Gobi Desert Motorcycle Trail in Mongolia

30 AUGUST - 8 SEPTEMBER 2017 only USD $3195

The Gobi Desert straddling the border between Mongolia and China, is a wild and dramatic place, entirely suitable for motorcycling. The famous Gobi Desert is not all vast flat steppe under a deep blue sky. There are bizarre rock formations, canyons, the Gurvan-Saikhan mountain range and sand dunes 185km long, as well as forests of small saksaul trees and other desert vegetation. Apart from a few villages and small towns that we pass through on the way, most of the population have a nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving with their round white felt yurts ("gers") and herds of camels, goats and horses.

White Stupa
White Stupa Highlights

Tsagaan Suvaraga (White Stupa) limestone rock is 30m high and shaped strangely as a result of wind and water erosion. This area is rich in marine fossils as a huge inland sea once covered it. In the year 2000 an earthquake shook the eastern part of the White Stupa and it partly collapsed.

Ongii Ruins
Ongii Ruins Highlights

Ongii Hiid, a once large Buddhist Monastery destroyed in the 1930s lies in the hills on the edge of a bend in the Ongi river. It is a quiet and spiritual place; one can imagine the original busy monastery on one side of the river and the non-religious community on the other side.

Vulture's Canyon
Vulture's Canyon Highlights

The Bearded Vulture, 'Yol' in Mongolian, has given the valley its name: 'Yolyn Am' means Vulture Gorge. The Gobi "Gurvan Saikhan" National Park is the only area in the southern Gobi Altai region where copses of beech and willow trees have been preserved.

Khongor Sand Dunes
Khongor Dunes Highlights

Khongoryn Els is the largest accumulation of sand in the Gobi "Gurvan Saikhan" National Park. The wind blows continually, so the dunes can reach an imposing 200 meters height. The highest dunes are called 'Singing Sand Dune' by the local inhabitants.

This trip is a fascinating cultural experience as well as an off-road bike tour across Mongolia of over '1750km'. This tour is nearly all on rough jeep tracks across the rolling hills of Middle Gobi and the sparse desert of South Gobi. All nights are spent at ger camps where the accommodation is in traditional Mongolian round white felt tents, and there are restaurant and bathroom facilities.

Gobi Desert Motorcycle Tour Map


Mongolia is a great place for a motorcycle tour, but it is only suitable for confident riders with off-road experience. The routes are too remote and the terrain too rough for beginners. Sometimes we will stay in traditional ger camps, but in parts of the country there are no facilities for tourists so we camp in the wilderness.



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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

THIS ITINERARY IS SUITABLE FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS, PREFERABLY WITH SOME OFF-ROAD EXPERIENCE.



  • DAY 1

    Arrive in 'Ulaanbaatar' and go to hotel. Afternoon or evening meet the tour leader and rest of group. Start pre tour meeting. Meeting talks about day by day itinerary & safety issue. Overnight in hotel.

  • DAY 2

    Make an early start to get out of Ulaanbaatar city and onto the road leading south to the Gobi. The road is black-topped for a while, then soon becomes a rough jeep track as it crosses the green rolling hills of Tuv (“Central”) Province. Ride on to 'Baga Gazriin Chuluu', a mountain of unusual granite rocks which are home to ibex, marmots, steppe fox and plenty of birds of prey. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 3

    Ride through Mandalgov, the capital town of Dundgov Province and continue across the open steppe of Middle Gobi to 'Tsagaan Suvraga', an amazing series of cliffs, white and pink limestone rock formations taking the appearance of stalagmites up to 30 meters high. It is an excellent site for some out-of-the-ordinary photography. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 4

    The track to Dalanzadgad, capital of Umnogov Province (“South Gobi”) has little traffic, even though we are travelling on the main road. This is Mongolia as one imagines it – distant horizons, dry rocky earth and a huge blue sky. The town appears like a mirage and it takes nearly two hours of riding to reach it after seeing it from a far. Overnight ger camp situated within view of the 'Gobi Gurvansaikhan' mountains. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 5

    Ride up into the mountains of the Gurvansaikhan Uul (“Three Beautiful Mountains”). This national park is so unexpected in the middle of the desert and it is a delight to feel so cool in the deep canyon where sunlight reaches for only a few minutes each day. After walking into 'Yolyn Am' (the “Vulture’s Mouth”) we ride westwards at the foot of the mountains to 'Khongoryn Els' where huge sand dunes meet the end of the Altai mountain range. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 6

    Leaving the golden dunes behind us we ride through a wonderful mountain pass and on to Bulgan village. Not far from here is Bayanzag, a forest of rare 'Saksaul' trees and the 'Flaming Cliffs' where many dinosaur remains have been found and Roy Chapman Andrews discovered the first dinosaur eggs during his expedition of the 1920s. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 7

    Today we travel north-east to Mandal-Ovoo and then to Saikhan-Ovoo. Here, on a bend in the Ongi river, are the remains of 'Ongii Hiid' monastery on each bank of the river. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 8

    Continue northwards through Middle Gobi to reach 'Zorgol Khairkhan', a dramatic granite mountain with bizarre rock formations jutting out against the skyline. Our last night is spent in this wonderful place and if you have enough energy you can climb on the mountain in the evening for great views of the area and different photographic angles. Overnight ger camp.

  • DAY 9

    As we return to Ulaanbaatar, the landscape becomes gradually greener and more mountainous. Even close to the city people still live the traditional lifestyle; there are more horses and less camels than we encountered in the Gobi. We expect to arrive in Ulaanbaatar in the early afternoon. Overnight in 'Continental Hotel'.

  • DAY 10

    Departure.

  • USD   3195/pp (Tour price is based on a group of 4 people. Motorbike hire cost USD $130 per day including fuel.)


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