MONGOLIA

MONGOLIA

11-21 August 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

Mongolia, cradle of great civilisations. A country of contrasts. A land of adventure.

Come with us to discover one of the most incredible and challenging countries for the western traveller.

After more than a decade of organising the Mongolia Bike Challenge and having travelled so many times, we feel confident that we can offer you the best of the best of this country we love so much.

For the success of this expedition and the safety of all participance the creation of a strong team is absolutely imperative. No one will be left behind or in difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility of not only the guides, but also of each team member (participants) to help solve any and all kinds of problems that arise during the trip.

It will not only be an unforgettable journey, but also a unique opportunity to experience self-education in group consciousness, to share joy in fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, in defeats as well as in successes.

Success will not only be the arrival at our destination, but through our journey. And knowing we have done our best to arrive, together.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

– Bike guides from PA Cycling depending on the number of participants

– 3 nights in 4* Bayangol hotel (BB, twin/double)

– 6 nights in tourist ger camps on twin share basis

– All meals, snacks and drinking water on the tour

– Welcome and farewell dinner in Ulaanbaatar

– 2 Russan vans as support vehicles

– Airport transfers

– National park fees

– Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

– Meals in Ulaanbaatar that are not indicated

– Drinks and alcohol

– Gratuities

– Return airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment

– Excursions, extra activities

– Additional costs in case of logistical changes (extra transfers etc.)

– Anything not included in “The price includes” section.


  • Dates
    11-21 August 2022
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Stages
    5
  • Length
    430 km
  • Elevation
    5530 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium-High
  • Price
    2450 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

Stage 01. Start of cycling ride to Khangai mountain range – 100 km | 1250 m

Having tuned the bikes, we start our cycling adventure. We ride across large arid grassland where gentle hills and brows alternate at an insignificant upward incline throughout the day. The vast open land gives you a chance to feel the immensity and emptiness of Mongolia. The terrain is predominantly flat with a combination of packed ground, loose gravel, and mud if it rains. We pedal passing by nomadic tents and huge herds of livestock. After a substantial lunch break, we continue riding and reach the foothills of the Khangai mountain range that covers nearly a fifth of the country’s territory. This region, dominated by dome-shaped mountains, mixed woods, clear streams, and lush grassy valleys receives abundant rainfall compared to all other parts of Mongolia. The mountain range is an immense mountain biking playground with fantastic packed soils, diverse terrain, and spectacular landscapes. Our today’s destination is the minerals springs of Tsenkher Valley, located in the eastern outreaches of the massif. The lush wooded valley is famous for its mineral hot springs. Although somewhat crowded with both local and foreign travelers during the short summer season, it certainly feels good to soothe your muscles in a hot pool. Relaxing massage and laundry service are available too. Another night in traditional Mongolian tents. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

 

Stage 02. Cycle to Orkhon river valley – 83 km | 1400 m

Continue cycling enjoying the idyllic scenery of the traditional herding life. This part of Mongolia is known for producing fermented horse milk of exceptional quality and taste and today you will notice many mares and foals separately tethered outside of nomadic homes. Making of the airag, as it’s locally called, is a continuous and labor-consuming process: mares are milked every two hours throughout the day and thousands of times of churning is required to boost the fermentation in large barrels or ox hide sacks. We will visit a nomadic tent to try a sip and chat with locals. Overall, it’s a fast day on great soils with a few steep passes. Great views of the immense wilderness open from their tops with some extinct volcano craters seen from the last pass. A 20km breathtaking downhill to the Orkhon valley floor completes today’s ride. A designated UNESCO historic heritage site, the Orkhon valley contains an overwhelming wealth of historic data such as burial mounds, deer stones, and prehistoric settlements. Upon checking in you can take a dip in the cool waters of the Orkhon river. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

Stage 03. Cycle to Orkhon waterfall – 73 km | 470 m

We first ride upstream to the Orkhon waterfall, the signature attraction of the area, and then bike downstream along the vast valley strewn with basalt fields surrounded by impressive wooded mountain and extinct volcanos. The riding surface today is great, and is prevailed by smooth packed soil. We will be passing by many nomadic encampments and massive animal herds. Horses get particularly agitated on seeing cyclists and excitedly run alongside your way. We stop to chat to nomads, try local food and drinks. Tonight, we stay in a ger camp. Despite no running water or electricity, you can freshen up with soft towels perfumed with essential oils. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

Stage 04. Cycle to Mongol Els dunes – mini Gobi – 87 km | 1360 m

We leave the Orkhon valley behind and make our way across undulating hills and rugged mountains to arid grassland which extends for hundreds of more miles to the Gobi desert. Quite often we follow faint car tracks that wind on narrow valley floors which from time to time bring us to a high point with great views of wild mountains and boundless grasslands, the classical landscape, associated with Mongolia by most people. The last 50km we load bikes and drive on tarmac road to Mongol Els, spectacular sand dunes that stretch for 100km across arid grasslands and dramatic mountains. Here settle in a ger camp right beside the dunes which you can walk in the evening cool. Star gazing is breathtaking here: the pitch-dark celestial canvas illuminates with myriads of stars. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp).

Stage 05. NLoop around Khugnu Khan mountain – 87 km | 1090 m

We ride around the Khogno Khan Nature reserve, a spectacular area comprised of dunes, rock formations, and majestic mountains. About a third of the say is hampered by sand and may require pushing the bikes. We then travel through the inner of the reserve enjoying the untouched wilderness and savannah-type vegetation. From the day’s highest point, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of boundless expanses. On the way down we can explore the ruins of a 17th-century Buddhist monastery that has a dramatic history to be told by your guide. We return to our camp for the rest of the day. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner / ger camp)

YOUR GUIDE

Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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AL-ÁNDALUS

AL-ÁNDALUS

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01-09 October 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

Andalusia, the land of great civilisations. Frontier of many wars. Cradle of cultures that have changed the history of the world. Al-Ándalus, or Land of Venús in Arabic, remains a fascinating territory where a bicycle trip quickly becomes an adventure. It’s where deserts meet high mountains and fertile valleys, large cities and small towns stay rooted in the land and history—where the hospitality of its people, the diversity of its cuisine and the infinite number of historical buildings make our journey an unforgettable and always-surprising experience.

Before we start cycling, we will enjoy a day in Granada, visiting the magical gardens of the Alhambra.

We will set out from the beautiful city of Granada, where the Alhambra is located, crossing two deserts: the Gorafe and Tabernas, with the final two stops by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea!

The Gorafe desert is a natural paradise that is still almost unknown, with an intricate network of ravines through its famous ‘calanques’ and surprisingly abundant fauna and flora.

The Tabernas Desert is famous for being the ultimate setting for most of Western films of the last century. Practically all productions of the so-called “Spaghetti Westerns” were filmed here.

Finally, we will cross the Sierra Nevada, Baza and the Sierra Alhamilla to reach the coast and cycle through the paradisiacal Cabo de Gata to finish in the seaside city of Almería.

It is a journey of great contrasts that crosses an area that helped birth a historic union between differing peoples and cultures.

During each stage, we will carry on the bike what we need for the day: some clothes, spares, a few snacks… the rest (our travel suitcase) will be waiting for us when we arrive at our destination.

Throughout our adventure, we will sleep in big and modern hotels, in small hostels by the sea, in a comfortable rural house and even in an incredible cave-house.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

– Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)

– Transfer Malaga-Granada ed Almeria-Malaga

– 1 night stay in a hotel in Granada and welcome dinner.

– 1 night stay in a hotel in Almeria and goodbye dinner.

– Luggage transfer between lodgings.

– All hotels/hostels during all 6 stages

– All dinners and breakfasts during the 6 stages

– Lunches during the stages and in Granada/Almeria.

– Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

– Return airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment

– Excursions, extra activities

– Additional costs in case of logistical changes (extra transfers etc.)

– Anything not included in “The price includes” section.


  • Dates
    01-09 October 2022
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    420 km
  • Elevation
    6500 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium-High
  • Price
    1.950 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

Stage 01. Granada–Gorafe – 94 km | 1700 m

The longest and hardest stage will be on the first day. We will start by “climbing” the beautiful city of Granada until we reach the Llano de la Perdíz, above the Alhambra. From there we will move away from the city to the landscapes of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Through tracks and small roads, we will reach our first destination: Gorafe.

 

Stage 02. Gorafe Loop – 67 km | 1300 m

This is probably the most incredible stage of the trip: a tour of the Gorafe desert that will not leave you indifferent. Ravines, caves and endless landscapes. We will return to the village of Gorafe for dinner and rest.

Stage 03. Gorafe-Gérgal – 84 km | 1100 m

The transition stage between deserts. We will travel at full speed along the ramblas and tracks between huge wind turbines to completely change the landscape and reach the gates of the Tabernas Desert. We will sleep in Gérgal.

Stage 04. Gérgal-Níjar – 75 km | 1500 m

The “second queen stage” of the trip will leave us speechless. We will start by crossing the incredible Tabernas Desert and, after regaining our strength, we will attack the Sierra de Alhamilla mountain pass and then descend to the village of Nijar. Three absolutely different landscapes in a single day’s journey.

Stage 05. Níjar-Isleta del Moro – 45 km | 450 m

We will leave Nijar and approach the coast, passing through greenhouses to get to know the old mining area of Cabo de Gata, where the famous gold was extracted. Tracks and paths will take us to the small village of Isleta del Moro, where we will rest on the beach, enjoying the fresh fish and the sea breeze.

Stage 06. Isleta del Moro-Almería – 60 km | 600 m

On our last stage, we will skirt the spectacular Cabo de Gata to leave the beaches and enter the city again, after six days of travelling through the least populated part of this territory. It will be a day of tracks, sands, flamingos and beaches.

YOUR GUIDE

Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

Julian Bueno Risco

Julian Bueno Risco

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Julian Bueno is a geographer, photographer, traveler, digital-map-maker, bike lover and route & event designer. In this way, and as an active and passionate person, Julian has collaborated and published several spanish mountain bike guide books and he is an active member of the Spanish Mountain Bike School (EEMTB). He likes to share his passions and to discover new routes and friends, spending also time steering many people through different cycling destinations. Overall, he feels movement as part of his life and he used to participate in marathon, roller skates challenges and general long distance events. You can chat with him about life, GPS secrets and innovative cycling gadgets. Now, he is part of the Projecting Adventure Cyclism.


Me ha gustado mucho. Paisajes espectaculares, bien organizado y buena gente.

Lo recomendaría a un amigo, pero no a cualquier amigo, es un tipo de viaje que a mi me gusta mucho, pero no a todo el mundo le gusta, tiene que ser gente a la que le guste de verdad.

Fantastico !!!!!!!!!
E difficile trovare parole giuste per descrivere la esperienza appena fatta in questa avventura, che mi dispiace che è finita.
Aver potuto a farlo insieme a Willy, Julian e Edoardo e resto della fantastica gente del gruppo.❤️
Vedere ❄️ neve in deserto e una cosa che non si dimentica mai piu, partire con 3 gradi e finire con 20 gradi vicino mare e una cosa fantastica
Invito tutti che hanno passione per bici 🚲🚵🏼‍♂️🚵🏼 a participare questi viaggi con voi.
Ancora un grande GRAZIE 🤩 per tutto

Si. Molto avventuroso ed al contempo ben organizzato. Ottimo in generale mettere l’hotel più chic alla fine. Proporrei, viste le condizioni avverse che abbiamo trovato giusto alcune cose : 1 fornire il furgone di un vd40 e qualche panno vecchio per pulire alla meglio la catena (oppure esplicitarlo tra le cose da portare se non sta già esplicitato) 2 Il percorso con acqua/vento diventa molto duro! Per questo cercherei, dov’è possibile, di trovare un’alternativa al percorso tradizionale, perché, come abbiamo fatto con Julian è stato per me fondamentale fare un po’ di asfalto al posto del letto del fiume. 3 io personalmente avrei iniziato a pedalare 30/60 minuti prima delle tappe più lunghe (le prime 4 compreso il loop non fatto)

Viaggio dalla Natura vera, selvaggia ed intensa nella sua asperità, ma anche nella sua bellezza.
Il tempo atmosferico è stato un elemento predominante…. siamo passati dalla neve di Gorafe, al sole marino della costa vicino a Almeria..
Bellissima la tappa all’interno del deserto di Tabernas. Percorso tecnico, ma spettacolare.
Non meno lo sono state le due tappe lungo il mare, che riempe gli occhi quanto il deserto passato nei giorni precedenti.
Suggerirei di specificare che il viaggio sia più adatto alle mtb piuttosto che alle Gravel, o per lo meno specificare che in tal caso occorre essere esperti nella guida del mezzo rigido.
Ottime tutte le location dove siamo arrivati……Gorafe una cosa eccezionale.
Un plauso alla capacità di tutte le guide, in particolare a julian, che ha saputo gestire soluzioni a vari problematiche che si sono presentate durante il percorso a causa del maltempo che in alcuni casi è stato accentuato.
Buona anche la serenità del gruppo di noi che abbiamo pedalato.
Riproponete questo viaggio, avrà sicuramente successo!!!
Un abbraccio a voi, ed un sincero GRAZIE…… è stato un ripartire non solo per PA cycling, ma anche per me!!!

Catapultati in un mondo parallelo a sole poche ore di volo da casa. L’Andalusia in bici ti offre emozioni sia per gli occhi che per lo spirito! Grazie infinite a Willy,Julian e al gruppone di viaggiatori…ci si vede in Patagonia!!
Ps Super consigliato!

Itinerario con paesaggi incredibili, un grande ringraziamento a Willy e Julián che con la loro esperienza e organizzazione hanno reso questo viaggio super

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MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

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28 August – 04 September 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

There is a region of Spain so dramatic and striking, its lands could easily be mistaken for those of the iconic, majestic US National Parks. Yet unlike the natural American wonders, these Spanish landscapes, surrounded by the earth-tone hues of the Montes Universales all the way south to the source of the emerald-green Tajo River, can be easily reached without having to take an intercontinental flight. As a matter of fact, getting there only takes an hour and a half from Italy.

In addition to the medieval history, evident in the 12th century castles of Zafra (as seen in Game of Thrones) and Peracense, there’s the incomparably amazing Spanish cuisine—all overlooked by the village of Albarracín, considered a national monument, winner of a Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Arts and a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.

We discovered all this thanks to the genius of Ernesto Pastor, creator and founder of the Montañas Vacías bikepacking route. Anyone who meets Ernesto soon knows that his philosophy towards adventure is truly superlative, almost heroic, as he invites everyone to visit these lands and experience something great, in whatever form suits them best.

With Ernesto’s blessing, we want to propose an adventure along part of his 700 km route: an unbeatable bikepacking experience with a knowledgeable guide, good food and a fine roof over your head every night.

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but having set off and having done our best to arrive all together.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.

– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.

– After this date no refund will be given.

No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour.
No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport). Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip.

Traveler acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

– Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)

– 2 nights’ stay in a Hotel in Teruel (breakfast and welcome/reception dinner included)

– All hotels/hostels during all 6 stages

– All dinners and breakfasts during the 6 stages

– All lunches/snacks during all stages

– Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

– Return airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment

– Lunches in Teruel or where not expressly specified

– Excursions, extra activities

– Additional costs in case of logistical changes (extra transfers etc.)

– Anything not included in “The price includes” section.


  • Dates
    28 August - 04 September 2022
  • Duration
    9 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    412 km
  • Elevation
    9130 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    1450 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

STAGE 01 – Teruel – Albarracín – 54 km | 1200 m  

Our journey begins in Teruel and our first destination is the village of Albarracín, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain and a National Monument. The Montes Universales surround us with their well-maintained forest tracks.

STAGE 02 – Albarracín – Griegos – 67 km | 1900 m

From Albarracín, we start the day with a very demanding climb, despite being only two kilometers long. But don’t worry, the view will be worth the effort. Today we cross some of the densest pine forests in Europe in a continuous up and down until we reach Griegos, where we will spend the night.

STAGE 03 – Griegos – Peralejos de las Truchas (Bruce Springsteen’s hometown) – 79,5 km | 1960 m

We start the day cycling through the Dehesas de Griegos to the source of the Tajo River, a quiet start that will take us through lonely forests and beautiful villages to our destination.

Editor’s note: Peralejo de las Truchas has an adopted son by the name of Bruce Springsteen. We will tell you the story.

STAGE 04 – Peralejos de las Truchas – Molina de Aragon – 79,8 km | 2.350 m

We leave Peralejos de las Truchas through its jagged mountains under the watchful eye of local vultures. We continue along the emerald-green Tajo River, which on more than one occasion allows us to take a refreshing dip. This whole stage is extraordinarily beautiful. In the late afternoon, we reach Molina de Aragón, where our hotel and a fresh cervecita await us.

ETAPA 05 – Molina de Aragón – Zafra Castle and Peracense Castle – 66,1 km | 1070 m

We begin the penultimate stage and leave the Tajo to throw ourselves into medieval history, linking two important castles: Zafra and Perasence. Then, our route will wind through the typical Castilian landscape, warmed by the summer sun. After visiting the second stronghold at Perasence, a beautiful descent will take us back to our hotel.

STAGE 06 – Peracense Castle – Teruel – 65 km | 650 m

One last quiet day between ruins, plateaus and a few villages links Peracense with Teruel—a stage dedicated to savoring the last treasures of the rich and welcoming region of Aragon. We will do everything we can to inspire your love and appreciation of the amazing Montañas Vacías, born of the brilliant mind and pure spirit of our dear Ernesto Pastor; this stage was specifically designed by him for us.

Once we arrive at the hotel in Teruel:

We will pack up our bikes and enjoy a free day, followed by a goodbye dinner and night at the hotel. The next day, after breakfast, our services end. Transfers to the various airports are not included but we are happy to help arrange them.

YOUR GUIDE


Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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JAPAN – KYOTO TO FUJIYAMA IN BIKEPACKING

MONTAÑAS VACÍAS BIKEPACKING

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24 September – 09 October 2022

Trip Overview

 

Yokoso! Japan welcomes you for an amazing tour! From the ancient capital of Kyoto through the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun, riding beside the cliffs of Tojinbo, wandering ancient forests, bathing in natural volcanic onsen, climbing the Japanese Alps to the Castles in Nagano and cycling around the mighty Mt Fuji to the modern capital of Tokyo—it’s all waiting for you in Japan.

Enjoy a unique bikepacking adventure unlike any other on earth. Japan is mystical and rich with culture and natural beauty, and with 70% of its landmass completely uninhabited, the best kept secret is Japan’s amazing combination of accessibility and wild, off-grid living. You are never too far from society or solitude and serenity.

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable cycling experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

“In the autumn night Breaking into A pleasant chat” —Matsuo Basho

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but setting off and doing our best to arrive all together.


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

  • Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)
  • Transfer from Kyoto airport to our Hotel
  • 2 night’s stay in Hotel in Kyoto (breakfast and welcome dinner included)
  • All Overnights in onsen or Eco Villages or Camping
  • Dinner on stages 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8
  • Two nights in the Fujiyama District
  • Transfer to the Tokyo Airport
  • Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

  • Airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment
  • Lunches and dinner where not expressly specified
  • Food during bike days except where specified
  • Excursions, extra activities
  • Additional costs in case of logistic changes (extra transfers etc.)
  • Anything not listed in “The price includes” section


  • Dates
    24 September - 09 October 2022
  • Duration
    16 days
  • Stages
    10
  • Length
    930 km
  • Elevation
    8.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.650 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in Kyoto. Transfer to hotel. Bike preparation, briefing.

DAY 02

Do some sightseeing and purchase food—there are many places to buy supplies in Kyoto. Bike bags and boxes will be sent to our final destination in Odawa, so please drop them off at this time.

DAY 03 – STAGE 01

Kyoto to Anegawa. Camp ground – 120 km | 1100 m

Departure from Kyoto:

Our adventure begins in the ancient capital of Japan. We will quickly head to Lake Biwa (BIWAKO), the largest freshwater Lake in Japan. Traffic may be a bit heavy in this section; please follow the normal cycling traffic laws. One difference in Japan is that it is lawful to ride on the pedestrian path but at a reduced speed of 12 kmph. There will be a 400m climb during this section.

Once we have arrived at Biwako, we will take the cycling path around the north side of the lake. This will take us into Shiga Prefecture. The ride should be relaxed with short climbs and mellow descents. To our left will be a mix of mountains, forests and cityscapes; on the right will be shimmering Biwako. After 100 km, we will head into truly rural Japan, climbing and descending through forests and villages until we reach the Anegawa camping area. There are showers and toilets available, and there may be some other campers in the area. October nights are chilly, (14C-7C) so be sure to prepare for cold weather.

DAY 04 – STAGE 02

Anegawa camping to Usuzumi Onsen ryokan/camp – 75 km | 2150 m

This stage is one of many physically demanding stages of our bikepacking journey. The trail is paved, but for the first 50 km, we may not see more than a few cars as we climb through dense forests to the top of the Mikuni Pass. As we make our ascent, we’ll be accompanied by forests on our left and the Majestic Ibuki Mountain on our right—truly one of the most beautiful mountains in Japan. After the Mikuni Pass, as we enter Gifu Prefecture, we will have a slightly technical descent through some mountain villages until we reach the Ibi River. After crossing the river, we will pass through Ibi Township. This is a good place to stop for a well-deserved lunch break. There are many stores in Ibi where we can buy food.

After Ibi, we will make our way to the Neo River where we will climb through an autumn canopy, passing a few rural communities until we reach Usumi Onsen for a hot bath and a Ryokan-style rest.

DAY 05 – STAGE 03

Usuzumi Onsen to Eco Village Fukui Prefecture – 97 km | 2080 m

The first segment is a brutal 27km climb with 800m of vertical gain. There are troops of Japanese macaques (commonly known as snow monkeys) in this region. At the apex of Honshu, we will leave Gifu and start a cool 36km descent into Fukui Prefecture. Small rolling hills will keep you for getting too cold as we cycle through some of the most remote areas in Japan. There will be several waterfalls and a large range of forest types. In Ikeda Village, we can have some lunch and relax at the Michinoeki, a rest area for motorists and cyclists alike. We will end the day with a gentle climb to the Eco Village Campground, where we will stay for two nights.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Eco Village – Tojinbo cliff loop – Eco Village – 130 km | 1500 m

This loop will take us through the rural landscape of Echizen to the Tojinbo Cliffs that overlook the Sea of Japan. At the cliffs, we will experience a traditional marketplace, where you can get some local yummy desserts and savory treats. Departing the cliffs, we will make our way southwest along the Sea of Japan before taking a short climb through a deep forest and back to camp.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Eco Village – Yunohira Onsen – 95 km | 2020 m

The next stage of our bike tour will take us through some of the most backcountry riding Japan has to offer, passing by the gorgeous Ryusoga Falls and with many ups and downs. We bid adieu to Fuki Prefecture and return to the heart of Japan.

General Oda Nobunaga once said “Control Gifu and you control Japan!” It is therefore fitting that, throughout our journey, we will crisscross Gifu and enjoy the energizing power gained from its amazing onsen.

DAY 08 – STAGE 06

Yunohira Onsen – Shirakawa go – 50 km | 850 m

This is a rest day with a short recovery ride. The day begins with a 500m climb, after which, it is mostly a slight downhill through the mountainous river valleys until we arrive at our first rest destination. Once we arrive at Shirakawa-go, you can wander through this traditional Japanese village—this is certainly a place where you will want to have your camera batteries charged. There are many food options, too, as well as spots for local beer and Sake.

DAY 09 – STAGE 07

Shirakawago – Takayama – 60 km | 1400 m

Compared to the first six days, we will have a relatively easy day with a lot of time to enjoy the journey through Hira City and along to Takayama, where we will attempt to recover and prepare ourselves for the challenging day to come. In Takayama, you will find great western food and beautiful old-style Japanese city dwellings; you can rest your legs and get a good night’s rest, or you can enjoy barhopping on Halloween.

DAY 10 – STAGE 08

Takayama – Matsumoto Onsen Ryokan – 99 km | 2620 m

Depending on the weather, this may be the most challenging day of the tour as we climb 2,200 meters up mighty Mt. Norikura, passing through the Japanese Alps into Nagano Prefecture. The descent will be breathtaking. This will likely prove to be a very cold day, so be sure to dress in layers for a mix of both warm and cold weather. We end our day at the foot of beautiful Matsumoto Castle, after which, we will make our way to our campsite at Hoshi Yama campsite.

DAY 11 – STAGE 09

Matsumot – Lake Motosu of Fuji Cam – 124 km | 1760 m

This is a long day of riding. As we pass the mountain villages of Nagano Prefecture and coast out of the Japanese Alps, we enter Yamanashi Prefecture. On this stage, we will finally see Mt. Fuji, and this great mountain will keep watch over us for the remainder of our bikepacking journey. During this stage, we will spend most of our day cycling through in smaller cityscapes. Be mindful of traffic laws. As a bonus, there will be plenty of places to stop for lunch and to pick up supplies. We will end our day at Motosu Lake, where we will camp for night.

DAY 12 – STAGE 10

Lake Motosu – Odawara – 96 km | 1800 m

Our last day of riding will be a journey through forest and river valleys under Mt. Fuji’s watchful gaze. With Fuji on our left, we will make our way out of Yamanashi prefecture and enter Shizuoka Prefecture en route to Shiraito Falls. Like a scene from a mythical story, these magical falls are buried in lush forests and are sure carve a memory into your soul. After a rest at Shiraito Falls, we will make our final push out of Shizuoka Prefecture and into Kanagawa Prefecture to Odawara City and the Pacific Ocean, where we will enjoy a much-needed and well-earned rest in a modern hotel with Saki and Yakinuku and craft beer for dinner.

We’ll end the day by packing up our bikes.

DAY 13

Day off at Odawara

DAY 14

Transfer to airport

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Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI) in Alaska in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2022 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

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03-21 December 2022

TRIP OVERVIEW

Finally, after several years, we are returning to Patagonia to cycle along the Carretera Austral through breathtaking Chile and Argentina. And once again, we will be bikepacking without any support vehicles but accompanied by the security of traveling with expert guides and their twenty years’ experience riding these trails.

Starting in Balmaceda, in Chile, we’ll set up our bikes, shop for food, then head south for about 800 km (including navigation) over the course of 11 stages, ending with a day off the bikes at the foot of the majestic Fitz Roy in El Chalten. We start cycling on 4 December to reach El Calafate on 16 December, visiting the unbelievable Perito Moreno glacier the next day.

Epic Patagonian gravel and magnificent trails await us. Let’s ride together!

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable cycling experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.

And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but setting off and doing our best to arrive all together.

Why Patagonia via La Carretera Austral? Because Patagonia is not only Argentina—it starts much further north than anyone imagines. Moreover, La Carretera Austral remains a land full of great adventure and wonder.

This is why our team are always hungry to return for more!

The Carretera Austral is there to be lived. Let’s go together and live well!


Refund and cancellation

Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Project Adventure Cycling.

Refund will be calculated with this penalty:

– Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 50% of the total cost of the trip.
– Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
– After this date no refund will be given.

There will be no refunds for those who do not show up at the start of the trip or withdraw during the course of the tour.
There will be no refunds for those who are unable to start or complete the tour due to a lack or inaccuracy of personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).

The traveller understands that some destinations pose more of a risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, socio-political situations and the geography of the region. The traveller acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancellations or delays, strikes, labour issues, power failures, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other (hereinafter called “Force Majeure Event”) are not the fault of Project Adventure Cycling and may hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveller’s ability to make or complete the trip. The traveller acknowledges that the Project Adventure Cycling shall not be liable to the traveller for any delay or cancellation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. The traveler is neither entitled to a refund nor any other payment for damages from the Project Adventure Cycling in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.

 

COVID 19

In the event that you are unable to fly due to COVID 19 restrictions because of a declared state of emergency, PA Cycling, SL, guarantees:

RETURN OF QUOTE* (Except for expenses incurred up to the time of cancellation of the trip)

QUOTA FREEZE UNTIL NEXT DEPARTURE*.

FEE FREEZE UNTIL THE DEPARTURE OF ANY OTHER TRIP ORGANISED BY PA-CYCLING, SL*.

* The above conditions ARE NOT VALID in the case of a positive individual.

The price includes

  • Bike guides from PA Cycling (specific number of guides depends on the number of participants)
  • Transfer from Balmaceda airport to our Hotel in Coyhaique
  • 2 night’s stay in Hotel in Coyhaique (breakfast and welcome dinner included)
  • Camping stage 1 and asado al palo
  • Navigation: Chile-Chico/Los Antiguos
  • Camping and dinner in Chile-Chico
  • Hostel in Cochrane (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Camping in El Risquero
  • Navigation: Lake Yungay
  • Hostel in Villa O’Higgins (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Navigation: Villa O’Higgins/Candelario Mancilla, Glacier O’Higgins
  • Camping Candelario Mancilla
  • Navigation: Laguna del Desierto
  • Two nights in a hostel in El Chalten
  • Transfer El Chalten – El Calafate
  • Two nights in a Hostel in El Calafate
  • Visit to Perito Moreno
  • El Calafate airport transfer
  • Travel insurance coverage

The price does not include

  • Airfare and baggage fees, bike equipment
  • Lunches and dinners in Coyhaique, El Chalten, El Calafate or where not expressly specified
  • Food during bike days except where specified
  • Excursions, extra activities
  • Additional costs in case of logistic modification (transfers and extra nights, etc.)
  • Anything not listed in “The price includes” section


  • Dates
    03-21 December 2022
  • Duration
    19 days
  • Stages
    11
  • Length
    800 km
  • Elevation
    10.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.500 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01

Arrival in Balmaceda, Chile. Transfer to hotel. Bike preparation, briefing.

DAY 02

Set up the bikes Shop for food and other essential supplies.

DAY 03 – STAGE 01

Coyhaique – 1º Camping. – 111 km | 1.870 m

We start our bikepacking adventure by leaving behind Coyhaique and riding along the dirt roads of “Seis Lagos” until we reach El Blanco, where we will rejoin the asphalt road and follow it to our campsite.

The climb is an average of 7% to Portuezelo Ibañez pass (1,120m) at km 103 where we can visit a group of waterfalls before heading downhill to our campsite. Bathrooms and hot showers will be available.

DAY 04 – STAGE 02

1º Camping – Puerto Ibañez – 56 km | 936 m

This stage begins on a downhill asphalt road which we’ll follow for 8 km to Villa Cerro Castillo village, an excellent place for a cup coffee and a delicious slice of cake.

From there, we will travel 5 km, leaving the busy, paved Carretera Austral* until we return to it at the end of stage 5 in Cochrane. The scenic dirt road we’ll cycle extends along the Ruta de las Ardillas with stunning mountain views and Lake Tamango to our right. We will reach Pto. Ibañez where we will catch the 19:00 boat across Lago general Carrera. We will sleep in a campsite in Chile Chico after a 2 hours and 15 minute ferry ride.

*: Our decision to abandon the Carretera Austral is dictated by the high density of vehicles that now travel at high speeds up to Cochrane and the continuous open asphalt construction sites that tend to close transit to all vehicles every afternoon. On a positive note, it allows us to ride along dirt roads (about 200 km in total) with two border crossings, one of which is very symbolic for us at PA-Cycling. This is why the following three stages, 3, 4 and 5, will be the rustic paradise portion of our adventure.

DAY 05 – STAGE 03

Chile Chico – Wild Camping – 71 km | 1105 m

In the morning, we will wake up early to cross the border as it opens at 8:00 am. Once in Los Antiguos (Argentina) it’s time to shop for food for the next three stages: the 3rd, 4th and 5th, taking into account the border crossing during the 4th stage.

This brings us to the most remote part of our cycling journey and to where the scenery begins to be truly AMAZING.

Throughout this and the following stages until Cochrane, we will be autonomous in every way. Mobile phones and wi-fi will be unavailable, however you will still want to take photos, so keep your batteries charged and ready.

DAY 06 – STAGE 04

Wild Camping – Wild Camping in Chile – 83 km | 1000 m

This stage is extremely demanding with climb totaling 1,450 meters over just 24 km. Once we reach the pass, we will have a 22 km descent to the Paso Roballo border.

This has the potential to be a COLD stage. Take care to be PREPARED with proper clothing. Our efforts will be rewarded by one of the most beautiful landscapes you have ever seen. We will be able to experience the difference between the Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia in the same day!

During this stage, we will cross the border again, so have your passport handy and pay attention to the food you take with you: dairy products, vegetables, fruit and meat are not allowed to cross the border.

Note: Of these two borders, since our first crossing in 2008 Massimo Alfero has kept the official Argentine banner in his home while Willy Mulonìa has kept the Chilean.

DAY 07 – STAGE 05

Wild Camping – Cochrane – 53 km | 688 m

We continue our bike journey towards Cochrane. At this point, we will be back in Chile, riding through Parque Nacional Patagonia. It will be a long and gentle descent on a dirt road, which can be challenging at times, so keep your wits about you. We will still be able to find spots to refuel before reaching a 4 km climb.

The park is host to a variety of wildlife such as tigrillos, condors, armadillos, guanacos, vizcacha and the elusive puma.

On this stage, as previously mentioned, we will rejoin the Carretera Austral to experience the truly wild and scenic part of the park.

We’ll sleep in a “hotelito” in Cochrane, meaning that hot showers and wi-fi are available but even more importantly, cerveza and vino tinto chileno “del bueno”.

ATTENTION: In the afternoon, we have to take care of the expenses for the following days.

DAY 08 – STAGE 06

Cochrane – Camping El Risquero – 74 km | 900 m

A 13 km ride will bring us to the Rio Salto waterfalls—they are simply AMAZING! We continue our cycling adventure to our campsite which will have hot showers and toilets.

DAY 09 – STAGE 07

Camping El Risquero – Rustic Camping – 75 km | 714 m

We start the day by cycling along the Rio Baker before climbing a 416m pass to reach Caleta Yungay 48km away. From there, we will sail for 45 minutes across the harbor to where we will find a small bar in which it is possible to buy food. After Rio Bravo, traffic along the Carretera Austral decreases drastically.

Tonight: Rustic Camping.

DAY 10 – STAGE 08

Wild Camping – Villa O’Higgins – 81 km | 1150 m

Today’s stage takes us to Villa O’Higgins, the end of the Carretera Austral and the gateway to paradise on earth. We will sleep in a hostel with standard European hostel amenities.

DAY 11 – STAGE 09

Villa O’Higgins – Candelario Mancilla – 7 km | 120 m

We leave Villa O’Higgins to embark on a 3-hour cruise to Candelario Mancilla where we will spend the night in a campsite. We will also have the opportunity to visit the O’Higgins Glacier via the fjord. We are still in Chile for one last night, and we will have the opportunity to say a festive goodbye to this fantastic land and its people.

DAY 12 – STAGE 10

Camping Chileno – Camping in frontiera Argentina – 21 km | 560 m

Another splendid stage in the Tierra de Nadie. It may be only 21 km but it’s still demanding and with a poignant beauty that deserves a slow pace. Once we reach the Argentine border, we’ll settle entrance paperwork and camp at Gendarmerie.

Rest well because tomorrow is THE FINAL STAGE!

DAY 13 – STAGE 11

Frontiera Argentina – El Chalten – 35 km | 240 m

This is it, 35 km to El Chalten, and we’ll take our time again today to enjoy the spectacle. We start with a 45-minute boat ride along the Desierto Lake. Once on the other side, it’s mostly downhill and under the icy gaze of Fitz Roy until we reach El Chalten.

DAY 14

Day Off in El Chalten

A picturesque village and base camp of the Andean expeditions to Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, it will be worth the one day stop to enjoy an approach trek towards these famous peaks.

DAY 15

Transfer by private bus to El Calafate.

During the day, we’ll transfer to El Calafate by private bus with stops along Ruta 40 for photos. Transit time is approximately 3 hours.

DAY 16

Visit to Perito Moreno and free afternoon for packing up the bikes and souvenir shopping.

DAY 17 

Transfer to the airport in El Calafate.
Return flight. End of services.

YOUR GUIDE


Willy Mulonia

Willy Mulonia

Founder & President

Willy Mulonia, expert lonely traveler and cyclist for more than 30 years. He made several solo expeditions, but the most important is without a doubt the 28,640 bike trip from Ushuaia (Patagonia) to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska). He raced in the Crocodile Trophy (Australia) in ’98 and the famous IditaBike (Alaska) in 1999, 2000, 2018, 2019 & 2020 as well as many other mountain bike stage races all over the world. In 2003 he founded the bike travel agency Progetto Avventura, now renamed Project Adventure Cycling. In 2010, with the help of all the team of PA-Cycling he created the Mongolia Bike Challenge, one of the most important MTB stage race in the world. Today you can find him guiding most the tour offered by Project Adventure Cycling.

YOUR GUIDE


Massimo Alfero

Massimo Alfero

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Massimo Alfero, bike lover in all of its forms, he‘s riding a bike since when he was born. From 1975 until the end of the 90s, he raced with road bike, cyclocross and mountain bike. In the early ’90s he discovered the mountain bike stage races and ultramarathon participating in the Iron Bike, Transalp, Rally du Kenya, Tunisia Marathon and the first Randonees like the Paris Brest Paris. Then was the cyclotourism time, with solo travel in Europe, South America, Central Amerca and Africa. In 2005 he joined with Willy Mulonia and has collaborated actively in the creation of the travel agency Progetto Avventura, which has now become Project Adventure Cycling. He is our "African heart." From his desire to show Africa to our client we create the Ethiopia Wild Bike.

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MONGOLIA BIKE CHALLENGE

MONGOLIA BIKE CHALLENGE

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August 2022

Like no other race on earth!

Mongolia Bike Challenge is a challenging race, open both to professionals racers and high level amateurs, which will take place entirely in the lonely steppes of Mongolia from which, in the XIII century, the local herdsmen departed led by the valiant Gengis Khan in a short lived but also fast conquest of central Europe, China and the Middle east.

Mongolia Bike Challenge will not be only a mountain bike race in stages, but more than anything it will be a very strenuous physical trial and a test of psycological endurance which will try every racer.

In 2018 the Mongolia Bike Challenge will be new and improved and better than ever, and that is guaranteed!

Shorter stages and brand new routes will offer a wider variety of participants the chance to experience the incredible beauty of the Mongolian landscape.

With every night to to be spent under the romantic roof of a traditional Mongolian ger, you’ll come as close as possible to experiencing what life must have been like for people in the days of Genghis Khan, with your two-wheeled steed parked up outside.

It is not simply restyling. This, in fact, is a revolution.

Mongolia Bike Challenge: where the impossible becomes possible!

For registration and full information about the race please visit the official website

www.mongoliabikechallenge.com


  • Dates
    August 2022
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Stages
    6
  • Length
    600 km
  • Elevation
    9.000 m
  • Difficulty
    Hard
  • Price
    2.150 €