What To Expect
For mountain biking enthusiasts, Mongolia offers an experience unlike any other. The views of its beautiful valleys from 2,100 meters above sea level will take your breath away. As you pedal through the Khangai Mountain range, you'll encounter wild yaks, sheep, horses and goats as well as the friendly nomads that gather them into herds. Later, you'll ride your bike through ruins from the ancient Mongolian Empire and other points steeped in history. When it's time to cool off, the beautiful Orkhon river and the famed Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall are also on the agenda. This trip is challenging, but those who enjoy an off-road adventure will love it - less than 20 of around 372 total kilometers take place on paved roads!
This trip is recommended for confident and physically fit riders looking for a challenging experience with a lot of off road terrain. At times, the experience may seem demanding, but the rewards for an adventurous spirit are immense and will provide a lifetime of memories once you decide to get on your bike and go! Just over 370 kilometers will be covered in seven and half cycling days on a little bit of everything: dirt roads littered with small rocks, riverbeds, long downhill stretches followed by short steep climbs, compressed earthy terrain and trails that have mainly been used by horses. Those with an adventurous spirit will get the most out of this cycle tour.
Welcome to Mongolia! The day is free until we meet for a trip briefing and then you'll enjoy a unique show of contortion and throat singing followed by a delicious dinner.
(Meals included: Dinner. Accomodation: Bayangol Hotel)
After breakfast, it's time to explore and take a guided tour of Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia's capital is home to many unique sites, including the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the country's last king, and the National Museum of Mongolian History. After lunch the rest of the day is free. We will have an early dinner so you can rest as we have to rise before dawn to catch an early morning flight to Bayankhongor,
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Accomodation: Bayangol Hotel)
We leave the hotel at 04:00 for a 05:30 flight to the town of Bayankhongor, where you'll meet up with your support team which includes a guide, cook and
drivers. After breakfast, it's a two-and-a-half hour drive to the starting point of your bike trip, 2,100 meters above sea level. As you anticipate your epic adventure, enjoy the views of the southern valleys of the Khangai mountain range, an area with over 300 hot and cold mineral springs. This is a great way to rest and acclimate yourself with your new surroundings, before the main event. After a bike fitting we will take a short ride to the nearby springs to prepare for the great days of cycling ahead.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 12 kilometers)
This is the moment you've been waiting for - the start of five days of superb cycling across the Khangai Mountain range, covering just over 240 kilometers! The day begins with a quick breakfast and a gentle ride past herds of yaks and local nomads. The first pass is not too steep but still offers a bit of a challenge. This is followed by a 200 meter descent and a steep climb to a lunch spot on the top of the Khebel pass. Eventually, you will end up at a beautiful camp site by the river.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 39 kilometers)
Same excitement, different day! The first pass is a 2-and-a-half kilometer climb up a grassy track to the top of Morin Davaa, followed by a descent to the valley floor and a gentle climb towards the second pass - Oromtiin Davaa. By the time you get there, you will have to prepare your legs for another long climb, but this one is a bit steeper. A well-deserved lunch will be served by a river. Then it's only 15 kilometers to our overnight campsite, however, it'll be slow going as there are some climbs and the track is rough and rocky as we cross the grassy plains.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 36 kilometers)
Prepare for the day by cycling along the floor of the valley before starting a very short, vertical climb to the top of the Khukhiin Davaa pass. The descent at first is very challenging and rough but it soon smoothes out. Along the valley floor, the route is a rough jeep track that heads west into a large valley that offers some great photographic moments. Then it's an exhilarating 14 kilometer downhill to our lunch spot near a small settlement. On the way down we'll stop at a Ger camp to see true nomadic life. To avoid a rocky and jarring track we'll transfer 70 kilometers (3 hours) to our overnight campsite.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 30 kilometers)
Today is the day you'll experience the main crossing of the Khangai Range. We have three major climbs today, and you'll find the first pass - Khol Sayiin Davaa - small but steep. The descent that follows is rough but a good blast down to the valley floor where we ride on similar roads to lunch. After lunch, the road improves and the topography around the valley becomes much steeper, covered in patches of larch and pine forest. It's a downhill descent, no pedaling required, to our camp at an idyllic spot by the river.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 55 kilometers)
The first 15 kilometers of this ride will be among the best riding conditions so far - hard-packed and fast with beautiful landscapes passing by. Leaving the valley, you'll encounter a series of short but steep passes with excellent descents to
more smooth ground. Your last descent of the day will take you to the settlement of Bulgan and then to the Tsenkher river, famous for its hot spring baths. We take a break from our tents and overnight in gers, a traditional Mongolian felt tent comprised of a thin wooden structure covered with thick sheets of felt.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Mankhan Ger Camp; Ride Distance: 50 kilometers)
This isn't an easy day as there are five passes that vary in length from 2.5 to 11.5 kilometers and we gain the most elevation of the entire trip, 1250 meters. Good news is that the track today is a pleasure as we cover 78 kilometers of smooth, hard, and packed surfaces on your way tot he Orkhon river valley, home of the Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall. This area contains many ancient graves and historical sites and is often referred to as the cradle of Mongolian civilization. We will set up camp on the banks of the Orkhon river.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 78 kilometers)
We saved the best for last! Your final day of cycling promises to be an exciting one with an eastward journey along the Orkhon river to Karakorum - the medieval capital of the Mongolian Empire. There are no major ascents today, just lots of small undulations, and we are losing altitude the entire ride, making it a fast day.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Tented Camp; Ride Distance: 72 kilometers)
Just because your bike has been retired for the duration of this journey doesn't mean that the adventure (and fun) has to stop. Today will find you visiting two amazing national parks, each steeped in history. Karakorum is the country's former capital and still lies in ruins after attacks by the Chinese Ming dynasty troops during the 1380s. Today it is surrounded by massive walls though only a dozen of its original temples still remain today. From there, you'll travel six hours (320 kilometers) to the Khustai National Park, a place where the wild horses of Przewalski were re-introduced after their near extinction in the 1960s. Overnight accommodation will be in the relative luxury of a ger.
(Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; Accomodation: Ger Camp)
It's time to return to Ulaanbaatar! After a quick breakfast you'll drive two hours to Mongolia's capital and take a much deserved rest before gathering for a farewell dinner with your fellow cyclists.
(Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner; Accomodation: Bayangol Hotel)
As you eat your last breakfast in Mongolia and prepare for your return trip home, take the time to reflect on all that you witnessed and experienced in this amazing country.
(Meals included: Breakfast)
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Cycle support by A/C vehicles
All entrance fees to museums, sites mentioned
All water and snacks while riding
All meals mentioned
Alcoholic, and other beverages in the evenings
Tips and gratuities
Children under 18 years old are not allowed to join this tour.
The road surface for this trip is mainly off-road.
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