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16 Day Guided BMW Motorcycle Tour from Russian Siberia to Mongolia

Ulaangom - Khyargas Nuur - Zavkhan River - Dörgön Lake - Khovd - Ölgii, Mongolia; Barnaul - Kamlak - Chibit - Belokurikha, Russia

Scenic Motorcycle Tour Mongolia and Russia

This tour is a unique opportunity to visit in a single trip South Siberia, Mongolia Altai, and The Great Lakes Depression At the beginning of the 21st century, Mongolia remains one of the few countries where the old culture and steppe ancestors' customs are still guarded. On this planet, there are not so many places left that are remote, unmanned, and thus so attractive. The absence of civilization and moon landscapes, those things lately drag along a huge number of moto-travelers from all over the world. This itinerary is designed for well-trained tourists and can be estimated as of fourth to fifth difficulty category according to six-grade scale.

Key information

  • Terrain: 30% asphalt, 70% off-road
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW G650GS)
  • Mileage: 3,380 kilometers / 2,100 miles
  • Daily rides: 100 - 450 kilometers / 62 - 280 miles
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Meet the guides

Viktor
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Barnaul
  • Ride along the Chuya Highway
  • Visit the biggest monastery in west Mongolia
  • Ride to Üüreg Lake passing over the mountain ridge
  • Ride along the picturesque Tolbo Lake
  • BMW G650GS motorcycle rental
  • 15 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian
Group size: 5-9 participants
Airport transfer included: Barnaul Airport
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Accommodation

The accommodation will be hotels, guest houses, and tent camps (three nights), on a double or triple-sharing basis.

Program

The goal of this tour is to show you The Great Lakes Depression which is located in the Mongolian Altai. There, you will find places that have not been discovered yet by people. The beauty of nature is impressing so you will be able to touch the world as it was thousands of years ago.

Day 1: Arrival in Barnaul

You will be transferred to the hotel. It is free time for having rest or walking around the city. There will be a general meeting and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Barnaul - Biysk - Kamlak, 350 kilometers / 217 miles

In the morning, you get the motorcycles and head to Biysk founded by Peter the Great. This is the only city situated behind the Ural Mountains and at the beginning of the famous Chuya Highway, connecting Russia and Mongolia. After lunch, you go to the village Kamlak where you will stay overnight.

Day 3: Kamlak - Chibit village, 400 kilometers / 249 miles

Today, a very picturesque landscape is waiting for you. Following the Chuya Highway, you will pass along foamy rivers, colorful heights, and rocky cliffs. After a short break and a lunch at Chiket-Aman heights, you will continue your journey.

Day 4: Chibit - Kosh-Agach - Mongolian border, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Today, moving across the Chuya Trakt, you cross the Mongolian border and an amusing ride over the endless Mongolian off-road begins. You will spend the night in traditional yurts not far from the border.

Day 5: Mongolian border - Ulaangom, 270 kilometers / 168 miles

Here, you start your exciting trip around Mongolia. Through the mountain gorge, you go to the Mogen-Buren River. Here, you have a picturesque view of the tallest mountain Mongun-Taiga (3,976 meters). Then, passing over the mountain ridge, you ride to Üüreg Lake. You will stay for the night in Ulaangom.

Day 6: Ulaangom - Khyargas Nuur, 250 kilometers / 155 miles

Today, you will see the true wild Mongolia and feel that there are no roads here, just directions. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at yurt camp situated amid white fanciful rocks of Khyargas Lake.

Day 7: Free day

You may ride in the roundabouts or go fishing and try to catch a Mongolian osman.

Day 8: Khyargas - Zavkhan River, 250 kilometers / 155 miles

Today, you will make your way through picturesque valleys, green hills, and even sand dunes. The terminal point of your today's journey will be the camp on Zavkhan River.

Day 9: Zavkhan River - Lake Durgen, 100 kilometers / 62 miles

Today is the shortest, though the most difficult day. Part of the route, you will make on gravel and sandy roads and another part, in a real desert. The itinerary also covers the area of the big lakes' basins where you can find eights lakes formed as the result of tectonic activity. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the camping on the south shore of Lake Durgen.

Day 10: Lake Durgen - Khovd, 250 kilometers / 155 miles

You are crossing the south part of the country and ride into the steppe. On your way, you can see some pasturing gazelles and yurts of locals. Then, you take the south trans-Mongolian highway and head to the town Khovd. You stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 11: Khovd - Ölgii, 250 kilometers / 155 miles

You will visit the biggest monastery in the west of Mongolia and attend the local bazaar where you can buy some souvenirs. After that, you ride along the picturesque Tolbo Lake on a relatively good road. You will spend the night camping.

Day 12: Ölgii - State border - Chibit, 350 kilometers / 217 miles

Today, you go back to Russia. After crossing the border, you take the Chuya Highway to get to the Chibit village. There will be a late dinner, steam room, and overnight at the camp.

Day 13: Spare day

You may dedicate your spare day to go sightseeing or just to hang out in the camp.

Day 14: Chibit - Belokurikha, 450 kilometers / 280 miles

Today is the longest day of the trip. You go back along the Chuya Highway. After lunch in a café, you head to your night resort where you will spend the night at a comfortable hotel.

Day 15: Belokurikha - Barnaul, 260 kilometers / 162 miles

You ride to Barnaul on a perfect road. On your way, you will visit the Chuya highway museum. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Barnaul. On that night, the farewell dinner will take place.

Day 16: Departure

Transfer to the airport. Fly to Moscow.

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate and advanced

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

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

Guides

Viktor Pantykin

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place from Russia to Mongolia including Barnaul, Biysk, Kamlak, Chibit, Ulaangom, Khyargas Lake, Zavkhan River, Lake Durgen, Khovd, and Belokurikha.

Food

The food is regular (meat and fish), however, Toursmoto can provide vegetarian food on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

  • Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Spa

What's included

  • 14 riding days
  • BMW G650GS motorcycle rental
  • Gas
  • 2 guides
  • Supporting van with the extra motorcycle, mechanic, spare parts, and client's belongings
  • Airport transfer
  • Entrance tickets to parks and museums
  • 15 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Motorcycle insurance deposit (350 EUR)
  • Airline tickets to Barnaul
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa support
  • Personal expenses (extra dishes at restaurants)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra activities
  • Single accommodation

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barnaul Airport (BAX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Barnaul Airport Airport transfer included: Barnaul Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
16 days / 15 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Start: Saturday August 14, 2021
End: Sunday August 29, 2021

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