Photos of Mongolia Horse Riding

Photography for Environmental Awareness and Nature Conservation in Mongolia

Photography has always played a role in our work to show the beauty of nature, and to raise public awareness of threats to the natural environment and the need to protect the resources of our planet and to set aside pristine wilderness. We are continuing this work in Mongolia with our eco tourism riding expeditions.

Stone Horse Expeditions into the Gorkhi Terelj National Park and the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area offer great opportunities for photography,of nature, of horses, of riding adventures in Mongolia and of the interesting historic and cultural sites we explore on our horse trekking expeditions in Mongolia.

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Riding high..
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The sky started to look a little dramatic as we rode higher and higher, onto the barren ridges and grass plateaus that are one route to the top of Altan Ulgii -
Riding high.. . The sky started to look a little dramatic as we rode higher and higher, onto the barren ridges and grass plateaus that are one route to the top of Altan Ulgii - "Golden Cradle", one of the highest mountains of the Khan Khentii. . The day ride was one of the highlights of our recent 8 day trek in Gorkhi Terelj National Park, our first trek of the season. . The horses powered up the steep track to the pass as usual. Nothing special for the strong and surefooted Mongolian horses..On the pass, we left the trail to find a way onto the open tops. Great views from there - to the North deeper into the Khentii mountains and onto the routes we take there on our longer horseback expeditions. . And to the South the view onto the more gentle landscape of Gorkhi Terelj National Park - the wide valley of the Baruun Bayngol, with expanses of grasslands, forest stands on the northern slopes and the hills crowned with rock formations. . It was a good excursion to check out the route over the pass. Much windfall from the winter and spring storms on the track, but already horses had made their way through. . We will be back soon to explore the mountain tops again and for a glimpse into the Khentii wilderness - and later this season to descend beyond the pass and ride into the Khentii wilderness once again. . #horseriding #mountains #wilderness #keepitwild #welivetoexplore #khentii #mongolia #khankhentii #horses #wearetrailriders #horsetrekking #trekking #wildernesstravel #naturelovers #dayride #expeditions #mongolianhorses #horsebackriding #altanulgii #goldencradle
Vanishing in the desert landscape..
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Our camel guide heading home. After a few hours camel ride during our recent 10 day travel through the Mongolian Gobi we parted ways again.
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The air was filled with dust from several days of desert wind, and the distant mountain ranges were obscured, appearing like brush strokes in a painting.
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Our ride had started out in fairly cool conditions, with a cold morning breeze. But later the sun broke through and the air turned hot, still heavy with dust.
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While we continued our travels by 4x4 vehicles, the camel guide set out for a forty mile ride home. As the pastures around here  were in rather poor condition, he had moved his home and herd to a better place, and brought the animals here the night before.
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On our ride he pointed out the tracks on the desert soil from his ride the previous day -  neatly, equally spaced, the prints of five camels travelling alongside each other.
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As we drove off, the little camel trek soon disappeared in the great desert landscape, with the air now starting to shimmer in the heat and contours diffused by its dust load.
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While we had cars stocked with plenty of water and food, camping and communications equipment, the herder had only what he was wearing, along with his trusty camels and his knowledge and experience of desert travel..
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And, a smart phone actually. He had snapped some photos, as all of us, during the trek, and he had shown me some great shots of desert wildlife he had taken earlier.
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Vanishing in the desert landscape.. . Our camel guide heading home. After a few hours camel ride during our recent 10 day travel through the Mongolian Gobi we parted ways again. . The air was filled with dust from several days of desert wind, and the distant mountain ranges were obscured, appearing like brush strokes in a painting. . Our ride had started out in fairly cool conditions, with a cold morning breeze. But later the sun broke through and the air turned hot, still heavy with dust. . While we continued our travels by 4x4 vehicles, the camel guide set out for a forty mile ride home. As the pastures around here were in rather poor condition, he had moved his home and herd to a better place, and brought the animals here the night before. . On our ride he pointed out the tracks on the desert soil from his ride the previous day - neatly, equally spaced, the prints of five camels travelling alongside each other. . As we drove off, the little camel trek soon disappeared in the great desert landscape, with the air now starting to shimmer in the heat and contours diffused by its dust load. . While we had cars stocked with plenty of water and food, camping and communications equipment, the herder had only what he was wearing, along with his trusty camels and his knowledge and experience of desert travel.. . And, a smart phone actually. He had snapped some photos, as all of us, during the trek, and he had shown me some great shots of desert wildlife he had taken earlier. .. #cameltrekking #camelherder #bactriancamel #deserttravel #desertadventure #gobi #mongolia #travelmore #camels #travelmore #welivetoexplore #gobicrossing #stonehorseexpeditions #expeditions #camelride #camelback #guiding #desertguides #camelguide
The desert in bloom..
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 On the last morning of our recent Gobi camel trek we had a beautiful view as we emerged from our tents.
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The previous day had been windy, again, and we had made camp not in a valley at the foot of the Western Beauty Mountains as planned. Instead we had to head to a lower point, where the lay of the land provided some shelter from the Gobi winds.
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With our local guides all was quickly arranged. Here we were some distance from a water source, but with our local liaison we were quickly provided with a barrel full of water, brought by motorbike from the nearest nomad family.
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The sky was dark as we turned in for the night and for several hours a welcome rain fell. In the tent it always sounds like more rain than it actually is, but it was a nice gift from the sky to provide moisture for the soil. A gentle rain, not a heavy downpour creating torrents of run-off.
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The morning was clear and the air was fresh. The nearby bushes of Amygdalus, a wild almond that gives beautiful shades of pink to the desert landscape in springtime, had raindrops on their blossoms and  stood out against the desert backdrop, the  snowcovered mountains and the blue sky above.
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A beautiful morning to set out for the last stretch of our trek on camel back. Later that day, we were met by our vehicles.
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 After a last lunch with our camel guides, we parted ways. The guides with their camels soon disappearing in the big desert landscape, while we headed towards
The desert in bloom.. . On the last morning of our recent Gobi camel trek we had a beautiful view as we emerged from our tents. . The previous day had been windy, again, and we had made camp not in a valley at the foot of the Western Beauty Mountains as planned. Instead we had to head to a lower point, where the lay of the land provided some shelter from the Gobi winds. . With our local guides all was quickly arranged. Here we were some distance from a water source, but with our local liaison we were quickly provided with a barrel full of water, brought by motorbike from the nearest nomad family. . The sky was dark as we turned in for the night and for several hours a welcome rain fell. In the tent it always sounds like more rain than it actually is, but it was a nice gift from the sky to provide moisture for the soil. A gentle rain, not a heavy downpour creating torrents of run-off. . The morning was clear and the air was fresh. The nearby bushes of Amygdalus, a wild almond that gives beautiful shades of pink to the desert landscape in springtime, had raindrops on their blossoms and stood out against the desert backdrop, the snowcovered mountains and the blue sky above. . A beautiful morning to set out for the last stretch of our trek on camel back. Later that day, we were met by our vehicles. . After a last lunch with our camel guides, we parted ways. The guides with their camels soon disappearing in the big desert landscape, while we headed towards "Baynzag", to experience the "Flaming Cliffs" in the sunset. . #camels #gobi #trekking #expeditions #desert #adventuretravel #adventure #welivetoexplore #bactriancamels #wildernesstravel #keepitwild #wearetrailriders #exploremore #mongolia #travelmongolia #stonehorseexpeditions #bestoftravel #landscapes #desertlandscapes #camelriding #nomadic #herders #livestockhusbandry

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After Your Trip - Guest Photos

We like to capture the images of landscapes and wilderness, and to document the days of the riding holidays with our guests. After each tour, we make a selection of photos and make them available to our tour guests – a selection for the group plus individual selections.