Way of the road- Motorbike road trip in Mongolia Mongolia

Way of the road- Motorbike road trip in Mongolia

Mongolia

Mountaineering
10 hours
Medium
Meals, Accomodation, Equipment, Local Partner
For groups, Friends, Individuals, Small Group
2020

Fri, Jul 10

Fri, Jul 10

€2,300

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Overview

  • You could say it’s pretty much the case that if the word 'Mongol' is added to another word, it enhances that word’s meaning. Mongolian vodka. Mongolian steppe. T
  • he Mongolian stretch of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The Mongolian shepherd dog.
  • These all sound stronger, more adventurous, and grander than, say, the standard version of each. And it’s not without reason.
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival, Lake Baikal
  • Arriving at Irkutsk, the capital of Siberia, then transfer to Listvyanka, the Riviera of Lake Baikal.
  • Chilling, boat trip and a small excursion. Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest (1186 m) and one of the oldest lakes on Earth, it takes up 1/5 of the still water resource of the planet.
Day 2Trans-Siberian express
  • Train ride to Ulaanbaatar. It’s the world’s longest railway line, and we are going to travel an approximately 1000 km long section in one day, through the dreary steppe.
Day 3Ulaanbaatar
  • Arriving to Ulaanbaatar, resting, sightseeing.
Day 4Lake Ugii

After receiving the bikes, we ride to Lake Ugii, which is famous for its bird and fish population. We spend the night by the shore in a Yurt camp.


Day 5Kharkhorin

We ride on to Kharkhorin, the capital of the ancient Mongolian Empire. Kharkhorin lies in the valley of the Orkhon River, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. We visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery that was built in the middle ages without using any nails.

Day 6Tsetserleg

Our destination, Tsetserleg is situated on the North-Eastern slopes of the Khangai Mountains, and it’s known for being the trading and cultural center of the Arkhangai Aimag region.

Day 7Tuvkhun Monastery

During a two-hour hike we climb up to the monastery, which is a beautiful complex built on the wooded, rocky mountain separating the Uvurkhangai and Arhangai regions.


Day 8Orkhon waterfall

By the 20-meter high, 10-meter wide waterfall, we spend the night in yurts again.

Day 9Arvaikheer
  • This area has the least extremist weather in Mongolia, the difference between the avarage temperature in July and January is only 30°C, which is considered moderate around these parts. This is the center of handcrafted goods, goat shepherding, and horse sports.
Day 10Little Gobi
  • Gobi is one of the world’s biggest deserts, which is mainly consisted of pebbly plains.
  • The weather excessively extreme, in the winter it can be -40°C while during the summer the temperature can go as high as 40°C degrees.
  • It has regions that only gets some rainfall every 2-3 years or so. The home of two-humped camels, wild donkeys and Gobi bears, which is the only desert bear type.
Day 11Ulaanbaatar

We ride back to Ulaanbaatar and say goodbye to Mongolia.

Day 12Flying home

We fly back home from Ulaanbaatar with amazing memories and experiences.

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Price includes

accommodation
local transport, motorbikes, petrol,
breakfast, lunch and dinner
back-up van
English speaking guide
mechanic
entrance fees to national parks
flight tickets, administration fee
  • if the organizer buys the plane ticket (20 EUR / 6.000 HUF)
visas
ticket for the Transiberian Express
insurance
motorbiking clothes
alcohol
extra programmes
mobile data usage

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  • Ability level: advanced motorbike skills or no experience required for pillions and for those who travel in the back-up van
  • Best suited for: couples, solo travelers, groups
  • Meeting point: Irkutsk / Ulaanbaatar / upon agreement in case of group travel
  • Weather: Very changable weather, it can be dry, rainy, sunny, cloudy. Anything is possible between -5 - +30°C.
  • Road conditions: 30% asphalt roads, 70% off road possibilities on the endless terrain, ponds and river crossings, muddy and bumpy parts are to be expected
  • Biker package: 150 CC Shineray motorbikes, professional guides, Russian UAZ back up van, mechanic
  • Accommodation: double or twin bed 3star hotel room with wifi and hot water in Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar, yurts and wild camping on the Steppe, usually with hot water
  • Local Transportation: taxi, motorbike, UAZ
  • Free time/ nightlife: nice local restaurants in Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar, vodka, kumis and beers in the yurts
  • How big is the group? each back up crew (back up van, mechanic and guide) can take maximum 12 riders at the same time. In one camp we can handle a maximum of 2 groups


FAQ

Do I need a visa?

It depends on your nationality. From most of the countries you will need a visa both to Russia and Mongolia. Please always check it on your local embassy’s website. The process can take up to 3 weeks while you need to leave your passports in the embassies, please be aware of this. We'll help you with the whole process, you do not need to worry about this.


Which countries will we visit?

We'll fly to Irkutsk, Russia to have a couple of days of sightseeing, from where we'll head to Mongolia on the Transiberian Express. You can also fly directly to Mongolia and join the trip there.


What kind of driving license do I need to participate on the trip s a motorbiker?

You need to have a motorcycle driving license valid for a 150 cc motorbike (at least).


What can I do if I really want to attend, but I can not ride?

You can sit into the back-up van which is an amazing UAZ and enjoy totally the same trip while saving 200 EUR.


In what kind of a dress should I ride?

It depends on your choice. We do not recommend to wear leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes. But do to the fact that the temperature is very differing, it is good to wear multiple layers, such in case of skiing. It’s a good idea to wear either a durable high top hiking boot, a real biking boot or even a dirt bike boot. Don't forget about your rain clothes as the temperature is very changeable.


Should I bring my own helmet? If yes, what kind is the best?

They provide helmets if necessary, but obviously these ones are used and not from the highest quality. We recommend you to bring your own one! It is your decision what kind of a helmet you prefer, but you need to be prepared for defending yourself against a very strong sunshine, rain, mud and dust.


What kind of road conditions should I expect?

There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical, we'll mostly ride off-road. You need to be prepared for bumps, river crossings, mud, sand, grass, gravel, lots of curves and anything you can imagine.


For what kind of health issues should I be prepared?

First of all we are travelling to Mongolia, where food is very greasy, so you need to know that diarrhea and stomach infections can happen anytime. It’s always a good idea to keep a hand sanitizer in your bag. Hospitals are not widely spread on the Steppe, so always ride safely and focus on your physical integrity! However, if anyone feels unwell, he/she can sit in the back-up car. From this point one of the guides will ride his/her bike for a while.


Is thefuel supply solved in the whole trip?

Yes, the group leaders will take care of it, they bring extra supply in the back-up van.


What about the food?

In Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar there is a buffet system breakfast in the hotel, but there are several good and cheap restaurant around the cities. After heading to the Steppe you'll get breakfast from the local guides, usually bread with ham, tuna or cheese. On shorter ride days we stop for lunch somewhere on the Steppe and our guides cook for us, on longer days we just get some food brought from home or from a local shop (some snacks, protein slices, etc.). Dinner is always warm food, the owners of the yurts cook for us. Mongolian food is based almost exclusively on meat and protein-rich animal products. In case of special diets, please let us know in advance and we'll ask the local partners about the possibilities.


Who leads the tour?

The staff contains the following people: a professional English speaking guide grown up in Mongolia (he can ride anybody's bike if anything goes wrong and he takes care of any upcoming situation), an amazingly kind driver of the UAZ (he's also the mechanic, an expert of Shineray bikes and has his tools and spare parts), and there is also a group leader from our side, who has already done this trip multiple times and knows the local stuffs and staffs as well.


How do bags travel, what ind of bags should I bring?

You need to pack into at least 2 bags. The big bag travels in the back-up van so don't bring your expensive suitcases (you can pack them in and out everyday in the yurts), and hand baggages will be strapped on your motorbikes. In this you should wear your extra layers, water, camera and any personal items you need during the day.


What kind of vaccinations should I have?

Please ask your local health authority. Usually there are no mandatory vaccinations.


How much pocket money will I need?

You only have to pay for your snacks, some drinks and your mobile data. In Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar there are nice and relative cheap restaurants that are worth to try. For all this, if you don't drink heavily and you don't buy expensive souvenirs, 250 EUR should be more than enough.


What is the local currency and where to change money? Are there ATM-s and can I pay by card?

The currency is Mongolian Tughrik (~ 1 USD=2463 MNT, 1 EUR=2892 MNT). We will have the opportunity to change money at the airport after the arrival to Ulaanbaatar, or somewhere in the city center. ATM-s and credit card payments are not typical, so we suggest to bring money (USD or EUR) and change or withdraw at the beginning of the trip.


Is it possible to buy and drink alcohol during the trip?

Of course you can. In Mongolia there are lots of types of vodkas and they also have local beers. If you prefer to drink something else, it's better to take it from home.


What kind of insurance should I take out?

You'll need to have one that is valid for motorcycling, valid in Mongolia (and Russia). If you need help, please get in touch with us!


What kind of accommodations should I expect along the way?

In Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar we'll stay in 3 star hotels with bathroom, and on the Steppe we'll sleep in yurts (2-4 people in each). Bathroom is usually in a common building close to the yurts. We'll spend one or two nights in tents as well, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The hospitality of the locals makes up for all the inconveniences.


Is it a problem is I want to come alone?

Not at all. Yurts are usually for 2 or 3 people, so probably you'll be paired with one of your super friendly group mates, but if you prefer to sleep alone, please request this in the application form and we'll figure out something for you.


What happens if you'll get a flat tire or anything else is broken?

You shouldn't worry, the back-up van with the mechanic is always the last one on the road, just park your bike beside, wait for him and enjoy the stunning scenery while he repairs your bike. Usually he can fix anything within 15 mins. The head of the group will wait you.


Will I have wifi and mobile network coverage during the trip?

In the big cities such as Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar you’ll have both, even in the hotel we stay at. In the remote areas it is better not to count with them, but at least every second or maximum 3rd days you will be able to contact with the rest of the world. :)

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival, Lake Baikal
  • Arriving at Irkutsk, the capital of Siberia, then transfer to Listvyanka, the Riviera of Lake Baikal.
  • Chilling, boat trip and a small excursion. Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest (1186 m) and one of the oldest lakes on Earth, it takes up 1/5 of the still water resource of the planet.
Day 2Trans-Siberian express
  • Train ride to Ulaanbaatar. It’s the world’s longest railway line, and we are going to travel an approximately 1000 km long section in one day, through the dreary steppe.
Day 3Ulaanbaatar
  • Arriving to Ulaanbaatar, resting, sightseeing.
Day 4Lake Ugii

After receiving the bikes, we ride to Lake Ugii, which is famous for its bird and fish population. We spend the night by the shore in a Yurt camp.


Day 5Kharkhorin

We ride on to Kharkhorin, the capital of the ancient Mongolian Empire. Kharkhorin lies in the valley of the Orkhon River, which is part of the UNESCO world heritage. We visit the Erdene Zuu Monastery that was built in the middle ages without using any nails.

Day 6Tsetserleg

Our destination, Tsetserleg is situated on the North-Eastern slopes of the Khangai Mountains, and it’s known for being the trading and cultural center of the Arkhangai Aimag region.

Day 7Tuvkhun Monastery

During a two-hour hike we climb up to the monastery, which is a beautiful complex built on the wooded, rocky mountain separating the Uvurkhangai and Arhangai regions.


Day 8Orkhon waterfall

By the 20-meter high, 10-meter wide waterfall, we spend the night in yurts again.

Day 9Arvaikheer
  • This area has the least extremist weather in Mongolia, the difference between the avarage temperature in July and January is only 30°C, which is considered moderate around these parts. This is the center of handcrafted goods, goat shepherding, and horse sports.
Day 10Little Gobi
  • Gobi is one of the world’s biggest deserts, which is mainly consisted of pebbly plains.
  • The weather excessively extreme, in the winter it can be -40°C while during the summer the temperature can go as high as 40°C degrees.
  • It has regions that only gets some rainfall every 2-3 years or so. The home of two-humped camels, wild donkeys and Gobi bears, which is the only desert bear type.
Day 11Ulaanbaatar

We ride back to Ulaanbaatar and say goodbye to Mongolia.

Day 12Flying home

We fly back home from Ulaanbaatar with amazing memories and experiences.

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Price includes

accommodation
local transport, motorbikes, petrol,
breakfast, lunch and dinner
back-up van
English speaking guide
mechanic
entrance fees to national parks
flight tickets, administration fee
  • if the organizer buys the plane ticket (20 EUR / 6.000 HUF)
visas
ticket for the Transiberian Express
insurance
motorbiking clothes
alcohol
extra programmes
mobile data usage

Map

Information

  • Ability level: advanced motorbike skills or no experience required for pillions and for those who travel in the back-up van
  • Best suited for: couples, solo travelers, groups
  • Meeting point: Irkutsk / Ulaanbaatar / upon agreement in case of group travel
  • Weather: Very changable weather, it can be dry, rainy, sunny, cloudy. Anything is possible between -5 - +30°C.
  • Road conditions: 30% asphalt roads, 70% off road possibilities on the endless terrain, ponds and river crossings, muddy and bumpy parts are to be expected
  • Biker package: 150 CC Shineray motorbikes, professional guides, Russian UAZ back up van, mechanic
  • Accommodation: double or twin bed 3star hotel room with wifi and hot water in Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar, yurts and wild camping on the Steppe, usually with hot water
  • Local Transportation: taxi, motorbike, UAZ
  • Free time/ nightlife: nice local restaurants in Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar, vodka, kumis and beers in the yurts
  • How big is the group? each back up crew (back up van, mechanic and guide) can take maximum 12 riders at the same time. In one camp we can handle a maximum of 2 groups


FAQ

Do I need a visa?

It depends on your nationality. From most of the countries you will need a visa both to Russia and Mongolia. Please always check it on your local embassy’s website. The process can take up to 3 weeks while you need to leave your passports in the embassies, please be aware of this. We'll help you with the whole process, you do not need to worry about this.


Which countries will we visit?

We'll fly to Irkutsk, Russia to have a couple of days of sightseeing, from where we'll head to Mongolia on the Transiberian Express. You can also fly directly to Mongolia and join the trip there.


What kind of driving license do I need to participate on the trip s a motorbiker?

You need to have a motorcycle driving license valid for a 150 cc motorbike (at least).


What can I do if I really want to attend, but I can not ride?

You can sit into the back-up van which is an amazing UAZ and enjoy totally the same trip while saving 200 EUR.


In what kind of a dress should I ride?

It depends on your choice. We do not recommend to wear leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes. But do to the fact that the temperature is very differing, it is good to wear multiple layers, such in case of skiing. It’s a good idea to wear either a durable high top hiking boot, a real biking boot or even a dirt bike boot. Don't forget about your rain clothes as the temperature is very changeable.


Should I bring my own helmet? If yes, what kind is the best?

They provide helmets if necessary, but obviously these ones are used and not from the highest quality. We recommend you to bring your own one! It is your decision what kind of a helmet you prefer, but you need to be prepared for defending yourself against a very strong sunshine, rain, mud and dust.


What kind of road conditions should I expect?

There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical, we'll mostly ride off-road. You need to be prepared for bumps, river crossings, mud, sand, grass, gravel, lots of curves and anything you can imagine.


For what kind of health issues should I be prepared?

First of all we are travelling to Mongolia, where food is very greasy, so you need to know that diarrhea and stomach infections can happen anytime. It’s always a good idea to keep a hand sanitizer in your bag. Hospitals are not widely spread on the Steppe, so always ride safely and focus on your physical integrity! However, if anyone feels unwell, he/she can sit in the back-up car. From this point one of the guides will ride his/her bike for a while.


Is thefuel supply solved in the whole trip?

Yes, the group leaders will take care of it, they bring extra supply in the back-up van.


What about the food?

In Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar there is a buffet system breakfast in the hotel, but there are several good and cheap restaurant around the cities. After heading to the Steppe you'll get breakfast from the local guides, usually bread with ham, tuna or cheese. On shorter ride days we stop for lunch somewhere on the Steppe and our guides cook for us, on longer days we just get some food brought from home or from a local shop (some snacks, protein slices, etc.). Dinner is always warm food, the owners of the yurts cook for us. Mongolian food is based almost exclusively on meat and protein-rich animal products. In case of special diets, please let us know in advance and we'll ask the local partners about the possibilities.


Who leads the tour?

The staff contains the following people: a professional English speaking guide grown up in Mongolia (he can ride anybody's bike if anything goes wrong and he takes care of any upcoming situation), an amazingly kind driver of the UAZ (he's also the mechanic, an expert of Shineray bikes and has his tools and spare parts), and there is also a group leader from our side, who has already done this trip multiple times and knows the local stuffs and staffs as well.


How do bags travel, what ind of bags should I bring?

You need to pack into at least 2 bags. The big bag travels in the back-up van so don't bring your expensive suitcases (you can pack them in and out everyday in the yurts), and hand baggages will be strapped on your motorbikes. In this you should wear your extra layers, water, camera and any personal items you need during the day.


What kind of vaccinations should I have?

Please ask your local health authority. Usually there are no mandatory vaccinations.


How much pocket money will I need?

You only have to pay for your snacks, some drinks and your mobile data. In Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar there are nice and relative cheap restaurants that are worth to try. For all this, if you don't drink heavily and you don't buy expensive souvenirs, 250 EUR should be more than enough.


What is the local currency and where to change money? Are there ATM-s and can I pay by card?

The currency is Mongolian Tughrik (~ 1 USD=2463 MNT, 1 EUR=2892 MNT). We will have the opportunity to change money at the airport after the arrival to Ulaanbaatar, or somewhere in the city center. ATM-s and credit card payments are not typical, so we suggest to bring money (USD or EUR) and change or withdraw at the beginning of the trip.


Is it possible to buy and drink alcohol during the trip?

Of course you can. In Mongolia there are lots of types of vodkas and they also have local beers. If you prefer to drink something else, it's better to take it from home.


What kind of insurance should I take out?

You'll need to have one that is valid for motorcycling, valid in Mongolia (and Russia). If you need help, please get in touch with us!


What kind of accommodations should I expect along the way?

In Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar we'll stay in 3 star hotels with bathroom, and on the Steppe we'll sleep in yurts (2-4 people in each). Bathroom is usually in a common building close to the yurts. We'll spend one or two nights in tents as well, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The hospitality of the locals makes up for all the inconveniences.


Is it a problem is I want to come alone?

Not at all. Yurts are usually for 2 or 3 people, so probably you'll be paired with one of your super friendly group mates, but if you prefer to sleep alone, please request this in the application form and we'll figure out something for you.


What happens if you'll get a flat tire or anything else is broken?

You shouldn't worry, the back-up van with the mechanic is always the last one on the road, just park your bike beside, wait for him and enjoy the stunning scenery while he repairs your bike. Usually he can fix anything within 15 mins. The head of the group will wait you.


Will I have wifi and mobile network coverage during the trip?

In the big cities such as Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar you’ll have both, even in the hotel we stay at. In the remote areas it is better not to count with them, but at least every second or maximum 3rd days you will be able to contact with the rest of the world. :)

Safe Booking

Do I have to book in advance?

  • Yes, we encourage you to book this trek in advance.
  • For day activities, we recommend you to book 48 hours before the tour.
  • For multi-day packages, the earlier you book, the more significant is the chance that you can participate in the journey.


When do I have to pay?

  • We have a "book now, pay later" policy. Due to this process, we don't ask for any bank card details.
  • We created our booking system to be convenient and secure for you.
  • The provider will contact you and discuss the payment with you later.


What other fees do I have to pay?

  • There are no hidden fees on Trekhunt (like booking fee, cancellation fee, etc.).
  • We don't charge you any additional fees.
  • We offer this tour precisely with the same price and conditions as the provider.


Is booking secure?

  • We created our booking system to be convenient and safe for you.
  • We don't ask any of your bank card details!
  • We only ask you to provide us your name, email and mobile number.
  • We forward this information to the provider, who can send you the tour details.


Don't miss out. We recommend you to book this tour today.

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