This trip is a fascinating cultural experience as well as an off-road bike tour across Mongolia of over 1750km. 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 yurts ("gers") and herds of camels, goats and horses.
Khongoryn Els is the largest accumulation of sand in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. The wind blows continually, so the dunes can reach an imposing 200 meters height. The highest dunes are called 'Singing Sands' by the local inhabitants.
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 185km long, as well as forests of small saksaul trees and other desert vegetation.
Ongii Hiid, a once large Buddhist Monastery destroyed in the 1930s lies in the hills on the edge of a bend in the Ongi river. It is a quiet and spiritual place; one can imagine the original busy monastery on one side of the river and the non-religious community on the other side.
Tsagaan Suvaraga (White Stupa) limestone rock is about 30 metres high and shaped strangely as a result of wind and water erosion. This area is rich in marine fossils as a huge inland sea once covered it. In the year 2000 an earthquake shook the eastern part of the White Stupa and it partly collapsed.
Tsagaan Suvaraga (White Stupa) limestone rock is about 30 metres high and shaped strangely as a result of wind and water erosion. This area is rich in marine fossils as a huge inland sea once covered it.
The Bearded Vulture, 'Yol' in Mongolian, has given the valley its name: 'Yolyn Am' means Vulture Gorge. The Gurvan Saikhan National Park is the only area in the southern Gobi Altai region where copses of beech and willow trees have been preserved.
This tour is nearly all on rough jeep tracks across the rolling hills of Middle Gobi and the sparse desert of South Gobi. All nights are spent at ger camps where the accommodation is in traditional Mongolian round white felt tents, and there are restaurant and bathroom facilities. Some days are long and require stamina, but towards the end of the tour the distance between ger camps is less and riding days shorter.
Circular route starting from Ulaanbaatar and going to the western edge of the Gobi Desert
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and go to hotel. Afternoon or evening meet the tour leader and rest of group. Start pre tour meeting. Meeting talks about day by day itinerary & safety issue. Overnight in 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 'Baga Gazriin Chuluu', a mountain of unusual granite rocks which are home to ibex, marmots, steppe fox and plenty of birds of prey. Overnight ger camp.
Ride through Mandalgov, the capital town of Dundgov Province and 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. Overnight ger camp.
The track to Dalanzadgad, capital of 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. The town appears like a mirage and it takes nearly two hours of riding to reach it after seeing it from a far. Overnight ger camp situated within view of the 'Gobi Gurvansaikhan' mountains. Overnight ger camp.
Ride up into the mountains of the Gurvansaikhan Uul (“Three Beautiful Mountains”). This national park is so unexpected in the middle of the desert and it is a delight to feel so cool in the deep canyon where sunlight reaches for only a few minutes each day. After walking into 'Yolyn Am' (the “Vulcher’s Mouth”) we ride westwards at the foot of the mountains to 'Khongoryn Els' where huge sand dunes meet the end of the Altai mountain range. Overnight ger camp.
Leaving the golden dunes behind us we ride through a wonderful mountain pass and on to Bulgan village. Not far from here is Bayanzag, a forest of rare 'Saksaul' 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. Overnight ger camp.
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 'Ongii Hiid' monastery on each bank of the river. Overnight ger camp.
Continue 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 in this wonderful place and if you have enough energy you can climb on the mountain in the evening for great views of the area and different photographic angles. Overnight ger camp.
As we return to Ulaanbaatar, the landscape becomes gradually greener and more mountainous. Even close to the city people still live the traditional lifestyle; there are more horses and less camels than we encountered in the Gobi. We expect to arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the early afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
This tour is classed as 80% off-road and is fully supported tour
Accommodation on tour is always in ger camps
Non riders are welcome to join any of our motorbike tours. Price is available on request
Available to hire: KTM 450EXC
100% fully guided motorcycle tour
This tour will run with a minimum of 4 people
We accept other major currencies
All Meals (except UB)& Bottled Mineral Water
2 Nights Hotel (shared twin room)
Traditional Ger Camps (shared Ger)
All Transportation (except Airport Transfer)
Motorbike Insurance (3rd Party)
Motorbike Protective Clothing
Motorbike Damage Security Deposit (fully refundable)
Motorbike Hire ( motorbike hire USD $130 per day including fuel)
Alcohol and Soft Drinks.
Baga Gazriin Chuluu
Vulture's Mouth Canyon
Khongor Els Dunes
Saksaul Forest "Zag"
When choosing which trip you want to do you will need to consider the tour dates, the cost the length of the tour and type of accommodation. See the chart below for easy comparison:
Mountain, Forest, Steppe
Desert & Steppe
Mountain, Forest, Steppe
Mountain, Desert, Steppe
Desert & Steppe
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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.
Mountain bike group tour in northern Mongolia beginning with an overnight train to the start point.See More Information
Motorbike group tour to the Gobi Desert passing through South Gobi province.See More Information
Horse riding tour in the Orkhon valley of Central Mongolia where Genghis Khan made his capital.See More Information
Motorbike group tour in Eastern Mongolia to the place where Genghis Khan was born.See More Information
Naadam festival group tour in Central Mongolia includes the annual village summer sporting festival.See More Information
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
Our new motorbike group tour across Middle Gobi and Ovorkhangai provinceSee More Information
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
Motorcycle group tour to the Khorgo Volcano and White Lake National Park in Central Mongolia.See More Information
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