This trip is a fascinating cultural experience as well as an off-road bike tour across Mongolia of over 1550 kilometers. Apart from a few villages and small towns that you pass through on the way, most of the population have a nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving with their round white felt yurts ("gers") and herds of camels, goats, and horses. This tour is nearly all on rough jeep tracks across the rolling hills of Middle Gobi and the sparse desert of South Gobi.
During this tour, you will be accommodated in traditional Mongolian round white felt tents, where you will have bathroom facilities and access to restaurants. You will spend two nights in a shared twin room at a hotel provided by Bike Mongolia.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and go to a hotel. In the afternoon or evening, meet the tour leader and rest of the group. Start the pre-tour meeting talking about the day-by-day itinerary and safety issue. Overnight at the hotel.
Ride through the mountains of Baga Gazriin Chuluu to Mandalgov, the capital town of Dundgov Province. Continue across the open steppe of Middle Gobi to Tsagaan Suvraga, an amazing series of cliffs, white and pink limestone rock formations taking the appearance of stalagmites up to 30 meters high. It is an excellent site for some out-of-the-ordinary photography.
The track to Umngov Province (“South Gobi”) has little traffic, even if you will be traveling on the main road. You will experience Mongolia as one imagines it – distant horizons, dry rocky earth and a huge blue sky. Ahead in the distance lie Gurvansaikhan Uul, the “Three Beautiful Mountains”. Overnight at Ger camp.
Drive up into the rocky canyon to the end of the track, then walk into the amazing Yolyn Am, “Vulcher’s Mouth” canyon. Afterwards ride to Bayanzag, the Gobi’s Saksaul forest, near the “Flaming Cliffs” where many dinosaur remains have been found.
Today you will travel north-east to Mandal-Ovoo and then to Saikhan-Ovoo. On a bend in the Ongi river, are the remains of two monasteries, one on each bank of the river. Arriving at lunchtime allows you to explore the ruins and relax for the afternoon.
A long day’s ride continuing northwards through Middle Gobi to reach Zorgol Khairkhan, a dramatic granite mountain with bizarre rock formations jutting out against the skyline. Your last night is spent not far from Bayanunjuul Village at Ovorburd Sands
As you return to Ulaanbaatar, the landscape becomes gradually greener and more mountainous. Even close to the city people still live the traditional lifestyle, but there are more horses and less camels. You will arrive in Ulaanbaatar shortly after midday. Overnight hotel.
It is important for you to be aware that motorbike hire is not included in the tour price. The cost to rent a KTM 450EXC motorcycle is 130 USD per day. This can be paid in cash on arrival.
When you arrive in Mongolia and are allocated your motorbike, you will have to pay a "motorbike security deposit". This is 700 USD or the equivalent amount in another major currency. The motorbike security deposit is fully refundable at the end of the tour when you return the motorbike undamaged (Bike Mongolia won't charge for normal wear and tear).
Some days are long and require stamina, but towards the end of the tour, the distance between ger camps is less and riding days are shorter.
On your journey, there will be a walk into Yolyn Am (the “Vulture’s Mouth”).
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