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Bike Mongolia is constantly researching and improving routes in order to be able to offer new and exciting tours with interesting features that are not offered by any other travel company. This off-road "Mongolia Master Rally" is a new trip and it follows part of the route taken by the 'Mongolian Automotive and Motorcycle Association' annual event. Most of the 1600 kilometers are off-road, so technical skill and stamina are required because the daily riding hours are long!
On night 1 and 8, you will stay at a hotel in Ulaanbaatar. Meanwhile, on night 2 to night 7, you will stay in an outdoor camp.
Bike Mongolia has chosen the "continental" hotel for your accommodation in Ulaanbaatar. It is a smart three-star hotel situated only 10-minute walk from Genghis Khan Square in the city center. Being located on the southern side of Ulaanbaatar, you can usually avoid driving in the worst traffic congestion when heading for the airport or getting in and out of the city.
Bike Mongolia's guests have enjoyed the continental hotel for many years; it has a business center, a gym, and a good restaurant where a nice buffet-style breakfast is served every morning. The hotel has a free of charge luggage store service for the guests.
You will share a twin "standard" room with your friend / partner or another person in the tour group. Single rooms are available if ordered in advance and there will be a single supplement charge.
Bike Mongolia carries the tents and camping equipment in the support vehicles and set up camp each evening. You will be expected to set up your own tent in the evening and pack it away in the morning; they are quick and easy to erect and the staff will be there to help. The tents provided are high-performance Vango "Storm 300" or Force 10 "Baltoro", able to withstand Mongolia's unpredictable weather conditions. You will share with the same person that you shared with at the hotel, except if you have paid the single supplement. Sometimes there's a communal mess tent, but it depends on the group size and weather conditions.
Of course there is no electricity, but some of the support vehicles have the facility to recharge electrical equipment through a power inverter (150 - 350 Watts). It's best to bring spare batteries because, in a large group, it's difficult to manage to recharge everyone's electrical equipment all at the same time.
The trip is in a remote part of Ovorkhangai province and you will travel south from Ulaanbaatar to the edge of the Gobi Desert, returning via a more mountainous landscape. Accommodation will be wild camping in tents with no luxurious facilities.
Mongolia is a great place for a motorcycle tour, but it is only suitable for confident riders with off-road experience. The routes are too remote and the terrain too rough for beginners. In parts of the country, there are no facilities for tourists so you will camp in the wilderness.
You will arrive at Ulaanbaatar and go to the hotel. In the afternoon or evening, meet the tour leader and rest of the group. Start pre-tour meeting. The meeting talks about day-by-day itinerary and safety issues. Overnight at a hotel.
After allocating the bikes, set off from the city, riding first to Nalaikh then going off road. The landscape is open and hilly with several low passes to cross. There are some unusual granite rock formations such as those near to the small temple of "Emgui Had" which is surrounded by white stupas. Around midday, you will reach the pilgrimage site of "Eej Had" ("Mother Rock") visited by local people who give offerings of sweets, tea, or money. After lunch, continue riding to the village of 'Bayan-Tsagaan' and set up camp in the surrounding hills. Overnight in an outdoor camping.
Ride to 'Gobi Ugtaal' village and then to the mountains known as "Ikh Gazariin Chuluu" where the highest peaks are at an altitude of over 1,760 meters. This is an amazing place with a dramatic skyline and is a very photogenic camping spot.
The landscape then becomes more desert-like as you ride southwards in the direction of the Gobi and the herds of camels are often large. Arrive at Mandal-Gobi, the capital of Middle Gobi Province. In the afternoon, then ride a little further to set up camp on the open steppe. Overnight in an outdoor camping. The track proceeds towards the dark massif of Delgerkhangai Mountain, which you ride towards for several hours before arriving at the village of 'Delgerkhangai' at the foot of the mountain. The road winds up into the mountains to the highest pass at 1,502 meters altitude. This is another unexpected and exciting mountain range in the middle of the central Mongolian Steppe. Exit the mountains and ride on a mainly flat terrain in an increasingly remote wilderness, many tracks of which are not marked on maps at all. Overnight in an outdoor camping.
You will ride parallel with a range of low rocky hills with many holes and caves in. As you approach the northern edge of the Gobi Desert, the ground becomes sandy with many pink flowering grasses and Zag "Saksaul" trees. This is the true home of the Bactrian camel. Sometimes the track is sandy but if it rains, this turns to sticky clay making very difficult driving; occasionally the road has been destroyed by rain. Pass beside Ulaan Khamariin Bulsh which red cliffs are an interesting feature on the landscape, while ahead lie the big Dark Arts Bogdiin Nuruu mountains. Finally, arrive at the village of Bogd. Overnight in an outdoor camping.
Now traveling northwards, many tracks criss-cross the countryside, dividing and re-joining, or going off in another direction. Sometimes the road is in a very poor condition, having been 'partly destroyed' by flooding, and after a rain, it would be muddy and difficult to ride. Cross a bridge over the "Arguut" river and pass through several small villages before setting up camp in the hills leading to 'Sant' village. Overnight in an outdoor camping.
From the village of 'Sant', the scenery is pretty with fertile rolling hills and layer upon layer of mountains in the background. Some areas have unusually 'shaped rocks' as you ride onward to Erdendalia village. Nowadays most traffic uses the new tarmac road, so in many cases, the old tracks you ride on are becoming indistinct and are in a poor condition. Finally, you reach "Zorgol Khairkhan" mountain. Overnight in an outdoor camping.
Beyond Zorgol Khairkhan mountain, you ride to Bayan-Unjuul village and through nearby sand dunes. Part of the distance on this day will be on the 'new tarmac road' to arrive in Ulaanbaatar on the east side of the city. Overnight at a hotel.
This will be your departure day.
It is important for you to be aware that motorbike hire is not included in the tour price. The cost to rent a KTM 450 EXC motorcycle is 130 USD per day. This can be paid in cash on arrival.
This tour will take place in Mongolia, from Ulaanbaatar to Nalaikh, Ikh Gazariin Chuluu, Gobi, Bogd, Sant village, Zorgol Khairkhan, Bayan-Unjuul village, and back to Ulaanbaatar.
Mongolia is most famous for its remote location and for its greatest hero, Genghis Khan. Both have influenced the culture and development of the nation in such way as to make it a unique and fascinating place which has retained its own identity despite its position sandwiched between giant neighbors Russia and China.
Ikh Gazariin Chuluu is in the granite belt of Mongolia. The highest peak is Erlug Uul, 1,706 meters above sea level. This area of unusual rock pinnacles is about 70 kilometers northeast of Mandalgov in Gurvansaikhan sum.
Baga Bogd Uul Mountain is one of the three mountains of the Gobi-Altai mountain range. It has an altitude of 3,590 meters above sea level. There are many rare animals such as argali and Siberian ibex.
In the arid Gobi Desert region of Mongolia occur groves of the unusual small Saksaul tree "Haloxylon ammodendron". It is the only kind of wood available that nomads can use for heating and cooking.
The desert-steppe zone on the northern rim of the Gobi Desert is a transition zone - a dry region of parched grasslands and salt pans, with many grasses and shrubs that are unique to Central Asia.
You will be served all meals except in Ulaanbaatar. If you tell Bike Mongolia beforehand, Bike Mongolia can manage most kinds of special diet.
Bike Mongolia can arrange your travel if you would like to travel to Mongolia from Moscow or Beijing on the infamous Trans-Siberian train. Another train ride is from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar, east to west, it is equally exciting, but the journey takes only 35 hours, 1356 kilometers. As the train passes through Mongolia, it is sometimes called the Trans-Mongolian train.
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