Monkey Run Mongolia

The Details: Monkey Run Mongolia

Well, here it is. The latest Monkey Run with gigantic-hairy-monkey-adventure nuts. This is the Monkey Run Mongolia.

There is a load of information below but frankly what else do you need to know, it’s monkey bikes across Mongolia. Just sign up.

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1. The un-route

"This one is ridiculous. I love Mongolia and monkey bikes, they both start with the letter "M", so it's like the Universe has told us to do it"
Mr Tom - Adventurists' Chief Idiot
Mongolia is big. Really fucking big. And driving through it (as any of you ex-Mongol Ralliers know) is brain squashingly awesome. 1000's of miles of endless horizons, mountains, dirt roads, no roads, nomads, deserts and steppe all collide in a sort adventuristic spaff. So riding through it on a motorbike designed for children is quite simply resplendent. Mongolia calls to the soul of the Monkey Bike like a fly to a shit.

We've been organising adventures in Mongolia for well over a decade. In fact, we're not quite sure why we didn't start with a Monkey Run Mongolia. But here we are, bringing together all we know of this most excellent country and all we know of Monkey bikes. It's guaranteed glorious disaster.

July 2023 unroute

We give you a start line and a finish line. The adventure in between is up to you. All you need to do is get to the capital city Ulaanbaatar and we'll get you out to the start and bring you back from the finish.

You need to allow a full day for the ride to the start camp. And a full day to travel back to Ulaanbaatar on the day after the finish party.

The un-route will rove around on future editions. In 2023 riders will be slapped about the chops with old school adventure between these two places:
The unroute: Monkey Run Mongolia July 2023

Northern Camp: Khövsgöl Province

The mountainous north. Endless rolling steppe challenging the monkey to go forth and seek mischief. And get lost.

The start camp is in the Delger Murun River valley.

Southern Camp: Gobi Desert

From the big grassy hills to the sweaty sandy bits. Specifically Dundgobi, the second least populated province in Mongolia.

It's a few hours south west of the capital Ulaanbaatar.

The direction you thunder across the country depends which edition you do,

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2. The dates

We shall congregate at a secret location in the capital Ulaanbataar to begin as we mean to go on with the toasting of Mongolian vodka. The next morning we shall whisk you off to the start line camp. And once we arrive much partying will ensue.

Some of you will be shit at riding monkey bikes so there'll be a day for you to get your hands on your steed and ride it around like a fool. We'll be around to explain all the things that will break, which end goes forwards and other helpful things.

Then it's time to set off. You will start the morning at the sharp end of miles of adventuring chaos. And after 10 days there is some chance you will have made it to the finish. Heavy pour glasses of Mongolian vodka shall be raised, and then raised again, and quite possibly again as we mark your entry to the halls of adventuring legend.

July 2023

1st July: Beers in Ulaanbaatar
2nd July: Early rider bus to start camp
3rd July: Test driving & launch party
4th July: Launch day
14th July: Finish line & party
15th July: Rider bus to UB (ETA 8pm)

September 2023

9th September: Beers in Ulaanbaatar
10th September: Early rider bus to start camp
11th September: Test driving & launch party
12th September: Launch day
22nd September: Finish line & party
23rd September: Rider bus to UB (ETA 8pm)

July 2024

4th July: Beers in Ulaanbaatar
5th July: Early rider bus to start camp
6th July: Test driving & launch party
7th July: Launch day
17th July: Finish line & party
18th July: Rider bus to UB (ETA 8pm)

September 2024

7th September: Beers in Ulaanbaatar
8th September: Early rider bus to start camp
9th September: Test driving & launch party
10th September: Launch day
20th September: Finish line & party
21st September: Rider bus to UB (ETA 8pm)

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3. What's included?

Rather a lot as it turns out. For your paltry entry fee you'll get to take part in the mother of all monkey bike adventures. And that means...

  • We'll get you from Ulaanbataar to the middle of nowhere for the launch and even bring you back from the finish line at the end. Handy.
  • We'll put you up and stuff you full of food at the start and finish.
  • We'll give you your very own (for a while) monkey bike to fall madly in love with as you ride across the wilderness.
  • We'll provide a custom tracking app for your smartphone including offline tracking functionality so we know where you are even if you (hopefully) haven't a clue.
  • We'll give you a map that is almost completely useless.
  • We'll give you 2 parties to spoil your internal organs.
  • And some other stuff it would be boring to write here.

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4. Entry fee

Entry Fee: £1,595 per rider

This one is slightly more expensive than the other Monkeys Runs. But it's worth it. And you get more stuff too.

The marvellous Mongolian steppe is remote so we'll be setting up a start and finish camp. An incredible way to start and finish the adventure and an absolute steal for the amount of glorious mayhem you get your sheckles.

Pay in monthly instalments

Choose 'monthly by card' when you sign up and you can spread the entry fee across 6 monthly payments.

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5. I have a few questions...

What should I bring?

As little as possible is what we always say. But for this one you will need to carry everything you need to survive in 10kg of luggage. Why 10kg? Because we've noticed a worrying trend of people bringing too much guff with them on adventures. And this makes the wheels fall off the back of monkey bikes.

Inside that you'll be want to carry...
  • A tent - you can get little 1 man things that weight less than 1kg.
  • A sleeping bag.
  • Any food you're not going to be happy finding and eating on the way.
  • The clothes you want to prevent hypothermia - water proof things for example.
  • Black tie for the finish line

Where will I sleep?

As many of you know Mongolia is a Nomadic culture and they often allow people to sleep in their homes as you travel through. Don't rely on this and be prepared to leave a bit of cash. We'll be giving you a crash course in Steppe etiquette at the pre race training so you don't blunder about the steppe being rude in this incredible culture.

So if you're not sleeping at the start of finish line, or in a very generous Nomads ger, you'll be curled up in your tent. There is the odd village along the way and some of these will have hotels and hostels to sleep in. But by no means regularly or every night.

What will I eat?

Mutton, noodles? What ever you bring with you, buy on route or are lucky enough to be offered along the way.

Where will I get petrol?

Small towns and settlements (called 'Soums') will have petrol available and you'll have to tailor your route to the availability of petrol. If you run out in the middle of nowhere you will have to barter with a passing vehicle (if there are any) to see what you can buy or carry a bit of extra fuel with you.

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6. Saving the world

Not only is the Monkey Run an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every rider to make their best efforts to raise a minimum of £500 for the official charity Cool Earth

Anything above this can be raised for any other registered charity of your choice.

Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Local people stand to lose the most from deforestation but the most to gain from its protection, that’s why they are the forest’s best possible custodians.

All Cool Earth partnerships are community-owned and led. By developing local livelihoods, their mission is to end the cycle of deforestation entrenching villages into further poverty. Creating strong, self-determining communities.

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7. The warning

These are genuinely dangerous things to do. The website is written in a light-hearted fashion but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure.

Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in past Adventurists' adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled and even lost their life.

This is not a glorified holiday, it's an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. This is what makes them adventures.

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8. I'm ready - sign me up

Registration is open now. Press the button of adventuring destiny and set forth into the unknown on the mighty monkey bike.

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10. Contact us

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