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road conditions mongolia

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:05 pm
by thehaeusgens
hi everyone, anyone out there who has any uptodate information about road conditions in mongolia? we are planning to enter mongolia north of ölgi and are not sure whether to take the south or north route towards UB... advise is greatly appreciated. thanks in advance

Re: road conditions mongolia

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:32 pm
by edoardo

I have been crossing Mongolia this June by bike from UB to china. The south route from khovd to UB it will be all paved except 100 km between bayankhongor and altai. North route mostly unpaved till tosontsengel.

Paved roads in Mongolia

Posted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:39 pm
by Daves
Looking for a recent update in regards to the Mongolian paved roads.
Mainly from the Altai entrance to Ullan Bator.

Re: road conditions mongolia

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 12:11 pm
by Lovetheworld
I dont think they added much asphalt in one month time. And it applies to your route as well.

Re: road conditions mongolia

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:55 pm
by rfoltz
Very slow, especially as unusually heavy rains this summer have washed out many areas in the centre of the country. Don't count on averaging more than 40-50km/hr even on the main East-West highway.

Re: road conditions mongolia

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:58 am
by big.jim.v
Travelled UB-Dharkan-Moron-Tes-Ulaangom-Ulgii-Russia by motorcycle July 2018.

We found the Google map layer in this blogpost correct for paved roads in Mongolia west of UB: ... k.html?m=1

On the northern route the most helpful new road is the Songino-Nuranbulag-Ulaangom section... 300km of perfect asphalt. Less than a year old. We headed west from Moron as far as Tes on the dirt and then cut south to the asphalt via Zuunkhangai

The road on the western side of Achit Lake (Ulaangom to Tsaganuur) was closed due to flood damage. You have to take the east road via Khotgor. is surprisingly reliable in Mongolia... Especially for petrol in the west. Way better than Google maps.

Hope that helps!

Re: road conditions mongolia

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:51 pm
by Aksel
UlanBataar - Ulgii can be driven in about 30 hrs with a 4x4 when taking the Southern route (the local bus takes the same route).

UlanBataar - Bayankhongor is paved and road quality is OK. Average speed 80 km/hr.
Do NOT drive via Kharokin, as that road to Arvaikheer is dirt-track. Average speed 40 km/hr. (Take the direct route instead, which is paved).
Bayankhongor - Altai has a new road being constructed which ends half way in the middle of nowhere (direction Butsagaan). Average speed 60 km/hr.
A paved road “Southern Route” should exist but we took the new road, so we don’t know the condition of the old “Southern Route” road.
Delger - Olgii is new tarmac and road qualiy is perfect, although some deviations (unpaved) exist. Average speed 100 km/hr.
Olgii-Tsagannuur is mostly paved, you can drive to the Russian border in somewhat more than an hour.

The bus used to take 48 hours, from UB to Olgii, but as many new roads are constructed it’s about 40 hours now. Will further improve. is very reliable for main roads, secundary roads and dirt/mud tracks. Time estimation is nonsense though.
Google maps is bad on the Southern route when deviating from main roads. Time estimations are reliable though.

Gas/benzine 92 grade is available in every city, town and in some villages.
Gas/benzine 95 grade is availably in every city and some towns. A 500km range fuel tank will do.

Fuel quality is good, although max speed went up/down by 20%. Could be caused by mountian roads and battery problems we had.

Re: road conditions mongolia

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:56 pm
by Lovetheworld
The road from UB down into the Gobi has good asphalt up to Bayandalai, the rest is pretty though washboarding and so on.