HU Travellers Meeting Mongolia 2018

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT

Horizons Unlimited 1st Mongolia Travellers Meeting - Ulaan Bataar

Friday Aug 10 to Sunday Aug 12, 2018

It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

Group photo at HU Switzerland 2018.

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Horizons Unlimited Mongolia 2018 Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, Aug 10 to Sunday, Aug 12, 2018.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 3:00 pm. The first presentations will begin after dinner. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Aug 12.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

Draft schedule will be available approximately 1 week before the event.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - all the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in!

Presenters at HU Mongolia 2018 include...

Baatar Naavan

Baatar Naavan

Culture and Connections
A nomadic lifestyle

With a calm attitude and full-of-energy core, BAATAR NAAVAN has been involved in projects to boost and share nomadic culture since the early 1990s. He is very knowledgeable of all aspects of a nomad's lifestyle and Mongolia's history, as well as deeply familiar with horse riding and leading expeditions. He has traveled all over Asia and Europe, focusing on learning the social and cultural aspects of the destinations along the way. He is eager to share what he has learned from his direct and deep interactions with small communities all over the world. His presentations are made on the basis of the History of Motorcycle in Mongolia: "How Nomads Ride".

Baatar and friends on the snow

Natalia Muñoz

Natalia Muñoz, Motosouls

Reality vs. Fiction: A Matter of Facts

Originally from Chile, Natalia always had the dream of exploring the whole world and learning from all different cultures. Living on-the-road, she has witnessed the world over the last several years. Natalia will inspire you with insights about "Reality vs. Fiction" and making sense of your perceptions. She will also share relevant information about how to get/register a motorcycle in different continents and several tips for border crossings in north, central and southern Asia, the Americas, and eastern Europe.

Plenty of reflection, culture clashes, and hard-hitting realities along the way encouraged her to keep seeking out more experiences. She believes that improvisation and simplicity give special touches to all adventures. As a solo traveler for most part of her trip, Natalia had to face all kinds of obstacles by sticking to her ethos of "Keep Calm and Be smart" to avoid freaking out and maximize enjoyment along the way.

Natalia Muñoz riding

NATALIA MUÑOZ has traveld by motorcycle to over 55 countries since the beginning of her Non-Stop World Tour in 2015. In total, she has ridden 90,000 km and is always on the lookout for small trails and hidden routes.

Natalia's bike in the Zorkylsky National Park

Tech Sessions and Workshops

Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!

Chinzo Chuluunbaatar

Chinzo Chuluunbaatar, Drive Mongolia

Riding in Extreme Conditions: Cold, Storms, Ice

This is a technical workshop to prepare for riding in extreme conditions. Luckily, you get to learn this during August! Chinzo shares what he learned from traveling to Siberia, along the Silk Road, and on other trips that mere mortals would consider as epic adventures, but he thinks of them as "weekend jaunts". His extenstive knowledge of the nomadic culture and lifestyle adds wisdom to the mental preparation aspect, too. After this session, you, too, might venture out to explore the best of Mongolia.

Sidecar on a frozen lake

CHINZO CHULUUNBAATAR is super-experienced in riding motorcycles and driving 4WDs. His life must definitely become a movie some day, but he's a humble soul who feels strongly about and remains involved in preserving the ancient legacies of nomadism in its purest form. Fluent in Russian, English, and Mongolian, Chinzo is a connector among three different worlds to enhance diversity and break down cross-cultural walls.

Chinzo with his media crew

LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

To give you an idea of the types of presentations / demos you can expect at an HU Travellers Meeting, here is a very brief sampler...

Carol and Ken Duval.

Ken and Carol Duval, Australia

Life on a Bike - 6 years on the road!

2UP traveling on a 32 year old bike through all South American countries and north through Central America to USA & Canada.

Ken Duval, road works in Colombia.

Road works in Colombia

"In 1997 we left on a 1981 BMW R80 G/S for an 18 month trip around the world and were away 4 years 2 months & 17 days through 57 countries & 200,000 kms. We sold everything and set off again in 2007 for our 2nd RTW. So far we have spent 3 years in South & Central America & this is our 3rd summer in North America. Next year we will be heading to South Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia and Europe. Now our life is on the bike."

Kai-Uwe Och.

Kai-Uwe Och, Sweden

Adventure Touring in Scandinavia

Europe's best adventure touring happens in the north: Sweden, Norway, Finland!

The Scandinavian countries have a long heritage of outdoor live, both winter and summmer. Besides being (in contrast to central Europe) sparsely populated there is an ages old right still in force today, which give you the right to camp basically whereever you like. Just throw your tent on your bike, ride for some hours and find a nice spot in the forest at a quiet lake to enjoy a good meal at the campfire.

Adventure touring in winter!

Kai-Uwe Och is 44 years old, has always been interesting in outdoor live, but mostly travelling by bicyle for many years. Took motorcycle license in 2008 and continues to travel same style as before, just longer distances!

Jeremy Kroeker.

Jeremy Kroeker, Canada

Through Dust and Darkness - KLR through Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Jeremy Kroeker has traveled to over 30 countries with his motorcycle and done at least one outrageously stupid thing in every one. One October, he rode from Canada to Panama in an attempt to flee the pain of a broken relationship. Motorcycle Therapy - A Canadian Adventure in Central America tells his story of personal discovery, friendship and reconciliation that occurs along the way.

Jeremy Kroeker.

More recently, Jeremy rode from Germany through the Middle East into Iran, and finally through North Africa before returning to Europe. His second book, Through Dust and Darkness, is coming Fall 2013.

Jo and Mike Hannan.

Mike and Jo Hannan, Australia

The Alps beyond Alpine roads. There is more to the European Alps than the pass roads.

The Alps, running from Slovenia to France, are widely thought to be the best motorcycle roads in the world. Every year many thousands of riders make the pilgrimage to test themselves in the high passes. The Alps, however, also embody a complex mix of history and cultures which can enrich a motorcycle adventure.

Mike and Jo Hannan.

This presentation takes a look at these wonderful motorcycle roads through a selection of historical events and cultural features.

Mike and Jo Hannan have spent three seasons riding the high roads and their second travel book "High Road Rider - mountains, motorcycles and myths" will be published by New Holland early in 2014.

Azure O'Neill.

Azure O'Neill (USA) and Noel Bremmers (Netherlands)

Two Up or Two Bikes - The pros and cons of riding two up and riding with two bikes

"When Azure and I met in Australia, I adjusted the Honda Africa Twin to fit two on one bike. While we fell in love, Azure fell in love with riding, as well. Upon arriving in the USA, she took riding lessons and got her license. On our way up to Canada we miraculously ran into her Honda Transalp. It was love at first sight. Now we travel with two bikes. Double the fun but also double the maintenance. We hope our experiences can help other riders make the decisions that are right for them."

Azure O'Neill fixing bike.

Azure O'Neil left the lobbying world of Washington, DC to pursue her dream to travel the world. Along the way, she met a Dutchman doing the same thing, but on an Africa Twin and was inspired to get her own bike. Now, she and the Dutchman are riding around North America with their sights set on South America and beyond... destination unknown!

George Parker.

George Parker, USA

Your Bike, Your Dreams, My Travels...

Alaska / Points Between: Slides, Stories, How To Discussion for Novice Travelers

George has been long distance riding since 1970; his longest trip: VA. to Artic Circle via west and northwest, 13,082 miles.

George Parker at the Arctic Circle.

"I will use slides and stories of some of my trips over the last 40 years to discuss prep and travel in North America and how the novice traveler can accomplish their dream trip. Many riders are hesitant to take a long trip because they lack confidence and/or feel they don't have the gear or bike for distance travel. Emphasis will be on the trip, how to use existing bike and gear, and how to gain confidence to ride anywhere. Discussion will center on how to plan, execute, and accomplish the trip from the novice distance traveler's perspective. Points of discussion will also include: expenses, route planning, camping vs. lodging, repairs, journals, and importantly for the novice, 'distance is relative'."

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

I'M READY TO REGISTER NOW!

SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION BELOW


The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors To Be Confirmed

If you know of any motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

HU Mongolia 2018 will be in Drive Mongolia's fantastic venue! There are lots of accommodation choices on site for every budget, from Camping to Gers.

Plenty of space for conversations at Drive Mongolia.

Views from Drive Mongolia.

Other venue features include a motorcycle garage and workshop, laundry facilities, a restaurant with terrace and a barbeque area.

Mongolia sky with tent and bikes.

Camping & Parking

There is plenty of room to camp, and we've got a great price for you - only $15 per night per TENT!

HU Mongolia 2018 at Drive Mongolia camp.

Parking is available for 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles. You can park next to your tent (or inside it if you prefer!)

You can park your bike inside your tent!

Showers & Toilets

There are 4 showers / 6 toilets /2 urinals / 2 water sinks in the venue.

Accommodation - Great Gers!

Gers at Drive Mongolia.

Sleeping area in Ger at Drive Mongolia.

 

Ger sleeping area at Drive Mongolia.

Food, glorious food!

You will not go hungry! From Friday lunch through Sunday lunch, you can eat for $6 to $9 per person. Themed dinners include Friday Italian and Saturday Asian.

Friendly cooks at Drive Mongolia.

 

I've already registered - I just want to pay!

2018 PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

ALL PRICES in USD $. Includes admission to all slide shows, Tech Clinics, demos, ride outs and discussion groups. Camping and Meals (Optional) are priced separately.

 

 

Full Pass

Register & Pay before Aug 3, 2018

 

25

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER AUG 3, 2018)

Pay Cash on Arrival

Full Pass

 

35


ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is NOT included with your registration fee. Camping, Dorm Room or Ger accommodation is available. See descriptions above. You are responsible for providing linens – sheets, pillows, sleeping bags, towels, etc. – for all accommodations.

   

Per Night

Tent camping, per tent

Ger, shared, per person

 

$15

$30

All beds are sized for one person. All accommoation is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to ensure your accommodations!


MEALS

Please order when you register so you don't go hungry!

Friday Lunch - coffee, tea, bread, soup, rice or pasta stir fry, sausage, burger, boiled eggs, fruit and biscuits

$8

Friday Dinner - Italian - tea, Bolognese or Alfredo with with ham sauce or Arrabiata sauce with pasta and cheese, mixed salad

$9

Saturday Breakfast - coffee, tea, milk, toast, fruit, mixed salad, eggs, sausage

$6

Saturday Lunch - coffee, tea, bread, soup, rice or pasta stir fry, sausage, burger, boiled eggs, fruit and biscuits

$8

Saturday Dinner - Asian - Tea, fried rice or noodles, stir fry beef or chicken, or stir fry vegetarian

$9

Sunday Breakfast - coffee, tea, milk, toast, fruit, mixed salad, eggs, sausage

$6

Sunday Lunch - coffee, tea, bread, soup, rice or pasta stir fry, sausdage, burger, boiled eggs, fruit and biscuits

$8

I'M READY TO REGISTER NOW!

SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION BELOW




 

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Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

Dee Masters, volunteer extraordinaire!

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

Comments about HU Events

"So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back."

"It was like being with family... a friendly group with shared love of adventure."

"Everyone was humble, genuine, and encouraging, and I really needed that kind of 'we're all just people' kind of atmosphere."

"You'll see and hear the most useful ideas on so many subjects that it boggles the mind."

"Thank you all for such a superb extended weekend. So good to see everyone, to hear so many stories, to learn so much, and just to feel so at home with my tribe. Thanks to you, my batteries are fully recharged and rarin' to go!"

"Brilliant, entertaining and informative presentations."

"Yoga class was not something we had ever considered but really helpful."

"Full of very inspiring people who got me fired up again and motivated for my next trip!"

"What a fantastic inspirational weekend...we will be back."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"...a new league of awesomeness."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

For more about HU Events, see some magazine articles here.

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format (445 kb):

HU Mongolia 2018 meeting poster.

High res poster (1.4 MB)

POSTCARD - NEW!

Postcard in pdf format (686 kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited Mongolia 2018 postcard.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."

Thanks!

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Book your Trade Stand space

Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.

The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.

Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Mongolia

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Ontario but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

Mongolia 2018 Venue Location

Gachuur Road, Shiltgeen
35 kms east of Ulaan Baatar
+976 9917 6004
N 47 55 37, E 107 09 40



 

Local Hosts

Chinzorig Chuluunbaatar is the local host for HU Mongolia.

Chinzorig Chuluunbaatar is the local host for this event, assisted by Natalia Muñoz and the Drive Mongolia team: Navaan Baatar, Rene Poeschko, Tsolmon Orgil, Lhagvasuren Uyanga and Ariunsanaa Ganbaatar.

We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.