Mongolia Wilderness Conservation Adventure
Protecting the Wilderness Destinations we Travel to
Join our annual Mongolia Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure! This is a special, once-a-season expedition – we ride through Gorkhi Terelj National Park and enter the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. Following the Tuul river into its upper reaches, we will explore mountain meadows as we search for rare endangered butterflies, an integral part of wildlife fauna important to a healthy ecosystem and biodiversity of the area. Sightings are recorded and relayed to the relevant Mongolian researchers and protected area planners for monitoring and future decisions about conservation. Our guests will be briefed on what to look for and provided with laminated color sheets of the butterfly species to identify.
Scenic Lakes of the Khentii Mountains
This activity will bring us into some of most beautiful flower filled meadows of the Khentii mountains and have us exploring areas normally not visited on other trips. We’ll also be passing by and spending nights at scenic lakes and riverside campsites. Each year we work with the Khan Khentii Special Protected Area Administration and its rangers to determine conservation activities we will address and actively have our guests participate in. Rangers may or may not accompany us on this trip, depending on their work demands at the time. However, our lead horseman Byamba is a volunteer ranger with the Khentii park authority.
A Fun Trip with a Purpose
For four previous seasons, this horse trek with a purpose has seen us working with rangers of the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area around lake Hagiin Har Nuur in the Khentii wilderness. 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. Still, there is enough time to relax, hike, and enjoy the scenery. In 2017, we explored more tracks on foot around the lake and in the surrounding mountains, placing wildlife cameras and catching great views from higher elevations – panoramas of forest clad mountains, and more lakes to the North.. Read more…
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.
National ENERGY GLOBE Award Mongolia 2017
Our Wilderness Conservation Adventure was awarded the National ENERGY GLOBE Award Mongolia 2017.
With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today’s most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.
Energy Globe’s recognition explains that “The Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure Expedition protects the environmental management of one of the largest wilderness areas in Asia by supporting eco-tourism”. Learn more..
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..