Currency: Mongolian tögrög
Size: 604,200 square miles (1,565,000 sq km) – about the size of Alaska
Border countries: China, Russia
National tourist office: www.mongoliatourism.gov.mn
At a glance
Mogolia is known for its people's hospitality and unspoilt, breathtaking natural beauty. Located in a landlocked plateau of Central Asia between China and Russia. Mongolia’s considerable size includes a fabulous array of pristine landscapes and a nomadic people whose lives are in many ways unaffected from the days of Genghis Khan and his mighty Mongol Empire.
Awesome expanses of rolling steppe, home to Mongolia’s famous horses and herdsmen, meet high glacial mountains, impenetrable forests and deep, crystal lakes. To the south the great Gobi Desert stretches to the horizon; empty save for deep canyons and sweeping dunes. Across much of this vast land little has changed since the days of Genghis Khan.
Home to beautiful natural surroundings filled with diverse and distinctive plant life, you’ll experience landscapes and habitats that are diverse and unspoiled. For mountain biking enthusiasts, Mongolia offers an experience unlike any other. The views of its beautiful valleys from 2,100 meters above sea level will take your breath away.
As you pedal through the Khangai Mountain range, you’ll encounter wild yaks, sheep, horses and goats as well as the friendly nomads that gather them into herds. Later, you’ll ride your bike through ruins from the ancient Mongolian Empire and other points steeped in history. When it’s time to cool off, the beautiful Orkhon river and the famed Ulaan Tsutgalan waterfall are also on the agenda.
This trip is challenging, but those who enjoy an off-road adventure will love it - less than 20 of around 372 total kilometers, 12.5 of 231 miles, take place on paved roads! Tour details >