Type of tour:Guided
Level:4
Duration:13 Nights
Distance:33 Miles/day average
Dates: May 31, Jul 12*, Aug 2, 2014 (2 participants minimum) *guaranteed departure 
Tour price:US$3150
Start city:Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
End city:Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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Explore the Remote and Ancient Mongolian Empire
Mongolia Off-Road

Tour Description: Guided

Historically, Mongolia has always been a destination, as various nomads have visited and inhabited the country since prehistoric times.

Groups like the Xiongnu rose to prominence around 209 BC and eventually emerged as a serious threat to the Qin Dynasty, prompting the construction of the Great Wall of China. By the late 12th century, the country was embroiled in chaos.

Finally, Mongol tribes between Manchuria and the Altai Mountains were united by a chieftain named Temüjin, who eventually took the title Genghis Khan. He carried out a series of brutal military campaigns that swept through most of Asia and led to the formation of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous land empire in world history.

At its peak, the Mongol Empire covered 22% of Earth's total land and had a population of over 100 million people. Following Genghis Khan's death, the empire was subdivided into four kingdoms and was eventually overtaken by China’s Ming Dynasty. This turn of events wiped out the cultural progress that was achieved during the Imperial period and threw Mongolia back into a state of anarchy, marked by many power struggles and wars. Eventually, the country formed an alliance with the Soviet Union and despite several more periods of turmoil throughout the 20th Century, Mongolia finally achieved independence.

Today, it is the 19th largest but most sparsely populated independent country in the world with a population of just under 3 million people. Mongolia is a unique tourist destination and those adventurous enough to choose to go there are met by friendly nomads and a rich culture filled with history that extends far beyond 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 take place on paved roads!

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