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.

Stone Horse Expeditions on Instagram

Wilderness Riding in Mongolia. Raw footage.
.
These 60 seconds show a bit of the terrain we travel through once we have left the grasslands of Gorkhi Terelj National Park and crossed the high pass into the Khentii wilderness.
.
Crossing the pass and the river are some of the milestones. Having forded the Khongor River, the trail runs through brushland, traversing a bog once in a while.
.
After a few hours, we'll leave the big valley and head eastwards, towards the lake that is our destination. Here the trail winds through forest, around windfall sometimes.
.
Passing a series of small lakes in an area that is prime moose habitat, marks the near end of the trip - not far to the big lake from here.
.
The saddle and packhorses take it all in a stride. The pack horses carry not only our usual camping equipment and provisions for a 12 day expedition, but also some timber that was used to construct back country toilets.
.
This is on our Wilderness Conservation Adventure, our annual expedition dedicated to conservation work while enjoying great trail riding and days at a scenic lake, to help protect the wild places we travel in.

#wildernessriding #wildernessconservation #ridingvacations #ridingadventures #wearetrailriders #packtrips #horsebackjourneys #ridesinthewild #mongoliariding #mongolianhorses #trailhorses #packhorses #stonehorseexpeditions #wildrivers #mountainriding #crossingpasses #protectwilderness #nationalparks #protectedareas #keepitwild #ridingholidays #adventuretravel #responsibletravel #ecotourism #ecotours #naturetours #gopro
Wilderness Riding in Mongolia. Raw footage. . These 60 seconds show a bit of the terrain we travel through once we have left the grasslands of Gorkhi Terelj National Park and crossed the high pass into the Khentii wilderness. . Crossing the pass and the river are some of the milestones. Having forded the Khongor River, the trail runs through brushland, traversing a bog once in a while. . After a few hours, we'll leave the big valley and head eastwards, towards the lake that is our destination. Here the trail winds through forest, around windfall sometimes. . Passing a series of small lakes in an area that is prime moose habitat, marks the near end of the trip - not far to the big lake from here. . The saddle and packhorses take it all in a stride. The pack horses carry not only our usual camping equipment and provisions for a 12 day expedition, but also some timber that was used to construct back country toilets. . This is on our Wilderness Conservation Adventure, our annual expedition dedicated to conservation work while enjoying great trail riding and days at a scenic lake, to help protect the wild places we travel in. #wildernessriding #wildernessconservation #ridingvacations #ridingadventures #wearetrailriders #packtrips #horsebackjourneys #ridesinthewild #mongoliariding #mongolianhorses #trailhorses #packhorses #stonehorseexpeditions #wildrivers #mountainriding #crossingpasses #protectwilderness #nationalparks #protectedareas #keepitwild #ridingholidays #adventuretravel #responsibletravel #ecotourism #ecotours #naturetours #gopro
A beautiful wild river..
.
This is the Khongor River, looking downstream from where we cross it on our wilderness horseback expedition into Mongolia's Khentii mountains.
.
Descending from a small pass, the trail leads to where the river makes a sharp bend to the East. Its deep here, but the current is slow and the ground just sand, with no boulders.
.
Its a beautiful sight onto the valley of the Khongor River when coming down the trail on approach to the crossing. A blue ribbon of water winding through shades of green.
.
Bogs with green sedges dominate the valley bottom, elder and willow brush covers the lower slopes, and then transitions to pine forest.
.
The crossing is no big deal for Mongolian horses. Pack and saddle horses alike will not hesitate to make it through. If they need to swim a few strokes in the deep center, no problem.
.
Its always a refreshing event to ford the river here with over twenty horses that usually make up the equine contingent on our wilderness pack trips. A nice lunch stop high above the river awaits after the crossing.
.
Khongor River translates into the Honey-colored river, its name derived from the beautiful color of the sand.
.
And if you have a look underwater, the sandy bottom truly glistens golden as the sunlight filters through the water. Its the substrate from weathered granite, with myriads of mica particles among the grains that create the shine. .
While this is a place of great natural beauty, with highwater after some days of summer rains, caution is needed, and crossing may be too risky.
.
#wildrivers #halfearth #protectedareas #wilderness #wildernesstravel #rivercrossings #natureneedshalf #nationalparks #conservationadventure #horsetrekking #mongolianhorses #wearetrailriders #nature #ecotourism #horsebackriding #granite #wildandscenicrivers #wearetrailriders #wanderreiten #naturerleben #experiencewilderness #reiterferien #wildernessriding #ridingvacations #ridingholidays #horsebackjourneys #ridingadventuresinmongolia #stonehorseexpeditions
A beautiful wild river.. . This is the Khongor River, looking downstream from where we cross it on our wilderness horseback expedition into Mongolia's Khentii mountains. . Descending from a small pass, the trail leads to where the river makes a sharp bend to the East. Its deep here, but the current is slow and the ground just sand, with no boulders. . Its a beautiful sight onto the valley of the Khongor River when coming down the trail on approach to the crossing. A blue ribbon of water winding through shades of green. . Bogs with green sedges dominate the valley bottom, elder and willow brush covers the lower slopes, and then transitions to pine forest. . The crossing is no big deal for Mongolian horses. Pack and saddle horses alike will not hesitate to make it through. If they need to swim a few strokes in the deep center, no problem. . Its always a refreshing event to ford the river here with over twenty horses that usually make up the equine contingent on our wilderness pack trips. A nice lunch stop high above the river awaits after the crossing. . Khongor River translates into the Honey-colored river, its name derived from the beautiful color of the sand. . And if you have a look underwater, the sandy bottom truly glistens golden as the sunlight filters through the water. Its the substrate from weathered granite, with myriads of mica particles among the grains that create the shine. . While this is a place of great natural beauty, with highwater after some days of summer rains, caution is needed, and crossing may be too risky. . #wildrivers #halfearth #protectedareas #wilderness #wildernesstravel #rivercrossings #natureneedshalf #nationalparks #conservationadventure #horsetrekking #mongolianhorses #wearetrailriders #nature #ecotourism #horsebackriding #granite #wildandscenicrivers #wearetrailriders #wanderreiten #naturerleben #experiencewilderness #reiterferien #wildernessriding #ridingvacations #ridingholidays #horsebackjourneys #ridingadventuresinmongolia #stonehorseexpeditions
Colorful costumes and fast camels..
.
The Camel Festival on March 6 - 7 in Mongolia's South Gobi province has become a local tradition that is attracting ever more spectators.
.
Its a great show and celebration of the culture of the nomadic herders in the Gobi for  whom the camel is an important animal in daily and seasonal life in the desert - for transport, and for wool and dairy products.
.
And of course for racing. The camel race during the festival is one exciting event, along with parades to show traditional costumes and camels decorated in colorful ornaments.
.
There are also cultural performances, other competitions in skills of camel handling and packing, and exhibits of the many dairy products made from camel milk.
.
Between events, and in preparation of the race, there is a lot of milling around, and camel wrangling, to keep a thousand camels in line at the start, while countless local visitors on camelback are riding around the larger event area.
.
Its a great event to witness, and a trip to the camel festival is an opportunity to visit some of the iconic sites of the Mongolian Gobi. The famous Vulture Gorge (Yoliin Am) is near by, and also the Flaming Cliffs (Baynzag) can be reached within a couple hours from the festival area.
.
#mongoliafestivals #camelfestival #experiencemongolia #gobiadventures #gobidesert #bactriancamel #nomadic #camelwool #camelracing #camelmilk #celebrationsinthedesert #desertfestival #festivals #camelriding #gobicamelfestival #deserttravel #ridingcamels #attheraces #racingcamels #nomadicherders #livestockhusbandry #wranglers #travelmore #camelsofinstagram #camelfest #flamingcliffs #mongoliangobi
Colorful costumes and fast camels.. . The Camel Festival on March 6 - 7 in Mongolia's South Gobi province has become a local tradition that is attracting ever more spectators. . Its a great show and celebration of the culture of the nomadic herders in the Gobi for whom the camel is an important animal in daily and seasonal life in the desert - for transport, and for wool and dairy products. . And of course for racing. The camel race during the festival is one exciting event, along with parades to show traditional costumes and camels decorated in colorful ornaments. . There are also cultural performances, other competitions in skills of camel handling and packing, and exhibits of the many dairy products made from camel milk. . Between events, and in preparation of the race, there is a lot of milling around, and camel wrangling, to keep a thousand camels in line at the start, while countless local visitors on camelback are riding around the larger event area. . Its a great event to witness, and a trip to the camel festival is an opportunity to visit some of the iconic sites of the Mongolian Gobi. The famous Vulture Gorge (Yoliin Am) is near by, and also the Flaming Cliffs (Baynzag) can be reached within a couple hours from the festival area. . #mongoliafestivals #camelfestival #experiencemongolia #gobiadventures #gobidesert #bactriancamel #nomadic #camelwool #camelracing #camelmilk #celebrationsinthedesert #desertfestival #festivals #camelriding #gobicamelfestival #deserttravel #ridingcamels #attheraces #racingcamels #nomadicherders #livestockhusbandry #wranglers #travelmore #camelsofinstagram #camelfest #flamingcliffs #mongoliangobi

Stone Horse Expeditions on YouTube

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.