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 in the Wildflower Season..
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Weather permitting, the mountain meadows of Gorkhi Terelj National Park will be in bloom like this towards the end of June. When we are completing the first trek of the riding season.
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This is at a spot where we often stop for lunch break. Its on a longer day when we set out from a campsite near the Tuul river, with lots of riding in open grasslands. Before heading over a forested pass, we stop here.
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Its a park like setting, an area of mountain meadows with scattered larch trees. We have a favorite spot from where there is a sweeping view down the valley, across the wild pastures and all the way down to the high cliffs below which we often camp earlier on this ride.
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While we enjoy the picnic lunch, the horses will all drift a bit further uphill, to a big open area before the terrain becomes steeper and with denser forest. Its a great spot for them too, with a great selection of herbs and grasses, and then to hang out for the rest of the break.
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Its one of the spots where its particularly nice to have an after lunch nap, when you drift off for a bit amidst the scent of wildflowers and by the sounds of cuckoos in the trees above. .
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Riding in the Wildflower Season.. . Weather permitting, the mountain meadows of Gorkhi Terelj National Park will be in bloom like this towards the end of June. When we are completing the first trek of the riding season. . This is at a spot where we often stop for lunch break. Its on a longer day when we set out from a campsite near the Tuul river, with lots of riding in open grasslands. Before heading over a forested pass, we stop here. . Its a park like setting, an area of mountain meadows with scattered larch trees. We have a favorite spot from where there is a sweeping view down the valley, across the wild pastures and all the way down to the high cliffs below which we often camp earlier on this ride. . While we enjoy the picnic lunch, the horses will all drift a bit further uphill, to a big open area before the terrain becomes steeper and with denser forest. Its a great spot for them too, with a great selection of herbs and grasses, and then to hang out for the rest of the break. . Its one of the spots where its particularly nice to have an after lunch nap, when you drift off for a bit amidst the scent of wildflowers and by the sounds of cuckoos in the trees above. . . . #horsetrekking #trailriding #ridingvacation #ridingholidays #wildflowers #horseriding #horses #meadows #wildflowers #larch #trees #forest #lunch #lunchbreak #summer #summerriding #mongolia #travelmore #adventuretravel #ridingadventures #nature #naturelover #wilderness #camping #wildernesstravel #nationalparks #protectedareas #grasslands #flowers #scent #scentofwildflowers
Basketball in the Gobi. True dedication - and perhaps one of the loneliest basketball hoops?
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Traveling way South in Mongolia's Southgobi Province last December, we came past this basketball hoop, its wooden backboard with yellow lettering contrasting against the blue sky.
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Basketball is very popular in Mongolia, and there are home made hoops to be found all over the country side. And in the summertime, it is not uncommon to see some youngsters shooting hoops, while their horses and motorbikes are parked nearby..
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This hoop though must be really one of the more remote ones. And it has not only the acronym for the Mongolian National Basketball Association painted on it, but also
Basketball in the Gobi. True dedication - and perhaps one of the loneliest basketball hoops? . Traveling way South in Mongolia's Southgobi Province last December, we came past this basketball hoop, its wooden backboard with yellow lettering contrasting against the blue sky. . Basketball is very popular in Mongolia, and there are home made hoops to be found all over the country side. And in the summertime, it is not uncommon to see some youngsters shooting hoops, while their horses and motorbikes are parked nearby.. . This hoop though must be really one of the more remote ones. And it has not only the acronym for the Mongolian National Basketball Association painted on it, but also "Jordan". . There was a winter camp of a nomadic herder family not too far from here, and I am sure there are occasions when great matches take place out here. . It would not be surprising either to see any international basketball match on TV at the herder's camp. Nearly all herder households today have a TV set and satellite dish, powered by a solar panel - part of a package along with battery and lights that are widely distributed and sold with government subsidy. . A very important and successful means to improve access to information for herders. They live remote and make their seasonal moves, but people down here are very much connected to and part of the modern world. . . And in the capital city, the basketball hoops are, like the sportshalls, state of the art, and see both national and international competitions. Check out the MNBA and their teams..Perhaps one of their "super league" players started out down here.. . . . #gobi #desert #adventuretravel #hoops #basketball #basketballhoop #shootinghoops #jordan #michaeljordan #mnba #nba #mongolia #southgobi #nomadic #herders #campsite #camping #travelmore #remote #match #adventure #bluesky
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

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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.