Testimonials from our Guests
From the off, Stone Horse hospitality, efficiency and actual expeditions are head and shoulders above anything similar in Mongolia. The staff know what they are doing and are interesting and good fun. They have horses for all riding experience levels; all have a sense of humour. The equipment (including the amazingly comfortable and beautiful handmade saddles) are second to none and the food deserves a Michelin star in camping cuisine.
The Khentii mountains expedition is incredible and goes through scenery most will only ever see in National Geographic. It is truly wild and seeing no other faces except those that you are with, leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
I can’t stress how good this trip and to anybody reading this, GO! Its unlike anything else on offer and against awe-inspiring scenery, you will meet some great people and remarkable horses.
Sarah Crawley, UAE/UK
I have joined riding tours before, and the experience with Stone Horse is far better. A few things:
A) the horses are very well trained. And the operators know the horses well. In additions, the horses get along with each other, this makes tons of different in the wild, as you don’t need to worry much about runaway horses or horses getting into fights while with riders on.
B) the operators do care about the environment, so we really take care of the trash and leave minimal damage to the environment there.
C) the service and logistics are good. As the tour is led by the owner, decision making is fast and changes or special requests will be accommodated in a reasonable manner.
I will go back again. Katherine L. Hong Kong
My boyfriend had only ridden a couple of times in his life and I have been competing horses since a child, but we both had a blast. The horses are very well looked after, better than at any other horse expedition I have ever come across. All equipment was professional and the highest quality. As I am vegetarian Mongolia can be a bit , but how Sabine catered for me (only vego of the group) was just amazing! This is an adventure of a lifetime! Do it – you will not regret it. Sitting back at work now dreaming of being back in the saddle in the Mongolian wilderness…
Anna K. , Australia
Ever dreamt of being free, wind in your hair, not a care in the world, running across wide open plains with the sun on your face? That’s how it feels to be riding with Stone Horse.
My friends and I recently went for the Gorkhi Terelj 10 Days Tour in late September. This is my second time riding with Stone Horse. This year I rode in a different season. Being autumn, golden larch trees cover the landscapes in the national park. No matter how many times you come back, the scenery that greets you in the Mongolian wilderness will definitely take your breath away. – Pamela Ho, Singapore
My wife and I went on the 8 day Gorkhi Terelj trek to celebrate her 60th birthday. Definitely the best birthday party we have ever had. An amazing trip through an incredible country. The trip was very well organized from start to finish. On the trek the horses were total stars, the food wonderful, and the scenery breathtaking. – Greg Kary, Australia
My friends and I went on the ten day trip in September – that’s eight days riding. This is my third time in Mongolia riding with Stone Horse, and each trip just gets better and better. Autumn in Mongolia is absolutely beautiful – the golden larch leaves contrasting the long green grasses that the horses so love to eat.
Nothing quite compares to riding into the open steppes, wind in your hair and the sun (sometimes) on your back, golden eagles and falcons calling above your head, under a bright blue sky. I am sure I will return to this country again and again. – Yue Lin, Singapore
“Coursing across Gorkhi Terelj’s wild magnificence with skilled, highly knowledgeable guides, you’ll see places and vistas reachable only by horse or on foot, stunning larch forests, endless open plains and intensely blue skies. The forgiving horses accommodate riders of every experience level.
This is a once in a lifetime experience (although some in our group already had two other Stone Horse rides under their belts) and unforgettable. Finally, Stone Horse pays close attention to a pre-trip survey of food preferences in planning excellent, nutritious meals and even provides a handbook outlining what to expect, how to prepare, and a checklist of what to bring. – Patricia Burke, Washington DC, USA
First time riding in Mongolia with Stone Horse was an absolute blast! The trip was a unique opportunity to experience combine the love for riding and the great outdoors in one of the most well-kept (still) and breathtaking landscapes. Being a regular rider, I found the horses to be extremely robust with amiable temperaments. This allowed us to enjoy unfettered riding and soak up the scenery as we navigated through all kinds of terrain!
The trip was run with true professionalism. Our team of experienced guides were always alongside to ensure safety (not at the expense of fun of course!), on top of keeping both humans and horses on the trip warm and well-fed. We were provided with quality riding and camping equipment and were constantly impressed with the team’s knowledge and resourcefulness throughout the multi-day trek. – Yim Tong Low, Singapore
I truly cannot say enough good things about my recent trip with Stone Horse. From the minute I stepped off the plane (and even before that!), Stone Horse made sure that I was well taken care of with drivers, hotels, food, camping, and of course riding! The friendly and immensely helpful staff were second to none, and as a solo female traveler I never felt uncomfortable or alone.
In researching tour companies for this trip, it was important to me to find one that placed an emphasis on the safety and comfort on their horses, and I absolutely feel that Stone Horse shared this concern. The horses are obviously well-loved and well-cared for, and this is reflected in their gentle personalities and incredible strength and stamina. – Nicole Aducci, New York City, USA
I recently returned from the September 10 Day Gorkhi-Terelj National Park Expedition and loved every minute of it. It is truly the trip of a lifetime. From day one the trip was expertly planned.
The horses are sure-footed and confident. They handled all terrain with aplomb. They are extremely well behaved, well trained, and compatible as a herd, and eager to move. Some of the best I’ve ever seen. All are loved and cared for, and it shows. Their endurance is remarkable – they can trot for hours, even the packhorses. Did I say the food was remarkable? Hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners with soup, salad, a main course and desserts. – Mary McBride, New York City, USA
I went on the 8 day Gorkhi Terelj trek in October which was great. I’m not a very experienced rider but the horses were gentle, well behaved and easy to handle so I felt comfortable very quicky. The scenery is amazing too and at night we could hear wolves howling in the distance. – India Kalff, New Zealand
The trip was well organized, the food was delicious, the equipment and horses were in top shape and conversation around the dinner table was lively and informative. The sheer scenic beauty and expansiveness of the country alone would have made the trip more than worthwhile. But having Keith and Sabine there to share their love and extensive knowledge of the area’s history, customs, geography and ecology took the experience to a whole different level. Their unabashed passion for and lifelong dedication to helping preserve the wild places of the world makes them the perfect guides for a trip into just such a place. – Janet Stephenson, Austin, Texas, USA
I have just completed the August 12-day horse packing trip in Terelji National Park. You will never meet more interesting or professional guides than Sabine and Keith, You will be inspired by their knowledge of wilderness conservation, as well as history of the area. My travel companions on this trip were exceptional people who added to richness of the experience, The scenery and total experience is not to be missed. This trip is at the top of my most favorite travel adventures.. Do use the excellent packing list that is available on the website. – Rae Roberts, Washington DC. USA
“I rode with Keith and his team in the magnificent Mongolian spring time when the wildflowers were out in the mountains. The horses all had great character, were tough but very sensitive and responsive. The equipment we used was the best I have ever encountered in any horse riding operation with the western gear comfortable for the longer days and surprisingly suitable for the smaller horses. Keith and Sabina were superb guides and I really enjoyed meeting people as we rode past settlements and traditional pastures. The scenery was wonderful, varied and its beauty surprised me. All up… an unforgettable and memorable experience. I will be going back for a longer ride as soon as I return to Mongolia.”
– Andy Thomson, New Zealand
“I highly, highly recommend Stone Horse Tours. There’s no other horse riding outfit like them in Mongolia. Stone Horse Tours takes you way, way off the standard routes offered by other tour companies. This exceptional steppe and wilderness trip was just what I was looking for.”
– Susan Antenen, Rockefeller State Park Preserve, New York State, US
“Stone Horse caters for a range of riders from the complete novice to the accomplished horseman and its well-kept animals are carefully matched to a rider’s abilities. Keith and Sabine exude magnanimity and display a genuine love and respect for the country they now call home and I would thoroughly recommend travel with them for a rich and authentic way to experience Mongolia.”
– Amardeep Bassey, Journalist, Birmingham, UK
“Stone Horse is a great company – the equipment provided to us was new or nearly new as far as I could tell and the horses were of the highest quality, steady, polite and very responsive when asked. We carried everything we needed on pack horses and this ensured we could access uninterrupted backcountry wilderness for the entire period. The quality of the food also needs to be mentioned as this was very good particularly since we were camping and it was also remarkably accommodating to individual requirements.”
– Martin Trumper, Singapore
“Beautiful scenery, gentle responsive horses, guides with tremendous knowledge…From the outset, it was clear that we were in amazing hands, and that we could enjoy the trip stress-free…I feel that it is impossible to compare this experience to other riding trips, as this is not a tourist outing, but it feels like Keith and Sabine (who go on EVERY trip) want to share the beauty of the country, riding, and the quiet of the national park…We had some fantastic adventures and left Mongolia wish to return to all the people and animals at Stone Horse again SOON! We miss the population density of rural Mongolia, blue sky, and air quality as well.” – Nancy Diehl, Hongkong
“Scenery throughout the trip was spectacular – vast stretches of rolling hills, beautiful larch trees, endless blue sky, and bright autumn colours. We were also fortunate to witness some amazing sunsets and star-filled nights. The best part, of course, was the riding. The horses were wonderful and extremely well cared for. Those peaceful days on ‘the roan’ taking in the amazing scenery will stay with me for a very long time. Thanks, Stone Horse, for a fantastic journey.”
– Johanna Lake, Toronto, Canada
“Truly memorable experience! – We both had a great time! That we both enjoyed ourselves is notable since one of us was a complete novice (rode more on the first day than ever had before) while the other of us is an experienced rider. Sabine and Keith do a great job of matching horses with riders and allowing riders to ride at their own comfort level.…If you’re looking for an active vacation in a beautiful place that is a bit off the beaten path (and Eco-friendly) we highly recommend this trip.”
– Jim and Shari Shapleigh, Ithaca, New York, US
“We just got back from an 8-day horse riding trip with Stone Horse. What a great adventure and what a professional outfit Stone Horse is! Bravo. I’m sitting here missing the feel of riding through a meadow of wild flowers, cantering along with a herd of horses, watching the horses’ funny antics (they are really like happy little boys)…The western riding equipment that Stone Horse provided was top notch. This was
something we quite took for granted until we met a group from another reputable outfit and saw that they only had ropes for reins, bare-bones saddles and a sad metal bar suspended by ropes for each stirrup. Check out my pictures to see what we had instead. With 8 days of riding, you would want comfort and safety. All in all, thumbs up for Stone Horse!” – Wai Ying, Singapore
Horse Trekking in Mongolia with Stone Horse Expeditions has been awarded tripadvisor’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence for six consecutive years since 2013, based on the many ratings of our horse riding tours as “excellent” by our guests.
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