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Mongolian cycle trip

Anonymous
Sat, 05/12/2012 - 22:15

My husband and I just booked the off road cycle trip in Mongolia leaving in early September.  We'd enjoyin hearing bits from others who are going.  This will be our third trip with Exodus.  We live in Colorado and are fairly young retirees.  We'd like to experience the "wilds" of Mongolia before it changes like so much of rural Asia has.  I am hopeful of the opportunity to ride a native horse while on our trip.

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 09:34

hi there,

Have a look at the reviews on the trip page to get an idea of other travellers' experiences on this trip. It looks like most people where pretty happy with it, I know I'd love to get out of the office and go!

many thanks

Tom

Anonymous
Mon, 08/19/2013 - 20:29

I did this trip in 2005 - and had a blast - it's unlike an other place I've visited, as it has less than 2 million inhabitants in an area as big as western Europe and the endless vistas of the rolling steppes an (mostly) blue skies will live in my memories forever.

 

A few observations:

1. Take some warm clothes - my trip was in August and we had several nights where temps dipped below 10 degrees C and one frosty night at the hot springs camp at 2200m  - and the stove in the Yurt doesn't last all night!

2. some long days called for two pairs of padded shorts for comfort. I cycled in SPD clipless sandals which were great for the river crossings

3. None of the cycling is technical - all of it was on packed earth or gravel roads - just watch out for the animal burrows.

 4. take some spices or condiments - the lack of shops means a lot of meals are pasta/rice based using tinned foods and are sometimes a bit bland.

5. you will probably cross paths with herdsmen and their horses - we met several and sometimes shared our meals with them.

6. Be brave and be the first to try airag (the fermented mare's milk) - it's actually quite refreshing!

 Sarissa

PS - if you take a GPS can you post the results? There are a couple of the camps I've never been able to pinpoint accurately!

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