None of the tours are suitable for beginners. Participants must be good confident riders, able to ride our tall enduro-style motorbikes and should preferably have some off-road experience. You will be riding on loose stones, rock, mud, hard pack and sand, and occasionally on tarmac. Some routes are more technical than others, so check before choosing a trip to make sure the trail matches your ability. The tours are not technically very difficult but the daily riding distances are long so you need to be fit and have stamina.
On motorbike tours the distance may be only 100 km or as far as 300km per day; it depends on how many interesting things there are to do along the way and the distance between ger camps. If riding on a good asphalt road surface then we can of course ride much further.
Yes. Your travel insurance must cover you for riding a motorcycle of 450cc in Mongolia. Some insurance companies class this as a dangerous activity and charge an extra premium. If your driving licence is not endorsed for motorcycles, you must check with the insurance company if they will cover you. If you have an accident and need to make a claim, the insurance will not pay out if you have not informed them correctly before the start of the tour.
Yes, you must have a valid driving licence from your own country. If your driving licence is not endorsed for motorcycles, you must check with the insurance company if they will cover you.
Yes, Non-Riders are welcome and can travel in the support vehicles.
Unfortunately our motorcycles are not intended for 2 people and they have no rear footrests, so people cannot ride pillion.
Full face helmet, proper motocross rigid boots, knee pads, elbow pads, body armour (chest and spine protector), gloves. You also need riding trousers and a jacket. There is a huge variety of kit available on the internet or at motorbike shops, at a range of prices. If you protect yourself well that will be better.
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No. We do not rent our motorbikes except to people joining one of our fully supported tours with us.
We do not normally charge for normal wear and tear or replacement parts resulting from mechanical failures, nor for minor scratches to bodywork. A charge would be made as a result of crash damage and generally includes such things as bent handlebars, dented exhaust, foot pegs or wheel rims.
Yes, All our motorbikes are insured "Third Party" but not for damage.
If you are not experienced at off-road riding, you should get in some practice before the trip and take some lessons if possible. If you are fit and good at riding, you will enjoy the trip more and it will be safer. However, a few of our clients have been injured in training and had to cancel their trip, so please take care!
No. We will purchase all replacement parts ourselves from a reliable source. We use genuine new spares only to ensure the reliability of our bikes. You can request to see the Spare Parts Price List at any time.
A road motorbike helmet should be OK as long as it is full-face. Remember you will look different on your off-road KTM motorbike.
No, boots normally worn for road motorbike riding will not be suitable and not allowed.
Yes, you can bring your own parts and accessories. Please let us know well in advance.
You are welcome to join one of our motorbike tours, riding your own bike. Please ask about the price.
We have the tools that we are likely to need for maintenance and repair of our own motorbikes. We also take some spare parts. If you bring your own bike, it is up to you to decide what tools and parts you might need. You must remember that there are no bike shops in the remote places in which we travel, and even in Ulaanbaatar parts are unavailable.
We have some helmets and boots available to hire in various sizes, but you have to ask at the time of booking.
Between 4 and 12 riders, plus our staff.
Often single people join our trips. Typically a group would be made up of several single people and some friends who have signed up together.
Mongolian weather is unpredictable, so you should be prepared for hot sun, rain, wind and hail. It is not uncommon to see all four seasons in a single day. Generally speaking, July and August are the best months. If your tour is in June or September, the weather might be cooler and it is less likely to rain.
If you want to arrive in Mongolia early, or stay longer after your tour has finished, we can make the extra hotel reservations for you at the Continental Hotel. If you want to travel in China or Russia, we can also help with arrangements using our experienced agents based in Beijing and Moscow.