Enjoy wide open spaces, unspoiled landscapes, and challenging tracks riding Yamaha dirt bikes, WR250F, WR450F, and XT250 in Mongolia. You will be able to explore Central and Southern Mongolia and enjoy exciting trips through the ancient Ongy monastery, Bayan Zag canyon, Khongoryn sand dunes, Yoliin Am, and Baga Gazyn Chuluu. One of the highlights of the trip is to meet with local herders where they are still living their ancestors, nomadic way for several millennia.
The maximum participants in the group is 12.
You will be accommodated in newly renovated Soviet-era hotels located at some of the best locations in downtown Ulaanbaatar. They offer comfortable rooms and friendly services. There are also newer hotels like Kempinsky Khan Palace, Corporate, Ramada Ulaanbaatar, and Best Western Inn.
The countryside accommodations are arranged in ger camps, which provide authentic nomadic felt tents with centralized bathroom and toilet facilities located nearby. They offer clean, comfortable beds and plentiful meals.
You will need to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). You will have a meet up with the local guide and transfer to the hotel. There will be time allowed to transfer to the garage, getting to know the bikes. Safety training and test drive session will be provided, followed by a welcome dinner in one of the centrally located restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.
On your first trip day, you will ride out of Ulaanbaatar on a pavement road to the countryside. On your way, you will be riding on dirt tracks to get familiar. Dirt track condition is good where you can accelerate. Erdenedalai soum is located 278 kilometers / 173 miles south of Ulaanbaatar and is a home to some old monasteries and beautiful scenery. You will ride as far as you can go for the day and locate a suitable place to build your tented camp. Overnight in tents.
Ongy monastery, Flaming Cliffs
Travel some 270 kilometers / 168 miles to the south, passing through the Ongy steppe with a possible stop at an ancient Ongy monastery. Today, your campsite will be at the famous Flaming Cliffs, named by famous American explorer of the early 20th century Roy Chapman Andrews. His Central Asiatic Expedition has discovered first dinosaur eggs.
Until now, many people from around the world come to this place to enjoy its beauty and pay homage to a place where modern day paleo embryology has started. Overnight in tents.
Khongoryn sand dunes
Today, you will ride roughly 140 kilometers / 87 miles to Khongoryn sand dunes. While the Gobi is one of the greatest deserts in the world, there are not many stretches of sand one can find. Hongoryn sand dunes stretch for almost 100 kilometers / 62 miles and at its widest part is 12 kilometers / 7 miles. The highest dunes reach upwards over 300 meters.
Also, they are referred to as the Singings Dunes or Duut Mankhan in Mongolian for distinctive sounds they make when someone slides down on them. In the afternoon, you will ride over the biggest sand dunes in Mongolia. Overnight at a local tourist camp.
Tsogt Ovoo, Gobigurvansaikhan
Today, you will turn around and head back to Ulaanbaatar. However, most of the day, you shall ride eastbound through some challenging terrain to reach Tsogt Ovoo in the evening. Today’s distance to be covered is 281 kilometers / 175 miles.
You will be riding through the biggest national park of Mongolia - Gobigurvansaikhan and will be exploring some of the most beautiful valleys of a mountain range bearing the same name as the park. Overnight in tents.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
After breakfast, you will ride north on sandy dirt roads for 276 kilometers / 171 miles to reach a landmark called Baga Gazriin Chuluu. The smaller mountains with granite rocks form the most amazing scenery and are well known in the country. In the 17th century, some of the early Buddhist monks have established one of their retreat and meditation centers. Overnight in tents.
On the last day of your journey, you will ride to Ulaanbaatar for 251 kilometers / 156 miles and enjoy the evening with cold beer. There will be free time to explore the city on your own followed by a farewell dinner and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
Because it is still a developing country, traveling in Mongolia requires a sense of humor and patience. New roads and bridges are being built every year but the paved road system is still limited in the countryside. You may experience flight delays and find road conditions bumpy and dusty. But the experience of traveling in Mongolia will far exceed some personal compromises in comfort.
Across Mongolia Tours likes to say that the best part of traveling in Mongolia is spontaneous events and interactions, which lead to unexpected interactions, discoveries, and experiences that will make your trip unique and memorable. Across Mongolia Tours ensures the integrity of your overall itinerary but at the same time, will go out of your way to make necessary changes in order to enrich your travel experience.
Orgil has been riding cross bikes around Mongolia since 1992. He started riding at a very young age following in his father's footsteps. In early 2000, he has been wrestling in professional Japanese sumo and advanced into the highest of the leagues. He returned home to follow his passion of his younger age and started running his own business in Mongolia that was harmonizing his desire to travel in open land and promote bike tours. He has worked as the executive director of the Yamaha dealer in Mongolia.
Mongolia has a population of three million, with a land size of Alaska, where the majority of the population inhabits in few cities including the capital city Ulaanbaatar, the home to more than half of its total citizens. With less than few thousand kilometers of pavement road, Mongolia is an ideal place for those who enjoy wide open spaces, unspoiled landscapes, and challenging tracks.
All your meals are included in the price. Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, hosts an excellent collection of fine restaurants of international cuisine. In the countryside, tour establishments offer hearty meals with a balance of meat and vegetables. Meat in Mongolia is excellent in that the whole country is essentially “free-range” terrain. Even your strictest dietary restrictions can now be met with proper information in advance and preparation by Across Mongolia Tours.
During the last day, there will be a free time to explore Ulaanbaatar on your own. Like any other places, Mongolia offers great souvenirs ranging from camel wool sweaters to cashmere scarves and traditional wooden puzzle games. Mongolian vodkas can be an excellent gift. At several stores, you can also find a range of traditional Mongolian musical instruments such as the famed morin khuur or “horse headed fiddle.”
Bargaining is not very customary; most items are sold for the price on their labels. If you plan to shop for souvenirs, it is recommended that you purchase locally as many items as possible since your purchases will be a direct contribution to the local community.
Please book your flights to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. Across Mongolia Tours will pick you up at the airport.
The official Mongolian international civil flight carrier is Mongolian Airlines or MIAT. Currently, it serves direct flights from and to the following cities: Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Berlin, and Moscow. Beijing is the most common international gateway city to Ulaanbaatar. Mongolian Airlines and Air China fly daily between the two cities.
Seoul, Korea, the second most popular gateway city, is served by both Mongolian Airlines and Korean Air. If you are coming from Europe, you may also consider Russian Aeroflot in addition to MIAT. Turkish Airlines has recently started offering flights between Istanbul and Ulaanbaatar. A private airline “Hunnu” offers direct flights between Bangkok to Ulaanbaatar and Paris to Ulaanbaatar.
During the summer season, if no seats are available on any of these major carriers, there are ways to fly to Mongolia through local cities in China and Russia. Also, a major branch of the Trans-Siberian Railway goes through Mongolia from Moscow stopping in Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude, before stopping in Ulaanbaatar and continuing to Chinese Erlian and Beijing. The seats are usually in high demand and booking needs to be done well in advance.
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