Mongolia

Mongolia

Gobi - Khangai | EXPEDITION

TRIP SUMMARY

Get on your bike and escape into the vast steppe in the land of Genghis Khan on our Mongolia mountain bike tour and adventure. Share in true Mongolia hospitality as we experience the traditional nomadic lifestyle, sleep in ger's and witness untouched wilderness riding from the Gobi to the central Khangai region.

THE EXPERIENCE

This trip is about you and your bike, riding, feeling like you are the only person on the planet. Leave behind the craziness, the busyness and become part of
traditional Mongolian nomadic life, share in the
unique hospitality and culture of it’s people.
Experience the Gobi desert in the South to mountainous Khangai region in the central North as we ride through one of the world’s most beautiful adventure destinations.

THE RIDE

A 408km guided Mongolia mountain bike tour and adventure through the land of Genghis Khan. After gathering in Ulaanbaatar and a short flight south to Dalanzadgad, we start our journey heading north from the Gobi desert toward the Khangai mountains. Daily rides are between 40 – 70km with moderate elevation gain on good route conditions. Entering the mountains will have us climb to beautiful views and reward with downhills via the passes.

EXPEDITION DETAILS

Dates:

14 – 23 June 2018

Duration:

10 Days | 9 Nights

Start Location:

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

End Location:

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Approximate Distance:

408 km

Group Size:

6 - 12 Riders

Skill Level:

Level 2 Fitness
Level 1 Technical
Level 2 Adventure

Style:

Cross Country

Land Cost:

$ 3560 / per person

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HIGHLIGHTS & LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES:

Mongolia, one of the last true adventure wilderness destinations
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Bike Mongolia from the Gobi in the south to the Khangai in the central north

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Experience the Nadaam festival as we time our ride to see these traditional festivities
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Ride in Gobi Gurvan Siakhan and Khangai Nuruu National parks
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Leave the craziness behind as you adventure travel breathtaking steppe
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Meet local families, ride their horses & experience their unique nomadic life
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Sleep in a traditional ger and enjoy true Mongoli hospitality
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Relax and soak in the hot springs of Tsenkher after your days ride
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See the remains of Karakorum, the once ancient Capital

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Ride your bike feeling like you are the only person on the planet
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Mongolia, also known as the People’s republic of Mongolia is landlocked between two world powerhouses, Russia to the North and China to the South.

The once called Mongol Empire reigned by Genghis Khan is today the 18th largest country in the world with a population of only 3 million people. It’s a place where old meets new. From modern democratic cities to the historic nomadic lives on the rural steppe.

It’s this rugged wilderness with its mountains, spectacular countryside, vast steppes, clear lakes abundant wildlife and livestock that makes Mongolia so appealing to the true adventure traveler.

Day

1

Arrival Ulaanbaatar

Description:

We gather in the Mongolian, capital city of Ulaanbaatar (also spelt ‘Ulan Bator’). Our team will meet us at the airport for our transfer to the hotel. After settling in and a short rest we embark on a short city tour in the afternoon. Highlights include the Gandan Monastery, with its huge gold-plated Buddha, central Sukhbaatar Square and the National History Museum. In the evening we meet for a welcome dinner and talk about what we can expect on the adventure ahead.

Day

2

Ulaanbaatar > Flaming Cliffs (Bayanzag)

Today’s Ride:

Today’s Ride: 48 km / gain 500m / breakfast , lunch, dinner / ger

Description:

Our day starts with an early transport to the airport for our approximate 1 hour 20min domestic flight that takes us to Dalanzadgad, the base for Gobi Desert travellers. Our expedition vehicle and support team will be waiting on our arrival. From here we’ll be transferred to the expedition starting point arriving around lunchtime. Its kick off as we get the wheels rolling and ride to the Gobi Mirage cozy ger camp. After dinner at the ger camp, we jump on a bus & drive to Flaming Red Cliffs, also known as Bayanzag. This area is known for its strange, spongy-wooded saxaul trees, dinosaur fossils, and most of all its huge sandstone cliffs. These magnificent cliffs which blaze red at sunset is a must see.

Day

3

Flaming Cliffs > Gegeet Valley

Today’s Ride:

80 km / gain 1100m / breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent

Description:

Our ride begins with a steady climb into the Gegeet Valley situated in the Gurvan Saikhan National park. This can be quite a hard day as the riding surface is often corrugated or very sandy. We overnight in the desert on an elevated plateau offering amazing views over the sand dunes.

Day

4

Gegeet Valley > Khongoriin Els

Today’s Ride:

50 km / elevation gain 400m / ger

Description:

A good breakfast fuels us before the ride to Khongoriin Els, Mongolia’s most spectacular sand dunes stretching over 180 km, with the tallest reaching 200m. On a windy day the distant propeller hum can be heard from the dunes, hence they are locally known as the Singing Dunes. In the late afternoon we take a short drive to a beautiful sand dune. Climbing to the top of this dune and looking over the vast Gobi desert as the sun sets is a memorable experience. Tonight’s dinner is served in the ger camps restaurant offering an open air terrace with beautiful views at sunset and ideal for star gazing.

Day

5

Khongorlin Els > Gun Nuur Lake

Today’s Ride:

280km transfer / breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent

Description:

This morning we’ll drive to Gun nuur lake. A tiny lake located between the Gobi and the central Mongolian mountains. We stop on the way at Mount Tevsh, an extinct volcano that shelters bronze age petroglyphs and a large group of burial mounds of similar age. Large groups of Neolithic rock carvings can be be discovered and explored in this area.

Day

6

Elteres King Monument

Today’s Ride:

75km / breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent

Description:

Today we bike to historic monument of King Elteres. Stone statues from the to Tureg dynasty in 7-8th century. We continue riding along Muruin river valley all the way to the Muruin Pass. This point marks the significant change in the landscape changing from Gobi desert to steppe characteristic with its forests, wide open green valleys and fresh water rivers. The Muruin valley is a beautiful valley along the river. Here we will encounter nomadic families and their livestock.

Day

7

Khuirt

Today’s Ride:

80km / breakfast, lunch, dinner / tent

Description:

We start the first half of the day by riding down the valley of the Ongi river. This marks the start of the Khangai Mountain Range and extend all the way to the Gobi region. The Ongi river is of great importance and conservation value to the ecosystem of the Gobi region. After lunch we continue our ride by climbing the 1st of 3 passes for the day. Reaching the top we are rewarded with picturesque scenery of the steppe landscape changing from semi forest and high mountain to forests, wild flowers and green open valleys. We tent for the night at the foothills of the third pass.

Day

8

Karakorum

Today’s Ride:

75 km / breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger

Description:

Today’s biking promises to be an exciting one as we head eastwards along the Orkhon river to Karakorum. The second son of Chinggis Khan built Karakorum the then capital of the Mongol Empire in the early 13th century. The passes are behind us with most of our route being downhill. After reaching our ger camp we visit Karakorum. It was demolished by invading Chinese Min Dynasty troops in late 14th century. Our last stop is the new Karakorum museum. This is a fantastic collection of artefacts and of historical data that has continually been replenished by new findings and discoveries. We return to our ger camp for a shower and well deserved dinner.

Day

9

Transfer to Ulaanbaatar

Today’s Ride:

6 hour transfer / breakfast, lunch, dinner / Hotel

Description:

After breakfast we enjoy the last part of our journey overland as we transfer 6 hours back to Ulaanbaatar. The rest of the day will be free to explore the city or relax before we share our final war stories and memories at the farewell dinner.

Day

10

DEPARTURE

Description:

We head out to the airport, filled with memories of an epic adventure.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • 14 days 13 nights guided Mongolia mountain bike expedition
  • Domestic flight from Ulaanbaatar to Gobi as per day 2 of the itinerary.
  • Airport transfers as per itinerary on day 1, 2 and 14.
  • Support 4 x 4 vehicle and driver
  • 2 Nights 4 star accommodation in Ulaanbaatar
  • 4 Nights accommodation in ger camps (twin & triple)
  • 7 Nights tented accommodation (twin)
  • All meals as indicated on the itinerary, bottled drinking water & snacks, drinks on cycling days (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – from dinner day 1 to breakfast on day 14)
  • Group camping equipment
  • Onbike MTB apparel to the value of $120
  • Qualified & experienced guides
  • Expedition cook and bike mechanic
  • National park entrance fees and riding permits
  • Sightseeing fees as per itinerary

 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • All international flights
  • Alcoholic / Non alcoholic beverages
  • Travel & activity insurance
  • Any cost outside the itinerary.
  • Bike & personal cycling equipment
  • Mountain bike hire
  • Bike specific repair parts
  • Personal camping equipment (sleeping bag & mat)
  • Excess baggage fees on local flight.
  • Gratuities

 

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