10-22 JUL 2019
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.
Arrive in Style: The Trans-Siberian Express
Vodka fermented from milk
The wild, shepherds and giant dogs
Chill Out in Hot Springs
Way Of the Road - The Steppe– Motorbike Roadtrip
€1800PILLION / 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 POINTIrkutsk / Ulaanbaatar / 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 Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar, yurts and wild camping on the Steppe, usually with hot water
LOCAL TRANSPORTATIONtaxi, motorbike, UAZ
FREE TIME/NIGHTLIFEnice 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
WHAT’S INCLUDEDaccommodation, local transport, motorbikes, petrol, breakfast, lunch and dinner (except in Irkutsk and Ulaanbaatar), back-up van, English speaking guide, mechanic, entrance fees to national parks
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDEDflight tickets, administration fee if BTS buys the plane ticket (20 EUR / 6.000 HUF), visas, ticket for the Transiberian Express, insurance, motorbiking clothes, 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 1: Arrival, lake BAIKALArriving 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 2: Trans-siberian expressTrain 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 3: ulaanbaatarArriving to Ulaanbaatar, resting, sightseeing.
day 4: Lake ugiiAfter 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 5: 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 the Erdene Zuu Monastery that was built in the middle ages without using any nails.
day 6: TSETSERLEGOur 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 7: 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.
day 8: ORKHON WATERFALLBy the 20-meter high, 10-meter wide waterfall, we spend the night in yurts again.
dAY 9: ARVAIKHEERThis 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 10: Little gobiGobi 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 11: ULAANBAATARWe ride back to Ulaanbaatar and say goodbye to Mongolia.
day 12: FLYING HOMEWe fly back home from Ulaanbaatar with amazing memories and experiences.
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