TDA Global Cycling
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.
64 Nights in hotels - 18 Nights of camping
All roadside lunches
Afternoon soup on riding days
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced tour leader
Security as needed
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum
Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price).
Ride other sections or the full epic.
Registration fee of $150 USD to hold your place
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