Bulgan Mountain Biking

This exciting trail in the northern provinces of Bulgan and Selenge, passes through varied and beautiful landscapes with wide fertile valleys, forests of silver birch and poplar, rivers and mountain passes.

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  • Price and What's Included

There are a few villages along the way, but most of the population are nomadic and live in the traditional round white gers. Depending on how much rain has fallen, wild flowers may be abundant, and there is a good chance of seeing eagles, cranes, vultures, partridge, falcons and other interesting birds along the way.

The tour begins with an overnight train journey from Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet, the second of only three cities in the country, developed around the copper mining industry. After five days cycling we arrive at the spectacular monastery of Amarbayasgalant, a series of marvellously restored Manchurian style temples situated in remote mountains not far from the Russian border. We return to Ulaanbaatar by jeep.

Bulgan Mountain Biking itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Mongolia
Welcome to Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia and your base for a couple of days. Once you make your way to your hotel and freshen up, head out to explore the city and discover the many colours of Ulaanbaatar. On the surface Ulaanbaatar seems quite ugly and grey, but look past the plainness and see what Mongolians love about their capital city. While you’re out and about take note of the array of dinner options, from every international cuisine to local eateries where you will find super tasty buuz (dumplings).
Meals: none

Day 2: Ulaanbaatar your style
After a breakfast at your hotel the day is yours to discover Ulaanbaatar, now that you’re well rested and no doubt been given some recommendations of where to go and what to see. Ulaanbaatar has something for everyone, from museums, monuments, temples or local bazaars for a shop of shopping before we hit the trail. Our accommodation for the night is a compartment on our overnight train to Erdenet.
Meals: B

Day 3: Out along the river
Today is our first day on the trail so make sure you have a good breakfast! From our overnight train we begin our ride. We set out on a road beside a winding river, lined with willow and poplar trees. The valley then opens out into fertile, cultivated fields near the Selenge river. The trail today and tomorrow is made of compacted mud, so if there’s been any rain it can be slippery. Tonight we spend our first night camping.
Meals: B, L, D
Approximate riding distance: 50 km

Day 4: Through the wolf’s den

We start today with a ride through Inget Toloi village, then up into the gorgeous virgin silver birch forest, where it’s possible to see wolves and wild boars. Fallen trees can create some challenges riding through the forest, making it quite technical at times. We cross two passes on rocky mountain trails then descend to the Selenge river to our camp for the night.
Meals: B, L, D
Approximate riding distance:  42 km

Day 5: In the Nomads’ footsteps
This morning we have a hearty breakfast and then we’re back on the bikes to ride through Khyalgant village, one of the few villages in the region that mostly hosts nomadic tribes, we then continue east into the hills. Before descending into the fertile valley to camp, we take on another technical pass on a rough rocky track through the forest.
Meals: B, L, D
Approximate riding distance: 51 km

Day 6: The Buddhist Monastery
Heading out to follow the track over the mountains, we pass through valleys inhabited by many nomadic families, with our destination being the incredible Amarbayasgalant monestary. We really want to take some time to have a look around, which we may not get after quite a long ride today, so we’ll set up camp nearby and take some time to have a look in the morning.
Meals: B, L, D
Approximate riding distance:  71 km

Day 7: Back to Ulaanbaatar
As promised, this morning after breakfast and packing up camp, we visit the fascinating Amarbayasgalant Buddhist monastery, also known as the Monastery of Tranquil Felicity, located in the remote Iven Valley. The monastery was originally constructed to house the body of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism in Mongolia. Of the original 40 temple, 28 remain today, with restorations works ongoing. This afternoon we leave the incredible natural beauty of rural Mongolia and return to Ulaanbaatar by jeep. Tonight we’e back at our hotel where we can find a nice hot shower, cold beer and dinner of choice.
Meals: B, L

Day 8: Until next time…
The time has come to head home after our biking adventure. Depending on the time of your flight you may have some time to have one last look around Ulaanbaatar and do some last minute shopping. Until next time!
Meals: B

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What is included

  • 2 nights in hotel (based on 2 people sharing a twin room)
  • 5 nights camping with hire of tents (shared)
  • Train from UB to Erdenet
  • Support vehicles and staff
  • Transport back to Ulaanbaatar on day 8
  • Meals as described (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)

What is not included

  • International flights to and from Mongolia
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa costs
  • Lunch and dinner when in Ulaanbaatar
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Additional nights at the beginning or end of trip
  • Any extra trips/sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    Personal items such as soft drinks, bar bills, laundry, donations, postage, etc
  • Tips (please ask us if you would like any guidance about tipping)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • If bringing your own bike, please bring tools and spares as our supplies are only appropriate for the bikes we hire and there’s not a lot available, even in Ulaanbaatar.

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