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Motorcycle road trip Mongolia - Immersion in Tsaatan Lands

Motorcycle road trip Mongolia

Immersion in Tsaatan Lands


An intense adventure where we take on the Mongolian Taiga for an unforgettable motorcycle journey.

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An ardent fan of Mongolia, he is based in the Mongolian capital, come summer or winter. A mechanic by soul and a fine motorcycle trial rider, he can make you discover this magnificent region by sharing his passion for travel.

Looking for adventure? You can find all the right ingredients on this tough road trip awaiting you in the northernmost region of Mongolia. On the Siberian Frontier, discover a different Mongolia with the Tsaatan, the last remaining nomadic reindeer breeders who have inhabited this subarctic taiga for thousands of years. Get on your Royal Enfield Himalayan, ride for close to 845 miles on various tracks in the region to reach the high point of this journey: the sacred Khövsgöl Lake… Time to put on your helmets and gloves!

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Period June to September
Duration 14 days incl. 9 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From €4,240/pilot
€3,940/pillion

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Your motorcycle tour in Mongolia 14 stages - 846 miles


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D1 / Arrive in Ulan Bator

According to your flight time, you’re met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. You can enjoy some free time to visit the city and dine at your own leisure.

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D2 / Ulan Bator - Moron

You leave early for Ulan Bator airport with your motorcycle tour leader and head for Moron, which is around 430 miles north. Moron is the capital and the administrative centre of the Khövsgöl province.

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D3 / Moron - Ikh Uul - 75 miles

Our first day with the bikes! We leave in the morning on a beautiful, windy road towards Ikh Uul. Halfway into this leg, we wind our way through the magnificent Selenga river valley, one of Mongolia’s greatest rivers with numerous meanders. Its waters find refuge in Lake Baikal in Russia.

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D4 / Ikh Uul - Ulziit - 105 miles

We start this leg by riding along the Selenga valley for a few miles and then we push a little deeper into the vastness of the steppes. Midway through, we abandon the main road to explore the local tracks. We leave Khövsgöl for a while and enter the region of Arkhangai and head for Ulziit, a small town where we camp for the night.

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D5 / Ulziit - Galt - 75 miles

Today’s ride is split between the main track and the secondary tracks. We go a little further into the Khangai mountains, known as wolf kingdom. We reach the village of Galt at the end of the day and enjoy its natural hot springs.

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D6 / Galt - Bayan - 124 miles

We head northwards for a long day on our bikes, which will first take us to Sangiin Dalai saltwater lake, a refuge for several migratory birds, surrounded by rugged mountains. In the afternoon, we reach Bayan along the Delgermoron river.

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D7 / Bayan - Tugul - 143 miles

We leave with the first rays of the sun for the longest leg of our trip. Bayan’s steppe landscapes gradually give way to Mongolian Taiga snow forests as we head northwards. The Russian border is only around 30 miles away to the west. In the evening, we reach Tugul, a small mountain village with log houses.

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D8 / Tugul - Gurvan Saikhan - 112 miles

Today, we ride through the heart of one of the country’s most beautiful valleys. To the east, the Khodol Sarag mountains tower above us at an altitude of more than 3,000 m and to the west, the Ulaan Taiga range. We reach the banks of Dood Tsagaan lake by the end of the day.

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D9 / Gurvan Saikhan - Khövsgöl Lake - 112 miles

After exploring for close to one week, the rocky tracks will be a change of scenery offering you an extraordinary view over the famous Lake Khövsgöl.

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D10 / Khövsgöl Lake

Today you leave your mounts to take some rest and enjoy the lake’s surrounding areas. In the middle of the Kövsghöl National Park, try to observe the exceptional fauna. The lake breathes life all around it in a complex eco-system. Several animal and plant species are endemic to it.

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D11 / Khövsgöl Lake - Hatgal - 50 miles

Early in the morning, we get back on our Royal Enfields for an exceptional stretch of the tour. We ride along Lake Khövsgöl to the village of Hatgal at the southernmost tip of the lake.

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D12 / Hatgal - Moron - 50 miles

We can enjoy the lake area with our motorcycles before hitting the track and then the road towards Moron. To the west of the town, we can visit the Uushigiin Övör deer stones, if you so wish. Deer stones are part of a funeral complex, consisting of tombstones engraved with deer and stars. The site dates back to the Bronze Age.

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D13 / Moron - Ulan Bator

It is time for us to leave this magnificent region. We reach Moron airport early in the morning and head for Ulan Bator. In the afternoon, we can enjoy some free time in the capital.

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D14 / Ulan Bator - International airport

Those with an afternoon flight can spend another day in the city. You can enjoy this friendly city’s unique atmosphere one last time. A taxi will come to pick you up from the hotel and take you directly to the airport, where our services end.

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The riders' opinions

Mark
Absolute adventure

“This trip is managed from start to finish to provide the participant with a stress free experience. The bikes were amazing and the crew was even better making a trouble free journey. Vintage Rides gives you the opportunity of a life time with a guide who provides guided autonomy. Thank you Vintage Rides for an experience I will never forget for all the right reasons.”

Paul
Vintage Rides - Simply the Best.

“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”

Laurie
A truly memorable trip

“A really fun, well organised ride that was designed to give us some riding excitement, a good look at some interesting parts of India and comfortable accommodation at the end of each day. Our tour leader was wonderful and clearly had in mind the well being of the riders. We had no problems with the bikes at all, but had a mechanic along just in case. Would I go again? Yes, very happily. Would I recommend it? Absolutely, but probably only to people who had some reasonable riding experience.”

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