mongolia
Naadam Festival
Horse Racing
River Crossings
Mud guards not included!

Cycle Mongolia - Arkhangai

Wild Mongolia & Naadam Festival

Trip Details Cycling Dates
2011 Price:  2895 USD
Duration: 16 days
Start Point: Ulaan Baatar
End Point: Ulaan Baatar
From Bayanhongor to Karakorum
Cycling Days: 9
Distance: 480 km
Grade: Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous
10th July 2012
Quick Itinerary
Highlights
Day Activity Location

Naadam festival – horse racing – Mountain biking – river crossings – Gobi desert – ger camps – campfires under the stars – yak herds – nomads – dirt tracks – horses – herdsmen – Khar Khorin

This extended version of our Wild Mongolia trip combines Mongolia's national games, the Naadam Festival, with a 9 day mountain bike journey through the vast mountains, valleys and plains of central Mongolia. In Ulaan Baatar we take in the highly competitive wrestling, horse racing and archery championships, before heading out of the city into a land with no fences, and no roads. Our cycling adventure is across the Arkhangai Mountains, from the edge of the Gobi desert at Bayanhongor to the ancient Mongolian capital of Kharkhorin, right into the heart of Mongolia to meet its nomadic peoples. This is an off-roader's dream, cycling through a diversity of landscapes, including the mountains of the Arkhanghai, lush green grasslands, pine forests and the spectacular Orkhon Falls.

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Arrival Day. Group meeting.
Naadam Festival
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Drive to Bayanhongor
Drive to Bayanhongor
Cycle Shargaljuut Valley cycling distance 66km
Cycle Tuy River Valley cycling distance 45km
Cycle Tuy River Valley cycling distance 54km
Cycle Bulgan/Tamir Valley cycling distance 24k
Cycle Tsertserleg/Museum cycling distance 73
Cycle to Orkhon Falls cycling distance 74km
Arrive Falls. Free afternoon cycling distance 49
Cycle Orkhon River Valley cycling distance 50k
Cycle to Karakorum cycling distance 50km
Drive to Ulaan Baatar
Departure Day

For Trip Notes click here

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Testimonials

"Every single minute was a highlight..."

– Jess Bryant, July 2005

"We were continually amazed at the fantastic meals that Nara [cook] was able to produce from the back of the van. The food and dining facilities were excellent."

– Melissa Cundy, Aug 2007

"Timur [local guide] was a real laugh. We couldn't have had any better. He loves his country and wants to show it to the world."

– Carl Andrews, Aug 2007

"Great experiences with bonus surprises... like unexpected Naadam in the middle of nowhere..."

– Susan McInnes, July 2005