CYCLING 2016-17 p078-079

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Cycling in Mongolia 5 6 7 1 2 3 4 Mongolia remains a mysterious presence in the heart of Central Asia, a traditional country where visitors are still an unusual sight. Nomads wander the grasslands, setting up their white gers (tents) where the pasture is lush for their horses. On our bikes, we follow good trails across wide, open steppe, into expansive mountain scenery and through larch and pine forests. Camping wild under the wide skies adds an adventurous edge to what is certainly one of our most intrepid cycle tours. Dates & Price Guide START END FLIGHT INC LAND ONLY Dates and prices correct at time of publication (see page 13). Prices are £ Sterling per person. • Optional single supplement £180 (including single tent) • Land only start Ulaan Baatar day 2, end Ulaan Baatar day 16 • *Naadam festival departure - see Trip Notes • Insurance: please see page 106 Bike details: • Trek or Giant mountain bike with front suspension, included in the trip price • Discount for bringing your own bike £150 Ulaan Baataar MONGOLIA Karakorum P Premium F departure S Polo FdeparturPe F Family departure Call OFF ROAD • MONGOLIA 79 17 days inc. flights from £2429 Riding across the steppe Mongolia Activity Level MODERATE Trip Code MCM At a Glance Itinerary - Day by Day 1 Depart London. 2 Arrive Beijing; overnight in Beijing. 3 Arrive Ulaan Baatar; transfer to hotel; traditional show. 4 Morning sightseeing; overnight train to Erdenet. 5 Ride to Tal Tolgoi Well via the small township of Bugat; camp. 6 Cross Tuluugiin Pass; hike craters of extinct Mt. Uran and Mt. Togoo; camp. 7 Arhangai steppe ride to valley below Mt. Khairkhan (1862m); camp. 8 Short climb to cross Kholboogin Pass (1649m) before descending to Khairkhan Lake camp. 9 Cycle up Khunjiin River Valley to camp beneath Mt. Chingeltei. 10 Short climb past the headwaters of the Khunjiin; descend into Tamir River Valley; camp near Great Rock of Ikh Tamir. 11 Half-day ride to Tsetserleg, capital of Arhangai; afternoon free. 12 Morning ride in foothills of the Khangai Mountains; ger camp with hot springs. 13 Cycle across undulating steppe to Mt. Ondor Khairkhan (2312m). 14 Ride the Khangai Mountain Range on good jeep tracks; descend to Orkhon River Valley. 15 Ride to Karakorum and Erdene Zuu Monastery; ger camp. 16 Drive to Ulaan Baatar, visit Mongol Els; free afternoon. 17 Fly to London. Cycle across remote steppe l Camp in traditional gers l The Naadam festival in July • 11 days cycling (including 2 half days) with 100% vehicle support • 90% dirt tracks, 10% tarmac • Undulating forest and steppe with some short steep climbs • Group normally 4 to 14, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs • 9 nights wild camping, 2 nights hotels, 2 nights traditional Mongolian gers, 1 night sleeper train • All breakfasts, 12 lunches and 13 dinners included Erdenet Ulaan Baataar Erdene Zuu Monastery Mt Uran Khangai Mountains cycle drive train MONGOLIA 2016 09 Jun 25 Jun 2429 1749 30 Jun* 16 Jul 2599 1799 04 Aug 20 Aug 2699 1799 01 Sep 17 Sep 2599 1799 2017 08 Jun 24 Jun 2549 1829 29 Jun* 15 Jul 2699 1859 03 Aug 19 Aug 2799 1859 31 Aug 16 Sep 2699 1859 ACCOMMODATION When on the steppe land we spend the nights in tents in locations chosen by the guides, but on two nights we will experience life in traditional Mongolian gers. Unchanged for centuries, the ger has been the cornerstone of the nomadic lifestyle of the Mongols and is still very much used today. Daily Distance (km) 0845 863 9626 or visit www.exodus.co.uk and enter the three letter trip code 3 50 4 75 5 60 6 50 7 60 8 55 9 30 10 25 11 65 12 55 13 35 BIKE HIRE NOW INCLUDED SEE PAGE 10


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