11-21 JUL 2020
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. The 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.
There is just one nomadic family, with an average of 7-8 members, per 15 square kilometers.
Compare this to New York where, in the same area, 15,000 Manhattanites live.
Vodka fermented from milk
The wild, shepherds and giant dogs
Chill Out in Hot Springs
Way Of the Road - The Steppe– Motorbike Roadtrip
€1750PILLION / BACK-UP VAN
ABILITY LEVELadvanced motorbike skills or no experience required for pillions and for those who travel in the back-up van
BEST SUITED FORcouples, solo travelers, groups
MEETING POINTUlaanbaatar / upon agreement in case of group travel
WEATHERVery changable weather, it can be dry, rainy, sunny, cloudy. Anything is possible between -5 - +30°C.
ROAD CONDITIONS30% asphalt roads, 70% off road possibilities on the endless terrain, ponds and river crossings, muddy and bumpy parts are to be expected
BIKER PACKAGE150 CC Shineray motorbikes, professional guides, Russian UAZ back up van, mechanic
ACCOMMODATIONdouble or twin bed 3star hotel room with wifi and hot water in Ulaanbaatar, yurts and wild camping on the Steppe, usually with hot water
LOCAL TRANSPORTATIONtaxi, motorbike, UAZ
FREE TIME/NIGHTLIFEnice local restaurants in 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
WHAT’S INCLUDEDaccommodation, local transport, motorbikes, petrol, breakfast, lunch and dinner (except in Ulaanbaatar), back-up van, English speaking guide, mechanic, entrance fees to national parks
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDflight tickets, visas, insurance, motorbiking clothes and protectors, alcohol, extra programmes, mobile data usage
special requirementsdriving license for motorbikes, biker protectors
APPLICATION DEADLINE3 months prior the trip or upon availability
INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN40% upon application, 60% 2 months prior arrival
DAY 0: departure from your home countryFinishing up with the packing of your baggages, and leaving your home country. Unless you have been already roaming the countries of Central Asia.
DAY 1: arrival to ulaanbaatarArriving to Ulaanbaatar,quick briefing regarding the upcoming trip,acclimatization.
DAY 2: exploring ULAANBAATARChecking out the city and possibly the traditional festival of Nadaam.
Day 3: DashinchilenAfter receiving and trying the bikes, we ride to Dashinchilen to check out the ruins of a fort of the ancient Mongol Empire.
DAY 4: LAKE UGIIRide to Lake Ugii, which is famous for its bird and fish population. We spend the night by the lake in a Yurt camp.
DAY 5: TSENKHER HOT SPRINGSThe next day we ride in a pleasant tree-covered area, spotted with only a few yurts and camps we have the chance to meet some wild camels. We will spend the night at Tsenkher hot springs yurt camp, where we can enjoy natural thermal baths all afternoon. It is presumed that it has healing properties notably on articular and nervous system-related diseases.
DAY 6: TUVKHUN MONASTERYDuring 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. We spend the night in a family yurt camp.
day 7: ORKHON WATERFALLBy the 20-meter high, 10-meter wide waterfall, we spend the night in yurts again.
dAY 8: KHARKHORINWe 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 one of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries the Erdene Zuu Monastery which was built in the middle ages without using a single nail.
day 9: Little gobiGobi is one of the world’s largest deserts, which mainly consists of pebbly plains. The weather is 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 get 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 10: FINAL NIGHT in ULAANBAATARWe ride back to Ulaanbaatar enjoy our final night together in Mongolia.
day 11: FLYING HOMEWe fly back home from Ulaanbaatar with amazing everlasting memories, hooked on the BTS lifestyle.
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