Mongolia Wilderness Conservation Adventure
Protecting the Wilderness Destinations we Travel to
Our horseback expeditions venture into wilderness areas of great scenery. The Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area is important wildlife habitat, holds historic and spiritual sites, and protects the watershed for the nation’s capital city. The lake we travel to lies like a jewel deep in the Khentii Mountains. Visitation is increasing and wilderness values are in need of protection. We work with park authorities to help with that. Protecting the wilderness destinations we travel to is part of our commitment to put responsible travel into practice. Reflecting a core value of Stone Horse Expeditions, its a continuation of our lifelong work in conservation.
A Fund Trip with a Purpose
Join our annual Mongolia Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure! This is a special expedition – as on other trips, we ride through Gorkhi Terelj National Park and enter the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. There, we spend two days at the Black Lichen Lake, a scenic lake deep in the mountains.
Camped at this lake with a sand beach for several days, there will be ample opportunity to relax, swim and explore the beautiful forest surroundings. During the time at the lake, the Stone Horse team works with park rangers who join this special expedition, as part of our contribution to protect the wild places we travel in. Guests have opportunity to join the effort.
It’s a great adventure and at a great time of year for a swim in the lake. With some luck, you’ll see moose grazing at the lake shore at dusk, as we did previously.The horses get a nice break too here and head to their favorite meadows for the days we spend at the lake.
Previous Wilderness Conservation Adventures
In two previous seasons, August 2015 and 2016, this horse trek with a purpose saw us working with rangers of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area around this lake in this great wilderness area. Stone Horse team and guests cleaned up campsites and erected back country toilets – carried in by our pack horses in prefabricated pieces. Rangers worked on signage for waste and camping management at the lake – while everybody also took time to relax, hike, and enjoy the wilderness scenery. Read more…
2017 Conservation Work
The “Wilderness Conservation Adventure” takes place once a season as we continue to work with the administration of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area to improve wilderness conservation and visitor management. In 2017, we plan among other activities, to install wildlife camera’s near the lake to monitor wildlife use, and to place signs and interpretive information boards at campsites.
The Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area
The Khan Khentii wilderness is one of Mongolia’s most treasured parks and enjoys the highest level of formal protection – as a “Strictly Protected Area”. The conservation values of the Khentii Mountains include important ecological functions, outstanding historical and spiritual significance – and inspiring scenic beauty. Learn more..