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Biking in the Gobi and Central Mongolia
(9 days)

Private tours available everyday
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$1114
TOUR DESCRIPTION

Are you planning to travel Mongolia? Do you want to have an active, as well as adventurous tour? Nevertheless, you may don't know how to make it active. If so, our “Biking in the Gobi and Central Mongolia Tour” suits you. To take this tour, it doesn't matter if you are an experienced adventure cyclist or an amateur. But cycling on the rough roads requires some ability. This tour designed for people, who want to discover scenic places of the Gobi desert and central Mongolia combining vehicle and bike. Biking as long as 50 km to 60 km is available for experienced and adventure cyclists while amateurs can bike at their liking. A support vehicle will be following you in the distance, and you can get on it if necessary. We selected the trails carefully not to pass high mountains, up mountain passes and cross streams by bike, but few hills. Rough roads biking through the beautiful Mongolian countryside and between beautiful places can be the best choice for people do not like to spend hours sitting in a car. Come and discover Mongolian Gobi on a bike.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Mongolia is a hot destination for the rough roads adventure cyclists
  • Discover both the Gobi and mountain steppe areas at the same time
  • Stay with a nomad family and explore uniqueness of the nomadic life while mingling with the nomads
  • Stay cozy traditional dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Horse, camel riding and Mongolian barbecue
  • Explore ancient monasteries
  • Duration: 8 nights/9 days
  • Tour Grade: Challenging
  • Total distance: 230 km biking, 1065 km driving
  • Group Size: 2 to 16 PAX
  • Available: May 10 - October 1
PLACES VISITED

Baga Gazariin Chuluu granite stone mountains in the Gobi, ruins of Ongi monastery, ancient monastery Erdenezuu in the Orkhon River Valley, experience nomadic life in Elsentasarkhai.

GROUP DEPARTURES

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia

We will welcome you at the airport/railway station. You will take part in a short city sightseeing if the time permits. First, visit Gantantegchilen, one of the biggest active monasteries in Mongolia and a center of Mongolian Buddhism. A 26 m tall gilded deity of Buddha is worth to see. Next, visit Central Square and a museum of your choice. Check the museums. In the evening, attend Mongolian traditional cultural show, which is one of the most interesting, must see things in Ulaanbaatar. (airport 20 km + city driving 15 km)

What’s Included: 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, airport pickup, city sightseeing.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Start the tour to Ar Burd

After breakfast, we will start our countryside tour heading Ar Burd; a scenic area represents Gobi desert and mountain steppes. First, we will drive out of the city. Next, bicycle about 20-30 km or longer on rough roads. Have a picnic lunch on the way. It is the first day to feel wideness and emptiness of Mongolia. We load the bikes on the vehicles when having enough biking and arrive at a ger camp in the vicinity of sand dunes. (30 km biking + 115 km driving)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Driving and biking to Baga Gazariin Chuluu

Baga Gazariin Chuluu is a complex of granite rock mountains towering on the Gobi steppes. Today, we will have 40 km biking. Have picnic lunch and some hiking through the granite stone mountains.(40 km biking + 110 km driving)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Driving and biking to Erdenedalai

Our cycling continues on empty and endless steppes of the Gobi. Biking distance is 40 km. You will feel you are entering into depths of the Gobi. Barren steppes, flocks of sheep, goats, and camels seen in unfamiliar shapes and sizes in the Gobi Mirage will be today’s picture. Have picnic lunch and arrive at a ger camp on the shore of a small river of the Gobi late afternoon.(40 km biking + 100 km driving)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Biking and driving to Ongi Monastery

We start this day with a biking and next drive by car to Ongi monastery. Biking distance is 40 km. There were two separate monasteries built on the north and the south banks of the Ongi River. During the repression of the 1930s, the monasteries destroyed and the monastery ruins covering vast area left in the middle of the Gobi Mountains. Visit the monastery ruins, new and small temple and a ger museum. (40 km biking +115 km driving)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Biking, driving through endless steppes to Kharkhorin

Drive to Saikhan Ovoo town passing some sandy roads. Our bicycling start at Saikhan Ovoo. Today is our last day to bike on wide-open steppes of the Gobi. Arrive in Kharkhorin in the broad valley of the Orkhon River. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Kharakhorum, once was a capital of Genghis Khaan's Great Mongol Empire in the 13th century. After the move of Mongolian capital to Beijing, and fall of the Empire, Kharakorum was abandoned and then destroyed by Manchurian soldiers in 1388. Today, in the vast valley of the Orkhon River, awe-inspiring ancient monastery Erdenezuu coexists with Kharkhorin town. Drive up a hill with a turtle stone dates back 800 years ago and see the views of Mongolian largest monastery Erdenezuu and the Orkhon River valley. (40 km biking + 240 km driving)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Visit Erdenezuu Monastery, biking to Elsentasarkhai and experience nomadic life

In the morning, visit Erdenezuu monastery and see monks' chant. Next, visit the Kharakhorum Museum displays remnants of the ancient city Kharakhorum. We will drive out of the town and take the rough roads for our 40 km biking. There are paved roads and biking on the paved roads is an alternative. We visit a nomad family at Elsentasarkhai and learn first-hand about the nomadic life and ride horses and camels. In the evening, have authentic Mongolian barbecue for dinner.(40 km biking + 50 km driving)

What’s Included: ger camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Driving to Ulaanbaatar

Drive to Ulaanbaatar on paved roads and check in a hotel. Free time to discover the city your own and be refreshed from the long adventures. (280 km driving on paved roads)

What’s Included: 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Departure

We will transfer you to the airport/railway station. (airport 20 km)

What’s Included: airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast

Tour price per person
  • 2-3 PAX
    1629$
  • 4 PAX
    1348$
  • 5 PAX
    1265$
  • 6 PAX
    1175$
  • 7 PAX
    1114$
    (more attractive price for more than 7 PAX)
Discounts:
  • For children of a family trip
  • One free space for every 16 PAX
  • Low season discount:
    5-10%
    (May, September)
  • Please contact us for more trip details.
The tour includes:
  • 2 nights in a 3* hotel (Double/twin share)
  • 5 nights in ger camps (Double/twin share)
  • 1 day nomad family stay (with 4 beds)
  • Trek bikes
  • English speaking biking guide
  • Support vehicle and transfer services
  • Arrival and departure transfe/li>
  • 4*0.5 liter bottled water per person per day
  • Entry fees to the museums and the national parks
  • 1-hour horse riding and 1-hour camel riding
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
The tour excludes:
  • Items of personal nature
  • Alcoholic drinks, beverages and bar bills
  • Bar Bills, Laundry, Telephone Calls
  • Travel and Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • International transportation
  • Optional activities and additional services
  • Single supplements
  • Gratiuty for the guides and drivers
Is this tour suitable for me?

This is an active discovery tour includes 40 km daily rough roads biking, plus rough roads driving. Daily destinations vary depending on attraction and accommodation distances. Average daily distance is 150 km and longest 260 km. Daily biking distance can be extended or shortened on sites. After biking, the bikes will be loaded in the vehicle and will drive. You will travel with picnic lunch and some snacks each day. You will stay at ger camps in the countryside. The ger camps facilitated with WC, showers and European and Mongolian meals served in their restaurants. The tour is suitable both experienced cyclists and amateurs. However, it is better to develop a group consists of adventure cyclists or amateurs to make sure everybody can cycle similar speed and the same distance. Not special ability is required if you take a private tour but must have some off roads experience. Total tour distance is 1395 km. 230 of which planned for the biking. A combination of vehicle and bike allows us to see a substantial part of Mongolia. The biking distance can be shortened or lengthened as a support vehicle will be following you all times. The tour takes place on flatter areas and no mountain passes, steep areas, and river crossings. The average altitude is 1450 to 1550 m above sea level.

Meals

The tour meals included according to the itinerary. In the countryside, ger camps serve with some European and Mongolian meals. Meat is the main recipe for the meals and serves for lunch and dinner except there are some vegetables, salads, and soups. There will be more meat in traditional Mongolian meals. Example menu of the meals is tea, coffee, bread, jam, butter, eggs and sausage for breakfast. There are some cookies, cheese, cereals, pancakes and more will be served at some of the ger camps for breakfast. Some salads, cream/vegetable/ Mongolian soups and main course (pasta, rice, vegetables, beef/mutton/chicken/fish near lakes/rivers), dessert and tea for lunch. Salad, main course, dessert, and tea will be served for dinner. With nomads, you will try authentic Mongolian meals. Different courses of meals at once are not a way of Mongolian tradition. If you are a vegetarian or have dietary etc. please inform us in advance. We will book the meals accordingly. We will supply with two bottles of 0.5-liter water a day. Putting one big bottle (1.5 liters) water instead of 2 small bottles of water is available upon request.

Accommodation

The tour includes 2 days in a traveler type 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar and 5 nights at ger camps in the countryside. The ger camp stays will allow you to have a shower every day, have electricity to charge, use WC and eat at ger camp restaurant after long adventure days. 1-day nomad family stay is included at the end of the tour to make the tour more experiential from the cultural side. The hotel category will not be limited to the 3* hotel we offer. We can change the hotel to higher or lower category and there will be a price difference. To check the hotels and get information about the Ger camp, visit Mongolia, Mongolia ger camps, and Mongolia nomad family.

Guides

English speaking biking guide will serve for you. Our guides are all friendly, helpful and most of them were born and grown in the countryside. Therefore, they have good knowledge about every aspect of Mongolia and have at least three years or more years of guiding experience. During the camel riding and horse trekking, local guides will follow you.

Transportation

Korean vehicle Hyundai Starex or UAZ 452 will serve for the tour. The vehicle type depends on the group size. The tour bikes are good condition Trek bikes equipped with water bottle holders and rear racks. We will put all necessary spare parts and maintenance tools in the support vehicle. Both the guide and drivers are good mechanics and do required services. For more information about the vehicles, you may check Mongolia transportation page.

When to take the tour?

The most suitable time to visit the Gobi is between 15 May and 25 September. During this period, the weather will be warm and enjoyable. The Gobi or southern Mongolia is the warmest region in Mongolia. The annual temperature is usually 2-10 degrees higher than other parts of Mongolia. However, you should not expect warm weather during the trip or in some periods as Mongolia is elevated at least 700 m high above surrounding Siberian plateau and Chinese territory. Therefore, the weather fluctuates a lot; hourly, daytime and at nights. The temperature drops 10-20 degrees in the evenings and at nights. There will be occasional chill wind in May, September, and October. Average monthly temperatures are +20°C, highest 30°C daytime and the night temperature may drop to +8°C at the end of May, June, late August and in September. July could be hottest or be wettest. Average day temperature is +28°C, hottest +39°C and night temperature could drop to +12°C. Although, there will be some sultriness nights, particularly in July. The temperature dramatically falls if it rains. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check detailed packing list of the horse riding tour.biking and discovery tour packing list .

To plan your dream holiday or customize the tour exclusively for you, what to do and see in Mongolia page may help you.

As well as, please check attractions in the Mongolian Gobi, Central Mongolia

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