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Cycling in Mongolia

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Cycling in Mongolia - Exodus Travels
Cycling in Mongolia - Exodus Travels
Excellent
24 reviews
Starts
Ulaanbaatar
+5 Destinations
Northern Mongolia
Ends
Ulaanbaatar
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Highlights

  • Dance by the famous Tumen Ekh Troupe
  • Bike through the green valley of Mt. Khairkhan
  • Visit the sand dunes at Mongol Els
  • Hike craters of extinct volcanoes
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
14
Transportation
Bicycle
Travel style
Bicycle, Adventure
Start and end in Ulaanbaatar! With the bicycle tour Cycling in Mongolia, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and 5 other destinations in Mongolia. Cycling in Mongolia is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

24 Reviews

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  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 1
    Written on October 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip involving reasonably challenging cycling through what must be some of the most beautiful and untouched country in the world - truly the way it was in the days of Genghis Khan (if a little safer!).What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The top moment was having a herd of horses galloping past us in the middle of a thunderstorm that we had seen brewing and then sweeping across the valley before the van could get to us to offer us shelter. We saw this scene (minus the thunderstorm) many times and it never ceased to send a tingle up the spine.What did you think of your group leader?Gana, our group leader was professional and effective. He was very efficient in arranging the evacuation of one of our party who came off his bike and broke his leg and the whole trip was very well organised (GREAT campsites!). Only slight negative is that he is a reserved individual so you had draw him out to get to tell you about Mongolia, it's history, our route etc. Tommy, the assistant guide was much more outgoing so there was some balance.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Definitely do this trip. We've done over 10 cycle trips with groups or self guided and this is right up the top of the list. September was a great time to go, a bit cold but we had the place to ourselves.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had an observer from Exodus on our trip. It was good to see that Exodus take their quality control seriously..and it's effective.

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 2
    Written on October 10, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A brilliant trip involving reasonably challenging cycling through what must be some of the most beautiful and untouched country in the world - truly the way it was in the days of Genghis Khan (if a little safer!).What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The top moment was having a herd of horses galloping past us in the middle of a thunderstorm that we had seen brewing and then sweeping across the valley before the van could get to us to offer us shelter. We saw this scene (minus the thunderstorm) many times and it never ceased to send a tingle up the spine.What did you think of your group leader?Gana, our group leader was professional and effective. He was very efficient in arranging the evacuation of one of our party who came off his bike and broke his leg and the whole trip was very well organised (GREAT campsites!). Only slight negative is that he is a reserved individual so you had draw him out to get to tell you about Mongolia, it's history, our route etc. Tommy, the assistant guide was much more outgoing so there was some balance.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Definitely do this trip. We've done over 10 cycle trips with groups or self guided and this is right up the top of the list. September was a great time to go, a bit cold but we had the place to ourselves.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had an observer from Exodus on our trip. It was good to see that Exodus take their quality control seriously..and it's effective.

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 3
    Written on September 23, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Beautiful countryside, fantastic cycling and wild horses galore!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?there is nothing quite like waking up to the sound of wild horses galloping past your tent.  A sound I hope I never forget.  Second only to seeing them gallop past our bikes/toilets/campsite! looking up... day and night! some of the most beautiful stars I have ever seen... and some of the biggest blue skys!  What did you think of your group leader?Gana ran a tight ship, everything worked as it should.  He wasn't quite as fit as I thought he would be, and didn't volunteer as much information about the local area/wildlife as I would have liked.  I couldn't speak more highly off all of the other staff, really fantastic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit when you go, it will make the trip so much more enjoyable. (although the support bus is there if you need it).  The bikes were great, and I didn't used an additional gel seat, but if you have a favourite saddle- its worth taking!Down jacket and sleeping bag are a must for the September departure- we had lows of minus 5 at night.   The atmosphere is quite dry out there, I was very glad I took a few luxury moisturisers!  Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip was the perfect combination if physical challenge, wilderness and luxury for me.   The cycling was fantastic, not too technical (if you are used to cycling off road), the distances just enough to make you feel that you had earnt your dinner.. and talking of food.. YUMM!Mongolia has so much to offer- especially when you get out of the towns.  Loved it.  

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 4
    Written on September 23, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Beautiful countryside, fantastic cycling and wild horses galore!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?there is nothing quite like waking up to the sound of wild horses galloping past your tent.  A sound I hope I never forget.  Second only to seeing them gallop past our bikes/toilets/campsite! looking up... day and night! some of the most beautiful stars I have ever seen... and some of the biggest blue skys!  What did you think of your group leader?Gana ran a tight ship, everything worked as it should.  He wasn't quite as fit as I thought he would be, and didn't volunteer as much information about the local area/wildlife as I would have liked.  I couldn't speak more highly off all of the other staff, really fantastic.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you are fit when you go, it will make the trip so much more enjoyable. (although the support bus is there if you need it).  The bikes were great, and I didn't used an additional gel seat, but if you have a favourite saddle- its worth taking!Down jacket and sleeping bag are a must for the September departure- we had lows of minus 5 at night.   The atmosphere is quite dry out there, I was very glad I took a few luxury moisturisers!  Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip was the perfect combination if physical challenge, wilderness and luxury for me.   The cycling was fantastic, not too technical (if you are used to cycling off road), the distances just enough to make you feel that you had earnt your dinner.. and talking of food.. YUMM!Mongolia has so much to offer- especially when you get out of the towns.  Loved it.  

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 5
    Written on August 9, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Wide open spaces in an isolated country What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The "undulating" countryside made for some exhilarating downhills!  Hearty food in often beautiful countryside, friendly people and a great group! The Nadaam festival was a really interesting insight into the juxtaposition of old and new in this changing country.  I'm very glad we got to go.   What did you think of your group leader?Gana was a difficult customer.  He did not seem interested in the group and was not a great "leader" in that he didn't warn us when it was time to leave-he just took off!  He did not seem fit enough to be leading a bike trip and it seemed that he was maybe a bit burnt out.  He told us that he is leaving soon to start his own company and maybe he was just treading water until this could happen.   The rest of the team, however, were excellent, kind and extremely good at their jobs!  After an emergency trip in the van (nicknamed Boris), I realised just how much skill is involved in driving in Mongolia.  We may be cycling on jeep tracks but these are also the main roads for the traffic!   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go!  Get some off road experience and be prepared to rough it a bit!  Is there anything else you would like to add?I have written to Exodus separately due to some safety concerns on this trip, which in part may relate to the tour leader and not be generalisable the the trip as a whole.  A client had a fairly serious accident and although I do not think there was anything avoidable with this, there were some aspects of the trip which were not as safety conscious as they could have been.  Make sure if you go during July to see the Nadaam festival that Exodus know this is why you were going.  Our guide initially seemed surprised that this was part of the Exodus trip notes.  It started the holiday off on a sour note and is another example of the trip notes being inaccurate as has been mentioned in previous reviews.   

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 6
    Written on August 9, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Wide open spaces in an isolated country What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The "undulating" countryside made for some exhilarating downhills!  Hearty food in often beautiful countryside, friendly people and a great group! The Nadaam festival was a really interesting insight into the juxtaposition of old and new in this changing country.  I'm very glad we got to go.   What did you think of your group leader?Gana was a difficult customer.  He did not seem interested in the group and was not a great "leader" in that he didn't warn us when it was time to leave-he just took off!  He did not seem fit enough to be leading a bike trip and it seemed that he was maybe a bit burnt out.  He told us that he is leaving soon to start his own company and maybe he was just treading water until this could happen.   The rest of the team, however, were excellent, kind and extremely good at their jobs!  After an emergency trip in the van (nicknamed Boris), I realised just how much skill is involved in driving in Mongolia.  We may be cycling on jeep tracks but these are also the main roads for the traffic!   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go!  Get some off road experience and be prepared to rough it a bit!  Is there anything else you would like to add?I have written to Exodus separately due to some safety concerns on this trip, which in part may relate to the tour leader and not be generalisable the the trip as a whole.  A client had a fairly serious accident and although I do not think there was anything avoidable with this, there were some aspects of the trip which were not as safety conscious as they could have been.  Make sure if you go during July to see the Nadaam festival that Exodus know this is why you were going.  Our guide initially seemed surprised that this was part of the Exodus trip notes.  It started the holiday off on a sour note and is another example of the trip notes being inaccurate as has been mentioned in previous reviews.   

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 7
    Written on August 4, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Mongolia is a very impressive place. Ulaan Baatar is a boom town, construction everywhere and lots of bustle. The countryside was vast and empty. I loved the way there were hardly any fences, few trees, the views went for miles and miles. Very much 'big sky country'. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I found the local cooks and drivers who accompanied us were the most memorable part of the trip. Their friendliness and competence in not always easy situations left a lasting impression on me.What did you think of your group leader?Gana was wrong-footed by the trip notes not being up to date, also on the defensive about perceived complaints. I think this made it hard for him and he tended to be quite introverted. It was difficult to get him to smile and relax. Tommy was 'a true gentleman', as I often told him. Very caring and an excellent photographer.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get some off-road experience for the cycling. Be ready for hot sun in the day but cold temperatures at night. I said it in another feedback form about this trip and I'll say it again here - the most useful item I packed was a lava-lava (aka sarong). It acts as a skirt, shoulder wrap for visiting temples, towel, dressing gown, and, best of all, mini tent to keep the beating sun off at the lunch and snack stops.Is there anything else you would like to add?It helps to have a 'take it as it comes' viewpoint; don't take it to heart when things don't come out exactly as expected. Be warned about safety. If you crash off your bike, there is no protective NHS bubble following you around that will put things right for you straight away. Expect the unexpected.

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 8
    Written on August 4, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    Mongolia is a very impressive place. Ulaan Baatar is a boom town, construction everywhere and lots of bustle. The countryside was vast and empty. I loved the way there were hardly any fences, few trees, the views went for miles and miles. Very much 'big sky country'. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I found the local cooks and drivers who accompanied us were the most memorable part of the trip. Their friendliness and competence in not always easy situations left a lasting impression on me.What did you think of your group leader?Gana was wrong-footed by the trip notes not being up to date, also on the defensive about perceived complaints. I think this made it hard for him and he tended to be quite introverted. It was difficult to get him to smile and relax. Tommy was 'a true gentleman', as I often told him. Very caring and an excellent photographer.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get some off-road experience for the cycling. Be ready for hot sun in the day but cold temperatures at night. I said it in another feedback form about this trip and I'll say it again here - the most useful item I packed was a lava-lava (aka sarong). It acts as a skirt, shoulder wrap for visiting temples, towel, dressing gown, and, best of all, mini tent to keep the beating sun off at the lunch and snack stops.Is there anything else you would like to add?It helps to have a 'take it as it comes' viewpoint; don't take it to heart when things don't come out exactly as expected. Be warned about safety. If you crash off your bike, there is no protective NHS bubble following you around that will put things right for you straight away. Expect the unexpected.

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 9
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Mongolia - land of wide open spaces and fabulous hats!A land of great natural beauty with an amazing history.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling alongside herds of galloping horses. Suddenly the herd leader would lengthen its stride and cut across the track in front of us. The rest would follow. Mongolian horses are small, primitive looking and very wild. To see them running free across the steppe was wonderful.As a city dweller, I loved the wild camping, the night skies with no light pollution, the feeling of space and being part of the natural world.The 360 degree vast open landscape as we cycled off-road with the occasional altercation with a marmot hole or muddy puddle while listening to hardcore drum 'n bass on my ipod.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leaders had a thorough knowledge of the culture and areas we visited. Always cheerful, they made our trip special and made us feel special. We felt free to enjoy ourselves, secure in the fact that they would look after us and they did. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Gel inners for your shorts and/or a gel saddle cover, plenty of base layers and waterproof gear and factor 50 sun block. Yes the climate is surprising! Leave some space in your luggage to bring back some of the excellent vodka and cashmere (or interesting hats).Is there anything else you would like to add?A couple of the best weeks I've ever experienced. Just go - you'll see what I mean.

  • Cycling in Mongolia reviewer 10
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Mongolia - land of wide open spaces and fabulous hats!A land of great natural beauty with an amazing history.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling alongside herds of galloping horses. Suddenly the herd leader would lengthen its stride and cut across the track in front of us. The rest would follow. Mongolian horses are small, primitive looking and very wild. To see them running free across the steppe was wonderful.As a city dweller, I loved the wild camping, the night skies with no light pollution, the feeling of space and being part of the natural world.The 360 degree vast open landscape as we cycled off-road with the occasional altercation with a marmot hole or muddy puddle while listening to hardcore drum 'n bass on my ipod.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leaders had a thorough knowledge of the culture and areas we visited. Always cheerful, they made our trip special and made us feel special. We felt free to enjoy ourselves, secure in the fact that they would look after us and they did. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Gel inners for your shorts and/or a gel saddle cover, plenty of base layers and waterproof gear and factor 50 sun block. Yes the climate is surprising! Leave some space in your luggage to bring back some of the excellent vodka and cashmere (or interesting hats).Is there anything else you would like to add?A couple of the best weeks I've ever experienced. Just go - you'll see what I mean.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Ulaan Baatar.
  2. Day 2: Morning sightseeing followed by a traditional Mongolian show; overnight train to Erdenet.
  3. Day 3: Ride to Tal Tolgoi Well via the small township of Bugat; camp.
  4. Day 4: Cross Tuluugiin Pass; camp.
  5. Day 5: Arhangai steppe ride through undulating country to open green valley below Mt. Khairkhan (1862m); camp.
  6. Day 6: Short climb to cross Kholboogin Pass (1649m) before descending to Khairkhan Lake camp.
  7. Day 7: Cycle up Khunjiin River Valley to camp beneath Mt. Chingeltei.
  8. Day 8: Short climb past the headwaters of the Khunjiin; descend into Tamir River Valley; camp near Great Rock of Ikh Tamir.
  9. Day 9: Half-day ride to Tsetserleg; capital of Arhangai, afternoon free.
  10. Day 10: Morning ride in foothills of the Khangai Mountains.
  11. Day 11: Cycle across undulating steppe to Mt. Ondor Khairkhan (2312m).
  12. Day 12: Ride the Khangai Mountain Range on good jeep tracks; descend to Orkhon River Valley.
  13. Day 13: Ride to Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery; overnight in traditional ger camp.
  14. Day 14: Drive to Ulaan Baatar, visit sand dunes at Mongol Els; free afternoon.
  15. Day 15: End Ulaan Baatar.

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Recommended for Mongolia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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Recommended for Mongolia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
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Recommended for Mongolia. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 968 km.
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
  • 244 km
  • Erdenet (Mongolia)
  • 30 km
  • Bugat (Mongolia)
  • 137 km
  • Khairkhan (Mongolia)
  • 131 km
  • Tsetserleg (Mongolia)
  • 108 km
  • Karakorum (Mongolia)
  • 318 km
  • Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

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