Classic Mongolia Cycling Tour - 14 days

Classic Mongolia Cycling Tour - 14 days

  • Duration:
    14 days
  • Price:
    2305 $
  • Group Size:
    4 - 12 persons
  • Difficulty Rating:
    Moderate to Demanding


The classic of Mongolian mountain biking that traverses the Khangai mountain range which covers nearly fifth of the country’s territory. Dominated by dome shaped mountains, mixed woods, clear streams and lush grassy valleys this region receives abundant rainfall compared to all other parts of Mongolia.

The Khangai is an immense cycling playground with fantastic packed soils, diverse terrain and spectacular landscapes. The nomadic culture here is authentic. Meet hospitable herdsmen and stop at their homes for a bowl of milk or a slice of yak butter. Almost every day you see flocks of grazing yaks, sheep, goats and large herds of horses excitedly galloping across your way.

  • Take a well-planned and tested biking route
  • Cycle and explore diverse landscapes
  • Enjoy luxurious camping in tranquil natural locations
  • Insightful experience of nomadic culture
  • Relax at mineral hot springs of Tsenkher valley
  • Visit Karakorum, the medieval capital of Genghis Khaan
  • Experience vibrant atmosphere of modern Ulaanbaatar
Map-Classic Mongolia Cycling Tour - 14 days
Classic Mongolia Cycling Tour - 14 days


  • Arrival in Ulaanbaatar and tour briefing at welcome dinner.

    Upon arrival to the Mongolian capital you will be transferred to a centrally located hotel. Time permitting you may consider exploring the city center and feel the atmosphere of recent changes towards modernity. Meet with the rest of the group at welcome dinner and get an informal introduction to the great cycling tour ahead of you. Overnight at the hotel.

    • Dinner
    • Hotel
  • Ulaanbaatar city tour

    The introductory city excursion starts with a visit to the country’s main Buddhist monastery. The awe-inspiring gigantic gold-plated Buddha statue is the principal object of worship. You will also observe local believers busy with various worship rituals and generally praying, many of them wearing colorful traditional overcoats.  Then visit the central square adjacent to the parliament building with a faзade adorned by marble statues of Genghis khan and his successors. Rightfully, the city’s signature photo point, it is always busy with newlyweds, reunification parties and public in general. Consider hearing an overview of Mongolia’s history from stone age period to modern era at the National Museum and seeing a few but remarkably important dinosaur fossils such as intact nests containing eggs, carnivores fighting herbivores and embryos still in the eggshell in the Paleontology Museum of Mongolia. A panoramic view of Ulaanbaatar from an elevated hill on the city’s edge gives an idea of its size and topography. Finally, having watched a show of traditional music, songs and famous throat singing, enjoy a Mongolian dinner.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Hotel
  • Transfer to the starting point of the cycling tour

    We load in 4WD expedition vans which have special racks for carrying bikes and drive west of UB on rough tarmac across vast open steppes with rolling hills in the background. Countless flocks of grazing sheep, goats, horses and cattle herded by nomads and their traditional homes, known as ger, is a common sight. Around late afternoon we arrive to a provincial capital and settle in a hotel. If wished, you can explore the town on foot before dinner.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Hotel
  • Bike to Asgat valley

    2-hour car transfer brings us to foothills of the Khangai mountain range where we start riding after a snack break. It is an acclimatization day at easy incline across grassy valleys fed by small streams that flow to arid plains of the Gobi desert, a glimpse of which you can get, looking back. A few homes of nomadic herders and their enormous herds will come in to your view this afternoon. Always curious about bike travelers, they may abandon their daily chores and come to greet and wave you. We establish our first tent camp soon after crossing over the day’s highest point at 2450m. On most of the nights on this trip you will sleep in a comfortable tent camp erected every afternoon upon finishing the day’s biking. It provides all amenities of a good wilderness camp including tents designated for dining, showering and bathrooms, not to mention great meals cooked by a chef.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Tent
    • 31km +543m/-307m
  • Bike to Shargaljuut valley

    A series of short climbs followed by swift descents along a route strewn with spectacular rock formations bring us to today’s tea spot. From there on we gradually gain altitude on well established car tracks cut in and around mountain sides that provide a high angle views of a lush river valley teeming with yaks and horses. The great scenery compensates for some rocky sections of the road which eventually brings us to Shargaljuut mineral springs many of them boiling hot. A massive soviet era health spa dominates the mountain side streaming with hot mineral water famous for its curing qualities and widely used in traditional Mongolian medicine.  Summer is a busy time here with lots local people spending a week or two getting rid off their ailments. We spend some time looking around the place and trying the water temperature. One more hour of pedaling further along the valley and civilization is completely left behind. We erect our tents on a pretty riverside with a few gers, the tents of herding locals, and their many animals in our sight.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Tent
    • 52km +697m/-753m
  • Crossing of the Khangai range

    During these 3 days we cross the Khangai’s watershed that separates its southern basin from the northern basin. The whole route follows the least travelled and hidden corners of the range. It’s truly delightful to see beautiful landscapes change every single day. Each ascent, at times quite challenging, brings you to a panoramic highpoint which is then followed by a breathtaking downhill. The road is then usually replaced by a level portion where you pedal leisurely and absorb the appeasing beauty of the virgin nature. Local herders and their immense flocks of animals will be your only and silent spectators. Invariably, our campsites are located in the vicinity of their homes allowing you opportunity for more interaction and cultural experience.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Tent
    • 41km +885m/-558m, 41km +739m/-803m, 38km +143m/-324m
  • Bike to Tsetserleg town

    Having made it to the northern side of the Khangai we bike to Tsetserleg town, a pretty provincial capital located in the shelter of a spectacular granite ridge. A short but steep pass is followed by an overall fast day on excellent packed surfaces. The last climb finally opens an interesting view of traditional residential districts, geometrically aligned and with a lot of bright rooftops. We will have ample time for exploring the town including its busy market where local people sell pine nuts, various wild berries and other natural produce of the Khangai region. In just half an hour’s pedaling, we settle in a traditional style guest accommodation with relative comforts of a conventional hotel such running water, showers and bathrooms. For a guest room you will be allocated a real Mongolian ger.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Ger camp
    • 66km +551m/-894m
  • Ride to Tsenker hot springs resort

    Half a day riding to negotiate 3 short but steep passes brings you to Tsenkher, a lush wooded valley, famous for its mineral hot spring. Although somewhat crowded with both local and foreign travelers during short summer season, it certainly feels good to sooth your muscles in a hot pool. Relaxing massage and laundry service is available too. Another night in traditional Mongolian tents.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Ger camp
    • 25km +443m/-321m
  • Cycle to Orkhon river valley

    Another fast day on great soils to reach Orkhon river valley littered with sponge like volcanic rock. This UNESCO designated historic heritage site contains many hundreds of ancient burial mounds that dot the landscape. We set up tented camp right beside the river and take a dip in its cool waters before dinner is ready.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Tent
    • 77km +1070m/-1161m
  • Bike to Karakorum - medieval capital of Genghis Khaan

    We cycle downstream along the Orkhon river loose altitude throughout the day. Our destination is the town of Karakorum - the site of the Mongol Empire capital in 1200s. However, its glory was short lived as it soon fell into obscurity and was eventually destroyed by invading Chinese armies in late 14th century. Today the main attraction here is the monastery museum of Erdene Zuu established in 16th century by a Mongol khan as part of introduction of Buddhism as the main religion. The monastery then suffered almost a complete destruction during the anti-religion campaign of 1930-ies with just a dozen of temples surviving till present. We visit the monastery and the local museum to take a glance at a few surviving artifacts of the old capital before heading to a ger camp to celebrate our ride.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Ger camp
    • 72km+512m/-722m
  • Return to Ulaanbataar, farewell dinner

    Load bikes and drive back to Ulaanbaatar stopping for a picnic lunch at some scenic spot along the way. Upon arriving settle in your hotel and meet at a good-bye dinner.

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    • Hotel
  • Departure transfer

    Transfer for your return travel home.

    • Breakfast


Pat and John, UK
Pat and John, UK

Just to thank you, once again, for a brilliant tour in Mongolia.  We arrived home yesterday to grey skies and drizzling rain so already missing "Blue Sky Country".  Some bikes and bags did not arrive from Istanbul (hopefully they will turn up next week) but otherwise, the journey was uneventful (but long!) and it will take a few days for our body clocks to adjust to the time difference.

The arrangements you made on our behalf were faultless and we really appreciate everything you did to provide us with an unforgettable experience in a unique environment.  We were impressed with the support, the meals were great, the drivers careful, cheerful and courteous and Nara and Turu very patient (particularly whilst waiting for me!!) and we know that everyone really had a great time.  The events in the square on our last day were a fitting end to a fantastic two weeks.

We have requested everyone to send us their best photographs and will forward these on to you.  It is difficult to capture the vast vistas of Mongolia on camera but perhaps some of these will be useful for promotional purposes!

If any of your prospective customers require a reference, please don't hesitate to pass on our contact details.   We would be more than happy to recommend yourself and Cycle Mongolia!

Thank you and good luck with future ventures.

Tara M
Tara M

I’ve just come back from Mongolia where I and 7 friends(all girls) completed a 6-day mountain bike tour with Bat and his team from Mongolia trekking and it was wonderful. The landscape, the people, Bat, and his team made it a once in a lifetime experience. The riding was a bit challenging at times but so worth it. I cannot put into words how well the tour was run. Highly recommend Bat and his team. Loved every second of it.
Thank you Cycle Mongolia!


I took part in an amazing 8 days bike trek across this wonderful country called Mongolia.
What can I say, but absolutely the most amazing trip I have ever taken part in. From the wonderful guides from Cycle Mongolia to the absolutely fantastic scenery. The wonderful guides made sure that everyone's needs were looked after, from dietary requirements to having our bikes serviced and cleaned every evening. Nothing was to much trouble. Every day was an adventure and not knowing a great deal about Mongolia it was wonderful to sit and listen to the guides tell their stories. Mongolian people are very proud and loved telling us about their history. I came away from this wonderful holiday with fantastic memories that will stay with me forever.

Swie Lan Wiggins
Swie Lan Wiggins

The Magnificent Mongolia Wilderness with Bat
N.Mongolia MBT + KK Naadam with Khustai National Park by Mongolia Trekking 28/06/18 to 12/07/18
Mongolia... is known as the land of Blue Sky and is always synonymous with the ancient empire of Chinggis Khaan and wild horses. So when I told a group of friends that I would like to cycle in Mongolia, most of my friends agreed that Mongolia would be somewhat different from any other country in Asia.  A romantic notion of the life of nomadic people moving their 'ger' from one area to another, and to be able to witness wild horses, yaks, sheep, goats in the wilderness would be a magnificent and long lasting memorable experience.
So, our adventure began with contacting Bat from Mongolia Trekking (recommended by Mr Van from Backroads Vietnam) early last year. After a long exchange of emails with Bat, we finally arrived at an itinerary to suit our needs. I must say, Bat had so much patience in trying to come up with the right itinerary for us because we also wanted to be there for the 2018 Naadam Festival. 
Tim... our guide was waiting for us at the airport when we arrived at Chinggis Khaan International Airport and took us to Bayangol Hotel. He was the guide that stayed with us from the time we arrived on June 28 until we left Mongolia on July 12. He was a very sweet and knowledgeable person who is very proud of his home country.
After the introduction of Ulaanbaatar or Ulan Bator (capital city of Mongolia) we visited monasteries and museums on our first and second day. We met Bat in the evening of our first night for dinner who warmly welcomed our group and explained comprehensively what we expected during our 8D cycling in the wilderness. He readily answered any questions we were not sure about. The night went smoothly and everyone was happy to start our adventure the following day.
First we travelled from Ulaanbaatar to Erdenet in the north with the coal fueled Soviet era train. The train was comfortable for our overnight journey. There were four single bunks to a cabin and there was sufficient space for our overnight bags. 
When we arrived at Erdenet, Bat and his team of three drivers, two cooks, 2 guides and a mechanic were already there waiting for us. We were ushered to the buses and our Mongolia cycle adventure began...
Words can not describe the beauty of Mongolia's wilderness. It was so green, pristine, and blue sky most of the time we cycled.  Horses, cows, sheep, goats, yaks were so peacefully and contentedly munching green grass in beautiful pastures while the weather was right for them before winter set in. In some areas the scenery changed as if we were somewhere else because of green tall pine trees and log cabins instead of 'ger'. It was just so incredible.
We were so spoiled by Bat's team i.e. cooks. They prepared a variety of healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners for us. They set up tables for us to have our lunch in the best wilderness ... clean open air ... wild flowers covered the ground... it was the best experience I've ever had. 
The cycling was a bit of a challenge for me... and also for some of our friends but we didn't mind that because we had more time to enjoy the scenery around us.
On behalf of our group of 11 from Western Australia, I would like to thank Bat and his team who excelled in all areas, and exceeded our expectations. 
Thank you Bat, Tim, Nara, Munhk, Boga, and others for providing us with everything we needed during our tour especially in providing for our friends who are vegan, vegetarian, celiacs. You are just amazing.
Our visit to your country is the most memorable one for me thanks to your professionalism, your friendliness and organisational skills, Bat.
I have no hesitation in recommending Mongolia Trekking to those who wish to visit Mongolia by Trekking, Horse Riding, Cycling, etc. 
Please visit Cycle Mongolia website if you want to see the Magnificent Mongolia Pristine Wilderness.
Thank you again Bat for the most memorable cycling tour with you and your team. I will surely cherish the experience for a long time to come.
Swie Lan Wiggins
Western Australia

Neil W
Neil W

Amazing company

11 of us were brilliantly looked after by Mongolia Trekking in June 2019. We did the Gobi desert and Kangai mountain tour, followed by the Nadaam Festival and a National Park. We camped 11 nights in well maintained North Face tents, stayed in several good gear camps and the team of 7 that looked after us were out of this world. Everything was first class and I wouldn't hesitate to use this company again. In fact we are in 2021 for another cycling trip