8 days Small Group Tours 17th - 24th Sep 2017Register for 2018 via our enquiry form Tailor make this journey and make it yours

Price

$4159 AUD per person

$327 AUD single supplement

Inclusions

  • Return airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • Services of an English speaking local guide
  • Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Camping equipment including portable pressure shower and seat-on toilets
  • Cooking equipment and utensils
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Drinking water
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • National park and permit fees
  • Support cars
  • Domestic airfares as per the itinerary
  • English speaking cycling guide
  • Expedition cook
  • Advanced quality, well maintained mountain bikes
  • Mechanical assistance and parts
  • Scrubba Wash Bag

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • All services, meals other than those indicated above
  • Any changes to the proposed and confirmed program.
  • All items of a personal nature e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc

Mongolia - one of Asia's last frontiers and one of the worlds last unspoilt destinations, offers a cycling experience unlike anywhere else. Riding through grassy river valleys, and piecing mountains, you will encounter wild horses, goats, woolly yaks and sheep. Mingle with friendly nomads as you learn their way of life. Ride through lush meadows, wooded hills and ruins from the ancient Mongolian Empire before reaching singing sand dunes that tower over you, dotted with camel trains and nomadic desert life. Mongolia's rural character will reward you with an unforgettable adventure as you explore the fascinating and ever changing Gobi Desert on two wheels.

Day 1 - Arrival in Ulaanbaatar

Welcome to Mongolia! Upon arrival in Ulaanbaatar, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant where your guide will give you a brief tour orientation, and you can toast your arrival in Mongolia! (D)

Overnight Hotel Bayangol or similar

Day 2 - Gobi Desert, Visit Eagle Canyon

This morning after breakfast take a short flight to the Gobi Desert. Upon arrival, meet the support team and drive to Eagle Canyon, Yolyn Am, also known as ‘the Vulture’s Mouth’. This vast gorge creates its own microclimate, snow and ice remaining frozen here until late July. Before entering the gorge, you will visit the natural history museum where you can learn about local wildlife, and see displays of petrified wood and dinosaur eggs.

From the museum you will hike approx. 1.5hrs into the heart of the canyon and, with a bit of luck, spot wild mountain goats scaling the steep cliffs and bearded vultures soaring above. After a picnic lunch, drive out of the mountain ranges and begin your first bike ride. Today’s route will be a good warm-up before the more serious days of biking ahead. A gentle 20km descent takes you into the vast plains of the Gobi, followed by a steady 30km rise to your camp.

On arrival at camp, take a hot shower and relax under the stars before dinner. Your accommodation tonight is in a traditional felt-covered yurt, known as ‘Ger’ in Mongolian. (B,L,D)

Cycling Distance: 50km, with 310m of climb

Overnight in a ger

Day 3 - Flaming Cliffs

This morning after breakfast you will ride out to Bayanzag, an ancient sea bed and one of the world’s greatest dinosaur fossil sites. A series of expeditions were led here by American scientist Roy Chapman Andrews who gave the area the name ‘the Flaming Cliffs’ due to the sandstone’s vivid colours, especially at sunset.

It was here during the 1920’s that Andrews and his men unearthed the first unhatched dinosaur eggs the world had ever seen, along with several new species of dinosaurs and the fossils of early mammals.

Your ride today is on mostly compacted, smooth soil paths with only a few short loose soft sections. A tailwind here can really push you along, while a headwind can be a challenge!

Reaching the spectacular red ochre ‘Flaming Cliffs’ you will explore the area on foot. If you are lucky to be here after torrential rain, the eroded sandstone can still yield dinosaur fossils, so you can still hope for a discovery!

Continue on with a short ride to a small yet interesting display of fossils that were unearthed at the Flaming Cliffs. Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch before mounting up and riding back camp. Spend the evening relaxing with a book or talking over the day’s adventures with your fellow cyclists. (B,L,D)

Cycling Distance: 45km

Overnight in a ger

Day 4 - Dundus Valley

‘Fuel up’ at breakfast this morning in preparation for a challenging ride across the midsection of the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain Range that rises up out of the Gobi. Your route today runs on an elevated plateau between two parallel ridges, with short and at times steep ascents followed by some exciting descents. The riding surface will be mostly smooth, with some brief sections of sand to be negotiated.

With its good ventilation and cooler temperatures, the plateau is used as a summer grazing site by nomadic herders and offers a glimpse into a way of life that’s changed very little over hundreds of years.

You will no doubt pass flocks of goats and sheep, and perhaps even some herds of horses and camels, as well as the characteristically white round Gers standing out against this wide stretch of desert.

Tonight you will make camp by some spectacular rock formations and enjoy the hushed tranquillity of the desert under the stars. (B,L,D)

Cycling Distance: 69km, with a total climb of 979m

Overnight in a tent

Day 5 - Khongoryn Els (Singing Sand Dunes)

Enjoy a big breakfast again this morning as you prepare for the final, and longest, day on your bike. Todays ride continues through the Gurvan Saikhan Mountain Range, starting with a 3km stretch of dry riverbed then on to a smooth compacted surface over undulating hills.

As you leave the ranges behind you will catch your first glimpses of the Khongoryn Els Sand Dunes. These iconic dunes are the picture-postcard image that many of us conjure when we think of ‘desert’ – vast, towering dunes of golden sand that touch the horizon and stretching out over one hundred kilometres.

Rising up out of the flat, arid land, the tallest of these dunes reach hundreds of metres in height. Locals sometimes refer to them as the ‘singing dunes’ due to an eerie humming sound they produce on windy days. The cause of the humming? The collapse of the fine ridges of sand that build up on the dunes’ crests.

Take a well earned break and enjoy a picnic lunch with these spectacular dunes as the backdrop. From here load up your bike into the support van and make your way to another Ger camp to relax out of the heat of the day. This afternoon when the heat has subsided enjoy an excursion to the dunes where you can try climbing them on foot (it’s not as easy as you’d think!) or take a short camel ride along the lower slopes. (B,L,D)

Cycling Distance: 89km, with a total climb of 410m

Overnight in a ger

Day 6 - Gobi Airport

Enjoy a relaxing day today. After a leisurely breakfast, take the day to make your way back towards the airport. Your afternoon is free at a cosy Ger camp, this evening take the chance to watch the stars glistening over the desert one last time. (B,L,D)

Overnight in a ger

Day 7 - Ulaanbaatar

Today after breakfast, catch your return flight to Ulaanbaatar. After you’re settled into your hotel, you may spend the day as you wish, either relaxing, exploring, checking out Gandantegchinlen Monastery, wandering through the National Museum, or just following your whim. Gather together this evening to enjoy dinner and recount your adventures with your new friends! (B,L,D)

Overnight Hotel Bayangol or similar

Day 8 - Departure

This morning is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)