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Old 24 May 2012
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Advice please - simplest route through Mongolia?

Hello,

I'm planning my route from London to Irkutsk then turn right into Mongolia, visit Ulaan Baatar and then exit in the west back to Russia / Kazakhstan.

I've been reading several journey diaries and this is obviously not the easiest journey in the world, especially as I am doing it solo.
I want to avoid river crossings and sand. I'm OK with shingle and light greenlaneing but the flush of youth and strength left me a long time ago.

This is my proposed route sometime in July this year.

Can anyone advise just how tough this is?

If it's going to be really difficult I'll simply go down to Ulaan Baatar for a couple of days then return to Russia and onward to Kazakhstan.

All advice gratefully recieved.
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Its fine.. Just make sure you have a recent version of the OSM maps covering mongolia so you can stick to the main routes and not get lost. Unless you are on a big heavy bike (like an 1150gs) then you wont have too many issues
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Thanks Colebatch.

Unfortunately I'm on a MotoGuzzi Stelvio so I'll keep the off piste to a minimum,
but for your re-assurance.
Tell me, is 150 -200 miles per day a reasonable figue for planning mileage/ journe times?
Thx a million
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Hi Jake,
As advised above, as long as you have a decent map, you'll have no difficulties. In July, hundreds of Mongolia Rally or some other rally people will be traveling in the opposite direction so that you can get info on roads frequently. Many people have done it solo. If you need any help/info you ask me at info@adventuresmongolia.mn
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