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Bulgan Mountain Bike Trail 2015

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Mountain Bike Trail 2nd - 10th June 2015

In 2014 we will be running this exciting cycle route in the provinces of Bulgan and Selenge, south of the border with Siberia. We travel by train from Ulaanbaatar to the start of the trail at the copper mining city of Erdenet. The mountains, forests, rivers and valleys we ride through are remote, inhabited only by nomadic families with their herds of animals. Towards the end of the trail, when we still feel as though we are in the middle of nowhere, we suddenly come upon the fantastic Amarbayasgalant monastery. It was built in the early 18th century during the period of Manchu domination, and is one of the largest and best Buddhist monasteries in the country.

During 6 days cycling we cover a distance of approximately 300km, mainly on rough jeep tracks (but classed as 100% off-road). There are river crossings, mountain passes and long grassy valleys, with a few technical sections. The trail is suitable for riders of some experience and is graded moderate. However, there is full vehicle support, so riders with less experience can always get a lift if necessary.


 
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Day by Day Itinerary
     
 
Day 1
Arrive Ulaanbaatar. Free day in the city.
 
Day 2
Late afternooon transfer to railway station and board the overnight train to Erdenet, with sleeping compartments.
 
Day 3
Arrive Erdenet town, meet the tour crew and have breakfast. Start riding to Bugat. Overnight camping.
 
Day 4
Ride beside the winding river, lined with willow trees and poplar. The valley opens out into cultivated fields near the "Selenge" river. Overnight camping.
 
Day 5
Cross Tsagaan Khustain pass then down to Khangai passes then descend to the "Selenge" river to camp.
 
Day 6
Ride through Khyalgant village and into mountains. Cross another wooded pass on a rough rocky track, then descend to a fertile valley to camp.
 
Day 7
Follow the track over Sangiin pass to Amarbayasgalant monastery, passing through valleys inhabited by many nomadic families. Overnight camping near Amarbayasgalant monastery.
 
Day 8
Return to Ulaanbaatar by jeep. Overnight hotel.
 
Day 9
Depart.
     
   
Price per person: GBP 1295
Bike hire (Specialized or Schwinn) per day: GBP £15

  Tour Grading
   

Beginners
Has gentle treat runs for first times, reasonable surfaces and no difficult technical sections. Not too much uphill.


 

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Intermediates
Great terrain for intermediates with some technical downhill's, long slow uphill's and rocky sections.
   

Advanced

Has some steep hills and challenging sections requiring experience and cycling skill.
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Along the way...

Amarbayasgalant

Amarbayasgalant Monastery ©BikeMongoliaThis Buddhist monastery was founded in 1727 at the foot of Mount Buren Khaan and built in Manchu style with Mongolian and Tibetan influences.


Erdenet City

Erdenet City ©BikeMongolia In the mountains around Erdenet city are found copper, turquoise, lazurite, malachite and other minerals which have been used in the creation of religious artifacts.



Zanabazar

Buddhist leader of Mongolia Zanabazar ©BikeMongoliaZanabazar was the first Bogd Khan, the reincarnated Buddhist leader of Mongolia. He was a great sculptor, politician, poet and religious figure. His body is entombed within a stupa at Amarbayasgalant monastery.



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This Package Includes...

All meals (except UB)
Tour guide
Hotel
Camping
Entrance Fees
Support vehicle
All transportation
Train UB to Erdenet


Not Included...

International Flight
Visa cost

















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