Mongol Derby Delivery Run 2018

The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world. The race is sold out for this year but if you want to experience a horse trek in Mongolia we bring you the Delivery Run.

Hundreds of horses are recruited for the Derby and they are positioned along the course at the 25 horse stations. The final horse station requires a delivery of horses from a different region and the Delivery Run gives you the chance to help deliver those horses and experience horse riding in Mongolia. 

You will ride as a group for 7 days from Terelj National Park on to the Mongol Derby's last horse station.

You will ride for six to seven hours a day at a moderate pace covering around 35 to 40km and herd along a couple of your own remounts. A group of eight riders will deliver at least 15-20 horses, in top condition, to the Mongol Derby's final horse station.  Once the horses have been safely delivered and checked in by the Mongol Derby vet team, your work is done. You’ll make camp nearby, bless and say farewell to your horses, and travel to the Derby finish line. You won't have direct access to the riders, who will be deeply focused on final weigh out and packing of saddle bags, but you can witness the spectacle, the sheer stirring thunder of hooves and flap of gortex as the riders gallop for the horizon.

Throughout the Delivery Run, riders will camp in robust little dome tents (you'll put up your own, this is an adventure tour) You will sleep on inflatable mattresses and eat and sleep with the horses grazing contendedly around the camp. If the weather takes a turn for the worse riders may be put up in a local herder's ger (Mongolian yurt) where you will have a chance to see the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle. The food is rustic but delicious and plentiful and vegetarians can be catered for. You'll be led by an excellent local team who will be taking care of you and the horses.  

In Ulaanbaatar you'll stay in the newly built Holiday Inn hotel. If you want a different hotel or a room to yourself that would be an extra cost. 

Non-riding partners cannot be accommodated on the Delivery Run ride as there are many sections accessible only to horses, or yaks.

*The Mongol Derby Delivery Run is sold and coordinated by The Adventurists and operated by our Mongolian horse-trekking partner. 

The Details

Dates: 5th - 16th August
Price: £2,700 per rider
Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
Riding days: 7
Group size: 10 riders max
Riding skill: Experienced

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Schedule

5th August 2018 - Day 1: 
Fly into Ulaanbaatar (flights not provided). Airport transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour followed by evening concert. Group dinner.  Overnight at the Holiday Inn hotel. Twin rooms unless otherwise specified.

6th August 2018 - Day 2: 
Drive to the beautiful Terelj National Park. Around two hours drive from UB. Once you are at the park you can explore the area after lunch. Later in the evening meet your Mongolian crew members and have a group dinner. 

7th August 2018 -  Day 3: 
The ride begins. You’ll cover approximately 35-40 kms each day, riding and herding as a team and helping to take care of the horses in the evenings to make sure they arrive for the Derby service fit, strong and healthy.

8th - 13th August 2018 - Days 4-9:
You will be riding mountain/forest/valley areas. On the evening of the 13th you will arrive at the last horse station of the Mongol Derby 2018. Handover of horses to your wranglers so they can take them to the race crew. 

14th August 2018 - Day 10: 
In the morning you can see the riders arrive at the last Derby horse station. Then see them on your horses as they sprint away to the finish line. Afterwards, travel to the Mongol Derby 2018 finish line in the afternoon and see the Mongol Derby winners cross the finish line. Followed by party, dance and bonfire. 

15th August 2018 - Day 11: 
After breakfast you will travel back to the city and along the way you will see the Chinggis Khaan statue. You will then check back into the hotel followed by a group dinner. 

16th September 2018 - Day 12: 
Transfer to airport for your journey home.

**The Mongol Derby Delivery Run 2018 Entry Fee does not include flights or international travel to Mongolia