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Challenging Mongolia Mountain Biking Tour
(12 days)

Main Price chevron_right $1282


until September 15, 2017 chevron_right
$1192
TOUR DESCRIPTION

Dear experienced riders! Come and rise to the challenge of exploring beautiful Mongolia on a bike. We picked the trail carefully, and the itinerary was developed to visit the best sights of central Mongolia and parts of northern Mongolia while biking through awe-inspiring nature and landscape combinations of Akhangai and Uvurkhangai provinces. Indeed, the roads we have chosen are off roads make Mongolia a unique experience for the bikers. You also visit nomads, hike to a monastery on a mountaintop and visit ancient monastery Erdenezuu in the Orkhon River Valley. You will stay in a tent in the evenings and enjoy countless sparkling stars and bonfires. Including ger camps and a hot spa resort makes the tour more relaxing and cozy. Well-equipped and good condition Trek bikes will be your reliable companions of the adventure while a vehicle loads your kitchen, camping equipment, luggage, spare bike tools and travel shower will be following you all day long.

Most exciting experiences of the tour
  • Visit as many nomad families as you wish
  • Stay cozy traditional dwelling Mongol ger (felt accommodation)
  • Camping in wild nature and evening bonfires
  • Try Mongolian barbecue
  • Explore ancient monasteries
  • Relax in outdoor hot spa bath
  • Mongolia is a hot destination where you will bike on trails of open grasslands, scenic valleys carpeted with colorful and aromatic flowers, crossing streams, up and down mountain passes
  • Duration: 11 nights/12 days
  • Tour Grade: Challenging
  • Total distance: biking 407 km, driving 735 km
  • Group Size: 2 to 16 PAX
  • Available: May 10 - October 1
PLACES VISITED

9 days off roads biking through the scenic valleys and grassy steppes with glances of few nomadic dwelling gers and fenceless grazing animals, beautiful lake Ugii, nomad family visits, ancient monastery Erdenezuu, Tovhon monastery, Tsenkher hot spa

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 be taken on 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: Ugii Lake

Start the countryside tour to Ugii Lake. Today we will travel with a picnic lunch and drive 340 km on paved roads. Leave the paved roads and have 20 km custom biking on rough roads and prepare for the next days’ adventures. (340 km paved roads driving, 20 km rough roads biking)

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

Day 3: Ride along the Tamir River Valley

This morning, we will leave the lake on our bikes, and the biking continues 60 km on rough roads along the Tamir River Valley. (60 km rough roads biking)

What’s Included: camping, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Biking continues along the Tamir River to Ikh Tamir

The landscapes become more lush green and with lots of nomads and their animals grazing in the open valleys. On the way, we can visit nomad families of these isolated areas if you wish. Biking distance 60 km.

What’s Included: camping, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Central town Tsetserleg and south Tamir River

Today we will explore some deer stones dates back to The Bronze Age, and the biking continues on paved and rough roads passing Tsagaan mountain pass to Tsetserleg, a central town of Arkhangai province. The mountain pass is a bit steep from the northwest side where we are entering the town. Visit an interesting local market in the town to see and collect some supplies required. Bike 5 km out of the town to the South Tamir River and have an overnight in a tent. (55 km biking on paved and rough roads)

What’s Included: camping, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Tsenkher hot spa

Today, we will have shorter, but challenging biking passing few low passes of wooded mountains. Arrive at Tsenker hot spa on lunch time after 22 km biking. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying an outdoor hot spa bath. (22 km biking on rough roads)

What’s Included: hot spa ger camp, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Tsenkher River

The scenery becomes more beautiful. The trails lead us along lush green valleys of the Tsenkher River among wooded mountains. Today, we will cross a river by the vehicle and several streams on our bike. Tented camping near the Tsenker River after 60 km biking. (60 km biking on rough roads)

What’s Included: camping, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Shiveet Ulaan Mountain

Our biking continues through the picturesque valley of the mountains. The trails become bumpier and with small streams at the end of the biking. Today, we will have an overnight at the foothill of Shiveet Ulaan Mountain. (55 km biking on rough roads)

What’s Included: camping, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Hiking to Tovhon monastery and the biking continues

Tovhon monastery was built on the rocky top of the 2312m forest covered mountain as a creation house and a meditation center. Hiking to Tovhon monastery is 4.5 to 5 km on the two ways. See awe-inspiring views of the Orkhon River valley and visit the Tovhon monastery. Hike back the camping area and have lunch. Continue 40 km biking down to the Orkhon River and overnight in the tent near the Orkhon River. (40 km biking on rough roads)

What’s Included: camping, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Biking to Kharkhorin

The biking continues along the Orkhon River valley heading Kharkhorin. The scenery becomes less green and with more nomads and traffic. Arrive at Kharkhorin around 2 pm. Have lunch and be refreshed from the adventures. In the afternoon, we will visit ancient monastery Erdenezuu and the Kharkhorum Museum displays items left from the 13th-century capital city Kharakhorum. Kharkhorin, formerly known as Kharakorum, 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 modern town Kharkhorin. (35 km biking on rough roads)

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

Day 11: Drive to Ulaanbaatar

Today is the last day to be in the beautiful countryside of Mongolia. Having some biking on the way is optional. Arrive in Ulaanbaatar late afternoon and check in the hotel. (360 km driving on paved roads)

What’s Included: 3* hotel, Trek mountain bikes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Departure

The driver will transfer you to the airport. (B) (airport 20 km )

What’s Included: airport transfer
Meals: Breakfast

Tour price per person
  • 2-3 PAX
    2189$
  • 4 PAX
    1656$
  • 5 PAX
    1497$
  • 6 PAX
    1356$
  • 7 PAX
    1282$
    (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)
  • 3 nights in ger camps (Double/twin share)
  • 6 nights in the tent
  • 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
  • Travel shower
  • Entry fees to the museums and the national parks
  • Camping gears and cooking equipment
  • 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 a challenging discovery tour includes 40 to 65 km rough roads biking a day. We will cover 407 km dirt roads by bike within 9 days. Daily biking distances were planned due to the roads condition, daily activities and times to spend on attractions. The average altitude is 1380 m to 1550 m above sea level. All the biking trails will be dirt roads, and there will be 4 mountain passes and several streams we should cross. The tour requires you to be able to bike 40 to 60 km a day on rough roads and be in good condition physically, mentally and in health. A support vehicle loads our camping and cooking gears, bike spare parts, and our luggage will be following us in the distance. The tour includes 3 days ger camp stay and 6 camping days in the countryside. A cook will cook meals for you during the camping days and on the way lunches. We will put travel shower in the vehicle. So that you can have a shower in the evenings.

Accommodation

The tour includes 2 nights in a traveler type 3* hotel in Ulaanbaatar, 3 nights at ger camps and 6 nights in the tent. The ger camp stays will allow you to have running water shower, enjoy comfortable beds after camping days, have electricity to charge, use WC and eat at the ger camp restaurant. There will be good quality, two layers, waterproof tents have floors, air mats, humid mats, kitchen tent and camping shower. We provide sleeping bags upon request. For more detailed information on accommodation, please visit Our recommended hotels of Mongolia, and Mongolia ger camps.

Guides and cooks

An 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. We know meals are a big part of travel. Therefore, we do our best let you have a variety of healthy meals, and our cook will cook for you during camping days and on the way lunches.

Transportation

Korean vehicle Hyundai Starex, Japanese vehicle Mitsubishi Delica or UAZ 452 will serve for the tour. The vehicle type depends on the group size. The tour bikes are in good condition Trek bikes equipped with water bottle holders and rear racks. All necessary spare parts and maintenance tools will be put 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 bike in Mongolia is 15th May through 5th July and 15th August through 30th September. During this period, the weather will be warm, enjoyable and not too hot. To check the weather of particular months, check when to travel Mongolia page. Between 5th July and 15th August are some of the best time to visit Mongolia, but the hottest and the wettest to make this active tour. If you are fine with the hot or wet weather, we will be happy to arrange the tour between 5th July and 15 August (average daylight temperature is +22°C to + 30°C and hottest +35°C). The temperature could dramatically fall in the evenings, at nights and if it rains. Therefore, we suggest you pack and bring clothes suitable for various temperatures. For your pre-departure preparation, you may check our biking 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 northern Mongolia, and Central Mongolia

Megan McIntyre Family tour
Traveler from Australia
"I contacted View Mongolia after searching and reading a Trip Advisor review.  I was conversing with Ms Boggie the whole time and her English was excellent and so accommodating and understanding of our needs.  We are family of four with two boys, at the time 6 and 9 years old.  "I contacted View Mongolia after searching and reading a Trip Advisor review.  I was conversing with Ms Boggie the whole time and her English was excellent and so accommodating and understanding of our needs.  We are family of four with two boys, at the time 6 and 9 years old.  "I contacted View Mongolia after searching and reading a Trip Advisor review.  I was conversing with Ms Boggie the whole time and her English was excellent and so accommodating and understanding of our needs.  We are family of four with two boys, at the time 6 and 9 years old. 
Megan McIntyre Family tour
Traveler from Australia
"I contacted View Mongolia after searching and reading a Trip Advisor review.  I was conversing with Ms Boggie the whole time and her English was excellent and so accommodating and understanding of our needs.  We are family of four with two boys, at the time 6 and 9 years old.  "I contacted View Mongolia after searching and reading a Trip Advisor review.  I was conversing with Ms Boggie the whole time and her English was excellent and so accommodating and understanding of our needs.  We are family of four with two boys, at the time 6 and 9 years old.  "I contacted View Mongolia after searching and reading a Trip Advisor review.  I was conversing with Ms Boggie the whole time and her English was excellent and so accommodating and understanding of our needs.  We are family of four with two boys, at the time 6 and 9 years old. 
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