You will not want to MISS your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind stage race.
Every stage enable discover mountains, unspoiled rivers, isolated lakes, remote dunes and sceneries of unusual beauty. And that is not all: at our 2019 event, we are putting your needs first -- that means you relax in a hotel the arrival day and lastest day to the race, we carry everything for you during each stage, local people prepare meals for us, and shuttles from / to the airport are included to make you feel at home.
The great adventure will begin in the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes (Bayangobi desert) that extend about 80 km long 5 km wide. We will enjoy of a small sequence of real desert in the midst of green steppes, running or walking in Elsen Tasarkhai (literally means "a piece of sand isolated"). Some wooden buildings will catch our attention... they are shepherds’ huts. Moose, wolves, deer and foxes will mark our steps although the different species of camels will control our walk. The little Gobi will not leave us indifferent.
The stage begins on the shores of Lake Ugii, famous for being an important breeding area for waterfowl; about 150 types of birds meet annually in its waters. Running or walking we will enjoy the views bordering the great blue lake, we will leave the old Orkhon river on our left, we will cross the Orkhon river bridge to enter the valley of the Orkhon river. Many free animals will move at our pace... the horses, the sheep, the camels and the goats will make us forget the big cormorants. Finally, the small and colorful town of Ugii will welcome us with open arms.
With the memory of the Galdan Zuu temple with its 7 meter buddha and the Zayiin Khuree Khiid museum we will start the third stage following the Tamir river and leaving the city of Tsetserleg on the right. We will cross the river by a long wooden bridge also used by yaks to then enter the first wooded areas where you will have the possibility to see ancient trees of great beauty. In the valleys we will cross again with hundreds of animals... jaks, horses, sheeps... vultures and eagles stalking their possible prey. After several hills we will reach the Tsenkheriin valley where we will find the camp with natural hot springs water.
Open forests, soft valleys and small highlands. We will feel go back in time; a few nomadic families will greet us as we pass by... "Сайн байна уу ". Trails and tracks will lead us to cross multiple rivers... some small and others not so much. We will feel the cool water on our knees while the yaks wonder what we do there. Later we will pass near the Mirror lake... do not forget to take a look at your hairstyle! Also, do not leave to look at the zigzagging rivers from a hill. MAKE A STOP and lose a minute among the fauna. To finish... nothing better than a great barbecue to lower the pulsations.
In the queen stage, it is time to enjoy the mountains and the breathtaking views that accompany our walk. We will catch sight big eagles throughout the running course. We will pass through a small lost town where a large number of children live. When you do not have strength, make an stop to observe one of the multiple Ovoos (they serve as places of worship, to honor the mountains and the sky, they are made of wood or rocks). We will return to the valley of the Orkhon River, a new gift for our senses. Finally, from a top of a hill we will see the colorful city of Karakorum from different angles.
Near the starting line, an immense abandoned boat will surprise us. From the monument to the Heroes we will have the possibility to see the roofs of Karakorum, the winding river Orkhon and dozens of street vendors waiting for us... CARRY MONEY. We will skirt the city passing through emblematic sites: the Turtle monument, the penis rock, the archaeological site "great hall", among others. As it could not be otherwise, the "Mongolia Stage Race" will end at the emblematic 16th century Buddhist monastery Erdene Zuu, considered by many the most important monastery in Mongolia. We will visit it and walk trought Kharkhorin (Хархорин), the ancient capital in the 13th century known as Karakorum.