For the adventure rider, there is a short list of places in the world that have to be explored at some point. These spots are spread over various continents and this tour allows you to discover east Asia by dirt bike. Mongolia has similar riding characteristics and ground cover as in the American states of Wyoming, Montana and Nevada. Imagine riding through this terrain, exploring with a small group, viewing exotic animals and taking in interesting rock and desert formations along the way. Encompassed within all of this are the splendid days of riding in the famous Gobi Desert. The Gobi is an attraction in itself and you will have an opportunity to ride it. After years of seclusion, this tour is finally available with all of the comfort and support of home intertwined with exciting dirt riding.
The Gobi Desert, straddling the border between Mongolia and China, is a wild and dramatic place made for adventure motorcycling. We use the perfect bikes for this tour. The 2012 KTM 450 EXC Enduro and Yamaha WR 250 are great bikes to ride, have ultra-powerful DOHC engines, good grip and are lightweight so riding long distances on tricky roads is exhilarating. We ride on all sorts of roads such as asphalt, packed mud and gravel dotted with washouts and potholes. Mongolia is connected by a network of rough jeep tracks, off road conditions and horse trails which link small communities and seasonal pastures. The roads are virtually free of traffic and venture through some spectacular scenery. View the interactive map and the video
The vast Gobi Desert is not just a flat steppe under a deep blue sky. There are bizarre rock formations, canyons, the Gurvan Saikhan mountain range, sand dunes 60 miles long as well as forests of small saxaul trees interspersed with unique desert vegetation. Apart from a few villages and small towns that we pass through on the way, most of the population of Mongolia live a nomadic lifestyle, frequently moving with their round, white, felt Gers “(Home)” while tending to herds of camels, goats and horses. This trip is a fascinating cultural experience as well as an off-road bike tour across Mongolia that's almost one thousand miles long.
When looking for adventure, this tour has it all. Be sure to choose a company that not only has a great itinerary, but has all of the details covered. When you arrive to ride, everything on the tour is covered. Your only goal is to have fun and let us take care of the rest. The bikes are new, the scenery is beautiful, the Gobi desert beckons and the stories of your journey will keep your friends entertained for years. River Pilot Tours - "Come Along For The Ride"
Note: The final day in the tour itinerary is the departure day. No activities are planned unless otherwise specifically included at time of booking.
Approximate Total Miles: 950
Average Miles Per Day: 150, longest is 185
Riding Conditions: desert, dirt, technical, open plains
Climate: Climate conditions change routinely during this summer season. Expect temperatures from 50-95 degrees fahrenheit. All season gear recommended. Download the River Pilot Gear Pack Checklist to prepare
Riding Difficulty: Moderate - must be experienced rider
Motorcycle Licensing: Operator must have motorcycle license in home country. International Drivers Permit recommended and can be obtained from AAA here
Highlights: Gobi desert, horse riding, camel riding, native culture and language, Baga Gazriin Chuluu Mountains, native wildlife, Tsagaan Suvarga rock formations, Gurvan Saikhan Uul mountains, Bayanzag area dinosaur remains, Ongi River monasteries, Saikhan-Ovoo, Zorgol Khairkhan, Bayanunjuul village near Arburd Sands
Minimum Departure: Tour departs with a minimum of 4 persons
Insurance: Travel insurance required to include air extraction if neccessary due to remote riding conditions. Emergency medical rescue helicopter is on standby and ready if necessary during tour
Visa: A visa is not needed for US citizens travelling to Mongolia. For other countries download visa application here