What would you do different if you go back to Mongolia?

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by DW83, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. DW83

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    The title pretty much says it all. What do you wish you’d have known? What do you wish you’d have better prepared for? Anything you wish you’d have seen? I will be riding through Mongolia, likely solo, from late August to mid September 2018. Renting a bike from Cheke, camping much of the way. I’d like to hear, from people who have been there, what do you wish would have gone different on your trip?


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  2. roadsport1

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    good question, I am planning to do the Mongol rally summer 2019. Hope to work with outfitter in UK so I can fly to UK from USA and start the rally from there.
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  3. DW83

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    Mongol Rally sounds like it would be a blast. Good Luck!


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  4. live2ridetahoe

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    Here is a link to my ride report from a few years ago. I too rented a bike from Cheke. There is even a link to my ride report on her website. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

    Cheers!


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  5. DW83

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    Thanks for the offer, it’s much appreciated. Yours is one of the ride reports I’ve read (several times) to convince me to go in the first place. Thanks for that!


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  6. Gimme 2

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    Nothing really except take more time. Cheke is good , but Oasis do bikes with better suspension and have contacts aswell, their more expensive but they move well over the ungraded dirt roads which is the only way to travel IMO, stay off the highways if you have the time, their busy dangerous and unpleasant like anywhere i guess.
    I chose Cheke because it was cheap and we didnt need the speed as my partner is still learning and lacks a little confidence . but if i did it again and was in your posi , then for sure it would be a faster more well sprung steed for sure. Although it looks barron , the hills have eyes so your never alone, which is both good and bad , id take a disc lock for the bike or something if going it alone. people are very inviting also , they say they don't ask for anything in return but giving something which they cannot get brings a huge smile. Its a great place , very very VAST with no fences so you can dart off here and there if you have a good sense of direction. Another reason for a off road bike. The shinerays are good but load them up and they handle like you know what, which is fine if you have the time!
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  7. BGil

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    What I would do differently is: bring a smaller bike.

    And more water. The reason is that I frequently found a wonderful place for camping but it was too soon to stop and I needed to get more water and food before. So I had to keep going until the next village and everytime it felt like a missed opportunity.
    I don't know if that make sense to you; I don't know how to explain it better.
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  8. DW83

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    Are you talking about Oasis Guesthouse? If so, I didn't realize they rented bikes.
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  9. DW83

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    Makes perfect sense! What size bike were you on?
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  10. BGil

    BGil Been here awhile

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    KLR 650 with a big tank and a lot of luggages.

    Also, there is a mechanic next door to the Oasis. A Japanese guy, very friendly. I think he rents bikes.
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  11. Gimme 2

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    Yeah i hired a small bike from them, plus they know people , KTM mechanics, shipping agents etc etc . Easy to talk to as most people who visit there are from Europe.
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  12. DW83

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    Just emailed them. Thanks.


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  13. invyBiker

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    How did you get on with Oasis, what do they offer? I'm thinking about going to Mongolia for a few weeks in June and trying to investigate options.
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  14. georgian cliff

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    A few things I would do differently next time. First, take a few more gifts or tokens along as a thank you for meals / help. Second, as mentioned in an earlier posting, I would take more water - I had focused on fuel but missed the necessity to have more drinking water with me. Third, would take a less structured approach to explore, to roll with the punches when bad weather hits and not have to be at a destination on a pre-determined date.
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  15. PedroCH

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    How much water would you take with you?
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    Enough water for at least 2 days, so you can just stop whenever and wherever you want.
    I think that 3 litres a day is a minimum, especially if the weather is hot and dry.
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    Except for food and accommodation, the only thing I asked them was a taxi ride to the airport, so I don't know what they offer exactly. But I would say: anything a tourist might need (car or bike rental, probably some camping gear, tours, information, etc). As long as you have money of course...

    Also, a lot of travelers are gathering there. You can get advice or help from them.
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  18. invyBiker

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    Yeah they've put me in touch with drive mongolia so going to see what their options for rental are.
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    News ?
    I’m on he same boat going end of August /September.



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  20. invyBiker

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    Yeah, they rent out a bunch of bikes, mainly ktm and yamaha dirt bikes and Honda crfs but their prices start from 100usd a day which is way more than I'm looking to pay so will probably go down the Chekke route.
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