Size : min 4 people | Type : 8 - Days Riding
Location : South Mongolia | Total Duration : 10 Days | Price : $3295/pp
The Gobi Desert straddling the border between Mongolia and China, is a wild and dramatic place, entirely suitable for motorcycling. The famous Gobi Desert is not all vast flat steppe under a deep blue sky. There are bizarre rock formations, canyons, the Gurvan-Saikhan mountain range and sand dunes 185km long, as well as forests of small saksaul trees and other desert vegetation. Apart from a few villages and small towns that we pass through on the way, most of the population have a nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving with their round white felt yurts ("Gers") and herds of camels, goats and horses.
THIS ITINERARY IS SUITABLE FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS, PREFERABLY WITH SOME OFF-ROAD EXPERIENCE.
Arrive in 'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Evening meet the tour leader and rest of group for Technical Briefing. The meeting talks about day by day itinerary and safety issues. Overnight in hotel.
Make an early start to get out of Ulaanbaatar city and onto the road leading south to the Gobi. The road is black-topped for a while, then soon becomes a rough jeep track as it crosses the green rolling hills of Tuv (“Central”) Province. Ride on to 'Baga Gazriin Chuluu', a mountain of unusual granite rocks which are home to ibex, marmots, steppe fox and plenty of birds of prey. Overnight ger camp.
Ride through Mandalgov, the capital town of Dundgov Province and continue across the open steppe of Middle Gobi to 'Tsagaan Suvraga', an amazing series of cliffs, white and pink limestone rock formations taking the appearance of stalagmites up to 30 meters high. It is an excellent site for some out-of-the-ordinary photography. Overnight ger camp.
The track to Dalanzadgad, capital of Umngov Province (“South Gobi”) has little traffic, even though we are travelling on the main road. This is Mongolia as one imagines it – distant horizons, dry rocky earth and a huge blue sky. The town appears like a mirage and it takes nearly two hours of riding to reach it after seeing it from a far. Overnight ger camp situated within view of the 'Gobi Gurvansaikhan' mountains. Overnight ger camp.
Ride up into the mountains of the Gurvansaikhan Uul (“Three Beautiful Mountains”). This national park is so unexpected in the middle of the desert and it is a delight to feel so cool in the deep canyon where sunlight reaches for only a few minutes each day. After walking into 'Yolyn Am' (the “Vulture’s Mouth”) we ride westwards at the foot of the mountains to 'Khongoryn Els' where huge sand dunes meet the end of the Altai mountain range. Overnight ger camp.
Leaving the golden dunes behind us we ride through a wonderful mountain pass and on to Bulgan village. Not far from here is Bayanzag, a forest of rare 'Saksul' trees and the 'Flaming Cliffs' where many dinosaur remains have been found and Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first dinosaur eggs during his expedition of the 1920s. Overnight ger camp.
Today we travel north-east to Mandal-Ovoo and then to Saikhan-Ovoo. Here, on a bend in the Ongi river, are the remains of 'Ongii Hiid' monastery on each bank of the river. Overnight ger camp.
Continue northwards through Middle Gobi to reach 'Zorgol Khairkhan', a dramatic granite mountain with bizarre rock formations jutting out against the skyline. Continue on to Ovorburd Els where there are small sand dunes amongst the rolling hills. Overnight ger camp.
As we return to Ulaanbaatar, the landscape becomes gradually greener and more mountainous. Even close to the city people still live the 'Traditional Lifestyle' there are more horses and less camels than we encountered in the Gobi. We expect to arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the early afternoon. Overnight in hotel.
NOTE: Please note that nowadays there are a few competitor motorcycle companies offering the same or similar tours. Some have copied our "Gobi Desert Motorcycle Trail" and website content, given it a new name and advertised it as their own tour, at a cheaper price, perhaps without having tried and tested the route.
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