Size : min 4 people | Type : 8 - Days Riding
Location : North Mongolia | Total Duration : 12 Days | Price : NA
Riding beside the Khoridol Saridag mountains in the north of the country, this tour passes through some of the most spectacular scenery that Mongolia has to offer. After a one and a half hour flight to Moron, capital of Khovsgol province, the circular route begins northwards through the Darkhad Depression. Views of the high peaks are fabulous and there are unusual historical and geographical features in the area as well as some minority ethnic groups. Follow river valleys and cross over a high pass to arrive at the beautiful Khovsgol Lake, a fresh water inland sea.
ACCOMMODATION WILL BE WILD CAMPING IN TENTS WITH NO LUXURIOUS FACILITIES
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.
Fly to Moron in Khovsgol province. Meet support crew, assemble bikes and start riding. See ancient 'Deer stone' sculptures These grave markers are one of the best examples of Central Asian nomadic sculpture and probably date from the Bronze Age, around 1000 BC. Overnight camping.
Continue riding towards Arbulag. The scenery is beautiful and remote. Nomadic herders continue living the traditional lifestyle, moving frequently with their herds of animals. Cycling is a very good way to be able to observe their way of life close up. Overnight camping.
Pass through Arbulag and ride on towards 'Bayanzurkh'. The mountainous scenery is amazing and the riding quite challenging sometimes. The rivers in this area are great for fishing and huge taimen fish live in the rocky waters. We ride along a path known as "the road of Genghis Khaan's chariots" which is associated with the Mongol Imperial conquests. Overnight camping.
Arrive Bayanzurkh near to a dramatic river canyon. Some of the local people are Darkhad, an ethnic minority group who engage in fishing, gathering and breeding 'Reindeer'. The name "Darkhat" was given to the local population in the 17th Century by the Bogd Gegeen, the religious leader of Mongolian. Overnight camping.
Ride eastwards along the Beltas river valley. The area is very remote and hardly travelled by tourists. The road may be marshy depending on how much rainfall there has been, so it can be difficult. Overnight camping.
Wonderful riding over a long pass and continue eastwards towards 'Lake Khovsgol' which is the largest freshwater lake in Mongolia. It is known as the "Blue Pearl" because of its crystal clear water. The waters flow out of the lake into the "Egiin Gol" river and finally reach Lake Baikal in Siberia, which is actually only 250km away. Overnight camping.
Continue riding into the National Park to reach Khatgal, the small port on the tip of Lake Khovsgol. The village itself has grown over the years and is no longer so shabby, though it is still disappointing that one can't get a good view of the lake without going round the corner to the shore. Overnight guest house.
Ride into the Khoridol Saridag mountains which stretch the full length of the lake. The rocky track and dry river bed crossings are tough, but rewarded by the first fantastic view of Lake Khovsgol from the top of a mountain pass. continue riding along the lake shore to reach the traditional ger camp at 'Jankhai'. Overnight enjoy the relative luxury of beds, hot showers and a restaurant meal overlooking the lake.
Enjoy the morning relaxing by the lakeside. Afternoon take the drive back to Moron town, a 5-6 hour journey, to complete the circular route. Overnight local hotel.
Transfer to the airport outside 'Moron' and fly back to Ulaanbaatar (Note: it is not yet know what time of day the flight will be). Evening enjoy the shops, restaurants and sights of Ulaanbaatar city. Overnight hotel.
Price depends on how many people are in the group. Mountain bike hire available per day: USD $25
If you are comparing different tour companies and trying to decide which is the best, you must ask the following questions: Who owns and maintains the mountain bikes ? Will an experienced mechanic travel with the group ? What kind of spare parts and equipment do they have ? Have they done the route before as a mountain bike tour ? What kind of support vehicles will go with the group ? When you have asked all these questions, you will be in a good position to compare the prices of different companies.
Khovsgol Lake mountain bike trail description and details. Read the following information about this trip:
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Highlights of this Mountain Bike tour. The places you will see along the way: