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Khangai Mountain Biking Tour, Mongolia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Mongolia  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1670 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2312 US Dollar (USD)

This classic of mountain biking is SW to East traverse of the Khangai mountain range that covers nearly fifth of the country’s territory. This region dominated by dome shaped mountains, mixed woods, clear streams and lush grassy valleys receives abundant rainfall compared to all other parts of Mongolia. The Khangai mountain range is an immense mountain biking playground with fantastic packed soils, diverse terrain and spectacular landscapes. The nomadic culture here is authentic. Almost every day you see flocks of grazing yaks, sheep, goats and horses, meet hospitable herdsmen and stop at their homes for a bowl of milk or a slice of yak butter.

Day 1: Arrival to Ulaanbaatar, guided city tour.
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), the capital of Mongolia and transfer to a centrally located 4 star hotel. Time permitting visit some must see spots of the capital city including the 26 meter tall golden statue of Buddha and the statue of Chinggis Khan. Before dinner enjoy some folk music, throat singing and contortion. Your guide will then introduce you to the ride and check your preparedness. (Dinner, hotel)

Day 2: Transfer to SE Khangai mountain foothills.
We load in 4WD expedition vans which have special racks for carrying bikes and drive west of UB on rough tarmac across vast open steppes with rolling hills in the background. Countless flocks of grazing sheep, goats, horses and cattle herded by nomads and their traditional homes, known as ger, is a common sight. Around late afternoon we arrive to a provincial capital and settle in a hotel. If wished, you can explore the town on foot before dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, hotel)

Day 3: Bike to Asgat river.
A short car transfer brings us to the foothills of the Khangai where we start riding after a snack break. It is an acclimatization day with just a 350 m of total climbing. We will be pedaling along grassy valleys fed by small streams that flow to the Gobi desert. You will be passing by homes of local nomads busy with their daily chores: milking yaks, riding horses and herding their animals. Almost certainly they will wave you in and offer some cheese and milk. Tough living conditions when very often people rely on each others’ help explain the unparalleled hospitality of Mongolian nomads. The riding surface is a great packed soil with some short rocky sections though. During the first 4 days of the tour you will need to cross up to a dozen steams, sometimes knee-deep. In the late afternoon we establish our first tent camp in the Asgat river valley. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 4: Bike to Shargaljuut valley.
We gain altitude throughout the morning and struggle to the top of 2900 m pass, today’s highest point. From here while having lunch we enjoy views of even higher mountains to the north and endless arid plains of the Gobi desert to the south. A steep downhill to the Shargaljuut river valley is followed by gentle roll all the way until we reach our campsite.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Days 5-7: Crossing of the Khangai mountain range.
During these 3 days we cross the Khangai’s watershed that separates its southern basin from the northern basin. The whole route follows the least travelled and hidden corners of the range. It’s truly delightful to see beautiful landscapes change every single day. Each ascent, at times quite challenging, brings you to a panoramic highpoint which is then followed by a breathtaking downhill. The road is then usually replaced by a level portion where you pedal leisurely and absorb the appeasing beauty of the virgin nature. Local herders and their immense flocks of animals will be your only and silent spectators. Invariably, our campsites are located in the vicinity of their homes allowing you opportunity for more interaction and cultural experience. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 8: Bike to Tsenkher hot springs.
Having made it to the northern side of the Khangai we bike to Tsenkher hot springs. A series of short but steep passes with excellent descents on hard-packed surfaces will bring you to the valley of Tsenkher river, famous for its hot spring baths. Upon reaching it take a bath or shower in the hot spring water. You may as well take a relaxing body massage at a small additional fee. Tonight you will have an overnight in a traditional Mongolian felt tent known as ger. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, ger camp)

Day 9: Cycle to Orkhon river valley.
Another fast day on great soils to reach Orkhon river valley littered with sponge like volcanic rock. As a UNESCO historic heritage site contains many hundreds of ancient burial mounds that dot the landscape. We set up tented camp right beside the river and take a dip in its cool waters before dinner is ready. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tent)

Day 10: Bike to Karakorum - medieval capital of Genghis Khan.
We cycle downstream along the Orkhon river and loose altitude throughout the day. Our destination is town of Karakorum - the site of the Mongol Empire capital in 1200s. Largely an experiment of city building by nomadic people, Karakorum never became a fully functional capital before it was destroyed by invading Chinese armies in late 14th century. Today the main attraction here is the monastery museum of Erdene Zuu established in 16th century by a Mongol khan as part of introduction of Buddhism as the main religion. The monastery then suffered almost a complete destruction during the anti-religion campaign of 1930-ies with just a dozen of temples surviving till present. We visit the monastery and the local museum to take a glance at few surviving artifacts of the old capital before heading to a ger camp to celebrate our ride. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, ger camp)

Day 11: Return to Ulaanbataar, farewell dinner.
We load bikes and drive to Ulaanbaatar stopping for a picnic lunch at some scenic spot along the way. Upon arriving settle in your hotel and meet at a good-bye dinner. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner, ger camp)

Day 12: Departure transfer.
Transfer for your return travel home. (Breakfast).

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer. Request a free gift certificate.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All accommodation: hotel (3 nights), tent (6 nights), ger camp (2 nights)
- Complete camping & cooking equipment
- Sleeping mattresses
- Indicated meals and drinking water
- All visits, sightseeing, national park and permit fees
- Overland transport
- English speaking guide(s)
- Expedition cook(s)
- Advanced quality, well maintained mountain bikes
- Mechanical assistance and parts

Price Excludes:
- Travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
- Personal cycling accessories and clothes
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & Alcohol
- Gratuities.

About This Supplier
Location: Mongolia
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2016

With almost 20 years of travel experience, we offer professional services and unique tours throughout Mongolia. We organize mountain biking tours, trekking tours, horseback riding tours, nature and wildlife watching tours for both groups and individuals. Less vigorous options include family tours, day trips and jeep...

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