Throughout history, the nomadic people of Mongolia have moved with their herds to find better conditions, or to trade for basic necessities. Ulaanbaatar was the central trading point on the route from Russia to China, where furs were exchanged for silk and tea. Travel from east to west by merchants and tradesmen was encouraged during the Mongol Empire because the local nomadic people needed to trade for weapons, pots and cloth which they did not make themselves. This motorcycle trail encompasses some of those ancient routes, and the Buddhist monasteries along the way which were the only permanent settlements.
Mongolia’s wild open spaces completely lend themselves to the challenge of off-road motorcycle riding. The terrain on this Nomad’s Trail routes are 65% off-road includes rough jeep tracks, hard-pack, loose gravel, rock, mud and river crossings. Experience is required because the route is remote and far from good medical facilities. Accommodation is at traditional 'GER' camps with decent facilities, located in the most beautiful places.
In the north of Mongolia, between three of the largest mountain ranges, lies the junction of five major rivers: Delgermurun, Bugsei, Ider, Chuluut and Selenge Murun. The beauty and remoteness of this place are remarkable and one night spent in a luxury ger camp under the stars will be one of the highlights of the trip.
These days about a quarter of the population are still nomadic, living in traditional gers (yurts) and moving frequently with their herds of animals. See how people work with their livestock, their horse-riding skills and religious practices and traditions. Visitors traveling and enjoying their country are always made welcome.
“Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur” in the Khangai mountains of Central Mongolia lies at an altitude of 2060 meters. It was created many millennia ago when torrents of lava from the nearby Khorgo volcano blocked the north and south Terkh rivers forming a damned lake. The water is crystal clear and home to many species of fish and birds.
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.
The bikes are allocated and we set off. This is a long first day, nearly all off-road, arriving late afternoon at the ger camp situated at the foot of the dramatic granite 'Khogno Khan' mountain.
A one hour ride on the tarmac brings us to 'Kharkhorin', once the focal point of the Mongol Empire. Visit Erdene Zuu which at one time was the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia. Ride to Tsetserleg for lunch, then over Bulgan mountain to a ger camp beside the Tamir river 'Taikhar Chuluu'. Overnight 'Ger' camp.
Ride northwards through lovely and varied scenery, over 'Tarvagtai Davaa' and on to Jargalant village, famous for being the birthplace of Undur Gongor, the tallest man in Mongolia; he lived in the early 20th century and stood at 2.36 meters tall. Overnight 'Ger' camp.
We are now in the province known as Khovsgol, a beautiful mountainous region with several major rivers. Near the point where 'Five Rivers' meet is a ger camp and here is where we spend the evening, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Overnight 'Ger' camp.
Ride south to the freshwater 'Ugii Lake' located in the hills of Arkhangai province. The lake is home to many species of fish and water birds. Overnight 'Ger' camp near the lake.
The terrain on this Nomad’s Trail is 65% off-road includes rough jeep tracks, hard-pack, loose gravel, rock, mud and river crossings.
Experience is required because the route is remote and far from good medical facilities.
Accommodation is at traditional 'GER' camps with decent facilities, located in the most beautiful places.
АНХААРУУЛГА: Хэрэв та болон таны компани тухайн аялалын маршрутын чиглэл, текст үг өгүүлбэр, фото, газрын зургыг хуулбарлахаар төлөвлөж байгаа болон хуулбарлан санаа авч өөр арга хэлбэрээр дахин нэр өгч өөрчлөн боловсруулж ашиглахыг хориглоно!
Non-Riders are welcome on every trip and can ride in one of the support vehicles. Mongolia motorcycle adventures give you an opportunity to make great friends amongst the group as well as meeting local Mongolians and nomadic families living an ancient lifestyle that has changed little in centuries.