This amazing 3-day ride to Khentii province east of Ulaanbaatar, includes 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.
The total riding distance is 600 km 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. 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. Some days are long and require stamina.
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Circular route through Terelj National Park then to Baganuur and south to Delgerkhan and return to Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia is a great place for a motorcycle tour, but it is only suitable for confident riders with off-road experience. The routes are too remote and the terrain too rough for beginners. On this tour there are no facilities for tourists so we camp in the wilderness.
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. 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 'Avaraga Toson' where many local people go to bathe and heal various ailments. Not far from this “holiday village” is a 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. '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' , steppe 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 Rashaan 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 'Buuraliin' 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'.
The total riding distance is 600 km 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.
Support staff travel with us, including a cook to prepare the meals. The riding days are long and require stamina.
Eastern Mongolia moto-trail description:
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The places you will see along the way:
This statue of Genghis Khan on a horse is located east of Ulaanbaatar, beside the Tuul river. The statue is 40 meters tall and people can go up a lift inside the neck to reach the horse's head for magnificent panoramic views.
Avarga Toson is a health resort with a perfectly circular lake that has a high concentration of minerals and yellow mud. During the summer months it is busy with local people who bathe there for its healing properties.
A statue commemorating the 750th anniversary of the book "Secret History of the Mongols" . The stone script bears the words of Genghis Khan: "My body will disappear but our people will live on eternally".
The total riding distance is 600 km 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. 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.
"The tour was great organized. The hotel in Ulaanbaatar, the tour briefing, the information material, the transportation to the tour start was perfect. It´s very good to recommend off-road experience and appropriate driving skills."