If you want to explore the most beautiful landscapes of Mongolia and experience its unique history at the same time – the Orkhon Waterfall tour has it all! You can view this tour and its breathtaking landscapes in this short film of ours (film still shows our old bikes!). You will ride through endless steppes, mountains, sand dunes, rivers, nomadic families and the breathtaking Erdenee Zuu monastery, the earliest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia, next to Khar-khorin, the ancient Mongolian capital. Last but not least this tour also includes one day of pure sand dune riding in Elsen Tasarkhai. With 1,270km, the Orkhon is the longest river in Mongolia and is home to many species of fish. There are many rocks and boulders around the river as well as smaller waterfalls with 4-5 m height as well as the famous Ulaan-tsutgalan waterfall, the biggest in Mongolia with a height of 26m. The Orkhon river Valley has been protected since 2006 as a National Park. This tour is 90% off-road.
You will be accommodated for six nights in three to four-star hotels and six nights in established ger camps. A flexible attitude is needed, as services in these extremely remote regions of central Asia will not be what you are accustomed to. All accommodations are on a twin share basis. If you are traveling alone, Enduro Expedition will pair you up with another solo traveler. The ger camps are pre-erected traditional carpet floored and felt-lined tents that are very large, each one with a log fire as the centerpiece. Each tent has a number of beds with mattresses, pillows, and linen.
You will be picked up from the airport and checked-in to Hotel9 hotel (unless you have selected a different hotel during the booking) . In the afternoon all riders will meet our team and receive a safety briefing for the tour, followed by a 1-2 hour test ride. After that we will host a welcome dinner in the city center.
After having breakfast the first day of the tour will start in the morning. You will get a glimpse of what its like to ride enduro bike in the endless Mongolian steppe. We will ride to the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes where you will sleep in a tent next to a bonfire.
During the morning we will enjoy riding in the sand dunes. We will continue our tour to the next destination, the Orkhon River Valley via Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the Mongol empire. The Orkhon valley landscape will blow your mind. We will continue to the ger camp (Talibun), located next to a scenic canyon of Orkhon river. If you like fly fishing/spinning, its time!
We start heading towards the Orkhon Waterfall, one of the most beautiful places in Mongolia. After reaching the waterfall (50km ride), we will have our lunch right next to it while enjoying the breathtaking view. In the afternoon we will continue our trip to Tsenkher hot spring, where you can relax your muscles in a hot spa and open air hot ‘swimming pool’ at Khangai resort camp.
We will start heading Ugii lake by crossing the endless seeming steppe. Ugii lake is a freshwater lake famous for fishing and bird life. Enjoy the rest of the day swimming, relaxing by the lake and a nice BBQ dinner under a carpet of stars. We will sleep in our tents.
The tour will continue heading to the Khustai National Park, the place where the successful reintroduction Przewalski’s horse happened.
Time to get back to Ulaanbaatar. When we return to the city, we will have a short break and shower time, then meet at Ulaanbaatar’s best hot pot the restaurant for a farewell dinner. Whoever has the energy to continue is welcome to enjoy the city’s nightlife, we will show you the best places to go to.
Departure day, we will take you to the airport. Have a great flight and we hope to see you again during one of our other trips.