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 is650 kmof which approximately 90% is off-road on rough jeep tracks. There are some tricky technical sections including rock, mud and river crossings, as well as open plains riding. Most of the route is an area of Mongolia rarely visited by tourists and there is no formal accommodation so each night will be wild camping (tents provided) and support vehicles will carry the equipment and luggage.
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Arrive in 'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Evening meet the tour leader and rest of group for pre tour meeting. The meeting is about the 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 km's, 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 km's 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 40 km 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'.
This three-day tour takes you through extremely beautiful and dramatic countryside, both mountains and steppe, and includes the famous silver statue of Genghis Khan on a horse as well as several important historical sites.
Support staff travel with us, including a cook to prepare the meals. Accommodation is wild camping, in the wilderness with no luxurious facilities.
Eastern Mongolia moto-trail description:
The following items are included in the price of the tour:
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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 trail covers 650 km's on rough trails through the "Terelj" National Park and the open plains south of the "Kherlen" river. This area is of great historical significance since Genghis Khan was born here and started his campaign to unite the tribes of Mongolia, going on to create the great Mongol Empire.
"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."