Mongolian Steppe Adventure

Day 1 Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, we meet at the hotel for a trip briefing and later take a tour around the Mongolian capital. The highlight is the Gandan Monastery, housing the the Megzhid Janraisig, a massive 80-ft tall gold-plated Buddha image. Other attractions include the central Sukhbaatar Square, which features an equestrian statue of Damdin Sükhbaatar, a leader of Mongolia's 1921 revolution, and the Natural History Museum with its dinosaur skeletons. We meet up for a Mongolian dinner before resting for an early start the next day.

Bayangol Hotel
Dinner

Day 2 Ulaanbaatar – Janchivlan – Shohoi Tsagaan

We rise early and transfer from the capital on tarmac road to the start of our adventure. Mounting our bikes, we ride up to a small pass where three water catchments meet. The challenge awaits us in the very last part of the ride as the climb, although short, is quite steep – 1,930 m – and sure to get you out of the saddle! However, the reward is a swooping downhill followed by a gradual ascent across open steppe grassland to stay the night in a tented camp adjacent to the Tuul River.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km

Day 3 Shohoi Tsagaan – Zuun Bayan

We have another adventurous ride ahead of us today, although with less overall ascents. We cycle past occasional encampments of traditional felt-walled tents of herders and their large flocks of sheep and goats, and, on occasions, horses. High up at a major pass at 1887 m, we are rewarded with exhilarating panoramic views before enjoying a swift downhill alongside a stream. Here the track is a bit rocky with small river rocks, and, as we’ll be doing some small stream crossings today, so be prepared to get your feet wet. Then, we call it a day at a cosy riverside camp after crossing the Tuul River. This is a gateway to the Khan Khenty, a spectacular land of wooded mountains that mark the southern edge of the Siberian Taiga.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 60km

Day 4 Zuun Bayan – Sutsadav

We switch to trekking along the Sutsadav Ridge, with spectacular views of vast valleys with serene countryside and lush forests covering the hillsides in every direction we look. Winding our way on single trails made by wild animals and local herding horsemen, we climb to altitudes ranging from 1,600 -1,900 m. Up on the high point embraced by beautiful granite boulders and wildflowers, we stop for one of the most scenic snack breaks ever and descend to lunch and camp at the foothill of the 2,656-m Altan Olgii Mountain, which is our next day's challenge.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 11km

Day 5 Altan Olgii Moutain

We tackle the most rewarding challenge of the tour by climbing Altan Olgii Mountain, on the edge of the pristine Siberian Range. The last frontier of human habitation, it is covered in dense woods and home to abundant wildlife, such as bears, wolves, deer, and sables, to name just a few, and, at 2,600 m above sea level, will blow us away with the endless sea of mountains and forests. We return to our camp for dinner and a well-deserved rest after the memorable seven-hour trekking adventure.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 26km

Day 6 Altan Olgii Moutain – Tuul River

We switch mode again, this time to a time-honoured local tradition and trek on Mongolian horses to the confluence of the Tuul and Terelj Rivers. Though small in stature, these horses have roamed the country for centuries and even outnumber the human population! Our stocky buddies are trained in a way quite different from those in the West and respond to a different set of commands and behaviour from the rider. But don't worry, our local riding guides will instruct and accompany you when riding to ensure your safety. In addition, the terrain is flat, allowing you to enjoy a good riding pace all the way to our last night in a tented camp, where you might be lucky to sample horse milk and cheese during dinner.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 35km

Day 7 Tuul River – Yolt Pass

We ride our horses downstream along the scenic Tuul River and continue beyond its confluence with the Terelj River before wading the latter. Once across the Terelj, we enter Terelj National Park, a spectacular bowl of wooded mountains and interesting-looking granite formations such as the “Turtle Rock” and the “Praying Lama Rock.” For the night, we settle in a Mongolian camp that comprises of traditional felt-covered gers, or yurts.

Ger Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 26km

Day 8 Yolt Pass – Ulaanbaatar

After breakfast, we transfer back to Ulaanbaatar. Then you are free to explore the capital or relax after the long journey. We gather again in the evening for a farewell dinner made complemented by a fascinating Mongolian folk concert.

Banyagol Hotel
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Ulaanbaatar

Spend more time exploring Mongolia or catch your onward flight.

Breakfast