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For cyclists looking for a route off the beaten track, this section definitely checks off all the boxes.
Leaving Ulan Bator and its urban comforts, the riders will now head west and will quickly find themselves off the pavement and into the northern wilds of the country.
This is the Mongolia many people imagine; vast rolling steppes, coated in green, dotted with traditional yurts surrounded by nomadic livestock and back-dropped by snow-capped mountains. The cycling will be tough but immensely rewarding. Nights will be spent tenting under the immense open skies and days churning through the gorgeous countryside.
A rest day in the friendly town of Moron offers riders a chance to visit Uushigiin Uver, a bronze age site containing some amazing carved deer stones (mysterious ancient markers) or to stock up on supplies before heading out into even more isolated areas of the country.
Silk Route cyclists now enter Western Mongolia, a region isolated for many centuries from the traditional Mongol heartland as well as the world at large. Six challenging riding days along salt lakes and through stunning valleys bring the cyclists to the small town of Ulaangom where they will treasure a day to rest their bodies before the last stretch of this amazing section.
A couple of days riding brings the expedition to the Russian border. Once across, the Western Siberian landscape initially looks like the moon but before long the riders will enter the Chuysky Trakt. This paved highway is almost completely unknown but will provide the Silk Route cyclists with a unique experience. Lonely Planet describes it as 'Frothy rivers, harrowing passes, craggy cliffs, rolling steppe, austere desert landscapes and-the coup de grace-the mighty 4000m mountains of the Chuya range'
This exciting section comes to an end in Gorno-Altaysk, the capital of the Russian Altai Republic.
- Ulan Bator
- 22 Days
- Mixed On/Off-road
- Tour Language:
- Cost From:
- USD 4325
Tour Distance & Dates
- 2015 Km
- Riding Days:
- May 26 - June 16, 2018