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Mongolia

Khangai mountain range (13 days - BikeTOUR)

Sun - fascinating nature - historic sites
unique nomadic culture - and more


Let's do some mountain biking in the beautiful Khangai Mountain Range Area.

Reasonable daily biking distances brings us to the next camping/ger spot in pristine nature.
The afternoon we will l have time to explore the area.

We will travel through fascinating nature, interesting historic sites and unique nomadic culture.

Highlights of the tour are:

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unique nomadic culture

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the land of the blue skies



Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Chinggis Khaan Square, named for the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire. Also in Ulaanbaatar are the National Museum of Mongolia, displaying historic and ethnographic artifacts, and the restored 1830 Gandantegchinlen Monastery. Approximately 30% of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic; horse culture is still integral. The majority of its population are Buddhists. The non-religious population is the second-largest group. Islam is the dominant religion among ethnic Kazakhs. The majority of the state's citizens are of Mongol ethnicity, although Kazakhs, Tuvans, and other minorities also live in the country, especially in the west. Mongolia joined the World Trade Organization in 1997 and seeks to expand its participation in regional economic and trade groups. (Source: Wikipedia)

    Tour Dates

  • 05 Sep. - 17 Sep. 20 - open
  • on request

    Tour Price

  • 2950 Euro p. P. (2- 3 Pers.)
  • 2700 Euro p. P . (4- 5 Pers.)
  • 2600 Euro p. P. (6 - 8 Pers.)
  • 2300 Euro p. P. (9-10 Pers.)
  • 2150 Euro p.P. (11-13 Pers.)
  • 2100 Euro p.P. (14-16 Pers.)
  • 80 Euro Bike Rental
  • 160 Euro Single Occ.

    

    Difficulty Rating
    medium

     Inclusions

  • accommodation for 12 nights
    hotels / tent / ger
  • Food (3 meals , softdrinks)
  • Service car
  • airport transfer
  • luggage transportation during biking
  • detailed (daily) tour description
  • all entrance fees
  • Guide
  • bikes
  • Drinks & Fruits in Service car

    additional infos

  • The organizers are not responsible for injuries and accidents
  • The whole trip will be accompanied by a service car.
  • We have MTBs in different sizes. All are in good - excellent condition
  • Group size: min 2 - max 14

   

    Travel Insurance
     A travel insurance is required for
    
the tour


   
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Day 1 - Arrive in Ulaanbaatar
Welcome to Mongolia! We meet at the hotel lobby at 1 pm to take a guided tour of Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia’s capital is home to many unique sites, including the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the country’s last king, and the National Museum of Mongolian History. A special treat is in store for you this evening as well, a unique show of contortion and throat singing
Accommodation: Hotel * D


Day 2 – Ulaanbaatar – Arvaikheer town

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. Around mid afternoon we arrive to a place known as the “little Gobi”. This is a spectacular combination of hilly steppes, granite formations and extensive sand dunes. Here we can go for an optional dune walk or a short camel ride for half an hour while lunch is prepared. We drive onto the provincial capital of Arvaikheer for 2 hours where we spend the night in Shunkhlai Hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel *B L D


Day 3 – Arvaikheer town – SE Khangai foothills hills
After breakfast we drive to start line for 2 hours. After short tea break we start biking to the SE foothills of the Khangai 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. Dinner and overnight in tents. Elevation: min 2125m, max 2329m, Ascent 267m, Descent 281m,
Accommodation: tented camp *B L D * 40 km * 267 Hm


Day 4 - SE Khangai foothills – Shargaljuut river
We start biking with an ascent along a mountain river before a challenging zigzag up to a 2911m pass and a breathtaking view of the Gobi desert that lies towards south of the range. A 500m descent most of which is gentle brings us to Shargaljuut river valley inhabited by local herders who graze large flocks of yaks and horses. Upon reaching our campsite we share impressions of the first riding day. Dinner and overnight in tents. Elevation: min 2125m, max 2911m, Ascent 910m, Descent 675m
Accommodation: tented camp * B L D * 45 km * 910 Hm


Day 5 - Shargaljuut river - Khebel Pass – Morin valley
The day begins with a quick breakfast and a gentle ride past herds of yaks and local nomads. The first pass is not too steep but still offers a bit of a challenge. This is followed by a 200 meter descent and a steep climb to a lunch spot on the top of the Khebel pass. A swift descent is followed by a climb up a grassy track to the top of Morin Pass. Another swift downhill brings us to a beautiful camp site by the river. Elevation: min 2344m, max 2785m, Ascent 798m, Descent 651m
Accommodation: tented camp * B L D * 33 km * 790 Hm


Day 6 - Morin valley - Oromtiin Pass - Khukhiin Pass
The day starts with a gentle climb towards Oromtiin Pass. By the time you get there, you will have to prepare your legs for a long climb followed by a fast descent to a river by which a lunch will be served. 15 more km across grassy plains with easy ups and downs and on some rough and rocky surfaces brings us to Khukhiin Pass, a short but vertical climb to 2800meters. The following descent is at first challenging but soon smoothes out into a large valley. Then it’s an exhilarating downhill to our camp site. Elevation: min 2451m, max 2852m, Ascent 708m, Descent 774m
Accommodation: tented camp* B L D * 38 km * 700 Hm


Day 7 - Khukhiin Pass - Khol Sayiin Pass – N.Tamir river
This morning we ride for 25km along the main river of Khangai that flows south in to the Gobi desert and forms a large saline lake. Then to avoid a rocky and jarring track we’ll transfer 70 km (3 hours) across the main water divide of the Khangai range and unload bikes 13km before our overnight campsite. It’s a downhill descent, no pedaling required, to our camp at an idyllic spot by the river. Elevation: min 2030m, max 2465m, Ascent 132m, Descent 331m
Accommodation: tented camp * B L D * 38 km *132 Hm


Day 8 – N.Tamir river – S.Tamir river
Riding surface improves dramatically from today on. It is hard-packed and fast. Leaving the valley, you’ll encounter a series of short but steep passes with excellent descents to more smooth ground. Your last descent of the day will take you to the settlement of Bulgan and then to the South Tamir river. We take a break from our tents and overnight in a cozy ger camp. Elevation: min 1678m, max 2224m, Ascent 686m, Descent 994m
Accommodation: Ger camp * B L D * 64 km * 660 Hm


Day 9 – N.Tamir river – Tsenkher hot springs
Only 22km and half a day riding to Tsenkher river, famous for its hot spring baths. 3 short climbs and we aim to reach them before lunch. 2 pools filled with hot mineral water await you. A relaxing massage is offered at a small additional charge. Overnight in a ger camp. Elevation: min 1667m, max 1942m, Ascent 452m, Descent 400m
Accommodation: Ger camp * B L D * 22 km * 450 hm


Day 10 - Tsenkher hot springs - Orkhon valley

This isn’t an easy day as there are five passes that vary in length from 2.5 km to 11.5 km and we gain the most elevation of the entire trip, 1250m. Good news is that the track today is a pleasure as we cover 78 kilometers of smooth, hard, and packed surfaces on your way to the Orkhon river valley. This area contains many ancient graves and historical sites and is often referred to as the cradle of Mongolian civilization. We set up camp our last tented camp on the banks of the Orkhon river. Elevation: min 1671m, max 2037m, Ascent 1211m, Descent 1239m
Accommodation: tented camp * B L D * 79 km * 1200 hm


Day 11 – Orkhon valley – Karakorum
We saved the best for last! Your final day of cycling promises to be an exciting one with an eastward journey along the Orkhon river to Karakorum where the 2nd son of Chinggis Khan built the capital of the Mongol Empire in early 13th century. There are no major ascents today, just lots of small undulations, and we are losing altitude the entire ride, making it a fast day. Immediately after arrival to our ger camp we visit Karakorum. Largely an experiment of city building in a pre-dominantly nomadic society, it never became a fully functional capital before it was demolished by invading Chinese Min Dynasty troops 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 antireligion campaigns of 1930-ies with just a dozen of temples surviving till present. Spend some time in the peaceful premises of the monastery and take a glance at a few surviving artifacts of the old capital. And finally visit the new Karakorum museum - a fantastic collection of artifacts and of historical data that has continually been replenished by new findings and discoveries. We return to the ger camp for showers, dinner and overnight. Elevation: min 1256m, max 1761m, Ascent 747m, Descent 1161m
Accommodation: Ger camp * B L D * 72 km * 747 Hm


Day 12 - Ulaanbaatar
It’s time to return to Ulaanbaatar! After a quick breakfast you’ll drive 6 hours to Mongolia’s capital and the rest of the day will be free to explore the city or to just rest before dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel * B L D


Day 13 - Ulaanbaatar
As you eat your last breakfast in Mongolia and prepare for your return trip home, take the time to reflect on all that you witnessed and experienced in this amazing country.
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