Family Mt. Biking in the Mongolian Steppe

6 Days, 5 Nights

From the larger-than-life statue of the world’s greatest conqueror, Genghis Khan, to the untamed beauty of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area, explore the heart of Mongolia and Genghis Khan’s ancestral homeland—all on two wheels! Bike across vast landscapes that mark the southernmost tip of Siberia, camping each night and soaking in the sights, sounds and habits of nomadic life on the steppe.

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle through the raw, untamed beauty of Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area
  • In a place with endless open space and fresh air, it is perfect place for families to explore, and when night falls, and stars filled sky, curl up near the camp fire for an unplugged adventure
  • Enjoy homestays with local nomads and spend a night in a traditional Mongolian ger, or yurt, in a vast, grassy plain
Price
$1550 USD adult /
$1400 USD under 12
Trip Activities
Cycling
Trip Length
6 Days, 5 Nights
Physical Level
Casual
Start/End
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights)
Camping (2 nights)
Yurt (1 night)
Age
Minimum 12 years of age
Meals not included
Lunch, Breakfast Day 1
Lunch, Dinner Day 6
Flights Included
None

Day-by-day Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in Ulaanbaatar (UB), Guided City Tour
Activities
None
Transfers
  • Van: 0.5
Description

Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. We’ll meet you at the airport and bring you to your 4-star hotel. After you’ve settled in and taken a little time to relax, you can choose to join us for a guided city tour of Ulaanbaatar, called “UB” by locals. If not, feel free to go on your own family exploration of the capital city and join us later at dinner. Over dinner, we’ll meet our fellow travelers and brief you on your coming adventures.

Meals
  • Dinner
Accommodation
Day 2
Bike to Tuul River
Activities
  • Cycling: 47 km
Transfers
  • Van: 1.5
Description

Today we strike out after breakfast on our first cycling adventure. We’ll drive 1.5 hours east of Ulaanbaatar to a massive statue of Genghis Khan mounted on a horse, marking the gateway to his ancestral homeland. While your bikes are being prepared, climb to the top of the 40-meter-tall statue and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding steppe from an observation deck built into the head of the horse.

We’ll mount up and start our ride along the Tuul River, a major waterway that empties into Lake Baikal in Russia. We’ll cycle across rolling hills and lush meadows with some wooded mountains as a backdrop. Our road will be smooth, packed-dirt car tracks, which might be slightly sandy or muddy at times depending on recent weather. As you bike you’ll catch glimpses of nomadic Mongolian life, a lifestyle that has remained largely unchanged over hundreds of years. You’ll pass herds of yaks, sheep and goats roaming the area, as well as the white, circular tents of local herders—we know these tents as “yurts” but they’re called ger in Mongolian.

The morning part of our ride will be a great warm-up with just a few small uphill segments. After lunch we’ll meet our real challenge with a climb up to a wooded pass at 1,887 meters. Spectacular views over wide valleys and forested mountains will reward your hard work, along with a lovely, coasting descent to the Tuul riverbank. We’ll make camp here and indulge in a shower before we settle in for dinner.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
  • Camping
Day 3
Bike to Bayangol Valley
Activities
  • Cycling: 49 km
Transfers
None
Description

Today we’ll spend the entire morning riding upstream along the Tuul River, enjoying pastoral views of the steppe, mountain slopes covered in larch and birch, and the forested riverside, where you’ll see plenty of willow trees. During the warm season, this area is almost completely abandoned the by local people because it’s designated as a wintering ground for nomads. You’ll see just a scattering of log shelters and animal pens.

Around lunchtime we exit the river valley and enjoy a fast downhill ride followed by 20 kilometers of easy, rolling trails across a wide valley dotted with gers. If you’d like, we can stop in at a few of them to meet the locals and get an intimate glimpse of the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
  • Camping
Day 4
Bike to Elstei Ger Camp
Activities
  • Cycling: 40 km
Transfers
None
Description

Today’s ride continues across open grassland with rolling hills that stretch out to the open horizon. It’s a gradual ascent on packed soil trails, accompanied by scenic views of a birch-covered mountain slope.

We’ll stop for a picnic lunch at the highest point of the day. At 1,830 meters, we’ll be able to enjoy vast, panoramic views of the Mongolian steppe below. After lunch, you’ll be refueled and energized for a steep, 3-kilometer descent down a rainwater ditch, then our route flattens out into an easy 10-kilometer ride across open grassland. We’ll end our journey today at a cozy guest camp of traditional gers. One of these will be your home for the night, so you can experience the special atmosphere of a nomadic steppe household! After hot showers we invite you to join us for a traditional Mongolian dinner.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
  • Yurt
Day 5
Bike to Nalaikh Plain, Transfer to Ulaanbaatar
Activities
  • Cycling: 25 km
Transfers
None
Description

Today after breakfast we’ll enjoy our last ride as we cycle over easy terrain until lunchtime. We’ll cover 25 kilometers over grasslands without any significant uphill portions.

We’ll enjoy our outdoor lunch while our bikes and gear are being packed and loaded. Then it’s a 2-hour drive back to Ulaanbaatar and to your hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax or do a little exploring and shopping in the capital. Whatever you choose to do, we invite you to join us for a farewell dinner in the evening (at your own expense), where we can recount our cycling adventures with our fellow travellers.

Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
Day 6
Departure
Activities
None
Transfers
None
Description

Today we’ll bring you to Chinggis Khan International Airport and wish you a safe return flight or onward journey.

Meals
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
None

Trip Information

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Inclusions

All accommodation

2 nights in 4* hotel (twin+breakfasts)

2 nights in tents (twin)

1 night in gers (twin or triple)

Camping equipment including portable pressure shower and seat-on toilets

Cooking equipment and utensils

Sleeping bags and mats Indicated meals & drinking water

National park fees

Support cars

Airport transfers

English speaking guide(s)

Expedition cook(s)

27.5 hard tail mountain bikes, mechanical assistance and parts

Exclusions

Travel insurance

Personal cycling accessories and clothes

Meals not indicated

Alcohol

Gratuities