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Motorcycle road trip Mongolia - The Wild Spirit of the Steppe

Motorcycle road trip Mongolia

The Wild Spirit of the Steppe


A fantastic ride on a Royal Enfield Himalayan through raw, wild landscapes.

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He has set up Vintage Rides and has now expanded its presence in nine countries. An explorer by heart, he's always looking to discover new adventures around the world.

Blaze the Mongolian trails, and be surprised by the trip’s sheer variety: steppe, forests, lakes, mountains, volcanoes and even desert. Every night you’ll sleep in a yurt, the ingenious traditional white tent. One of the most arresting aspects of the journey will surely be your encounter with the nomads. This strong and generous people, their faces weathered by sun and wind, offer legendary hospitality. Experience nomadic life for a moment, and switch steeds to gallop across the steppe. This Mongolian motorbike trip is for travelers seeking authenticity and simplicity.

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Period June to September
Duration 10 days incl. 8 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From €3,290/pilot
€2,570/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Mongolia 10 stages - 721 miles


ulan bator city
D1 / Arrive in Ulan Bator

According to your flight schedule, you’re met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. You can visit the city and dine at your leisure. Ulan Bator (1,350 m) is nestled in the valley of the south-flowing Tuul river. The city spreads over almost 18 miles from west to east and 9 miles from north to south. With 1.5 million inhabitants and the mining boom, the city has changed a lot in 20 years.

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D2 / Ulan Bator - Dashinchilen - 134 miles

After an early breakfast, you meet your tour leader. We’re transferred about 19 miles in a private vehicle, where we collect our bikes and it’s time to set off on our adventure! We take a superb road through the steppes with the mountains as a backdrop and come across flocks of sheep, cows and goats in our path.

yurts night mongolia
D3 / Dashinchilen - Ogii Nuur - 65 miles

We head westwards over the steppe on the Middle Route, one of the main tarmacked roads that crosses this immense country. It is hypnotising with seemingly never-ending straight stretches and very few bends. To make sure no-one gets bored, we'll take a few off-road detours from time to time and visit a traditional hamlet or royal ruins.

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D4 / Ogii Nuur - Tsenkher Hot Spring - 99 miles

Sunrise at Ogii Nuur lake is picture perfect and worth getting up early for. Then, we enjoy an exceptional riding day: the landscapes awaiting us are simply stunning. What's more, we hardly see an inch of tarmac today, just what you came for! We have lunch at a local café. Most of the tracks are very smooth and a real pleasure to ride them on our little Indian trail.

mongolia local nomads
D5 / Tsenkher Hot Spring - Orkhon Valley - 62 miles

The track takes us into the heart of the Orkhon Valley with several ford crossings and small hills. We notice that the landscapes become ever more mountainous. The steppes gradually give way to the rugged foothills of the Khanghai volcanic mountains. We arrive mid-afternoon at our hosts' place, near the Orkhon waterfalls.

farm in mongolia
D6 / Orkhon Valley  - 31 miles

Early in the morning, we explore our camp. We make the most of the calm and visit one of the region's most beautiful waterfalls. On the way back, we help the family chef prepare a typical nomad dish. We set off again after lunch, enjoying the tracks and a slalom between volcanic rocks.

bike itinerary mongolia
D7 / Orkhon Valley - Karakorum - 47 miles

We head northeast on superb tracks. We ride alongside Orkhon river one last time. By lunchtime, we arrive at the ancient capital of Genghis Khan’s empire: Karakorum. In the museum, we immerse ourselves in the history of the capital and the steppe empires pre and post Genghis Khan, and then have lunch.

gobi desert steppe
D8 / Karakorum - Khogno Khan - 93 miles

Today, we visit the Khogno Khan dunes, nicknamed "Mini Gobi". The steppe winds carried sand to the foot of Mount Khogno Khan (1,967 m), creating a long stretch of dunes spanning around 50 miles, called Elsen Tasarkhai, which literally means "an isolated torn-off piece of sand". We take on plenty of tracks and make the most of some wild riding, as the end of the tour is in sight!

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D9 / Khogno Khan - Ulan Bator - 162 miles

We make our way back to Ulan Bator on a wonderful stretch of asphalt crossing the desert plains, then the steppes. This is our last day to soak up these mind-blowing landscapes. We end the day in the capital. You’re transferred to the hotel and you have a free late afternoon and evening.

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D10 / Ulan Bator

Those with a late flight can have a free day in the city. You can enjoy the capital’s unique atmosphere, which is both harsh and welcoming at the same time. Ulan Bator is one of those cities that everyone has an opinion about. A taxi will take you to the airport, where our services end.

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“Vintage Rides delivered as they said they would, from the initial booking and liaising (which was all done via phone and internet as I am based in Australia) to the actual trip. There wasn't one thing that I could fault, the bikes were great and suited to the riding conditions, accommodation was great for the region, food was always plentiful and high quality. Our Guide, Mechanic and Support Driver were great and a fun part of the group and also very helpful and supportive. I enjoyed Vintage Rides that much that I am planning another trip in the future as it was that much fun.”

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