Horse trekking is a great way to see the world from a different vantage point and to gain access to amazing places which the regular tourists just don’t get to. From climbing the Inca trail in the saddle to taking part in a horseback safari, there is no end to the adventures you can have on horses.
The difficult part can be choosing where to go and which trek to follow which is why we turned to the staff of Equi Supermarket and they have compiled our selection of the best five horse trek destinations from around the world – why not add them all to your bucket list?
- Machu Picchu – the Inca trail
The Inca Trail in Machu Picchu, Peru, is probably one of the most famous South American routes for climbers and horse riders alike and going up by horseback is certainly a less tiring way to tackle the majestic route.
The historic area features the Inca citadel at the culmination a journey which takes several days. Once there you can choose a day riding around the nearby ruins or go for an awesome 10 day adventure trek in the region.
This is one trek where the journey is as awe-inspiring as the final destination as you will be riding past glacier valleys and riding at over 4,800 metres higher than sea level putting you and your horse into the clouds.
Your trek will take you past many Inca landmarks, forests which sit in the clouds, not to mention the wildlife including llamas and condors. There really is no other horse trek quite like this one in the world.
- New Zealand
The countryside of New Zealand with towering hills and stunning valleys makes the region perfect to explore via horseback and there is a strong equine tradition across both of the two islands – from rodeos to racing with carriages.
There are virtually no restrictions on where you can take your horse either, from the beach to right up into the mountain range and you can see first-hand the dramatic landscapes which formed the backdrop to the Lord of the Rings films.
Why not head to Cape Farewell where you can climb up outcrops up to the famous sandy area which sticks out at the top of the South Island. From the top you can gallop all the way down along the amazing Wharariki beach. Whether you go for a one – two hour scenic trek for beginners to all day adventures for more experienced riders, the scenery in this part of the world is simply incredible.
- South Africa – Horseback Safari
While most might think of traditional safaris as heading out in a jeep, exploring the wildlife of South Africa by horseback is a far more eco-friendly way to do it and you are more likely to get up close and personal with the resident animals on a horse, than in a car.
So if you are looking for an exciting area to trek in, while conscious of your own carbon footprint and impact on the environment, why not try a horseback safari and you could soon find yourself riding alongside buffalos and zebras.
You could be sharing a water hole with elephants and get the chance to take photographs from your saddle of hippos, rhinos and giraffes. The more experienced riders can gallop across the sandy tracks or jump some of the natural landscape obstacles too.
- Cappadocia in Turkey
The name Cappadocia literally means Land of Beautiful Horses and is full of tradition and history when it comes to all things equestrian. It used to be renowned for elite horse breeding and is still a great horse trekking destination.
The land requires careful navigation by the native horses as you will be facing canyons, rocky landscapes and the famous so-called “fairytale chimneys”, as well as plenty of potholes. Whether you want to try a one-hour trek or stay in the mountains for a week, the choice is yours.
If you fancy yourself as a cowboy then Mongolia is the ultimate horse trekking destination for you with its miles of unexplored terrain, nomadic wilderness camps and wild horse herds roaming the area.
Mongolia has a very long and rich tradition of horseback riding including Mongol-style horsemanship which is a unique cultural tradition all of its own. With everything from highlands to the Gobi desert and the chance to ride alongside moose, ibex and wolves, Mongolia really is a destination like no other.
There are many amazing horse trekking destinations in the world to explore, these are just our top five because they provide unique and stunning scenery, amazing landscapes and wildlife and offer the best possible horse trekking experience all round. Whether you are a novice rider or an experienced rider, a horse trek will be a great adventure wherever you end up going.