Adventures, not tours.
No hotels, no hot showers, no tourism, just fantastic riding and hiking, and fascinating culture in an untouched corner of the world!
30th July 2020: Mongolian borders remains closed. The prime minister has been quoted as saying the country will maintain strict coronavirus regulations until a vaccine is found. This may mean the border remains closed for months to come. Infection rates remain very low, with no deaths recorded.
The risk of infection is still high because of rocketing cases in neighboring countries - China, Russia and Kazakhstan. The decision of the State Emergency Commission is for the border to remain shut until further notice. But the schools and universities are to start opening in Sept and Oct, so that's a step forward.
Kazakhstan borders remain closed. Visa-free travel continues to be suspended through to November. Infection rates continue to climb.
Russian borders are effectively closed. Infection rates continue to climb.
As of 18th March 2020, we have introduced a new flexible cancellation policy. If you have already paid a deposit, you may either request a full refund, or a 110% credit toward a future trip. Details here>>
Zavkhan Trekking is a Mongolian-New Zealand partnership, offering you the opportunity to get far off the beaten track and explore Mongolia and Kazakhstan, and beyond, in the most authentic way possible - by horse. If you are an experienced rider, you will love the local horses and the unparalleled riding country. If you are not a rider, but an adventurous traveller who wants to experience Mongolia or Kazakhstan by horse, then you are also in the right place.
Check out our special discounts for early bookings (before February 2020) and for returning riders. Details below.
Top 6 reasons to experience Mongolia or Kazakhstan with Zavkhan Trekking:
- Small group travel - team up with adventurous travellers just like you (max group size ten people for our riding trips).
- Fantastic riding - to really experience this region the best way is on horseback, and these are the world's best horses! Don't worry if you're not a rider.
- Off the beaten track - come adventuring with us to remote areas where tourism is yet to reach.
- Unspoilt culture - our local team will immerse you in their fascinating nomadic lifestyle.
- Safety - when we say remote we mean really remote, so your safety and enjoyment while riding with Zavkhan Trekking is our priority.
- Experience - 2020 will be our 16th year of running treks in this part of the world, so you can trust our team to give you a truly memorable adventure.
If the thought of riding off over the horizon on a horse doesn't fill you with joy, perhaps a ground-based hiking trip will be more to your liking. Ask us what we can do.
If you've already experienced Mongolia with us then how about joining us on a trek in Kazakhstan. Don't know anything about the place? Trust us, it's an undiscovered trekking paradise!
Contact us now to talk about your ultimate riding adventure.
Celebrating 16 years of adventuring in 2020!
Zavkhan Trekking has spent the last 16 years building up our trekking routes and relationships with the local people (we don't like to rush things). We can now safely say we are leaders in arranging unforgettable horse riding and hiking adventures in Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
Small-group horse riding and hiking adventures in Mongolia and Kazakhstan
We trek in two of the least visited regions of Mongolia: Zavkhan, and the Altai Mountains. These are challenging areas to reach and to travel in, which is why there has been almost no tourism development. But if you are prepared to camp out under the stars, to cook over an open fire, and ride wherever the trail may take you, then let's go!
Since 2015 we have been discovering the wonders of eastern Kazakhstan. Geographically just over the hill, and culturally linked to the people of western Mongolia, it really is a world away in terms of the landscape. Think dense forests, high mountains and lush pastures up to your horse's belly. And best of all almost no one else goes there!
Our treks are not your typical organised group tour. We call our trip-style 'non-itinerised', which means that once we set off, we don't follow the same old routes, allowing us to make the most of whatever adventures may come our way. Our trips are not for everyone - if you're not sure you will enjoy this style of travel please talk to us.
It's not just the great riding and hiking, but also the people and their fascinating culture that makes this part of the world so special. We strongly believe that they should benefit from your visit, and we are working toward a long-term relationship with local nomadic families. In the Altai we are establishing a community garden project as a way of saying thanks for letting us visit. By keeping our groups small (max 10 people), we also hope to minimise our impact on the environment.
We look forward to riding with you in Mongolia, Kazakhstan, or Russia in 2020!
Book before the end of January 2020, for our 2020 season, and receive a 5% early booking discount (only your deposit is required by January). Our friends in Mongolia and Kazakhstan are not full-time tourism industry professionals, they are local herders, rangers, and countryside folk - giving them plenty of time to plan around their seasonal activities is helpful.
If you’ve been on a trek with us before, and would like to come back and ride with us again, we now have a 10% Mates Rate discount. One of the major reasons our trips work so well is that they attract interesting, adventurous people like you. We know that if you are keen to come and ride with us again (another country, another part of Mongolia), you are definitely the sort of person we like to have on our trips!