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Zavkhan Trekking

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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About Zavkhan Trekking
Zavkhan Trekking offers day treks, and longer, to Mongolia's remotest areas, traveling by horse-back. Our treks are aimed at people who specifically wish to avoid the main tourist areas and get well off the beaten track. For intrepid travelers who know that the best way to experience Mongolia is by horse.
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Explore the steppe and forested valleys of remote Zavkhan Province in Central Mongolia by horse. Your local guide will introduce you to Mongolia's fascinating traditional nomadic culture as your trusty horse carries you through this rarely visited region. This 17-day trip is perfect for travelers who wish to get off the beaten track and have a truly authentic experience of the country. You don't need to be an experienced rider, but you do need to be fit and active and prepared for a challenge, not a holiday.
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JuliaHubbel wrote a review Nov 2019
Eugene, Oregon778 contributions355 helpful votes
Jen Buttery, who is the operations manager (and my guide on my first trip with them to Kazakhstan in 2017) planned and organized a full month in Mongolia as a private custom trip. This entailed a lengthy drive through the Gobi where we camped on the open steppes, climbed sand dunes and visited camel families. She arranged for me to interview a number of fascinating women who are running their own businesses (I'm a journalist) and then, I flew west. I stayed with two different families, one in a ger where I was able to herd sheep and goats as well as immerse myself in family life. Then to a huntress' farm, where I spent days doing chores and playing with their baby camel Gogo. We topped off the trip with two days at the Eagle Festival. I was even able to fit in a few more camel rides and a horse ride. There were some bumps along the way which is predictable for such a long trip, but I came home with priceless memories as well as many new friends. It would be hard to express the value of the experience of living in a ger, waking up to a camel right outside your door, a white guard dog that leaps in circles in joy when you come out into the wind, and being able to go eye-to-eye with a golden eagle who views you as sushi.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Responded 2 Apr 2020
Hello Julia, Thanks so much for the review! We really appreciate working with you, and we hope we can get you back out there in 2020 and beyond :)
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wjen9237 wrote a review Oct 2019
Hong Kong, China12 contributions25 helpful votes
To say that this trip was a once in a lifetime experience would not be an exaggeration! My sister and I went on this trip with high expectations given all the strong testimonials we found on TA; glad to say those reviews were all true! We were impressed by the professionalism and caring of Zavkhan throughout the whole experience. Everything from the website to the very patient and thorough responses from John, Jen, and the Zavkhan team to our endless questions prior to the trip and during the trip made us feel like they had our backs. My sister and I both had experience riding horses before but had pretty much zero camping experience. As they say, as long as you have a good sense of adventure, you will be fine, and we had a lot of fun learning how to camp! This trip is everything that is promised - amazing hardy Mongolian horses that you bond with throughout the trip, really welcoming and friendly local team of wranglers and the opportunities to meet some of the families in the area, stunning landscapes, the most stars I've ever been able to see in my life, and a grand adventure from start to finish. We were also quite lucky in having a great group of people to travel with, and have made friendships that we hope will continue for years to come. Some tips! We went on the late September Altai trip that also went to the Ulgii Eagle Festival. They are not kidding about the cold weather - bring long johns and thermals and lots of layers. There are also extra blankets and hot water bottles available - make sure to ask if you get cold at night! Try your best to stay up and bond with the group and wranglers - one of our regrets was letting the cold drive us to early nights in our tent, and not hanging out more. Special shoutout to our brother from another mother: our translator Hamza, our amazing trip leader Janni (Lansi! Lansi! Lansi!), our very patient head wrangler Muikthan, and all the rest of the team. They were always considerate for our safety and comfort, and made sure we all had loads of fun!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JenButtery, Operations Manager at Zavkhan Trekking
Responded 30 Oct 2019
Hello and thanks so much for the response! It's really helpful to have your details and thoughts out there, and we are really glad (but not surprised, the team is awesome...) that you had such a great experience :) Cheers, -Jen, John, and the ZT Team
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danielhoffre wrote a review Oct 2019
Gothenburg, Sweden1 contribution
Excellent pickup to and from the airport. Staff and food were great, despite some language barriers I had a great time with the local team. I have a hearing aid and ran into some difficulties finding new ones, the team managed to find me enough (in Altai village) to last until I got back to Ulaanbaatar. The group I travelled with were great, with different backgrounds and are spans. I felt that we got along very well and I would definitely go on this or another trip with Zavkhan Trekking again. // Daniel H
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JenButtery, Operations Manager at Zavkhan Trekking
Responded 30 Oct 2019
Hi Daniel, Thanks for your recommendation - hope to see you out there adventuring again! Cheers, -Jen, John, and the ZT Team
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796harrison wrote a review Oct 2019
Ipswich, United Kingdom1 contribution
The most well organised, well prepared and well hosted trip I have ever been on! I loved the authenticity of the trip, the adventure, the horses and the people. I felt so safe and looked after that I could completely relax, take in the really beautiful scenery in the best possible way, and just thoroughly enjoy this amazing trip!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JenButtery, Operations Manager at Zavkhan Trekking
Responded 9 Oct 2019
Hi 796harrison, Thanks so much for the review and recommendation, we appreciate it! Glad you had such a satisfying experience. Best, Jen and the ZT Team
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louisepoirier8 wrote a review Sep 2019
Gatineau, Canada1 contribution
Well organized, safe and fun. More than a trip...an adventure, once in a lifetime. The staff was great (guide, wranglers, drivers and cook). I enjoyed the 3 visits with the inhabitants. We played with the kids. My horse was obedient. No falls, a lot of rides and beautiful weather. I was happy I took lessons to help me feel comfortable on the horse. I just st loved the camping in beautiful sites. I travelled in more than 50 countries in the world and this one is in the three best ever, if not the first!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JenButtery, Operations Manager at Zavkhan Trekking
Responded 24 Sep 2019
Hi Louisepoirier8, Thanks so much for the review, glad you enjoyed Mongolia! Best, Jen and the ZT Team
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