The Gobi Desert straddling the border between Mongolia and China, is a wild and dramatic place, entirely suitable for motorcycling.
|per rider in shared twin/double room||$2,995.00|
|per pillion passenger (travelling in the support vehicle) and in a shared twin/double room||$2,995.00|
|Rental motorcycle (surcharge) for the entire tour incl. petrol||$1,040.00|
|Single room supplement for 2 hotel nights in Ulaanbaatar||$80.00|
|Rental off-road motorbike boots (for all riding days)||$80.00|
|Rental helmet (for all riding days)||$40.00|
|All Meals (except Ulaanbaatar) and bottled mineral water|
|2 Nights Hotel "Continental" sharing twin room|
|Traditional Tourist Ger Camps|
|Motorbike Tour Support Vehicles|
|All Transportation (except airport transfer)|
|3rd Party Motorbike Insurance|
|English Speaking Guide|
|Protective Motorbike Clothing (helmet and boots available to rent)|
|Motorbike Damage Security Deposit ( fully refundable )|
|Alcohol and Soft Drinks|
|This tour is classed as 80% off-road and is fully supported tour|
|Accommodation on tour is always in ger camps (2/3 people sharing)|
|Available to hire: KTM 450 EXC 'SIX - DAYS'|
|This tour will run with a minimum of 4 people|
|Non riders are welcome to join any of our motorbike tours. Price is available on request|
|100% fully guided motorcycle tour|
|Hotel in UB based on sharing "TWIN" room (single supplement extra USD $40 per night)|
|This tour is total 10-days with 8-days riding.|
|Most support staff cannot speak English.|
|Arrival time at ger camp depends on our distance, speed and what happens during the day.|
|After we have arrived at ger camp, we cannot entertain individual participants.|
|We'll pick you up and drop you off at CONTINENTAL hotel, unless other services agreed.|
|Ger Camps are the most wonderful authentic kind of accommodation in Mongolia. They are situated in important or particularly beautiful locations, and each one is unique. Often the furniture and roof poles are painted traditionally and there is a wood burning stove.|
|For the motorbike security deposit (USD 700 or equivalent in another currency) we only accept cash on arrival and it is returned in full at the end of the tour if no damage to the bike.|
|3rd Party Motorbike Insurance: covers a rider accidentally damaging someone else’s property, for example if they were to damage a fence or hit a sheep.|
|Language: This offer is usually suitable for English and/or German speaking participants. We will gladly provide binding information upon request.|
|Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.|
Our KTM 450EXC bikes are an exciting bike to ride, having plenty of torque, good grip and being lightweight so riding long distances on tricky roads is not too exhausting. We ride on all sorts of roads: asphalt as well as packed mud or gravel tracks with washouts and potholes. All pretty much free of traffic and through some spectacular scenery.
The famous Gobi Desert is not all vast flat steppe under a deep blue sky. There are bizarre rock formations, canyons, the Gurvansaikhan mountain range and sand dunes, as well as forests of small saxaul trees and other desert vegetation. Apart from a few villages and small towns that we pass through on the way, most of the population have a nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving with their round white felt ger homes and herds of camels, goats and horses.
This trip is a fascinating cultural experience as well as a bike tour across Mongolia of approximately 1750 kilometres. Most of the route is on rough unpaved jeep tracks, with a few shortish sections on asphalt roads. Accommodation on tour is at tourist ger camps.
Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Overnight hotel.
Make an early start to get out of Ulaanbaatar city and onto the road leading south to the Gobi. The road is black-topped for a while, then soon becomes a rough jeep track as it crosses the green rolling hills of Tuv (“Central”) Province. Ride on to the ger camp near Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Ride through the mountains of Baga Gazriin Chuluu to Mandalgov, the capital town of Dundgov Province. Continue across the open steppe of Middle Gobi to Tsagaan Suvraga, an amazing series of cliffs, white and pink limestone rock formations taking the appearance of stalagmites up to 30 meters high. It is an excellent site for some out-of-the-ordinary photography.
The track to Umngov Province (“South Gobi”) has little traffic, even though we are travelling on the main road. This is Mongolia as one imagines it – distant horizons, dry rocky earth and a huge blue sky. Ahead in the distance lie Gurvansaikhan Uul, the “Three Beautiful Mountains”, and we drive up into the rocky canyon to the end of the track, then walk into the amazing Yolyn Am, “Vulcher’s Mouth” canyon.
We ride westwards following the line of the mountains and finally crossing through the range as the track cuts through the rocky cliffs. Arrive at Khongoryn Els where huge sand dunes meet the end of the Altai mountain range.
Leaving the golden dunes behind us we ride back through the wonderful mountain pass and on to Bulgan village. Arrive midday at Bayanzag, a forest of rare saxaul trees and the “flaming cliffs” where many dinosaur remains have been found and Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first dinosaur eggs during his expedition of the 1920s.
Today we travel north-east to Mandal-Ovoo and then to Saikhan-Ovoo. Here, on a bend in the Ongi river, are the remains of two monasteries, one on each bank of the river. Arriving at lunchtime allows time to explore the ruins and relax for the afternoon.
A long day’s ride continuing northwards through Middle Gobi to reach Zorgol Khairkhan, a dramatic granite mountain with bizarre rock formations jutting out against the skyline. Our last night is spent not far from Bayanunjuul village at Ovorburd Sands.
As we return to Ulaanbaatar, the landscape becomes gradually greener and more mountainous. Even close to the city people still live the traditional lifestyle, but there are more horses and less camels than we encountered in the Gobi. We expect to arrive in Ulaanbaatar shortly after midday. Overnight hotel.