Discover the Heart of Mongolia’s Wilderness

At Stone Horse, we have 30+ years’ experience in wilderness guiding and conservation, our own back country horses, and close ties to local communities in Mongolia.

Our small group expeditions are unique, low impact back country adventures. They combine cultural and wilderness experiences in some of the most outstanding scenery in the country.

As our guest, you enjoy fully supported horseback riding in Mongolia – scenic campsites, good food, quality expedition gear, and your horse matched to your riding level. What this means and why it matters..

Discover the Heart of Mongolia's Wilderness
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A beautiful wild river..
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This is the Khongor River, looking downstream from where we cross it on our wilderness horseback expedition into Mongolia's Khentii mountains.
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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.
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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.
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Bogs with green sedges dominate the valley bottom, elder and willow brush covers the lower slopes, and then transitions to pine forest.
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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.
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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.
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Khongor River translates into the Honey-colored river, its name derived from the beautiful color of the sand.
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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.
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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..
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The Camel Festival on March 6 - 7 in Mongolia's South Gobi province has become a local tradition that is attracting ever more spectators.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Summer riding adventures..
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This is quite a typical image of our summer horse treks in Mongolia's Gorkhi Terelj National Park .
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Green grasslands, blue sky, granite rock formations and larch trees. And of course, humans, equines and canines traveling together - exploring, enjoying a run, and taking nice long picnic breaks.
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This is at a highpoint where we often stop for lunch, after an exhilarating gallop uphill for those who like. In the shade of a granite wall, we eat and then everybody finds a nice spot for a nap.
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The horses will first stand in the breeze for a bit, and at some point make their way into the cool forest below to the North. There is a bit of seepage, and a wetland with lush green, sheltered by a dense stand of young larch trees. A nice quiet, cool place to hide on a hot summer day.
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From the highpoint there a great views onto the grasslands below and across to more ridges and onto the high barren mountain tops. Way to the North is the pass we cross over on our longer wilderness rides into the Khentii mountains.
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We often see eagles and other birds of prey circling above, a kite may come by, look closer and check out whats there.
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The ground up here is of weathered granite, with the grass a bit sparce on the exposed heights. Flowers, like red lilies will even stand out more against this background of earth and green, and a brilliant blue sky.
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Those who have traveled with us of course will recognise the famous canine in the foreground - Stinky, the veteran of many Stone Horse Expeditions!
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Summer riding adventures.. . This is quite a typical image of our summer horse treks in Mongolia's Gorkhi Terelj National Park . . Green grasslands, blue sky, granite rock formations and larch trees. And of course, humans, equines and canines traveling together - exploring, enjoying a run, and taking nice long picnic breaks. . This is at a highpoint where we often stop for lunch, after an exhilarating gallop uphill for those who like. In the shade of a granite wall, we eat and then everybody finds a nice spot for a nap. . The horses will first stand in the breeze for a bit, and at some point make their way into the cool forest below to the North. There is a bit of seepage, and a wetland with lush green, sheltered by a dense stand of young larch trees. A nice quiet, cool place to hide on a hot summer day. . From the highpoint there a great views onto the grasslands below and across to more ridges and onto the high barren mountain tops. Way to the North is the pass we cross over on our longer wilderness rides into the Khentii mountains. . We often see eagles and other birds of prey circling above, a kite may come by, look closer and check out whats there. . The ground up here is of weathered granite, with the grass a bit sparce on the exposed heights. Flowers, like red lilies will even stand out more against this background of earth and green, and a brilliant blue sky. . Those who have traveled with us of course will recognise the famous canine in the foreground - Stinky, the veteran of many Stone Horse Expeditions! . #summerriding #ridingholidaysinmongolia #horsetrekkinginmongolia #humansandequines #humansandcanines #exploringonhorseback #adventureriding #mongolianhorses #nationalparks #grasslands #blyeskyriding #greengrassbluesky #horsesanddogs #birdsinthesky #coolforests #larchtrees #rockformations #ridingvacations #ridingholidays #equestrianvacations #equestriansofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #horsebacktravel #wanderreiten
Autumn riding at its best..
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It was late September as we left the Tuul River. Our camp had been a bit downriver from our usual spot, on the leeward side of a thicket to shelter from a cold wind that was blowing down the valley. The river was still running high, its clear waters rushing past the steep bank just a foot below the grassy surface of our camp site.
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It was a beautiful place, with good grazing and tall poplar trees. Their fallen foliage created that familiar autumn smell - cold air filled with the tangy taste of earth and dry leaves, and with the knowledge of colder times to come.
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We were equipped for nights below freezing, with triple layered sleeping bags, and wood stoves for kitchen and dining tents. In the mornings, tents would be twinkling with ice crystals in the first sun, and frozen zippers hard to open. The group tent, heated and with hot drinks, is a popular place then to make a dash for.
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The day before leaving, we rode North, into a landscape with all the scenic hallmarks of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Wide open valleys, forest clad slopes, and the heights crowned with granite rock formations. Now, the golden larch forest and the soft tones of the grasses made this land even more appealing.
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From a high point we watched a snowstorm approaching. White veils were engulfing the granite tops to the North, and moving ever closer. Already it was late afternoon and colder, and soon we felt the first touch of the storm like a cold bite. Yet we stayed and watched. Goosebumps were as much from the cold as from the beauty of nature mesmerizing us.
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We finally got on our horses. Trying to outride the storm, horses and riders were keen to make distance. The horses moved, as they can! And by the time we reached the Tuul Valley, horses and riders had worked up a sweat from a long trot and a final canter home, to a warm camp. The horses took to grazing, as if nothing had happened..
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#ridinginautumn #rideawayfromthestorm #outriding #mongolianhorses #autumnsun #belowfreezing #campingadventures #ridinginmongolia #snowstorm #wildriversrunninghigh #poplartrees #smellingautumnleaves #autumnlandscapes
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Autumn riding at its best.. . It was late September as we left the Tuul River. Our camp had been a bit downriver from our usual spot, on the leeward side of a thicket to shelter from a cold wind that was blowing down the valley. The river was still running high, its clear waters rushing past the steep bank just a foot below the grassy surface of our camp site. . It was a beautiful place, with good grazing and tall poplar trees. Their fallen foliage created that familiar autumn smell - cold air filled with the tangy taste of earth and dry leaves, and with the knowledge of colder times to come. . We were equipped for nights below freezing, with triple layered sleeping bags, and wood stoves for kitchen and dining tents. In the mornings, tents would be twinkling with ice crystals in the first sun, and frozen zippers hard to open. The group tent, heated and with hot drinks, is a popular place then to make a dash for. . The day before leaving, we rode North, into a landscape with all the scenic hallmarks of Gorkhi Terelj National Park. Wide open valleys, forest clad slopes, and the heights crowned with granite rock formations. Now, the golden larch forest and the soft tones of the grasses made this land even more appealing. . From a high point we watched a snowstorm approaching. White veils were engulfing the granite tops to the North, and moving ever closer. Already it was late afternoon and colder, and soon we felt the first touch of the storm like a cold bite. Yet we stayed and watched. Goosebumps were as much from the cold as from the beauty of nature mesmerizing us. . We finally got on our horses. Trying to outride the storm, horses and riders were keen to make distance. The horses moved, as they can! And by the time we reached the Tuul Valley, horses and riders had worked up a sweat from a long trot and a final canter home, to a warm camp. The horses took to grazing, as if nothing had happened.. . #ridinginautumn #rideawayfromthestorm #outriding #mongolianhorses #autumnsun #belowfreezing #campingadventures #ridinginmongolia #snowstorm #wildriversrunninghigh #poplartrees #smellingautumnleaves #autumnlandscapes #stonehorseexpeditions #ridingadventuresinmongolia #
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At the "Flaming Cliffs" - not only dinosaurs.. . Baynzag, often referred to as "Flaming Cliffs", is one of the iconic sites in the Gobi that most travelers in Mongolia will visit to see the great rock formations that yielded world famous dinosaur fossils. . While this is one of the world's most significant paleontological sites where dinosaur eggs and a skull of Protoceratops were first found, one should not miss the living reptiles in this ecosystem today. . Take time to explore in the ravines that erosion has carved into the red rock plateaus, or take a walk along the lower slopes of the cliffs where some desert vegetation is growing. Here you will find several species of today's reptile class, though much smaller than their big and famous dinosaur relatives of the Cretaceous age. . The most common one is the Variegated Toadhead Agama (Phrynocephalus versicolor). It's great to watch it, though you might suddenly lose sight of this little lizard as it blends in perfectly with the sand and gravel in the background. It is very photogenic, and often will stop and remain motionless, giving you plenty of time to focus and take photographs. . It is really worthwhile to take enough time at the Flaming Cliffs, to appreciate the views of the landscape from the top, but also to saunter around to notice the plant and small animal life here. . Paleontological research is ongoing at Baynzag and at other sites in the Gobi, by Mongolian researchers and in collaboration with international scientists. A Baynzag Park and visitor center are being planned to protect this important site and educate visitors about its significance for our understanding of the evolution of reptiles and birds. . The site was named Flaming Cliffs by Roy Chapman Andrews, leader of several expeditions by the American Museum of Natural History in the early twentieth century. These expeditions were documented in now legendary film footage, including that of Dodge motor cars making their way through the Gobi desert. . #gobi #dinosaurs #fossils #reptiles #mongolia #exploremore #desertlife #desertanimals #travelinmongolia #gobiadventures #agama #nature #desert #macrophotography #noticelife #pastandpresent