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Khustai National Park Day Trip
Khustai NP is home to Przewalski's horse and other rare wildlife, and makes a great day trip from Ulaanbaatar.
$175 NZD (per person, based on 2 or more people sharing)
- 1 Jun - 30 Nov 2019 (daily departures)
Khustai (officially Khustai Nuruu National Park) is just a two hour drive from Ulaanbaatar, but a world away from the crowds and traffic of the big city. A highlight for many is the chance to see Przewalski's horse, or takhi, the world's only true wild horse. These magnificent equines became extinct in the wild in the 1960s, but were re-introduced to Mongolia in the 1990s from overseas captive populations. Khustai NP is the only easily accessible area where wild Przewalski's horses can be seen.
Other rare species of wildlife also make their home in the park, including elk, wolves, gazelle and lynx. Hiking is a great way to spot these elusive beasts. The best time to see the horses and other wildlife is in the evening when they come down to water-holes to drink.
Your trip to Khustai starts with a pick-up from your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar (UB) in the morning. Once we find our way past the sprawling suburbs of UB we head west across the endless rolling green steppe for which Mongolia is famous.
Your driver will take you deep in to the park where there are beautiful hiking trails, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Dinner will be served at a local ger camp, leaving enough time to head out to spot game in the evening. Finally you will be driven back to your accommodation in UB.
Overnight trips can also be arranged. This allows you to be in the park at the best times to view wildlife - dusk and dawn.
The itinerary for this trip is flexible and can be tailored as required.
9.00am Depart UB
11.00am-6.00pm Hiking and wildlife spotting
7.00-8.00 Evening wildlife spotting
10.00pm Arrive back in UB
(Staying overnight is also an option)
What is included
- Transport to and from the park, and within the park
- Park entry fee
- Lunch and dinner
- Water and snacks
- The National Park may provide an English-speaking guide