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Motorcycle road trip Mongolia - The Wild Spirit of the Steppe

Motorcycle road trip Mongolia

The Wild Spirit of the Steppe

Brandon

Brandon, Travel designer

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.

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 mongolia
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.

royal enfield steppe mongolia
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.

traditional yurts 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.

motorcycle road trip mongolia
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.

local nomads mongolia
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.

cattle farm 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.

royal enfield tour 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 mongolia
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!

off road riding mongolia
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.

wood carving mongolia
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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The riders' opinions

Liz Wicks
Mongolia

“We had an incredible adventure in Mongolia with Vintage Rides. The tour guides and mechanics were always ready to help and they were so much fun to be with. They were very professional and everything was well organised. This was our second trip with them and we would recommend Vintage Rides for your next adventure.”

Michael
Well organized trip

“Well organized trip, great guide with a safety first mentality without compromising the adventure element. Mongolia is beautiful in summer and staying in yurts was far more comfortable than I expected. Highly recommendable tour company, trip and guide! Simply fantastic!”

alan williams
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“Vintage Rides, are a great outfit, providing great bikes,fabulous itinerary, accommodation and crew, could not do enough to ensure we were all happy.This was my third trip, and not my last.”

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