Hustai National Park is one of the protected areas in Mongolia – a huge expanse of grassland steppes and surrounded by rounded hills. The absolute highlight of the park are the rare species Przewalski’s wild horses – the Mongolians call it Takhi. They were reintroduced to the park in the 90’s and today there are over 220 takhi in the park. Hustai is the only place in the world where these horses live in the wild. The best time to see them is in the evening. The horses hide out high in the hills during the day, but in the evening they come down to the Tuul River which runs through the park.
I spent the night at a tourist camp and got to sleep in a traditional Mongolian home called “ger” 🛖 located right at the entrance of the park. Before the trip, I was a bit worried about sleeping in a camp but it turned out to be quite comfortable. The ger is well furnished, heated and has proper beds with blankets. Each ger is shared with up to 2 or 3 other people. Shared bathroom facilities are just around the corner – clean and equipped with hot showers.
Hustai National Park is about 2 hours drive from Ulaanbaatar (the paved yet bumpy road), which was an unique experience to see mountainous landscapes during the journey. Eventually, I got what I wanted in terms of seeing wild horses and spending the night in a ger. A visit to Hustai National Park is well worth the trip!