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Wild Mongolia Cycle & Naadam Festival

This extended version of our Wild Mongolia trip combines a deeper insight into Mongolia by taking in the country’s national games, the biggest celebration on the Mongolian calendar, the Naadam Festival, as well a mountain bike adventure across the Arkhangai Mountains. We'll see the opening ceremony at the National Stadium as well as the wrestling and archery, two of the elements that make up the "three manly sports" that are contested during the festival. We'll visit the horse races, held just outside the capital, where Mongolians from all over the country come with their prized horses to compete. The cycling segment of the tour will take us on a crossing of the Arkhangai Mountains, from the edge of the Gobi desert at Bayanhongor to the old Mongolian capital of Kharkhorin. We cycle into the heart of Mongolia and meet its nomadic peoples. This is an off-roader's dream, with only 17 of 485 kilometres cycling on sealed roads. You can expect to cycle everything: rock strewn dirt roads, rocky riverbeds, compacted earth, grass, long rocky downhills, steep climbs and horse trails. This is a fully-supported ride camping under the stars when not in Ulaanbaatar. We will cycle through a diversity of landscapes, including the mountains of the Arkhanghai, lush green grasslands, pine forests and the spectacular Orkhon Falls. We will see a diverse array of wildlife: many of birds of prey, cattle, yaks, gophers, and the pride of many Mongolians, the horse. The sheer adventure makes this trip one of our favourites!

Inclusions

15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
Comfortable accommodation in Ulaanbaatar on a twin share basis
Private vehicle transportation
Good quality mountain bikes
All water and snack food whilst cycling
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
Expert guide, local guide, cooks and drivers
Medical kit
Hightlights
The excitement of the Naadam festival.
Explore the capital of Ulaanbaatar
Cycle into the heart of Mongolia and meet its nomadic peoples
Camp under the stars on the steppe
Experience spectacular landscapes
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
16
Price From
AUD $4,490
Start Location
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
End Location
Mongolia
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
5 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Jun 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,490
10 Jul 201925 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $4,490
28 Jun 202013 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $4,630
10 Jul 202025 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $4,630
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Wild Mongolia Cycle & Naadam Festival