Biking with Reindeers
Mongolia Winter Wonderland
P5 - Superlative fitness is called for. Regular, long and intense physical training is required for preparation. Expect long days on the hill of 10-15 hours in testing weather conditions (especially summit day) carrying up to 15-20kg in weight, and or pulling a pulk with exceptional weight.
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T3 - May involve harder scrambling or some trekking and climbing with ropes. If snow is encountered then glacier travel with ropes, ice axes and crampons will be necessary. Basic climbing skills is ideal, but will also be taught and certainly practiced during the expedition and pre-summit phase.
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Date & Prices
Pics & Vids
This incredible adventure takes you to far Northern Mongolia, behind the Khoridol Saridag mountain range – a mystical land of prairie, boreal forest and hundreds of lakes scattered over the wide plains of the Darkhad lowland.
This is a true winter wonderland adventure and you’ll travel through some of the most pristine and unpopulated lands in the whole of Mongolia. Deer, wild boar, squirrel, beaver, otter, ermine, marten, sable and wolf inhabit this remote region, which forms part of Siberia. You’ll also get to witness the authentic culture of reindeer herders – of whom there are a just a few hundred – who live in tepees and graze their reindeer in taiga forest and on alpine valley.Find out more
Dates and Prices to follow.
Date & Prices
We currently have no scheduled dates for this expedition, however if you give the office a call on 0207 1834 360 it would be easy for us to get this up and running.
- 2 nights in a 4 star hotel (twin+breakfasts)
- 1 overnight in ger (twin & triple)
- 5 tented nights (twin)
- 2 overnights at Teepee
- 2 overnights at comfortable Sleeper train
- 1 overnight at local hotel in Murun (twin+ breakfast)
- Camping and cooking equipment plus sleeping mats
- All indicated meals+bottled drinking water outside of Ulaanbaatar
- 2 dinners in Ulaanbaatar
- Extra snacks and drinks on cycling days
- 4WD Russian van(s) as passenger vehicles + gasoline
- Arrival & departure airport transfers
- English speaking cycling guide
- Horse hire and local riding guides
- Itinerary related sightseeing fees in both Ulaanbaatar and countryside
- National park fees and permits
- Quality of mountain bikes with spike tire
- A bike mechanic from 4 pax
- 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
- Monthly payment plan, on request
- Travel insurance
- Sleeping bag
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & alcohol
- Personal biking clothes and gear
Pics & Vids
DAY 1 : Arrival at Ulaanbaatar
Arrival at Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia and transfer to 4-star hotel in the city center. (Hotel-D)
DAY 2 : Train to Erdenet
Check out the hotel before noon and have a guided walking tour through Ulaanbaatar, to introduce you to the highlights of the city. These include the central city square with Genghis Khan and Sukhbaatar statues; Museum of National History introducing Mongolia’s history from early humans to modern era. Then choose to visit one or two museums from the following: 1. Choijin Lama or State Oracle Residence-museum displaying best samples of Buddhist artwork and religious masks. 2 The Fine Arts Zanabazar Museum displays old arts including Buddhist arts, painting, folk arts and crafts, sculptures, carvings and embroideries. In the evening we will be treated to a show of traditional music, throat singing and contortion at 6PM, which will be followed by a welcome dinner. After that we transfer to the train station to take train to Erdenet. (Train – B,L,D)
DAY 3 : Meet our team and on to Khuvsgul Lake
Meet our trip supporting crew upon arrival in Erdenet city. The third largest city in Mongolia, Erdenet lies in a valley between the Selenge and Orkhon rivers about 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Ulaanbaatar. This city was established in the mid 1970s by a joint Soviet-Mongolian venture in order exploit the area’s huge deposits of copper and molybdenum ore. Other industries include a carpet factory, a food-processing plant, and timber-processing. We continue our drive on paved road to the Khatgal village near from Khuvsgul lake. We stay overnight in traditional Mongolian accommodation – nomadic felt dwelling called GER. (Ger – B,L,D)
DAY 4 : Ice Festival
After breakfast we drive a little further towards the south shore of Khuvsgul lake to visit Ice Festival. Local residents of the crystal clear lake celebrate the Ice Festival – which has become an annual event that attracts Mongolians and foreigners alike in recent years. There are some interesting highlights of competitions, including Ice wrestling, building with ice, ice skating and sleigh rides which take place on the frozen lake. After that start, we take to our bikes, riding spike tire bikes on the crystal clear ice of Khuvsgul Lake, surrounded by beautful wooded mountains and we later camp on ground at West shore of lake. (Tent – B,L,D)
DAY 5 : Cycling in the forrest
After breakfast we start our cycle on flat surface on ground before we start up and down hils through the forest which will be breathtaking. Then we approach the frozen Arsai River’s fascinating valley sided by magnificent gorges in some way. Tented overnight by the frozen river. (Tent – B,L,D)
DAY 6 : Bike to Darkhad Depression
Today we cycle to Darkhad Depression, a land of prairie, forest and several hundred lakes. Winter nature of this area is so phenomenal. We’ll pass white felt covered tents (also known as ger or yurts) of local herders and their large herds of horses, sheep and yaks, getting a glimpse of life which seemingly has not changed for hundreds of years. In the evening we establish a tented camp alongside the road and spend our first night in the wilderness. (Tent – B,L,D)
DAY 7 : Visit the Tsaatan community
We travel for another half a day before arriving at Tsagaan Nuur town located in the Depression’s northern corner. This is the gateway to Taiga (boreal forest) where the Tsaatan community lives and herds reindeer. If necessary we stock up on some additional food and drink before moving out to camp at the edge of Taiga. (Tent – B,L,D)
DAY 8 : Horse Riding with the Tsaatan people
Our next adventure of horse riding lays in store today. After breakfast we saddle those for riding and the journey will start. Local guides will accompany us throughout the way. We will ride through woods and almost entirely at a walking pace. While riding you can easily notice the shift from grasslands into a taiga and visit Tsaatan people. Stay overnight in a teepee. (Teepee – B,L,D)
DAY 9 : Rest & Cultural day with the Tsaatan (reindeer herders)
A leisurely day among Tsaatan (reindeer herders) people to allow you to feel their authentic and unique way of life in personal touch. Overnight in a teepee. (Teepee – B,L,D)
DAY 10 : Say goodbye to our Tsaatan friends
Today we say farewell to our Tsaatan friends and horse ride back to the Tsagaan nuur and continue our drive to Ulaan Uul village which is surrounded by a scenic mountain range. The Khoridol Saridag mountain range stretches along the west of Lake Khuvsgul Lake and rocky peaks and forests are the main nature wonders of this mountain range. The area is protected as vertical in that region, such as tundra, taiga, forested steppe and mountainous area. The highest peak of the mountain range is Delgerkhan mountain – at 3087m above sea level. The Western edge of the lake has high cliffs and the east side is covered with trees. There are a lot of rare and endangered species of animals and plants in the area – including deer, elk, bear, leopard, ibex and vulture. (Tent – B,L,D)
DAY 11 : Drive to Murun
Drive to Murun, the provincial center of Khuvsgul aimag – which is a perfect place to take some rest after adventuring in a remote part of country. Have a hot shower, functional toilet, connect to the internet and enjoy time with these little luxuries. (Local hotel – B,L,D)
DAY 12 : Drive to Erdenet, back to UB
Drive to Erdenet town and return to Ulaanbaatar by train. (Train – B,L,D)
DAY 13 : Arrival at Ulaanbaatar
In the morning, upon arrival in Ulaanbaatr, we pick you up at railway station and transfer to the hotel. You have a free day at your disposal to further explore this city. (Hotel – B,D)
DAY 14 : Leave for home
These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the trek and what you will experience.
Bags & Packs
4 Season sleeping bag (If you wish to spend a night in a snow hole)
If conditions allow us to build a secure snow hole and you wish to spend a night in it, then please bring a 4 season sleeping bag that is rated to -10C. Choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature.
A silk liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights.
Please get in touch with the office as these are yet to be updated on the website.