Novosibirsk – Mongolia – Baikal, 6000 km
Key tour highlights: the whole tour is a highlight, we visit places that are among most exciting and interesting for motorcycle touring
Services not included:
Novosibirsk – Gorno-Altaysk – Kosh-Agach – Achit Lake – Khyargas Lake – Khar Lake – Tosontsengel – Khorgo – Ulaanbaatar – Ulan-Ude – Lake Baikal – Krasnoyarsk
Day 1. Arriving to Novosibirsk
Getting bikes, meeting team, making final arrangements and welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 2. Novosibirsk – Gorno-Altaysk, 450 km
We go to Gorno-Altaysk, out of civilization. We stay in the cozy eco-hotel on the Katun River.
Day 3. Gorno-Altaysk – Kosh-Agach, 460 km
Along Katun and Chuya rivers we go across beautiful Altay region with fantastic mountain scenery around.
Day 4. Kosh-Agach – Achit Lake, 230 km
We pass Mongolian border and go to The Achit lake or Achit Nuur, the largest source of freshwater in Uvs Province. It is the birth of different streams and rivers like The Tsagaan, Khatuugiin, Bukhmurun and Uliastai rivers.
Day 5. Achit Lake – Naranbulag – Khyargas Lake, 290km
We continue driving to Khyargas Lake through Naranbulag town. Be prepared for serious water-crossings today. Khyargas Lake is a huge inland salt sea 75 km long. The water is brackish and has rare fish such as Mongolian grayling. The south side of the Khyargas lake looks so beautiful that seems jutting the marble white rocks. The surrounding atmosphere of the lake area makes you feel that you are really separated from bustling outside world. Enjoy swimming and bird watching.
Day 6. Khyargas Lake – Khar Lake, 340 km
We cross dry salt lake and come to unique sand dunes. A few kilometers of sand riding today. Khar Us Nuur (Dark Water Lake), the second-largest freshwater lake in Mongolia at an altitude of 1980 meters. Khar lake is the perfect habitat for wild ducks, geese, wood grouse, partridges and seagulls. We think that Khar lake is one the most beautiful lakes in the world.
Day 7. Rest day at Khar Lake
We visit Senjit Crag wide granite nature’s door on the mountaintop rock surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Enjoy climbing Mongolian biggest sand dunes and admire the natural beauty. Swimming is definitely possible.
Day 8. Khar Lake – Tosontsengel, 250 km
Tosontsengel is the local town of Zavkhan province. It’s a good place to investigate how local people live.
Day 9. Tosontsengel – Khorgo (Tariat), 200 km
Today we drive to Khorgo-Terkh National Park, one of the Mongolian Seven Wonders.
We visit Khorgo extinct volcano and Terkhiin Tsagaan Lake (The Great White lake) made by volcano. The lake is beautiful with crystal clear fresh water and supports pike & other fish. Plenty to see and explore around.
Day 10. Khorgo(Tariat) – Tsetserleg – Kharkhorin, 300 km
We go through the town of Tsetserleg, the center of Arkhangai Province and visit the legendary Taikhar Rock. On the rock there are numerous ancient inscriptions. Than we pass Chuluut canyon.
We drive to Karakorum, the ancient capital of Great Mongolian Empire of Chinggis Khan in the 13-14th Centuries. We visit the oldest and one of the most attractive monasteries Erdene, the legendary Turtle of Karakorum and the Phallic Rock statue.
Day 11. Kharkhorin – Ulaanbaatar, 380 km
We drive to Ulaanbaatar the capital of Mongolia with heavy traffic and crazy driving.
Day 12. Rest day in Ulaanbaatar
Visit the National Museum of Mongolian History, Gandan Monastery and Genghis Square (Sukhbaatar Square). Explore Bogd Khaan Palace Museum, the last Mongolian king’s winter palace, Buddha Park. Do cashmere shopping in a souvenir shop or whatever else you want to do. Drive to Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue in the place where Genghis Khan grew up.
Day 13. Ulaanbaatar – Ulan-Ude, 600 km
We go back to Russia. A long time ago Ulan-Ude was a Mongolian city, now it’s Russian one. Lots of nationalities live here: Buryats, Barguzin Jews, Evenks, Mestizo and others. There are many Buddhist temples in the city. At the restaurants we have a chance to try the traditional local food and famous Baikal fish - omul.
Day 14. Ulan Ude – Irkutsk – Listvyanka, 520 km
The road to Irkutsk goes along the Baikal shore. Today you will see the biggest and one of the purest lakes in the world.
Day 15. Rest day in Listvyanka (Baikal shore)
After good rest and healthy breakfast we visit Baikal Museum and Cherskogo Peak to take photos of the lake. We also visit local market and have a boat trip.
Day 16. Listvyanka – Tulun, 475 km
Road to Tulun goes through many small villages and stops. Among the most interesting places we are going to see is Taishet bike guesthouse with Igor Shalygin. We spend a night in Tulun in a countryside hotel with Russian banya (sauna) on the banks of the river.
Day 17. Tulun – Krasnoyarsk, 665 km
Krasnoyarsk is situated on the Yenisei River, one of the biggest rivers in the world. In the evening we walk around the city center and have a dinner at a local restaurant with early go for sleep.
Day 18. Krasnoyarsk – Kemerovo, 540-700 km
Today we stay for a night in Kemerovo. It is an industrial city, although it is tidy and quiet. In the city center, we will see a beautiful embankment of the Tom River and lots of monuments.
Day 19. Kemerovo – Novosibirsk 290 km
We have a peaceful and beautiful road to Novosibirsk, the biggest city on the Trans-Siberian route. Today this is the 3rd largest city in Russia, a cultural and scientific capital of Siberia. In the evening we have a walk in the city center.
Day 20. Departure