This exciting trail in the northern provinces of Bulgan and Selenge, passes through varied and beautiful landscapes with wide fertile valleys, forests of silver birch and poplar, rivers and mountain passes. There are a few villages along the way, but most of the population are nomadic and live in the traditional round white gers. Depending on how much rain has fallen, wild flowers may be abundant, and there is a good chance of seeing eagles, cranes, vultures, partridge, falcons and other interesting birds along the way.
Erdenet is one of only three cities in Mongolia. It has grown up around the copper mining industry and is relatively wealthy. There is evidence that Mongolians were making copper pots in Erdenet 200 years ago.
One branch of the Trans Mongolian railway line from Ulaanbaatar terminates at Erdenet, so a convenient way to get to the start point of the tour.The overnight train has sleeping compartments; the journey takes about 14 hours.
The Selenge river has the largest number of tributaries including the Orkhon, the Tuul, Ider, Delger-Moron and Chuluut rivers which flow from the Khangai mountains and from Khovsgol. Its waters eventually flow out to the Arctic Ocean.
Sometimes, depending on the amount of rainfall, wild flowers in Mongolia's mountain regions are abundant and spectacular. Unusual birds and animals may also be spotted in these sparsely populated areas.
This is one of the three largest Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia and sits at the foot of Mount buren-Khan. It was built in 1727 to house the remains of Zanabazar, Mongolia's first religious leader. The temples were built in Chinese style with support from the Manchu Emperor in Beijing. The plan is symmetrical and the main buildings succeed each other along a north-south axis. Despite its importance, Amarbayasgalant "Monastery of Tranquil Felicity" is very remote and it is a wonderful finish to a thrilling mountain bike trail.
The trail is classed as moderate, requiring some technical skill to manage the steep rocky passes. Riding through the forests and over mountains on rough tracks sometimes blocked by fallen trees will be quite challenging. The daily riding distance is between 40km and 70km, depending on the terrain, and the total trail is nearly 300 km.
Train from Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet then cycle through the mountains to Amarbayasgalant. Return by jeep to Ulaanbaatar.
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and go to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Ride beside the winding river, lined with willow trees and poplar. The valley opens out into cultivated fields near the 'Selenge' river. Overnight camping.
Ride through "Inget Tolgoi" village and up into virgin silver birch forest, home of wolves and wild boar. Cross two 'mountain passes' then descend to the Selenge river to camp.
Ride through 'Khyalgant' village, then head east into the hills. Cross another wooded pass on a rough rocky track, then descend to a fertile valley to camp.
Follow the track over the mountains, passing through valleys inhabited by many nomadic families. Overnight camping near 'Amarbayasgalant' monastery.
Morning visit the fascinating buddhist 'Monastery ' located in this remote valley. Afternoon return to Ulaanbaatar by jeep. Overnight hotel.
This tour is classed as 98% off-road and is fully supported tour
Accommodation on tour is wild camping in tents
Non riders are welcome to join the tour and can travel in one of the support vehicles
Available to hire: Specialized 'Rockhopper' or Schwinn 'Mesa'
This tour will run with a minimum of 4 people
We accept other major currencies
All Meals (except UB)
2 Nights Hotel (shared twin room)
Hire Of Tents (two people sharing)
All Transportation (except Airport Transfer)
Bottled Mineral Water
Alcohol and Soft Drinks
Flora and Fauna of Bulgan Province
Agriculture of Mongolia's Northern People
Overnight Train Journey in Mongolia
Off The Map Tours started in 1998 doing mountain bike tours, so we've been doing this kind of trip the longest. We've arranged some fantastic trips in remote and beautiful parts of Mongolia and have organised some large group cycling challenge events to raise money for charity. Cycling is the best way to view Mongolia and Mongolian people are really delighted that tourists would come and enjoy their country under their own steam.
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We organize several fixed date group trips to Mongolia including mountain biking, motorcycling, horse riding, trekking and cultural trips. You are welcome to join as an individual or if there are several friends together. This is a good way to travel in Mongolia if you want the companionship of others and to meet some interesting people.
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Motorbike group tour in Eastern Mongolia to the place where Genghis Khan was born.See More Information
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Short motorbike group tour to Terelj National Park and the eastern province of Khentii.See More Information
Camel trek in the Gobi Desert along the Gurvansaikhan mountain range.See More Information
Cultural adventure tour in Central Mongolia includes riding horses, camels and yak cart.See More Information
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Overland group tour through Middle Gobi and down to the Gobi Desert in the south of Mongolia.See More Information
Middle Gobi motorcycle tour includes the monastery ruins at Ongii Hiid.See More Information
Adventurous trekking adventure in the mountains of western Mongolia using camels as pack animals.See More Information
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