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Cycling in Mongolia

From £2549 for 15 days
Trip Overview
Mongolia remains a mysterious presence in the heart of Central Asia, a traditional country where visitors are still an unusual sight. Nomads wander the grasslands, setting up their white gers (tents) where the pasture is lush for their horses. On our bikes, we follow good trails across wide, open steppe, into expansive mountain scenery and through larch and pine forests. Camping wild under the wide skies adds an adventurous edge to what is certainly one of our most intrepid cycle tours.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Ulaan Baatar.
Ends: End Ulaan Baatar.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Cycling
Trip Code: EMCM
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Mongolia
What's Included

Meals

All meals are included

Transport

9 nights wild camping, 2 nights hotels, 2 nights traditional Mongolian gers, 1 night sleeper train 11 days cycling (including 2 half-days) with 100% vehicle support

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•    Variety of landscapes as we cycle through open steppe and larch and pine forests

•    A visit to Erden Zuu Monastery and Genghis Khan's ancient capital

•    Wild camping and overnight at hot springs

•    Naadam festival special departure

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 1st Sep 2019
Returning: 15th Sep 2019
£2,549pp
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Limited Availability
2 spaces
Departing: 6th Jun 2020
Returning: 20th Jun 2020
£2,499pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 8th Aug 2020
Returning: 22nd Aug 2020
£2,549pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 5th Sep 2020
Returning: 19th Sep 2020
£2,499pp
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Arrive in Ulaanbaatar, transfer to the group hotel. Those not on the group flights will meet the group at the hotel.  *Bayangol Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel*
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Reviews
       
The organisation and support from the entirely local team running the trip was absolutely exceptional. NK, the group leader, was faultless - calm, fun, supportive, organised, knowledgeable, entertaining. He led an exceptional team of drivers, cooks, mountain bikers/mechanics/guides, who all made the trip utterly fantastic. Breathtaking scenery, well maintained bikes, a good variety of routes - grassy Steppes, mountains, lakes and rivers. Gorgeous camp locations. Fascinating visits to a nomadic family, the capital and the ancient capital. It was a wonderful trip.
       
This was simply a magnificent holiday in a wonderful country. Cycling eleven days in a row is a bit tough and the terrain can be challenging, but it is worth the effort. The landscape is vast and photographs cannot do it justice. I never tired of seeing herds of horses, running free in this never ending scenery. On the practical side, the tents were of top quality, the bikes were of equally good quality, the crew of 8 were brilliant and the group of cyclists were great company. The meals were well balanced and a credit to our cook. NK our leader was probably the best group leader I have experienced in my many Exodus adventures. We even had a shower tent with warm water when possible. September brought us varied weather conditions, with cold mornings, some rain, snow on the mountains, hail, high winds and plenty of sunshine. I would recommend this holiday especially if you want to get away from busy cities and experience real peace and quiet.
       
A great trip in stunning landscape. A good mix of easy riding with time to enjoy the views and more challenging ups and downs. It is quite something to see herds of horses running beside you while you ride, to watch eagles soaring above you as you camp by a pristine stream. If you are happy on a bike and in a tent I can think of no better way to see Mongolia than this.
       
I can not recommend this adventure enough: Mongolia is a special country and Exodus provided the ideal adventure to highlight all aspects of Mongolia and Mongolian life. We aren’t really mountain bikers but the biking was superb - not particularly easy - but truly enjoyable in terms of terrain, scenery and fun riding. We aren’t really campers - but have to admit it was kinda enjoyable in the end 😎. Food on the trip was exceptional - we were v well fed: breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon snack, substantial dinner. Ghana and her assistant certainly kept us well fed. We even had a shower and a proper sit down toilet on camp 😎. The whole Mongolian support team were superb and NK - our guide - was a special guy. Knowledgable, funny, kind and considerate - he really made our adventure special.
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