Khangai cyclers – Biking tour

Khangai cyclers – Biking tour

12 nights / 13 days

Trip Details

Khangai cyclers

Traverse the Khangai range, its lush valleys and wooded mountain sides, climb its many passes and meet local herders who live off large flocks of yaks and sheep. Each day climb 2-5 distinct passes, cross a number of knee deep streams. At all times biking is done on distinct car tracks with smooth packed surface interrupted by a couple of short rocky sections. 

Trip Highlights

Itinerary - 13 Days

Day - 1
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Mongolia! We meet at 1 pm to take a guided tour of Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia’s capital is home to many unique sites, including the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan, the country’s last king, and the National Museum of Mongolian History. A special treat is in store for you this evening as well, a unique show of contortion and throat singing.

Over night:
Activities:
4:00 hrs
Meals:
Welcome dinner
Day - 2
Arvaikheer

We load in 4WD expedition vans which have special racks for carrying bikes and drive west of UB on rough tarmac across vast open steppes with rolling hills in the background. Around mid- afternoon we arrive to a place known as the “little Gobi”. This is a spectacular combination of hilly steppes, granite formations and extensive sand dunes. Here we can go for an optional dune walk or a short camel ride while lunch is prepared. We drive onto the provincial capital of Arvaikheer where we spend the night.

Over night:
Activities:
414 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 3
Bayangobi – SE Khangai Foothills Hills

Ascent 267 m / Descent 281 m

A two hour transfer brings us close to the SE foothills of the Khangai range that covers nearly a fifth of the country’s territory. We start cycling towards the range through a region dominated by dome shaped mountains, mixed woods, clear streams and lush grassy valleys that receive abundant rainfall compared to all other parts of Mongolia. We overnight at our first tented camp.

Over night:
Activities:
40 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 4
SE Khangai Foothills – Shargaljuut River

Ascent 910 m/Descent 675 m

We start biking with an ascent along a mountain river before a challenging zigzag up to a 2911m pass and a breathtaking view of the Gobi desert that lies towards south of the range. A 500m descent most of which is gentle brings us to Shargaljuut river valley inhabited by local herders who graze large flocks of yaks and horses.

Over night:
Activities:
45 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 5
Shargaljuut River - Khebel Pass – Morin Valley

Ascent 798 m/Descent 651 m

The day begins with a quick breakfast and a gentle ride past herds of yaks and local nomads. The first pass is not too steep but still offers a bit of a challenge. This is followed by a 200 meter descent and a steep climb to a lunch spot on the top of the Khebel pass. A swift descent is followed by a climb up a grassy track to the top of Morin Pass. Another swift downhill brings us to a beautiful camp site by the river. 

Over night:
Activities:
33 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 6
Morin valley - Oromtiin Pass - Khukhiin Pass

Ascent 708 m/Descent 774 m

The day starts with a gentle climb towards Oromtiin Pass. By the time you get there, you will have to prepare your legs for a long climb followed by a fast descent to a river by which a lunch will be served. 15 more km across grassy plains with easy ups and downs and on some rough and rocky surfaces brings us to Khukhiin Pass, a short but vertical climb to 2800meters. The following descent is at first challenging but soon smooth out into a large valley. Then it’s an exhilarating downhill to our camp site. 

Over night:
Activities:
38 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 7
Khukhiin Pass - KholSayiin Pass – N.Tamir River

Ascent 132 m/Descent 331 m

This morning we ride for 25km along the main river of Khangai that flows south in to the Gobi desert and forms a large saline lake. Then to avoid a rocky and jarring track we’ll transfer 70 km (3 hours) across the main water divide of the Khangai range and unload bikes 13km before our overnight campsite. It’s a downhill descent, no pedaling required, to our camp at an idyllic spot by the river.

Over night:
Activities:
38 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 8
N.Tamir River – S.Tamir River

Ascent 686 m/Descent 994 m

Riding surface improves dramatically from today on. It is hard-packed and fast. Leaving the valley, you’ll encounter a series of short but steep passes with excellent descents to more smooth ground. Your last descent of the day will take you to the settlement of Bulgan and then to the South Tamir river. We take a break from our tents and overnight in a cozy ger camp. 

Over night:
Activities:
64 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 9
N.Tamir River – Tsenkher Hot Springs

Ascent 452 m/Descent 400 m

Only 22km and half a day riding to Tsenkher river, famous for its hot spring baths. 3 short climbs and we aim to reach them before lunch. 2 pools filled with hot mineral water await you. A relaxing massage is offered at a small additional charge. After lunch we ride horse 2 hours.

Over night:
Activities:
22 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 10
Tsenkher Hot Springs - Orkhon Valley

Ascent 1,211 m/Descent 1,239 m

This isn’t an easy day as there are five passes that vary in length from 2.5 km to 11.5 km and we gain the most elevation of the entire trip, 1250m. Good news is that the track today is a pleasure as we cover 78 kilometers of smooth, hard, and packed surfaces on your way to the Orkhon river valley. This area contains many ancient graves and historical sites and is often referred to as the cradle of Mongolian civilization. We set up camp our last tented camp on the banks of the Orkhon river.

Over night:
Activities:
79 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 11
Orkhon Valley – Karakorum

Ascent 747 m/Descent 1,161 m

We saved the best for last! Your final day of cycling promises to be an exciting one with an eastward journey along the Orkhon river to Karakorum where the 2nd son of Chinggis Khan built the capital of the Mongol Empire in early 13th century. There are no major ascents today, just lots of small undulations, and we are losing altitude the entire ride, making it a fast day. Immediately after arrival to our ger camp we visit Karakorum.

Over night:
Activities:
72 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 12
Ulaanbaatar

It’s time to return to Ulaanbaatar! After a quick breakfast you’ll drive 6 hours to Mongolia’s capital and the rest of the day will be free to explore the city or to just rest before dinner.

Over night:
Activities:
380 km
Meals:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Day - 13
Departure from Ulaanbaatar

As you eat your last breakfast in Mongolia and prepare for your return trip home, take the time to reflect on all that you witnessed and experienced in this amazing country. 

Over night:
Meals:
Breakfast

Necessary equipment

  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • A fully layer of thermal long underwear
  • Thermal gloves, woolen hat and a fleece jacket in case of colder weather
  • Helmet
  • Cycling gloves and shorts
  • Long pants
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Stiff-soled shoes suitable for cycling
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch
  • Water bottles
  • Bio soap for washing in streams
  • Wet-wipes
  • Sports sandals for river crossings
  • Some small gifts for nomadic children

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Code: Adventure - 3

Level: Moderate to demanding

Type: Adventure tours

Total distance: 1150km

Activities

Main points

Season

25th June – 07th July 2018, 16th July – 28th July 2018, 20th August – 01st September 2018

Provinces

Included

Accomodations:

  • 2 nights at hotel in UB /twin/
  • 3 nights at ger camp /twin/
  • 6 nights tented camping
  • 1 night at local hotel in Arvaikheer

Meals:

  • 12 breakfast
  • 11 lunch
  • 12 dinner

Transportation:

  • Permanent vehicle support - 4x4 Russian mini van
  • Internal flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Arrival and departure transfers 

Others:

  • Visits as per program
  • Entrance to National Parks
  • Professional guide
  • Camping equipment (including drip shower and sit down toilet)
  • Cook
  • Hard tail mountain bike
  • Tools & partsbike

 

Not included

  • Excess luggage fees 
  • Meals not indicated
  • Sightseeing not indicated
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal cycling accessories and clothes 
  • Sleeping bags and pads
     

Contact us

(976) 11 319 401

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