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Cycling in Mongolia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Mongolia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1845 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1845 US Dollar (USD)

Cycle through the stunning Mongolian landscape. Take unexplored paths. Cross mountain passes, the Gobi Desert, follow rivers or cycle along alpine lakes or salt lakes. Experience the vastness of this country and its freedom to cycle wherever one desires in this fence-free region. Pass by herds of cows, yaks, horses, camels and flocks of sheep and goats. Visit some herders' families on the way, experience their hospitality and get a glimpse of the traditional way of living of remote families.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Upon arrival at the airport we will be welcomed by our guide. He will bring us to our comfortable, centrally located hotel. In the afternoon we will stroll around Ulaanbaatar. We will visit the Natural and the Historical Museums. We will have dinner at a local restaurant. Includes: (L), (D).

Day 2: After our breakfast at the hotel's restaurant we will leave Ulaanbaatar westwards for the Khangai Mountain region. We will have a long day driving on a relatively good road. In the evening we will set up our tented camp close to Arvaikheer, capital city of Ovorkhangai province. Being of very little interest, we won't spend any in this city. Overnight: Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Today we will depart for a second day of intense driving. The asphalted road will become a track, making the driving much more uncomfortable. In the evening we will reach the departure point of our cycle tour, the Southern part of the Khangai Mountain Chain. The Khangai Mountain separates the south-Mongolian arid Gobi desert region from the fertile rolling hills of the north. With its numerous little rivers in which water from melting snow flows the northern side of the mountain offers a lush, fertile home to many nomads. Overnight: Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Days 4-6: Today we will start cycling northwards, across many passes to reach, after three days of intense efforts the northern hillside of the Khangai Mountain. Choosing to avoid the main route across the Khangai as much as possible, our route follows valleys that have seen few Western visitors and certainly none on mountain bikes.

Day 7: Today we reach the northern side of the Khangai Mountain. The valley opens up and for the first time, we find patches of pine forest. It is for its beautiful nature that this region is called the "Mongolian Switzerland". We will have a full day cycling to reach end of the afternoon the Tsenkher hot spring resort. Managed by Japanese this resort has a large open-air pool at its customer's disposal. The hot water of the pool flows continuously in from the hot water spring. At the spring, the temperature of the water is over 80 °C. A complex pipelines system regulates the water temperature.

After all those days cycling, some will spend hours sitting in the pool, relaxing, talking while staring at the stars or scanning the nightly nature around them. We will overnight in the gers (Mongolian traditional tents) of the resort. Overnight: Ger camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Today’s ride is the longest and one of the best of the trip of our expedition. We will cycle through a magic combination of forested hills, granite formations and broad ferrite valleys dotted with scattered gers. Finally we will reach the Orkhon valley with its famous waterfalls. The area surrounding the Orkhon waterfalls is a green, with forest covered mountainous area. The valley is known as the cradle of the Mongolian civilization. Many ancient Mongolian as well as Turkish monuments lie within its borders. In the evening we will put up our tents not far from the waterfalls. Overnight: Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Today we will relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Some will hike in the tectonic originated gorges, some will fish, swim, and others will go for a ride on a horse. We will visit one more nomad family and experience the nomadic lifestyle. For dinner we will be offered a typical Mongolian barbeque that will be prepared by nomads of the area. We will one more time experience the warm hospitality offered by the Mongolian families. Overnight: Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: After breakfast we will start cycling in the Orkhon valley. In the evening we will set up our camps somewhere close to the riverside. Overnight: Tented Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: After a short ride we will reach Kharkhorin (also called Karakorum), site of the 13th century capital of the Mongolian Empire created by Chinggis Khaan. Very little is left from this legendary city. In the 16th century, Mongolia's biggest Monastery was build from the ruins of Kharkhorin. Now Erdene Zuu Monastery are the remains of what once was a huge monastery of 100 temples and about 1.000 lamas residency there. We will explore the grounds of Erdene Zuu Monastery surrounded by its massive 400 m to 400 m walls. We will be guided around the 3 remaining temples: Dalai Lama, Zuu of Buddha and Lavrin Temple. We will also see the Turtle Rock and the Phallic Rock. Overnight: Ger Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: After breakfast we will cycle to the Khogno Khan Mountains. It is an impressive massif in the open steppes. Not far from here runs the Tasarkhai Els, a 100 km long sand dune. Overnight: Ger Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 13: In the morning before our departure for Ulaanbaatar we will visit the nice little Uvgun Monastery and for those who want, they will have the opportunity to walk up the mountain and enjoy the incredible view over the plains, the sand dune and grasslands. Beginning of the afternoon we will drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Overnight: Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 14: Today we will have a full free day to stroll around in Ulaanbaatar and buy some souvenirs before heading back home. In the evening we will have a far well dinner in a good restaurant. Overnight: Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 15: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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M10055 invites you to discover the natural and cultural wonders of Mongolia, one of the last remaining seldom-explored countries. The traveler will discover this untouched country and marvel at its unique combination of ancient Buddhist tradition with a nomadic horse-based culture. He will revel in her natural beauties...

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