Here at Eternal Landscapes Mongolia, we offer a small range of Mongolia mountain biking experiences. Vast and wild, the diverse landscapes of Mongolia provide the perfect setting.
Our Mongolia mountain biking experiences are not about ‘must-see sights’ or the highlights of the country. Nor are they about the ultimate physical challenge. They are about you being part of the silence and solace of Mongolia’s landscapes, biking through rural communities and discovering and exploring the way of life in different regions in Mongolia.
Mongolia is the size of western Europe but black-topped roads mainly only connect Ulaanbaatar with the provinces. Otherwise, towns, communities and seasonal pastures are predominately connected through a network of rough jeep routes and horse trails. Dirt, grass, sand and gravel tracks abound. Where there are no tracks, simply pedal your way across open steppe – the rolling undulating terrain that makes up the majority of the country.
We have developed our routes in collaboration with the local communities that we work in long-term local partnership with. Our tailor-made options give you an idea as to the location and the style of trips we can offer. We work countrywide and can offer our mountain biking experiences in a variety of location including the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia, the immensity of the Gobi Desert and the historical central heartland. Based on a group size of two-six, we can adapt and tweak according to your own specific interests and dates. Our tailor-made can be adapted to riders of different physical abilities and experience as well as being extended or shortened. For those that want, we can provide bikes for just a relaxed day ride with a picnic. Alternatively, 0ur trips can include an introductory day at the Chinggis Khan Equestrian Statue and Gorkhi Terelj National Park which allows you to get used to the bikes as well as the terrain before heading off on your main biking experience. We can also combine cycle sections with travelling by 4×4, day hikes on foot and with the option of horse treks. With the focus being on local living.
Our small group option is in partnership with Social Cycles. Social Cycles host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience. As well as the biking element, they engage with local transparent community-based projects. In the Mongolian context, that means learning from three to four different NGOs that are all connected with the reality of life, faced by Mongolia’s herders in the 21st century.
In tourism, Mongolia is frequently sold as a stereotype (nomads and a way of life untouched since Ghengis Khan). This idealised or even romanticised view is far from the harsh reality and challenges faced by local herders. Our partnership with Social Cycles allows you to interact and connect with local NGOs to find out more about the lifestyle of Mongolia’s herders, the opportunities they have and the challenges they must overcome.
This short video clip will provide more of an insight into our partnership with Social Cyles:
For more details, look at our Mongolia mountain bike tours website page including the brand of bikes we use.
Jess @ Eternal Landscapes