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Mongolia Bike Tour

Alpha Expedition Series

Alpine Ascents Alpha Expeditions are small group journeys to lesser traveled areas of the world. For the most part they are a guide’s choice of expeditions, utilizing the guide’s expertise but generally the first time Alpine Ascents uses the exact itinerary featured. (Guides are familiar with the area but we have not stayed at every lodge along the way). In turn, advertising and promotion is simple and prices are reduced and based on number of climbers. These expeditions are perfect for those who want a more exploratory feel to their expeditions (we don’t know what every meal will be or what every lodge or tent camp looks like) without sacrificing the safety, knowledge and expertise a guide can provide.

All questions to Gordon Janow – Director of Programs gjanow@alpineascents.com

Biking in Khangia Region Mongolia

This grand bike journey takes us across the Khangai range, known for lush valleys and wooded mountain sides. A good portion of the terrain is old jeep track re-routing to cross some mountain passes. This will give us the chance to meet local herders who live off large flocks of yaks and sheep. Each day we climb 2-5 distinct passes, cross a number of knee deep streams. The terrain on the passes is also on jeep tracks with smooth packed surface interrupted by a couple of short rocky sections. Overall cycling distance is 430km, total ascent 4790 meters, highest camp altitude is 2550m. Trip includes permanent vehicle support, cycling adapted food and comfortable camping with drip shower and toilets.

DIFFICULTY: Moderate to Demanding

“I’d do it again. Met my expectations in terms of culture, conditioning, and mountaineering experiences. Good logistical layout. Great local guides, great point of interest visitation plan. I rate it higher than other organizations expeditions I have been on. Ben was fantastic ” – John, Mongolia Expedition Participant

“The overall experience was fantastic including Mongolia’s culture, people, and landscapes. I would highly recommend this expedition and climb to any alpine mountaineer who wishes expand their horizons and climb to Mongolia’s high point on the border of Russia, China and Mongolia. Ben Jones is a first class mountain guide and expedition leader. His competence and experience came through from day one in Unlaanbaatar to the summit of Mt. Khuiten. Ben Jones has the combination of a world-class climbing resume and winning personality. He has the ability to easily deal with the different personalities of a group of strangers and bring them together as a loyal and enjoyable team.” – Ben, Mongolia Expedition Participant

Mongolia Bike Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Upon sign up we will forward our famed, comprehensive confirmation package. This package will include all of the details for your trip.

What is the physical conditioning level needed for this Trek?

Bikers must be in excellent physical condition.

Will I be sharing a tent or lodging with other bikers?

During the trek we will be lodging in teahouses (very simple lodging). Team members will be either sharing a teahouse room (2 per room) or a tent (2 per tent.

How much will my pack weigh?

During the trek team members will only be carrying gear and supplies for the day. At no point do we carry camping gear or equipment for overnight.

What gear will I need?

Please review the gear list.

How does your gear rental system work?

Those requesting rental gear must submit an online expedition rental form with payment. All rental gear will be mailed to the trekker prior to the trip. Trekkers are expected to clean all rental gear and return it to us by mail following the expedition.

Any further advice on gear and using your gear list?

While all items are required there may be times when some of the items on the gear list may not be used (such as warm weather or changing conditions). The gear lists are created by the guides to assist in having climbers be prepared to summit in any conditions.

While it is impossible for us to list all brands for certain gear, we do offer a wide variety of equipment in our Gear Shop, that has been hand-picked by our staff of mountaineering experts. Please feel free to call our offices with any gear questions or substitutes.

How is drinking water treated?

During the trek we will provide unlimited amounts of water at mealtimes. Team members can fill up water bottles at meals and use their Steri pen to sterilize.

Can I bring some food from home?

You may bring power bars, Gu, Power Gel, cereal bars or similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration. All meals are provided on this expedition.

Are there any innoculation requirements?

No requirements at this time

What is the best air route to my destination?

The best way to travel is via Korea so no further visas are needed. One may also travel via Russia or China but additional visas will be needed.

When should I book my flight? Do I need to use your Travel Agent?

Fares are generally less expensive when booked early. You may use our Travel Agent (Charles Mulvehill 1-800-727-2157) or book flights yourself. Please note that flights booked online are often difficult to change. Please send us a copy of your flight schedule as early as possible as this allows us to book pick ups and hotels.

What time should I arrive and leave and where do I meet the guides?

We will pick up all trekkers at the airport. Guides will often meet you upon arrival at the hotel or at our first planned meeting.

What if I arrive early or depart late? Can you arrange extra night lodging? Is there a single room option for this expedition?

We are happy to make arrangements such as personalized tours, extra hotels rooms, airport pick ups and arrange for private rooms. Please indicate that you would like a private room on your application and we will contact you with information on single room supplement costs (for hotels only).

Are there any entry or Visa requirements?

Visas will be pre-arranged and picked up upon arrival in Ulaan Battar

Is there any communication while we are in the field?

In the cities and in hotels telephones are readily available. Guide will have a satellite phone for emergencies and cybercasts.

Where can I get more information on history, books, and additional activities in the region?

Check the reading list on the Mongolia Bike Tour page of the web site.

Can I contact the others on the trek? How about the guide?

You can always call our offices and we will have your Mongolia Bike Tour lead guide contact you. 30 days prior to departure, we will mail a list of the other team members to you.

How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?

$500 should easily cover any extra expenses and tips. Most climbers prefer to bring about $1000 and have credit cards.

How do I register for this expedition?

At: www.alpineascents.com/registration or by calling our offices with a credit card handy.

What paperwork do I need to send in?

Each trekker should submit an application and flight information.

When is the money due for this expedition? What kind of payment do you except?

We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, personal checks and Alpine Ascents gift certificates. To reserve a space the deposit is $700.00 and balances are due 120 days prior to departure. Unpaid balances can result in forfeiture of trip.

What is your cancellation policy? What is your refund policy?
What happens if I need to leave the expedition early?

Communication is sometimes difficult in the mountains. However our guides and local staff will make the necessary efforts to obtain the necessary transportation and reservations to get you home as quickly as possible if for any reason you need to depart early.

Reading List

This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.

Travels in Northern Mongolia
by Don Croner, Polar Star Publications
Mongolian Folktales
by Hilary Roe, Metternich Avery Pr
Women of Mongolia
by Martha Avery, Avery Pr
Mongolia: Vanishing Cultures
by Jan Reynolds, Harcourt Brace
The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia
by Peter Hopkirk, Kodansha International

This was my first trip with Alpine Ascents International, and it simply exceeded my wildest expectations. There are not enough superlatives to describe the leadership qualities of my guide. He was simply outstanding, and directly contributed to my reaching all of my personal goals on this trip, including the summit. Sorry, but I can’t think of any suggestions for improvement. Simply, it was a first class operation the entire way, and I can’t wait to go on another trip

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