One huge adventure guaranteed to see you arrive in Ulaanbaatar tired but smiling, and undoubtedly with memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Begin by enjoying the cosmopolitan streets of Europe as you become accustomed to life on the road before entering the vast empty spaces of the Central Asian wilderness. Ride the rough, broken roads of the Stan’s through the Pamir Highway, the pristine mountain wilderness of the Altai region in Russia and Mongolia and finally tackle the Gobi Desert head-on! This expedition will be a genuine challenge and will take you through the best, most remote and most challenging routes through some of the most stunning regions to be found anywhere on earth.
|Dates||London - Ulaanbaatar (5 weeks) 31st May to 6th July 2014|
|Countries||UK, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Lithuania,|
|Latvia, Russia, The Stan's, Mongolia.|
|Off-tar distance||Approx 3,500Km of rough roads & tracks|
|Wild camping||Typically 16 nights in total|
|Route map||Click here for a Google map of your typical route|
|Information pack||Download the full Mongolia Information Pack|
- Your training and orientation day at Kudu HQ. Meet our team, ride the bikes and begin to develop a real understanding of what it is you are about to undertake in a relaxed, friendly environment.
- Meeting up at the Ace Cafe in London with 13 countries and unknown adventures before you. Next stop Dover and the English Channel.
- Get into the swing of things as your ride through the historic capitals of old Europe from west to east taking in some great sights along the way from Brussels to Berlin.
- See the world around you begin to change as we continue eastwards through Poland and the Baltic States to Riga in Latvia before our first border crossing to Russia.
- Moscow - Red Square, the Kremlin and explore the buzzing nightlife of this historic city.
- Cross into Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Expect tough roads, big potholes and some sandy tracks for hundreds of miles at a time as we head to our furthest point south to the start of the Pamir Highway at Termiz.
- Heading into the Pamir Mountain range on the Old Silk route hugging the Afghanistan Pakistan and Chinese borders we traverse some spectacular scenery as the highway then passes through a 4,655-meter high crossing into Kyrgyzstan and Osh.
- With more mountain passes to Toktogul Chayek to Karakol finally crossing the border back into Kazakhstan and visiting the amazing Sharyin Canyon before arriving for a rest in Almaty to enjoy the cosmopolitan city with its night life and western luxuries.
- Great riding on decent roads through the Russian Altai region. Beautiful, serene Alpinesque mountains and valleys and icy glacial rivers are typical of this unique part of the world.
- Western Mongolia. A vast, pristine and spectacular part of the world which will undoubtedly be the highlight of the expedition. Enjoy remote trails across this beautiful wilderness and the unique experience of camping out each night.
- The Gobi Desert. The toughest and last part of your epic adventure but some of the most rewarding riding and beautiful scenery you will see anywhere on earth.
- Ulaanbaatar - the end of an epic adventure into the depths of Asia. Enjoy a warm shower and a cold beer in this dusty, unique city, before catching your flight home.
You can ride a Kudu bike or your own on this expedition and prices vary. Kudu will be using out tried and tested Yamaha Teneres which are great all-round bikes capable of covering huge distances on tar and trail in comfort. They have a comfortable saddle, good wind protection and a punchy, 660cc single cylinder engine. They performed excellently on our Round the World 2009 Expeditions and really come into their own when riding on the more challenging tracks and trails. They are especially easy and forgiving bikes to handle if you are an off-road beginner and they will make the long sections through Kazakhstan and Mongolia a real joy to ride.
Bringing your own bike
Many other dual purpose bikes are suitable for this trip, including BMW's F650, 800, 1200GS and KTM's 990 Adventure bikes as well as various other makes and models. Please be aware however, that the bigger the bike, the tougher the rough road sections are going to be and this is most relevant to off-road novice riders. If you have any queries at all about the suitability of your bike then please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.
Pre-Expedition Training and Orientation
We at Kudu take great pride in running thoroughly professional adventures which are open to anyone with a desire to challenge themselves and what they are capable of. You do not need to be a highly experienced motorcyclist, off-road expert or have a huge amount of adventurous travel experience. Our training and orientation days are designed to be informal, enjoyable affairs where you can meet your fellow adventurers and the Kudu team in a relaxed environment.
TRAINING (1 DAY) :
- Meet the Kudu team and each other
- Equipment and route familiarisation
- GPS training
- Ride out and navigation practical
- Motorcycle maintenance and repair
With Kudu's unique pre-expedition and en-route training, all included in the price, you can begin the toughest challenge of your life well prepared for what lies ahead. At present the training day is earmarked to be held on day one of the expedition (Saturday 4th June) and all riders, whether starting in London or Riga, are welcome. Those joining from London will begin the ride eastwards the following morning.
Your Kudu Support Crew
As usual you will be supported throughout by members of the Kudu Expeditions team including an expedition leader and guide, mechanic and medic. Our support vehicles are packed with tools and spare parts to keep vehicles and riders moving and they also carry communal equipment, such as tents, chairs and cooking kit. Our expeditions are run in a unique and highly successful way designed to give you the right professional support as back-up, whilst still enabling you to experience real adventures on a truly challenging trip.
Is this trip for me?
The Mongolia Challenge will be a challenging adventure covering many countries, vast distances and some tough terrain. Please remember however that all routes are achievable for any determined off-road beginner and it is normal for us to have several off-road novices on our tours - you wont be alone! In addition we take a very pro-active approach to training throughout the tour and staff will be there to instruct and help you along, whether it be with your off-road riding skills or GPS navigation. There are several nights camping out in the wilderness too where we will be completely self-sufficient, and for most this is a real highlight of their adventure. If you have any concerns or questions about how suitable you think this expedition may be for you then please don't hesitate to get in contact with us - we are here to help! Much more information is available in the Mongolia Info Pack.