Mountain Biking Mongolia

Price from
US$ 3,150
Duration
13 Days / 12 Nights
Distance
431 km
Tour Code
MNG-ZML
Next departure
26-May-2019
Number of Cycling Days9
Average Distance Per Day: 48
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 650
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2,250 m
Accommodation
Basic
5 Star
Total Cycling Distance431 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: AUD 165 to AUD 193
Single SupplementAUD 207 to AUD 358

All About this Tour

Vast, remote and breathtaking, Mongolia is a country of wild, unspoiled beauty. The land of Genghis Khan, Mongolia rose under this extraordinary leader to become the largest land empire in global history. Today, modern Mongolia is divided between the bustle of its cities and the nomadic lifestyle that still dominates the expansive countryside. Cycle a tour like no other; challenge yourself to overcome rocky trails, soak in ancient ruins, and adventure forth across the barren landscape. This is off-road biking at its truest.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Mongolia! Meet for a trip briefing before a unique show of contortion and throat singing followed by a traditional dinner.

Day 2

We transfer across vast open steppes to the "little Gobi", where we explore the hilly steppes, impressive granite formations, and extensive sand dunes. Go for a dune walk or a camel ride before continuing to Arvaikheer.

Day 3

After a two-hour transfer to the Khangai foothills, we ride through a picturesque region dominated by dome-shaped mountains, mixed woods, clear streams, and lush grassy valleys to our first tented camp.

Day 4

We start biking, ascending along a mountain river before a challenging zigzag up to a 2911-m pass and a breath-taking view. We ride towards the Shargaljuut River valley until we reach our campsite.

Day 5

We ride past herds of yaks and local nomads and descend 200 m to a lunch spot on the top of the Khebel Pass. We take on a grassy track all the way to the top of Morin Pass, followed by a swift downhill.

Day 6

Ride towards Oromtiin Pass and prepare yourself for a challenging climb, followed by a fast descent to our riverside lunch spot. Continue to Khukhiin Pass where we're faced with a short but vertical 2,800-m climb before enjoying an exhilarating downhill all the way to the camp site.

Day 7

Ride along a river that flows into the Gobi Desert. We transfer across the main water divide of the Khangai range, where we bring out the bikes again and descend to our overnight campsite by the river.

Day 8

Leaving the valley, we take on a series of short but steep passes with excellent descents to more smooth ground. Your last descent takes you to Bulgan and then the South Tamir River.

Day 9

We ride to Tsenkher River, famous for its hot spring baths, where we enjoy a well-deserved soak.

Day 10

A challenging yet pleasurable day of cycling where we gain the most elevation of the entire trip at 1,250 m. We ride on to the Orkhon River valley, often referred to as the cradle of Mongolian civilization.

Day 11

We start our final day of cycling by riding along the Orkhon river to Karakorum. Visit the monastery museum of Erdene Zuu and the new Karakorum museum.

Day 12

After breakfast, we drive to Ulannbaatar, and the rest of the day will be free to explore the city or to just rest before dinner.

Day 13

Reflect on all that you witnessed and experienced in this amazing country as you prepare for your onward journey.

Elevation Profiles

Day 3 - Arvaikheer - SE Khangai Foothills Ride 40km. +824m / -533m.
Day 3 - Arvaikheer - SE Khangai Foothills Ride 40km. +824m / -533m.

Reviews

Wonderful and challenging ride through 'The Land of Khans'. Loved the river crossings. You truly experienced the Mongolian outback. The support staff was excellent - great guides, delicious food, camp set-ups & drivers.

Doris Falls GrablewskiJuly 2018

The Mongolian Expedition crew was fabulous and added so much to the trip experience. Helpful, always there when needed, amazing speed at setting up camp or just for lunch stop. Friendly and fun. Loved the evening of skits and song they presented one night. Amazing drivers in extreme road conditions! Got a much more intimate feeling for the Mongolian people than if I had gone on a tour run by outside company.

Jean PetersJuly 2018

It could be very challenging to carry out a tour in a location like Mongolia that lacks the usual tourist infrastructure. However, from the time I signed up, to the final celebratory dinner, Spice Roads provided assistance and support for every aspect. Bow, in the Bangkok office, answered all our questions in a timely manner. Daniel did a splendid job coordinating the actual biking with Mongolian Expeditions and rode the whole route with us. We had a wonderful experience observing the nomadic lifestyle from the saddle of a mountain bike, and also enjoyed visiting the entirely different world of the capital city.

Susan DubuissonJuly 2018

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