Tour Mongolia's highlights on two wheels
Get out to the far corners of Asia by bike touring the wide open spaces of Mongolia. This is a true escape from the modern world, riding along little used dirt tracks through grasslands forrest and mountains experiencing all the wild highlights of Mongolia by bike. A one of a kind trip and adventure of a lifetime!
This cycle tour runs from Ulaan Baatar and returns.
Mongolia is like nowhere else in Asia with its wide open spaces, nomadic people, and proud history. Cycle through the grasslands of Mongolia where animals graze, highways are dirt tracks and people still very much live the traditional nomadic lifestyle. The grasslands are a natural habitat for literally millions of grasshoppers that you will see everywhere on this tour. Needless to say we feel very at home in Mongolia.
Not only will you cycle through a diversity of landscapes, including the mountains of the Arkhanghai, lush green grasslands, pine forests and the spectacular Orkhon Falls, you will see a diverse array of wildlife including birds of prey, cattle, yaks, gophers and the pride of many Mongolians, the horse. The entire ride is away from the few sealed roads in Mongolia.
This really is a trip for getting away from it all. When you are out in the middle of the grasslands, sleeping in a tent or ger, you couldn't be more away from the modernism of the western world. And we think this is a great part of the reason to escape to Mongolia, even if it is for just 13 days.
13 days duration
398 km distance
Difficulty: Somewhat challenging
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Away from Ulaan Baatar there is little in the way of towns or facilities so this tour is all about camping. You will spend 4 nights in our modern tents (you only need to bring a sleeping bag) and 5 nights in permanent Ger camps. Staying in Ger camps gives you a chance to have a real shower and removes the need to set up and break camp everyday.
Being out in the middle of nowhere presents us with the wonderful opportunity to bring our own chef and kitchen. Every meal will be prepared in our kitchen truck by our chef and served up in the dining tent when camping or Ger dining room when staying in a Ger camp. The food will have an international flavour with Mongolian touches.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country and will help you to connect with the villagers you meet along the way.
A backup support truck will tail the group and is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 4 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
Being pioneers doesn't stop us doing what we do best! The Grasshopper attention to details and quality service is ever present throughout all of our tours. From the time you arrive to the time you leave the details are taken care of. There are no additional (hidden) costs to our tours.
for Grasshoppers of Mongolia
Arrival Day in Ulaan Baatar
On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel. The hotel is central and comfortable. Ulaan Baatar or UB as it's commonly known as is the only city in Mongolia and in truth contrasts greatly with the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. But there is plenty of history and lots of friendly locals so if you have time do get out and explore. Meals: D
Fly to Bayankhongor, Transfer & Cycle to Camp
With the sparse road network in Mongolia we use a flight to cover some quick distance. So we head back to the airport and take a 1.5 hour flight south west to the town of Bayankhongor. From here we drive to the Tuy River, set up the bikes and finally get our legs spinning as you begin your ride through the grasslands of Mongolia on a 30km warm up to our first tented camp. Meals: BLD
Cycle into the Tamir River Valley
On dirt trails the journey continues deeper into the grasslands. There are hills to climb and descend, curious children who might jump on their horse and ride over to check you out and the sky that always feels so much larger in Mongolia. Tonight will be another tented camp. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Bulgan
Today is a relatively easy day with two hills to get over but mostly downhill riding. The town of Bulgan is famous for producing wrestlers and it is not uncommon for there to be a local festival going on in the area. Tonight we camp by a clear stream wedged between a spectacular escarpment and brush land. This area teams with wildflowers and bird life. Tonight will be in tents again. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Tsetserleg & Tsenkher Hot Springs
Tsetserleg is a Mongolian town that will feel like complete civilisation after being out in the grasslands so it's a good chance to visit a shop and maybe even check your email before we cycle on to the Tsenkher Hot Springs Ger camp. The Hot Springs are wonderful to soak in after the last few days of cycling. Tonight marks the first night of staying in a ger. While a little rough around the edge the gers are warm, comfortable and large - and you won't have to put up and pack your tent! Meals: BLD
Cycle to Tsagan Sum
Travelling south it is a slow ascent up to the Olgyin Davaa (Pass) followed by a quick descent towards the small village in Tsagaan Sum. The cycling today is one of the nicest with wide open valleys, herds of sheep and cattle, nomad horsemen and their family gers dotted around the landscape. Tonight will be in tents again, but for the final time on the trip as the remaining nights are all in gers. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Orkhon Falls
There are a couple of steep passes to negotiate early today before a long downhill into the Orkhon River Valley. This is one of the most important regions in Mongolian and central Asian history, having been occupied by Genghis Khan, Turkish Uighurs and Kazakh people over millennia. Once in the valley we ride through ancient lava flow and cross the Orkhon River until finally arriving at Orkhon Falls. We have two nights here staying in a ger camp. Meals: BLD
Rest Day in Orkhon Falls
It is finally time for a rest day and the Orkhon Falls is a lovely place to have a break, go for a hike or take a dip in the river's cold waters. Meals: BLD
Cycle the Orkhon River Valley
After a nice rest it's a long day on the bikes, the longest of the trip. We follow the Orkhon River Valley for the whole day, cycling across the vast lava flow. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Kharkorin, Transfer to Mongol Els Sand Dunes
The final ride is a nice short one taking us to Kharkhorin, the ancient capital at the time of the Mongolian Empire. The town is quite small considering its famous past. After packing the bikes we drive to the Mongol Els Sand Dunes. After more than a week in the grasslands the contrast of the sand dunes will show you the other wilderness of Mongolia.
Transfer to Ulaan Baatar
Today we drive back to Ulaan Baatar arriving mid afternoon. Along the way we will make a stop at the Przeswalski Horse Project. The Przewalski Horse is a rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse native to the steppes of Mongolia. At one time extinct in the wild they have now been reintroduced to their native habitat in Mongolia. We'll arive around mid afternoon so you can relax or take a stroll in the city before dinner tonight.
Ulaan Baatar CIty Explorattion
It's time to get to know a bit of the city and where better to do this than Genghis Khan Square. The site, in the center of Ulaan Baatar, is a popular place for locals to spend time. It is surrounded by museums, historical monuments, shops and food markets; it is a vibrant place to discover the contrast of the country's traditional culture and modernity.
It's quite common to see wedding photos and celebrations happening here so this make sure to grab a few holiday shots of your own. There will also be the option to bike around the square if you would like one last chance to stretch the legs. In the evening we will head out to our final night dinner to celebrate a great ride through the wilds of Mongolia.
Conclusion of Tour
You are free to leave any time today or continue celebrating until your flight time. It's bayartai (goodbye) for now from your Grasshopper team. See you next time. Meals: B
What's the Riding Like?
All off-road riding
8 days riding
The entire ride in Mongolia is off road so some experience riding on uneven surfaces and dirt roads is expected. While there are no technical mountain biking sections experience in riding dirt trails will be an advantage. As we are away from the few roads in Mongolia the only traffic to contend with are sheep, goats, horses and cattle!
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of reviews from some of our tours.
Thang (our guide) and his team were top class: professional, organised, helpful, passionate, knowledgable, and made everything run like clockwork. It is impossible to put into words just how outstanding this tour is. We experienced authentic Vietnam...
Every day was a new adventure! The riding was challenging but very fun, especially downhill! I had an amazing trip surrounded by amazing people! Any problem we faced got worked out. Even though some things
didn't go as planned, it all went pretty smooth.
Excellent adventure with very high standards of hotels, food, crew, company and knowledge of two thousand years of history.
What a fantastic experience! I understand this trip is relatively new but was executed flawlessly by Thang, a professional guide who is able to connect on a personal level. The route was well thought out and ordered, the regions were diverse and special places to visit, and I have pretty much only good things to say about the trip at the end of it. Highly recommended.
This was an outstanding trip. Thang was a great guide, the bike and equipment were first rate, and the experience was excellent in every way.
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