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Biking at nomads’ land

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Tour Brief

  • Duration: 11 nights / 12 days
  • Activities: Bike through the beautiful countryside, experiencing nomadic culture, wild horses.
  • Distance: 1600kms
  • Biking distance: 500kms
  • Group: Min 2 - Max 12
  • Season: June – September
  • Fitness level:

Price included

Stay in Ger camp (4 nights)
Stay in tent (5 nights)
English speaking guide service
Field cook service
All camping equipment
Entrance fees to Protected Areas and sightseeing costs
Bicycle rent
All transfers by 4WD Russian minivan in the countryside
Meals Breakfast, lunch /picnic while biking/ and dinner as mentioned in the program

Price excluded

International transportation to and from Mongolia
Hotel stay in Ulaanbaatar
Travel insurance
Mineral bottled water and alcoholic drinks
Sleeping bag
Tips and gratuities
Laundry and items of a personal nature.

Highlight

The Eightfold Wheel symbolizes the way of right resolve, right view, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and meditative absorption. Thus with the blessing of the Eightfold Wheel on our side we shall ride the bike and advance into the nomadic world. Through the middle of the Mongolian steppe, we make our way through varied paths and have to cross small watercourses. During your tour you will have a rich experience and knowledge about nomadic lifestyle.

Places to visit

Ulaanbaatar – Amarbayasgalant monastery – Bulgan town – Moilt Ecolodge – Tsetserleg – Kharakhorum – nomad community of Gurvanbulag – Khustai National Park – Ulaanbaatar.

Tour Route Map
Itinerary

Day 1Travel to Amarbayasgalant monastery

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel and travel to Amarbayasgalant monastery for 360kms. It is one of the three largest Buddhist centers in Mongolia. Upon arrival at Amarbayasgalant monastery you will gain the all the necessary information from the guide. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. LD

Day 2Start biking day & Travel to Moilt Ecolodge /70kms bike ride on the country road/

In the morning we will be biking from Amarbayasgalant monastery to paved road for 40kms. Then continue drive to Moilt Eco lodge which will take 300kms to reach. On the way we will be biking through the land road for 30kms. In the evening you will have a special dinner of authentic Mongolian BBQ or Khorkhog. We will also explore around the area to see petroglyphs. Then we will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 3-6 Biking and biking Moilt Ecolodge to Tsetserleg /260kms bike ride through unpaved road/

We will bike along the beautiful mountain valleys cycling and crossing over a mountain pass and several small rivers of during our adventure. On the way we will meet with many nomads and get acquainted with a unique culture. We will be camping in wilderness until the 7th day of adventure. BLD

Day 7Tsetserleg town /45kms bike ride on the country road/

Today we will reach the Tsetserleg city which is the center of Arkhangai province. After reaching the Tsetserleg city we will visit Zayiin Gegeenii Khiid – Buddhist temple and a museum dedicated to revolution of Mongolia. In the afternoon we will be cycling to Tsenkher hot spring for 45kms. There we will rnjoy the hot spa bath and rest at the camp. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 8Travel to Kharakhorum city /60kms bike ride on the country road/

We will travel to Kharakhorum city for 120kms. It is the ancient capital of Mongolia where Chinggis Khan established his capital in 1220. In 1235, his son and successor, Ogodei built a palace protected by walls. You will visit the newly built Kharakhorum Museum and the Erdene Zuu monastery which is the largest and first Mongolian Buddhist temple complex built on the ruins of 16th century Kharakhorum city. We will be staying overnight in ger camp. BLD

Day 9 Travel to Gurvanbulag community / 45-60kms bike ride on the country road /

Today we will travel to Gurvanbulag soum which will take 110kms with total driving time of 4-5 hours. In the afternoon you will ride a horse with the help of experienced guide. During the evening you will attend the lesson of “Shagai”. It’s the game where you use anklebones of sheep to create many different types of game. No doubt you will have fun playing the Shagai game with local nomad people. Experience the Mongolian archery shooting on a target to check your accuracy. You will be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

Day 10 Experiencing nomad culture

In the morning we will visit the nomad family and enjoy their traditional hospitality and learn about their culture. They offer unconventional home-made special dairy products, such as “aaruul” or dried curds, Mongolian salty milk tea or Suutei tsai and so on. You can interact with nomad people and get more knowledge from their nature hugging lifestyle. After visiting the nomad family we will have a short hike to neighboring sand dunes for 5-8kms. For dinner you will taste “Khorkhog” which is the real Mongolian barbeque grilled with hot stones. In the evening we will watch how Mongolian skillful cowboys catch horses by “uurga” or traditional wooden lasso and taming an untamed horse that has never been ridden before. You will be staying overnight in Gurvanbulag community ger camp. BLD

Day 11 Travel to Khustai National Park

Today we will travel to Khustai National Park for 200kms. The Khustai National Park is encompassing an area of 50.620hectare. It is the habitat of resurrected wild Mongolian horses, popularly known as Takhi or Przewalski’s Horse. We will explore the park to see the Takhi horses in the wilderness. We’ll be staying overnight in ger Camp. BLD

Day 12Travel back to urban civilization

Today you will travel back for 100kms to Ulaanbaatar city. Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar city we will transfer you to your hotel. End of the service. B

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Open04 June 201915 June 2019210$2890$Book
Open16 July 201927 July 2019210$2890$Book
Open06 Aug 201917 Aug 2019210$2890$Book

Trip Note

  • Private departure is available on request.
  • City sightseeing excursion tour is available on request
  • Customize your trip: we are able to make amendments in the program according to our client’s special interest and request. Details would be discussed by emails in advance.
  • Hotel stay and transfer: we are glad to book your hotel and transfer in Ulaanbaatar as well as private transportation for your trip at our discounted rates.

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Single and double occupancy: you can stay in single and double for overnights at Ger camps, tents and hotels. Single occupancy would might not available during Naadam festival period on 5th -15th of July at Ger camps. And for single stay at community based camp and nomad home would be confirmed depending on availability.
Single and twin/double stay at Ger camp requires extra supplement fee as shown per person in above table.

Discounts: Our clients can take an opportunity to get following discount options: Only one time discount is available per client or group.

  • Early bird discount of 10% is applicable for booking made before 01st of April 2019.
  • Last minute discount of 5% is applicable for booking made before 72 hours of the trip start. This is not applicable for daily and short tours.
  • Group discount of 12% is applicable for a group booking with 5 parties and more.
  • Children discount: up to 2 years old is free, 3-8 years old is 40% off and 9-12 years old is 20% off.
  • International and domestic flight and train tickets can be booked with us, depending on availabilities.

Tailoring  your tour: we are delighted to create and arrange your special trip according to your specific interests and wishes. Please contact us for details.

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Trip information

Joining point
Your guide and driver will pick you up at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar. Pick up time will be stated at the confirmation document/or single email we would send you after the booking made.

Joining point instructions
Meet your tour guide who holds a welcoming board with your name(s) shown. It is your responsibility to advise us of your accommodation, number of flight/or train and carriage numbers in advance.

Problems and emergency contact information
In the case of an emergency, or concerns about a missed pick-up please contact us on cell phones: (+976) 9905 9466, (+976) 9909 8467.
For all other enquiries and outback tour services please contact our office team on (+976) 11 35 46 62.

Finishing point

Your guide and driver will drop you off at the location you confirmed with us in advance. It can be your accommodation, airport or train station in Ulaanbaatar.

Passport and visas

All travelers must obtain a visa before traveling to Mongolia. Some nationalities can obtain visa at the airport, however it requires an application through us to the Immigration Authority of Mongolia in advance.
Please check the following website for your nationalities requirements. www.consul.mn

Food and dietary requirements

Travelers with special dietary requirements or food allergies must inform at the time of booking. Due to the nature of our trips, food is basic. We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, gluten free food to our clients. However religious dietary requirements and specifically sourced foods are unable to be catered for remote trips.
Inclusive meals in your trip as indicated B, L, D with per day itinerary. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. For expedition trip, your service team will prepare meals. You will have an opportunity to assist with cook and learn how to make Mongolian traditional meal. As well as your help on daily activities such as setting up dining camp, prepare meals and clearing dishes is much appreciated.
It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products such as yogurt /Mongolian name is tarag/, dried milk curds /aaruul/, milk tea /suutei tsai/, fermented mare’s milk wine /airag/, sour cream /tsotsgii/ and cheese /byaslag/ when you visit nomad herder families.
Generally, in Mongolia water quality is good. But you are advised to buy mineral water with big bottles from shops, food markets and kiosks in capital and many of the provinces centers and tourist Ger camps in the countryside. Mineral or bottled water usually exclude in our offers since we try to produce as less garbage as possible. But in other hand we provide well plenty of drinks like tea and coffee during our trips.

Accommodation

Depending on your trip in countryside, you will have different type of accommodations including tourist Ger camps, community based Eco Ger camp and nomad Ger homes or tents.
Normally, three or four beds are in one Ger and 2 people will share a tent. And the Ger camp provides restaurant/bar, western-style toilet, washing facilities and showers. Low-impact eco, community based Ger camps provide composting toilet and shower where available.
Nomad home condition is very basic, none of shower, a ground hole surrounded with side covers as used for composting toilet.
For expedition trips with tent stays, we provide good quality light spacious tent of 3people for twin occupancy. And as well we provide other gears including foldable mattress, ground sheet tarpaulin, toilet tent, sometimes shower tent and dining tent for groups with more than 5 parties, kitchen equipment, table and chairs depending on the trip conditions.
All travelers in expeditions trips are advised to bring own sleeping bags according to hygienic reasons.

Land transport

Mongolia is a big country! Here in Mongolia we’re used to driving long distances between destinations. An advantage of driving trip you can travel through different zones and enjoy vast open spaces with natural contrasts within several days. During the trip, approximately it takes 5-8 hours driving from one to next destination. Each 1-1.5 hours, we have short stop frequently for photographs, toilets, stretch and meet with local nomads.
In the countryside, we use 4WD vehicles, specially, Russian minivans and Japanese jeep and minivans. Normally, 2-3 people can seat in one jeep with luggage. The Russian minivan has capacity of 6 people with luggage and Japanese minivan can take up to 4 people with luggage.
All vehicles used in our tours are insured and carefully prepared before departures. Our drivers are also good mechanics, have many years of experience for driving through unmarked, unpaved bumpy roads in the countryside.

Money matters

The Mongolian currency is called Tugrug (MNT). Please refer recent rates on
www.bloomberg.com/markets/currencies
Credit and debit cards are accepted in Ulaanbaatar and center of the provinces.
Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common in central areas.

Important notes

Refill bottle: Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. We encourage our clients not to use small bottled water when traveling in countryside.
Battery: Trips with stays in Ger camps have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We would like to recommend to bring an extra battery for your camera. For expedition trips, most handy item is solar charger.
Headlamp: A headlamp or torch is useful at night time. Some Ger camps have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time.
Pack: Please ensure you pack appropriately according to season and temperature. Warm jacket, thermals, underpants, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Please refer our “Pre travel advisory” document with detail information regarding temperatures during your travel time.
Luggage: Please pack smart. Due to the domestic flight luggage limitation, a passenger can carry maximum of 15 kg including hand baggage. Excess luggage will be charged according to airlines fee.
Tour guide: The aim of the guide is to help you have the best trip possible. Your guide will provide information on the places you are travelling through, organize things to do and see according to the itinerary, lead the group including travelers and service staff. The guide will provide you all relevant information for options and introduce you to our nomad herders along the way.
Safety: We will provide you relevant information on safety before and during the trip. As well as we would like to recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Travel insurance is compulsory for joining all our trips.
Responsible Travel: Being a responsible tour operator is at the heart of what our company is all about. We committed to offering low-impact tours that benefit traveler and host alike. Thanks to our clients support (who paid for tours) we work with local communities, businesses and individuals to develop sustainable tourism opportunities that help local economies while minimizing negative environmental and cultural impacts. Please find more information: www.tourmongolia.com/who we are/about us
Community projects: We are pleased to combine your trip route to destinations where our local supporting projects run. Please advice us your wish in advance.

Fitness Level

As you will note, all our tours are graded to help you decide whether they’re right for you. The grading is as follows:
EASY: A basic level of fitness is required, the tour is generally easy-paced.
MODERATE: Within the capability of anyone leading a normal active life. However, involves more walking or tiring journey.
ACTIVE: These tours may involve considerable walking and long travel days.
STRENUOS: These tours may include different energetic activities.
CHALLENGING: A high level of fitness is required. It may contains high altitude trek or rope climbing.

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Review

I would say Mongolia is a land for biking – the nature, the weather, the people … all of them are perfectly highlighted in my trip. Excellent services and great staff! Thank you Tour Mongolia!

Eddy
Edward.marc@gmail.com

Traveling through Mongolia by bike was the best decision that I ever made in my life. I met many friendly nomads and took a lots of picture of nature and culture of Mongolia. I deeply thank to Tour Mongolia for giving me an opportunity to join this unforgettable trip. It was super!

Luis
Fernando.luis@gmail.com
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