Cycling in Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure

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5.0 Based on 4 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Mountain biking
  • Bicycle tour
  • Festivals and events
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  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 14
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • +2
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
  • Attend Naadam Festival and witness traditional games 
Start and end in Ulaanbaatar, the tour "Cycling In Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure" is a guided mountain biking trip that takes 17 days. You will travel through Ulaanbaatar, Erdenet and Erdene Zuu Monastery in Mongolia. "Cycling In Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure" is a small group tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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. Adding to the experience this special departure spends two days taking in traditional wrestling, archery, horse-riding, bone flicking and Mongolians dressed in their best clothes at the Naadam Festival in Ulaanbaator.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 20 2019
5 - Excellent
Perfect Adventure
“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 arent really mountain bikers but the biking was superb - not particularly easy - but truly enjoyable in terms of terrain, scenery and fun riding. We arent 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.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 12 2018
5 - Excellent
An incredible, stunning, strange and wonderful experience
“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.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 22 2018
5 - Excellent
The land that time forgot
“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.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 03 2016
5 - Excellent
Big skies and teeming herds
“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.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Start Ulaan Baatar.
  • Day 2: Morning sightseeing followed by a traditional Mongolian show; overnight train to Erdenet.
  • Day 3: Ride to Tal Tolgoi Well via the small township of Bugat; camp.
  • Day 4: Cross Tuluugiin Pass; camp.
  • Day 5: Arhangai steppe ride through undulating country to open green valley below Mt. Khairkhan (1862m); camp.
  • Day 6: Short climb to cross Kholboogin Pass (1649m) before descending to Khairkhan Lake camp.
  • Day 7: Cycle up Khunjiin River Valley to camp beneath Mt. Chingeltei.
  • Day 8: Short climb past the headwaters of the Khunjiin; descend into Tamir River Valley; camp near Great Rock of Ikh Tamir.
  • Day 9: Half-day ride to Tsetserleg; capital of Arhangai, afternoon free.
  • Day 10: Morning ride in foothills of the Khangai Mountains.
  • Day 11: Cycle across undulating steppe to Mt. Ondor Khairkhan (2312m).
  • Day 12: Ride the Khangai Mountain Range on good jeep tracks; descend to Orkhon River Valley.
  • Day 13: Ride to Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery; overnight in traditional ger camp.
  • Day 14: Drive to Ulaan Baatar, visit sand dunes at Mongol Els; free afternoon.
  • Day 15-16: Two days enjoying the Naadam Festival
  • Day 17: End Ulaan Baatar.
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • All accommodation All transport and listed activities
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 13 lunches and 15 dinners included
Transport
  • Arrival & departure transfers
Guide
  • Tour leader throughout
Others
  • Local bike hire
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to/from Ulaanbaatar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Cycling in Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycling in Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 28 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycling in Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Cycling in Mongolia - Naadam Festival Special Departure tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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