Across the Mongolian Steppes
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 West before heading North towards Russia.
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 northern 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.
Arrive : Chinggis Khaan International Airport – Ulaanbaatar
2019 – July :: Monday 1st – Wednesday 10th – Royal Enfield Himalayan only
|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 (for Royal Enfield Himalayan)
Pillion: US$3,090 per person
KTM only adventures are $500 more and not suitable for pillions
|WHAT’S INCLUDED|| All ground transfers in Mongolia, airport to airport
Reception at Chinggis Khaan Airport and all transfers by private vehicle
A Royal Enfield Himalayan or a KTM 350 EXC motorcycle
Backup van with spare parts and a qualified mechanic throughout the adventure
10 Days / 9 Nights’ twin share accommodation in mid-range hotels, clean gers and yurts
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)
Any damage to the motorcycle must be covered by the rider in full. (Optional insurance available)
Tipping (US$100 is expected. It gets shared amongst the support crew)
NOTE: The prices above are based on a twin share basis. If you’d like your own room/yurt, then there is a US$650 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.Terms & Conditions What To Bring Price Guarantee
We meet our support up team before jumping on a short bus ride out of the city to aquaint ourselves with our motorcycles. The start of the adventure is the 80km section of the Mongol Els sand dunes and is our first challenge of this ride. If we’re on the Himalayan, we’ll go around the dunes but if we’re on the KTM then we’ll have some fun pretending we’re Toby Price. We’ll stay in a traditional ger camp at Elsen Tasarkhai.
Saddle up for your visit to Mongolia’s highest waterfall, the Orkhon in Orkhon Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site encompasses an extensive area of pastureland on both banks of the Orkhon River and includes numerous archaeological remains dating back to the 6th century. We’ll stop at Kharkhorum, the 13th- and 14th-century capital of Chingis (Genghis) Khan’s vast Empire. We’ll stay right at the waterfall in a ger/yurt.
From the waterfall, we’ll ride the mountain and forest tracks heading west to the blue waters of a hot spring. Bring your bathers as we’re going to enjoy the natural hot water before continuing to the village of Tayhar which the Tamir River passes through. We’ll see how the nomadic villagers live and enjoy their hospitality and local cuisine. We’ll stay in a traditional Ger/Yurt
Today might be short on kilometres but it will take us the whole day to get to our destination. It will take us past the dormant volcano at Khorgo to the freshwater lake – Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (also known as White Lake). It was formed by a lava flow from a volcanic eruption many millions of years ago, and the volcanic area which surrounds it is one of the highlights of the Arkhangai region. We stay overnight in a ger.
We head north to Zurkh Lake in the Khuvsgul province. It is surrounded by forrests and is one of the most beautiful lakes in Mongolia. Not easy to find, let alone get to, you’ll be relived to get off the bike at the end of day and put your feet up. We’ll stay overnight in a ger.
The Khuvsgul lake is surrounded by several mountain ranges and is in the northwest of Mongolia near the Russian border at the foot of the Sayan Mountains. The lake is situated 1600+m above sea level, 136km long and very very deep. On the western side of the lake, the Khoridol Saridag mountain range offers spectacular scenery and is home to over 60 species of mammals including deer, brown bear, lynx, marten, beaver, elk, reindeer, moose, argali, ibex and wolf. There are a number of colourful ethnic groups that live in the area including the Dukha reindeer herders who live in teepees and have strong shamanic roots. We stay overnight in a ger.
Today, we’re heading into the mountains in search of nomadic families. This will be the highlight of the adventure for most riders as the scenery is mind blowing and the riding is free as we are again 100% off road. We stay overnight in a ger.
We head directly south to Murun City and if we took the highway, we’d be there in a couple of hours. You didn’t come to Mongolia to ride on highways so we head off road and rip up the countryside and look for mountains that we can take epic panoramic pictures from the top of. Arriving at extremely ordered streets of Murun city after lunch, we go to the least amusing amusement park in the world. The only night club in town advertises that it sells beer and caters for groups. Sold, we’ll be there at 7pm. No more Gers, it’s a hotel tonight.
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 central and northern regions of Mongolia, eaten yogurt in a yurt, met nomadic families who practice shamanism and enjoyed the hospitality of the local people, 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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 130 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. Please note, we do not like to have the Himalayan and the KTM on the same adventure as it isn’t fun for either riders if they are waiting for others to catch up or feeling like they need to ride faster.
Choosing a KTM for the full tour is a US$500 option.