Mongolians in The Dakar
The 36th Dakar Rally is ready to start on 5th January 2014. There will be 196 motorbike riders starting, along with 40 quad bike riders, 154 cars and 75 trucks. This year's line-up includes, for the second time, two Mongolian motorbike riders, #104 riding a 'KTM 450 Rally' Namchin Lkhamaa and #180 on a 'KTM 450 Rally' Damdinhorloo Boldbaatar and one new entry this year will be #143 on a 'BMW GX450 Speedbrain' Batbold Hadbaasan.
2014 Dakar Rally will be longer, higher and tougher. With an average of 50 additional kilometres to cover each day compared to last year. The riders will compete in the 3-country South American rally starting from Argentina, then on to Bolivia and Chile. To see the map click here: 'DAKAR RALLY MAP 2014'. The terrain covers some of the world's most stunning deserts; it is both a motor race and an orienteering challenge. Crossing the great Andes mountain range at altitudes of up to 3600 meters, the drivers also have to navigate big sand dunes, rivers and rocky passes. A high level of technical skill and stamina are required by the participants to be able to complete the 13-day race which covers 5,000 kilometers.
2014 Dakar Rally Route Explained
The original Paris-Dakar rally in 1979 took place in Europe and North Africa, but since 2009 has been moved to South America. Bikes, quads, cars and trucks from more than 50 nations join the world's most famous and challenging rally. Drivers may be professionals or amateurs, but motorcycle regulations nowadays limit the engine capacity to 450cc in an attempt to level the field and improve safety. KTM Tour Mongolia are supporting KTM in the motorbike section and 'Kamaz Master Team' trucks; these Dakar winners are what we use in Mongolia for our tours.
For most people to ride in the Dakar rally would be an impossible dream, but we invite you to challenge yourself to a week riding a KTM 450 EXC across the Gobi Desert or the Khangai and Khentii mountains of central and eastern Mongolia. Full support is provided by our experienced team. Follow the daily Dakar stages in the video below to be inspired.
Dakar Rally 2014 Route Unveiled
Apart from the Dakar’s three host countries, which represent a quarter of the rally’s population, new flags will appear on some vehicles for the first time. The challenge of the Dakar continues to attract drivers from throughout the world and Mongolians will attentively follow the performance of three of its drivers.
The Experience of a Lifetime...
KTM Tour Mongolia is the foremost motorcycle tour company in Mongolia, organising guided motorbike trips throughout the summer, to all corners of Mongolia, fully supported by experienced staff. Motorbike tours in Mongolia are specialised and require more than just the motorbikes. We have exceptionally good logistics, local knowledge and a strong team that includes mechanics, a doctor, helicopter rescue support, as well as telecommunications and appropriate support vehicles. This is what's needed for a good motorcycle tour and will give you peace of mind. These days in Mongolia, only KTM Tour Mongolia are able to provide a whole fleet of the latest model of the leading brand “KTM 450 EXC” motorcycles, all with the same engine size.
Mongolia is a country perfectly suited to motorcycle riding, having endless tracks crossing beautiful and dramatic landscapes with little traffic and vast blue skies. You will have a completely different experience to that of riding in Morocco, Australia or busy Vietnam or Thailand. Our country Mongolia, is ideal for off-road riding and will give you an experience that you will always remember.
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Non-riders are welcome on every trip and can ride in one of the support vehicles. Mongolia motorcycle adventures give you an opportunity to make great friends amongst the group as well as meeting local Mongolians: nomadic families living an ancient lifestyle that has changed little in centuries. For groups of friends or motorcycle clubs we can organise special tailor-made motorbike tours in Mongolia, designing a route for you that fits your riding experience, time schedule and personal interests.
Most of our KTM tours include a week riding, usually a circular route, staying in traditional Mongolian “Gers” or in remote places camping in tents. Some people may not have that much time to spare for a motorbike vacation in Mongolia, so now we include shorter motorcycle tours as well, great for a long weekend getaway.Choose from the three motorbike itineraries below, or one of the two shorter trips.
KTM MOTORCYCLE TOUR MAP IN MONGOLIA
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