighting, their massiv horns clashing, and dust clouds rising. The late afternoon sun made for great light and colors.
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While we felt really lucky and excited, this was not just luck. This valley used to have this wealth of wildlife in former times. But this year, due to weather and travel conditions, it had probaby seen much less visitation and disturbance, and the herds returned to their longheld habitat.
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Wildlife thrive if the park is truly protected. They return if undisturbed, and populations recover. It was a beautiful day, and stark reminder of how much wildlife populations have declined elsewhere, including in areas formally protected, but where management actually fails to achieve habitat and wildlife conservation as visitation increases. Namely motor vehicle travel into sensitive areas inflicts lasting ecological damage.
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#wildlifeconservation #wildlife #stonehorseexpeditions #mongolia #gobi #mountains #wilderness #habitat #caprasibirica #goats #wildgoats #ungulates #protected areas #nationalparks #gobigurvansaikhan #naturetourism #wildlifephotography #welivetoexplore #exploremore #trekking #animals #nature
Siberian Ibex in Mongolia's Gobi. . We were very lucky during our recent travels in Mongolia's Gobi. Among other adventures, we had a day of amazing wildlife sightings in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. . This is Mongolia's largest national park. Its rugged mountain ranges are habitat of mountain ungulates - argali and ibex, and of their predator, the snowleopard. . While argali habitat is more in the lower hills and grassy slopes of the ranges, ibex are typically spotted high in the rocky cliffs or on the rugged tops. Ibex are goats, and good climbers like all their relatives, wild and domesticated.. . We usually see ibex during our Gobi trips, and after many years in the park we have a good idea where to look for wildlife. This last trip's sightings of ibex were extraordinary for recent years though. . There were numerous herds of ibex in the valley we traveled through. Some were coming down to the creek for drinking, others were making their way along the rocky slopes or over the ridges. . Right in front of us we even witnessed two males fighting, their massiv horns clashing, and dust clouds rising. The late afternoon sun made for great light and colors. . While we felt really lucky and excited, this was not just luck. This valley used to have this wealth of wildlife in former times. But this year, due to weather and travel conditions, it had probaby seen much less visitation and disturbance, and the herds returned to their longheld habitat. . Wildlife thrive if the park is truly protected. They return if undisturbed, and populations recover. It was a beautiful day, and stark reminder of how much wildlife populations have declined elsewhere, including in areas formally protected, but where management actually fails to achieve habitat and wildlife conservation as visitation increases. Namely motor vehicle travel into sensitive areas inflicts lasting ecological damage. . #wildlifeconservation #wildlife #stonehorseexpeditions #mongolia #gobi #mountains #wilderness #habitat #caprasibirica #goats #wildgoats #ungulates #protected areas #nationalparks #gobigurvansaikhan #naturetourism #wildlifephotography #welivetoexplore #exploremore #trekking #animals #nature