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Highlights of Mongolia’s Heartland Tour

A bus journey will bring us to the start of our biking adventure in Karakorum, ancient capital of Chingghis Khan and biggest monastery in Mongolia. From there we will cycle through the undulating steppes, pass extinct volcanoes and the deep gorge of the Chulut River, explore a hidden monastery, stay at hot springs to rest our limps and visit Mongolia’s oldest school.

August 9: Arrive in Ulan Bator (UB), overnight in standard hotel.
August 10: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar (UB), Pick up from the airport (or railway station). After lunch, sightseeing in UB: Russian Friendship monument and Sukhbaatar Square, overnight in standard hotel.

August 11: We drive over Jeep
August 12: We follow the Orchon river upstream in its broad valley over fast earthen tracks to our first campsite in the steppe.

August 13: A short but steep climb brings us to the base of Tovchen Heed, a famous and spectacular monastery situated
August 14: We leave Overchangai province and cycle into the heart of the Hangai mountains. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at the Tsenker Hotspring where we can rest and relax our muscles in the hot pools.

August 15: We had for Tsetserleg, described as Mongolia’s prettiest town and have lunch in a local café. In the afternoon the road climbs steeply to the top of the White Pass from where it is a long and fun downhill into the valley of the Ich Tamir river.

August 16: For most of the day we follow the Tamir River up. Today’s lunch stop is beside Khan Undor Brigade, which is home to Mongolia’s oldest school and was the site of a huge monastery, sadly destroyed in the purges of the 30’s.

August 17: We are now in the valley of the Chulut river which we will follow downstream for the next 2 days. We pass the small town of Chargalant and camp somewhere beside the river.

August 18: After lunch we reach the gorge of the Chulut river, an impressive sight. We stop at the “tree with a 1000 branches” where all local drivers ask for a successful and safe journey.

August 19: Today is our last day
August 20: A free day to explore the lake shore and climb the now extinct Khorgo Vulcano. It’s lave outflow created the lake and there are wide views from the top over the lake and the route we have just cycled

August 21: A long drive from Tariat brings us to a ger camp
August 22: Drive back to UB (5 hours). The afternoon is free for some last minute shopping. Overnight in a standard hotel.
August 23: Airport transfer to the flight home.

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Groupsize : 19

Tour season / Departure dates : Aug 9-23
Duration : 23 days

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