Off The Map Tours has been running for more than two decades and has a history of innovation and achievement. Starting in 1998, we initially did mountain biking, horse riding, hiking treks, and cultural tours. Later we branched into motorbike tours, becoming Mongolia's leading off-road motorcycle tour company.
We research and operate all our own trips and have done ground operations for adventure tour operators from around the world. We have used expert suppliers to provide the best and most suitable equipment for the conditions, enabling us to do the most exciting and well-run challenging tours in Mongolia.
British Executive Service Overseas (BESO)
consultant worked with OTMT to
develop the business plan
Khovsgol Mountain Biking Tour
Horse trek in Northern Mongolia and
reconnaissance for new routes
“The World of Cycling”
Mongolian Book is Published
"Wildcat Adventures" MTB Trips
First Western Mongolia Trek
Extension Tours in China & Russia
Yamaha Motorcycles Selected
Kamaz Expedition Bus
"Girl Guides" Charity Challenge
Bulgan Mountain Bike Trail
Eastern Mongolia Motorbike Tour
"The Brooke" - Horse Charity
"Moto Planet" Spanish Motorbike
group in Gobi Desert
Family Adventure Tour
“Viaje en Moto" Motorbike Trail
"Help for Heroes" horse riding
Garage / Workshop Built
“Tenere Viaggi” Mountain Bike Tour
Trekking Western Mongolia
Gobi Desert Motorcycle Trails
Thai BMW Motorbike Club Trip
New "Factory Edition" KTM 450 EXCs
Suspension Service Workshop
American Astronaut Completed
"Master Rally" motorcycle trail
"Cathay Pacific" pilots Middle Gobi
We are a completely independent travel tour operator in Mongolia, not an agent or representative of any other company. In addition we have the best and most enthusiastic team who work efficiently together to create the best experience.
Phone: + 976 95145297 (GMT +8)
© 1998 - 2023 "Off The Map Tours" - All Rights Reserved. Company Registration Number: 6145086
Company name "Off The Map Tours" chosen after brain storming session with a group of English friends who visited Mongolia in 1995.
Off The Map Tours members (photo: Macmillan cycling charity challenge)
Several of our original team members were in the "National Cycling Team" (in the early 90's) and the company founder, Ts. Darjaa was a coach of the "Mongolian Olympic Cycling Team" and founder of the "Mongolian Cycling Federation".
Tokyo 1964 Olympics Games Opening Ceremony - 'Team Mongolia' Athletes
So, based on our combined skills and interests, we set up the company to operate mountain bike tours in Mongolia. The goal was to provide visitors with an experience different from that which other travel companies were offering. Furthermore, we would give a personal and reliable service.
Logo designed by D. Battumur featuring black and white camels against the sunset. Battumur's earlier work includes the well-known logo for Mongolian Airlines National Flag Carrier, MIAT.
First draft of 'Off The Map Tours' - logo drawn by hand, including the letter font which is an "old English" typography writing style.
"JR" Leisure Group Ltd of Leicester were instrumental in the start up of the business. Generous advice and support given by Dave, Tina and Colin in providing high quality outdoor equipment. Find out more: https://www.jrleisure.co.uk/
J and R Leisure Camping shop (photo: Sept 1997)
The 3-man colour-coded alloy-poled "Vango" Storm 300 tents from "JR" Leisure are still in use for our camping tours, providing comfortable weather-proof accommodation for campers in the Mongolian wilderness.
Business registered as a Limited Liabilty Company No: 6145086
In February 1998 we attended a "Business Link" course in Leicester, UK, for business planning. Initial contacts were made in the Travel Industry.
Original advert placed in the UK Sunday "Observer" newspaper, partnering with "Barfield" Travel & Tours Agricultural Travel Bureau - fully bonded ABTA 42709 and ATOL 2230. The description still holds true today: "Mongolia is one of the world's few remaining wilderness destinations and it is still possible to see no one else whilst travelling in the countryside."
Photo: Sunday Observer newspaper classified advertisement (April 1998)
The first 1998 tour brochure: an illustrated day by day itinerary was hand drawn, then scanned and as many copies as were required were printed out using a ribbon printer.
Photo: Screenshot of the front cover of the printed brochure
Photo: Screenshot of the day-by-day itinerary
▲ Several stages involved in brochure production; text written on a type writer, meaning any errors cannot be corrected (have to start again).
Photo: Brochure tour map plan (January 1998)
▲ The typewriter had no "font size" option, just a single letter size, but it did the job.
Travel Consultant - Mary Stephens was posted to Ulaanbaatar by the (BESO) 'British Executive Service Overseas' organisation to work with OTMT to create a feasible business plan.
In Office (photo: Summer 1999)
Agreements were made with several UK travel companies including "Himalayan Kingdoms", "Regent Holidays", "Wildcat Adventures" and "Discover Adventure" for OTMT to be their ground operator in Mongolia.
Unfortunately some travel companies did not see the vision:
- "Exodus," said our tours needed to be “cheaper and more esoteric”.
- "Travelbag", decided that Mongolia is "too boring".
- "KE" Adventure's managing director Tim Greening took our newly researched "Gobi Desert And Khangai Mountain Bike Route" and gave it to another Mongolian tour company who quoted USD 50 cheaper. “Business is business”, he said on the phone. Later KE sent this letter:
Website www.mongolia.co.uk launched in summer 1999 hosted by "Virgin FreeSpace" server. Making a website - even using the World Wide Web - was a completely new thing. Aaron of "WildTalk" learned html language and helped create the website.
The Yahoo search engine dominated, together with Netscape, AOL, HotBot, AltaVista and Ask Jeeves. No one had heard of Google. Sample of one page of our 2000 website:
We organised two mountain bike charity challenges to raise funds for "Macmillan" Cancer Support.
OTMT charted an AN-24 airplane from MIAT to transport participants to start point of the mountain biking challenge in the Gobi Desert.
▲ The riders on these very remote charity challenges were a brave and hardy group committed to the cause. For some, it was their first overseas trip and many had never camped in tents before.
▲ Meals for the group of 30 riders plus staff, were cooked on three traditional Mongolian stoves, fuelled with wood which had to be transported. Compared with today's propane gas stoves, that was hard work !
▲ Each day the route was explained to everyone, before setting off into the wilderness.
▲ The first 5km of the 400km Macmillan ride, starting from the airport at 'Bayankhongor', were the only black-topped section of the ride, the rest was all off-road.
▲ We were the first to travel the route over the 'Khangai' mountains by mountain bike. The participants witnessed a country unspoiled by modern interventions.
▲ After 4 days of riding they arrived at the highest point: "Khul-Sayan" pass, which marks the border between the Gobi Desert and Arkhangai province in Central Mongolia.
▲ Logistically this trip was very challenging for us, setting up the campsite and cooking meals for 35 + people.
▲ This tour took place in August, believe it or not!
▲ Fortunately, on the other side of the pass, the sun was shining again.
▲ A nomadic family nearby the camp welcomed the 35 foreigners into their home (a ger) and offered tea and dried curds to all.
▲ The finish line in Kharkhorin at the Buddhist monastery "Erdene Zuu".
▲ Thanks to all "Macmillan" fundraisers who came to Mongolia for this historic adventure.
Lake "Khovsgol" region in Northern Mongolia is known in guidebooks as being “the Mongolian Switzerland”. This was a new area for us.
▲ We did a mountain bike trip and at the same time planned for future hikes, horse treks and mountain bike routes in the Khovsgol region. The overland journey there from Ulaanbaatar took 3 days and 2 nights, with poor maps, no sat nav and terrible road conditions.
▲ A tough climb to the top of the pass, rewarded by a magnificent view of Lake Khovsgol.
▲ Sometimes the tracks are a cyclist's dream - smooth and flat, through beautiful scenery.
A past client who had been on the "Macmillan" bicycle challenge in 2000, returned to Mongolia with friends to do a horse trek in the mountains west of Lake Khovsgol.
▲ Setting out for a week on horseback in the Khoridol Saridag mountains.
The so-called "Reindeer Trek" in Khovsgol was named after the nomadic community of reindeer herders who live in the region near the border with Siberia.
▲ The Khovsgol trek was a success, with clients particularly enjoying arriving at their first ger camp by motorboat.
▲ View across the Khoridol Saridag mountains, west of Lake Khovsgol.
▲ The Khoridol Saridag mountains are within the Khovsgol Lake National Park which was established in 1992 and is a strictly protected area.
OTMT became a member of "PATA" (Pacific Asia Travel Association): Member no. 557422
The trips we organized for UK travel company Himalayan Kingdoms usually started in Beijing, where the group would then travel to Mongolia on the infamous Trans Siberian railway.
▲ The railway line passes through the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and north to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
▲ The train journey from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar takes 30 hours: two days and one night, passing across the Gobi Desert.
▲ It is always an exciting journey, especially at the border when the train is lifted up in the air, one carriage at a time, to change the bogeys.
▲ After spending time hiking in Mongolia the Himalayan Kingdoms groups would fly on to Moscow for the final leg of their tour, also arranged by OTMT.
OTMT founder Ts. Darjaa a distinguished teacher and well- known for being the coach of the Mongolian Olympic Cycling team as well as founder of the "Mongolian Cycling Federation". Here he discusses his book research with American friend, Mr. Frank Reidy.
▲ “The World of Cycling” is published as Mr. Frank Reidy generously sponsored the publishing.
Scottish company "Wildcat Adventures" enjoyed the "Gobi Desert and Khangai Mountain Bike Trip".
▲ A remote valley in the Khangai mountains.
▲ Sometimes the ascents are tough in the Khangai, second highest mountain range in Mongolia.
▲ Khangai mountains at 'Khol-Sayan' pass between Arkhangai and Bayankhongor.
The "Anthony Nolan" charity accomplished a 200 km horse trek across Mongolia to raise money for the UK Leukaemia charity.
▲ The horses were provided by nomadic families living in the Kharkhorin area of Ovorkhangai province.
▲ There was one Mongolian horseman for every 5 horses, and the local families used the money earned to buy Russian style horse saddles which would increase their opportunities for future work in the tourist industry in Kharkhorin.
▲ They had a great time, riding in the mountains and valleys of Central Mongolia.
▲ Every morning the local horsemen worked hard saddling up the horses whilst we prepared the breakfast.
The Steamboat Mountain School of Colorado, USA (formerly known as Whiteman School) sent a group of students to Mongolia for an educational trip. They stayed at a school in Khovsgol where their programme included language components, homestay, service, cultural training, interaction and adventure. The objective was to teach them how to handle rugged terrain, simple lodging and food, and physical and mental challenges.
An English couple had seen the description of a trek in Western Mongolia in the book "World's 100 Best Trails" and wanted to do it. There was only a simple narrative to follow, including the name of the village at the start point and a few landmarks such as river confluences and mountain passes.
▲ Very remote hiking, we met only a few herders along the way.
▲ The joy of very wild camping.
▲ A camel was hired to carry the luggage, but it became weak on Day 2 so a replacement had to be found in the middle of nowhere. A local herder along the way took over with his camels; it turned out he had been the guide for the author of the book. What a coincidence !
▲ Afternoon tent party.
▲ The trek led to Mount Kharkhiraa and Mount Turgen, and down the wild and beautiful "Yamaat" valley.
▲ The steep descent into Yamaatiin valley is spectacular and simply cannot be captured in a photograph. The local guides sing to the camels to coax them gently down the mountain path.
▲ After 8 days hiking, the trek finished at a village inhabited by Kazakh people. This certainly is one of the best treks in the world.
The plan: to start operating Mongolia's very first motorcycle tours. Following extensive research, "Yamaha" WR250F motorcycles were chosen and shipped from the UK to Mongolia.
Working with Chinese Government organization "CYTS" a tour in Beijing was arranged as well as train tickets to Mongolia.
The Great Wall of China is an appropriate start for a tour that includes both China and Mongolia.
▲ The first section of the Trans Siberian Railway passes through the Great Wall as it goes from Beijing northwards to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
▲ The train passes through Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China.
▲ The first night at a ger camp in Mongolia. what a contrast to Beijing !
▲ The layout of the ger and the materials with which they are made, are always the same.
▲ Hiking in a valley in Arkhangai province.
▲ It is common to be invited into a family ger and offered various milk products.
In 2005 mid- winter a Kamaz 6x6 expedition bus was brought from Copenhagen, Denmark across Russia to Mongolia.
▲ Having been stuck at the Finland-Russia border for 2 weeks at new year because border officials were on vacation, the rest of the journey took 10 days, driving continuously day and night.
▲ The Kamaz expedition bus is known for its great off-road capability, and for looking cool of course. All our tour support vehicles are well-suited to Mongolia's difficult terrain and there is no better vehicle than the KAMAZ 43114 "Polar Bear":
Video: Some of our own support vehicles
More charity challenges were organised, this time for the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society).
▲ The cycling challenge route went over the Khangai mountains in central Mongolia and finished in Kharkhorin.
▲ The particpants were far from being typical cycling tourists and they worked really hard, first to raise sponsorship money and then to complete the challenge.
▲ Celebrating at the finish line at the gate of Erdene Zuu Buddhist monastery.
Amateur low-resolution video of the NDCS cycle challenge (2006)
▲ The last night was spent camping by the Orkhon river where local musicians walked over the mountain with their instruments to create a magical evening for the guests.
▲ They played an entire concert of traditional music, including throat singing and contortionist displays.
Our first-ever motorbike tour in Mongolia happened. We were very excited about our new tour plan and the brand new motorbikes. We thought this was such a great mind-blowing new idea. At that time, we could not imagine how difficult and challenging motorbike tours would be. We thought our new motorbikes would last forever, and we didn't know the extent of responsibility required.
▲ The first motorbike tour riders before setting out.
▲ Crossing stream near Arvaikheer.
▲ Outside the city, signposts are such a rare thing.
▲ It is quite hard for the kitchen truck to keep up with the motorbikes. The cook is under constant pressure to work faster, but Mongolians are naturally unfazed and she can feed the entire group freshly prepared meals throughout the trip.
▲ Visiting a Mongolian nomadic family, near Bayankhongor.
▲ Finally, our first tour ended well and everyone enjoyed it.
This amateur video of our first tour was made in 2006 (low resolution)
A large group of "Girl Guides" rode on horseback through the Orkhon valley as their charity fund raising challenge . There were 56 horses in total: 45 with "Girl Guide" riders, 6 Mongolian horsemen and 5-spare horses.
▲ For the local horsemen who live in a money-less economy, this opportunity to earn money by renting out their riding horses is great good fortune.
▲ Lovely camping spot at the start of the trip.
▲ The Mongolian horsemen took care of the horses and looked after the riders constantly.
▲ "Girl Guides" horse riding charity riders.
Bulgan mountain bike tour in Northern Mongolia is a new route for us.
▲ This route had been researched, designed and tested by us, specifically for mountain bike trips.
▲ It's completely off the tourist trail, an ideal route for off-road cycling.
▲ This is a fertile region of Mongolia and there are quite a few villages and nomadic families in the region.
For the first time, we ran a motorbike tour to the birthplace of Genghis Khan in the northeast corner of Mongolia, following a reconnaissance trip we had done last summer to check it out. Riding in remote areas and wild camping every night, we visited the places where Genghis Khan grew up, and the Blue Lake (pictured below) where he was honoured with the title "Genghis Khan", leader of the Mongols, in 1206.
▲ The Blue Lake was the most beautiful, peaceful spot and perfect for camping and relaxing. Nowadays almost all Mongolian families own a car and so many people visit the Blue Lake at weekends during the summer that it has become very crowded, surrounded by buildings and holiday homes.
▲ We stayed one night with the family of one of the team support staff. Our guests were welcomed and greeted in the traditional Mongolian way: being offered the snuff bottle and freshly distilled Mongolian vodka to drink.
▲ They dressed up in the Mongolian traditional dress "deel", joined in with a real Mongolian BBQ "boodog", and watched untamed horses being caught and broken in. This tour was a cultural experience as much as a motorcycle trip.
▲ The rider swapped his motorbike for a horse one evening, a very different experience.
▲ There are some ancient bronze-age rock paintings and writings here near 'Binder' village.
▲ This was the first time we had a female motorbike rider on one of our tours. It was a practice trip for Claire Elsdon, who went on to ride the full length of Africa on her motorbike.
This amateur video of our first "Birthplace of Genghis Khan Motorcycle Tour"
German representative of OTMT, Dr. Marion Wizotski, published the first edition of her German language travel guide book "MONGOLEI" in January 2008. It involved a lot of research and travel within Mongolia. The third and most recent edition was published in April 2018.
Gobi Desert reccie trip: a reconnaissance mission to the Gobi Desert led to an increased choice of overland routes by jeep and motorcycle. Most tour companies fly from Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi, but going overland has many advantages: amazing scenery and a remote experience where you are unlikely to meet other tourists. It gives people an understanding of how vast Mongolia is.
A group of riders from New Zealand came to Mongolia and rode down to the Gobi Desert, then over the 'Khangai' mountain range and back up north through the old capital, Kharkhorin.
▲ This ancient grave marker from the 'Turkic' era is situated on the northern edge of the Gobi Desert and is one of many examples of Central Asian art that can be found in Mongolia.
▲ Re-fuelling motorbikes at a petrol station in Bayankhongor town.
▲ Admiring brand new imported Chinese motorbikes for sale in the local goods market at Bayankhongor.
▲ Heading to the north near 'Shargaljuut' at Bayankhongor.
▲ Enjoying outdoor lunch during the ride.
▲ Team before setting out from 'Khogno Khan' ger camp in Central Mongolia.
This amateur video was taken in 2008 on the Central Mongolia Motorcycle Tour
"Solar Eclipse" Tour. On 1st August 2008 there was a total eclipse of the sun. The path for maximum viewing went through Bayan-Ulgii in North West Mongolia. A trek was organized in Western Mongolia, followed by a drive to "Sagsai" village which had the best view in the whole world of this rare event.
▲ One of the tourists was a Professor in Astronomy from the Texas Observatory, USA, and he gave a fantastic live lesson about the eclipse.
▲ On the day before and after the solar eclipse, domestic airlines cancelled all flights to Western Mongolia. It took 3 days/2 nights to drive the 1750 kilometers back to Ulaanbaatar. The tourists enjoyed an extended party in the back of the Kamaz!
Swapped "Yamaha WR250F" motorbikes for "KTMs" because competitor companies in Mongolia had followed our lead and bought Yamahas to do motorbike tours. It is important to keep one step ahead.
▲ To distinguish OTMT from the rest, the motorcycles were changed (see below) to 2010 KTM 450 EXC motorbikes (blue to orange).
Introducing our two Dodge 50 (RENAULT) ex-British-army utility trucks, brought to Mongolia for use as support vehicles:
▲ These trucks have good ground clearance and are very suited to our requirements in every way.
"The Brooke" charity (healthy working animals for the world's poorest communities) completed a horse riding charity challenge.
▲ Participants of the Brooke challenge. See the video below:
This amateur video was taken in 2009 of the 'The Brooke' Horse Challenge
A Spanish Motorbike group "Moto Planet" chose Mongolia as their destination for 2009. Their circular route ran down south to the Gobi Desert and back.
▲ Moto Planet riders pose for their annual team photograph near 'Khongoryn Els' sand dunes in the Gobi.
▲ The riders recognized the thrill and freedom of riding motorcycles across Mongolia where there are no fences or restrictions.
▲ Stopping in the middle of nowhere to buy some felt souvenirs made by local people.
There was a great family adventure tour with 8 children and their parents in central Mongolia.
▲ Young Mongolian boy rides the yak, pulling visiting children on the cart.
▲ They climbed rocks, bathed in hot springs, rode horses and camels and did some hiking.
This summer we hosted the Austrian motorcycle-adventurer, Joe Pichler, who came through Mongolia on his 27,000 km "Trans Asien" expedition: https://www.josef-pichler.at/content/as/trans-asien-2010/. Having started in Salzburg, Pichler rode his KTM 990 Adventure all the way to Kamchatka in Siberia, meeting up with a group of his friends in Mongolia for a detour with us to the Gobi Desert.
▲ Pichler's own motorbike KTM Adventure 990.
▲ Joe Pichler and his friends in Ulaanbaatar's busy morning traffic.
▲ Big 200 meter high sand dunes at 'Khongoryn Els' at the western end of the Gobi Desert.
▲ Pichler takes a photographic break amongst the horses of Middle Gobi.
▲ The fattest, healthiest camels in Mongolia live in the Gobi Desert.
▲ "Trans Asien" expedition 27,000km, up to Kamchatka to the end of the World, traveled the Austrian adventurer Joe Pichler with his KTM. Along the legendary Silk Road, the journey leads to Tajikistan. Along the Pamir highway to the border with Afghanistan, he crosses 4,500m high mountain passes and in Mongolia he shares his camp with nomads."
More riders experienced the grandeur of the Gobi Desert:
▲ Group photo in the middle of nowhere beside a stupa that houses religious relics.
This amateur video was taken in 2010 of the 'Gobi Desert' Motorcycle Tour
A group of hardy Spanish riders "Viaje En Moto" came and did a trip to the White Lake in Central Mongolia. They weren't able to come any later in the season, so arrived in May when the ice on the lake was just starting to melt.
▲ White Lake fun riding on the beach, warmly dressed.
▲ The tour was in May and the lake was still partly frozen, just starting to melt round the edges.
▲ One of the riders was 2m 7cm tall and Mongolians along the way were very interested and wanted their photo taken with him. This tall Spanish man was not quite as tall as Mongolia's tallest man 2m 37cm, who came from this region.
▲ The gers all have a wood-burning stove so it was warm at night, but setting out in the morning was cold.
This amateur video of the Viaje en Moto tour to White lake in spring 2011
UK charity “Help For Heroes” take on a charity challenge horse trek.
▲ "Help For Heroes" is a charity supporting British servicemen and women who have been injured in the line of duty. It is an honour to continuously be involved with such organisations.
▲ Preparing for winter, cutting the long grass to make hay for the animals.
This amateur video was taken in 2011 of the 'Help for Heroes' Charity Mongolia
▲ Crossing the Tamir river.
After the summer tourist season was finished, materials were purchased from China and brought to Ulaanbaatar to build a garage. A fully equipped workshop was set up for the mechanics to carry out in-house maintenance.
▲ The garage is used to store the support vehicles and motorbikes, and is also a good place to protect staff from extreme Mongolian weather conditions whilst they are working.
Another "Help For Heroes" fund raising horse trek was very successful and the group created some good video footage of “raising the flag” (Help for Heroes) in the manner of Genghis Khan’s warriors.
▲ The finish line at Erdene Zuu monastery in Kharkhorin town.
▲ Group photo beside the Orkhon river.
This amateur video of 'Help for Heroes' horse riding charity challenge tour
Later in the summer of 2012, our tour with Belgian and New Zealand riders went to Khongoriin Els sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, southern Mongolia:
▲ A local nomadic family welcomed us into their ger and gave us "Airag", fermented mare's milk and other milk products.
▲ Relaxing on the steppe whilst motorbikes are refueled.
▲ Riding across South Gobi towards Middle Gobi.
“Tenere Viaggi” Italian mountain bike tour. A large group of cycling enthusiasts from Italy came to experience the northern Mongolia “Bulgan” mountain bike tour.
▲ They expected to see a Naadam festival in the countryside, but Mongolian officials were not confident in predicting the festival date more than 2 days in advance.
▲ Morning breakfast near Amar-Bayasgalant Monastery.
▲ The beautiful mountains of Bulgan province.
▲ Luckily, in the end, the Italians got to witness a colourful Naadam festival in Erdenet town.
This amateur video was taken in 2013 of the 'Northern Mongolia'
The Gobi Desert motorcycle route was the most popular. Accommodation on this tour is in tourist ger camps where facilities include a restaurant, showers, etc.
▲ 'Ongii Hiid' ger camp in Middle Gobi.
▲ Riding on the 'Ongii' steppe.
▲ In the evening our riders and other tourists dressed up in traditional costumes as lamas, warriors, princes, etc. They enjoyed acting out their roles in a little performance for everyone staying at that ger camp. It was a lot of fun.
▲ Visiting a nomadic family, riders are offered "Airag", fermented mare's milk.
This amateur video was taken in 2013 of the 'Gobi Desert' Motorcycle Tour
Trek in Western Mongolia to Mount Kharkhiraa
▲ After reaching the highest point of the trek at the Kharkhiraa pass, the route continues over a high plateau with lovely views of a glacier and snow capped mountain peaks.
▲ At the top of the pass.
The motorbike tour to the birthplace of Genghis Khan is in the eastern part of Mongolia where several of our staff come from. We always spend one night with their family, giving our riders a brilliant chance to experience the Mongolian way of life firsthand, often including a traditional BBQ, horse riding, watching the guys lasso horses, and enjoying an evening with nomadic people whose lives have changed little in centuries.
▲ Collecting the horses and bringing them back in the evening sunset. (Credit: Simon Lister)
▲ Stopping for a lunch break near 'Bayan-Adraga' village overlooking the 'Onon' river. (Credit: Simon Lister)
▲ Overnight camping near 'Bat-Shireet' village.
▲ "Binderiin Ovoo" - here there are rock paintings and the writings of past generations.
▲ "A Trigger Happy Film" short video by Simon Lister.
"KIDULT" Mototrail from Chile also chose to ride to Dadal, the birthplace of Genghis Khan.
▲ One of the riders (guess which one !) had been told by a Shaman priest in Chile that he had been a warrior in Genghis Khan’s army in a previous life. This guy rode a horse magnificently and fitted right in with the Mongolians, so probably the Shaman was right.
▲ Riders from Chile pose at 'Baga Gazariin Chuluu' granite rocks.
Bradt Travel Guide "MONGOLIA". The third edition printed in 2014. OTMT has helped author Jane Blunden with her travel guide since it was first published in 2004, providing photos and local information.
New KTM 450 EXC "Factory Edition" Motorbikes.
▲ The motorbikes were upgraded to limited edition performance bikes, starting with the rare "Factory Edition".
Thailand BMW Club members came to do a tour to the Gobi Desert.
▲ The warriors lined up and were ready to go!
▲ An amphibious machine KTM 450 EXC Factory Edition - the most perfectly suited motorcycle for Mongolia.
▲ A proud moment for this schoolboy at the fuel station in Mandalgov, Middle Gobi.
▲ Enjoying riding across the rolling hills and open steppe of Central Mongolia.
▲ Suddenly it started snowing, to everyone's surprise ! This tour was in mid-June in the Gobi Desert.
▲ The riders rushed to warm their hands in the bonnet of the Defender when we stopped for a break.
▲ Later that same afternoon, we arrived at 'Juulchin Gobi 2' tourist ger camp and everyone celebrated that they had survived the snowstorm and escaped frostbite.
▲ Most riders come to enjoy the off-road tracks, but some love the smooth paved roads.
Setting up our 'Suspension Service Workshop'. Last autumn, two members of our team had attended a study workshop in Italy by The Andreani Group, motorcycle suspension specialists.
▲ It is now possible to adjust and maintain the company KTM suspensions as well as provide a service to the Mongolian motorcycle community.
We improved the "White Lake" motorbike route to provide more off-road sections.
▲ After a quick reccie of the route beforehand, the off-road sections were increased by an extra 20% which everyone preferred.
▲ The group were delighted and it turned out to be a brilliant trip, with the improved route being successfully incorporated. Participant Mr. Deelip Menezez published a complete and insightful blog about the trip. See here: http://deelipmenezes.com/mongolia-by-motorcycle
▲ Crossing the 'Tamir' river by raft avoids a long detour to reach a bridge.
A group of riders from the United Kingdom, including Adrian Newey, "Red Bull" British F1 engineer, completed the "Gobi Desert" Motorcycle Tour.
▲ Adrian Newey, Red Bull F1 Racing’s Chief Technical Officer has won 10 Formula One Constructors’ titles.
▲ They were accompanied by film maker Leander Ward of "Wayfarer Media" who made a short film as a memory of their trip.
"In Motion" Motorcycle Tour Mongolia "Wayfarer Studios" short video.
Norwegian hiking trip to Gobi and Arkhangai: a group of fit Norwegians created their own itinerary which included reaching the peak of the highest sand dunes at Khongoryn Els and climbing the dramatic granite rocks of Khogno Khan mountain.
The "Master Rally" motorcycle new route follows part of the original route of the Mongolian Automotive Motorcycle Federation "MAMF" rally. It is 90% off-road, covering a distance of 1650 km over 7 days of riding in a remote part of ‘Ovorkhangai’ province.
'Ikh Gazariin Chuluu' granite mountain, Master Rally motorcycle tour passes through
Master Rally motorcycle trail is the most remote of our routes and has attracted some particularly special riders.
▲ The Master Rally motorbike tour group included an American astronaut, Mr. William "Bill" Oefelein.
▲ The Master Rally route is way off the regular tourist trail and passes through Central "Tov" Province, Ovorkhangai, and Middle Gobi.
▲ Riding through the open steppe in Ovorkhangai province.
"Cathay Pacific" pilots riding the Middle Gobi motorbike tour were fascinated to see Mongolia at ground level, having previously only seen it from the sky.
▲ "Cathay Pacific" Airlines Fleet. (photo: FlightGlobal)
▲ The "Cathay Pacific" pilots were fascinated to see so many bactrian camels up close.
Motorcycle riders from the Himalayan Kingdom of BHUTAN, including owner of the "Tashi" Group and Bhutan Airlines, came to Mongolia and rode to the birthplace of Genghis Khan.
▲ The Bhutanese wanted to see the land from where their ancestors had originated; Mongolia features in many of their traditional songs.
▲ This Royal rider and his excellent companions were a lot of fun, despite the weather.
▲ A peaceful morning in Eastern Mongolia. Motorbikes serviced and ready to go!
▲ Riders heading to birthplace of Genghis Khan 'Dadal' village on the 'Onon' Bridge
The bikes are now KTM 450 EXC 6-Days 2018 model "France Edition".
No other motorbike rental company is offering such top of the range bikes for their riders.
A different ger camp by the "Chuluut" river gorge on the White Lake tour was discovered.
▲ Some of these beautiful ger camps are in amazing locations, but they just do not promote themselves enough, so no one knows about them !
'Expedition Life' is the brain child of Canadian explorer and ‘activity activist’ Jamie Clarke. He and his son, Khobe Clarke, set out on an adventure to motorbike across Mongolia - (what some may call “an Instagrammable trip of a lifetime”) - but disconnected from their devices in the hopes of re-connecting with the wilds of the planet and with each other.
(photo credit: Jamie Clarke)
Read more about their adventures on BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50830944
They climbed Mongolia's tallest mountain western Mongolia "Mt.Khuiten" (photo: Jamie Clarke)
New 2019 KTM 450 EXC 6-Days model "Chile Edition" motorbikes.
Covid-19 hit the entire travel industry hard. There were no tourists at all in Mongolia this summer.
New 2020 KTM 450 EXC 6-Days 'retro-style' motorbikes were released, although the Six-Days Enduro event was canceled due to COVID-19.
Again no tourists in Mongolia due to COVID. This is particularly difficult for Mongolia where the tourist season is anyway very short, June - September.
Improved new KTM 450 EXC 6-Days 2020 model "Portugal Edition" to be saved for the next season.
In 1922, one hundred years ago, a group of Danish explorers set up a mission in remote northern Mongolia to establish a Danish dairy and agriculture farm. One hundred years later, the grandsons of Erik Isager, the farming expert of the original group, came to pay tribute to their celebrated grandfather.
▲ Descendents of Isager overlooking "Bulgan Tal", site of the 1920s farm.
▲ The first night on the ride to "Bulgan Tal". Camping in Buren sum district.
▲ Team riders after crossing 'Tarvagtain Davaa' pass.
▲ Erik Isager's grandsons with the present governor's mother in the village of Erdene Bulgan. The stone celebrates the friendship between Denmark and Mongolia, and lists the names of the original Danish group in 1922.
Erik Isager and the other Danish settlers who came to Mongolia 100 years ago, took photographs of the people, their lifestyle, and the setting-up of their agricultural project in Bulgan Tal. There was an exhibition of these fascinating photographs on display in Ulaanbaatar in October 2020. The title of the exhibition was "Country of Mongolia and Mongolians".
▲ The water wheel built on the 'Egiin Gol' river to irrigate their crops.
▲ The original expedition was supported by the "Royal Danish Geographical Society".
▲ Overnight stop between Beijing and Urga (now Ulaanbaatar).
▲ Transporting the furs they had traded up in the north back to Urga to sell.
▲ Travelling from Khalgan Hot in China to Urga across the Gobi Desert.
▲ The Danish had prepared months before for their first Christmas in Mongolia, bringing Christmas decorations and smart clothes.
▲ Local hunters came to the Danish farm at 'Bulgan Tal' to trade their furs for tobacco, sugar and other luxuries.
▲ A local herder's family employed at the farm in Bulgan Tal.
▲ The Danes had brought the tools to make a plough to dig the virgin soil. They planted seeds brought from Denmark and experimented with varieties of plants that could survive the harsh climate.
▲ Young monks at a monastery on the way to Northern Mongolia.
▲ Two Buddhist monks chanting prayers.
▲ Even nowadays, Mongolians make felt using the same methods.
▲ The Danish settlers at 'Bulgan Tal' were delighted with the fish they caught in the 'Egiin Gol' river to supplement their diet. Mongolian ladies dressed like this with huge hair ornaments.
▲ The Danish explorers had a camera and so were able to record the liefestyle of the Mongolian people they met.
▲ The Great Northern telegraph line ran across the steppe through inner and outer Mongolia to Russia. Mongolian Postal workers were repairing the telegram lines.
"Rocket Science Sports" embarked on an off-road motorbike odyssey through the amazing landscapes of Mongolia. The great moments in their adventure as riders conquered rugged terrains, from arid deserts to rolling steppe and rocky outcrops.
▲ Tour Short Video
▲ Ready to embark on their exhilarating journey.
▲ The fusion of modern exploration and traditional nomadic life captured in a single frame.
▲ These rugged motorbikes against the backdrop of tranquility symbolizing the harmony of exploration and spirituality.
▲ The riders were just enjoying the freedom of Mongolia and having a good time in the dramatic granite rocks.
▲ A simple scene that tells a story of contrasts in the Mongolian countryside.