Cycling the Empire of Genghis Khan


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Trip Code: MCM
Region: Asia
Countries visited: Mongolia
Activities: Off-road, People & Religion, History
Duration: 17 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Profile: Average daily distance: 50km (31 miles)No. of days cycling: 11 (including 2 half days)Vehicle Support: 100%Terrain and route: good quality, vehicle width, hard-pack dirt tracks across undulating forest and steppe. Roads are rocky in places with some short steep passes.
Meals: All breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners included.
Accomodation: 9 nights wild camping, 2 nights comfortable hotels, 2 nights traditional Mongolian gers, 1 sleeper train.
Group: Normally 4 to 14, plus leader, drivers and camp staff.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

An epic adventure exploring the mountains and steppes of Mongolia that were once home to Genghis Khan

Goats in the Gobi

Mongolia remains a mysterious presence in the heart of Central Asia, a traditional country where visitors are still an unusual sight. Nomads wander the grasslands, setting up their white gers (tents) where the pasture is lush for their horses. The local people are warm and welcoming and we share their experience of life under a felt or canvas roof. We follow good trails across wide, open steppe, into expansive mountain scenery and through larch and pine forests. Camping wild under the wide skies adds an adventurous edge to what is certainly one of our most intrepid cycle tours. We end our riding at Mongolia's ancient capital Karakorum, once the centre of a vast empire. Its ruins and monasteries tell us about the fascinating history of this country and its glorious past. 

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart London.Show detailed information

Day 2: Arrive Ulaan Baatar; transfer to hotel.Show detailed information

Day 3: Morning sightseeing; overnight train to Erdenet.Show detailed information

Day 4: Ride to Tal Tolgoi Well via the small township of Bugat; camp.Show detailed information

Day 5: Cross Tuluugiin Pass, hike craters of extinct Mt. Uran and Mt. Togoo; camp.Show detailed information

Day 6: Arhangai steppe ride through undulating country to open green valley below Mt. Kharikhan (1862m); camp.Show detailed information

Day 7: Short climb to cross Kholboogin Pass (1649m) before descending to Khairkhan Lake camp.Show detailed information

Day 8: Head up Khunjiin River valley to camp beneath Mt. Chingeltei.Show detailed information

Day 9: Short climb past the headwaters of the Khunjiin; descend into Tamir River valley; camp near Great Rock of Ikh Tamir.Show detailed information

Day 10: Half-day ride to Tsetserleg, capital of Arhangai, afternoon free.Show detailed information

Day 11: Morning ride in foothills of the Khangai Mountains; ger camp with hot springs.Show detailed information

Day 12: Across undulating steppe to Mt. Ondor Khairkhan (2312m).Show detailed information

Day 13: Cross the Khangai mountain range on good jeep tracks; descend to Orkhon River valley.Show detailed information

Day 14: Ride to Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery; overnight in traditional ger camp.Show detailed information

Day 15: Drive to Ulaan Baatar, visit sand dunes at Mongol Els; free afternoon.Show detailed information

Day 16: Free to explore Ulaan Baatar; late evening transfer to airport and depart Ulaan Baatar.Show detailed information

Day 17: Arrive London.Show detailed information

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