Mongolia cycling & mountain biking holidays

“Hop onto the saddle for this high-adrenalin off-road cycling and camping adventure across the Mongolian wilds, complete with a stunning backdrop and cultural encounters that will stay with you long after you’ve boarded the plane home”


Ulaan Baatar | Bayanhongor | Arkhangai mountain ranges | Shargaljuut River | Tuy River Valley | Tamir River Valley | Tsenger River Valley | Orkhon Falls | Orkhon River Valley | Erdene Zuu Khiid | Kharkhorin

Description of Mongolia cycling & mountain biking holidays

A visit to Mongolia is one of the planet’s last few adventures, so why not take it even further by going on this Mongolia cycling and mountain biking holiday? What better way to appreciate the wide, open spaces, snow-topped mountain ranges, forests, lakes and deserts than on a bike, cycling off-road on all kinds of different terrain? You’ll be able to get deeper into nature than on a vehicular tour, and not only that, there will be greater opportunities to interact with the incredibly generous and open local people.

This Mongolia tour is more expedition than holiday, with off-road camping the main form of accommodation. That’s not to say it’ll be uncomfortable – you’ll be accompanied by local guides, drivers, mechanics, cooks, and support vehicles; and camping equipment includes shower and toilet tents as well as sleeping quarters and a mobile kitchen and dining room. All food is provided so you won’t have to cook for yourself.

This small group trip will take you into Mongolia’s heart. Starting from the edge of the Gobi desert at Bayanhongor, you’ll head across the Khangai Mountains towards the old Mongolian capital of Kharkhorin. The diverse landscapes along the way will warm the heart of any off-road cycling fan, and include the Arkhanghai mountains, winding rivers, lush green grasslands, thick forests and the spectacular Orkhon Falls.

You can also time your trip to coincide with Mongolia's national games, the Naadam Festival, which takes place in Ulaan Baatar July each year, and includes wrestling, horse racing and archery championships. Book well in advance!

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06 Jun 2020
US $2895
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28 Jun 2020
US $3145
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08 Aug 2020
US $2895
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Transport: What better way to support the environment and lower our carbon footprint... than by cycling. Travelling by bike is not only a great way to see and experience a culture, but this means we use less vehicles, less oil and less carbon.

Water: We request that all passengers bring biodegradable soaps as we often wash in or near rivers.
We also provide purified drinking water for the duration of the cycling component for all passengers and staff, using 20 litre, reusable water drums. This prevents you from needing to buy plastic bottles that add to landfill.

Waste: We collect all rubbish from our campsites and dispose as requested by our local staff – this is either using designated areas for disposal in townships that we pass through.

Wildlife: We do not take part in or promote any activities that involve the display or use of animals in captivity for tourism or entertainment. Our leaders and guides are versed in and happy to discuss wildlife issues in Mongolia, such as threats to the Mongolian wildlife through illegal hunting, climate change and drought.

Energy: The style of this trip, with a predominance of camping, we experience life with limited sources of energy. Whilst in the other accommodations, we encourage guests to conserve energy and maintain the use of air conditioners, lights and other electrical equipment to a minimum. This doesn't mean we don't want you to use it, but be conscious of your usage and turn off everything whilst you are not in your rooms.

Suppliers: We support the communities where we travel. Our accommodations, restaurants, guides, drivers, mechanics and cooks are all Mongolian and we encourage everyone we meet to treat our environment with care and respect. We hope at the least, that we lead by example.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip supports the 'Lotus Children’s Centre' in Ulaanbaatar. This organisation provides support and education of homeless Mongolian children. They welcome us to visit the kids at the Centre, donate equipment and to support their small cafe by going there for a meal. If passengers are willing to bring equipment with them from their home country (like speakers, art supplies) please let us know when booking this trip.

We send out trip specific information booklets to all passengers on our trips before the trip has started to encourage participants to start reading and learning about the country and region that they will be travelling through.

The areas we travel in all have strong, rich and unique cultures. We love to explore, listen and learn about these cultures from the minority people themselves, we manage this by encouraging local interaction and supporting minority and locally run businesses and suppliers. We facilitate exchanges between local Mongolians and our travellers in a mutually beneficial manner; for example organising a family ger visit.

The maximum group size for this trip is 12. This helps to preserve the experience as a more personalised for you and also makes it less intimidating for locals.

Discovering new foods, dishes and flavours is an integral part of travelling, and we love to eat! For breakfast, lunch and dinner we will take you to all manner of local eating establishments, eating fresh, regional produce cooked by the people who know best – the locals!

On this adventure, all of our guides, drivers and mechanics are from Mongolia. We only stay at locally owned guest houses and encourage people to support local businesses and smaller shops, as opposed to bigger supermarkets and chain stores.


1 Reviews of Mongolia cycling & mountain biking holidays

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Excellent trip but the highlight has got to be the stunning country side. Wasn’t sure what to expect but the mountains were tough to cycle up but fun to come down. Hiding out from the rain in a local families nice warm ger being given homemade yaks cheese and yak yoghurt vodka. The locals were so friendly

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Take plenty of warm clothing and a warm sleeping bag as the temperature really drops at night and it can get really cold despite the temperature during the day. Don’t try the local Arag! A local weak alcoholic drink made from mares milk but it is an acquired taste - tastes like gone off milk!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes. They don’t light fires (no matter how cold it is!) as wood is rare and should be left for the locals. All rubbish is taken away and empty water bottles are given to locals for reuse to sell their Arag.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic - fully recommend it.

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