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!
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 unparalled 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.
We are now accepting bookings for 2019. Let us know which of our trips takes your fancy!
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 - 2019 will mark the 15th 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 15 years of adventuring in 2019!
Zavkhan Trekking has spent the last 15 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.