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.
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 300km. This itinerary is suitable for cyclist with a reasonable level of fitness and off-road experience.
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The tour begins by train from Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet City, then cycle through the mountains and valleys of Bulgan and Selenge provinces, finishing at Amarbayasgalant monastery. Mongolia is a great place for a mountain biking tour, but this route is remote and the terrain rough. In parts of the country there are no facilities for tourists so we camp in the wilderness.
Arrive in 'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Afternoon free time to see the city or just relax. 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. Overnight ger 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. Overnight ger camp.
Follow the track over the mountains, passing through valleys inhabited by many nomadic families. Overnight camping near 'Amarbayasgalant' monastery. Overnight ger camp.
Morning visit the fascinating 'Buddhist Monastery', located in this remote valley. Afternoon return to Ulaanbaatar by jeep. Overnight hotel.
The tour begins by train from Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet City, then cycle through the mountains and valleys of Bulgan and Selenge provinces, finishing at Amarbayasgalant monastery.
Mongolia is a great place for a mountain biking tour, but this route is remote and the terrain rough. In parts of the country there are no facilities for tourists so we camp in the wilderness.
Bulgan mountain biking trail description:
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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.
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.
During 5 days cycling we cover a distance of approximately 300km, mainly on rough jeep tracks (classed as 98% off-road). There are river crossings, mountain passes and long grassy valleys, with a few technical sections. The trail is suitable for riders of some experience and is graded moderate. However, there is full vehicle support, so riders with less experience can always get a lift if necessary.
"The staff was extremely dedicated and the bike route took us to places of extraordinary beauty and diverse landscape of Mongolia. This mountain biking trip certainly was the most challenging and memorable one so far"