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11 Days The Steppe of Mongolia Guided Motorcycle Tour

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Adventurous Mongolia Motorbike Tour

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Witness the endless grassy green landscape of the giant Mongolian steppe through this motorcycle tour! You could say it’s pretty much the case that if the word 'Mongol' is added to another word, it enhances that word’s meaning. The words sound stronger, more adventurous, and grander than, say, the standard version of each and it’s not without reason. With a carefully planned route, experienced local guides, and exciting visits, you can expect the unexpected!

Key information:

  • Terrain: 30% asphalt roads, 70% off road
  • Bike: rental bike (150 cc Shineray)
  • Riding gear: not included
  • Mileage: 1500 kilometers / 932 miles
  • Meals: breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Meet the guides

Levi, Micho, & Senna
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar
  • Riding through the Mongolian steppe
  • Ride to Tövkhön Monastery and the desert of Little Gobi
  • Opportunity to take a bath at Tsenkher hot springs
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide
  • 150 cc Shineray motorcycle rental
  • Local transport and backup van
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days
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Accommodation

In Ulaanbaatar, you'll stay in double or twin rooms of three-star hotels with Wi-Fi, hot water, and bathroom. While on the steppe, you'll sleep in yurts (two to four people in each). The bathroom is usually in a common building close to the yurts. You'll spend one or two nights in tents as well, somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

The hospitality of the locals makes up for all the inconvenience. The guides will make delicious mutton stew, while you enjoy the friendlier, summery side of Mongolia.

Program

This Mongolian adventure is the only tour where the itinerary isn’t set in stone. While the route is carefully planned, the itinerary can change at a moment’s notice based on the weather and road conditions that are found, combined with the inconceivable size of the steppe. It’s easy to get lost, but luckily you will always travel with local guides. Based on their vast experience, the perfect route is planned and re-calibrated accordingly. Of course, the trip’s highlights are kept, no matter what.

Itinerary:

Day 1, July 11

Arriving at Ulaanbaatar, check-in to the hotel, a bit of rest, then sightseeing in Ulaanbaatar.

Day 2, July 12

You'll do your best to participate in Nadaam, the traditional festival in Mongolia. The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery, and are held throughout the country during midsummer, but the exact dates are unpredictable.

Day 3, July 13

After breakfast UAZ arrives, with which you'll go together to pick up the motorcycles. Here you'll have some more time to dress up and pack your stuff, then riding starts on the steppe. From this point, food is included in the package. You'll have lunch on a grass field, ride the bike in a grassy-pampas environment.

Day 4, July 14

Then you ride to Lake Ugii, one of the biggest lakes of Mongolia which is famous for its bird and fish population, you'll spend the night there.

Day 5, July 15

You'll ride in a pleasant wooded area, spotted with only some yurts camps. You'll also try the local thermal baths. Tsenkher hot springs are said to have healing properties notably on articular diseases and nervous system’s diseases.

Day 6, July 16

You'll go through the mountains, change the motorbikes to horses and ride up to Tuvkhun Monastery. In the evening you'll arrive in a small village, where you'll get to know further the habits of the locals.

Day 7, July 17

You'll cross some creeks, visit a waterfall, then you'll sleep in a family's yurt camp on the bank of the River Orkhon.

Day 8, July 18

You'll reach the town of Charchorin, where you'll stay the night in a yurt camp. Charchorin is the capital of the ancient Mongolian Empire, you'll check a historical museum and a Buddhist monastery complex, then you'll head toward the mountains in the valley of River Orkhon. At the end of the day, you'll arrive at a homely yurt camp.

Day 9, July 19

You ride the desert of Little Gobi where you'll also have the possibility to try sand dune cross riding.

Day 10, July 20

After a long ride on a concrete road, you'll arrive back to Ulaanbaatar around lunchtime. You'll sleep in the hotel, it will be comfortable, as the international restaurant food is available.

Day 11, July 21

You will fly back home from Ulaanbaatar with amazing memories.

Skill level

Advanced

  • can ride for 5 - 6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

The itinerary includes some amazing stops. For example, in the hot springs of the Övörkhangai Province, you can relax your tired body. You will also take a look at the former capital of Mongolia, Karakorum, where you can admire colorful temples surrounded by ancient city walls. The city is a sight like no other. You will also visit the Tövkhön Monastery, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Mongolia, which is on the top of a mountain with an awesome view that can be only reached on the back of a horse or trekking.

Guides

Levi

Micho

Senna

Location

This roundtrip tour that starts and ends in Ulaanbaatar will take you to explore Mongolian steppe. Mongolia is a boundless country. Everything is extreme. By size, it’s twice as big as Turkey, yet the population is only about that of Brooklyn. There are only two motorways and half the population lives in the capital. Even today, about 25% of the population lives a nomadic lifestyle on the steppe, where it can be -30 degrees in winter.

Food

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners will be served for you during the riding days. In Ulaanbaatar, there is a buffet breakfast in the hotel, but there are several good and cheap restaurants around the cities. After heading to the steppe, you'll get breakfast from the local guides, usually with bread and ham, tuna, or cheese.

On shorter ride days, you'll stop for lunch somewhere on the steppe and enjoy the food cooked by the guides. On longer days, you'll just get some food brought from home or a local shop (some snacks, protein bars, etc). Dinners will always be warm food cooked by the owners of the yurts.

Mongolian food is based almost exclusively on meat and protein-rich animal products. This is probably what’s needed to survive a Mongolian winter in the wild. In this part of the world, even horse milk can be made into vodka, but don’t ask about the taste! In case of special diets, please let Beyond The Standard know in advance and they'll ask the local partners about the possibilities.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During the free time, you can go to nice local restaurants in Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar or enjoy vodka, kumis, and beers in the yurts

What's included

  • 8-day roundtrip motorcycle tour
  • Visits to hot springs in Övörkhangai Province and Tövkhön Monastery
  • 150 cc Shineray motorbike rental
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Russian UAZ backup van
  • Local transport
  • Mechanic
  • Petrol
  • 10 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners (except in Ulaanbaatar)
  • Entrance fees to national parks

What's not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Visas
  • Ticket for the Transiberian Express
  • Insurance
  • Motorbiking clothes
  • Alcohol
  • lunch and dinner on non-riding days
  • Extra programmes
  • Mobile data usage
  • Diving in Lake Baikal, or other similar extra programs
  • Riding gear

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport (ULN) or International Airport Irkutsk (IKT).

Arrival by train

There are two ways to get to Ulaanbaatar, from where you will start the motorbiking. For those who book early, the Trans-Siberian Express is one way to join Beyond The Standard's team and head together to Ulaanbaatar. For this group, you will be met in Irkutsk. Here, you can take a look around the city and visit Lake Baikal on a day trip, before jumping aboard the Trans-Siberian Express and arrive three days later in Ulaanbaatar.

If you have long dreamt about traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express and love to drink endless amounts of tea from a wooden heated tea urn known as samovar, this is the tour for you. Know that train tickets sell out soon, so if you miss out on tickets or if train travel simply isn’t your thing then you can always get to Ulaanbaatar by air.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
11 days / 10 nights
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Availability

Start: Saturday July 11, 2020
End: Tuesday July 21, 2020

Pricing information

The price for the passenger as a pillion/passenger in the back-up van is EUR 1,800.

Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of six riders.

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