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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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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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
Alive, happy and on the job..
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Alive, happy and on the job.. . This is "Spot" on his new job as a packhorse, splashing through the clear waters of the Terelj River. . "Spot" and "Lucky" are our newest equine team members, and they did great work on our last few pack trips of the 2018 horse trekking season in Mongolia. . We watched them a lot, and with joy. On their first trip, our horsemen were leading them. But they very quickly took to their jobs, and soon ran free as the rest of our pack horses. On the next trip, they both also served as saddle horses, and again they did well. . Their names were given to them by our young horsemen. And Lucky's name gives away their story. They were both minutes away from being killed for meat, destined for cross border sale. . We bought them on the spot, and later the same day they joined our herd. On the following day, they received a crash course in pack horse work, before setting out with our next trek the next morning. . That's why it has been a special joy to have them with us, and we often looked at them with a smile. We are grateful that they very quickly understood their jobs and did them well. And it seemed they were grateful too. . With winter approaching, they now have a new home, where over 2000 hay bales and a shipping container full of oats have just been delivered for our hardworking horses' winter needs. . #workinghorses #horseswithajob #luckyhorses #spot #lucky #stonehorseexpeditions #hay #oats #winterfeed #mongolia #horseriding #wearetrailriders #welivetoexplore #trailhorses #packtrips #wildernesstravel #rescuehorses #horselife #horseandrider #herd #horsebacktravel #horsetrekking #painthorse #bayhorses #horsecolors #horselovers #horsesofinstagram
Making the sands sing...
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We had arrived in the late afternoon at the Western reaches of
Making the sands sing... . We had arrived in the late afternoon at the Western reaches of "Khongoryn Els", the sand dunes that stretch over 180 kilometers in Mongolia's largest National Park, the "Three Beauties of the Gobi". While their Mongolian name translates to "honey colored sands", the dune complex is also known as the "Singing Sands". . It was the last day of October and a cold wind was blowing. Walking across the lower sands to the high dunes, we encountered sand drifting above the ground. Starting the climb, we began to hear - from somewhere above and beyond - a roaring more like a freight train, increasing with the speed of the whirling wind and subsiding as sand settled in calmer moments. . If it wasn't sand, scaling the steep face of the high dune would be more daunting. In snow and ice it might be a technical climb with ice axe and crampons. And the higher we reached, the steeper and loser was the sand, and the blasting of sand and cold air grew stronger. Definitely not in record time, but we finally reached the sharp edge of the top. A fine, elegant line shaped by the winds. . It was just in time to catch the sun set behind the expanses of sand dunes. The last light of the autumn day bathing the sand slopes in warm colors and bringing out the contrasts of this spectacular landscape. A relief to walk on firm sand here, beyond the sharp edge, on the gentle slopes to the South. We walked a bit along the ridge line, enjoying the calm, the view and the last sun. . The greatest moment however, was yet to come. When we stepped over the fine edge again to begin the descent, it was like we woke a giant. With our stepping onto the steep slope, avalanches began to slide, like tongues of sand, and the sands began to sing! We were immersed in their vibrations. Walking in switchbacks down the sand face, our feet engulfed by downward running sand, surrounded by the humming sound, it felt like we were with a living being. . And of course we were - it just takes special moments like that to make us feel the living earth we belong to. . #sand #singingsands #livingearth #mongolia #gobi #desert #climbing #desertadventures #exploremore #stonehorse @tintinnabulations
Autumn horseback riding in Mongolia.
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It may be colder but there are beautiful rewards in late season riding in Gorkhi Terelj National Park.
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The grasslands and larch forests glow in hues of gold, brown and yellow - the colors most vivid when contrasting with the blue sky.
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We may ride into a cold wind, up to a highpoint, to see the vast expanses of the parks landscapes below us.
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Or we watch a front moving in from the North, driving whirls of snow across the hills and towards us, and we may try to ride away from it, making it back to camp, and to the warmth of a woodstove.
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At our autumn camp sites, the silence at night might be broken by the howling of wolves, or the yelping of their puppies, across the river or from a high ridge above.
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In the morning, there is frost on our sleeping bags from the moisture of our breath. The icy tent zipper is hard to open. The first task is to get the stoves going in the kitchen and breakfast tents.
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In the frosty grass, its easy to see which way the horses have moved out for grazing. The chill will quickly disappear once the sun is high enough for the first rays to reach our campsite.
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Soon, we will be warm, and too warm, as work picks up - preparing breakfast, saddling horses, breaking camp..
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By the time we leave, the sky is blue and the air warm from the autumn sun.
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#autumnriding #autumncolors #wearetrailriders #goldenoctober #horsetrekking #camping #bluesky #mongolia #nationalparks #trailhorses #mongolianhorses #autumnweather #fall #travelmore #adventuretravel #horsebackjourneys
Autumn horseback riding in Mongolia. . It may be colder but there are beautiful rewards in late season riding in Gorkhi Terelj National Park. . The grasslands and larch forests glow in hues of gold, brown and yellow - the colors most vivid when contrasting with the blue sky. . We may ride into a cold wind, up to a highpoint, to see the vast expanses of the parks landscapes below us. . Or we watch a front moving in from the North, driving whirls of snow across the hills and towards us, and we may try to ride away from it, making it back to camp, and to the warmth of a woodstove. . At our autumn camp sites, the silence at night might be broken by the howling of wolves, or the yelping of their puppies, across the river or from a high ridge above. . In the morning, there is frost on our sleeping bags from the moisture of our breath. The icy tent zipper is hard to open. The first task is to get the stoves going in the kitchen and breakfast tents. . In the frosty grass, its easy to see which way the horses have moved out for grazing. The chill will quickly disappear once the sun is high enough for the first rays to reach our campsite. . Soon, we will be warm, and too warm, as work picks up - preparing breakfast, saddling horses, breaking camp.. . By the time we leave, the sky is blue and the air warm from the autumn sun. . #autumnriding #autumncolors #wearetrailriders #goldenoctober #horsetrekking #camping #bluesky #mongolia #nationalparks #trailhorses #mongolianhorses #autumnweather #fall #travelmore #adventuretravel #horsebackjourneys

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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.