10 Days
Duration
Mongolia
Start Location
August, July, June, September
Tour Months

We head into the wild west of Mongolia!

We head into the wild west of Mongolia in search of the Eagle Hunters. From the capital city Ulaanbaatar across the lush, green Steppes and the turquoise coloured lakes, through the hills and mountains, we will traverse the most spectacular region of Mongolia from the Centre to the North West.

The July adventures see us take in the famed Naadam festival which sees people from all over the country descend upon the capital in traditional clothing to compete and spectate in the “three games of men”. A 20km horse race with jockeys as young as 5, traditional archery and Mongolian Wrestling provides a spectacle like nothing else on earth.

A hearty breakfast will see you ready to tackle the most sparsely populated land on the planet. You’ll feel as free as the eagles flying above you as you point your motorcycle at the horizon and twist the throttle. Staying in traditional homes called a Ger or Yurt, you’ll experience the authentic traditional nomadic lifestyle.

The ruggedness of western Mongolia is a mind-blowing adventure destination where ancient traditions are still practised daily by the hardy wanderers of the country’s vast steppes and deserts. This Mongolian adventure is designed to give you the most extraordinary and unforgettable experience, as you navigate across the Mongol empire on a motorcycle like Genghis Khan did on horseback 900 years ago.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

Arrive : Chinggis Khaan International Airport – Ulaanbaatar
Depart :
Chinggis Khaan International Airport – Ulaanbaatar

TOUR DATES

2018 – August :: Wednesday 1st – Friday 10th (Hosted by Santina Keith of Royal Enfield Sydney) BOOKED OUT
2018 – August :: Monday 13th – Friday 24th – BOOKED OUT
2019 – July :: Monday 1st – Wednesday 10th – 1 spot left
2019 – July :: Saturday 13th – Monday 22nd – KTM 350exc only
2019 – July :: Saturday 13th – Monday 22nd – 6 spots left Royal Enfield Himalayan only

2019 – July :: Wednesday 31st – August Friday 9th – BOOKED OUT

PRIVATE ADVENTURES This tour is also available as a private adventure for solo adventurers, a couple, a club or even just a group of mates. This can be any combination of riders, pillions, sidecar passengers or even family in one of our expedition support vehicles. The tour can be shortened or lengthened to suit your desires. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Best months are June, July, August & September.

PRICES Rider: US$3,890 per person
Pillion: US$3,390 per person
WHAT’S INCLUDED All ground transfers in Mongolia, airport to airport
Domestic flight from Ulgii to Ulaanbaatar
Reception at Chinggis Khaan Airport and all transfers by private vehicle
A Royal Enfield Himalayan (a KTM 350 EXC is available as an optional extra) motorcycle including all fuel
Backup van with spare parts and a qualified mechanic throughout the adventure
10 Days / 9 Nights’ twin share accommodation in mid-range hotels, neat and clean ger/yurt
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the entire tour
Support vehicles to carry all luggage (if riders are injured or feeling unwell they can take a break and jump into our back-up vehicle to relax!)
Bottled mineral water throughout the adventure
Tea/Chai & snacks en-route
Monument entrance fees during the entire trip.
NOT INCLUDED International flights
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Visa fee
Any damage to the motorcycle must be covered by the rider in full.  (Optional insurance available)
Personal Expenses
Tipping (US$100 is expected. It gets shared amongst the support crew)
Alcoholic Drinks

NOTE: These prices are based on sharing a hotel room or a tent with another rider. If you’d like your own room/tent then there is a US$650 single room supplement.

Payment terms: A US$1000 deposit must be made at time of booking. Balance payment must be paid 8 weeks before the tour start date. Payment plans are available upon request.

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 MAP of the ROUTE
PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary for the FIND YOUR SMILE private adventure in 2019 from Saturday 13th July – Monday 22nd July, will be conducted in reverse. i.e. We will fly into Ulaanbaatar and then fly to Ulgii to jump on the bikes and ride East back to Ulaanbaatar.
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DAY 1: THE ARRIVAL IN ULAANBAATAR
A representative of Himalayan Heroes will greet you at Chiggis Khaan International Airport. and transfer you to our hotel.
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DAY 2: TO THE DUNES
ULAANBAATAR TO ELSEN TASARKHAI (220 Kms / 6-7 hours)

We meet our back up team, our motor bikes and we’ll have a short bus ride out of the city to the start of the adventure. The 80km section of the Mongol Els sand dunes is our first challenge of this ride. We’ll stay in a traditional yurt camp at Elsen Tasarkhai.

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DAY 3: KARAKORUM
ELSEN TASARKHAI TO ORKHON WATERFALL (170 Kms / 7 – 8 hours)

Saddle up for your visit to Mongolia’s highest waterfall, the Orkhon in Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll stop at Karakorum along the way which was once the capital city. We’ll stay right at the waterfall in a ger/yurt.

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DAY 4: ELEPHANT TRUNK
ORKHON WATERFALL TO ZAANKHUSHUU VILLAGE (170 Kms / 6-7 hours)

From the waterfall, we’ll ride the mountain and forest tracks to the western part of Mongolia to the blue hot spring. Bring your bathers as we’re going to enjoy the natural hot water before continuing to the village of Zaankhushuu which means Elephant Trunk. We’ll see how the nomadic villagers live and enjoy their hospitality and local cuisine. We’ll stay in a traditional Ger/Yurt

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DAY 5: DORMANT VOLCANO
ZAANKHUSHUU VILLAGE TO WHITE LAKE (155 Kms / 8 hours)

This is the longest day of the adventure. It will take us to White Lake, one of the purest lakes in Mongolia. It is situated in the Khangai Mountains which is also home to the dormant volcano Khorgo. We stay overnight in a ger.

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DAY 6: HEAD WEST
WHITE LAKE TO BLACK LAKE (330 Kms / 8 hrs)

We head west to Black Lake in the Zavkhan province. It is surrounded by sand and rocky mountains and we’ll ride along the cliffs with stunning landscapes grappling for our attention. We’ll stay overnight in a ger.

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DAY 7: A SPOT OF FISHING
BLACK LAKE TO KHYARGAS LAKE (240 Kms / 8 hours)

The Khyargas lake is one of four lakes in Mongolia which cover more than 1,000km2. Years of rainwater drainage have carved many creeks leading out of this lake. On the southern side, the white marble rocks offer spectacular scenery. Fishing is popular at the lake and if you’re not exhausted after the days ride, it’s a great way to relax. We stay overnight in a ger.

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DAY 8: ALONG THE RIVER BANK
KHYARGAS LAKE TO BLACK WATER LAKE (215 Kms / 5-6 hours)

Perpetually snow capped peaks overhang the boggy banks of the Black Water Lake. In the middle, Ak-Bashi (White Head) Island separates the lake into a southern and northern part. We stay overnight in a ger.

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DAY 9: EAGLE HUNTERS
BLACK WATER LAKE TO ULGII’S EAGLE HUNTERS (170 Kms / 5 hours)

Finally, we reach Ulgii city where 80% of the Kazakh people live. We’ll immerse ourselves in the local culture in the afternoon by taking a tour through Kazakh traditions and get to see the talents of the local Eagle Hunters before having dinner with a local Kazakh family. We stay overnight at a traditional Kazakh yurt which are different from normal Mongolian yurts.

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DAY 10: HOMEWARD BOUND
FLIGHT BACK TO ULAANBAATAR (3 hours)

We fly back to the capital and you’ll have the afternoon for sightseeing and last minute souvenir shopping before we transfer you the airport for your flight home.

That’s it, you’ve explored the wild west of Mongolia, eaten yogurt in a yurt, met eagle hunters and enjoyed the hospitality of a local nomadic family and of course you’ve completed some of the best off-road motorcycling the planet has to offer. Your life won’t be the same after this adventure!

INSURANCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

(INDIA, NEPAL, BHUTAN, TIBET, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR and SRI LANKA)

In the countries we conduct adventures, commercial insurance on motor vehicles is either not available, or is of questionable value. 3rd party insurance will usually not cover foreigners and even if it does, it is generally worthless if one needs to make a claim. In the event of an accident in these countries, the situation is usually settled on the spot without the “assistance” of insurance companies. If insurance companies are involved, it can take days, weeks and even months before there is a resolution.

Damage Cap Option “DCO”

Himalayan Heroes offers its riders the option of capping the cost of your damage bill on the motorcycle you are riding. The cost of this damage cap option “DCO” is US$195, paid as a lump sum before the tour starts. In the event you damage the motorcycle, the DCO will cap your damage bill at US$200. 

3 Scenarios

  1. If, like most of our riders, you do not damage the motorcycle then the total cost to you is only the cost of the DCO = US$195.
  2. If, like some of our riders, you put the bike down at slow speed and damage mirrors, levers, foot pegs etc and the damage bill is say, US$120 then you pay the US$120. The total cost to you is US$315 (US$195 DCO + US$120 damage bill)
  3. If you have a big off and damage the tank, forks etc and the damage bill is say US$750 then your damage bill is capped at US$200. The total cost to you is US$395 (US$195 DCO + US$200 damage bill).

The DCO is optional, so if you would like to carry the risk yourself, you are welcome to. At the completion of the tour, you will be presented with an itemised bill of the damage to the bike. Approximately 50% of our riders do not damage the bikes and of the 50% that do receive a damage bill, the majority of the bills are less than $300. Please send us an email if you’ve got any questions about the DCO.

The DCO is not an insurance policy and therefore any costs related to it cannot be claimed on a travel insurance claim.

Our standard bike in Mongolia is the very capable Royal Enfield Himalayan. With a top speed of around 140 km/h, it’s enough to put a smile on your face and get you into trouble.

However, the wide open plains of the Mongolian steppes are an Enduro rider’s dream playground. With no radars hiding in bushes, locals who gesture for you to do a wheelie and not much to crash into, it provides a near Dakar experience for good riders.

We have a limited number of KTM 350 EXC’s available to competent riders as an option.

Choosing a KTM for the full tour is a US$700 option.