This is an amazing 3-day trip to the east of Ulaanbaatar including forested mountain passes, remote steppe and dramatic landscapes. The journey begins riding along the Tuul river to Terelj National Park, then a little further to the gigantic silver statue of Genghis Khan on a horse. Beyond this we ride eastward into Khentii province and through a valley where it is believed that Genghis Khan established his original capital. It is also celebrated as the place where the book “Secret History of the Mongols” was written. Wooden bridges in various states of repair cross the Kherlen river and its tributaries and the route crosses some wild high steppe and passes by a few small lakes and villages before returning to Ulaanbaatar. The total riding distance is 600km's, of which approximately 90% is off-road on rough jeep tracks. Most of the route is an area of Mongolia rarely visited by tourists and there is no formal accommodation so we will camp in tents and take all equipment, including a kitchen tent.
This statue of Genghis Khan is located 50 km from Ulaanbaatar. It is 40 metres high and has a conference centre in the base and an elevator in the horse’s legs for visitors to reach the head. It is the world's tallest horse statue.
Khuduu Aral is a plain 30km long and 20km wide on the meander of the Kherlen river. It is closely connected with the historical work "The Secret History of the Mongols" and there is a monument to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the event.
The Kherlen river has its source in the Khan Khentii mountain range and belongs to the Pacific basin system. It flows for 1624 kilometers and drains into the lake of Dalai Nuur in China.
According to the Mongol scholar Damdinsuren, it was in Delgerkhan district that the three great Khans, Ogodei, Monkhe and Yeson Temur were crowned. It was the oldest population centre in Mongolia and used as a supply base for the Mongol army.
Each night will be wild camping (tents provided) and support vehicles will carry the equipment and luggage. Support staff travel with us, including a cook to prepare the meals. Mostly the trail follows rough jeep tracks, but we do ride a little distance on tarmac.
Ride through Terelj National Park then to Baganuur and south to Delgerkhan.
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 and safety issues. Overnight in hotel.
Meet the tour crew and allocate motorbikes. Start riding along a potholed tarmac road to reach the village of Gachuurt. Following the Tuul river for several kilometres, the road quickly becomes very poor, rough and rocky, with mountains either side. Heading uphill through pine and silver birch forest, cross two mountain passes at over 1800 meters altitude, then down into the valley to the village of 'Terelj'. There are many tourist ger camps and hotels in this beautiful valley, which reminds one of how remote other parts of the trail are. Stop to visit the amazing silver statue of 'Genghis Khan' on a horse and visit the museum located in the base of the statue. Continue eastwards riding through typical lush green meadows and hills inhabited only by nomadic families with their herds of animals. Overnight camping.
After the coal mining town of 'Baga Nuur' we ride parallel to the Kherlen river for a while and along a long flat valley before reaching the village of Tsenkhermandal. After a few kilometres on the new black-topped “Millennium Road” we turn southwards, back onto the hard-pack track. We come upon the rather surprising health spa 'Avarga Toson' where many local people go to bathe and health various ailments. Not far from this “holiday village” is a marvelous statue marking the place where the first book describing the history of Mongolia was written: 'The Secret History of the Mongols'. Continue in a south-westerly direction until reaching the wide Kherlen River. The 'Wooden' bridges are quite exciting and make for some good photographs. Overnight camping.
The wide empty valley is crossed by many tracks and after a while we head up to a low pass at an altitude of 1273 meters and cross a wild remote stretch of steppe where you may see 'Gazelle' wild foxes, eagles, or other wildlife. Pass through the pretty village of Bayanjargal and continue on for a further 40km or so, bypassing another health spa Buureljuut Raashan and on to the village of Gurvan Bag where the line of the Trans Siberian Railway crosses our track. The trail passes by more dramatic and beautiful granite rocky mountains and over 'Buural' davaa pass at an altitude of 1603 meters with fantastic views at the top. Ride down to the mining town of Nalaikh and back to Ulaanbaatar along the tarmac road. Overnight hotel.
This tour is classed as 90% off-road and is fully supported tour
Accommodation on tour is wild camping with no washing facilities
Non riders are welcome to join any of our motorbike tours
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)
Tent Hire (two people sharing)
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
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Silver Genghis Khan horse statue
Monument to Secret History
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.
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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
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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
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